2020 Home Refresh | Part 3 | Backyard Flower Bed

My next 2020 home project was an outdoor project. I have been wanting to put a flowerbed in our back yard since we moved into the house six years ago, and since we finally have a fence I could get it done.

It was quite a bit of work to tear this grass out but that was the hard part. Once the grass was out. I laid the stone, which I absolutely did not do properly; I didn’t take any precautions to stop shifting.

Once that was all done it was as easy as planting the flowers! It really doesn’t look like much now, but once it all grows and fills in…it will be so good! It will an ongoing project this summer as I see how the flowers work together as they grow. This spot gets quite a bit of light during the day and since it is up against the fence, I really wanted flowers that will grow tall and be kind of a whimsical cottage style with a ‘Kelsey’ twist. I also I wanted at least one climbing vine.

I got clematis to climb the fence. I put tall flowers in the back; delphinium, monkshood, lupin. Medium height flowers in the middle; irises and some sweet william. Then I put some low to medium height flowers in the front; a columbine, common thrift and a phlox moss. I sprinkled some poppy seeds in the empty spots and will likely grab some other annuals to fill in space for the time being. I will also be on the look out for a really good piece of drift wood this summer because it definitely feels like it’s missing something. The hanging basket on the fence post has black petunias in it, which is a staple flower for me.

I don’t typically like pink flowers, but I instantly fell in love with this common thrift. It gives me major Dr. Seuss vibes. The rest of the flowers are purple, blue, black, dark red.

If you’d like to follow along and watch my garden grow, make sure you are following me on Instagram.

2020 Home Refresh | Part 2 | Feature Wall

My 2020 Home Refresh has found a whole new purpose – keeping me busy during the COVID-19 Pandemic. While I have been loving the fresh paint, I have found it lacking pizazz; So I decided to do a small feature wall,with a boho herringbone pattern. I chose the smallest wall because it is easily accessible and if I hated it, it would be easy to paint over. Bare with me, it’s a very awkward corner to photograph. I started by taping the wall off every three inches.

I used a thin paintbrush and a protractor out of a geometry set to draw my lines. It was very inconsistent; some lines were so perfect, and some were far less than. But if I let it, that would absolutely drive me nuts. So I decided to embrace that as part of the boho charm. You want your brush to be relatively dense, if the bristles are too flimsy it will be a lot harder to get an even remotely clean line. To create the pattern you want to hold the protractor one way to draw the lines down one column, and then flip it for the next.

For the black lines, I just used left over paint from the black accent wall I did in our dining area. You can see more on that in Part 1 of my home refresh. I messed up quite a bit, and had to paint over the lines with my base colour. As I was going, I honestly wasn’t super crazy about it but when I removed the tape, I liked it a lot better.

If I ever want to paint over this it will require sanding down before painting over. If I were to do it again, I would maybe leave more space between my lines. My next project with be to sand down this small side table and stain it a dark walnut to match the blanket ladder, so part 3 of my refresh will feature some furniture changes!

Temper + Lace | Spring Collection 2020

Another season, another great launch from Temper + Lace. This spring collection features 4 scents with a little something for every one.

Rain | Linen. Wild Rose. Woodland.
Twilight | Cotton Flower. Bergamot. Tonka Bean.
Equinox | Nectarine. Gardenia. Violet.
Sublime | Grapefruit. Lemon Zest. Blackberry.

While I hear amazing things about the entire collection, as of right now, I have only smelled one of the new scents. Stefania gifted me the Equinox candle, and I absolutely love it! It is sweet, fresh and fruity with slight floral undertones. Nectarines would be the strongest notes in this one so if you like nectarines or peaches you will love it.

Don’t forget you can save 10% on your Temper + Lace order with the code Kelsey10.

