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OUR BIG NEWS PLUS A GIVEAWAY!

Decor, Uncategorized / By / February 25, 2017 /   No Comments

Happy Saturday Everyone!

I have BIG news!! After a reallllly long time searching for the perfect property, Brad and I have purchased a lot in Calgary and will be building our new home this year! We finally found a spot that feels perfect for raising our growing family and I am estactic for this project to begin! So far, my blog has been mostly about fashion and motherhood, two things I really enjoy, but home design is truly my passion and I can’t wait to share this journey with you!

Building can be really overwhelming so we are going to start by gathering some ideas and meeting vendors at the Calgary Home and Garden Show March 2-5 and I am so excited to be doing an awesome GIVEAWAY with the Home Show and HGTV designer Tiffany Pratt that you guys need to check out! Tiffany will be on stage presenting “The Rainbow Connection: Fearlessly Bringing Color Into Your Home & Life” Friday March 3 at 3pm and Saturday March 4 at 1pm. If you know me, you know that I need a little “nudge” to add color into my designs haha. I do love me some cream and grey, so I will be there checking this out for sure! We thought it would be fun to interview Tiffany and share with you some great tips for building, renovating or redecorating your home!

Tell us a little about yourself, how did you get into this business, where are you based and where are you originally from?

TP: Straight out of the womb I have been a creative. For as long as I can remember, creating, making and designing has been my language. I have always followed my curiosity and my love for beauty, textures, colours and shapes. I feel very grateful to be a designer, author and overall maker! Being called HGTV’s most vibrant interior designer is also pretty swell! I just adore what I do and being able to make people happy and create beauty is a true honour for me.

I was born in America and raised in Canada. I’m happy to now call Toronto home and it’s thrilling to be surrounded by multiculturalism and creative beings!

Will this be your first time appearing at a home show in Calgary? What are you looking forward to in this appearance?

TP: This will be my first time appearing at the Home Show in Calgary! YAY! But I’ve been to Calgary before and remember so many of the sweet and kind people in the city. I’m looking forward to meeting lots of new kind souls!

What will you be discussing at this show?

TP: I’ll be sharing a very personal story about my true ‘Rainbow Connection’. And give audiences the real story of my connection to colours, rainbows and why I feel injecting colour into your life is so healing and transformative. I will be sharing how to fearlessly bring a bright range of colours into your life and home and how easy and accessible this colourful way of life can be! Get ready for a little spectrum of inspiration!

What influences your style? How would you describe your style?

TP: I would describe my style as a curated collage, filled with small and large choices that both reflect the soul of the person or place that I am creating for. I see myself as a creative medium bringing through the dreams and visual ideals of those that I work with.

How did you get into TV, and what is your favourite aspect of doing a TV show?

TP: I was running an art studio when a TV crew asked to use my space for a live broadcast. After that, producers on CBC’s Steven and Chris approached to ask if I would be a regular guest on their show. Things snowballed after that and the rest is history! My favourite part about working on a show is bringing light and joyful laughter to the set. I really love having fun and making TV that is lighthearted and easy to watch! I have been doing TV now for about 8 years and I truly love it.

Tell us about Home To Win? What is your participation in this ensemble show?

TP: Home to Win is a show where a collection of HGTV Canada network stars come together and pool their skills to build a dream home for one lucky Canadian to win. I am on of the designers on the show and it is truly a honour and a pleasure to be on this cast!

What’s your first step in designing a home?

TP: The first step I take when designing a space is learning how my clients plan to live and function within the four walls. Knowing what they have and want to include is also hugely helpful. Good design comes from great function and flow. If you live an organized life where everything has a place, beauty can be infused into the nooks and crannies so you are surrounded by things that make you feel at home.

What should people always remember in decorating their home?

TP: Have fun! Forget the rules and what your friends may have done in their home! Your space is your own and should be a reflection of who you are and how you want to live! Follow what you love and enjoy the process! It is not a race!

With the economy as it is in Calgary, what’s your top advise for people who want to renovate or redecorate their home and remain on budget?

