A Pastel Home

If you follow me on Instagram at all, you’ve probably noticed I have a pretty massive obsession. No, I’m not talking about horses – I’m talking about my garden!

I’ve always had a penchant for growing and caring for things – even when I lived in tiny apartments in Toronto, my little balcony was always covered in as many planters as I could fit, brimming with potted tomato plants and kale. It wasn’t until I moved into our current home nearly two years ago now that my passion truly took hold. The first year here we moved in halfway through the planting season, so we bought some seedlings for the back yard and didn’t see much of a yield, mostly due to a lack of sunlight that I hadn’t accounted for.

This year, I started planning my gardens back in January, and instead of just sticking to the veggie patch in the yard, I decided to take on the front of the house as well to maximize growing space. When we moved in this house, the front garden bed was absolutely packed with massive weeds, specifically towers of horsetail (the WORST weed to get rid of!), so we got started by ripping almost everything pre-existing out, save for the rosebushes and rhododendrons that we inherited. I also decided to install a couple of Sproutbox gardens in the front yard to take advantage of all the sun that our back yard struggle to attain, and that added a lot of prime garden space where we previously just had boring old grass.

The biggest shift this year though, was my decision to try growing as much as possible from seed. I’ve always been the kind of person who goes to the garden centre and stocks up on seedlings in the spring, because growing from seed has failed so miserably in my few small attempts in the past, but growing from seed is so much more affordable, and when West Coast Seeds invited me to be one of their ambassadors for the year, I couldn’t say no!

I knew very little about growing seeds and WOW, just this first year has taught me more than I ever could have dreamed. I genuinely think I look at the world in a new way, constantly studying how flowers grow and reproduce, when they bloom and where they thrive. Growing flowers from seed is an entire language of it’s own, and I’m just learning to speak it, but since so many of you asked about my gardening on Instagram over the summer, I wanted to take some time to share a bit of what I know so far, and especially my mistakes to help others avoid them!

Some of my biggest lessons:

Label seedlings //

My biggest mistake was the assumption that I’d know what everything was when the seeds started to sprout and grow. As a result I confused lots of seedlings and their planting schedules, and ultimately lost out on a lot of plants. Next year I’m going to be much more organized.

Don’t over-plant //

I tried to grow too many varieties of way too many things, which left me with not enough time and a lot of suffering plants, especially in the veggie patch. Next year I hope to streamline based on what worked best for me this past season, and make lots of cuts!

Timing is everything //

It’s amazing how far you can stretch a garden space if you know when everything grows and dies off. I planted everything as if it would all mature at the same time, and as a result I had patches of bare dirt in different spots all summer long. Staggered planting based on depth and timing is a great way to maximize your garden!

Some of my best easy successes and favourites:

Amazing Grey Poppies

Mission bell poppies

ProCut White Lite Sunflowers

Polar Bear Zinnea

Anything from a ! My biggest advice for brand new gardeners looking to grow their own flowers is to start here. Bulbs are extremely easy to plant, low maintenance, and so satisfying to enjoy in the springtime. Dahlias and tulips are my top picks, and you can dig them up and split to multiply your plants annually too.

My biggest fails //

I had absolutely no luck with lavender, even with these simple-to-use (which worked super well for my !)

Eggplants, peppers and cauliflower were also a struggle, and a lot of my zucchini plants were damaged beyond repair by all of our summer rain, though these cue ball specialty ones somehow still did amazing!

I bought a handful of rose bushes in bare-root form and they all did very poorly because I over-watered them (lesson learned)

Overall my flowers from seed did really well, except seeds I planted too late experimentally (most still grew, they just didn’t gather enough energy to bloom before the weather turned cold)

On my list for next year //

Pizzicato Poppy

Indian Spring Hollyhock

Let me know what you love to grow in the comments below!

A Pastel Home

I’m usually quite quick when it comes to developing a vision for a space, and most of the rooms in this new apartment were a piece of cake – except for the living room. Since moving in last year, the living and dining area of our apartment have been constantly in-flux. Maybe it’s because I’ve never really designed such a large, open space, or because we wanted to make the furniture we already had work vs. buying all new everything, but no matter how many times I shuffled items around, it just didn’t feel “finished” or “right”.

Fast forward to a whole year of living here, and Jonnie suggested maybe we just needed to buy a bigger couch. His words were a big ah-hah moment for me – as much as I loved our faux leather couch, it just wasn’t well suited to this space. We needed something bigger. We needed an Article sectional.

Article is our go-to for just about everything furniture related. A Canadian company based right here in Vancouver, they design beautifully crafted items at attainable prices. When it comes to sofas and sectionals, there was no company we could find who did it so well, and so within our budget. We were torn between so many different styles, but in the end we went simple, low, and classic, with The Abisko Sectional.

Making that one big switch made a world of difference to our living room – it finally felt intentional, like everything flowed the way it was meant to. A few extra bits and pieces helped tie it all together, like this pedestal side table and massive new terrazzo planter for our fig tree (an overdue upgrade!) Mostly though, we made use of the items I’ve had for years in different apartments, like the pink area rug and the rocking chair that originally lived in Summer’s Nursery.

