Regardless of the fact that the weather is still warm hot here in Vancouver, the stores are proudly displaying their fall merchandise. Even though I love summer, it is the end of August and I can’t help but get a wee bit excited seeing all of the new gorgeous autumn home decor. I actually look forward to every season because it gives me an excuse to change things up a bit around the house. I get bored with things looking the same ol’ way for too long. Even if it’s just adding a few new items that co-ordinate with the season it makes me super happy.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make Fall decor changes… adding a couple pretty seasonal throw pillows on the couch, a fall wreath on your front door (or living room mirror) and burning a pumpkin candle (or your fave Fall scent) changes the mood of the home instantly. I love the whole Fall through Winter vibe. The house is all warm, cozy and inviting. Sittin’ by the fireplace, sippin’ hot chocolate (and Baileys), one pot dinner on the stove, pie in the oven and playing board games. Just like a real modern day Leave It To Beaver-Cleaver family style. 😉
I’ve compiled a list of some quick and inexpensive ways to put a l’il spice of Fall into your home.
The most glorious season of all is right around the corner folks. FallakaThe Season ofPumpkins is nearly here! I could not be more excited. Bring on the colder weather, big cozy sweaters, boots, leaves, and my personal favourite part of Fall… PUMPKINS. I am obsessed. Aren’t they just the prettiest orange things you ever did see? 😉
Come August, stores will be filled with all things pumpkin related. Pumpkin spice lattes (the ultimate Fall treat!), candles, baked goods, home decor. They have it all. I like to think that Fall has officially arrived when Bath & Body Works release their highly anticipated Fall candles in stores. It seems my wish has came true and Fall has come early this year because Bath & Body Works just released some of their new scents a few days ago! Yup, that’s right. Fall candles are now available at Bath & Body Works and they’ve got some amazing new scents this year. I can’t wait to stock up. It’s not wrong to burn pumpkin candles year round is it?
Here are some lovely pumpkin goodies to get you into the Fall spirit:
When Natasha heard that ArtBeat Vancouver was looking for submissions from local Artists to contribute their art for charity, she knew it was something I’d be interested in.
Founded by Scarlett Smith, Artbeat Vancouver is a non-profit fundraising society. This special event is a celebration of local music and art which raises money for a worthy cause. The evening features a silent auction of art in benefit of Esther’s Place Shelter in Vancouver as well as a portion of the funds (10%) aids Little Footprints, Big Steps.
Esther’s Place is a safe-haven 4 apartment home in Vancouver where abused women and their children can go to rebuild their life safely and securely. This safe house provides support, job training and assistance in essentially starting their life all over again.
Here in British Columbia it is estimated that last year alone, approximately 13,000 women fled abusive living situations.
Little Footprints, Big Steps is a charity that advocates children’s rights in Haiti. They offer protection and healing for children who have been victimized by abuse, homelessness, exploitation, slavery and neglect. Through services and programs they reunite children to their families, provide shelter, protection, food and education.
The event takes place this Saturday, July 25th in Vancouver from 4-10pm. There will be drinks, live music and some beautiful Art for sale. It will be a wonderful evening out for a great cause.
You can read all about the fundraising event and where to purchase your tickets here.
I was super excited and honored they accepted one of my paintings ‘Pink Friday’ (pictured above) to be included in this years event.
We were recently contacted by Chairishand asked if we were interested in designing a styleboard for them based around one of their numerous fabulous accent chairs. We were totally inspired and up for the challenge. Chairish is an online store where people can buy and sell beautiful pre-loved pieces of home furnishings.
We had a variety of chairs provided to us (via photos) and were asked to design a whole space around that one chair. Who doesn’t like to play designer and pretend they are putting together a room for a very important client (thyself) and create a totally gorgeous design! This was totally right up our alley. LOVE it. We suggested to Holly at Chairish that Natasha and I both create a design separately to see what we come up with. She was totally into it.
It’s funny because when we both had completed our designs and seen each others, we weren’t surprised at all what chair we each ended up choosing and the overall designs around it. Each of our designs completely represent each of our styles and personalities. It was so much fun to go ‘pretend shopping’ at Chairish, and some of our favourite decor stores such as Pottery Barn, Anthropologie & Pier 1 Imports and choose whatever our little hearts desired. Price a non issue of course. Oh a girl can dream!
Laura: I loved this design challenge! When I scrolled through the pictures of chair choices it was a no brainer when I laid my eyes on the deep purple chair. First of all, purple is my FAVE colour and the style of the chair was perfect. I instantly pictured it in a bedroom. My dream bedroom!
The pieces I chose are simply pieces that I love and would purchase for my own home (if I had no budget of course!). I like to mix old with new, traditional and modern, pieces that don’t always match, and odd numbered items. Like groupings of 3’s and 5’s, not in 2’s. Three candles, not just two, that kinda thing. Just visually more interesting to me.
I actually went way over board when ‘online shopping‘ for pieces to fill my bedroom design. I ended up having to delete many items just because they all wouldn’t fit on the screen! I know! I had a huge dark black antique dresser, a stunning stand alone antique mirrored jewelry box and an absolutely gorgeous Turkish area rug for the bedroom sitting area.
So basically I wanted the room to look warm and cozy, romantic, feminine and elegant. A room where you can just curl up in the big fluffy bed, light candles, sip on tea and read a book. Ahhhh… sounds perfect!
Ironically Natasha said that this design resembles my real bedroom in many ways. I agree, only this online version would be the ‘high end’ design and my actual bedroom (sadly) would be the ‘bargain‘ design. ha!
Natasha: It was love at first sight. The moment I saw the pair of beautiful Green High Back Tufted Broyhill Chairs, I just knew they were the chairs for me. 😉 They are bright, bold & totally reminiscent of the 70’s which I adore. They certainly take any boring old room to bright & cheery in an instant!
I love mixing vintage pieces with modern and tend to lean towards more minimal (but cozy!) designs. That said, I combined all those elements within my styleboard and came up with a 70’s Inspired Modern Vintage theme. Colourful, clean, & simple.
As you can probably guess based on my styleboard choices, I am a big fan of colour. Whether that be in home decor, clothing or nail polish – I’m always all-for a pop of colour! Adding a bright accent chair to a room is a great, simple way to refresh a space.
Click here to visit Chairish to find out more about the chairs we featured and browse among plenty of other gorgeous vintage accent chairs.
What is your design style? We’d love to hear from you!