here we go




Trying to get geared up for a refresh / renewal / come back… it’s been a tough 6 months or so to get in the head space for blogging; with moving around and waiting for renovations to be done. The good news is we’ll be moving into our house very soon so I’ll be able to set up my space for blogging and get back into it with full force. I know it’s a lame excuse, but I’ve always been someone who needs everything organized and all the proper ‘equipment’ before I can dive into something. A few things that I’ll have to go back and cover are photos from my amazing adventure in Morocco { from October, can you believe how time flies !! } and some before ~ inspiration ~ during ~ after photos of the house! Eep, I simply can not wait. In the mean time, I stumbled across this video by Aimee Song. I really enjoy following her blog and Instagram and I thought this was a great little vid. My favourite part –

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Always learning and growing is a great place to be. Looking forward to getting back at it { now, how many times have I said that! } so stay tuned!!

xx

the weekly four no.01

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Easy does it… It’s been a while, OK a long while. But I am determined to find the time to dedicate to the A&O. I must! I’ve been wrapped up in travelling, both professionally / personally (Paris & Alsace / Morocco & London ) so there will be much more to come on that soon. Mixed in with all of that has been a lot of renovation madness which, at times, can be so much fun and, at other times, can cause a fair amount of stress. Learning to work with it is an exercise in patience that’s for sure!

Anyways, here we go… a new project for weekly inspiration – on a Monday  – to start the week off motivated and creatively charged!

Talk soon xx

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back at it

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Gosh, it’s been a while now! I had planned to get a better posting schedule over the summer but who knew how busy it would be. The most exciting { time consuming } thing has been that we bought a house… Eep! We are so excited and now in the process { of selling our condo } of thinking about design. Which means that I am totally focused on that right now when ever I’m online searching for images and inspiration. We’re working with a design co. that’s having us do homework assignments which include picture essays { totally up my alley } and above are some of the images that I have collected to let them know my idea of the perfect home. What else. Oh, my class at OCAD in fabric arts and natural dye was a great learning experience. And it’s exciting to think I’ll actually have a space to try it out at home soon ; )

Happy Weekend! xx

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june how-to

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For your next party: 10 Ways To Make A Cocktail Stick

A Cup of Jo shows you how to give a reflexology foot massage

Making aged mercury glass candle holders with A Beautiful Mess

The tool kit for sexy bedhead

Brush care 101 from Garance Doré

How clever are these hanging laundry baskets!

A hand-carved stamp project with Emmadime

Who doesn’t want to make their own piñatas ?

Hellllooooo June! Can’t believe you’re here already. Don’t you think that the beginning of the month is a such great time to get inspired! Speaking of such things, I can’t wait to share more details soon on a course I am taking that starts this coming Monday. It’s called Fibre Arts with Natural Dyes and it’s sure to be an amazing experience in something that’s totally new! xx

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home-grown: junction flea market

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I’m really trying to put more of a home-grown spin on here at the a&o. So how perfect is this? Every second Sunday of the month, and starting tomorrow, The Junction Flea!

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I’ll be there to check it out. We’re on the hunt for a wooden crate for a new project and I think this is just the place to find it! xx

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easy tiger

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Obviously, tigers are all the rage. They are everywhere from clothing, to jewelery, to home accessories! For a quick { inexpensive } fix I picked up this Zara Tiger-Print Blouse that I am in love with. And, if you’re up for spending a bit more, you could always splurge on an iconic Kenzo Tiger Embroidery Sweatshirt { well actually you probably can’t because they are eternally sold out ! } Or, for something in between, be inspired by the above. xx

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textiles & closet space

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Ok, so gearing up for a comeback is not such an easy task. There’s a lot of umm what if I can’t do it, ahhh what if it’s not like it was before et cetera, et cetera. Step one, I suppose, would be to get rid of those negative thoughts right. Ok, so then what? Step two, find inspiration in new ways. Queue stumbling upon Allison Watkins. California-based Allison Watkins is an artist whose work combines art and fashion in an very intriguing and inspiring new way! I love the idea of bringing your carefully curated closet out from behind closed doors. Why not let each zig – zag, each polka – dot, and splash of colour come to life! Allison says;

I’m mainly attracted to the color, pattern, and texture of material – it’s so seductive.  This is partly what drew me to the closet as a subject to embroider. A closet can be full of memories, and the eclectic nature of a persons wardrobe is what draws me to it.

I absolutely adore it and hope you are feeling inspired on this fresh Wednesday morning! xx

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in your space: creative minds

Who doesn’t want a sneak peak into the amazing workspace of such creative minds?? Heather Clawson, of Habitually Chic, covers the bases in her second book Habitually Chic: Creativity at Work. Get a glimpse above into the work spaces of Jenna Lyons, Albertus Swanepoel, Chris Benz, Philip Crangi, and Thelma Golden. For more, check out her book here. Happy Friday!

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atlas assortment no.11

It was time for a Halloween inspired atlas assortment – eep! I am loving all of the skull printed items at Zara right now { especially this cute skull print sweater } and cannot wait to celebrate this all hallows’ eve { and my birthday ! }

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in your space: decorated by cristina ramos

The style is very eclectic and is influenced by very different cultural sources. The furniture is almost all vintage, from the 40s and 70s, and have remained original structural elements.

A Maximum warmth. Achieved with lighting that creates intimate and cozy. There’s only overhead light in the dining room in the rest of the house has been used indirectly with floor lamps and table.

Playing with contrasts. In some rooms intentionally breaks the calm atmosphere
provided by the soft colors that add drama with elements such as the wallpaper in the dining room dark tones. Nuevo-Estilo.es

There is just some much I love about Cristina Ramos‘ style and eye for design. The 70s influence, art deco, neo-classicism, bohemian style, and industrial style are all combined. My favorite parts include, but are not limited to…

– the tiled, pattered floors
– mix & match style
– neon
– the retro vibe
– bold colours

And the list goes on!!

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thankful

Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians! I hope that everyone had a lovely long weekend. I am sad to see it come to an end { it’s my most favorite holiday of the year !! } but glad to have spent such a delightful weekend with friends and family ; )

xx

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