an urban picnic on robson street

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I seriously LOVE entertaining. as I move through life, I’ve learned that it’s also something that I do quite well! I’ve found so much joy in my home, decorating, and feeding loved ones! I’ve worked with Robson Street before, and when they asked me to host an intimate media lunch to promote their Pop-Up Picnic area, I was so excited!

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For bigger projects with plenty of lead time, I’ll usually start a secret pinboard to hold inspiration… I find this useful to really see what i’m attracted to, and I let this guide me. I never copy anything I see – I want everything I do to be authentic to my taste. For this project, I only had 10 days to pull it together, so I simply used the idea of an urban picnic, and went from there. I knew I had a space (in this case, a small patio area right on Robson and Thurlow), tables, chairs, and a takeout menu (the meals had to be chosen from the restaurants on Robson Street since this event was to promote the picnic area space that is ‘popped up’ for the summer, only).

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Working with that, I had a small budget to pull together other elements like the linens from Taffete Designs, napkins, cutlery, drinks, flowers and extras. I always like to create unique elements, so I used my own personal vases, cake stands, straws, mason jars, and made special placecards out of custom hasthtag macarons from Sweet Bake Shop.

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A little goodie bag full of Karameller Candy (in red and white, of course!) was the perfect take away. While I wanted the picnic to feel elevated, I wanted to stay true to the rustic ‘picnic’ feel, and added some watermelon, a vintage picnic basket (from Whiskey and Cake Home) and garden flowers from Flower Factory. When hosting, I always consider the comfort of my guests so I wanted to make them feel special, and give them plenty of opportunity for a great time, conversation with friends, and of course, the perfect photo opp! It was such a fun day – cannot wait until next time!

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summer entertaining ideas

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Summer is by far my favourite time to have guests over, because we can take the party outside! Our new place has a patio, and the first thing I did was buy a BBQ for it! We’re still getting the hang of it, but we’ve been grilling a lot lately. We’re really loving having our friends over, and I adore having an excuse to host! It doesn’t need to be complex at all – fresh flavours, lighter foods, fruit and of course, rosé, are always my go-to dishes! Summer entertaining ideas are below.

Watermelon, bocconcini on skewers – sprinkle with cilantro, and it’s such a refreshing appy.

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The easiest dinner for us or for guests? Chicken, vegetables, and potatoes on the BBQ! Could NOT be easier or tastier.

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Pavlova is by far my fave summer dessert – SO easy and seasonal. I shared my “recipe”, here.

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Hosting meetings and photo collaborations with a few nibbles ! My easy go-to is a stop at Whole Foods for fruit and some sort of baked good. A fresh press juice is always a nice little addition!

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Yes way, Rosé! What’s a summer patio moment without a pretty and crisp glass of rosé?

our home tour

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I’m so so excited to finally share a home tour with you! BC Living offered us the opportunity to share our home with their readers, and we were so excited to shoot our space! Home decor is such a hobby of mine and I love making a space feel like home. I decorate with items that just feel right, and never, ever, go into it with a plan. Balancing my taste, and my husband’s taste has been quite easy – we compromise a lot and balance our tastes to make it work. For instance, the green leaf pillow, it was his choice, and I don’t mind it. The floral one was mine and he maybe pretends like he doesn’t mind it (but isn’t it gorgeous?!)

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I’m all about the splurge and save tactic when it comes to home decor: save where you can, and spend on those items you’re in love with! Our couch was Ikea, and a great deal, while something like the ottoman was a bit pricier. Like everything, balance will be the key to decorating success.

Pop over to BC Living to see all the sources and the rest of our home tour! As always, feel free to comment below with any questions!

Photos by Taya Photography and flowers by Flower Factory.

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decorate your home with flowers (on budget!)

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i know, i’m the worst at keeping up this little blog lately! it’s the weekend, and it’s time to take time out to do those things that bring us happiness, and for me, that’s flowers. what’s better than heading to the market or your favorite florist, and stocking up for the week? nothing makes me happier than a house full of blooms peppered from room to room (you may have caught that drift on my instagram feed). i’ve been such a flower collector over the last few years, and this habit can add up and really cut into your monthly budget.

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break up that big bouquet and piece out blooms into different size bud vases to set the mood at your bedside table, your dressing table, kitchen, and living room. think glass of different types : clear, milk, mercury are all wonderful options!

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cut down the florals to fit the vase – using an eclectic combination of bud vases gives you the ability to see which blooms look lovely, and best fit their vessel.

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grouping like types and colors of floral can look fresh and modern, and a sprig of greens adds a pro touch to your mini arrangements. breaking up your bouquet will give you a house full of fresh blooms, for less money then buying multiple arrangements. don’t overlook the greens as filler! that pop of freshness makes a pretty statement in your powder room, especially beside the sink.

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always give your blooms a little snip once you get them home to ensure the stems soak up as much water as possible to prolong their life, and once the flowers start to wilt, simply re-cut, ensuring to only snip the tip to keep the stem length.

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our living room: before and after

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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!

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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)