I hope everyone has a happy Easter! For this holiday I made a bunch of song bird egg cookies using SweetAmb’s orange vanilla spice cookie recipe, which tastes SO good; I don’t think I’ll ever go back to making regular sugar cookies. For the icing, I followed this recipe with the help of these instructions for the right consistency. As for the icing coloring, I used Americolor gels and a mixture of the gels with almond extract for the speckling.
Next up on the house tour are the guest rooms! The first one is my favourite space of the whole house; it’s always full of natural light and the only room I got to decorate from scratch. The second guest room was previously used as a nursery so it has a bit of a younger feel, especially with the wallpaper and yellow walls. As much as I like it, I am getting a bit tired of the wallpaper and will probably take it down when I convert this space in to my future office.
Night stands – Wildon Home
Dressers – Kijiji find
Lamps – Discontinued item from Ikea
Art - Tadahiro Uesugi Print
Mirror – Home Sense
Duvet set – Discontinued item from West Elm
Throw – West Elm
Chair – Discontinued item from Ikea
I’ve been really busy with work lately, which means I haven’t been able to bake or make a lot of the things I’ve been meaning to. I did just vacuum and clean the house though…so I thought I’d start sharing bits of our place!
Josh and I moved into here just a few months after we got married. The couple we purchased it from had very similar tastes to our own, so we’ve barely changed anything in the house (save for painting a couple rooms). Here you’ll see the living room, which has gone through several iterations since we first set it up. I’ve been slowly getting rid of my old condo furniture and swapping it out with furniture that we’d like to keep for the long haul.
Coffee table – Restoration Hardware
Sofa – Ikea (discontinued, this is the updated version)
Console table – Crate & Barrel
Shag rug – Costco in-store
Brass taper candle holders – Etsy
Shadow boxes – Discontinued item from Indigo/Chapters
Tall planters – Crate & Barrel
Terrarium glass demijohn – Local kijiji find
Cross ottomans – Wayfair
Map – Metsker’s
Pillows - Discontinued items from indigo/Chapters
Arm chair – HomeSense find
Owl table – Discontinued item from Urban Barn
Pouf – Home Outfitters
Pom pom throw – Serena & Lily
Floor Lamp – Discontinued item from Urban Barn
Sofa table – Discontinued item from Crate & Barrel
Curtains – Came with the house!
Wire Laundry basket/throw holder – Antique Farm House find
1 – Short-Sleeve Chambray Shirt from J.Crew Factory
2 – Viyella Peter Pan Stripe Jersey Top from John Lewis
3 – Peter Pan Collar Tee from J.Crew Factory
4 – White/Violet Striped Blouse with Lace by Paul Smith from Style Bop
5 – Embellished-Collar Merino Wool Sweater by Milly from Net-A-Porter
6 – Sleeveless Embroidered Blouse from Zara
I find I’m always drawn to tops with a peter pan collar, and lately, they’ve been popping up at all my favorite stores. However, I’m still in search of the elusive plain white shirt with the beautifully-rounded collar…I keep spotting them too late when they’ve already sold out (like this one from Farfetch or this one from asos). One of these days I’ll find it!
Gallery Nucleus is having an upcoming show called Imaginary Friends that starts April 19th and I’ll be a part of it! My piece is done in gouache and depicts an imaginary tea party where a girl enjoys the company of her fancy pet friends. Being in the middle of a very hectic work schedule, creating this piece was a nice and relaxing break.
It’ll be available for purchase on Nucleus’ site after the opening reception. If you’re in the LA area, be sure to check out the gallery!