2020 Home Refresh | Part 1

All my life we lived in beige houses. It was my mom’s neutral of choice, beige and brown. So in 2014 when we bought our house, I knew I wanted to do something completely different. Something cool, unique, and bold. I felt even more strongly about this when I looked at home decor pages online and everyone’s houses looked the same. We went to a local paint store and I showed the owner a picture of my inspiration. We went home with two galleons of Cool Blue from Benjamin Moore. We started painting, and it was a huge shock. It was not the colour I wanted, but we went with it. I wanted bright blue yes, but I wanted something more…muted.

I kept the rest of my decor pretty neutral; lots of grey, black and white. And for the most part the blue really grew on me. It was cool, unique and bold. The vibe went kind of boho with a witchy touch; which worked well for us because my partner’s taste isn’t quite as “dark” as my own. But one problem area was our kitchen. I HATE our kitchen floors, and the orangey brown tones marbled throughout it didn’t vibe well with the blue walls. This was only made worse when we got our backsplash installed. I wanted to bring the grey subway tile right up to the ceiling on one wall but couldn’t because the cupboard door wouldn’t be able to open properly on the one side. I started to brainstorm ways I could minimize the blue in our kitchen, I found wallpaper (black and white) and I wanted to finish the wall I couldn’t tile with the wallpaper.

The idea of painting the entire upstairs of our house made me tired.

But as 2019 passed, I imagined all the things I wanted to do with our house and the decor possibilities a change in wall colour would open for me…I decided it was time.

We had two shades of grey in the house already; Storm and Pewter. Both cool toned greys from Benjamin Moore. I wanted to stay in that colour family so I knew the shades of grey would blend well together, particularly with Pewter since that is the colour in our back entry way and the new colour would directly be blending into that area. I would have liked to have gone for a medium grey but since we have a medium grey backsplash in the kitchen I decided a shade lighter than Pewter would be the new direction. I looked at the little colour card for Pewter (that’s the technical term, isn’t it?) and Silver Half Dollar was the colour a notch down from Pewter, so I searched for similar shades. I went into Modern Paint and Decor in Peace River with my mind set on Silver Half Dollar and Sidewalk Gray, these are the colours I wanted to get samples of. When I got to the store I told Kyle what I was looking for; something lighter than Pewter, in the same colour family, a little less blue. I came home with samples of Silver Half Dollar and Eternity, they fit all of my requirements and Kyle was a huge help in finding shades that wouldn’t bring out the blue in Pewter even more. Silver Half Dollar is directly correlated to the shade Pewter, it’s just one shade down. Eternity is a similar colour but slightly less blue, more purple. It’s honestly amazing how two colours can look so similiar in their cans and be so different on the wall.

Once I got the paint samples on the wall they were so, so different and it became pretty obvious to me which colour I wanted go with. I asked my Instagram followers for their opinion and they were pretty equally divided but Silver Half Dollar came out on top; which I found particularly funny because I wanted to do Eternity…it definitely made me question myself. The reason I chose Eternity is because Silver Half Dollar was just that; silver. It was very light and bright and was also very blue. Eternity still had lots of blue/purple undertones but since it was grey and not silver I found it to be a lot more forgiving. The kitchen and the way the colour looked with our grey backsplash was a big deciding factor, as well as our couch because it is also a shade of grey. I took my time painting, doing it bit by bit because it was so boring. I also decided to do a black accent wall in our dining room. My go-to black has been Twilight Zone from Benjamin Moore.

Going grey would complicate our furniture situation a bit. I had a couple side tables I had painted grey when the walls were blue and those shades of grey would not look good with the new walls. They’d do for a while but I want to replace them with wood. We also have an old broken, blue recliner (the man chair) that I am so, so excited to get rid of. I have a charcoal chair picked out from Wayfair already!

But it wasn’t just the furniture that I wanted to replace with wood, I wanted to incorporate more wood tones in the decor to achieve that mid-century modern/boho feel. I had a friend made me a blanket ladder (Pieceful Patches on Facebook if you are local to the Peace Country) and before I decided to get rid of the blue my instinct would have been to paint it black, but I stained it a dark walnut in preparation for a colour change. You’ll notice some scratches, my cat got to it! It just needs to be sanded and stained again.

