Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Merry Christmas! design addict mom
It feels like the month of December is flying by with lightning speed. I still have some last minute gifts to wrap for the boys, and will breathe a huge sigh of relief when they are all done. The house has been abuzz with activity and lots of noise but tis the season and I wouldn't trade this chaos for anything else. I would love to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and may it be a very merry and bright one. I plan on popping in before the New Year so see you then. Be safe and enjoy this special time. Much love. xx

photo of the boys by Lea Hartman

5 Fun Holiday Treats to make with the kiddos over the Holidays.


5 Fun Holiday Treats to make with the kiddos over the Holidays-Santa Claus Crackers
The boys love to help me in the kitchen and these delicious holiday treats are just beckoning to us to give them a try.  These Santa Claus crackers look too cute to eat. Get the recipe here.

5 Fun Holiday Treats to make with the kiddos over the Holidays-Marshmallow Penguins

Ian has a thing for penguins, so he would definitely enjoy making these marshmallow penguins-so adorable! Get the recipe here.

5 Fun Holiday Treats to make with the kiddos over the Holidays-Snowman Cupcakes
These snowman cupcakes are a winner! Get the recipe here.

5 Fun Holiday Treats to make with the kiddos over the Holidays-Snowman Truffles
I am drooling over these snowman truffles. Delish! Get the recipe here.

5 Fun Holiday Treats to make with the kiddos over the Holidays-Reindeer Rice Krispies
Chances are you've probably seen or tried these reindeer rice krispies already. They are all over pinterest. Get the recipe here. 
Happy creating! xx

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Fabulous and Thrifted Style for Your New Year's Eve Party.

Fabulous and Thrifted Style for Your New Year's Eve Party.
The thrift store is always my go to when I need a one of a kind look for a photo shoot or a party. There is always something very colorful and different = so me! The perfect example is this beautiful dress in the above picture.

Fabulous and Thrifted Style for Your New Year's Eve Party.
You'll be on trend in a green halter dress like this one-also thrifted!

Fabulous and Thrifted Style for Your New Year's Eve Party.
If you're an all black kind of girl who loves some sparkle, the top pictured was thrifted and paired with a pencil skirt from my closet, the look is perfect for New Year's Eve. Though, I usually mix my finds with already existing pieces in my closet for a head to toe look, if you want to you can shop for your entire outfit (head to toe) at the thrift store.

New Year's Eve Party Set Up- So Lovely!
via pinterest

 I'd recommend planning ahead and allotting some time to shop the perfect look, because sometimes you have to hunt to find the jewel waiting just for you. Also, you'd be amazed at the top brands you find there, so before you head to the mall, do your pocket book a favor, save some money, and check out the thrift store. Then you can shine bright like a diamond at your party. xx


photography: Lea Hartman

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Winter Solstice.

Cozy living room photographed by Kristofer Johnsson
Known as the shortest day and longest night of the year, Winter Solstice marks the first day of Winter and beckons in a season of cozy. A time to slow down, spend time with family, and to relax. I wouldn't mind welcoming winter solstice in these beautiful spaces photographed by talented photographer, Kristofer Johnsson. They exude cozy and encourage hiberantion.

Modern and simple gallery wall in bedroom-photography Kristofer Johnsson

Living room with plants-photography Kristofer Johnsson

A light and bright kitchen-photography Kristofer Johnsson

Bedroom in Pantone's Color of the Year; Greenery-photography Kristofer Johnsson
Happy first day of Winter! xx


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

This Year's Christmas Chalk Art in the Playroom.

This Year's Christmas Chalk Art in the Playroom: Christmas 2016
Usually if the hubby is not away for Christmas, he will create a Christmas scene on the chalkboard in the playroom. This year's creation/nativity scene was inspired by a Simon Dewey postcard.  I am always so amazed by his talent! xx

Monday, December 19, 2016

6 Last Minute Gift Guide Ideas for the Art Lover.

Eclectic Gallery Wall in Living Room
 I am still scurrying to get gifts wrapped and placed under the tree. Chances are some of you are nodding your head because you can relate... Today, I have rounded up some of my favourite art sources(mostly etsy shops/small businesses) for that art lover in your life. I believe we still have time today to get the perfect art gift and have it delivered it time for Christmas if we order today. Check them out below. They are all fabulous!

Hayley Mitchell Art
I have a thing for faces so naturally i love Hayley Mitchell Art pieces! This beautiful piece is available on here etsy shop here.


Wink Wink Studio Art
Abstract art is my first love and I want every thing Suzy Lindow, artist and maker behind Wink Wink Studio paints! So colourful and fun! I love how this piece channels Pantone Color of 2017(greenery) too. You can shop this piece here.