TP: Paint is the most transformational and inexpensive way to refresh and redecorate your home. Once you have a new coat of paint on walls, or objects, you can get to the business of frosting. I do not believe you have to overhaul your whole life to make things feel new! Move things around! Paint it up! A newly renovated space is just a few brush strokes away!

I want to thank Tiffany for this interview, and for participating in the giveaway! Here are the deets!

This awesome package will run February 25 – March 1 and includes:

– A signed copy of Tiffany Pratt’s NEW book “This Can Be Beautiful”

– A notebook and pencil from her collection

– TWO FREE TICKETS to the Calgary Home and Garden Show happening March 2-5, 2017 at the BMO Centre & Corral at Stampede Park

– A Golden Acre herb garden kit

There are two ways to enter! Either subscribe to my Blog (you will get an email notification each time I post so you can stay tuned in!)

OR

Head to my Instagram (@mamabydesign), follow me and tag a friend under any of the images for this giveaway! Each tag will count as an entry!

I will enter all entrants into a random draw and will announce on March 1, in time for the show!!

XO Lesley

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BLACK FRIDAY CHEAT SHEET!

Baby, Decor, Fashion, Uncategorized / By / November 24, 2016 /   No Comments


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Hi All!

I hope that you are having a great week, and for everyone in the USA, Happy Thanksgiving! I hope it’s a great one with family and friends and that you can take some time to relax and enjoy what’s important.

I love sale shopping, especially at this time of year when I want to start knocking items off my Christmas gift giving list. There are so many great sales on Black Friday but the thought of standing in line ups and battling aggressive shoppers actually gives me anxiety as I type this. Seriously, my upper lip is sweating right now. How much better does it sound to stay in your PJ’s, with a hot cup of coffee and shop from bed? Yes pleassssse! I know that online shopping can be overwhelming, and sorting through which brands have the best deals and how to get them can be tedious, so I did it for you guys! Here is my Black Friday Cheat Sheet! I have included both the “big box” stores as well as some local picks!

Good luck and happy shopping! Let me know what deals you scored!

XO Lesley

Anthropologie – 30% off regular and sale priced items.Code: LETSGO *remember with Anthro, you will be charged shipping and duty charges in Canada

J. Crew – 40% off purchase. Code: HOLIDAY *flat rate shipping of $12 CAD, no duty

Banana Republic – 50% off five regular priced items, no exclusions. Code: BRFIVE *free shipping over $50

GAP – 50% entire purchase. Code: TGIF50 *free shipping over $50

Old Navy – 50% off entire purchase. Code: none needed *free shipping over $25 use code SHIPFREE

Steve Madden – 20% off purchase. Code: BLACK *free shipping

Zara: 30% off storewide on website *free shipping over $50

Aritzia: 50% off select fall and winter styles

Also, check out these AMAZING local brands that I love!

Posh Panda: will be running limited coupon codes on Friday. Code: THANKS25, THANKS20, THANKS15 for 25, 20 or 15% off your order! www.poshpanda.ca

The Polka Dot Fox: everything will be marked down manually 20% off and $25 standard shipping. If you are able to do local pickup in either Spruce Grove or Lethbridge, use code LOCAL to eliminate shipping cost! www.thepolkadotfox.ca

Dear Freya: 30% off the entire online store. Code: BLACKFRIDAY www.etsy.com/ca/shop/DearFreya

Eli & Dex: 30% off online store. Code: BF30 www.elianddex.com

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WELCOME BABY Z!

Decor / By / May 20, 2016 /   No Comments

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Hey All!

Here is the wrap up from the baby shower I hosted for my new neice last weekend! It was just a relaxed brunch at my place with lots of baby snuggles and visiting and of course the cutest gifts for baby Zoey.

When I host, I always like to include some personal touches, so I made the “Z” that lights up and a little booklet of wishes for baby. They were both super easy crafts, and I just bought the supplies at Michaels. The letter came in a kit, and I added the floral background with scrap booking paper that I had on hand. The kit came with a template, so it was really easy. The lights just pop in and turn on with a little battery pack that tucks in the back. It’s a cute decor piece that would be adorable in a nursery or playroom after! For the baby book, I bought the plain cardboard onesies as part of a bunting kit. I traced the outlines on cute scrapbooking paper and glued each onesie to make them all different patterns. I chose light enough colours on the inside so that guests could write wishes for baby and advice for mama and I attached them all together with a couple rings at the top. The writing on the front is just a stamp. It was a total experiment, but I think it turned out cute! Lastly, I made the favor bags by stamping these mason jar cutouts and glueing different flowers to the top of each. Then I attached to a plain white bag. I popped a macaroon in each and sealed them with a cute sticker on the back.  This took no time at all but looked great!