I also wanted to get some wood signs, but it is surprisingly hard to find companies that don’t make the rustic/modern farmhouse sort of wood sign. I found a company called Northwood Supply, they are out of Airdrie and you can find them on Etsy.

Now I am going to go off on a little bit of a tangent and tell you about my experience with Northwood Supply. They have on their Etsy page that there is a three week production time, which means it will take three weeks to make your sign after ordering. I read it, I saw it, I knew going into ordering that it was going to be a long wait. Just after the three weeks were up, they shipped my order and a month after ordering the sign I received it. I didn’t think this was a strange fact to share in my review, people want to know about timelines when they order stuff. But after I left my review I got a message from the company explaining their production time, and no matter how many times I told them I understood, they kept trying to explain it to me. Which, quite frankly, I found…condescending? They were talking to me like I was an idiot and it was as if they weren’t paying attention when I told them that I wasn’t complaining about it I was just sharing my timeline with other customers. My sign also had a small hole in the wood frame (which happens with wood, holes/knots, I get that) and I included that fact in my review because if I were to have chosen this sign out of a pile of signs I wouldn’t have picked the one with the hole. I have a tinge of OCD, and there are a lot of other people out there who would be bothered by that hole. So when I shared the fact there was a hole I was just letting people know about the possibility of imperfections. And when they messaged me they kept saying the knots and holes add to the charm and they love them and I’m like yea okay that’s great for you but what about people who maybe don’t want those major imperfections. It was…belittling, I am allowed to be slightly bothered by the hole. Overall, it is a beautiful sign but I found the exchange with the owner very unpleasant.

Back to what is important.

We also have a few instruments laying around the house I would really love to display; an old banjo that belonged to my Grandpa and a ukelele that Ty got me for our first Christmas together. One of the other things I am most excited for about going more neutral is that with the blue I always felt really limited with my seasonal decor. I never wanted to get too colourful with fall or Christmas decor because I felt like it was too much colour with the blue and it just didn’t feel like “me”.

I had been eyeing these two pillow covers for quite a while and when State of Grace was having their closing out sale, it was the perfect time to grab them. I had two black throw pillows and the fabric was a magnet for animal hair, so these covers were a great solution rather than buying new pillows, and the patterns fit in so well with my style.

Overall, I am super happy with how this drastic colour change has refreshed our home and completely changed the vibe. I am so excited for more changes to come.

Temper + Lace | Loft + Spell

I know you guys are probably tired of hearing about Temper + Lace but I promise I am not going to stop sharing these amazing candles any time soon. Today, I want to share my two favourite scents, yeah I said it. That’s a pretty big statement. It is a big commitment to say “out of all the incredible scents Temper + Lace has ever released, these two are my favourites”.

I know I’ve had a lot of favourites. Noel in the 2019 holiday collection was fantastic, Walk in The Woods from Spring 2019 was incredible, Creme from her signature line is a delicious classic. But Loft + Spell; they are the ones.

The first time she released Spell, I was skeptical. I wasn’t sure what to think when I saw black pepper on the label. Would I LIKE the smell of black pepper? But I honestly don’t know if I can even smell the black pepper. This blend of cardamom, black pepper and whipped cream is a creamy bit of deliciousness with a slight spice. It’s warm and cozy but not sweet.

Loft is a blend of coffee, hazelnut and cream. It’s another warm and cozy scent without being overly sweet. It’s comforting and welcoming. I’m not usually a big fan of the smell of hazelnut but it is not over powering in this. I also don’t find the coffee over powering at all. They are just beautifully blended to compliment the cream.

I also love that neither of these scents can really be labelled as traditionally masculine or feminine. I think either of these scents would make a fantastic gift because I really feel like they are such beautiful scents, anyone would like them.

