our living room: before and after

sparkle living room

we are notorious for taking forever with choosing items for our home. i have a huge list of updates i want to make and items i want to buy… this list stays long with no action. until now, that is! we’re finally making decisions, and finishing our rooms. we started with our living room, and thanks to a brand new custom ottoman from lofty living, we’re feeling accomplished!

our old coffee table was huge, dark and out of date. it was a hand me down pottery barn piece that i had grown out of long ago!

sparkle living room before
(the before)

the living room feels so much more us with the ottoman. it was tough to choose a colour, but after thinking it over with sample fabrics, and with a little coaching from the lovely ladies at lofty living, we decided on a mid-tone grey for a few reasons: lighter colours will get dirtier quicker, especially when kids come along, and i didn’t want the living room to be too beige. the darker colour grounds the space. i love how the legs match our lamp (a homesense purchase from years ago).

along the other wall runs a built in unit that i’m sprucing up, and i’ll reveal that next week!

sources:

ottoman: lofty living lolita
sectional: ikea nokerby with the teno light grey fabric
sheepskin: costco
rug and lamps: homesense
tray and milkglass goblet: the cross
gold pouf: ebay (and i stuffed it myself)

valentine’s day prep

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welcome to february! i used to detest valentine’s day and found it really just an excuse for big corporations to sell us things… and i still do, but now just go with it and enjoy as much as i can. i’ve been prepping for valentine’s day with my sparkle media clients and have had the opportunity to be super creative with producing styled shoots – it’s impossible for me not to adore pink. i’ve tried, but i am always most attracted to it. how typical of me, right?

the photo above was taken by taya photography in prep for a valentine’s day pop up shop happening feb 13 and 14 at sweet bake shop in vancouver. we’ve called it #popupcupid, and will be selling sweets, flowers and have a fun kissing booth set up. gosh, have i said lately how much i love what i do?!

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my fave part of styled shoots are always the gorge blooms!

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roses everywhere – how sweet and romantic are these rose studs from barefoot contessa?

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life gets so busy, but i always make time to spend monday night’s with my girls watching the bachelor… and calories don’t count on those monday’s.

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ava being her cute self around the office.

have a wonderful week, and i’ll be back in a few days with some ideas on simplifying – i’m a pro at this now, trust me!

the perfect valentine’s day cocktail

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with valentine’s day around the corner the planning commences! i created this fun and girly valentine’s day cocktail recipe to share with glitter guide readers.

popping the bubbly for a girls night in, my cocktail is called the ‘cupid’s kiss’ and is a whimsical spin on the classic french 75 thanks to sweet and fun cotton candy toppers from petitepuf. how great is that sparkly backdrop from shop by taffete? loved the sparkle it added to the shoot.

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the coupes are from chapters indigo, and the copper tray was a wedding gift from the cross.

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pop over to glitter guide to see the feature and recipe!

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weekend love

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the weekend is here, and it couldn’t come soon enough, right? with so much on the go, and being sick for over two weeks now, i’ve been busier than normal, hence the lack of posts. i’m terrible. BUT, i am posting almost daily over on instagram, and if you want to, find me here and sparkle media, here. so much easier to just post on the go on instagram!

have a great weekend and you can count on some new content here next week! xo

 

around our new home

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hello, hello! it’s been a few months (two and a half, actually), and we’re slowly getting settled in and making this place feel like home! i thought it would be fun to share a little bit about what’s going on around here lately! we’re waiting for a new coffee table ottoman, and these tulips are seriously channelling spring. what is it about fresh flowers?!

couch party

i’ve been SO sick for the past two weeks, and when i felt worse than i did at the start of it, i knew i needed a full day of rest. couch party!

quiet night

popcorn is totally my go to evening snack and it feels almost guilt free to nosh on the crunchy, salty kernels, doesn’t it?

sick day cozy

our bed is my fave place in the whole world. it’s always made better with a cup of coffee and some of my fave shows on the macbook.

bookshelf

these babies need to come out to play more often. i was a total kitchen slacker in 2014 and hope to rectify that in the next little bit.

ava

ava got a hair cut and she looks cuter than ever! how can you EVEN with those paws?!

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my home office is a disaster and i can’t wait to get it all sorted out. bought the paint, and now just need to buy the time! once it’s painted, i can start organizing and settled in. this space will have to double as a nursery when the time comes which should be quite the challenge. can’t wait to do a full home tour when everything is ready!