Hello! It’s been a few days since I have posted as we’ve been as busy as Santa’s elves on our #RiverdaleReno project. Cannot wait to share a pretty dramatic transformation with you.
Speaking of elves, how are your Christmas plans going? In my true last minute fashion, I’m a bit delayed in getting things done- but we have made progress!
I found myself an app called AnyList after looking through several Christmas themed gift list apps- this one was my favourite for its simple design and REALLY satisfying way you cross items off with a quick click on my iPhone. As you can see from this partial screenshot I’ve got lots of research to do- excited to come up with some unique gifts (or maybe some unique experiences!) this year for my loved ones.
I had some help dressing our tree from my three little helpers. We start with purple decorations throughout the season of Advent and then we go all out with more Christmas hooplah on Christmas Eve. It’s been a fun tradition and I look forward to creating new ones.
How is your gift list coming along? Are you all decorated for the holidays yet? Love to hear how your plans are coming along. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, please check out my Christmas Pledge Calendar for Last Minute Planners! It’s helping me stay (somewhat) organized.
Earlier this week I blogged about Karen from The Art of Doing Stuff’s Christmas Pledge. I would absolutely, positively LOVE if I could actually be organized by December 1- but of course, with 4 kids and a business that was simply not in the cards this year. So inspired by Karen, I’ve created the Christmas Pledge calendar for last minute planners! Thanks Karen for the inspiration.
Feel free to print this & use this if you’re like me and haven’t done anything for the holidays yet. I’ll be blogging along sharing how I’ve figured things out each day (in my own last minute style). Enjoy!
A more personal post today (I’ll be back with more design tomorrow)! This is my family- and I love them.
We live a very busy life with 4 kids 4 and under. It’s demanding, with multiple diaper changes, emotional boo boos, physical boo boos, genuine crazy chaos stress at times. But we embrace it, roll with it, try to find humor in it (and there is a lot of it, daily).
This is us today as we had baby Rose baptized. We started the day exhausted and sleep deprived (I may have ugly cried in a fit of hormones because I could not find anything to wear). We ended the day feeling filled to the brim with joy, surrounded by family and friends.
So today’s post is to give thanks- for all the lovely messages, for the offers of cooked meals, for the lovely gifts and flowers and for all the love we have felt so much of.
It’s been a joyful beginning to our “new normal” of life with our entertaining brood. It’s fun and challenging, difficult and rewarding- and I love it.
Meet my Jr. Jr. Designer. This is her fast asleep at a site meeting at a big project I have underway in Toronto’s Riverdale neighbourhood. The early weeks of baby are so nice and cuddly- it’s so nice to have this little sidekick with me as I visit progress on projects.
Look for the hashtag #riverdalereno on my twitter (@lisa_canning) and Instagram (@lisacanning). It’s a project full of eco conscious choices and small space design techniques- looking forward to sharing more!
It’s been 5 glorious days getting to know our new baby girl Rose. She made her entry into the world on Sunday and we just can’t get enough of her sweetness. Our kids have embraced her with adorable joy (and lots of kisses)!
With being at home for a few days I’m in a bit of nesting mode, now noticing a lot of the unfinished projects and clutter that has built up. I am also craving some pretty- and of course turning to Etsy, my new favourite on-line shopping destination for unique finds. Love that I can shop with a newborn sleeping on my lap : )
I need to find a spot for these somewhere.
This simple watercolour piece could be the jumping off point to a gorgeous room colour scheme.
I am overflowing with winter coats in my front hall closet with 4 little ones now- this would provide some glam assistance!
And more glam for me, for my table, and my night stand.
These are just a few of my favourites- so many more collected here!
In other news, very special thanks to Matthew Hague & the Globe and Mail for featuring me yesterday in this article on Black and White Decor. So flattered to be included!
Lastly, a big thank you to everyone for the wonderful messages and posts on our recent new arrival. I am overwhelmed by the support I have felt from you all and know that every tweet, post, message has been read with love and gratitude : )
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