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Temper + Lace | Valentine’s Day Collection 2020

Mating season will soon be upon us and Temper + Lace is celebrating with the release of their sexy Valentine’s Day scents. This collection consists of four delicious fragrances; Tryst, Leather, Dream and Cake. Today I am sharing two of those scents with you.

When I first saw she had named one of her candles “Cake”, I was expecting a sweet vanilla cupcake. Apparently I am not hip and cake has a whole other meaning…which explains the juicy peach tones in this candle. I love anything that mixes sweet and juicy with woodsy or earthy; Sandalwood being my fav. This scent is right up my alley. Sweet and sexy with a touch of warm and cozy; the epitome of a Valentine’s Day date night in with your s/o.

Dream is pistachio, coconut and amaretto cream. It’s a subtle scent but creamy is the best way to describe it; the amaretto is probably the strongest tones. Dream is a good one if you don’t like your home to be super fragrant. It reminds me of something else that I can’t quite put my finger on.

I can’t say much for the other two scents but Tryst is perfect if you love fruity, tropical scents. I am told that Leather genuinely smells like Leather; it’s raspberry tones make me super curious!

Get your orders in for your Valentine, Galentine or spoil yourself. Save 10% with the code Kelsey 10 and don’t forget to trim your wick before lighting.

Temper + Lace | Winter 2019

As we settle in for a long and cold winter, women around Canada pull out their sherpa sweaters, their fleece leggings and their messy bun toques in preparation. But the most important part of our winter (semi)hibernation, is good seasonal candles.

Y’all have heard me say it time and time again. No candle on the market will out-do Temper + Lace. Not just because of a great quality candle, but also because of the people behind the business and their vast amount of care and integrity. Each soy candle is hand poured with extra TLC (and not just because Stef loves classic R&B), and even after your purchase they ensure your experience is top notch by offering amazing customer service.

This winter Temper + Lace is offering a fantastic selection of candles to keep your home feeling, and smelling , cozy.

Creme features marshmallow, honey and toasted almond. It smells like warm vanilla and almonds, with a hint of sweet honey. This is a classic scent that everyone will love.

Tobacco is orange, amber and tobacco. When I mention “tobacco” that may throw some people off, but this candle is really fantastic. If you are someone who LOVES amber, this is definitely a must. The more noticeable notes are sweet orange blended with smooth amber, there’s just a slight musky smell for a slightly masculine and super luxurious fragrance.

The soy wax ensures a clean burn and the wood wick softly crackles for added ambiance. For all of their seasonal scents and to check out the rest of their collection visit their website and don’t forget to use the code Kelsey10 to save on your order.

Temper + Lace | Holiday 2019

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Feliz Navidad, Happy Hanukah. Whatever you celebrate, we can all agree that a cozy candle warms the home during the holidays.

Temper + Lace has released a fantastic line of Holiday/Winter candles for 2019.

Fireside features warm woods, vanilla and raspberry. Really warm vanilla with a sweet raspberry undertone.

Nutcracker is plum, currant and sugar. This one is a very sweet and fruity scent so if you prefer something fruity this one is definitely for you. It reminds me of something I can’t quite put my finger on but it’s a deliciously fruity dose of Christmas.

Noel is mulberry, cranberries and spice. If you are familiar with Temper + Lace you might remember a cranberries and spice scent from Christmas 2018. This one is pretty different from last years cranberries + spice. Last year’s scent was very sweet, like a cranberry cider. This one has a lot more of a spicy cinnamon smell.

Sleigh is evergreen and musk. I was a little skeptical of this one because when you see the word “musk” you never really know what that might mean. This candle is actually so, so nice. It is super fresh, a little more masculine. Will leave your home smelling like a Christmas tree farm.

She also has a few winter scents that will be available for you to enjoy all season long.

