Cool Shit: At IDS15

This past weekend marked the 17th annual Interior Design Show in Toronto. It’s a show I look forward to every year and I’m always eager to see the rising local talent our country has to offer. I rounded up my favourite designers from the show but for a full recap head over to my good friend Mark Savel’s blog at Toronto Livings.

Minigarden:
Living in a condo or small space definitely has it’s challenges if you’re a person who enjoys fresh greenery. Minigarden is a modular vertical gardening system that offers a variety of set ups to suit multiple needs whether it be an indoor display, on a balcony or larger installations.

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Cut & Fold:
Two architects came together to create these origami-like pieces. They’ve developed a technique using panes of plywood connected with piano hingers for pieces that fold flat but come to life with shape and structure.

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Woolf:
This gold little number was featured in the Protoype exhibit which showcases work not currently in production by independent designers. Clean lines, strong structure and gold accents, this chair is a work of art I would like in my own home.

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Laura Langford:
Laura Langford’s spring collection was a whole lot of eye candy. I didn’t get any info on the inspiration but the cooper accents and magical prints were enough to catch my eye.

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DIY: Statement Ring

I’ve become a bit of a ring whore as of lately. I say the more the merrier! I have a ton of jewellery supplies so I played around until I came up with a ring design I really dug and trust me when I say it’s easy peasy to make.

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What you’ll need:
strong glue such as E-6000
strand of rhinestones
toothpick
ring base
large stone
wire cutters

1. Cut your stand of rhinestones to size using the wire cutters. I made my fit vertically on my stone.

2. Glue into place on the stone using the toothpick to apply the glue. You can remove an excess glue once dry.

3. Next, place some glue on to the ring base and stick your stone in place. Set aside to dry for a few hours before wearing. It’s as easy as that!

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A New Year

I can’t believe 2014 is coming to an end. Holy shit did this year fly by! It was a year full of work (lots of freaking work), tons of laughs, a handful of tears, delicious food and incredible memories. I made mistakes and learned from them. I realized what was important and said f*** it to the rest. I took time off to recharge. I bought my first pair of expensive shoes and didn’t want to take them off. I challenged myself professionally and the results felt amazing.

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In 2015 I will continue to…

achieve big goals

create amazing memories

be 100% entirely myself

say no when necessary

be silly

work on living in the present

fill my life with positive influences

I will also….

get my ass back in gear at the gym (kinda fell off track these last couple of months)

learn to be tactful and choose my words wisely

work on being more organized & business savvy

try to open up my heart again (this one is from last year and I’m still working on it)

learn to live on a proper budget

I love reflecting at the end of a year to see how far I’ve come, what goals I’ve reached and what areas need improvement. I already know that 2015 is going to start with a few big changes in my life and as scary as some are I say bring it! Wishing you an amazing year ahead. xo

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Merry Christmas

Ok I officially suck. In my 6+ years of blogging, I’ve never been this inconsistent and I apologize. The good news is I’m super busy styling up a storm which resulted in a lack of blog posts over the past 2 months.

I’m in the midst of trying to figure out where I want this blog to go in 2015 and how I’m going to structure it going forward. I have so many loves and passions so I would like to convey them all on here as consistently as possible with original content and somewhat lengthy posts.

In the meantime, I put up a tree this year. It’s my first grown up tree and I can’t even explain how happy it makes me! Turning the lights on each evening makes me a pretty giddy girl. It’s white and full of quirky ornaments.

christmas-tree christmas-tree-2 I bought a ton of ornaments while I was in New York last month. I know I know, I’ve changed. I’m now the girl who goes to New York obsessing over tree ornaments instead of shoes. The rest of the ornaments are a combination of handmade goodies I ordered from Etsy over the years and ones I spotted at The Canadian Tire Showroom store while I was working on a big project a few weeks back.

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I went a little wrapping paper crazy this year after seeing the most amazing selection at Target. Needless to say I probably have a 5 year supply in my condo.

