Monday Moods-Happy New Year!

Happy 2017! With all the craziness that went on in 2016, I am more than looking forward to moving onto a new year. Along with the usual resolution to get more sleep and family time, I’m also hoping to do a little rebrand magic and expand upon things so that I can connect with all of you more often! Wishing you a very Happy New Year and new week! xx





Canadian Tire Full Reveal!

As mentioned in my previous post, I had the pleasure of working with the fantastic team at Canadian Tire to create a tailored elegant holiday space using the CANVAS Home & Dining collection. Though I usually tend to gravitate towards pink, burgundy and metallics for Christmas, I loved coming up with a design using Canadian Tire’s colour of the year, Spiced Plum! This colour is so elegant and luxurious, while also being cozy and inviting. When used with golds and traditional green, it feels almost nostalgic, but also unexpected and modern.

When I started coming up with a design plan for the space, I really honed in on creating something layered, rich and full of detail. I wanted to the design to feel whimsical, ethereal, and artistic…

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…which is reflected both in the moodboard above, and the Canadian Tire Spiced Plum Pinterest board the team and I have been busily pinning away to…as you can see from all the clips, the design scheme was largely led by the colour story. It was really exciting for me to create something in a palate I’ve never really used before and I’m now a total plum convert:)

And aside from the colour scheme, what I love how the CANVAS Christmas Collection is how it incorporates piece that range from whimsical and ethereal to elegant and refined. There are items that feel one of a kind, as well as ornament staples like metallic springs and beautifully coloured balls. The CANVAS Christmas Collection makes creating a beautifully styled holiday, a one stop shop affair.

And with that, here’s ‘Spiced Plum Regalia‘ a la Canadian Tire’s CANVAS Christmas Collection and yours truly…

I like holiday decorating that doesn’t feel too contrived and enjoy layering natural elements, along with decor pieces that make the holiday vision feel relaxed and elegant, but still playful and natural. I love a little glamour but not so much that the aesthetic feels forced. And as with all my design work, Christmas needs decor a good hit of whimsy/irreverence…the Canadian Tire CANVAS Christmas Collection makes creating this kind of look easy and so much fun. It’s inspired me in so many ways in terms of how I want to decorate my own home this year. And if you are as well , here are my tips for creating your own ‘Spiced Plum Regalia‘ holiday look at home, using the CANVAS collection…

1. Use springs and artificial flowers with natural bows and pine cones to fill in create
garlands, tabletop and mantle.
2. Mix whimsical forest inspired elements like tree stumps and woodland creatures,
with more refined ornaments, vases and decor.
3. Incorporate shades of spiced plum (ranging from lilac to almost black,) silver and
natural greenery to make an enchanted regalia scene come to life.
4. Make a loose garland out of natural greenery for the center of the dining table.
Fill with faux blooms to co-ordinate with fireplace. Stack dishes casually at one end
of table and use cake plates, silverware and linens to fill in the tablescape. Wood
cutting boards and/or platters can mix with crystal, china and antique brass
candlesticks to make for a relaxed and elegant table.
5. Place clusters of white pillar candles around the foot of staircases and around
fireplace. Use tapered candles in vintage candlesticks on the dining table.
6. Use velvet and satin ribbon in shades of plum and violet, along with sprigs and
foliage to wrap presents papered in brown craft or metallic paper.
And then when you’re done, share your beautiful design on social media using the hashtag #mycanvasstyle!!!
As always, a huge thank you to Canadian Tire for giving me the opportunity to help showcase their beautiful collection.  With 6 colour stories to choose from, there truly is a holiday look to suit every style with the CANVAS Christmas Collection!

My Canadian Tire Canvas Collaboration Reveal!

I am so excited to finally be able to fill you in on the latest project I have been working on! I had the most amazing opportunity to collaborate with Canadian Tire and create a Tailored Elegant space using their CANVAS Home & Dining collection.


I am so thankful to the incredible team who worked with me to bring my ideas to reality! To see more of how I used the beautiful CANVAS collection to create a curated space that feels personal, memorable, and full of personality, check out this link!


Monday Moods – Fresh Energy

This morning I woke up in sheer disbelief that it is August 1st! As I wondered where the summer has gone, I started to think of all the upcoming projects looming at the end of the summer and began to feel that back to school excitement that is so ingrained in all of us. Though I am not trying to bum anyone out with the thought of the approaching fall weather, this week’s post is inspired by the fresh energy that a new month brings as well as a reminder to make the most of the rest of our summer.


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Happy Monday lovelies!

Art Fair Fridays – Ianitzva Vassileva

It’s Friday once again, which means both Heirloom & Knot and I are very happy to share with you the latest instalment in our ongoing Art Fair Fridays series, where we bring you weekly design inspiration and exclusive interviews with the talented artists that inspire our creativity on a daily basis.

Today, we’re so excited to share with you the mixed media work of Toronto based artist Ianitzva Vassileva, whose photographs and paintings straddle the line between hyper realism and abstraction. Her works provide a glimpse into the artist’s perceptions of events, moments and time in a way that feels both representative and beautifully interpretive.

