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Christmas Decor – Home Tour

Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year! Growing up Christmas was full of family traditions. We always baked cookies, cut down a real tree (and strapped it to the top of my Mom’s station wagon), spent the night decorating it (with our friends), attended holiday party’s, went to church to hear the choir sing and visited local Christmas craft fairs. I have many fond memories of the holidays. Being a mom now, I want to make new traditions and memories with my person (my boyfriend Hamid) and Preston, my 9 year old son. 🙂 Every year we find new Christmasy things to do but we usually make time to bake some gingerbread cookies, host our annual holiday party for friends, watch Christmas movies (elf and home alone are favourites) and go see the Christmas lights at Stanley Park. This year we have also been to the Vancouver Christmas Market, seen the Christmas lights display at Leafage Lake as well as the Christmas trees and the Four Season Hotel. Its been busy and its only December 8th!!

One thing I really love about this blog is that I can go back and see how I decorated my home for Christmas the previous year. Some things I keep similar but my style is always evolving so my Christmas decor seems to change every year. This past year I have changed quite a bit in my living room so I thought the holiday decor should as well. I have some traditional elements as well as some more modern things. I really love this shelf in the picture above, it changes all the time, I like to keep things on it some what simple as I don’t like the over cluttered look.  This gold Bambi is one of my favourite new things I bought this year from Home Goods. The frame is from Home Sense and the stag is a print I got online, the gold “love” letters are from Michaels crafts, and the trees are also from Home Sense.

This is kind of a sneak peek at my tree. I find my camera or more lack of photography skills never does my tree justice in a picture so I think this is a nice way to show it off. Last year I was into lots of red and teal ornaments but since my ling room is more emerald green now, those colours didn’t seem to go with my pillows or new gallery wall. So I changed the overall scheme to golds, browns and dark green ornaments. It feels more earthy and I really like it. This wreath I scored at Holly Lobby and the wood heart in the middle is from Bella and Wren in Fort Langley. I am also kind of obsessed with my wood beads, I have three sets of them now, I think they look so cool.

I always add a few festive pillows to my couch and a pom pom throw is essential! What is your favourite part of your house to decorate?! I hope you all have a magical Christmas, it really is the most wonderful time of the year!

xx Malika

By | Dec 8th, 2018|Decor|0 Comments

Setting the Table for Guests

If you are a Canadian like me,  you are in that strange decor stage between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I start getting all excited to put out my holiday decor but hold back the first few weeks of November…. at least until Remembrance day passes! I did however let myself buy these gorgeous new gold printed plates from the 40% off sale at Home Outfitters last week. They are Gluckstein Home  and the just look fab when you set the table. I used a mix of green and golds so it would not be over the top “Christmasy” and instead more of a classy winter dinner party look. I simply love these vintage style cocktail glasses I scored at Home Sense last year and the gold leather coasters are my favourite. The sparkly deer I picked up from Home Goods and I think it looks like it’s peeking out of the forrest with the faux fern plant behind it from Ikea. Now that the tables set, who’s coming over for dinner?!

I plan on starting to do my Holiday decorating this weekend, and transforming my home into a magical cozy wonderland. When do you start your holiday decorating?

xx Malika

 

By | Nov 14th, 2018|Decor|0 Comments

Roundup: New Gallery Wall and Home Decor

Happy November!! Omg I have been non existent on this blog this past year….yikes. I have just been so busy with work and life I haven’t been making blog posting a priority. I finally  bought a new camera battery and have had some down time this week so I decided to share a few pics from my recent home “refresh” I just finished this past week.

I have had the same black and white word art piece above our sectional for the past few years and I really did love that it was a nice neutral piece so I could change the pillows to any colour or pattern and they still went together. I just decided recently that it was time for a change! I really love a good gallery wall and so I decided to start collecting prints and art to make my own above the couch. It all come together last weekend after I finished getting the last few pieces on my shopping trip down to Bellingham. Man I love HomeGoods and Holly Lobby!! 🙂

I always feel a little bit lost with my decor in November, after Thanksgiving and Halloween I want to tuck the pumpkins and fall decor away but it is still a bit early to start decorating for Christmas. I can’t put up my tree till at least the end of the month. 😉  I still had my summer/spring pillows out and cactus decor everywhere, so I thought it was definitely time to put out some more warn and cozy winter items. I changed the couch pillows to warm and fuzzy ones and changed my coffee table tray as well as added some more wintery decor like candles and trees.  How cute is the gold lama on my tray?!

