It’s such a surreal experience finally being able to share our Space Refresh | Living Room Reveal with you today, friends! If you just tuned into our brand new SPACE REFRESH series last week and don’t follow along with Instagram Stories, it probably seems like this happened overnight. Let me assure you — nothing is further from the truth! We’ve been planning our Space Refresh series since January 2017 and working on the Living Room since the summer. I truly believe that authentic, functional design takes time — especially in your own home. Once we had a fresh coat of paint up, we decided to start redesigning our living room first — the largest space in our apartment and where we spend the majority of our free time. The process of creating our mid century modern space with a bohemian twist was an organic one, with lots of unexpected twists and turns — but we couldn’t be more thrilled with the results!
Today I’m absolutely ecstatic to bring you our Living Room Reveal in partnership with HomeSense Canada — a longtime partner here at JustineCelina and my favourite destination for unique decor and entertaining essentials. A heartfelt thank you to HomeSense for embarking on this journey with me as I transition into more DWELL content this year — I truly couldn’t imagine a more perfect partner to have by my side! Throughout this process I’ve made countless HomeSense runs (my Insta Stories crew knows!) and it’s where I purchased about 90% of our decor. I’m so excited to walk you through every detail of our refreshed Living Room — so please make yourself at home, I have a glass of chilled rosé waiting for you!
Welcome back, friends! This post officially kicks off our SPACE REFRESH series here at JustineCelina and I’ve never been more excited to publish as post as I am today! If you don’t follow along with my Insta Stories (where I’ve been documenting our Space Refresh BTS for the past 6 months!), you may only vaguely remember that we embarked on a massive space refresh project in August — starting with a with a fresh coat of paint. Due to some furniture delays as we refreshed our Living Room, we finally completed our huge paint project mid February (yes, really — you’ll have to read the post to find out why!). Today I’ve compiled a mega post detailing every step of our Paint Transformation and how you can DIY a professional quality paint job yourself — including the tools you’ll need, tips about paint selection and finish, what to expect when you’re painting over a dark colour, project cost and time involvement. If you love a good before and after, you’ll love today’s post!
But first, let me bring you up to speed about why we decided to start this huge project in the first place! We purchased our home, a 1500 sq ft apartment in inner city Calgary, from the builder back in 2012. At the time it was very modern compared to everything else on the market, but it was love at first sight! However, as the years passed we grew increasingly tired of the builders greige and the itch to refresh our space struck. Ultimately, in 2017 we decided we’d be here for another few years and there was no time like the present to start creating a our dream space. Initially I had planned to have our apartment professionally painted — that is, until the estimates came back! On average, a professional paint job for our entire home rang in at $2300 (and I was shocked!). I knew we could take the project on ourselves and achieve similar results for a fraction of the cost. Interior design, styling and DIY are huge passions of mine and I’m elated to be sharing more DWELL based content here at JustineCelina this year in our freshly painted space — so come on in!
March is upon us, but winter is still very much alive and well here in Alberta. In fact, in all my years living in Calgary, I can’t remember a winter when we’ve had this much snow (I’m not even exaggerating, the piles are taller than I am!). So, what’s a fashionista to do? This year, I resolved not to let old man winter put a damper on my personal style — after all, life must go on and I’m a firm believer in looking and feeling your best, no matter the weather. So, for my final TREND GUIDE of the season, I’m sharing a cozy look featuring some of my favourite luxe, winter fabrics — but I’m also taking cues from SS18 trend forecasts. This transitional, winter-meets-spring look is two parts new and one part vintage — with a dash of bad ass thrown in for good measure (and yes, I listened to The Velvet Underground the entire time I edited this post!).
If you’re ready to rev up some classic pieces in your winter wardrobe with an infusion of key spring trends, this post is for you! Today I’m chatting about velvet, baker boy hats, millennial pink, daytime sequins, fuzzy fabrics and gold accessories — plus how you can wear these trends right now, as well as transition them into spring. Don’t let the March blah’s get you down — let’s end winter with a bang this season with my WINTER 2018 TREND GUIDE | VELVET UNDERGROUND and tons of shoppable links at every price point!
Spring is almost in the air… can you feel it?! Join Rebecca Dawn Design and I today in celebrating a new season with our March 2018 DIGITAL BLOOMS — inspired by Spring 2018’s vivacious selection of brights and pastels. Never before have I been so inspired by a colour palette (yep, the Pantone Spring 2018 Colour Trend Report is still giving me major heart eyes!) — I cannot wait to start wearing it and continuing to work with it across categories as the weather warms up (currently fantasizing about open toed shoes and dresses with bare legs!). Until then however, I’ll eagerly be awiting spring’s arrival with a jubilant array of cheerful spring blooms and herbs — including these incredible, extremely rare lavender Garden Roses, Ranunculus, Lavender (which you’ll we learning more about this spring!), Alstromeria, Matricaria, Asiatic Lilies, Ornithogalum, Double and Parrot Tulips (learn more about them here), Hyacinth, Pom Pom Chrysanthemums and Blue Delphinium. Sartorially, it’s all about the combination of brights with pastels as we transition into balmier weather — so why embrace the season’s colour trends on your digital devices as well?