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Cool Shit: Gift Guide

I thought I would squeeze in a last minute holiday gift guide with all things cool shit (and things I would love – hint hint). On my radar lately? Anything quirky, copper and unique.

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Recent Project: Holiday Windows

Wow I definitely didn’t plan on taking a blogging hiatus but when work duty calls, it freaking calls. The last few weeks have probably been the busiest since I’ve started Re:Creative and I couldn’t be more stoked. 2014 sure is ending off with a bang!

Now that I have a little time freed up I plan on doing a few holiday themed DIY and recipe related projects so stay tuned – and better late than never!

Between styling holiday events, I also did a few window displays. Holiday displays are my absolute favourite so I’m excited to share these with you! First up is the Mini Mioche Christmas window with a North Pole/Santa’s Village theme which consists of trees, snow, a north pole (obvi) and a custom hand painted sign.

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Next up is the Shopgirls window complete with a fireplace. That I built. Out of cardboard! A custom decal along with handout snowflakes makes this a cozy winter wonderland!

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Last one is a new one for me and I’m was excited to try out something different to mix things up. This window is for Picnic Foods; a little shop that serves up fresh & healthy eats in the Bay & Bloor Concourse. I designed the decals along with some simple freestanding trees.

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Empire State of Mind

Being an entrepreneur sure has it’s ups and down. When it’s a one woman show one of the downs is being not being able to take vacations as much as I would like. I finally took the plunge and decided a little New York escape with my bestie was much deserved and much needed.

Last Friday we packed up our suitcases and headed to the big apple for the weekend. It had been a good four years since I stepped foot in Manhattan and let me tell you it was visual overload. I’ve changed a whole bunch these last few years so seeing the city with new eyes was pretty magical.

The energy, the displays, the food, the architecture, the people, the design – everything was an inspiration. I feel revived, refreshed and ready to take on the busiest two weeks of the year for me (hence my absence this week). Bring it on holiday windows, events & decorating!

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Holiday: Merry Mag + Gift Wrapping Ideas

Merry Mag

So proud to announce the launch of Merry Mag! This magazine was created with the blood, sweat and tears of the incredibly talented Melissa of The Sweet Escape along with contribution from a  great group of her blogger friends including moi! Full of tips and inspiration for the holiday season including DIY projects, recipes, gift wrapping, gift ideas from Etsy and so much more, this magazine will be sure to get your creative juices flowing.

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I shared my Light Bulb Glitter Wreath project last week and next up is a few gift wrapping ideas I created for the magazine (pages 80-81).  A gift should be just as amazing on the outside as it is on the inside so I like to spend a little time making my gifts look extra special.  I realize my craft closet might not be the norm but I tried using items that most would have kicking around and taking them up a few notches. It’s all about using items in new and fun ways!

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THE GIFT BOX

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The Gift Box:
– a gift box
– bakers twine or yarn
– clothes pins
– spray paint
– glitter
– spray glue
– holiday stamp + ink

1. Spray clothes pins white or colour of your choice and set aside to dry.
2. For the glitter: spray half the clothes pin with the spray glue and sprinkle with glitter. Shake off excess.
3. For the stamped one: stamp with your favourite holiday stamp.
4. Wrap the box multiple times with the twine. Secure on the bottom with tape.
5. For tags – scroll to the very bottom of this post.
6. Clamp the clothes pins to the gift tag and attach to the twine.

 

THE GIFT TOPPER

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The Gift Topper:
-clothes pins
-white primer spray paint
-gold spray paint
-mini plastic toy
-glue gun

1. Glue the toy to the top of the clothes pin.
2. Using the white primer coat the clothes pin and toy with the paint. Set aside to dry.
3. Repeat step 2 using the gold spray paint. You may want to give it two coats of gold paint.
4. Use your new clothes pin gift topper to attach the gift tag to the ribbon/gift!

