Weekend Words: The Best Day

It’s true what they say. You blink and then it’s over. After a long engagement and so many months spent planning, our wedding day came and went so fast. But it was absolutely, without a doubt, the best day I have ever had. From being with my girls to Ryan and I’s first look; from the most incredible surprise I have ever experienced to that dreamlike moment walking down the aisle; from the emotional words spoken that touched my heart to the new family bonds; from the first dance to the last dance with the sorest feet and an unbelievably dirty dress. It could not have been more perfect. I laughed and cried…a lot (I think my final tally was like 18 times haha) because I was the absolute happiest I have ever been. Looking out at that room full of all our loved ones, it did not escape me how fortunate we were as a couple, to have so much support, generosity and infinite amounts of love. It just doesn’t get any more special than that.

I can’t wait to share more about our big day! All the details, memories and more! But we are off on a whirlwind honeymoon exploring Croatia, Montenegro, Switzerland and Spain…for a whole month! So this lovely blogger will be going into a bit of a vacation mode. There will be sporadic posts here and there and some travel updates but nothing too crazy! I intend to relax and just soak up this special time with my new husband. HUSBAND! Woooo!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Love the Eustaces! the best dayxoxoxoxoxo

Today I’m Talking: The Best White Paints

It’s no secret that white walls are where it’s at these days! Sure, grey paint is still a surefire choice but more and more people are jumping on the white bandwagon. And for those of you who know me and follow me on our reno journeys know how much I love using a. lot. of. white. In my mind, it’s the IT NEUTRAL and you can’t really go wrong. But choosing the right white paint can be a challenge with all the options. I’ve used a few now and feel ready to share my choices for the best white paints and impart a few tips and tricks for getting white right! Here are my winners:

Best White Paint

The first three are my top choices for warmer whites that pull more of yellow/creamier base.

  1. Simply White – clean and bright with the right amount of softness. It has a bit of a yellow undertone but less prominent than others. I absolutely love this one and used it in the Beaumont dream house seen here.
  2. Cloud White – definitely a warmer white that is very elegant and timeless. Great for any room…especially a nursery!
  3. White Dove – one of the most recommended white paints out there. It is warm, incredibly soft and it has absolutely no coldness to it! We are using this one in our current Laurier Heights project!

The bottom three are my top choices for cooler whites that hint more towards blue or green.

  1. Chantilly Lace – very crisp and clean! It reminds me of that pure silk colour you find with fabrics. I used it in our basement and it completely revitalized the space…pictures of that reno coming soon!
  2. Oxford White – this one tends to look more modern. It has a hint of blue/green and is a great option for bathrooms or even trim, moulding, etc.
  3. Decorator’s White – my go to when I want a really bright white. It seems to be the one closest to a true “white” in my opinion and is definitely a great option for any space. Though, while researching my white paints, I found it to be mainly recommended for trim and doors. But when we remodelled the kitchen and living room at the Capilano house, it worked perfectly for the entire space!

Shall we have a look at these babies in action?

dream home designSimply white (The Beaumont house)

the best white paintsCloud white via Decor Pad

the best white paintsDove White

the best white paintsChantilly Lace via Home Bunchthe best white paintsOxford white via Houzz

before & afterDecorator’s White (Capilano flip)

Having some white paint options in your back pocket is a great start but I know that’s just the first step. My tips are:

  1. Test out the options first…always. And make sure to look at the swatches at different times of the day!
  2. Know your lighting because colours can really vary from room to room. North facing gets cooler almost grey light whereas south facing definitely pulls in the warmer sunlight! So remember that a north exposure will magnify cooler whites and south exposure will enhance the creamier, warmer whites.
  3. Pick the right finish! When it comes to walls choose a flat or eggshell sheen. Ceilings are best flat and baseboards or trim are great in a satin or semi-gloss finish.
  4. On the subject of white walls partnered with white wainscotting or panelling, you can definitely do the same white paint on both! OR, I would suggest to keep the walls a bit warmer and stay in the brighter, cleaner options for the millwork. That way they will have a nice, clean contrast…even if it’s only a subtle difference! i.e. White Dove on the walls and Decorator’s White on the panelling.
  5. Use the Benjamin Moore website to see the colour variations. You can’t do this as much for other colour families but with white, the online map is amazing at showing you the undertones!

the best white paintsI hope this post was useful! Remember, there’s no one size fits all when it comes to white paint so test out several options before making the commitment!

Any questions?? Leave a comment and I’d be happy to respond!

