Home Decor Shopping Trip

Many of you have been asking where I all stopped during my recent home decor shopping day trip, so I thought it could be helpful to do a short post providing you with some brief information and pictures of each unique stop I discovered.  This was my first time at most of the stores, and I would highly recommend you try to get to at least one or two if you happen to be near highway 6 anytime soon.  Clicking on the names of the store will take you to their website where you can always find out more information.

Here’s the list:



Station Home


A friend of mine introduced me to this shop on Instagram and I quickly became attracted to their modern accessories, clean colours and whimsical decor.  Highlighting midcentury modern furnishings, urban decor, accessories and unique gift ideas, Station Home is a one-of-a-kind stop.  Even if modern stuff isn’t your thing, their selection of vintage posters, fresh house plants, heavenly scented soaps, unique gifts and warm pillows and throws will have you filling your bags in no time.



Centro Gardens


I recently saw this place on someones Instagram story and I knew it would be a hit in my books.  Tucked into the centre of downtown Burlington, Centro Gardens has both indoor and outdoor home goods in a variety of styles.  Browse everything from dishes, chairs, linens, wall hooks, soaps, jewellery and the most delightful decor pieces for any home or unique and precious gift ideas.  Don’t forget to wander outside as well to the large selection of plants, planters and other outdoor decor and furniture pieces to make a complete trip.




I know you all are aware about Ikea and I usually highlight independent stores, but sometimes you just need some cheap accent or organizational pieces, and that’s when I like to stop at Ikea.  Here is usually the list of things I like to get from Ikea:

1. Picture frames – cheap large frames in clean finishes with matting to frame photos and art
2. Kids items – whether it’s craft supplies, rugs, pillows, sheets or toys, Ikea’s bright colours and creative offers make children as thrilled as their parents.
3. Organizational items – I love the selection and prices of their modular shelves, storage units and unique but super functional storage solutions.
4. Kitchen goods – napkins, unfussy glasses and dishware you don’t care if you kids drop, gadgets (like their super functional cheese grater/storage), linens and vessels
5. Decor – candles, vases, greenery, containers and more!





Accents for Living


Just outside of Guelph in Aberfoyle, sits a quiet, hidden gem full of wonderful furniture and elegant home decor.  Browse the two story collection of exquisite, hand-selected pieces, fine linens and lovely art that can surely enhance any space.  Did I also mention they have a beautiful collection of unique and stunning lighting??  Table lamps, floor lamps and gorgeous pendants and chandeliers – I have my eye on the perfect chandelier for my foyer!  Seek advice or ask for suggestions from any of their warm and knowledgable professional staff.  This will surely be a place I cannot wait to go back or advise many future clients to visit.


Rug & Weave


I’ve been following this gem for a long time on social media and I’m so glad I finally got a chance to visit Rug and Weave.  A curated collection of vintage and handmade goods for the modern home, Rug & Weave offers truly one of a kind treasures from around the globe or handcrafted around the corner.  Their vintage rugs range from 60 to over 100 years old, pillows are delicately crafted in house from the most luscious fabrics from around the world, blankets and throws gathered globally and ceramics and decor handmade from local artisans.  Each piece tells a unique story and surely will be treasures you’ll want to pass down or spoil as gifts to loved ones.  And if you can’t get to this store, be sure to check their website weekly for new additions and shipping information.



I hope you were able to be inspired to get in the car and visit some of these wonderful and unique home shops.  I can’t wait to discover what lovely pieces I find on my next visit or recommend to eager home owners.

Know of a place you think I ought to know about?  Message me so I can sing their praise and advise others to shop there too.

Furnishing & Decorating a New Home

If you’ve recently purchased a new home like myself, or planning a move in the near future, it can be daunting to think about how you’re going to furnish and decorate the new space. Downsizing likely also includes purging or simplifying your belongings. Moving into a bigger home comes with extra tasks such as purchasing or collecting more furnishings. But even moving into a home of similar size can mean redistributing, purging or purchasing new pieces.

Since I’ve moved several times, I feel like I’ve streamlined my process to create a more stress-free transition. Creating a plan ahead of time is the most helpful thing at such a stressful and busy time. Here’s what I recommend:


  1. Figure out your budget.
    If you’ve downsized or moved to another city, perhaps you’ve made some extra money and can set aside a healthy budget for new furnishings. Congrats – now’s the time to spruce up your furnishings or invest in some new pieces. If you’ve purchased a more expensive home, perhaps your budget isn’t as large and you’ll have to get creative on how to stretch what you have.   Whatever the case is, know what you realistically can spend and plan accordingly.

