Wood Bead Garland DIY

A few weeks ago I made one of those cute wood bead garlands that are popping up all over home decor right now. If you have ever looked into buying one, they can be expensive, and I found especially in Canada, the shipping doubled the price! 
These make a great decor item for you home, a nice gift or even housewarming gift.
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Apartment Refresh Project Reveal

This post is sponsored by Lowe’s Canada, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

A little while ago I mentioned that I was going to be working on an apartment refresh to show you how you can make a big impact for less. For a long time, I have wanted to change the wall colour of our space and make a few other changes to freshen up the space.


When my boyfriend and I moved into our space, the walls were a yellowy-cream colour and had been freshly painted. Rather than rushing to change anything, we lived with it for two years. Also, a few other items in our space had taken the back seat, so we decided it was time for a change!

Dîner en Blanc, Toronto 2019

Ever New kindly invited Tiffany and I to be their guests at  Dîner en Blanc Toronto! They dressed us in stunning white dresses & accessories from Ever New, and we had the most incredible time!
If you remember, last year I attended Dîner en Blanc in Paris last year, and because I loved it so much, I definitely couldn't pass up the opportunity to attend in Toronto this year!
All photograph's in this post were taken by the amazing @jessilynnwongphotography.

Friday Favourites: Pralines & Cream

Another week of Summer gone! This week has seemed especially short because of the long weekend and I've been a ball of stress and anxiety!! Does anyone ever have those weeks where there are just set off by anything and everything - because that is me right now! Trying to plan trips, work on my thesis, work on my apartment project, figure out how to ship things to buffalo  for pick up and make sure they get there on time (which it looks like they wont)! I'm trying to order two different items that won't ship to Canada and shipping to Buffalo and picking it up seems like the only option sadly!
In any case! Here are 4 of my favourites from this week, one less than usual but I think we can cope with 4 just for this week. 

Favourite Design:
Bedroom Reveal from monikahibbs.com 
This space is gorgeous and calming and that art print is so pretty! I just ordered a bunch of prints online so I have been scouting out my favourites all week. Can't wait to reveal them soon!

All White Party Inspiration

I am heading to Dîner en Blanc tonight, and with the excitement of the event - I was dreaming up white party ideas and inspirations. I am so excited to see all of the gorgeous table settings, the venue and all of the outfits! I was able to attend Dîner en Blanc in Paris last year and it was an amazing event, so I am very excited to be able to attend in Toronto this year. 
In case you are thinking of hosting an all white party with all white decor, even add specs of gold or whatever you like, these inspirations are stunning!
Please note that none of these images are my own, and all of the sources are linked below each image.
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My New Go-To Swimsuit from Summersalt

A little while ago Summersalt kindly gifted me one of their swimsuits and a cover-up.
This past weekend I had a chance to try it out of the cottage!
While this swimsuit and cover-up were gifted to me, the opinions are all my own.
Also, please note that this post includes affiliate links.
Click the following link to view the one-piece I'm wearing above: Summersalt, The Sidestroke.

Friday Favourites: Long Weekend Vibes

It's the August long weekend and we are heading up to the cottage!
While I will likely be chained to my desk working on my thesis, at least it is a change of scenery and I can take breaks and enjoy the water! I hope you have more exciting plans than me!!
All of these gorgeous favourites from this week are definitely goals - what I wish I was doing, wearing, eating and more. I hope you enjoy them!

Decor: Dorm Room

I know a few people who are heading into first year of university this coming Fall and the rush of emotions and excitement came back. I of course was so excited to decorate my dorm room (we called them residence rooms). While I was in first year a long time ago - I do have a video that I made of a little room tour!! It seems so funny now, and I would do a million things differently, but I thought I would show you here.
I hope you enjoy all of these inspirations! I also linked some essentials and other items from Amazon below! I will also try to make a product list of the best things to buy for your dorm soon!
Please note that none of these images are my own, and all of the sources are linked below each image.
37 The Best Sunroom Ideas That Can Be Enjoyed With Family #bestsunroom #bestsunroomideas #sunroomenjoyedwithfamily ⋆ aegisfilmsales.com

Beauty: Invisibobble Hack

I think many of us have used invisibobble traceless hair rings, or something similar because they are known to be better for your hair. They are more gentle on your hair stopping breaks and they don't leave a ponytail kink - or in my case, less of a kink. 
After a while, these hair rings stretch out and fall out much easier, but I found an amazing hack that helps with this!

