I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but we are approaching *shudder* the Winter season. Ready or not, it’s coming. So we as Canadians need to buck up, dust off our parkas and get our homes ready for the brutal season ahead. And that begins with our Foyers & Mudrooms. These rooms are the workhorses of our homes. They must stay organized and work for us, not against us – especially with busy families. It’s a lot of pressure for one room, but with the right furniture & accessories in place your mornings will be stress free.

I’ve partnered with Wayfair Canada and selected my top 8 pieces which will keep my Foyer organized day in and day out. I live in a small condo in Toronto so I don’t have a grand Foyer with unlimited storage. My selections were mindful, as I carefully considered function while also choosing beautiful pieces transitional in style. There’s also a special nod to my current favourite colour & a holiday classic, Emerald Green (inspired by THIS video by Studio McGee #Swoon).

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  1. Chelmsford Rectangle Wall Mirror – Obviously a staple for any Foyer. A quick check of lipstick and hair before you zip out the door!
  2. 24″ Artificial Iced Pine Cone Wreath – I just loved the simplicity of this wreath & the versatility it gives for you to add whatever colour ribbon you’d like!
  3. Plaid Signature Throw Blanket – I always like to add a little bit of warmth & texture to any space, and your Foyer should be no different! Add a cozy throw blanket in a basket for a layered look.
  4. Decorative Glass & Brass Box – Boxes of varying sizes are always a great way to add some interest & a great spot to catch your necessities like loose change & keys.
  5. Soule Console Table – This console table has a simple yet eye-catching design that is matched with incredible durability. It’s transitional design means it can be styled in so many different ways!
  6. Matchett 25.5″ Table Lamps – I absolutely adore the classic shape of this table lamp, it’s something I will have for years. And it comes in a variety of different colours, so they’re a great way to add a pop of colour to any space.
  7. Attractive Sea Grass Baskets – Baskets are always a great way to add some texture & of course, storage! Throw your mitts, hats & shoes in there – mess be gone!
  8. Hadely Jute Area Rug – Jute rugs are not only incredibly durable, but they provide a nice neutral palette for your decor. The loop construction adds visual and textural dimension.

For more shopping fun click HERE!

Tell me – what is the most important element in your Foyer? Would you consider any of these pieces for your home? Tweet me @EMontillaDesign to join the conversation.

xo

L.

 

 

 

I recently took a little break from social media and I have to be honest, it was a nice break. I had been considering it for a while, as it had started consuming my life. I found myself spending a shameful amount of time just mindlessly scrolling through Instagram (my vice). I then read THIS blog post by the talented Rebecca Hay, and was instantly inspired to STEP AWAY FROM THE PHONE.

Originally I had planned to only take 1 week off, just to test the waters. I was pleasantly surprised that the first week was easier than I expected. One week has now turned into three.

Within those three weeks, I was able to see & appreciate my world in a whole new light.

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Windsor, Ontario: Something as simple as taking a 20 minute walk and being outside rejuvenated my spirits and allowed me to acknowledge the Fall beauty around me. 

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Montreal, Quebec: I just had to step into the street to snap this photo. I took a quick weekend trip during my social media sabbatical and although this day was particularly cold & rainy, I relished in the stillness & quietness of the streets of Old Montreal. 

So, here are the top 4 things I’ve learned from my mini digital detox:

  1. There’s A Wolrd Outside Your Phone
    I found that because I wasn’t constantly looking down at my phone, I was much more aware of my surroundings. Even something as simple as enjoying my lunch without staring at my phone made it that much enjoyable.
  2. Comparison Is Noise
    Along with the pressure of feeling like I had to be connected at all times, I was constantly comparing myself to my fellow Instagrammers. It seemed like everything they were posting/the projects they were working on were far more exceptional than anything I was working on at the moment, and I was starting to feel a bit meek. I then realized that I was comparing myself to people I had mostly never met, got a grip on reality and sucked it up. Social media should be a tool to show off your loves & passions while encouraging others to do the same.
  3. Sustaining Relationships
    I was able to connect and be more present for the people in my life. I never realized how often I’d ask my husband how his day was, while staring down at my phone. Taking a break from social media allowed me to LOOK UP when speaking to people, and to value our conversations more. 
  4. Taking A Break Is Ok
    Being able to accept the fact that stepping away was OK, was half the battle for me. Realizing that I didn’t need to know everyone’s comings and goings, I didn’t need to read every tweet was somewhat refreshing. Towards the end of the 3 weeks, a quick five-minute check in was all I needed to get up to date with everything I “needed” to know.

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed like I was with social media – I encourage you to take a little break. Even if you unplug for just a day, see how it feels. After easing my way back in, I feel inspired with a sense of renewed energy.

Tweet me @EMontillaDesign and let me know how it goes!

xo

L.

 

Guys! FALL IS OFFICIALLY HERE. I just love everything about this season. The scarves. The crunchy leaves. The apples. I don’t want it to end! I especially have taken a liking to the decor recently. So often I think we get tied up with decorating our homes for Christmas, but we often forget the deliciousness of the colours & textures of Fall decor. While it’s not necessarily a ‘holiday’, I think it’s important to appreciate the beauty of the season, before the white stuff comes!

