Favorite Blues


1. HC-156 Van Deusen Blue
2. 2131-40 Smokestack Gray
3. 2131-70 Gray Sky
4. HC-145 Van Courtland Blue
5. AF-540 Constellation
6. HC-154 Hale Navy

I daydream about blues.

I've always been a blue person; if I use any colour in my life, it has to be a blue. No other colour does it for me! I'm drawn to tranquil peaceful colours, and that's why smokey gray-blues specifically have my heart.

Because I'm not a fan of accent walls, I believe adding blue in smaller rooms or areas of your home can make a big impact and give you that splash of subtle colour you may be looking for. The lighter pale blues give a clean fresh feeling to a powder room or laundry room, while the rich navy tones create a wave of depth in an intimate dining room.

Other great uses for the deep blues are on cabinetry (I especially love myself some navy bathroom vanities mixed with gold accents!) but if you want to play it on the safer side, a colour like Van Courtland Blue is a beautiful midtone that won't stray too far from your neutral soft gray home palette.

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Our Home Renovation: Phase 2 of 3


Hey friends!

Guess what? Our wedding is in 3.5 MONTHS!!
That's all I'm going to say - and hope that it's enough to justify my absence 😓

We had a wonderful Christmas in our cozy little home with lots of time with our families, a New Years Eve spent with best friends at a cottage, and a cold January spent wedding planning (panicking).

So now that we're all caught up let me show you phase 3 of our home renovation: turning our 'bonus room' into our master bedroom / master ensuite / mud room / laundry closet.

Our bonus room is hard to describe. When we were deciding if we were going to purchase this home, the bonus room was just that to us : a huge bonus. The house already has two bedrooms in the loft and two on the main floor, but there was no distinct master bedroom. This bonus room was an addition by the previous owner and runs off the kitchen. It already had a laundry closet and a powder room in it as well. They used this room as a recreational room; but we felt as though one living room is enough for this house (check out phase 1 of our renovation here and our custom wall unit here!)

Transition from White to Dark


So you've finally finished painting your whole home white,
because that layered white-on-white look is so soft, elegant, and peaceful.

Then Benjamin Moore released their 2017 Colour of the Year:
Shadow, and it's DARK. But we also kind of love it! It turns out colour is back.. After a year of having white homes, maybe we are missing that warmth and richness. So now how do you add this into your home?

Don't worry, you don't need to paint your walls again (or at least not all of them).
If you want to keep that soft look but add pops of richness, I recommend choosing a midtone to soften out the contrast between light and dark.  Look at this midtone as your stepping stone from white to dark, there to simply smooth out the transition.