The Love List

Jun 26, 2015 +

Jillian's Kelowna home is a giving me summer inspiration

Find your quiet

Fascinating! All the Instagram hashtags you'll ever need to know

A gorgeous before and after. Mmmm, black walls!

I don't know what she's saying but I love the black & white images she's posted

Strawberry + lemonade is what my weekend needs

Good to know

Now that's a pretty makeover

And with that, another school year is done.

Have a great summer weekend everyone!

Checking Out ELTE Market

Jun 25, 2015

If you're a design enthusiast in Toronto, chances are you've been to ELTE. There's no better place in the city for stunning and unique furnishings. So when I was invited to check out ELTE's newest concept store, ELTE Market, you can bet I hopped in the car and took my shopping list with me.

Catering to a more contemporary, trend-driven consumer, the new 50,000 square foot showroom offers furniture and decor at an affordable price point. And everything on the showroom floor is in-stock and ready to be taken home so you can create a brand new living space in a day.

Speaking of, I was on the lookout for a new sofa. This one in our living room needs to go - I've been complaining about it for years! A few of my favourites:

The Marlene Sofa - $1595

The Wesley Sofa - Elte Market

The Atwood Sofa - Elte Market

 The Atwood Sofa - only $999. What a steal! Love the classic shape.

Ellington Sofa - ELTE Market

The Ellington Sofa - Another amazing deal at only $1199. Can't you imagine curling up here with a cup of tea?

The Winfield Sofa - gorgeous blue velvet & tufting, $1795

The high quality and superior styling of the products was really on par with what I've come to expect from ELTE, at a more affordable price point.  ELTE Market currently has a dining sale going on so I also spotted some exceptionally priced chairs including these moulded plastic indoor/outdoor chairs (only $99), these upholstered side chairs...

Baron Side Chair Pearl - ELTE Market

ELTE Market dining chair

and many other stylish and affordable dining chair options. I really appreciated the wide variety of styles they had in store so whether you're a downtown small condo dweller or live in a suburban new build, there's lots to choose from.

ELTE Market accessories

On a smaller scale, their accessories department offers beautifully designed pieces to accent your home. I fell hard for these black, white and grey pieces which strike me as sophisticated and relaxed and casual at the same time.

I didn't have too much time to look around so I'll have to make a return visit and take a closer look at their lighting and rugs (they have over 2000 in stock). ELTE Market is definitely now on my rotation of must-visit decor stores. If you can't make it in store, they have an extensive selection available online to make shopping quick and easy.

Have you been to ELTE Market? What's next on your home shopping list?

This post has been sponsored by ELTE Market. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting those who make this blog possible!

Exploring Close To Home

Jun 23, 2015 + ,

One of my favourite things to do in the summertime is take a road trip. It doesn't matter what the destination is. It doesn't matter if you're out of town for a few hours or a few days. What does matter is getting away from it all... the traffic in the city, the emails piled in your Inbox, the technology and gadgets... and trade it for sunshine, quiet and peace, and really living in the moment.

We managed to escape this weekend to the Niagara region. There's something to be said for vacationing close to home. There's no culture shock and you feel relaxed as soon as your car leaves the driveway.

I've been to Niagara Falls many many times before (usually with a visiting relative in tow) but this visit felt a little different. Maybe because it was the first visit to the Falls that Chloe would remember (she's been when she was a toddler) and I could see how awestruck she was. The immense sound of the water... the feel of the spray hitting your face and arms as you walked along. I felt like such a Mom too saying "See that boy standing on the wall to get a photo? Don't ever do that".

"Some day, we'll go ride the Maid of the Mist", I told her. 

But rushing water will only hold a little one's attention for so long. So we went to her happy place and spent a day splashing around and tossing ourselves down watery slides. There was ice cream consumed...

...and walks down quiet streets to admire the pretty old houses and white picket fences.

And at the end of it, we came home. Relaxed. Peaceful. And waiting eagerly for our next road trip.


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