Friday Favorites: Bookcases & Blackberries

Another summer week gone! It truly feels like they are flying by and I am feeling the pressure to create Fall content. Yes, you read that right. Fall content. It isn't even August and I feel that pressure. I think last year I had a Fall burnout too early, so I don't want to do that this year, but many creators are talking about it already... we'll see. I think we are all enjoying the current situation with summer and all, so I shall keep it going!
We are staying home this weekend and hoping to make some strides with my latest home decor and refresh project, which I will most definitely be sharing with you soon. 

Favourite Design:
KITCHEN STYLING WITH ETÚHOME from harlowejames.com
I love bookcase styling and have a whole board dedicated to it on Pinterest. This is just so satisfying to look at. The colouring and different textures is beautiful! Definite goals. 

Boho Chic Room

I am so excited to share this Boho Chic Room project that I recently worked on at the cottage. I wanted to share the full process with you from the before photos, inspiration images, items I purchased and the after photos!
I recently had the absolute pleasure of working with Sico paints on a project to colour up my life! While this was a paid partnership with them on Instagram, and I did not have to share it with you on my blog - I really wanted to because I loved it so much! This post and opinions are all my own. There are also affiliate links in this post. 

Home: Decluttering

Well... this wasn't the post I planned for today, but I forgot I had a massage scheduled last night so my night took a different turn than intended. Long story short, there might be a bonus post this week! I really wanted to stay true to my blog schedule and do a home post today so I added this post in to bring a little home content. 

Beauty: Safe Sunscreen

Maybe I live under a rock - but this is a topic I have never thought much about. It might be because I live in the city and don't go on hot vacations much, but reef safe sunscreen is such an important and interesting topic. Even though I am not near a coral reef, I still think about natural in general, such as the lakes and rivers at the cottage. These are all things that we could be harming with the chemicals that are in our sunscreen. While, at the same time, sunscreen it incredibly important to us! We need to protect our skin from the harmful rays. This is when I came across the topic of reef safe sunscreens, and what isn't safe about normal sunscreens.

Friday Favourites: Natural Shades and Ice Cream Days

One of my favourite things about creating these Friday Favourites posts is that sometimes my inspirations from the week fit together seamlessly. The theme flows, the photos look like they belong together on a gallery wall or a cohesive feed and they give me the big yes. The kind of yes where you know that: this. is. it.
I feel like this week dragged on a big and I didn't have as much energy as I would have liked. I started going for fitness walks after work and eating healthier this week... the 80/20 rule because I obviously needed to fit tea and sweets into it. I also started back in my design courses last week, so week 2! This term I have my first thesis course and the other course is about codes and regulations. I might share a little more about my thesis as it develops - we'll see. However, keep your eye peeled because I am going to share a dedicated post about my chic pink boho themed cabin next week!

Cherry Red by Anastasiya Belik from magnoliarouge.com 
If you need me - this is where I will be. Or at least dreaming about.

Design: Small Living Spaces

Living in many different student apartments and homes, and now living in Toronto - you realize the importance of maximizing your space and designing small spaces well. I was inspired by the sweet little dining table in the kitchen that popped up on my feed this week and knew what I wanted to share for my Design and Decor Wednesday's! There are truly some amazing tricks out there to maximize space and ensure it flows. Also, many of these photo sources have links attached with great inspiration and tips for designing small spaces!
Please note that none of these images are my own, and all of the sources are linked below each image.
small space round dining table. Are you looking for a cute little table for a tiny space? Maybe a breakfast nook? I have some ideas for making the area work and a round up of tables. These would work in a tiny house too! And perfect with a bench!
Small Space Dining from At Home With Ashley

Perfect Sunday Morning

I was daydreaming at the cottage this weekend in our sweet little cabin and decided I would share my perfect Sunday morning with you. I wish I could start every single day this way because it is so relaxing and makes you realize you really don't need that much. These mornings are so simple but I love them so much.
White Terry kindly gifted me a set of sheets and duvet cover, so I always wake up in the softest bedding. I have been sleeping with their bedding for the last two months and I absolutely love it! We spend so much time in bed sleeping, about a third of or life in bed! It really puts into perspective how we should have quality bedding. 

