We originally built the treehouse for our 4 kids and ended up loving it like crazy, as adults. We were so inspired by it.. we added a cabin. It all began by using it as a summer cottage on our own 100 acre property. It grew online to be one of the top treehouse + cabin vacation rentals in Canada.
Put on your comfiest clothes because you can do your online shopping here with no makeup, no pants, no problem.
Here are my absolute faves:
1. H&M home: fab for affordable linens and home goods. It's a reallllllly big FAVE of mine!
2. Amazon: I save all of my favourite home pieces to these lists. Lots of amazing affordable home items!
3. Etsy: is amazing for small artisan pieces. I have saved all my favourites here. I love supporting small shops that put so much love and care into their work.
4. West Elm: is good when they have sales. I'm inspired by their mid century, yet modern styles.
5. Urban Outfitters: for fun home decor (great for apartment/tiny home living) and pool floaties!
6. Ikea: for kitchen, rugs, small furniture, duvets, lighting. Pretty much everything. It's so affordable!
You can find the rest of our faves via our shop directory! Get excited! It's so good!!
HOME! Home is everything for kids. Make it a place they feel safe and HAPPY. A place they feel good about and want to bring their friends. It doesn't have to be fancy- just be sure to spend TIME with them. Listen to them. Put the devices away. Eat dinner together.
When our kiddos were little- we read this book a lot... It's all about 'how to talk so kids will listen and how to listen so kids will talk.'
Annnnnd when things got tough - we put them in the bath. LOL. That solved everything. Now, when things get tough... we talk...we listen....we love.
Living with a loved one with cancer can be so gut wrenching. But good. It's like climbing a ladder of life. It makes you savour every moment and yet, the truth is... there is a still a fat messy middle to wade through. GAH. Good news is.. he is feeling okay despite his health challenges right now. He is taking oral chemo tablets every day, weekly IT chemo treatments in Toronto, and he is at home loving life with all of us. Any day his feet are above the daisies is a good day!
You can read more about his latest health update here and in our instagram stories here.
I've come to learn that we all have a torch to bear. We all have something we are going through. One day at a time. One thing at a time. We try not to project too far ahead. Just deal with what is in front of us. Almost always, the answer is to love through it all. That, and I got really lucky with falling in love with the man of my dreams 24 years ago. xo
This may sound cray, but I think it is easier to keep white clean compared to almost anything else. The good news is that you can see the dirt and clean it ( which makes my head feel better about life + cleanliness. LOL. ) We live in the countryside, so hanging whites on the line in the sunshine, is the mother nature whitener that I adore. However, if you don't live in the countryside with a laundry line ... here is what to do :
I use Bissell oxipro stain remover for spot cleaning just about everything. The sofa, old stains on clothes and rugs. You name it. It works! We've dumped cups of coffee, wine, GAH, on the white sofa and Bissell gets it out. Cray, right? I sometimes also use kitchen / bathroom spray bleach for tough spots on white pillow cases, white tshirts etc, and wash like normal. Strange use of kitchen spray, right? Call the authorities. Want to make an entire load of whites brighter? I've been dying to try out this technique by Jillee at One Good Thing. Try it, and let me know how it goes.
For a lot of our photos, we use our iPhones, since that is what is in our pocket. Sometimes we use a tripod and remote.
For our editing..we use lightroom. LOVE. Our all time fave presets are Monika Hibbs presets! O.B.S.E.S.S.E.D. Seriously. We super love these presets and use them on everything! Legit. Every single photo. Did I mention that we are obsessed? Okay, bye. LOL.
For photo shoots and brand campaigns, we use our Canon 70D
We use a combination of lens. Canon EF 40 for a crisp shot with a soft dewey/faded background, and the
WHITE PAINT : here are our two favourite white paint colours:
SIMPLY WHITE :
Our all time fave colour is Simply White OC-117 by Benjamin Moore. We use it for pretty much everything. It is a nice neutral warm white. It's ideal for most places, especially ones without a lot of natural light (like a small condo or an RV with tiny windows) We love that it feels warm but not too beige-y or yellow-y. Yes, those are real words. It's soft, fresh and just the perfect shade of white, no matter the purpose (walls, trim, cabinetry). We find it to be a warm white but not yellow-ish. It's crisp. It's beautiful. For the walls and ceilings, we use the ulti-matte or eggshell finish and the pearl finish on the trim.
WHITE DOVE :
White Dove OC-17 by Benjamin Moore is another one of our faves. We use it when SIMPLY WHITE doesn't work. It definitely has more creaminess to it, almost a beige undertone. But beautifully neutral but not too stark-y white-y. Again. Real words :)
For furniture, smaller areas and depth of colour, we use Fusion Mineral Paint // Homestead House Paint. We're obsessed with their casement white and coal black. We use COAL BLACK acrylic exterior house paint for all our outbuildings : barn/ treehouse / pool house / outhouse / poolside timber frame. LOVE LOVE LOVE.
The exterior of our home and cabin is Benjamin Moore OC-31 FOG MIST matte finish on the walls, Benjamin Moore OC-17 WHITE DOVE satin finish on the trim and the doors are COAL BLACK by Homestead House. We love using the AURA exterior line with Benjamin Moore as it has a really great coverage. You can sometimes get away with one coat coverage, but we usually do 2 coats.
You guys crack me up with the amount of messages you've sent saying "I LOVE YOUR PURPLE HAIR!” "That's the prettiest colour ever, what's it called!??" Well...it's called Schwarzkopf Color Ultime Hair Color Cream, 3.3 Amethyst Black. Although it's not black. It's a deep rich purple.
I thought I should just link it here! I have been dying my hair at home with this colour (out of a box) --> true story. It's been years!
It's actually THE best, you can buy it on amazon.