And with decorating often comes entertaining. I’m not going to lie – when I know I’ll be hosting guests, I immediately start brainstorming tablescape ideas. I could be serving Kraft dinner, but the table settings need to be on point!

So when I threw a small brunch for myself & good friend Lisa, I wanted to go all out with the decor. I wanted it to be seasonal, with fun girly touches for the both of us to enjoy.

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I always like to give my guests a little memento for them to take home. This being a girly brunch between two besties, I thought nail polish was just the ticket. These Essie polishes in the shade ‘Angora Cardi” matched the decor and are the most perfect creamy, deep dusty rose. 

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To coordinate with the colour scheme, I thought I’d incorporate a quick DIY which I prepared the night before. Using small store-bought pumpkins, I spray painted them using Krylon’s Metalic Paint in a rose gold finish. I taped off the stems & voila! A 10 minute transformation! 

img_0306-2I am slightly obsessed with fresh cut flowers in real pumpkins. This was my first time trying it, but can guarantee you it won’t be my last! Yes it’s a bit more work but at least I got yummy pumpkin seeds out of it! Both the pumpkin & florals are from Loblaws!

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1. Mugs   2. Champagne Flutes  3. Cheese Platter  4. Cheese Cutlery  5. Dinner Plates  6. Appetizer Plates  7. Napkins              8. Tablecloth  

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I hope everyone is taking the time to enjoy the beauty of this season! Tweet me @EMontillaDesign & tell me your favourite part of #Fall!

xo

L.

I attended my first Blogpodium conference last Saturday and to say I went home full of knowledge & motivation would be a huge understatement. When I launched my blog in June, I always knew I needed a little push in the right direction in order to have a thriving, successful blog. Attending Blogpodium was the best thing I could have done for myself, as I had the opportunity to network and learn from fellow bloggers.

From lessons in posting the perfect Instagram photo with Random Acts of Pastel, learning the ins and outs of finances with the hilarious Shannon Lee Simmons to blog monetization with Gemma Bonham-Carter of The Sweetest Digs blog, there truly was something for everyone. The day just flew by as panels and lessons being held everywhere you looked.

View More: http://llbcreative.pass.us/blogpodiumpart1And of course the day moved swiftly due to the organization & professionalism of these fine ladies!
Brittany Stager, Julie Shaver, Jennifer Flores, Lesley Metcalfe & Brittany Douglas – thank you all for throwing down yet another successful Blogpodium!  

View More: http://llbcreative.pass.us/blogpodiumpart1Making friends and giving free lessons in Snapchat lol

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It was so amazing to look around the room to see fellow bloggers all there for the same reason. To grow, inspire & engage our audiences through our passions of blogging. 

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And of course, the Keynote speaker this year was the fabulous Tiffany Pratt. I have to be honest, I didn’t know too much about Tiffany until this day. I knew she had made a name for herself in the Design industry and was known as this kooky TV personality. After hearing her speak, I quickly realized she is so much more than that. Tiffany taught us to dig deep within our souls, find out what we truly cared about, and the importance of trusting our instincts. One thing she said that really resonated with me is that ‘comparison is noise.‘ So often we get caught up with comparing ourselves to others (especially in this industry), which inevitably brings on self-doubt. She spoke of her early days of hustling, and never letting others stop her from achieving her dreams. So many of us, including myself – walked away from her speech feeling empowered & ready to take on the world.

I couldn’t let her leave without getting one of her famous hugs. Another thing I didn’t realize is that she is a lover of love. She’s the epitome of positivity, and good vibes all around. She spreads happiness, delight & glitter everywhere she goes. I’m so happy to have spoken to her personally and thank her for the inspiration.

And just when you think she has done it all, Tiffany brings her vivacious attitude directly to readers, crafters, designers and DIY-ers with her new book available in October.  Her book, This Can Be Beautiful is available for pre-order now!

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Overall I’d say I really enjoyed my first Blogpodium experience. From networking with fellow like-minded bloggers, the delicious food, connecting with the sponsors to the amazing swag bags, the day just flew by! I can honestly say that I cannot wait until next years’ conference!

For those who attended this year, what was your favourite part of the event? Who was your favourite speaker? And most importantly, what did you get out of #Blogpodium16? Comment below!

Credit: Special thanks to LLB Creative for the use of her photos in this post.

I have a confession. I love hardware. Pulls! Knobs! Levers! I have a serious need-to-see-professional-help kind of obsession. Hardware truly is the jewelry of any space. It’s the finishing touch that can pull your final design all together. With so many beautiful finishes to chose from, it’s almost difficult to decide from the sheer variety of styles that exist today.

Here are just a few of my favourite go-to selections that I’ve been loving lately!

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1. Nanz Studio Line #8490 Pull  2. Amerock Round Knob Reflection   3. Rejuvenation Bristol Knob  4. LA Hardware Brushed Nickel Square Ring Pull    5. Anthropologie Eclipse Pull  6. Anthropologie Blocked Marble Knob 

Here are some more photos where the hardware was the star of the show!

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Photo by La Dolce Vita Blog

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Photo by Alice Lane Home Collection

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Photo by Julie Blanner

Comment below & tell me what your favourite type of hardware is!

xo.

L.