Hello Sunshine: A Guide For Your Bright & Happy Home

HELLO SUNSHINE: A Guide For Your Bright & Happy Home

June 20, 2016

To kick off the first day of summer (as if we haven’t already with this beautiful weather!), I have something super exciting to share with all of you!!! A few months ago I had the privilege of meeting and collaborating with Leon’s and a wonderful team of inspiring Canadian bloggers who all share a passion for home decor. We have all worked tediously to bring you Hello Sunshine: A Guide For Your Bright & Happy Home. Our vision was to create areas within our home that are bright and happy, real and lived in, to share candid stories, simple tips and good advice with a few easy DIY’s along the way, all to inspire you to make your home feel summer ready! But that’s not all….

Our focus has been about what makes a home really a home. Our homes are meant to be lived in not looked at… It’s not about the fancy sofa in the living room that’s too pretty to sit on or the beautiful china cabinet filled with crystal dishes only for visual appeal. Home is about the memories we make in it and how we transform our home into an area suited for our needs, adding those personal touches along the way. It’s about the time the kids set up a tent fort in mom and dads bedroom or the time the boys decided to have a popcorn throwing party all over the sofa. It’s about sitting around the table and eating our meals together as a family, sharing about our day. It’s about watching the kids play in the sand box while the adults sip lemonade on the patio under the sun. It’s about watching Paw Patrol all day in bed because we’re all too sick to move. It’s about watching your family grow and your home evolve with you.

Hello Sunshine: A Guide For Your Bright & Happy Home(click to view)

What you can expect to see in Hello Sunshine are functional patio makeovers, tips for planning the perfect summer party, a functional living room for babies, a detailed boys bedroom, tips on how to keep light furniture clean, how to choose the right dining table, a master bedroom makeover and so much more! (below are a few of my entries)

Hello Sunshine: A Guide For Your Bright & Happy Home Hello Sunshine: A Guide For Your Bright & Happy Home

It was amazing to stand behind the scenes and watch photographers, stylists and visionaries like Melissa from The Sweet Escape and Autumn Hachey, Leon’s Creative Marketing Strategist and head of Hello Yellow Blog turn our home into summer-ready bliss. It’s been such a great experience I’m so honoured to be apart of!

To view more in detail about our makeovers, DIY’s, tips and tricks for a summer ready home, visit the Hello Yellow Blog!

Now if you haven’t already, grab a cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy some of our inspiring home decor 😉



Dining with "The Highboy"

Dine with “The HighBoy”

June 13, 2016

I love coming across new thrift and antique stores and revisiting old ones because there’s nothing like finding a gem that is completely original! But what I have noticed throughout my generation is that a lot of shopping is done more and more though the internet; it’s the new way, even when it comes to shopping for furniture. So can you imagine shopping for authentic antique and vintage furniture online!? Well, let me introduce you to The HighBoy.
The HighBoy is an online antique and vintage furniture store which originated from a generation of family run antique business owners. With the vision of bringing the antique world online, The HighBoy was created giving the new generation a whole new appreciation for antiques collected from across the world. The HighBoy sells collections of antiques and vintage products ranging from mid-century, Victorian to farmhouse. As a buyer, browsing these collections is made simple by having the choice of selecting by style, origin, century and category. You can easily narrow your search down to an exceptional selection of modern, vintage and antique desksarmchairsside tables, plus even more which are from around the world spanning from the 17th Century through the 20th Century- how cool is that!?

Here are some of my favourite finds found under each of these categories!
Vintage Thomasville Faux Bamboo Desk - The HighBoy
Vintage Thomasville Faux Bamboo Desk

Pair of Saarinen Executive Armchairs, c. 1950Pair of Saarinen Executive Armchairs, c. 1950

19th Century French Louis Philippe Walnut Table19th Century French Louis Philippe Walnut Table

With this easy to navigate website, I was very pleased to create a mid-century eclectic inspired “dining room” mood board that I’m excited to share with you!

Dine with "The Highboy" - Antique and Vintage Furniture

What I absolutely love about The HighBoy is the enormous amount of selection they have. I had the toughest time deciding on a farm table because I loved them all! With a variety of items, I was able to create an inspiring kitchen dining area filled with vintage prints like this map and “American Mutt” wall art. To tie in red as the accent colour, I found this authentic Vintage Campbell Soup Warhol Dinner Plate Set and these classic Red Wire Based Side Chairs. The Mid- 18th Century Green Buffet makes such a bold statement which really liven up the whole look and gives the space tons of charm. Going with a wooden farm table warms up this eclectic look and there really is nothing better than an French Country Farm Table with a huge history to bring lasting character into your home.

This whole eclectic look is a gathering of items that are all very easy to maintain, especially with a house full of boys. These are also pieces that can be handed down from generation to generation, therefore investing in this furniture is worth it! I also love that each piece is an antique but yet they are all in various styles making it easy to build a space or add a new piece to your home. So not only are you building a space that represents you, but it’s a space that refines a history in various eras by simply selecting something from The HighBoy!

For more The HighBoy inspiration, you can visit them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.


Thanks for reading,



Newlie: Cool Diaper Bags for Hip Moms

May 30, 2016

As a mom-to-be, picking out a diaper bag is one of the most exciting first purchases for you and baby! I know for me it was the first item I received as a gift (from my sister) and I was so excited to have a diaper bag that I loved. Diaper bags are an essential item for the first few years, as all moms know the importance of the ol’ diaper bag *wink wink. They are definitely something you should spend a little time researching to make sure it has everything you may need. Plus on top of function, these days diaper bags they are very trendy, are available in many different shapes and forms, and can be personalized according to your style — every girls moms dream! My first diaper bag was beautiful and great quality, but after using it through 2 babies and 3 years later, I was ready to trade it in for a bag that wasn’t so “diaperish” looking now that my boys were out of the baby stages…

And that’s when I was introduced to Newlie, cool diaper bags for hip moms- oh ya! This diaper bag is great for transitioning into the toddler years AND you can’t even tell it’s a diaper bag, even my mom is considering buying one for herself. This is exactly the bag I was looking for without having to spend a fortune.

I fell in love with the Lily Tote‘s sleek and sophisticated design, it’s great for every day and those fancy nights out! It features two exterior pockets and six interior pockets. There’s an interior insulated pocket that is ideal for bottles during the diaper years and snacks during the toddler years — how convenient is that!? Also, guys, you DO NOT want to see inside my diaper bag… but if you’re curious it’s over flowing with receipts, water bottles, half eaten snacks, tractors, lip gloss, my wallet, diapers, wipes, medicine and sun screen. Really, this diaper bag can hold our bathroom + and it may be a little messy, but with all those interior pockets everything is stored in the proper place; it’s no bottomless pit!

Newlie- Cool Diaper Bags for Hip Moms
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Seriously, doesn’t this Newlie Diaper Bag rock!?

And I have exciting news!! Newlie Diaper Bags are now available to purchase online at Indigo stores, click this link to shop Newlie and let me know which one is your fav 😉

Thanks for reading,