Friday Favourites: Summer Berry

Happy Friday! It seems like the summer is just flying by and the weekends are passing so quickly!
It seems like sweet foods have been on my mind lately because I have been baking up a storm, so I could help but have the preview photo for this post be a delicious looking berry pavlova. I great up having Pavlova's but I feel like this is not something that Canadian's (possibly American's too) have for dessert!? Definitely worth trying especially with all of the beautiful fresh summer berries. 
Hoping for a relaxing weekend before my courses pick up again, and I hope you have a great weekend too! Enjoy the sun and beautiful weather!

Favourite Recipe:
Pavlova Cake with Summer Berry Cointreau from christiannkoepke.com
I need this right now. I love pavlova because it is so light and fluffy and topped with fresh fruits. This is truly a perfect summers dessert! It also looks stunning without much effort. 

Design: Dream Home

I have a private board that is very special to me because it is where I save my dream home inspirations. I only created this a few months ago when dreaming about owning a home, but it represents what I love right now, and if I were to buy a home tomorrow, this is the space that would make my heart happiest and feel the most homey to me. 
Living in the city, I have realized many spaces are very modern, clean and chic lines, and it made made realize that is not me. I have such an appreciate for all design, but my heart loves cute English cottages and farmhouses, with chic little touches.
I hope you love these inspirations as much as I do.
Please note that none of these images are my own, and all of the sources are linked below each image.
Image From Instagram @finding__lovely

Style: What's New in My Wardrobe. June

Hey July! Summer has finally arrived to Toronto area in the last two weeks and I am so happy! I can finally wear my summer dresses without feeling a tiny bit silly!
I'm a week late on this post, but better late than never!
I like to share these to show what I actually kept from mini hauls that I share in my Instagram stories. Sadly a lot of these items are sold out, so to make sure you don't miss out, I always share items on Instagram as I buy them, as well I added a new shopping tab on my blog so you can see what I am loving at the moment!

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Sadly I found this in store and have not seen it pop up online yet, but I know for a fact they have lots in store still, at least in Toronto! Plus lots of this toile print in other styles.

Friday Favourites: French Country Lavender

This week seems to have a lavender theme - whether it is the plant or the colour, I love it!
If you follow me on Instagram, you saw some behind the scenes lavender field clips from last weekend. You also saw I made those gooey oatmeal cookies I shared in my  Friday Favourites a few weeks back! They were incredible and I highly suggest baking them if you are a more experienced baker...if not the oatmeal cookie recipe step (not the crack pie filling) is simple and delicious!
I hope you have an amazing weekend and that you had a great Canada Day and 4th of July!!
Favourite Design:
French Country Kitchen Inspiration from frenchcountrycottage.net
I can't stop dreaming about the kitchen I will design for myself one day. I am definitely drawn to a country kitchen style like this gorgeous one!

Design: Pink Palace

For the love of Pink I had to share some of my favourite pink inspired design and decor!
Almost all of these spaces have light interiors with pops of pastel pinks throughout and I love how this create a warm and chic feeling. I also adore how all of these spaces are inspired by different design eras but still use a similar shade of millennial pink and look gorgeous.
I hope you enjoy these are much as I do!
Please note that none of these images are my own, and all of the sources are linked below each image.

Purple Hill Lavender Farm

Over the weekend I was invited to visit Purple Hill Lavender Farm by the lovely sisters Jessica and Emma who grew up on the stunning property! It was like stepping into a fairytale with rolling hills of lavender, a beautiful house, a little shop in a converted horse barn, a pond, birds chirping - honestly so stunning! 
Follow me to Purple Hill Lavender Farm!

