Merry & Minimal

Allow me to preface this by saying that while it's no secret that I'm a Scandinavian minimalist at heart—by blood and by choice—my own home looks NOTHING like this at Christmas time.

My tree is fat and dripping with toys and tiny pre-school handprint ornaments. My mantel is laden with lights and pom-poms and whimsical (some may say gaudy but I prefer whimsy) woodland creatures. Our stockings have penguins and reindeer and felted balls everywhere! It's a riot of colour and crafts. 

But inside my brain? Inside my brain, the holidays look exactly like the above. Maybe one day I'll stage the Scandinavian Christmas of my dreams, with spindly unadorned trees in baskets and nothing but wooden bead garlands strung about with calculated (yet somehow also casual?) precision.

Until that day arrives (never) I'll just enjoy the images above, breathe a deep sigh of calm-yet-joyful happiness, and share these pretty ideas with you. 

  1. This stick tree from ReTreeJoy won't shed needles all over your house and it gives you the perfect perch for when you feel like putting a bird on it. Obviously it's completely sold out due to its utter perfection.
  2. The Nordic sensibility and graphic symmetry of traditional Finnish Himmeli decorations are what I see floating behind my eyelids while drifting off to sleep at night. This brass interpretation would make an excellent gift for me (in case you were wondering).
  3. I can't imagine anything more perfect to drape, just so, over that little floating Rhino head. This is Scandi  mantel perfection and I'd leave it like this all year long. If you need me, I'll be out collecting pastel coloured wooden beads. 
  4. Many have made attempts at a perfect decorative Advent calendar and failed, myself included. You probably shouldn't ruin this one by putting any treats in it but if you feel like just receiving a tiny numbered white bag each day in December, this one is for you. 
  5. Unless your home is entirely white with nothing in it at all except for a beautiful brass bunny, do not even attempt this tree. People will think you  gave up on Christmas half way through decorating. 
  6. Wrap everything in craft paper. This woman glued her fingers together to achieve this look so do not consider this the easy way out. 

We'd love to help you achieve the holiday look of your dreams—whatever that may be. Call us!  

Happy Holidays! 

A Little Piece on the Side

Everyone needs a little side (table) action, amirite? But finding the right fit can be tricky. You want one that will be solid and dependable sure, but also cute. Cute is a must. 

We're giving away some of our best kept secrets here today, because although it's always a bonus to have access to trade-only distributors when trying to find just the right piece, there are a few readily available side tables that we love for their size, shape and style. These pretties represent a eclectic mix of design styles but will also fit in to just about any space that needs a little something on which to rest a bevvie and a book. They are on trend but not so much so that you'll be trading them in for a hotter, younger model next year. Best part is they can all be purchased online or in store without too much hassle or delay. 

Of course this is just a taste, we've got more tricks up our sleeves when it comes to finding the perfect side piece. Need a hand? Call us!

  1. Worlds Away Debra Ice Glass Side Table
  2.  Lily Side Table - Gold 
  3. Marble Tables by Ferm Living - White Medium
  4. Mid Century Night Stand - White + Acorn
  5. Campaign Night Stand - White
  6. IKEA PS 2014 Storage Table - Multicolour

Why Don't You Just Sleep On It? (Stylish Storage Beds)

Here's a shocking fact for you, we all have too much stuff. And many of us don't have enough space for it. While we are by no means advocates for a life lived in rooms full of nothing, there is an art to clutter, a difference between a space filled with the things that we love and space that's just a mess. 

You cannot have a well-designed room if you haven't considered where all the stuff is going to go. We can take all the beautiful photographs we want, with all the things shoved into piles out of the frame, but the plain and honest fact is if that stuff doesn't have a place to go once the photo shoot is over, the room is poorly designed. The clients have been duped. 

Don't get us wrong, we constantly coach clients on the beauty of editing, of letting go, of organizing and tidying up, but we also know that these days life comes with Costco-sized packages of toilet paper and 25 pairs of jeans even though we only ever wear two of them. And we want to help you find a place to store all those not-so-nice-to-look-at things so that they are accessible, usable, and yes hidden from sight. 

One solution for a small storage-challenged bedroom? Take your stuff and sleep on it. Enter, the storage bed. They have come a long way from the clunky, boxy rectangles of yore. We've shared a few of our favourites in the picture above. But remember, this is a piece of furniture that will dominate the space. How you decorate and furnish the room around it is of utmost importance. Keeping the space from feeling and looking too crowded and closed-in can be tricky. 

We can help you select a storage bed that works in your room, for your things, and make it all look fabulous. Contact us and let's get started today. 

  1. EQ3, Simple Bed with Panel Headboard and optional storage drawers
  2. Pottery Barn, Raleigh Upholstered Camelback Headboard & Storage Platform Bed
  3. West Elm, Nash Teak Storage Bed
  4. Crate&Barrel, Bowery Storage Bed
  5. Room&Board, Marlo Bed with Storage Drawer
  6. BluDot, Modu-licious Full Bed