How long would you say you have been a professional artist and what has lead you to this point in your career?

It’s hard to say at which point I really became a “professional” – art has been something I have been involved in from an early age and something I always approach with a great deal of focus and enthusiasm. That being said, I’ve been exhibiting my work at various galleries since 2011 when I was fortunate to have my first solo exhibition. Since then, I’ve had to work really hard to continue building my practice and creating as much work as I can while balancing a full time job as a designer/consultant. I think there’s also a fair bit of social media marketing & business savviness associated with a career in art. It is something I love learning about and developing alongside my work!

What is the best advice you’ve ever received about your art?

Even if you’re not feeling particularly inspired, just pick up the paintbrush and start making something. It really is that simple sometimes, I can’t count the amount of times that has pushed me through a creative block!

How would you describe your creative process?

It’s very intuitive, and process oriented. Sometimes an idea hits me over the head and I just have to do something with it right away, whereas some ideas just linger around in my head until I finally figure out how to express them. I take a lot of photographs as well – for the underwater paintings I spend hours sorting through all the pictures until I find ‘the one’ that just works. Once I have a general plan for a painting, I start sketching it out on the panel and from there it’s just a matter of immersing myself in the painting process and seeing where it takes me. Reflection comes after.

What is your favourite medium to work in?

Although I really enjoyed exploring sculpture, installation, and printmaking in art school, I seem to always go back to painting. Oils are my favourite – I just wish the brushes were easier to clean!

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Being able to see a group of my paintings come together in a series makes me incredibly proud!
Also, it’s been amazing to connect with so many people via my website and social media outlets. It’s really encouraging (like getting an email from Vogue!), and I’ve also been offered some wonderful opportunities along the way.

How would you describe your signature style?

It’s abstract in the details, but more photorealistic from afar. I think there’s something to be said about the influence of technology and the way small screen sizes have changed the way we perceive art. I actually use my phone as a lens to view my painting while I’m working on it. It gives me a different perspective – almost like another dimension through which to view my work. I like that dichotomy of abstract versus hyper realistic.

Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration?

I keep my eyes open for inspiration from anywhere, whether that’s in nature, science, Instagram, fashion, materials or even the process of making art itself! I find inspiration in the tricks that light plays on our eyes. Artists that inspire me are Cecily Brown, David Altmejdt, Lorella Paleni, and so many others, including many emerging artists!

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Artists who can vacillate between mediums and have each one look more stunning then the next, sort of blow my mind.

Here are my top 5 from Vassileva’s stunning portfolio…

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I love how you almost can’t tell which underwater one is a photo and which is a painting…all so beautiful!


Haute Hause- Copper Blush

Seeing Through Rose Coloured Glasses?
Well…you might be, or you could be taking in this season’s pretty palette of blush copper. With pops of pink and layers of sepia copper, this nostalgic colour combination has me feeling like I’m walking around in a beautiful memory. Whether you believe yourself to be a ‘pink person’ or not, this versatile duo can be converted to suit just about anyone’s taste. Depending on the shade of pink and the finish of copper, this pair can add edge or softness to any outfit, interior, or accessory.
Though I must admit I have very little self control when it comes to using the colour pink, the products below are easy to embrace in any (or every!) aspect of your daily life!
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1) If ever there was a perfect ‘I like where this is going’ gift to give at the beginning of a new relationship, this would be it. Just looking at this sweet, $48 Kate Spade Make Me Blush Idoim Bangle gives me butterflies!,en_US,pd.html?dwvar_WBRU9703_color=704&cgid=ks-jewelry-bracelets#start=21&cgid=ks-jewelry-bracelets
2) For the perfect host/hostess gift, try Charbonnel Pink Marc De Champagne Truffles, or if you don’t have anywhere to go, treat yourself for $31.39
3) If you’re bored with your everyday look, mix it up with Ally Capellino’s SS15 collection and add some blush to your blonde!
4) This elegant Scoop Table Lamp from West Elm is a subtle way to add some glamour to your office or bedside table, and add a metallic layer to the room. For just $69||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-NoMerchRules
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5) Though Michael Kors is famous for a number of different pieces, his collection of rose gold watches are ones to remember. My favourite being this Kerry Pave Rose Gold-Tone Watch for $275é-rose-gold-tone-watch/_/R-US_MK3313?No=13&color=0622
6) Need a reason to drink champagne? I mean, celebrate? What better way than with this limited edition Pink label from Lanson?
7) To add a touch of whimsy to your room, shop Kate Sylvester online store for this Swan by Douglas & Bec for $120(USD)
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9) To make every morning sparkle, try sipping your coffee or tea from these Solid Copper Moscow Mule mugs by Paykoc for $22.50 (each) at
10) A pop of pink never goes unnoticed, and this Blush Chair from Black Rooster Decor can be dressed up or dressed down depending on the surroundings for $492
11) For a subtle way to slip into this trend, try a pair of these Zara high heel sandals for $59.90 (USD)
12) Last but certainly not least, get your daily dose of romance from this piece entitled Jack’s Cat by Artist, Amy Friend which can be found at Citizen Atelier for $695
Rosy blush…it’s just always so perfectly perfect.