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It might be a bit early to use the word “Spring” officially, but we’ve been outside with only light jackets these past few weeks, so why not get a bit carried away right?

To celebrate the impending shift in seasons we’re having an extra special promotion at the shop this month! Here’s the deal: for every $50 you spend, we’ll donate $10 to Save our Scruff, aka our favourite local dog rescue! BONUS – we’ll also send you a free gift with purchase as a thank you! With old favourites like our custom Floral Sloane Tea blend and Golden afternoon, plus new additions like a pink vintage felt hat from France and a mint milkshake maker (!!!) there’s never been a better time to #ShopRAOP!

What are you waiting for? Get yourself some goodies here!

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I’ve mentioned my lack of craftiness many times in the past, but until now I’ve failed to mention where my biggest weakness lies: painting. I am crazy impatient, as in, if I want something, I want it RIGHT NOW. This works in my favour in many different situations that I come across, but painting projects are not one of them.

I love adding colour to my space in any way possible, but when it comes to painting my walls I really avoid it at all costs. I really hate filling, priming, and waiting for layers to dry, and with all the many coats of paint it usually takes to cover one wall, I often just can’t justify the time a project will take.

As part of my #RAOPSpringClean, I’m trying to deal with a bunch of home improvement projects that have been nagging me since Jo and I moved into #ThePastelPalace last November. This daunting list includes sprucing up our bathroom situation, investing in a new vacuum to get control over all the pet hair, doing a pastel patio makeover, and painting some smaller details around the house fun colours- starting with my closet doors.

I’m blessed to have not one but TWO massive closets in my bedroom, but for some reason the doors are just all wrong. Not only do they not match the walls, but they also don’t match each other, and don’t even get me started on the boring black metal handles. As soon as I settled into my bedroom it became clear the closet doors definitely needed a magical makeover, and what better time than Spring to get it done?

To make this project a bit more quick and easy I went with BEHR MARQUEE® Interior Paint & Primer- not only does this stuff cover in one-coat** in over 1,000 hues (so many pinks!) but you can also use their ColourSmart by BEHR® App to save time and energy planning out your projects. Basically this app lets you test out colours in different rooms, plots how much paint you’ll need for the space you’re covering, and you can use the camera feature to colour match items in your space! With adorable paint names like “Lucky Clover”, “Apricot Freeze” and “Fresh Watermelon” we had a lot of fun “colour-sourcing” The Pastel Palace before heading to The Home Depot® (where it’s exclusively sold) to examine real life swatches.

We ended up going with “Stolen Kiss” for the closet doors, a delicate shade of delicate milky ballet pink that would fit nicely with the rest of my bedroom decor. With one quick layer they were totally covered, and a switch from boring black knobs to the prettiest Anthropologie pink glass hardware really completed the project!

Maybe painting isn’t so bad after all- what should we colour up next?!

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Happy Earth Day! A new season is here, and you know what that means? Shopping! All new everything! The more the merrier! Goodbye frumpy old sweaters, hello Spring shopping spree!

But wait- there’s something wrong here.

I’m ashamed to say that over the past year or so my consumerism has gone from average to out of control. Keeping up in this industry can be really tough at times, especially with all the pressure to always look clean and new and perfectly groomed. I’m not by nature a dainty take-a-taxi-in-the-rain-type of person… I jump in puddles, I spill every beverage I sip all over myself, and I’m always wrinkled or stained in one way or another.

I used to be pretty blissfully unaware of my scrambled messiness, until I became a blogger.

These days I find myself more self conscious about my clothing than I care to admit, and as a result I have accumulated a ton of new items in a very short time. I have two massive closets that are always way too full, and yet I keep adding faster than ever before. I hold on to stained, damaged, and worn out items forever even though I have no intention to wear them in public again, which means everywhere I turn things are constantly piling up.

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So what’s a girl to do? Live under mountains of unwearable clothes while more and more join the party every day? This past weekend I took a look in my closet(s) and decided no more: I packed as many bags as I could full with clothing that I never touch, and started an hour long trek through the city to my local Value Village. To be clear, I easily could’ve taken public transit or a taxi, but I really wanted to feel the weight of all the clothing I’d acquired- plus, it was a good excuse to explore the city in the sunshine!

The amount of clothing consumption in North America spreads far beyond my pastel closet. Every year we send 10.5 million tons of clothing to landfills, ninety-five percent of which can be reused or recycled. This year as part of my big #RAOPspringclean I’m trying my best to cut down waste by sharing clothing with my friends, taking unused makeup to women’s shelters, and donating everything else at Value Village every few weeks. Best of all- I almost always find a second hand treasure or two on my way out, which this year, is my kind of Spring shopping!

How will you Spring clean for Earth Day?

To learn more about Value Village’s #RethinkReuse campaign and to find your nearest location to donate today, click here!

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It’s already been awhile since Jo and I first moved into #ThePastelPalace, and though we’ve put a lot of work into it there are still quite a few small details we’d love to update and change. Que the Spring cleaning daydreaming! From installing swan faucets to creating the most enchanting tiny outdoor space, we’re full of ideas about how our home will evolve, and we thought it probably made sense to put some of our favourite pieces alongside photos that inspire us here on the blog.

Some of our key goals are to declutter as much as we can, to add a fresh coat of paint to some of our more worn down pieces of furniture, and to add as many plants as possible- seriously, plants everywhere!

What are your house goals for Spring 2016?

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When I posted about Spring cleaning with my home made all-natural lavender lemon cleaner on Instagram a couple weeks ago, I was surprised at how many comments I received asking about it. Making all purpose cleaner is super affordable, more eco-friendly than most store bought formulas, and you can even use it to refill an old cleaner spray bottle that you’ve used up to minimize your impact even further. I like to make a big batch and fill mason jars with the extra cleaner for refills, or gift bottles to my friends. (scroll down for the recipe!)

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All you really need to make this wonder product is white vinegar, borax powder, water, and essential oils. I use lavender and lemon in my cleaner to boost the anti-bacterial properties, and create a fresh and delicious smell, but you can use essential oils to create pretty much any scent you like (I’m thinking of trying mint next time!) Simply mix half a cup of vinegar with two teaspoons of Borax powder (available at most health food stores) and eight cups of water. Stir the ingredients until the borax is dissolved, then add about 6 drops of essential oil (depending on how strong you want the scent to be) to the mixture, and pour into an empty spray bottle.

That’s it! You can use this cleaner anywhere you’d like (I find it works especially well on mirrors and countertops). Let me know what scents you’re experimenting with if you give the recipe a try!

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Photography by Brianne Burnell