 

 

 

By | Nov 8th, 2018|Decor, Lifestyle|0 Comments

How to make your table setting look great on a budget

Happy New!! Wow its already the third week into 2018, time sure is flying by. I took the photos for this post a while ago and just never had time to share them. Now that the busy Christmas season is behind us and all the decor is put away until next year, it seems fitting to refresh your space for a new year. I love how clean and uncluttered my place feels after it’s so full and busy in December.

I did a post a while back on table settings, I had used some items that were high and low priced. This table setting is mostly items I found at IKEA!! The teal placemats, blue and gold paper napkins, the chic black plates and the beautiful gold cutlery are all from IKEA. You don’t need to spent a ton of money to make your dinner party look chic. 😉 The cloth napkins, gold dipped candle and the gold vase are the few splurges from West Elm. The fake roses are fro the craft store Michael’s. The wine glasses are from HomeSense. I love having dinner party’s and setting the table just ads that extra special touch. I get this from my childhood as my mom always made me and my sister help set the table when guests were over.

I always have a tray styled that is a permanent fixture on my dining table when we are not all sitting down for a formal dinner. I have been using this black and gold tray I scored at Superstore, and I love it. I change up the decor on it every few months, this time everything on it was super cheap. I found the gold planter and fake fern at IKEA. The napkins are are also a bargain from IKEA. The 3 white vases I scored at my local dollar store and the cost $20 for all 3! You don’t need a lot of money to make your home beautiful and to show your guests your home has style. 😉

By | Jan 16th, 2018|Decor|0 Comments

Dairy Free Egg Nog

Wow, I can’t believe its only 2 weeks left till Christmas! December always flies by so fast. I recently went to a naturopath and got some food testing done…. It seems I am intolerant to a lot of foods, one of them being dairy. I have loved eggnog since I was a kid and since I have found that the store bought dairy free ones just haven’t seemed to taste anything like real eggnog, I decided it was time to make my own.

Dairy Free Egg Nog
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Recipe type: Drink
Cuisine: Vegan
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup cashews (soaked in water over night)
  • 1 tbs maple syrup
  • ½ cup toasted coconut
  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • ½ pitted dates (soak in water for 30 min prior)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
Instructions
  1. In a blender puree all the ingredients together util smooth, if the consistency is too thick, add some of the water you used to soak the dates.
  2. Serve over ice to chill and add Spiced Rum if desired!
  3. Enjoy

I hope you like this dairy free eggnog recipe, it sure is tasty! What is your favourite holiday recipe?

 

xx Malika

By | Dec 11th, 2017|Drinks|0 Comments

Christmas Decor Home Tour

Welcome to my Christmas decor home tour! I love looking back at last years blog post to see how my decor has changed in the last 365days. 😉 As you know last spring we did some redecorating around here so when it came time to putting up the holiday decor I had to change a few things. First of all I moved the tree from being over by the window/patio door, to having it by my console and fire place. I think I like this spot much better, there was no room for it here in the past. Secondly I decided to purge and sell/give away a lot of my ornaments and blue/silver Christmas decor. Our house has a gold and teal theme now so I decided to only keep the ornaments that went with my new house style. I have a white flocked tree and I think red really pops so I have a lot more red ornaments now then I have in the past, and I love it. I really like to add a few holiday treasures in every room. I even but a min tree in my bathroom. I also added a few things in the bedroom on my vanity table. A little bit of Christmas everywhere! What is your favourite holiday decorating tradition?!

I spruced up my bar cart with this gold framed word art, added a gold wreath to the scotch bottle and added a few reminder!