Inspired Reads: Hausfrau

HausfrauIn Hausfrau, Anna Benz, an American in her late thirties, lives with her Swiss husband Bruno and their three young children in a postcard-perfect suburb of Zürich. Though she leads a comfortable, well-appointed life, Anna is falling apart inside. Adrift and increasingly unable to connect with the emotionally unavailable Bruno or even with her own thoughts and feelings, Anna tries to rouse herself with new experiences: German language classes, Jungian analysis, and a series of sexual affairs she enters into with an ease that surprises even her. Tensions escalate, and her lies start to spin out of control. Having crossed a moral threshold, Anna will discover where a woman goes when there’s no going back. – GoodReads

I have to admit that I was drawn in by this book from the first sentence: “Anna was a good wife, mostly.” From start to finish, this novel was sensual, incredibly sad, realistically told and very raw. Through Anna’s psychology sessions, her visits to her German classes and her day to day excursions (many sexual), Jill Alexander Essbaum gives us a glimpse into a woman who is literally unravelling at the seams. Readers are quick to call her an unlikeable character but I think Essbaum artistically develops her in such a way that it becomes a little more difficult to simply slide her into that column and call it a day. I think there is something about Anna that all women can relate to, even if only in a small way. HausfrauIn the end, I was left contemplating Anna’s life and to be honest, was a little haunted by her story and confused if I really did in fact “enjoy” the book. But what I knew, without a doubt, was the skill at which it was told by Essbaum. She is a talented writer and I am happy to call this an Inspired Read because despite its, dare I say, darker content, it was a story rich in characterization and gorgeous poetic like prose. And the last line is absolutely unforgettable.

Have you read it?? Let me know your thoughts!!

Just a Glimpse

Typically, this series is just some iPhone photography giving everyone just a glimpse into my everyday, more than what you would see on Instagram anyway. But, I really wanted to give it a bit of a face lift and find more purpose behind the series. So now, these posts will be a good ‘ol round up of various entertainment, design, food, products or outfits that I’m currently loving! So expect some tweaks here and there over the next little while but until then, enjoy the first official entry!

Just a glimpseJust over a week ago, I was invited by the Cutting Room and Kérastase Canada to indulge in a new hair treatment and a blowout. Never having a blowout before, I immediately said yes but what I didn’t realize was how amazing the treatment was going to be as well. The new Chronologiste line is so luxurious and smells heavenly. They washed my hair, then covered the strands from root to tip with the treatment – all while I sipped on some bubbly! All the nutrients soaked in and afterwards I couldn’t stop touching my hair – it was gloriously soft and shiny! So I have made a promise to Jonn, the owner of the Cutting Room who absolutely spoiled me, that I will continue to do weekly treatments. I’ve already done another one and am loving the results! Just a glimpse

 

Just a glimpseReading: I cannot put Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale down…it has completely engrossed me and I can tell already it will necessitate an Inspired Reads post!

Music: I am currently loving Active Child. Fave songs: Silhouette, Evening Ceremony & 1999

Just a glimpseI ran into Workhall the other day and picked up one of their new Tee’s and it has become my day to day summer go to…with a pair of white jeans and some sneakers you can’t go wrong!

Just a glimpseNeeding to get in wedding shape, I turned to Edmonton Power Yoga to get me feeling tip top! The first class kicked my butt BUT it felt amazing and I’ve been back almost everyday. I love the Power Flow…how it feels a bit more athletic and challenging for me but is still in a warm room, similar to Moksha which is what I am used to do. And the best part? The cold herbal infused cloth pressed onto your forehead at the end of EVERY class. Obsessed.

Just a glimpseIn my world at the moment? Wedding, wedding, wedding!! It’s non stop, which I know all brides go through with only a week to go! Last weekend, I spent the afternoon with some of my favourite ladies out there for a sweet wedding shower. It was lovely and I will definitely be sharing more highlights soon. Until then, I’m busy checking off more details for the big day…like these envelopes I did for each of our guests’ drink tickets…Just a glimpse

 

Have an incredible night everyone! xo

 

