Merry Mag Summer + DIY Concrete Jewellery Dish

I am beyond stoked to share with you the Merry Mag Summer issue! Months in the working, creator and editor-in-chief, Melissa DiRenzo, killed it again. The holiday issue blew my mind away and the summer issue might even have topped that.

I’m honoured to be alongside a team of contributors who are so talented and bring so much to the table. Merry’s summer issue is filled with recipes, cocktails, DIY projects, entertaining ideas and one of my fave photo shoots to date – a boho rooftop shoot that both Melissa and I art directed and styled together (Harper even made an appearance!).

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I whipped up a little DIY project for the issue….

A girl can never have too much jewellery and I’ll admit I have more than my fair share. I’m always taking my jewellery pieces off at the end of the day and misplacing them, so I was big time in need of a few jewellery trays to keep track of my precious metals. I like a pretty + edgy combo so I decided to use concrete and a little gold & neon pink paint to create some fun trays!

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What you’ll need:
– quick dry cement
– water
– stir stick
– molds (I used small porcelain bowls and a glass lid from a jar)
– hammer
– tape
– paint
– paint brush

1. Mix the cement and water according to the manufacturer’s instructions. I wasn’t too precise on this and had a pancake batter like consistency.

2. Pour the mixed concrete into your molds and roll it around so the concrete mixture ends up on the sides of the mold. Give it a few taps on a hard surface to even it out and to get out any air bubbles. Set aside to dry. Mine took a full day to completely dry even though it was suppose to dry in under an hour.

3. Turn the mold upside down and give it a few taps with a hammer. It should fall right out. The pieces are quite fragile so be careful during this step.

4. Now the fun part! Use tape or freehand to create some cool designs with paint. Set aside to dry and once dry you’re ready to go!

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Recent Project: Dream Home

My bestie and her partner in crime have been renovating this Toronto home over the course of the last four months and the project came to completion earlier this month. A labour of love is what they are calling it and believe me if you saw the before images you would definitely agree. Every detail was thought of with top notch everything.

Once all the renos were completed it was time to get my hands on it to style and stage from head to toe. A few days later and it was ready to go on the market. I love making a gorgeous house feel like a home. I’m proud to say this baby sold for 115% of the asking price!

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Cool Shit: Tiff Manuell Bags

I first spotted these hand painted, handmade, one of kind clutches by Tiff Manuell on Instagram a few months ago. Both colourful and unique, I would definitely say this is wearable art at it’s very best. You’ll rarely catch me out at night without a clutch in tow, so you can bet your ass I’ll be adding one of these pieces to my wish list. I can already envision what I would pair it with: ripped boyfriend jeans, pointy toe pumps and a tee. Perfect outfit!

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Recent Project: Rustic Fall Wedding

I’m so excited to share these images from a wedding I styled back in the fall at Arta Gallery in The Distillery. Sarina and Aalim tied the knot last October and I couldn’t have been more honoured to help make their big day be that much more special. They were so amazing to work with – easy going, funny and so in love with each other. They truly seem like best friends.

With a gorgeous space to work with it was easy to pull it all together. Gold leaf everything, pumpkins as vases, rustic elements, a donut peg board, Reese Buttercups (um ya!), pies on sticks and cookie mix to go. Seriously perfection!

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DIY: Spice Jar Labels

I used to have one of those rotating spice racks that came with about twenty different spices already in the jars, four of which I ever really used. Not only was it pretty ugly looking, but it took up counter space I no longer had in my new pad. I found a cool galvanized steel shelving piece from Target a few months back and originally I bought it for my new office, but turns out it makes a pretty rad spice rack!

I’ve always wanted a label maker (like for real) so when Brother sent me their easy to use P-Touch I was a woman on a mission labelling everything in sight. It’s safe to say that I became an out-of-control-label-making-whore. Naturally I used it to label my new spice jars to go in my new spice rack.

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There are a bunch of different text options – a variety of sizes, styles and fonts to choose from. And fun Emoiji like pictures to use.brother-1- brother-3

A funnel made it super easy to pour in my spices into the narrow jars!

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I can’t stop, won’t stop!

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{While Brother did gift me this label maker, the opinions are strictly my own.}

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Recent Project: BRAVE Leather Bags

A couple of months ago I mentioned my work with BRAVE Leather over the years. This season I’ve helped them produce a look book, orchestrated a blogger collaboration and I also had a hand in designing their spring handbag collection. As a self proclaimed bag junkie, this comes pretty damn easy to me. A girl can never have too many!

Each BRAVE item is made from 100% vegetable tanned leather from Italy and handcrafted right here in their Toronto factory.

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{BRAVE’S Jurgen bag, photo via The Blondielocks}

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{bags I designed for BRAVE Leather}

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{BRAVE’s Pixie tote, photo via The Blondielocks}

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Recent Project: Loft Styling

After a busy last few months, I’ve had a couple of weeks to breath and catch up a little. And I’m finally getting around to sharing some fun projects I worked on!

I styled this King East loft for my favourite realtor and absolute bestie.  After consulting the home owners with paint and new flooring options, we brought in some new furniture, bright accessories, lots of fresh flowers and cool art (custom wood chevron art piece by Kings Renovation).  I’m pleased to announce it sold in 2 days with multiple offers for 102% over the asking price. Cheers to dat!

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Harper Love

I was recently going through all my photo shoot images and I came across these ones that Selina shot of Harper last summer. Oh I just love this squishy, cute, little pumpkin!!

Harps turned four a few weeks back and it’s amazing how much we’ve gone through together these last few years. He probably gets 500 kisses a day and never fails to put a huge smile on my face. He’s such a special pup!

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Recent Project: Apotheca Spring Window

I’ve been working a few window displays and styling projects that I’ve yet to share, so first up is the spring window I installed last week for the super cool compounding pharmacy, Apotheca.

Gold detailing, geometric floor tiles, minimal & white interior makes this the most gorgeous pharmacy I’ve ever seen. Needless to say I was excited to get my hands on their two front windows. It was time to “Swing into Spring” with a custom decal I designed, handcrafted swing and handmade paper flowers.

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Cool Shit: Paperdoll Parade

I’ve had a thing for wall hangings for a while now and when my girl Lisa from Paperdoll Parade added them to her collection of handmade goodies, I fell in love. Seriously, they are perfect.

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