    If the budget is minimal – invest in staple furniture and add secondary pieces at a later date
  2. Decide if you’ll be hiring help.
    Maybe you love design and are looking forward to this process – great! But if this process seems daunting, you don’t have a design eye or you’ll be tackling some larger renovations, be sure to hire the right type of help for your budget and project. Decorators, designers, contractors, trades people or architects may be some of the help you’ll be looking for. Make sure you do your homework on whom you’re hiring by asking for referrals, looking at customer reviews and looking at certification when necessary. If you can, I do recommend living in your space a little before finalizing plans for any renovation so you can get a true sense of what your family functionally needs from the space.
If you don’t get a layout of your home, check builder sites for blueprints or draw one of your own on a walk through
  1. Get a floor plan.
    This step is likely one you haven’t thought about but can save you a lot of headaches ahead of time by ensuring what items you are moving or purchasing will fit in your new space.  If you’ve just built a new house or purchased a newly built home, you’ll likely get a floor plan when you are designing or purchasing the home. If not, ask your builder or realtor if this is available to you or check the builder’s website to see if they have floor plans posted. As a last resort create your own floor plan. On a walk-thru, bring some graph paper, a pencil and a measuring tape. Taking lots of pictures can also help.
Travel is a great way to source inspiration for your home – Drake Devonshire Hotel


  1. Find inspiration.
    If you’re purchasing a lot or even a few new pieces, you want a new style or some new ideas on what to do with a space, looking for inspiration may be necessary. Take pictures during your walk-thru if you like the way the previous owners arranged their furniture. If you need some fresh ideas, click here to check out the post for my top 12 places to find inspiration.

    Home must haves include everyday essential items to make a functional living space.
  2. Create a list.
    What do you need? Create a detailed list of all the pieces you see yourself needing in the new space. Go through what you’ll be bringing over and what will be lacking or needs to be replaced. Think of everything from window coverings, rugs, appliances, organization and seating to artwork, paint, wallpaper or lighting. If you’ll be doing a renovation, this list will be more extensive to include other items like flooring, tile, electrical and more. Then prioritize the list if your budget is limited.   I like to create 3 groupings. What are the essentials to have when you move in? Think functional items like appliances, somewhere to eat, sleep, sit, safety (especially if you have kids or pets), and something to create privacy if there aren’t already window coverings. What are your next important items? Maybe side tables, coffee tables, dressers, side chairs or storage pieces. These are items that will likely impact your function of the home but aren’t as necessary as your first list. And finally your third column will include most things that are decorative. Area rugs, new light fixtures, artwork, pillows, etc.

    Check out my list for our new home:

1st Tier


2nd Tier

Accompanying Pieces

3rd Tier


Formal dining table & 6 chairs Foyer table, seat, mirror and coat tree Patio chairs
Family room sectional 2 additional dining room chairs Art work, decorative pillows, lights and plants for multiple rooms
3 counter stools Office desk Kitchen refresh items
Towel bars & toilet paper holders Bedside tables for kids Powder room refresh items
Blackout blinds for nursery & kids bedroom, washroom blinds Master bedroom reading chair and side table Area rug for dining room
Guest room bed and side table


Curtains for family room & dining room
Coffee table New curtains for master bedroom & kids room


Sourcing items can be fun as you browse style and prices at local and online sources – here I was sourcing our bed at Cornerstone Interiors – Cambridge.
  1. Research and source.
    Now determine based on your budget and needs, what you’ll be purchasing right away and what will have to wait. Going online to source items will help you determine costs for things and what may have to move from column to column.  For me, my first list was purchased before we even moved in or within a week. My second column was going to mostly be purchased within 6 months of living in the house and my final list will be an ongoing list as I work room by room, completing each space to my liking. If you need assistance sourcing, either email me for my assistance or to inquire about where some of my favourite places to shop for furniture and accessories are.
Before purchasing custom furniture, double check all room measurements to be sure sizing is correct.


  1. Purchase, store or furnish.
    I cannot emphasis enough that you need to make sure you’re checking measurements against your layout from earlier and factoring in taxes and delivery if necessary against your budget. I knew we were going to go for a custom sectional for our family room and I wanted it right for when we moved in. Having a layout of our space and specific measurements helped me build the perfect size and layout for this expensive purchase. If you’re purchasing ahead, you’ll likely need to store the items ahead of time. If you can arrange delivery for the day after you move in (try not to do the day of – as you can get delayed with getting your keys), otherwise order after you move in if you can’t store items or it won’t be convenient to do so.


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Once your essential furnishings are in place, add in accent and decor layers for a personal touch!
  1. Arrange, decorate & remember your home is a living space.
    Place items in the most desirable layout. If it’s not working, rearrange or move to a different room. Once the base furnishings are in place, add secondary furniture, rugs, and finally accessories and décor. Don’t stress out if your home doesn’t seem complete. Homes are living spaces that will develop and change over time as you accumulate, purge or adjust to family needs and décor trends.


If you’d like specific help for your home, please do not hesitate to ask and I would love to assist you with your new home.