Inspired Tour: The Beaumont Dream Home

About a year or so ago, my mom and her fiancé Nick started the process of designing and building their dream home on a huge acreage property. After wanting something a bit more customized to their wants & needs, they decided to enlist the help of Ryan and myself instead of going with a builder. Now, home building is something very foreign to us but we jumped at the chance to learn the process and to help our loved ones out! Ryan project managed and I helped out with the overall home design and product selection. It was definitely a long road with some challenges that raised stress levels but after seeing it all come together, it was worth every second of effort! I’m so excited to share different sections of the home with all of you, starting with the main floor’s kitchen and living room. dream home design dream home designThe front entry looks incredible with a show stopping chandelier that draws the eye up the door to the large, bright windows. I also love that we kept furniture to a minimum in this space. Just a soft bench, an antique console table, an area rug and a few accessories. dream home design dream home design

Walking into the space literally takes your breath away. We kept the staircase spindles white to blend with the gorgeous, soft white walls. Then the dark wood railing ties in with the stairs and the kitchen cabinetry.dream home designThe first thing everyone notices when they enter the main area is the slope of the ceiling and the expanse of windows! (and yes that Restoration Hardware chandelier steals the show too!)dream home design

dream home designAnother beautiful addition to the design was the dormers that bring in even more natural light. The wine barrel chandelier sits perfectly between them.dream home designThe fireplace was a must on my mom and Nick’s list. They were so excited to be able to have a wood burning fireplace to keep it cozy in the winter. The stacked stone and rough cut, oak mantel add just the right amount of rustic.dream home designdream home designdream home design

I feel we really achieved a balance of textures in the living room, which was an initial concern. We didn’t want it to feel too rustic or dark, or even overly masculine (just the right amount of course for Nick!) So we brought in dark leather pieces, a plush accent chair, wooden baskets and a reflective glass coffee table. A pouf here and there brought in even more softness along with some toss cushions.dream home designI absolutely adore this nook and all the natural light streaming in. Can you say perfect spot to read??dream home design

From the living room, we can stare lovingly at the giant wooden dining table… and kitchen. dream home designOne of the things my mom HAD to have was a big enough table to seat everyone around at various holidays. And she got a pretty big one I’d say! Complete with a wooden pew that is actually much more comfortable than it looks. And now for the kitchen…dream home design

This turned out to be a one of a kind, dream kitchen! And I am absolutely floored with how the design came together. We started with dark cherry cabinets and found a sophisticated white Quartz that looked similar to marble for both the main kitchen countertops and island. dream home design dream home designEven though we had ample lighting from the pot lights, we opted for three glass pendant lights above the island for even more task lighting. dream home designI love these pendants because they are simple but lovely. The open glass shape is light and airy…perfect to add to the space without taking away from any views into the kitchen and dining rooms.
dream home designdream home designHaving some glass front cabinets gave us the opportunity to show off some of the incredibly beautiful and unique pieces my mom has collected over the years including many dishes passed on from her grandma that were once staples at the old farm. So much heritage needs to be on display!dream home designdream home designThis view is stunning outside which makes washing dishes at the sink a pleasure. We brought a little of that greenery inside too.dream home designdream home designAt the cooking station, we added a glorious gas cooktop and large hood fan. An extra splurge was the pot filler, which makes cooking all that delicious pasta so much easier and double ovens (with smart technology!!! seriously the coolest thing I have ever seen!), which makes Christmas cooking a total breeze.

At first I thought that basic subway tile would be more than sufficient for the kitchen backsplash but after seeing this high gloss, texturized tile, we couldn’t look back. That added detail really gives the kitchen a glamorous feel. dream home design dream home designdream home designdream home designThe view into the dining and living area can’t be beat…dream home designI helped mom style her open kitchen shelving with accessories both new and old. My favourite are the stacked tea cups and the vintage bells. dream home designAnd of course some more family memories styled together on the countertop are never a bad thing. dream home design

So what do you think? Can you picture yourself cooking a meal here or sitting at the island with a cup of coffee and a good magazine? I can!dream home design dream home design dream home designThanks for stopping by! I can’t wait to take you on another tour to see more of this dream home and the all the design choices we made. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Architecture done by the amazing Ashley Hutchison Interiors (you can see the actual drawings for the home on her site!) | Contracting by Ryan & Revive Contracting | Quartz countertop in Cambria Torquay | Kitchen Craft Cabinets in Espresso Cherry | Large Map, Counter stools & Corner Accent Chair from Reside | Dining table from Ideal Home Furnishings | Couch & Settee from Finesse | Fireplace basket Chapters | Wall Colour Simply White by Benjamin Moore | Front entry rug & Mirror Urban Barn | Bench & accessories from Home Sense | Chandelier Restoration Hardware | Pendant Lights Robinson Lighting | Backsplash tile Julian Tile | Jars from Anthropologie

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