Furniture For Small Spaces

Furniture For Small Spaces

I did something kind of unusual, for my ‘stage of life,’ but I think more and more common these days.

I DOWNSIZED! And I mean really downsized. 

Long story short we went from city dwellers, to a big suburban home and then a few years ago back to being city dwellers.

This meant shaving off about 2,500 square feet. I’m serious. I did a major sell off of most of our furniture and started fresh with pieces that fit the space.

I’ve learned a lot of design lessons in this process that honestly I NEED to share with you as I’m sure I’m not the only small space dweller out there.

There are a few tricks and tips to the type of furniture you should buy for a small space and it makes a world of difference.

I love to share what I’ve learned, so here are my top tips for choosing furniture to have your space appear larger

Once you’ve had a chance to watch, I’m curious to hear from you:

What is your favourite small space solution? I’d love to hear about it. Please leave me a comment below.

Thanks for watching and we’ll see you next week!

Decor with love,

Karla

 

How To Display Kids Art

How To Display Kids Art

I am having a full circle moment as I write this newsletter.

You know those moments where you connect the dots from the past and where you are now – and it all makes sense (and kinda gives you the chills!).

I was cruising You Tube and Instagram – as we all do and you know when you look up one thing and it leads you down the rabbit hole of time wasting. Well, instead it led me to once again discover Darcy Miller – this amazing artist who inspired me with her DIY’s about 8 years ago.

From seeing her work, I started creating shadow boxes but soon stopped as life / having babies / starting a business kind of took up all my time.

Well, the full circle is I have been now creating DIY segments for Breakfast Television Vancouver. My hope is that these nuggets of fun inspire you to get creative.

I’ve had to brush up my DIY skills and I consider myself the DIY’er for non-DIY’ers. It’s gotta be 3 things: easy, stylish and inexpensive to be approved by me 🙂

Last week I shared 6 Ways to Display Your Kids Art. If your kids are anything like mine then you know the overwhelming amount of art they create and how it leaves us parents wondering what to do with it?

Happy DIY’ing….

Once you’ve had a chance to watch, I’m curious to hear from you:

Have you had any full circle moments? I’d love to hear about them so please leave me a comment below.

Thanks for watching and we’ll see you next week!

Decor with love,

Karla

Top Five Design Mistakes

Top Five Design Mistakes

This video is going to help BIG TIME for your space.

Yes, this may sound dramatic but trust me – once you know this info it will forever change your room.

They say as people we are all interconnected. I believe this also applies when decorating our homes. From all the consultations and E-Decor’s there are 5 common things that mostly everyone is doing wrong.

This is not to make you feel bad 🙂 Trust me, you are not alone and I have been victim to each one of these ‘decor tragedies.’

But no more – I’m here to help!

Today’s video is about these 5 mistakes and how you can fix them….

Once you’ve had a chance to watch, I’m curious to hear from you:

What change do you plan on making and if you have any further questions on how?

It’s the small things that can make a space that inspires you and that’s my wish for you.

Please leave me a comment below.

Thanks for watching and we’ll see you next week!

Decor with love,

Karla

What Does Being Purpose Driven Mean?

What does being Purpose Driven mean?

The way I think about ‘making a difference’ has really changed over the years.

I used to think in order to make a difference you had to be one of 3 things: really wealthy with tons of money to contribute, give up any hobbies and spend all your extra time towards a cause or be someone who works for a charitable organization.

Back in the day, I worked for a few corporate organizations and there was always a giving back component but not always did it feel aligned with the business, people or cause.

Once I started my own Interior Decor Business (E-Decor) is when I first started to figure out how I could be connected to making a difference.

Like with everything, it starts with putting the idea out there and making aligned choices.

For me it was being inspired by purpose driven local businesses, by reading the incredible book Pencils of Promise where I learned the term “Purpose Driven Business” and seeing documentaries such as Half the Sky (everyone needs to watch this!) which led me to realize where my frustration in the world was and thinking how I could make an impact.

Warren Buffet has been quoted as saying “If you were born in North America, you’ve won the ovarian lottery” and that is our responsibility to assist the rest of world.

For me that means giving back to empower women and girls around the world with education being a key to change.

How that looks in my life is that for every E-Decor I design a portion goes to an organization that supports these causes.

I have 2 daughters and to see how girls the same ages as them are living is truly heartbreaking, especially knowing it doesn’t take a lot of money to make a huge change for these girls. A small amount can mean a year in school, clothes, food, or supplies.

There is an event happening in Vancouver that I really want you all to know about and if you can attend or donate.

I’d invite you to join me on April 21 when I attend the second annual #IWant2Be fundraiser at The Imperial in Vancouver.

One Girl Can is a Vancouver-based charity that empowers young women in sub-Saharan Africa.

Last year the inaugural #IWant2Be – One Girl Can event raised $100,000. They aim to double that this year with proceeds going directly to help build or refurbish 4 dormitories and 3 washroom facilities for students at Ganze Girls Secondary School in Kenya. Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest dropout rate of girls in secondary school due to poverty and cultural norms that favour education for boys over girls. One hundred percent of the girls enrolled in this school board there, because the risk of them not returning once they go back to their villages is extremely high.

The event will be two fun-filled hours, from 6-8pm, will include a silent auction with contributions from Vancouver’s top brands and a live auction of unique experiences, including two African safaris in Kenya and South Africa. Guests will enjoy a complimentary drink and appetizers from No Fixed Address Social Catering, and a gift bag of AG Hair products worth $68 as a thank you for attending.

Tickets are $65 and are available for purchase online. Anyone unable to attend the event can still support by donating funds to purchase key necessities for One Girl Can students, including a mattress, bunk bed, a toilet or a shower stall. Visit https://www.iwant2be.eventbrite.ca to purchase tickets or to make a donation.

I hope to seen you there and thanks for letting me share my journey on one of the things I’m most proud of in my life and can inspire you to be of service for change.

Decor with Love,

Karla