Friday Favourites: Long Weekend

It's the long weekend in Canada and I am so excited for a mini vacation at the cottage!
I took Friday off, so it is 4 full days at the cottage for me, which is truly a break.
I have lots of relaxing, and a few others things planned. Whether you have a long weekend this weekend, or next weekend - or maybe not for a little while, I am wishing you a relaxing weekend!
Can't wait to share what  was up to with you next week.
Until then - here are my favourites from the week, all of which have a relaxing, cottagey theme to them!
Photo via hairstel.org

Patios & Gardens

Summer is finally here and I have been spending so much time out on the terrace. Dreaming about having a backyard and a home one day, and the amazing dinning parties I could have!
There are so many incredible styles and different ways you can design a backyard, patio, garden or summer house. These are a few of my favourite spaces, and if you click the source link there are many more beautiful pictures on those websites!

Please note that none of these images are my own, and all of the sources are linked below each image.

Conservatories and Garden Rooms from  countryliving.com

Saturday at Parkwood Estate

Over the weekend, I visited a beautiful estate for lunch and photos with a friend. I shared clips of this on Instagram in my stories and got lots of questions, so I wanted to share more details with you because it was beautiful! Also, if you're reading this, you are getting a sneak peek at the photos because I don't have then scheduled to be posted on Instagram for a few more days!

Friday Favourites: Terracotta and Peach

Happy Friday!
Seriously ready for the weekend. I don't know if it was the rainy weather on Thursday or what, but I took a two hour nap before getting up, writing this post, and going to bed. Wild Thursday night!!
I am finally finished my assignments at the end of my school term, and have a two week break! 
I am ready for a busy but fun weekend instead of focusing on assignments and that is always a nice break. Enjoy my favourites from this week!

Favourite Table Setting:
Terracotta and peach for a fall barn wedding from 100layercake.com
I adore the colours in this table setting, but the link also had me dreaming about a terracotta and peach fall wedding because isn't that the sweetest idea!? I love themes, any theme ... I love them so I couldn't help but share this one. 

4th of July

As promised in my Canada Day post - an Independence Day post!
Again, like the other post, this is mostly food because everyone loves to celebrate with good food, and its even better when its themed! I think these ideas would be amazing to celebrate with whether you're relaxing or attending or throwing a party over the long weekend!
Here are some of the best ideas I came across.

Canada Day

The long Canada Day weekend is coming up and I thought ti was the perfect time to share some ideas to celebrate over the weekend!
These might be mostly food - but who doesn't love to eat, especially when there is a reason to celebrate! There is also a cute printable banner at the bottom of the post. I just might print it out and hang it up at the cottage for the weekend.
Also, if you're reading this and American ... stay tuned because I have a 4th of July post coming tomorrow.
Canada Day Beaver Tails from blog.greenhousejuice.com

Beauty: Urban Skincare Routine

A few weeks ago I got an interesting question in my Instagram messages.
Urban Skincare. Anti-Pollution Skincare.
While I live in a city, this is not something I had a great answer to, so of course I did a little research.
Since this is something I think we should all think about, especially considering many of us live in urban settings, I wanted to share what I found!

Friday Favourites: Summer Florals

Happy Friday and Happy Raptors win and Happy New Taylor Swift song - so many things to be excited about this weekend. Especially if you are a Toronto fan and Taylor fan!
My post is sadly not themes around Raptors and Taylor Swift, but it is very summery and floral, so I am hoping this encourages the weather a little bit!
I have a weekend of final assignments to pump out and took Friday off to work on them... oh well, can't win them all! Next weekend I will be free for two weeks so I have that to look forward to!

Favourite Setting:
AphroChic: Stylish Ideas For A Summer Picnic
Stylish Ideas for a Summer Picnic from aphrochic.com via Pinterest
This is the cutest little garden tent of my dreams! This would be such a lovely spot to spend a sunny afternoon reading and having really lovely treats. I am sure kids would absolutely adore this as well!

