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The morning I received a request from my friends at Kallababy for a nursery how-to post, I also happened to be contemplating having another baby. Needless to say, this post took a little longer than it should have while we allowed ourselves to venture back down the road of infertility. Now that we are officially back on the baby bandwagon (not pregnant yet), I gave myself permission to write this post.

The last nursery I designed for our family was in another house, it was for our twin daughters, and (I admit) it worked really well for our needs. That being said, five years later, and I definitely have different ideas on what a nursery can look like.



The key to a great nursery is to follow your heart, pick some great pieces that you love for your whole home, and then add in some temporary (read inexpensive) necessities for the early years. To read the whole post, jump on over to Kallababy’s site.


1. Loa Chandelier by Sazerac Stitches  | 2. Baby Mod Marley Convertible Crib  | 3. Hurdal 9 Drawer Chest by Ikea | 4. Island Spirit Bookends by Anthropologie | 5. Marbled Layers Rug by Land of Nod | Sequin Basket and Jute Laundry Basket both by Leif | 6. Monte Jackson Rocker at Fab Baby Gear | Popsicle Art Print by Ivie Baby | Yellow Cat Pillow by Dancing in the Rains 7. Alseda Stool by Ikea | 8. ML Nightstand by Oeuf | 9. Keekaroo Peanut Changer | FuzziBunz Diaper Pail | 10. Slotted System Bookshelf – 2 in Gloss White by Book—Shop


Would you love some hands on help getting your nursery baby ready? Let’s chat.

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What are your plans for this weekend?  Ours involve the gymnastics / hiphop Saturday morning divide (when you have twins, you convince them to try different things once in a while) and then brunch at this place for mother’s day. Hope your weekend is sunny!

And now take two of the well curated version of my very best thoughts 😉:

1 – I used to stalk her blog, now I’m on it.

2 – Another great reason to go neutral in your children’s rooms? This cheeky print!

3 – Someplace to park your coffee / wine glass / green smoothie… It’s the perfect little side table (and it’s on sale too!).

4 – Podcasts are my new best friend, this week’s favourite: Here’s the thing (when Alec Baldwin interviews Sarah Jessica Parker)

Last but not least #5 (& 5.5 oops) – This runner would look magical in your [giant] hallway and who said teeter totters are just for kids. You’re welcome.

+ happy mother’s day to all of you moms + don’t forget to give a mom some love this weekend!

Favourite Things Lately by Pare & Edit | Photo by Studio Bicyclette+

image cred | Studio Bicyclette
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I’ll let you in on a secret (psst.) I used to blog. Back in the day before we lived in the country, before we had twin daughters and before I launched Pare & Edit. I will be honest – I miss it. When I launched Pare & Edit, I knew I would include a blog but felt the obligated pull to keep it all business, all design, all the time. I recently decided that I am not doing that any longer. Fear not – this will not turn into a collection of stories of my life! This will be a well curated version of my very best thoughts 😉.

So in honour of this new inclusion, I will begin with something I love reading – the ever popular “Favourite Things.”

1 – My visual sensitivity cannot handle the gallery wall, but I am all over the random grouping like this one and this one.

2 – Podcasts are my new best friend, especially this one and this one.

3 – We’ve been without bedside tables and lighting for over a year now and I kind of miss it. This could be a game changer.

4 – My husband is sketching out tiny homes in his spare time (somebody save me please – because the words “retirement plan” have surfaced and I am afraid) – but this one is kind of awesome.

Last but not least #5 – Book this now, right now. You’re welcome.

Favourite Things Lately by Pare & Edit | Photo by Studio Bicyclette+

image cred | Studio Bicyclette

Laid-back Luxe Master Retreat | A project by Ashley Izsak of Pare & Edit+


When I walked into a recent client’s home – I knew this project would be different. Their home was anything but typical – it was full of style, carefully curated and oh so organized – in short, it was my kind of drool worthy.  Their master was broken up into two rooms – the literal bed room and tiny bedroom turned closet room. This division works on so many levels but is rarely realistic. Fortunately for them, this situation worked perfectly and as I stared at their Ikea Pax lined walls, I wondered how we’d possibly even need the initial de-cluttering session.

Two decent contractor sized garbage bags later, and their space was sufficiently pared down – because even the tidiest of spaces can use a good seasonal purge.

In the design plan, the goal was to elevate the space from something that was basic, to a well curated grown up space that reflected their laid-back style.

The nightstands are light but substantial in size – an important thing to note when shopping for bedside tables that will flank an upholstered bed. I love the look of a wall sconce in a bedroom. I also love this one but this one from Urban Outfitters comes in at a lower price tag and the white softens the brass.

The chair is black leather and is equal parts sexy and grounded.

I can’t wait to see how this space comes together.


West Elm Glass Leaf  Chandelier  | Urban Outfitters Ditte Wall Sconces | West Elm Terrace Nightstands | Parachute Home Euro Shams | Proud Mary throw pillow 1, pillow 2 | Leif Shop Ombre throw | West Elm Leather Sling Chair | Anthropologie Goodnight Wire Script Sculpture  | Clare Elsaesser Elements Print | Max Wanger Desert Ramp


Recently I started getting emails from a few brands asking if I would like to submit an article (or six!!) to them. This was obviously flattering and at first I thought – of course! So I started thinking about what I would love to share and then I thought about the ideal place to share what I wanted to write about. Surprise! It wasn’t with the brands that originally contacted me. So I took a little leap and kindly declined the initial requests and instead submitted my concept to The Rising Tide Society whose mission involves educating and empowering creatives to thrive in the spirit of community over competition.

Here’s an excerpt:

“We all know how busy life is. Yes we keep reading that “rest is the new hustle” but that concept seems like another loaded task to add to our already full lists. Do we crave the freedom to play, host parties, actually lie on a couch for more than five minutes? Maybe. Or maybe not. The list of reasons why we are failing to relax can seem endless – but when was the last time you questioned the relationship between where you live and your ability to chill out?” – Ashley Izsak of @ashleyizsak is on the blog today with a truly eye-opening post!

A change of space+Read the full article here.

Are you a creative entrepreneur? I strongly urge you to see if there is a local #tuesdaystogether chapter in your city. Tracy Jazmin initiated Ottawa’s group and the first meeting was last month. Meeting other inspiring creatives is what the rising tide society is all about – because let’s face it – being a small biz owner can be isolating.