I couldn’t be happier with this open, airy, modern beach bungalow-inspired space, and I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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Sources and shopping links listed below…

Shopping Links //

Article Abisko White Right Sectional 

Article Lanna Pink Round Sheepskin Pillow

Article Vardo Oyster White Side Table

Article Tuva White Terrazzo Large Planter



IKEA floating shelves

IKEA dining table (sold out, similar here)

Crate and Barrel Kids Pink Floor Lamp


Large Wool Moroccan Pouf (one of a kind, similar )

Area Rug from Lulu and Georgia x Claire Zinnecker collection (sold out, similar)

Paint colours from Benjamin Moore – main colour is AURA Interior Paint in Light Quartz 2011-70 Matte, tile accent colour is ADVANCE Interior Paint in Mixed Fruit 2011-50 Semi Gloss with a coat of Fresh Start Primer 046 beforehand

Surfer art by Sabina Fenn from iCanvas

Bubble Vase from Homecoming Candles

Jar Candles by Homecoming Candles

Brass wall mounted candle holders by Fredericks and Mae via. Coco Et Olive here in Vancouver

Additional planters from and Hudson and Oak

Fireplace set, vases, bookends and other details not noted are found items or vintage treasures

Click through here for $50 off your Article order of $200 or more!

Some of the items featured in this post were gifted, but my opinions remain entirely my own.

A Pastel Home

As previously mentioned, decorating kid’s room is by far my favourite type of styling (like, can this be my full time job down the line please?)

In this line of work, and as a mom in general, it’s easy to get sucked into buying all new everything all the time, especially after a move, but I’ve really enjoyed challenging myself to make each of Summer’s spaces so far feel different, without breaking the bank on a whole new set of furniture.

There wasn’t much I could do as far as customization in Summer’s old room because we were in a brand new condo, so when I relocated to our current older home, I was eager to add some really special touches here. I didn’t go with a theme, instead I wanted to make the decor about all of Summer’s favourite things: cats, berries, birds, rainbows, and pink! It all started with Chasing Paper’s Smitten Kitten Wallpaper – possibly the cutest wallpaper pattern I’ve ever come across, and it comes in either traditional wallpaper, or peel and stick if you’re renting and need something less permanent!

The strawberry curtains (currently out of stock) were also an awesome find that helped shape the space early on. I haven’t ever really worried about window treatments in my past homes, but this time around I’m really loving the way a beautiful curtain rod with a patterned or coloured curtain can change the feel of a space. Plus it’s easy to take them down and bring them with you next time you move.

I kept Summer’s old rug, rocking chair, the bench from my childhood room that I repainted last summer, and our beloved gold crib from Babyletto, but with the toddler bar conversion kit, which instantly turned this heirloom piece of furniture into a safe and beautiful big girl bed. I added new bedding from Crate and Kids, a canopy from Sorens House, and a swan soaring overhead in place of a mobile, a combination that makes Summer’s sleeping experience feel whimsical and new without fully replacing her crib with a bed. I

I also wanted to keep the book wall that I have re-created in each of Summer’s rooms with IKEA picture ledges, but this time it felt important to include a smaller, accessible bookshelf in the space so she can pick out and read her favourite books. I went with the Babyletto Tally Book Case from West Coast Kids, a gorgeous piece that both works in the space and looks amazing too.

And of course it wouldn’t be an RAOP rental redesign without switching out a light fixture! Originally I tried re-using the IKEA light from Summer’s old room, but it felt much too small this time around, so I invested in a gorgeous flush mount I’ve been eyeing from and I plan to re-use the IKEA one in the hallway (if I can ever sort out what breaker that light is on…)

With so many delightful little touches, this room is the happiest place in the house, and I can’t wait to watch it change and grow as Summer grows too!

Keep scrolling for more photos, and source / shopping links

Shopping Links //

Cat Wallpaper by Chasing Paper

Crib by with Toddler Bed add on (available for order in Canada through West Coast Kids)

Canopy from Sorens House

Bedding from Crate and Kids

Rocker by

Quilt from Crate and Kids (on sale!)

Swan Ceiling Decor from Freddie and Birdie Co.

Rug from Lorena Canalis

Tally Bookcase by Babyletto

Leather pouf from Mashi Moosh (similar on sale )

Lydia Flushmount light fixture from

Swing shelf from Winter and Vine (no longer available, similar )

Gold curtain rod from Crate and Kids

Art by Selena Wong

Strawberry curtains from

Mini piano from West Coast kids

Coffee maker from Sorens House

Custom name puzzle from

Toy Bench from my childhood (similar )

Most books from Collage Collage

A Pastel Home

One of my favourite spaces in this apartment from the first walk through was the kitchen: with tons of space, simple white cabinets, peach-tinted floor tile, a woodblock island and cream countertops, it had all the makings of perfect pastel room, without the need for a big renovation like I did in my rental #heaveninhighpark.