Design: Porcelain Print

Porcelain Print, Blue & White print, Chinoiserie - there are many ways to describe this beautiful pattern and it has been on my mind a lot lately. 
The Porcelain print has been popping up a lot in fashion and decor lately and I love it. I was planning this post yesterday and on my way home from work I stumbled upon some beautiful porcelain print H&M clothing pieces and couldn't help myself. I thought it was funny how strong this theme was stuck in my mind!
If you are looking for more inspirations, last year I wrote a Farmhouse Inspirations post and at the bottom is more beautiful blue and white porcelain print images.
Please note that none of these images are my own, and all of the sources are linked below each image.
Decorating with Blue and White Ceramics from gallerieb.com

Weekend Lilac Love

When I started my new blog post schedule, I had full intentions of Monday's being Fashion/Beauty, Wednesday's being Home/DIY/Baking. However, only two weeks in, here I am changing things up. It is for a good reason, I promise. If you follow me on Instagram, you may remember over the weekend, I shared that I was at the cottage and I was smelling the beautiful Lilac trees. Well, inspiration took over and with help, I clipped a bunch of Lilacs that were hanging over the fence onto the road and filled a beautiful basket bag ... and now you will see the beautiful outcome! Many of these will pop up on my instagram over the next two weeks, but if you're a blog reader, you'll get a little peek before everyone else! Also, I am posting some videos of the Lilacs to my instagram stories so head over there for more content.
Also, at the very end, I made one of the images I took into a phone wallpaper, so if you are a Lilac Tree enthusiast (or a hunter boots enthusiast) like me, you can use this image as a wallpaper!

Friday Favourites: Lemon Lovin'

This week seems to have flown by and I can't wait to be up at the cottage!
I mentioned this on Instagram, but if you missed it, I have been working on a special project and I am styling and shooting the content for it this weekend!
This week I have been looking online at real estate in the area that my boyfriend and I love. We technically shouldn't be looking for another year - but no harm in being educated and dreaming. Every time I find a new house I love, I start planning in my mind how I would renovate. What it would look like in 10 years and 20 years and the dream renovations that I would complete!
I can't wait for the day that I get to buy a home and share the whole renovation progress with you, but until then, we can dream through my favourites this week.

Favourite Table Setting:
I am not sure if this is my favourite table setting or just atmosphere in general. This is such a cute little garden set up and the home in the background looks gorgeous with the build in fireplace!

Design: Cottage Style

Two weeks in a row! I'm sticking with the schedule and so excited about it. I think Wednesdays are my favourite because it is my chance to let you dive inside my decor and design brain! I am always planning, scheming and dreaming up new spaces all of the time. Since we are entering into cottage season, I thought I would share some of my favourite inspirations from Pinterest. I am so excited to build my own cottage one day after growing up with a cottage, I hope I can continue this through my life with my own unique designs.
I hope you enjoy my design musings this week!
  Please note that none of these images are my own, and all of the sources are linked below each image.

Family Room:

Cape Code Inspired Home from onekindesign.com

Style: What's New in my Wardrobe, May

Hello June! In Toronto it may not be as warm as we were hoping for but I am starting the month off with a new blog schedule and the first Monday of the month I am planning to share all of the new items in my wardrobe.
Due to the chillier weather, I haven't been as inspired to purchase as much for Spring/Summer!
Sharing some of the items I've purchased and I've been trying to buy more basic tops for work so I listed those below for you as well!

*Note some affiliate links are used below*

Friday Favourites: For the love of Stripes

I have always been a long time lover of blue and white stripes. I don't even mean to pick things with a blue and white stripe pattern but sure enough, I will end up with 10 tabs open, at least half are, you guessed it, blue and white striped items! This clearly happened this week in a different way, my Pinterest board of favourites did the same thing to me this week. 

Favourite Style:
I have been obsessing over this look. Seriously, I sat down to write this post and ended up 20 tabs deep trying to recreate this look! I did manage to do this, but you'll have to come back on Monday for my new series "What's New in my Wardrobe" that I will now be posting on the first Monday of each month! 

