8.15.2014

Dote Magazine

Hello lovers. Popping in from my summer break to share some excitement. I'll be writing a column called The Well Styled Home, as lead interior stylist, for a new publication called Dote Magazine. I'm beyond honoured to be a part of this amazing project. Sometimes in life we're asked to collaborate, and sometimes we get lucky and that collaboration means being part of something that is truly magical. Dote is made of pure heart. The love project of my sweet friend, Kate Klassen, seeing it brought to fruition generates goosebumps like you can't believe. Please check it out. I think you'll like it! xo e
ps- show Dote some love on twitter too?
#somethingtodoteabout

6.13.2014

Backyard Awesome

Hi friends. I'm sharing the beginning phases of #projectbackyardawesome today. It's unfortunate there's no before image. Let's just have it be known that for the last 8 years this corner of the yard was piled high with three types of broken brick from the previous owners. The space around the brick was overgrown with waist high weeds. 
My plan was to install a giant trellis to hide the area for the garden party. I'd tried in the past to give the brick away or have it removed but no one was willing to do it. The opportunity presented itself very suddenly to have it hauled away to a place where brick is recycled. YAY!
We worked hard to level the area and remove the weeds. Then we went to Home Depot and picked up all of the necessary items to spruce things up. First step was to plant perennials and lay down weed matting. 
Next we piled cedar garden mulch on top of the weed matting, not only to hold it in place but also to prevent weed growth. The folks at Home Depot also suggested gravel would work for this area, but we all agreed that mulch is softer under foot; now that this corner may just be a new hide and seek spot, and from an aesthetic regard I liked the look of mulch better with the plantings.  
I hadn't realized how much this corner weighed on me. Having it completed has made me so happy. Now on to the next project. Happy Friday! 


5.28.2014

Exciting News!

Hello friends! It's no secret I'm a long time, extremely loyal Home Depot fan. Truth is Home Depot has bailed me out many times in my renter/home ownership lifetime. As a young, stay at home mom I worked on fixing up our homes, always on a very small budget. With the help of their onsite experts, I always found the materials I needed to complete my projects.
I'm so excited to announce that I'm partnering with Home Depot to fix up my backyard and deck space.
I will be dividing the yard in to four quadrants and tackling each with several different DIY projects. I will also be hosting a garden party when the work is completed to reveal the new space.
I've been gathering lots of inspiration pictures...
You can follow along via pinterest [ECxHD backyard awesome] + [ECxHD garden party] and also on Instagram (@ecmothdesign) where I'll be using the hashtag #ECxHDbackyardawesome and #ECxHDgardenparty

If you could tackle one thing in your outdoor living space what would it be? xo EC



5.20.2014

Weekend Recap

Hello lovers. I became suddenly quite ill last week. I'm much better now but it was strange to spend the entire long weekend in bed. I'm not going to lie... it was actually really nice.
I spent time looking at pinterest, catching up on some blog reading, watching movies- that part was pretty great. I've been gathering inspiration for my major backyard overhaul and garden party. It's all coming together.
I started with stocking up on these Oh Joy for target party supplies. All on clearance now!
Plus I cannot get enough of Wisteria. Nothing seems to grow here in Calgary, but this tough vine has come back in my yard. This is NOT mine pictured below but I hope mine is as thriving one day. I'm headed to Home Depot ASAP to pick up more before it sells out. If you've never smelled it, the scent is divine! What I'm pleased about is the fact that it survived over the winter in a large planter. It's an indication that anyone could have one almost anywhere and all the proof I needed to go and buy several more! Oh, and a few more peonies, of course.
What's your favorite addition to the garden? Hope you all had a lovely weekend. 

5.06.2014

Around Here

Hello! I've been excited to share my next big personal project is a major garden/deck overhaul. I hate to share before pics because they ug up my blog. So you'll have to imagine the worst.
In usual Erica fashion, I want to skip details like rototilling and dirty fingernails to focus on planning a vibrant, juicy garden party. Who can blame me? The summer season is short here. 
I decided to get started with party planning while I wait for the snow to melt. Yes, snow. I ordered this drink dispenser (via chapters indigo) to serve white Sangria plus an alcohol free version. I was pleased that I actually thought to order two in the midst of my online excitement. I adore that they're fashioned after the classic mason jar and seriously, when have meyer lemons ever looked so fab? (also available via world market + via pottery barn
The next detail fell in to place when my friends at Crave Cupcakes posted this fun custom buttercream colour chart; for special event ordering, on their instagram. First of all, they have the BEST cupcakes... second, I'm a lover of any chart. No really. I love the legends that come in chocolate boxes... that's just me. I will undoubtedly pick all of the colours and then repick them once more. 


They're going to look so great on tiered cake stands. I was thinking some jadeite ones in varying sizes like this. (via)
I've also been sourcing out some fun planters and pots, floor cloths, etc. When I didn't necessarily find all the accents I wanted I came up with ways to make them. I'm pretty excited to share those projects soon too. I think you're going to love them. Until then.... xo

5.05.2014

Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo Monday friends! 
Who needs reason for a fruity drink? If you do today is the day for this pretty little Cinco de Drinko.
Prickly pear cocktail recipe (here).  
I love the idea of these mini personal 7 layer dips. Because tiny things are almost always cuter. I know my boys are going to love them. 
I never need a formal reason to indulge in all things mexi. If you need me I'll be stuffed with tacos and sipping margs. Whatever you do I hope it's a good one. xo
   




4.15.2014

Easter Table//Two Looks

Hello friends!
Today I'm working on my Easter table decor using a tiered bunny centerpiece from Pottery Barn as the focal point.
Truth is I love special occasion brunches much more than dinners. Brunch just always seems more relaxed. To keep things stress free I like to do a 'dry run' table setting so that I'm not rushed at the last minute and can focus on meal prep and spending time with guests. This year I'm hosting both brunch and dinner so I needed to come up with two looks.
I love using a tiered centerpiece as it adds some height and visual interest without completely blocking site lines across the table. Here is my brunch look:
For my dinner guests I wanted to create a more formal look. I drew upon stuff I had on hand, primarily a mixed metals + black and white palette and incorporated some egg art that the boys helped me with. I plan on stuffing some sort of finger foods in and around the eggs on the tiered stand. 
Now on to party planning for my youngest little man. I cannot believe he will be six tomorrow! I need to do a little research to see what I might make for my Easter guests. Do you have any favourite dishes you serve when company is coming? 

 
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