Happy New Year! I realize I have been totally MIA on here but it’s my goal for 2016 to bring.it.back! If you follow me on Instagram then you know that we bought a house nearly eight (EIGHT!) months ago. It’s in a fantastic neighbourhood with a grocery store, a coffee shop, and a community centre all within a 10 minute walk and many trails and parks throughout. Moving to the suburbs was inevitable and we couldn’t have picked a better neighbourhood.
It’s a 23 year old home that has had some updating over the years but of course we want to put our own mark on it.
Let’s take a tour shall we? All photos were taken shortly after moving in.
Living and dining area.
Kitchen looking in to dining room.
Kitchen looking into family room.
Downstairs hallway looking into powder room and laundry room.
Main bathroom upstairs.
Upstairs hallway with a spare bedroom on either side.
Games room above garage.
We have done a few changes around the house which I will update you with in the next post and we’ve got a whole whack of things on our to do list. A house is truly a never ending project.
This isn’t exactly my gift guide but you can take what you want out of it Mr.Husband 😉 Sometimes it’s just fun to create a moodboard with everything you’ve been crushing on lately and well, it looks like I’m moving away from colour and digging the neutrals. I’ve definitely seen a shift in the overall look of our apartment and now I’m finding that the earthy tones are more prominent in the wardrobe as well.
1 | candleholders — Wood, white, gold. For someone who’s trying to be more minimalist with their home decor, these can be used throughout the entire year.
2 | Commune — A beautiful coffee table book about simple and unpretentious California design
3 | AromaOm — Rather then lighting candles that release all those toxic chemicals this is a nice, healthy alternative. Hoping it also helps the husband relax after those long days at work too… #beancounter
4 | coat rack — I don’t need a coat rack but if I did it would be this Eames knock-off
5 | Blundstone boots — I have been searching high and low for a comfortable, waterproof, and stylish (call it what you want) boot and I think I found it
6 | scarf — Because one can never have too many scarves and I’ve noticed that every scarf I own is floral and colourful
7 | pocket pharmacy — The husband and I are always striving for healthier alternatives so this pocket pharmacy for stress release, pain release, immune, and eater’s digest may just be the perfect thing
You will notice a few changes around this blog (again!) My life, interests, and aspirations are constantly evolving so this blog gets the brunt of it (but better then my husband getting the brunt of it, right?!)
In case you aren’t aware already from all the changes around this blog I have opened an Etsy shop – PaintedLovePaper – that’s right, my original blog name, she’s ba-ack. As you know I love colour and I love pattern so I have had a lot of fun creating these fun and vibrant greeting cards and posters. I’m constantly designing so check the shop often to see what I’ve added.
I’m also available to create custom cards, invitations, posters, etc. for you in print or digital form so shoot me an email at paintedlovepaper(at)gmail(dot)com if you’re interested and let’s chat.
The husband and I just returned home from a quick, 4 night stay in Palm Springs. We booked it on a whim back in January after doing some research about it for my Airstream project. Seriously, If I could live anywhere, Southern California would be my top choice and now after visiting ‘the des’ I’m convinced that I’m a desert girl. I think the midcentury modern homes definitely have something to do with it.
Every morning we’d wake up nice and early and walk the strip down to Starbucks for our morning cup of java and pop into some awesome shops along the way. It took everything in me to resist the urge of buying any vintage pieces or a million and one books on midcentury modern architecture and decor – I can’t guarantee that again though the next time we visit Palm Springs.
4 nights was definitely not long enough of a stay. We wanted to see so much but we also wanted to do a lot of relaxing around the pool so it was a constant battle. However, I think for our first visit there we balanced the two nicely and renting this awesome go-cart definitely made getting around the flat lands very efficient.
We stayed at the in-laws timeshare but we made a point to visit the Ace Hotel and have a drinky around the pool. We didn’t get to the infamous Saguaro Hotel but that’s definitely on the list the next time we go down (and maybe The Parker as well 😉 )
Isn’t the lobby of the Ace Hotel ah-mazingly gorgeous? I want to take everything and drop it into my living room.
And now allow me to share just a snippet of the photos that I took of these beautiful homes. The husband was a very patient man as we meandered through the neighbourhoods.
I swear that nearly half the homes have these vintage cars sitting out front. For a brief moment you feel like you’ve been transported back in time and the Brady bunch is going to make an appearance until your brought back to the 21st century when you see the minivan in the driveway.
Photos definitely don’t do the beauty of these homes any justice.