How to Create a Home that Makes You Happy

Hands up if you've drooled over a home in a magazine, on Pinterest or on HGTV and thought, "If my home could look like that I'd be so happy". 

Yep, me too. But in reality, even if we could mimic those homes (on our realistic budgets - ha!) we wouldn't be happy. Because they just wouldn't feel right.  A designed and styled space can look great at first, but your own home - you know, the one you actually live real life in - needs to be rooted in function and meaning, and that can’t come from any magazine or TV show. It comes from your story, your purpose, and your values. If it's just style, it feels hollow. 

How to Keep Calm and Smile On

For the past week or so I’ve come across so many friends and coworkers who are frazzled, tired and ready to give in - give in to the overwhelm they’ve been desperately trying to keep at bay; give in to the despair lurking in the relentless media broadcasts of the horrible things happening around the world; and give in to their inner voice that says “it’s all too much; I can’t do it.”

What is Essentialism For Your Home?

My philosophy and style for home and life is Essentialism. It comes from the eye-opening book, Essentialism, by Greg McKeown that helped change the way I do things at work and in my calendar, and that I also adopted for home as well. 

I've always been a simplifier, but I'm not a minimalist - I like the comforts of

An Avowal for Busy Times

It's funny how we think we're the only ones dealing with overwhelm and busyness isn't it? I got a reminder this week that we're not alone and we're not the first generation to struggle with being busy, nor to find solutions.

My mom was combing through a box of old photos and clippings that belonged to my great-aunt Mary, who remained single throughout her life and lived what everyone presumed to be a peaceful life in an upstairs apartment of the home my Mom and her family lived in when my Mom was a kid. Inside this box was 

The Design Trick to Transition Your Home for Fall

I'm not big fan of decorating seasonally, but I do like to make a few small tweaks to my home to transition to fall, and dare I say it - winter! These tweaks are not expensive or time consuming and they don't include switching out furniture or painting. The simple design trick to transitioning to fall and winter at home is...

Six Ways to Simplify September

Oh sweet September, my favourite month. I love the crisp air, the colour in the trees, and that old back-to-school feeling of a fresh start and new year. It's a lovely month. But it's also a busy month for many, with work jumping back to high gear after summer holidays, kids off to school, and lunches to be made once again. It's easy to get overwhelmed and distracted from enjoying the beauty of September.