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roundup of the best pillows on etsy

the best pillows found on etsy

After yesterday’s post lacking of colour and dismal pre-spring garden shots (and a rotting deck!) I needed to throw some colour at you. I have a few decorating projects in the works and at the top of my list is always pillows. My style is always white, bright and open and airy rooms with crazy hits of colour thrown at you in pillows. Pillows are the BEST way to add some style to a room at a really reasonable cost. Some pillows aren’t inexpensive – decorative ones (like this one that is my FAVOURITE EVER in my house) are the cost of a good gallon of paint. But it’s more powerful than paint. Because it’s so stylish and let’s face it. Throwing a designer pillow on your couch is also WAY EASIER than throwing a gallon of paint on your wall. So when  friends ask me to help makeover a room, I always gravitate to neutral couches and such – but tell them to have some fun with the pillows. One thing I have been guilty of is buying too small of a pillow for rooms. So consider 20″ and bigger for couches, because the small ones just (in my opinion)end up being tossed on the floor. But BIG pillows (especially down filled ones) you end up sinking into, and enjoying as you relax.

Although I adore places like Tonic Living and finding my own fabrics to make into pillows, Etsy is still a huge draw for me because you have such a huge assortment of fabrics and you can see them done up usually before buying. Click here to see my favourite pillows (which include all of the ones I’ve shown here!) by popping over to my Etsy Pillow Collection board. And you may see some of the ones here, in upcoming design projects!

pillows on etsy


In Gift Guides

Gift Guide / For Babies

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I’m a sucker for baby things – even though we don’t have a baby anymore in our house. But seriously, knit sweaters, cute cozy pants, silly stuffed toys that are likely more for the delight of the parents than the children – but it’s such a wonderful time to have a baby in ones’s life – that we can’t resist stuff like this. Here are some of my favourites. 😉 Enjoy! 

In Decorating

Brass Candlesticks

Do you ever see things while in a thrift store and you stare at them and stare at them and you think – they would be awesome, but do you really need to spend money on something you don’t necessarily need at that exact time in your life? That would be me in Value Village with one particular thing ….

Image Via Sunday Suppers 

Image Via Sunday Suppers 

Brass candlestick holders. I’m a sucker for brass candlestick holders. I’ve been lucky to find some at Value Village over the years, so I have a small collection, but have yet to bust them out for a table setting. If you come across some in your travels, here are some images for inspiration for how you could use them in your own home. And a reminder to me (and, um, Aubrey!) that collecting these are, very, very worthwhile. 

Image Via Two Be Wed

Image Via Two Be Wed

They don’t have to be vintage – although, that is the majority of my collection. Places like CB2 have cool ones available. I picked these up (below) and I loooooooove them! 

Image by Lindsay Stephenson, Purchased at CB2 

Image by Lindsay Stephenson, Purchased at CB2 

You guys know my love affair with Etsy. So it should come to no surprise that I bought these (below) ones a week ago. Eeeeee! I don’t have them yet but I’m so excited to get them. 

(It should come as no surprise either, that I have a “gold” collection on Etsy either) 

Anyhow, so when you see brass / gold candlesticks in your travels, preferably while thrifting (because they are so cheap that way!) this post will be a reminder that they will look fab-u-lous. 

xo Lindsay

In Room Makeovers

#ProjectPinkRoom – Drapery Fabric


I’m SO CLOSE to revealing the Etsy room makeover that we’re doing. 99% of the items I’ve purchased have arrived, so we’re SO close. My girlfriend and I spent all today running around the city, checking the remaining things on our list. (and maybe a coffee stop here and there, some Ikea Hot Dogs, and then lunch….we were without the kids, so it was a little liberating!)

We stopped in at Tonic Living to check out fabrics together for the drapery and I nearly DIED when I saw this. Happily, my girlfriend was equally smitten and so it was done. I seriously cannot WAIT for these drapes. I’m living vicariously through my girlfriend, decorating a girls room. Oscar’s room will one day be updated, but there is something about pink. OMG. I love it. I’m not a designer by any means but seriously people, I’m obsessed with these projects of getting to have fun with other people’s rooms. AS IF people get paid to do this fun! (Not quitting my day job, but seriously, this is the best)

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In Gift Guides

father’s day gift ideas

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Father’s Day finds via Etsy! I put this collection together obviously with Aubrey in mind, but also, thinking of my Dad, had he been here with us. (That vintage rocket just would be something he would have thought was cool!) The items above and more are in my “Dad ” collection on Etsy. Ps., I gave Aubrey that “Hello” mug and he drinks out of it every, single, morning. It’s the best. (And, dishwasher safe)