My entryway console table was dressed up with some gold framed word art as well, and I found these cute little antique looking mini trees to put under my cloche. I LOVE the snowy owl, I feel like he is watching over us. 😉

This bar tray is on my other console with the floating shelves above it. I added some cute candy cane straws, some festive napkins and a snowy tree from HomeSense. This cute decoration of a mobile trailer with a tree on top is new and I just adore it.

This is my favourite spot on the couch. I just love to feel cosy by the fire and stare at the tree. I used this old black and gold tray as my starting point, I added some new gold and black candles, added some old gold lanterns from Ikea and a beautiful sparkly tree I found at HomeSense.

Here is my tree in all its glory. I never find that pictures do my tree justice, it looks way better in person. As always I did a ribbon garland around the tree and this year I added red berries for that extra special effect.

I think I accidentally started an owl ornament collection because this year I think I found at least a dozen of them. I love that each ornament has a special story and memory for me when I hang it up. Gosh I just love Christmas so much.

Last but not least my vanity got a cute rose gold tree and some lights and a reindeer with gold horns from Superstore. I love to find great decor and a great price!

Happy Holidays!

xx Malika

 

By | Nov 30th, 2017|Decor|0 Comments

Bedroom Makeover

Well it’s definitely been a while since my last post. It was a busy summer and a great September with my quick trip to New York! I’m so excited to finally share my bedroom make over with you guys. 🙂 It has been a long time coming. I really hated my old dark wood bedroom set and it was getting old and outdated. You can check out what our bedroom looked like here, on my previous home tour post. We finished redecorating it in June but I have been waiting for the final piece to arrive, my beautiful juju hat handmade from Cameroon, Africa. There were some issues with shipping and it just arrived this week. It really does complete the room and anchor our bed. I bought it on Etsy and saved a bunch of money as they sell at The Cross store in Vancouver for  $650!

I love love the midcentury modern side tables I scored from HomeSense. I also liked a similar style from West Elm but wanted to save money as we splurged on our sleigh bed frame from West Elm. The lamps are also a steal from Target in Bellingham. I’m so happy to finally have a vanity table to get ready at. The Ikea vanity was bought second hand from a friend and I added gold hardware to the drawer to dress it up. I finally have a spot for my vintage fur stool. 🙂

The mirror is also from HomeSense as well as the cool marble gold lamp. All the rose gold makeup tray and accessories I got from Home Outfitters. I knew we needed to add some green so I got this mini fiddle leaf fig tree from Ikea. The throw pillows on the bed are all from Hudson Bay. The white duvet is Ikea. I feel so cozy and relaxed in our light and bright bedroom. I’m very happy that we changed where the bed is located, now it is the first thing you see when you walk in the room and we can still see out the window from bed.

I found the 2 brown frames at second hand store a few months ago and they had some girly wall paper in them, which I liked. My boyfriend was not a fan, so when we were in New York we bought 2 photos that reminded us of our trip. I love waking up in the morning and being reminded that we love to travel.  Last but not least we replaced our huge old brown dresser with a smaller taller dresser, it’s grey and it’s sexy!! lol I love that is has self closing drawers and we didn’t have to put it together. It is originally form Moe’s Home but I scored it for half price at HomeSense. I hope you loved my bedroom update, what is the room in your house you would love to update?!

xxx Malika

By | Sep 30th, 2017|Decor|0 Comments

My Favorite “Natural” Beauty Products

OMG I cant believe it’s September already! Where did the summer go?! I love summer, but I adore fall.  I’m getting excited for sweaters, boots and pumpkin spice lattes. 😉 I thought it would be fun to share some of my favourite beauty products with you. I never used to read the label of beauty products and check out their ingredients. These days I’m more concerned about what I’m putting into and onto my body. There are a lot of nasty, harmful  ingredients in makeup, shampoo and creams that get absorbed into your body, yuck! So I try to buy products that are FREE from parabens, paraffins, phthalates, formaldehyde and aluminum. It’s not easy to know what each ingredient does and if it’s bad for you. My rule of thumb is to buy deodorant that is free from aluminum, as it is thought to be cancer causing. For creams and shampoo, I try to buy brands that state that the are free from parabens and sulphates. Once I find a brand I like and trust its a lot easier to go shopping!

