Casa Dolce Casa

If I was to describe my home decor style, I would label it as modern vintage.  With our home being built in 1940 there is a natural vintage feel to it with lots of bits of old character.  Over the years we’ve been updating the house room by room.  We’ve kept in character with the house, but have introduced modern elements.  Our palette throughout the home is in soft greys and white.  In my house you’ll find lots of pillows (my husband would say too many pillows), cozy throws, vintage teacups, ornate picture frames, owls, bits of pretty with candle holders and little spoons, and of course a big ‘ol clock.  Our ceramic  ”Casa Dolce Casa” {or Home Sweet Home} hanging heart in our kitchen is a cherished item.  It was a wedding gift from my Husband’s family in Italy.  These are the things that truly make your house a home.  What are your most beloved items in your home?

 

My Winter blah pick me ups….

I add some sparkle and shine with sequins {my gold sequin scarf gives me an instant smile}
Embracing winter with my fave warm drink {coffee & Baileys}
Home decorating {I’m currently working on a new home office space}
Catch up on my PVR’d shows {faves include Girls, The Following, The Mindy Project}
Mommy time {snuggles with my Baby Girl are the best pick me up of all}

Photos sourced from Pinterest

 

With less than a month to go until Baby Pistor arrives, I’ve had my decorating hat on to get the nursery put together.  I’ve had a vision in my head for a while now, but finding all the pieces to make it come together has been trickier than I thought it would be. I find a lot of nursery items are too bold and have so many different colours going on that cute can quickly become gaudy. Whenever I do find something I like, it is way outside the budget I had in mind. Yes, as fun as decorating can be, I also find it to be frustrating at times.

The new bassinet and a little furry friend to sit on a shelf.


My vision:
- soft colour palette (grey’s, white, with pops of lavender)
- pretty but not cutesy
- coordinated but not matchy
- functional as well as beautiful
- a space she can grow up in

Art and prints for her room.

The pieces are now coming together. Luckily my mother-in-law has some skills with a sewing machine, so I have custom curtains and a bench seat coming my way.  My Hubby is the handyman extraordinaire!   He has re-purposed and old dated dresser into a pretty new change table/dresser.  I just love it.   Well, I should probably get back at it! I am running out of time after all.
I can’t wait to share the finished product.

 

 

I am still fairly new to shopping for vintage clothing items, but when it comes to home decor items?  I’ve been in love with and collecting items here and there for as long as I can remember.  My favorite vintage pieces in my home are the ones passed on to me by family members.  It’s like having a little piece of them with me in my home.  I have a wide variety of items I’ve inherited likes teacups, china, a lantern, jewelry, even an old typewriter.  I’ve found some really pretty vintage vases that I’ve added to my collection over the last couple years too.  Vintage markets and new sites like Charlie Ford Vintage, are like candy stores to me.  Just too hard to resist.

Aperitif glasses from my great-grandmother.

My grandfather’s binoculars and case.

My newest love.  My Mom recently gave me this 100+  year old pearl & diamond brooch that belonged to my great-great-grandmother. It has been handed down through the generations.  It can also be worn as a necklace pendant.  I cherish it.

Are you a vintage shopper?  Where do you find your treasures?

 

Boathouse Row and Lakeside Candles c/o Bath & Bodyworks

With enough rain lately to make it feel like Vancouver has gone back to early Spring instead of Summer, I find myself dreaming of warm weather vacays.  You know the kind, cozy cabin getaways, campfires, s’mores, and sunshine!  To keep my mood light while working away indoors wrapped in cozy knits, I add some mood lifters.  My first essential is some happy sunny tunes.  Any Songza playlist with the word “Summer” associated to it has been on repeat.  My second essential is some aroma therapy.  Bath & Bodyworks has come out with a fabulous Lakeside Summer Candle Collection.  These aroma’s aren’t to relax me, but to invigorate my mood and add some light to my day.

Check out all their amazing scents like Lakeside, Watermelon Lemonade, Boathouse Row, Strawberry Picnic, Summertime S’mores, Mahogany Teakwood

Cost: 14.5oz, $22.50; 4oz, $12.50: 1.3 oz. $4.50 (in select fragrances)

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