For the food, I made up quiches the week before and froze them. This worked great and saved me time in the scramble the day before. My brother’s girlfriend, bless her heart, came and cut up the fruit and veggie and meat/cheese platters and helped me so much while I chased Ella and attempted to make my house look less like a Toys r Us 🙈. We put out a big jug of lemon water (Tip: we sliced and removed the seeds from a few lemons, froze them overnight and used them as ice cubes the next day. Brilliant Karolin!), as well as a peach bellini with prosecco and a watermelon mint lemonade that I made from scratch (recipe below)! The paper straws are from a local Calgary shop called Dixie and Twine (find her @dixieandtwine or on Etsy!) and are a gorgeous touch to any event. The amazing cake, adorable sugar cookies and delish macaroons were done by the very talented Lindsay Eakeatt Cook (@lindslorane). They turned out so cute. Finally, I whipped up these lemon blueberry cheesecake bars (recipe below) the morning of the shower and they were SO yummy. I got this recipe from my Grandma and since anything that comes out of her kitchen is delicious, I knew they would be a hit.

For a vintage, feminine feel, I wrapped my flower vases and the bottom of the cake in lace burlap. It was a 5 min project but it changed the look and made everything feel cohesive which I really liked.

I truly love hosting and it was such an honour to celebrate beautiful Zoey. It won’t be long before her and Ella are getting into trouble together 🙂

XO Lesley

Watermelon Mint Lemonade:

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

1 small bunch of mint, plus additional for garnish

1 cup lemon juice

8 cups water and ice

3 cups watermelon chunks

Combine sugar and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring to make sure the sugar has dissolved. Add bunch of mint. Remove from heat and allow to steep and cool, about 30 minutes. Discard mint. Purée Watermelon in a blender until smooth. Combine watermelon purée, mint syrup, lemon juice, water and ice. Garnish with lemon slices and mint leaves.

Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Crust:

1 1/4 cup butter at room temp

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 cups flour

1 tbsp lemon zest

1/4 tsp salt

Filling:

2 cups blueberries

2 tbsp brown sugar

2 tbsp lemon zest

2 tbsp lemon juice

2 250g blocks cream cheese at room temp

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 tbsp vanilla

2 eggs

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×13″ baking pan with parchment paper, letting it overhang the pan

2.Beat butter with 1/2 c sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until creamy. Beat in flour, 1 tbsp lemon zest and salt until combined

3.Press dough over bottom of prepared pan and bake until edges are golden, 25-30 min

4.Combine blueberries with brown sugar, 2tbsp lemon zest and lemon juice in a small saucepan. Cook on medium, stirring occasionally until berries are just soft, about 8-10 min. Set aside to cool

5. Beat cream cheese with 1/2 c sugar and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixture until smooth. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, until combined. Scrape mixture onto warm crust and smooth top. Dollop blueberry mixture all over top. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 min.

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OUR WEDDING VIDEO

Decor, Fashion / By / May 13, 2016 /   No Comments

Hey Guys!!

With wedding season upon us, I just thought I would drop this in here in case any of you brides to be are considering wedding videography. Brad and I debated long and hard if this was worth the cash. It turns out this is one of my absolute favourite memories of our wedding. Wedding budgets are difficult and decisions have to be made but I think everyone should have a keepsake like this! We used a company out of Lethbridge called Airau. They travelled to Banff with us, were totally behind the scenes and nothing short of phenomenal. We are so grateful we went ahead with it.  I hope you enjoy!

XO Lesley

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EASTER AT GRANDMAS

Baby, Decor, Fashion, Uncategorized / By / March 31, 2016 /   2 Comments

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Hey Guys!

I hope you all had a wonderful, relaxing Easter. We did!

