Category Archives: Lifestyle

Lifestyle || The tastiest pork chop recipe you ever did see… || @TheBrick & @GEappliancesCA #partner

With the summer in our sights we are getting outside as much as possible. It’s the time of year I notice that we start to shift from winter’s comfort food to light fresh fast meals. With my little helper Alastair, we are going to share one of our family favourite recipes using organic ingredient’s from Spud and seasoning from our friend’s at Epicure. We’ve been loving the additional of our new GE Series 30″ Free-Standing Double Convection Range to our kitchen. With two ovens I can cook a meal and bake dessert at the same time. Or in this case, cook a hot dip as an appetizer while I using the other oven for dinner. I found with my last oven I never used my warming draw and it slowly transformed into pan storage. Such a waste of space. Doubling my oven space has been amazing, making cooking even easier! I don’t think I can ever go back to a conventional single oven range.

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Italian Pork Chop

What you’ll need: 6 pork chops, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, fresh basil, fresh spinach, 2 large savoury  tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and Epicure’s Balsamic Vinaigrette seasoning (or Italian blend of choice).

What you’ll need to do: brush a table spoon of olive oil onto pork chops, season both sides with pinch salt and Epicure Balsamic. Cut tomatoes into thirds, season and place open flesh down onto cooking pan with pork chops. Cook in oven at 400 degrees for approximately 25 minutes (cook meat throughly). Place tomatoes on top of each chop with a sprinkle of cheese. Run under the broiler on high for approximately 2 minutes or until cheese is fully melted. Serve on bed of fresh spinach and basil. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

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My patio transformation with @TheBrick|| Before & After || How to utilize every inch to create the outdoor space of your dreams #

I’m so excited to share our patio transformation with The Brick. When we moved last year to accommodate for baby number two we gained more space indoors but lost the size of our yard. Being outdoors from April to October is so important to our family so I decided to tackle this extensive project head on. We needed a backyard oasis to enjoy for the whole family this year, there was no time to waste.

Here is our before and after photos… because they are always my favourite part of any home reno.

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Design Tip: Measure, measure, measure! I took tape and outlined each piece of furniture. That way you can make sure there is enough room for the set while still maintaining walking space. 

We maximized the space by removing the deck to create two distinct living areas: dining and lounging. The deck was not big enough for a seating area, essentially it was used as stairs to go into the backyard. With the deck removal we doubled our outdoor living space. Now we can easily host BBQ dinner parties and have late night drinks by the fire.

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Umbrellas || Lounger || Chairs

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Fence Panels (The Brick instore find) || Dining Set

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Geometric Vases || Bee’s Wax Candles || Malemine Glassware

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Barbecue || Marquee Light

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We wanted to add pops of greenery without the maintain of plants. We found these faux topiary pieces at The Brick in store. Each location has different instore accessories and their items change constantly. You need to go in person to see what they’ve got that week.

Faux Topiary || Solar Outdoor Lights

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We wanted to add that touch of romance with soft lighting. By adding a fireplace we can now enjoy the space into the evening when the kids are fast a sleep. I loved the modern minimal look of the Capstone.

Fire place

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We went with all metal or plastic dining table options to make the space kid friendly. There is nothing worse then a broken glass in a paved area like this. These vases are durable without sacrificing style.

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I was so excited when I found these hanging wall panels. We are training our vines through the metal pattern. As the summer goes on they will only get bigger and better. It’s a low maintenance alternative to a living wall with way less watering but all the style.

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Decor || Our patio transformation sneak peek with @TheBrick… #Partner #Modern #OutdoorDecor #YEG

Finally! Here’s a sneak peek into our patio transformation. I’ve been calling it our “epic” outdoor project with The Brick because it’s involved more DIY projects and renos compared to my usual styling projects. I’m hoping to share the full reveal with before and after photos in one week, weather permitting mind you! For now I thought I’d let you see a few of the pieces we’ve found to fit our modern black and white outdoor topiary theme.

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We wanted sleek black timeless furniture.

Ottoman, & Chair from the Parkview Collection

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We needed to create shade in a very sunny treeless area.

Oversized Umbrella & Capstone Fire Table 

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Our design colour scheme is white, black with pops of green foliage. 

Faux Topiary, Metal Tray and Geometric Candle Holder are in store finds from The Brick. Every location is different and gets new accessory items often. You’ve gotta check it out in person, you never know what home decor treasures you’ll find!

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Lifestyle || Rainy day Netflix picks in our @TheBrick viewing room. #partner

I know it may sound crazy but I actually look forward to rainy summer days. Maybe it’s the break from the heat or the fact that I get to snuggle with this guy all day. Either way, I’ll take it every once in a while. Plus my garden needs it!

When we created this Man Cave for my husband last year, I wanted to make it a comfy movie oasis everyone could enjoy. We went with slim modern leather recliners from The Brick.  Perfectly wipeable for cleaning up after little fingers and putting your feet up too! The Samsung 70″ KU6290 UHD LED Smart Television was a must because it easily accesses our favourites like Netflix and Youtube with one simply click. We got so many questions after our Man Cave Reveal  about the Odesos 72″ TV Stand with Glass Ember Firebox and Soundbar. It easily heats our space in minutes and I love the cozy fire glow. For more room details and my Netflix picks for both kids and adults see below!

May your rainy days this summer be filled with comfort and great entertain!

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Coffee Table, Mirror, Rug, Bookcase, Table

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Tray & Wood Accent (in store purchase, stock varies per location)

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Curious of our Top 3 Stream Team Netflix Picks this month?

For the LO’s: 

1) Beat Bugs: If you love The Beatles, you’ll love viewing this one with your little guy.

2) Dino Trux: Any little boy’s dream show, the title completely describes it.

3) The Good Dinosaur: Loved this tale of adventure and self discovery.

For Adults:

1) The Layover: Travel and eats with a side of sarcasm… this one is for you!

2) Master of None: Season 2 is finally here! A hilarious twist on modern dating with a killer sound track.

3) The Keepers: Warning, this one is HEAVY! But it’s a murder mystery you don’t want to miss.

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Home Decor || 3 easy tips for refreshing your living room || @TheBrick #partner

As you guys know, I’m in full on spring cleaning mode. Along with the big seasonal clean I like to refresh and restyle my main living spaces along the way. I’m so excited to show you the new Designed2B Dez custom sectional I created in grey for our living room. The neutral grey is easy to style and the fabric is so forgiving with toddler hands. When touched this textured material changes colour in a slight range of greys, it’s perfect for our main family room. I’ve teamed up with The Brick to show you 3 easy tips for styling your couch this season.Living room grey sectional sex The brick styling tips gold lamp

  1. Layer in pillows and accents like books or flowers! Think texture, colour contrast and comfort; pillows are an affordable way to change up the look of any sofa. I love this Mongolian fur throw pillow, it’s a perfect feminine touch.IMG_6038 Continue reading