The time has come! My bedroom in my new Florida house (affectionately called #casacanning) is complete and I am THRILLED. I fee like grown ups live in this space. I am so grateful.
This space began with this incredible wall decal called Bohemian Palms by Urban Wall Decals. This whimsical pattern was so easy to install, and the palette is so soothing. And to be honest, given the restrictions with Covid, quarantine, no school with 8 children at home, and limited access to childcare, a decal was just a much easier option to install as I could nurse my baby in the middle of installation, my kids actually could help, and it actually was a fun and gratifying project to tackle. Also, the decals are KINDA perfect for covering all the crayon and pen marks my children have made on my walls. For that, I am a major fun.
My husband now calls me an interior “decalator”. BAHAHA.
Our 8th baby Colleen sleeps in our bedroom since she is just a wee 5 months old so this makeover needed a crib. But can we talk about this crib?!?!? I wanted something modern, and something in a warm metal if I could, and as I shared in past weeks, I had found some other options but at the very last minute, I found this beauty. I love it SO SO MUCH.
And then this gorgeous, chunky knit blanket (which I placed here just as decor, it’s little bit big for an infant!), is by a brand I am so excited to know. House of Royals is a brand I was recently introduced to via the wonderful world of instagram. Their mission is beautiful: to surround you and those you love with heirloom-quality lifestyle collections of sacred beauty, sacramental experiences, and treasures of faith that reflect each person’s royal dignity and dispose hearts to grace, because the soul is forever.
My fellow Catholic mamas, the pink silk ribbon that comes with this blanket is adorned with Swarovski crystals to assist you in praying the rosary. This luxe detail is so special and meaningful and it brings me so much joy.
I paired it with a whimsical crib skirt. and a floral crib sheet.
When I finished applying the wall decal on the wall across from our bed, it dawned on me the green sofa from my living room could look just amazing (check out my living room reveal which I completed for the Fall One Room Challenge here!) So I voluntold my 11 year-old son to move the sofa into my room, we found a sofa for my living room from FB Marketplace to use until I can decide what I actually want for my living room, and voila. I am thrilled. For some reason, a green velvet sofa in my bedroom makes me feel like a GROWN UP.
This pink pillow was one that made it on the truck from our move from Toronto from Tonic Living, and the pink striped one is a Joanna Gaines beauty.
These nightstands were A STEAL from Goodwill (learn just how little I paid for them here). And they flank my green headboard- yet another affordable purchase full of so much style for this price.
And when House of Royals offered to gift me this incredible Face of Christ on the Cross in Linen Veil, and this Lux Sancta Raw Alabaster Prayer Candle with a 100% beeswax candle insert, I fell in love. These deeply personal items tell a story- and feel so personal and intimate. I cannot WAIT to light this candle- I might even move my morning prayer time from my living room arm chair, to my bedroom sofa. Stay tuned to my instagram stories (@lisacanning) to see where I end up.
Finally, I think what makes this room feel so “grown up” is this bed. As I have shared with you, it was important for me to bring a little bit of Canada to our new home in SW Florida. So when selecting a mattress for our new bedroom, I turned to @endy, partly because of my nostalgia for all things Canada, and because of all the things I had heard about their mattresses.
Oh boy, did it not disappoint. Here’s my honest review after 100 sleeps: it is as firm, as it is soft. I realize that is a total dichotomy, but it is the truth. The Endy foam truly feels like a supportive cloud and has provided this tired mom of 8 serious comfort especially during these long, frazzled days. It is always the perfect temperature. I am often too hot when I sleep and my husband is often too cold. The foam’s open air cell technology enhances breathability and cooling throughout the night, and we both feel so comfortable throughout the night. I never knew that I might benefit from an adjustable pillow. The Endy Pillow allows you to customize just how much of their bamboo charcoal memory foam is inside the pillow- I am often on my side while nursing my baby, but sleep on my back through the evening- so having pillows of various firmness has really improved my comfort.
And then with ALL THE PILLOWS (the white striped ones again are Magnolia beauties, and the long lumbar and the linen blanket are Target finds) and fluffiest Endy duvet (which provides the perfect amount of weight for me without being too hot) I just feel so restored at the end of every day.
We work hard as parents, ESPECIALLY RIGHT NOW with everyone at home, camps cancelled, school in the Fall looking unsure in some places- and so I really believe it is part of our spiritual, physical, and emotional health to give ourselves a sanctuary to call our own. My kids walk in and keep saying it looks like a hotel. And entering this room truly feels like a bit of a getaway.
Although if I am being honest, I prefer getaways that include all these small incredible people (missing one in this photo!)
Thanks again to Linda who organizes this wild ride that is the One Room Challenge. Go check out all the other participants here.
My husband came up with this pun- and I love it.