Sascalia Art Print
I'm a Mama of only boys, but this print speaks to me. I absolutely love it -available from one of my favourite etsy shops, Sascalia. Beautiful print shown is available here.

Kerry Steele Figural Art
I have my own Kerrysteele art in my home and I am a big fan of her use of colours. Her figural pieces are also a fave of mine. You can purchase your figural choice or other type of art piece here.


Lacee Swan Art  Print
I love the whimsical nature of Lacee Swan's prints. This one with all its pretty colours and New Year's Eve party vibe is a fave and is available here

Perfect Art Book Gift Idea for the Budding Artist


This book is perfect for the budding artist in your life and can be purchased here. 

Art in Luxe Living Room

I hope you've gotten some great gift ideas for the art lover in your life. I'm off to finish up my last minute shopping! xx

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

A Swedish Home with Subtle and Delightful Holiday Decor.


A Swedish Home with Subtle and Delightful Holiday Decor-©carinaolander
You know I love color, BUT, i still have a weakness for Scandinavian design and decorating. I love the simplicity, and that it still oozes cozy. I spotted this beautiful home on Carina's blog(one of the photographers who captured the home). Located in Vetlanda, Southern Sweden, the home decked out for Christmas is a delight to behold. Come on in and take a peek...

A Swedish Home with Subtle and Delightful Holiday Decor-©carinaolander

A Swedish Home with Subtle and Delightful Holiday Decor- ©carinaolander


A Swedish Home with Subtle and Delightful Holiday Decor- ©carinaolander

A Swedish Home with Subtle and Delightful Holiday Decor- ©carinaolander
Such a delight, right? Simply beautiful. xx


Monday, December 12, 2016

10 Insanely Fun and Colorful Holiday Decoration Ideas.

10 Insanely Fun and Colorful Holiday Decoration Ideas..
I love fun and colorful and these spaces all decked out for the Holidays do not disappoint! 

10 Insanely Fun and Colorful Holiday Decoration Ideas.

10 Insanely Fun and Colorful Holiday Decoration Ideas.

10 Insanely Fun and Colorful Holiday Decoration Ideas.

10 Insanely Fun and Colorful Holiday Decoration Ideas.
Rachel Whiting

10 Insanely Fun and Colorful Holiday Decoration Ideas.

10 Insanely Fun and Colorful Holiday Decoration Ideas.


10 Insanely Fun and Colorful Holiday Decoration Ideas.

10 Insanely Fun and Colorful Holiday Decoration Ideas.


10 Insanely Fun and Colorful Holiday Decoration Ideas.
13 days until Christmas everyone-soooo excited!! Happy Monday! xx


Friday, December 9, 2016

Holiday Touches in the Sunroom: Christmas 2016

Holiday Touches and Greenery
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, well at least in the sunroom. This year, the holiday decor process has been a slow one. I am determined to use most of what I already have and make do...

Holiday Touches and Fiddle Leaf Fig
I place ornaments everywhere, so Glory(the fiddle leaf fig) received some bling on her base and there are ornaments in apothecary jars and bowls. I love how the light bounces off the  surface of the ornaments too in here-so beautiful! Adding twinkly lights to a door is such a simple, but effective way to add holiday cheer. It all sparkles when lit up at night.

When your chickens shed their feathers for the Winter- a process called molting, you use the feathers to decorate your Christmas tree. It's all about using what you have and i have a thing for birds...
If you're a long time reader, you know I have a thing for birds. My one room challenge here was all about birds and feng shui. I incorporated lots of birds and feathers to decorate the tree in here. All the ornaments here are from my "holiday stash." I've used feathers before to decorate for the holidays,  but this year, I went all out. I even gathered some from the backyard that our chickens shed ( apparently they go through a process called molting for the winter). Anyway, i used those feathers as fillers. My topper this year are some bird ornaments also from my stash. Pom pom trim(used to dress the tree) and a rainbow feather trim(used to adorn presents) were new purchases that added the finishing touches to the look I was going for.

Colorful and Fun Details on Christmas Tree
 Oh and check out my flamingoes. I couldn't resist using them. Also the honeycomb are just so fun too! 

festive ornaments for Christmas tree

feathers as ornament for Christmas tree

bird ornament
a close up look

Colorful Holiday Mantel
For the mantel, I reused the colourful candles from last year and added some greenery. I actually thrifted that cute reindeer earlier this year. He's definitely a fave of mine. If you look closely, you'll see my bird touch too. The painted/chalked logs are also a fave-so fun!

Colorful Holiday Decor and Christmas Tree

Holiday Touches and Greenery

Colorful Holiday Decor and Tree
And that's a wrap for the sunroom! I hope you enjoyed and hopefully, I can get my act together this weekend so I can show you the rest. However, I am all about slowing down and enjoying the time with the family, so we'll see... xx