It only took a few simple, renter-friendly swaps to totally transform this room. First, we took four of the cabinet doors off to create a bit of open shelving, and painted the inside with an accent colour. I started out using some old blush paint I had leftover from a furniture painting DIY awhile back, but in the end I switched to October Mist CC-550, the Benjamin Moore 2022 Colour of the Year (you can see more about that mini project here!)

Next, we swapped out the HORRIBLE massive fluorescent light fixture that came with the apartment, for a simple white pendant light, which made a huge difference in updating the room. Swapping out the cabinet knobs to these super was also a quick but transformative step, and for the “wine hutch” as I fondly call it, I opted for some fun to mix up the look.

Last but not least, we swapped out the old faucet for a white one, which I really only did because the old faucet was so gross and barely working (definitely not a necessary expense if you’re renting!)

Eventually I’d like to look into replacing the sink and faucet for something with a bit more impact, and maybe investing in a vintage-style SMEG fridge, but for now I’m so thrilled with the warm, cozy feeling this kitchen provides every time I walk into the room to prepare a meal or a pot of tea. Plus, everything I have done was low cost and easy to reverse, while still making a big impact!

To see more, check out the reel here.

Shopping Links //

Dinnerware, serving tray, serving bowl and linen napkins/tablecloth by Fable

Always Pan by

Glassware by

Cream faucet from Lowe’s

Tea Towels and candles by Homecoming

Pink shell drawer pulls (on hutch) from

Gold drawer knobs from

Light fixture from IKEA

A Pastel Home

I am over the moon (or… sun?) to be sharing the newest finished room at #pastelsunriseplace – our sunny bathroom!

When I first saw this space, I was amazed at how much we’d lucked out on the basics: nice neutral tiling and countertops, plain white cabinets… it was basically a blank canvas BEGGING for a renter redo! The existing mirror and light fixture were my main concerns, but overall I saw so much potential in this little bathroom without having to take on a massive amount of costly work.

But before I got to the practical bits like paint, lighting and hardware, I started with sunny inspiration. I’d seen a awhile back and had been waiting for the right room to use it in. Turns out, peel and stick wallpaper can actually be a bit of a nightmare on a steamy bathroom, so though I didn’t actually use the wallpaper in the end, it set the tone and colour scheme for this room and what I wanted it to become. First I found and promptly fell for Flax Home’s Linen Bath Towels – beautifully crafted, local, and in the perfect shade of blush pink? What’s not to love! Then I saw this , which tied the same shade of blush with warmer yellow and peach tones, and from there the space really started to take shape. Eventually this room became a cheerful escape filled with all the colours of a summertime sunset. But what about the practical stuff?

I didn’t originally intend to paint this room, but the more closely I looked at the space the more I realized it was begging for a fresh coat of white paint. I went with Boomerang paint from RONA for this project, a small collection of eco-friendly colours that are made with recycled paint!  The production of Boomerang emits four times less greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than the production of any conventional paint – and honestly it worked great! I went with “Moonlight White” and at first I was a bit worried the paint was too thin and easy to wash off my hands/surfaces, it ended up exceeding my expectations with just two coats once dry. Highly recommend!

Next I focused on hardware, and for all of those bits and pieces, I turned to Lowe’s. I found the oval mirror first (initially I wanted to do an arch, but it just didn’t fit the space) and went from there, matching the finishes on the light fixture, knobs and towel bars to create a gleaming gold cohesive look. Lowe’s has so many incredible online exclusives, and most of what I chose was found on their site using keywords like “gold mirror” and “gold towel bar”. Once I found a collection that worked (in this case, the Moen Align collection), I shopped through all the items within it until I’d checked off every need on my list.

And finally, I circled all the way back to my sunshine wallpaper accent wall. I knew I still wanted to do something around the window, and these Sunscape decals from Urban Walls were just the easy to install, high impact touch I was looking for.

All in all, bringing this vision to life from takedown to tiny decor details was pretty quick and easy compared to some of my past projects, but it was definitely just as satisfying! What’s your favourite part of this sunny space?

Scroll down past the photos for shopping links and sources!

Flax Home Linen Towels here

Urban Walls Sunscape Decals in “Maize” here

Oval Mirror

Vanity Light Fixture

Gold Cabinet Knobs

Gold Toilet Paper Holder

Gold Towel Bar

Gold Towel Hooks

Gold Shower Curtain Hooks

Off-white Shower Curtain Rod here

Shower curtain (but this one was also a big contender)

Sunset Bath mat here

Boomerang Recycled Paint in “Moonlight White” here

Gold Apothecary Pink Cedar Bath Salts here

Land of Daughters Girl Gang Candle here

Lady Planter here

Arch Candles (similar) here

Cactus Artwork by Cabin Journal here

Pink and Gold Ceramic Vase here

LOHN Diffuser oils here

Artifact Skin Co. Skincare here

IKEA Small Shelves here (small accent mirrors IKEA too, but discontinued)

MONDAY Haircare here

Detox Mode Shower items here

Umbra Corner Shower Shelves

Disclaimer: Some of the product featured in this post was gifted to me in exchange for content.