Short and sweet post over here- working hard on finishing off our master bedroom for the One Room Challenge and I am in LOVE. At the very last second we decided to put a sofa in the space so now I’m on the hunt for a new sofa for my living room bahaha.
it’s week three of the One Room Challenge, a fun initiative put on that encourages designers and design enthusiasts alike to transform a room in 6 short weeks. I am tackling our master bedroom in our new house in Florida this time, and you can catch up here and view all the guest participants and featured designers here.
As many of you know, I spent the first ten years of my career building an interior design business in Toronto, Canada where I lived until very recently, relocating with my family of 10 to SW Florida. We sold almost everything, and have been slowly designing and decorating our new home one room at a time (I tackled my living room for the Fall One Room Challenge).
Designing for other people when I was doing this for a living was honestly a piece of cake- I found that I could make decisions pretty confidently for others. But when it comes to turning the tables back on myself… it’s a whole other story. Part of it is that I know all the options available to me (there are so many!) and part of it is of course, I won’t want to make expensive mistakes…
But here’s the thing that is so important to remember in ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING we so. Staying in the same spot gets us literally no where. If you want to make progress on your home, your goals, and your life, you have to be willing to fail. In fact, I argue we need to FAIL FASTER.
Things can be returned. Paint can be changed. Samples can be ordered. Expensive risk can be mitigated. But we do need to move in order to get what we want.
So while I sit here in design paralysis, I’m going to post the things I am almost certain I am ordering today (and crossing my fingers they will arrive in time!):
We’re going to go black or gold on Colleen’s crib… lol I will decide today.
I decided to go floral on the walls- YAHOO! This I confidently purchased and pulled the trigger on.
And for lights I am either going to go beaded (which I feel like will get vetoed by ,y husband LOL) or something a bit edgy-er and modern- I have a light fixture that made it on the truck when we moved that I intended to use in my last house but never did so we’ll see if it makes the cut…
Stay tuned for more friends!
Well my friends… it’s that time again! It’s the time when many of us design obsessed / deadline obsessed people jump on to a fun activity called the One Room Challenge. I have participated a few times before, including my Florida living room, my Toronto home gym, and more! In this challenge, we design, renovate, and document a room transformation in 6 weeks, blogging every week until the room is done.
As you might know, we have recently relocated our family of 8 kids from Toronto, Canada, to our new home just outside Naples, Florida. And for this challenge I am tackling my master bedroom… and I have no idea what I want to do!
This was my bedroom 2 houses ago in Toronto- dark and moody, with a bit of sophistication and glam:
This was my bedroom 1 house ago in Toronto, a modern cabin in the woods type of vibe:
And for this bedroom I am CONFUSED! Do I want to go moody and dark, or keep it light and bright? Here is the room:
It’s a LARGE room and we already have the bed and drapery (I was a million months pregnant when we moved here and so I knew I wanted a comfy bed and privacy immediately when we got here) but otherwise it is a completely bank slate.
I have no idea what I want to do, and so what I love about the One Room Challenge is that it forces you to make decisions and move forward- so here are some of the things I have floating around in my bed when it comes to the kind of room I want to fall asleep in every night.
Do I go dark and moody again and mix green and navy like this stunning space by Studio McGee?
Or even go green on green like this room by Dyke and Dean?
Or do I go light and bright- and focus on texture on the walls and allow the colour of the bed to be the focal point?
OR do I do something bold on the walls like this from anewall????
I’ll be back next Thursday with more photos and progress… and hopefully a direction for how I will make our master bedroom a safe haven for my husband and I! See you next week!
Let’s keep it real.
Having kids at home all the time during this unprecedented time of self isolation due to the Coronavirus can be really stressful. How will you get your own work done? How will you keep them from fighting? How will you keep them entertained? How will you keep yourself from not losing your mind?!?!
Fear not… THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE.
YOU WILL PREVAIL. But it does require a few things:
1) A MINDSET SHIFT
…instead of this time being one of stress and worry…
…we could look back and say that I learned something about myself, and about my family and I came out the other end STRONGER.
For this to happen, we need to manage our minds, choose hope, and have faith. We need to get out of negativity and FIND THE HOPE.
2) A SKILL SHIFT
To do the above, we need to increase our skills. Our skills in parenting, our skills in communication…
…and our skills in scheduling.
As a former homeschooling mom (I guess we are all homeschooling moms now!) of 8 children ages ten and under, I have. a unique perspective on time management. I believe regardless of our situation and available resources, we can ensure our PRIORITIES are managed, and the things we need in life to THRIVE can be integrated into a daily schedule, no matter how many children you have got at home.
So I have created a resource for you to help you grow in your ability to schedule your time, so that you can walk out of this Coronavirus scare with grace and confidence that you, and your family not just survived… but thrived! Just enter your info below to have the resource delivered straight to your inbox.
I cannot wait to see what you do with your time.
Always in your corner, Lisa