Creme – marshmallow, honey, toasted almond
Maple Sugar – maple, butter
Toasty – coconut milk, brown sugar, nutmeg
Tobacco – orange, amber, tobacco

Temper + Lace candles are made with soy wax and feature wood wicks. Each candle is either scented with essential oils or paraben and phthalate free fragrance oil for a completely non toxic burn. They have a 70+ hour burn time. Save 10% on your order from Temper + Lace with the code kelsey10.

Temper + Lace | Rebrand + Fall 2019 Collection

The leaves are changing, the days are shorter and the pumpkins are spiced. It’s candle season y’all. Fall scents are my absolute favourite. Warm and cozy, a little sweet; a good fall candle instantly makes any space more inviting. This season Temper + Lace is offering so much more than a collection of soy wax, wood wick, chemical free fall candles…they are also offering a selection of fall essential oil blends and a whole new look.

Yep! New logo, new jars, new label design. The Temper + Lace rebranding offers up a more minimalist look that will vibe with any home decor. The new jars also feature cleaner lines and are lidless. I absolutely love the new look! You can also pick up hoodies and tees that bare the new logo.

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I have blogged about Temper + Lace scents numerous times; not just because I am friends with the incredible woman behind the company but because I truly believe that these candles are an amazing quality product. I am so excited to officially be a BRAND AMBASSADOR! You can save 10% on your Temper + Lace order with the code Kelsey10.

Leaves is apple cider, juicy pear and spice. This is legit the epitome of fall to me. Delicious apple and pear, not overly sweet and the perfect amount of spice. Guaranteed the fool everyone into thinking you have an apple crisp in the oven.  Memory Lane is a little sweeter with pumpkin spice and sweet vanilla and marshmallow. Harvest is an essential oil blend with sweet orange, bergamot, black pepper and cinnamon leaf; I absolutely love a good blend of citrus and spice. Wool is cashmere cream, sweet vanilla and soft woods for a warm vanilla with a slight earthy undertone. Such cozy scents that will wrap your home in their warmth.

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But aside from just a quality product, Stefania is a such a kind and caring person who really goes above and beyond to ensure her customers are completely satisfied with their Temper + Lace experience.

I am so excited to share this brand with you guys.

Temper + Lace | Spring 2019 Collection

Hey, Guys! I am super excited to share the Temper + Lace Spring 2019 collection with you! This spring’s collection consists of three scents; two scented with fine fragrance oils and one scented with essential oils.

If you haven’t read about Temper + Lace on my blog before, these are soy candles with wooden wicks. They are hand poured in Alberta. When Stefania doesn’t use essential oils to scent her candles, she uses only high quality fragrance oils that are paraben and phthalate free so you can rest assured that there is nothing harmful filling the air of your home while you burn these candles.

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First Bloom is one of the fragrance oil scents. It is scented with cherry blossoms, pears and sandalwood. This is the lightest of the three but it leaves a really pretty scent throughout your home while burning. The sandalwood comes through the most with soft, fruity undertones. I don’t get much of a floral, cherry blossom scent but I do really love the faint pear blending with the sandalwood.

Walk In the Woods is scented with balsam fir and eucalyptus essential oils. I absolutely love eucalyptus; it is one of my favourite oils to use in my home because it leaves the air smelling so clean. The eucalyptus is more potent with just a hint of that woodsy balsam fir which creates a super fresh scent that is truly reminiscent of a walk in the woods. This would be a more traditionally masculine scent because of the balsam fir but I always get such a beautiful spa like feel with eucalyptus is used. If there were a spa up in a tree, this would be what it smells like.

Luscious is scented with fragrance oils and contains guava, apple, cassis and fig for a very sweet, fruity scent. The scent I get most from this one would be a really sweet green apple. This scent comes off as a bit much for some people right off the bat but disperses so nicely when lit.

Not only can you pick up these three candles in the full size, they are also available in a new 4oz tin. You can get all three scents as a set in the new size.