Take spring cleaning to the next level this March and freshen up your tech to welcome a new brand new season! Infuse your digital devices with a fun splash of colour and enjoy the whimsy of our March floral selections on the background of your computer, tablet or phone all month long. As we transition into spring, Rebecca and I are particular inspired by Pantone’s Meadowlark, Little Boy Blue, Pink Lavender, Blooming Dahlia, Ultra Violet, Almost Mauve and Spring Crocus. We’ve also included designs on two candy coloured, pastel backgrounds this month to help chase those winter blues away (spring is only a few short weeks away, friends!). Click through to download a free tech wallpaper of your choice — and feel free to change your mind and change it up mid month, or choose a different design for each of your devices — absolutely no strings attached!
Music lovers, welcome back for another Monthly Soundtrack! If you can appreciate music from pretty much every genre (except country… for obvious reasons!), you’ll love my February 2018 Soundtrack — these 37 song are truly all over the map! This past month, I listened to everything — we’re talking hip hop, R&B, electronic, tropical house, chillwave, instrumental, alt pop, indie, folk — and the list goes on. I also rediscovered my love for a band I initially featured here at JustineCelinalast September called slenderbodies (they have an alt-J sound, but more chill) and included a handful of my favourite tracks. And I had the New Moon playlist by The Joshua Tree House on repeat — a super chill, folky, feel good mix (also, if you love boho desert vibes and major decor inspo and you’re not following them on Instagram… what are you doing with your life?!).
I can’t believe it’s been nearly a year since I shared a pureed soup here at JustineCelina! And would you believe I’ve never actually published a butternut squash soup recipe? Butternut squash soup is a staple recipe in many kitchens during the cooler months — ours included. Although my Autumn Harvest Soup with Roasted Squash Seeds (published back in my early blogging days!) includes butternut squash, it also features a medley of fall produce — including apples, carrots and rhubarb. So, my standard butternut squash soup recipe remained unpublished over the years — you see, as a food blogger, these staple recipes often remain in my archives because I don’t think they’re exciting or unique enough to share. But, this winter I experimented with one of my favourite gourmet ingredients to really elevate this recipe — and here we are!
Today I’m thrilled to bring you my Truffled Butternut Squash Soup with Crispy Sage — a luxurious, sophisticated twist on a cold weather classic. With just 10 ingredients, this creamy bowl of vegan comfort is a breeze to whip up and makes a great light lunch or accompaniment to dinner. Hearty butternut squash is oven roasted with onions, fresh sage and garlic — then blended into velvety goodness with vegetable broth, coconut milk, fresh ginger and a touch of heat. To finish things off, it’s infused with an indulgent drizzle of White Truffle Oil (my most recent culinary obsession!) and garnished with crispy sage for a restaurant quality soup you can enjoy at home. Thanks to a couple of elevated ingredients, this isn’t your traditional butternut squash soup recipe — but I guarantee you it’s just as simple to prepare! If you’re in the mood for some nourishing comfort food with gourmet flair to help endure these last few weeks of winter, I have just the recipe — and I’m also sharing my favourite source for high quality, affordable White Truffle Oil!
Rebecca Dawn Design and I are back today with a fresh installment in our ALL ABOUT series, where we team up to educate you on an of the moment seasonal flower — and this winter, it’s All About Anemones! We’ve already covered Tulips, Roses and Peonies in this series, but we’ve never featured a winter flower — and Anemones happen to be a personal favourite of ours. If this unique looking bloom seems familiar, it’s because we’ve worked with them many times here at JustineCelina — and in many different colours. Today we’re featuring these stunning, ethereal Panda Anemones (my all time favourite) and dropping some serious FLOWER EDUCATION on you!
If you’re looking to purchase some cheerful, cold weather blooms to brighten up what has quite possibly been the longest winter in history, consider this All About Anemones post your one-stop shop when it comes to this season’s most coveted flower. Today we’re sharing alternate names and meanings, colours and varieties available, vase life, what to look for when purchasing, as well as how to care for and condition your Anemones so you can enjoy them for up to 8 days. Rebecca also shares her insider tips about when to purchase Anemones! If you’d like to learn more about these delicate, unique winter blooms or simply stopped by to brush up on winter flower care, come on in!