THE CUT OUTmerry-mag-gifts-5The Cut Out:
-gold contact paper
-your silhouette or shape to trace
-scissors

1. Print out the deer head or silhouette you are using. I Googled “Deer Head” and printed it out. You may need to resize it to fit your gift.
2. Carefully cut out your shape and trace onto the contact paper. Cut it out.
3. Peel the backing off the contact paper and lay the sticky side down, centred on your gift. Smooth out any wrinkles.

THE BAG

merry-mag-gifts-6The Bag:
-glitter clothes pin from “The Gift Box”
-plain bag
-metallic ink marker

1. Carefully press the tip of the marker on the bag. Repeat in a row to create a line of dots. Continue until the bag is full and set aside to dry.
2. Fold the top of the bag over once and then again.
3. Secure the bag with the clothes pin and gift tag.

THE GOLD LEAF BOX
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The Gold Leaf Box:
-a box or cardboard container
-gold leaf
-gold leaf adhesive
-2 foam brushes

1. Using the foam brush apply the gold leaf adhesive sparodically onto the box. Messy is totally ok here! Set aside to dry following the time allowance on the bottle.
2. Apply the gold leaf sheet by sheet and brush off the loose bits using the dry foam brush. Repeat until you are happy with the design.

GIFT TAGS:
For the gift tags I used card stock and cut out different shapes using a punch or freehand with scissors. I finished them off with a sharpie and glitter tape – easy peasy!

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DIY: Light Bulb Glitter Wreath

You may have noticed a few of my recent sneak peeks on Instagram using #MerryMag. I’m super stoked to be part of an incredible holiday magazine launching on Monday November 17th. Headed up by Melissa of The Sweet Escape, Merry Mag will be full of holiday themed DIY projects, gift wrapping inspiration, gift ideas, recipes and more!

To give you a little taste at what’s to come here’s a DIY project I created that will be featured in the magazine. Lightbulbs + glitter = one badass wreath! I mean seriously who doesn’t love a little (pink) glitter?

UPDATE: Check out Merry Mag!!

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What you’ll need:
12″ wreath frame (I sprayed my white)
spray glue
tinsel glitter
glue gun
ribbon
27 white or frosted chandelier lightbulbs

1. Use a well ventilated area and cover your work space well or you’ll be getting spray glue and glitter everywhere.
2. Hold a lightbulb by the gold cap and spray the top 2/3’s of the bulb with the glue.
3. Sprinkle on the glitter and shake off the excess. Place a piece of paper under the bulb while you sprinkle on the glitter so you are easily able to put the excess back in the container. Set aside and repeat with the rest of the light bulbs.
4. Use the glue gun and dab some glue on the thickest part of the light bulb. Attached to the wreath frame. Repeat with the rest of the bulbs.
5. Cut 40″ of ribbon and make a giant bow (pretend you are tying your shoelaces).
6. Use the glue gun to attach the bow to the bottom of the wreath.

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I know pink isn’t a traditional Christmas colour, but it’s my fave and totally matches my apartment which is important no? I’m a no rules kinda gal so pink is so ok in my books for the holidays!

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This project taught me that I have a love/hate relationship with glitter. It’s has seriously made it’s way around my entire apartment but it’s definitely looking festive in here!

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I live in a condo and my suite is at the end of a hallway so there was no way I was wasting this beauty on my front door….it’s hanging right in my condo where I can see it every day!

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Recent Project: Happy Bums Window

Shopgirls hit a milestone recently when they sold their 10,000th pair of Yoga Jeans so to celebrate they are giving away 10 pairs through a contest on Instagram (see contest details below)! I created this cheeky window display last week to showcase both the contest and this huge milestone.

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To say thanks for these #10000happybumsShopgirls and Yoga Jeans want to give you a chance to win 1 of 10 free pairs! Find the image below on the @Shopgirlsgb Instagram account and just follow the easy-peasy instructions to be entered – contest ends November 24th!

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