Family has always been important to me. Growing up, “Grandma’s house” was the equivalent of the best play place/gourmet kitchen/sleepover central ever. My cousins were some of my best friends (and they still are!). One of the things I love most about Brad is how special his family is to him too. There is never a discussion or disagreement about spending time with our families. It’s what we do. But life gets busy and geography gets further and further away and sometimes it’s hard to get in as many visits as we would like. For Easter we decided we would make the trek to Mediciane Hat to see my Grandma and many uncles, aunts, cousins and my immediate family too (yes, it is a “trek” when there is a 1.5 year old involved haha). It was so nice to see everyone and catch up. Ella adores her “Gate Gamma” (Great Grandma) and has talked about our visit non stop since coming home. My Grandma’s backyard is the size of a small city park (seriously) and it was so nice to just turn her loose and let her enjoy. She loved exploring the garden and trees and as usual, pointed out every flower, bird and insect along the way.

We also visited the Windmill Garden Center which was so cute!! They had a little petting zoo with goats, chickens, ducks and bunnies for the kids.  Ella was in heaven. We have heard about the “silly goats” over and over this week haha. They also have a Butterfly House that was FULL of gorgeous butterfly’s, moth’s, turtles, quail and fish. It was seriously better than the butterflies at the Calgary zoo. We were so impressed.

Easter morning was lots of fun, and Ella is now obsessed with hopping around like a bunny 😂Other than going on a total nap strike for 2 days, she was such a good girl and even survived a long church service on Easter morning (mama was a bit worried about that one). It was a simple weekend spent with some of my favorite people. I hope Ella grows up to value her family as much as we do. We use weekends like this to try teach her that it really doesn’t matter where you are, it’s who you are with.

I was sad that we didn’t get many family pictures, especially when we were dressed up on Easter, but we were all too busy having fun 🙂 I have been wearing this white Anthropologie shirt on repeat and it made an appearance this past weekend too. It’s so versatile and is the perfect classy, casual look with all the lace detail.

I would also like to point out that I really channeled my inner Martha Stewart with these Easter cookies. It’s not often that this happens so I had to document it lol

XO

Lesley

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WINTER COZY

Decor, Fashion / By / December 22, 2015 /   2 Comments

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Vest (last season, cute option Here) | Sweater | Bracelet | MugFinally wrapping presents.. #thoselittledogsthough #tistheseason #merryandbright #currentlydoing #winnersfabfinds

Wow.  This has been the busiest Christmas season for us. It has been so nice to spend lots of time enjoying some holiday cheer catching up with family and friends.  We are so blessed to be surrounded and supported by the most amazing people.

It is so fun and easy to layer and bundle cozy pieces this time of year. I love this beautiful Anthropologie coat, and I picked it up for a steal on a 20% off sale-price sale!  I got the XS and it’s still huge so size down as much as you can. I have outfit details linked above, but in the spirit of being real, outside those perfectly posed Insta-worthy photos, I thought I would share our Christmas tree episode with you guys hehe!

In the midst of Christmas parties, shopping for gifts and baking goodies to impress my in-laws(?), we were really late to set up our Christmas tree this year. I love our tree. It looks as close to real as they come, has soft white lights and is the perfect height for our living room. A few weeks ago, while Ella was napping, we put the Christmas tunes on, sipped on cinnamon tea and set up our lovely tree.  After arranging each branch to perfection (OCD much?!), I plugged in the lights and saw a few (ok QUITE a few) sparks fly from the connection between the plug and the cord on the tree. I figured, meh, it’s probably fiiiiine. I had visions of last minute tree hunting in sold out stores so I decided, no need to mention anything to Brad. VERY Griswold of me lol. A few days later, the sparks were a little more intense, so I mentioned that the connection “might” need a little electrical tape… Isn’t that what it’s for?  (Apparently the answer is no). Bless my hubby’s heart, a phone call to the manufacturer in China and two shipping days later, we had new parts in hand. Seriously, this is why I married him. More than a handsome face that guy. I am grateful for him this holiday season annnnd that I didn’t burn our house down ?

I hope you all have a safe, relaxing and joyous Christmas. I absolutely can’t wait to spend this one with our precious little girl.  She is the best gift in the world.

Lesley

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