I do have to order some of my favourite products online, like the PiperWai charcoal deodorant I use. The LaVanila deodorant you can buy locally at Sephora or Anthropology. I just went down to the Bellingham  and found Jessica Alba’s Honest beauty line face cream at Target last week. It feels so nice and smells great too, it is a deep hydration cream. The eye cream from Arbonne is called RE9 Advanced corrective eye creme and it feels amazing. The lip balm is from doTerrea and is made with essential oils and natural ingredients. I also love to use this Amore Pacific lip treatment in the winter when my lips are very dry, it’s a life saver, it’s also from Sephora. For hand and body cream, I like this alba botanica body butter in mango papaya! I just found this hand cream from the Australian company Om SHE and it is nice and luxurious with argon oil and lavender. What are your favourite beauty staples?

 

xxx Malika

 

By | Sep 2nd, 2017|Life, Lifestyle, Uncategorized|0 Comments

How To Make Your Patio Feel Cozy

I can’t believe that summer is more then half way through…a few more weeks and I will be back to full on boss lady mode. The kids go back to school, work will be very busy and weekends will slow down. I feel like summer lets go of all routines and There is something about the summer heat that makes me want to spend all day at the pool/lake and live on fruit and sandwiches. I hate using my oven and stove when its hot, so basically we live on cold food and take out in the summer. 😉

I plan on enjoying my patio for as long as the weather permits, which could take me into the middle of fall. Since moving to a condo, the concept of using every square foot as living space is huge! I want my patio to feel like an extension of my home. I know condo patios can feel small and grimy, especially with strata rules about deck cleaning. I always recommend to my clients to throw an outdoor rug on their patios or buy some outdoor flooring from IKEA. It really warms up the space when you feel good outside with bare feet. The next step is to create a seating area that fits your space, if you have large patio, you can buy an outdoor sectional or couch set. If you are like me, you need to keep it small and simple. Adding outdoor pillow is a MUST! 🙂 Then I would add some candles or lanterns to give the place some mood lighting at night. I also hung some mini outdoor lights outside for that glass of wine after the sun sets. Last but not least, you NEED to have plants on your patio/deck. Your space just wont feel alive and cozy without them. It is way too hot here in Vancouver and I am certainly no green thumb so all of my patio plants are fake. They last way longer and I don’t have any guilt over killing them. I found my faux lemon tree from Superstore!! If you are a gardener, by all means buy real plants to make your patio feel inviting and lush. This is actually the best time the year to buy patio items for next year as everything is on sale, winning!

xx Malika

By | Aug 12th, 2017|Decor|0 Comments

Setting the Table

Who else loves setting the table for guests?! We actually very rarely have dinner guests over. Tonight is one of those special occasions, we are having my boyfriends family over to see our place after changing most of the decor, I’m so excited! That being said we will probably oder Persian food and serve it buffet style from our kitchen. 😉 But I do love a good formally set dinner table! Growing up my mom always made us put out the fancy napkins, table cloths and silverware when we had a dinner party. It was fun for me and my sister to help. 10 years ago I remember registering for my wedding at the Bay and picking out boring dinner ware and beige napkins….how times have changed. 🙂 I went into West Elm last week and was so inspired by there beautifully set tables, I just had to recreate one of my own! Luckily I had a gift card to use so I picked up these mint green napkins at West Elm. The marble looking plates are from Walmart, can believe it?! There are 2 differ net set of bowls one from West Elm the other set the the rope like design is made in Portugal and I scored them on sale at HomeSense. The gold leaf leather drink coasters are from Wing Woo which is a kitchen store here in Vancouver. For the centre piece I decided to do a trio of items, a succulent, a gold pineapple and a wonderful scented candle form West Elm!

Obviously I don’t have the time or the energy to set the table like this on a weekly basis but it is fun to create something special once and a while and pull out all of your fancy dishes! I just cleaned out my cupboard last week and got rid of all the mismatched one off plates and bowls and made room for my new matching sets that I have collected over the last few weeks. I scored the most gorgeous bowls form Anthropology with blue and white swirl pattern and gold trim.

xx Malika

By | Jul 29th, 2017|Decor|0 Comments