Design: Chic Scandinavian Style

I always start Pinterest boards with a concept of theme that surrounds them, but they are secret boards that I don't share with the public. I've decided that I am going to start sharing themed posts with my favourites from these boards. I will try and share at least one of these posts a month, but since design is a passion of mine, I may get carried away and share more. The first is a chic Scandinavian theme that I saved for a friends new space.
This is a collection of my favourite images from this style that I would use for inspiration if I were decorating my home! Please note that none of these images are my own, and all of the sources are linked below each image.

Friday Favourites: Summer Earth Tones

I have once again been slacking on blog posts, but if you follow me on Instagram, you know I just had eye surgery last month, so this is more legitimate. However, today I sat down and planned out a blog post schedule that I think I might be able to manage!? I received a message this week from a reader asking a question but also words of encouragement - so here I am using that as motivation!
These are a few of my favourites from this week and stay turned for more posts coming soon!

Favourite Table Setting:
Vintage Meets Festival Vibes from Green Wedding Shoes
I am loving the dried feeds, feathers and natural elements being used in decor right now! I have seen this so much in even decor and home decor and I think it is perfect. I love the blush tones and light wood in addition to the natural elements in this event set up, and it reminds me so much of @Amberfillerup's home decor!

Beauty Bag Favourites

With the Sephora sale open to all Beauty Insiders, I wanted to share my full skincare and make up routine! The sale is running until May 6th, and Beauty Insiders receive 10% at Sephora, VIB receive 15%  and Rouge receive 20% off. I will put all of the details below!
If you have any specific questions, please feel free to email me or send me a message on Instagram @emscourtney
Please note affiliate links are being used in this post!

Benefits of Silk Pillowcases

With the Spring Sephora sale coming up, I wanted to share an honest review of one of my favourite things! I bought two silk pillowcases at Christmas for my boyfriend and I to use and we absolutely love them. They note only feel nice, but they have some incredible benefits that I have been noticing. When you research about silk pillowcases there are mixed reviews, but I honestly share my options and how much I love them! 

Style: Favourite Spring 2019 Trends

I know there are many many incredible Spring Fashion trends, but I wanted to share some of my favourite trends that I have seen popping up all over, working from head to toe!

Friday Favourites: Easter Florals

It seems like this year is flying by! We are already in April planning for Easter dinner and dreaming about Spring. I am feeling very jealous as I watch the UK and parts of the US with their blooming flowers and trees! I don't think we will see that in Toronto until May.
Until then, we can dream about all of these pretty favourites inspired by Easter & Florals!

Favourite Table Setting:
Nature themed Easter tablescape with pink and gold accents.
Pink and Green Easter Table from tarynwhiteaker.com
This is such a beautiful table setting that is definitely inspiring my Easter table setting plans! I love the whimsical little bunny plates with flowers.

Travel: Oahu, Hawaii

Fresh off the plane from Oahu, Hawaii, I wanted to share all of the activities we did while on vacation, as well as a few other things that were on my list that we didn't get to.

Sugar Cookies

I have always loved Sugar cookies and I was inspired by some cute heart cookies I saw recently with gold flakes. I decided to give it a try myself! The picture's don't show it - but there is gold glitter dust and tiny silver heart sprinkled all over these!

Love Day Wallpapers

I know everyone loves when I share wallpapers so I thought I would share a few Valentine's desktop and phone wallpapers to enjoy!

free Valentine's Day abstract watercolor heart iPhone or Android phone background wallpaper     

Click the links below the photo for the full size photo and to check out the other cool wallpapers by these amazing artists and bloggers. 

Some of these photos were collected on Pinterest, but there was no source. If this is your photo, or you know the source, please please let me know so I can give credit to them!

Galentine's Party Inspiration

I couldn't help myself but share all of these incredible Galentine's Day Party/Brunch/Tea ideas! I have to host one of these next year. A holiday surrounded by pink and sweets sounds like the perfect time to celebrate with a cute girly event!Valentine's Party with ombre flowers and a DIY xoxo table runner I Photography: Gillian Ellis Photography
Valentine's Styled Shoot from acoastalbride.com

Style: Chic & Snowy Look

I captured this magical snowy moment over the weekend and couldn't help but share it with you!
The outfit details are all linked at the end of the post.