Friday, July 30, 2010

:: the happiness project ::

I went to Chapters this evening for some Mommy Alone Time while Hunter stayed home with Daddy. I got myself a decaf mocha and spent some time lazily perusing the books, trying to decide which one to pick up for our weekend trip out to BC.

I stumbled upon Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project and I was intrigued by the title. I skimmed the book jacket, and thought I would look it up when I went home and put it on my library holds list. {Yes, I go to the bookstore to get ideas on which books to take out from the library - maternity leave budget! Well, that and I love the library but I need a list when I go otherwise I end up wandering aimlessly}

I've been thinking a lot recently about happiness and living in the moment. Hunter is so much fun lately and I am becoming more and more aware that these moments with him - both the screeching ones and the quiet sleepy baby ones - are it. I know I'm going to look back fondly on this time and so I am trying to drink in these moments, because I know that as the video says - the days are long, but the years are short - and this time is flying by at warp speed already. Only 3.5 months until I have to go back to work - ah!

Ok, sappy moment over. Happy Long Weekend! I promise some pictures of Hunter in his tie at the wedding, I am really looking forward to it! Way shorter road trip for this mini vacation too.

p.s - While I wait for my turn to read the book from the library, I am really enjoying Gretchen's blog here. Lots of food for thought about happiness. It's just what I needed to read today.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

:: dote nursingwear ::

Charlotte Cape Dress & Carrie Dress by Dote Nursingwear

Why oh why did I not know about Dote Nursingwear 8-15 business days ago? Then I could have had time to order one of these dresses for the wedding I am attending this Saturday! Gah!

I am loving the fashion forward nursing dresses and tops on Singapore based Dote's website - I might just need to order one anyways, right?

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

:: wee gallery art cards ::

I love getting emails from my readers. Love it. I was so pleased when Mon Petit Amour reader Lisa sent me an email to tell me about these awesome and very affordable Wee Gallery Art Cards.

Of course, I love the Woodland Collection, but there are numerous sets of whimsical black and white cards, as well as wall decals (LOVE that bunting name banner!), and mobile sets to turn the cards into an intriguing mobile for your baby.

If you want to test these out on your baby, head on over to the Wee Gallery website and download and print some free samples. Studies show that young babies love to stare at black and white images, and these are much cuter than the ones I drew with a sharpie on an index card :)

Do you have a tip for me? Something you have discovered that I just need to blog about! Send me an email. Did I mention I love getting emails?

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

:: mila's daydreams & little folk design ::

Two new blogs (maybe 3!) to add to your Google Reader:

1. Mila's Daydreams - Finnish Mom Adele creates these whimsical photoscapes of her sleepy daughter Mila that are just so much fun. I see a children's book deal in her future. What a creative idea! I am sure Mila is going to love looking at these when she is older.

2. Little Folk Design - my friend Mama Wanderluster over at Rambling Renovators has started a children's design blog and I L.O.V.E it already, but I totally expected to be wowed, she is totally brilliant!

Monday, July 26, 2010

:: wordless monday ::

I'm doing my wordless post early this week because I am still so tired from vacation! I've got lots of laundry to do. I think this watermelon eating shirt is hopeless.....or maybe it could pass for tie dye?

Monday, July 19, 2010

:: on vacation ::

We are on family vacation - enjoying the sun and water in Nelson, BC this week. Well, Hunter is attempting to enjoy the water at least! I'll be back to posting next week :)

- Morgan

Friday, July 16, 2010

:: pink, black and white - real canadian nursery week ::

This is our last installment of Real Canadian Nursery week. It turned into two weeks because there were just SO many nurseries to show off! If you would like your nursery featured in future posts, please send me an email!

I love the sophisticated palette of this small and glamourous nursery. I just adore the black and white with the soft pink! It is the home to beautiful little Taeia who lives in a home built by her Mommy & Daddy on Vancouver Island.

Crib: Storkcraft Ariel
Change Table: Storkcraft
Curtains: Fabricland
Curtain Rod: Fabricland
Lamp: Boutique store
Shelf: Made by hubby
Dresser: garage sale find and refurbished
Dresser Knobs: Home Depot
Glider/Recliner: Handed down by my parents (my brother and I were rocked in this same glider as babies)
Artwork over dresser: Made by me using frames and scrapbook paper from Michaels
Chandeliers: Home Depot

Thursday, July 15, 2010

:: serene blue - real canadian nursery week ::

This serene blue nursery is the home of William in Ottawa, Ontario. I love the circle mirror and the wainscotting (*sigh*) and I'm especially impressed by the lovely DIY mobile!

crib - the Bay (Gluckstein)
bedding - Pottery Barn Kids
curtains - Pottery Barn Kids
curtain rod - Bouclair
bookcase/sidetable - Ikea
lamp - Homesense
rocking chair - Sears (Storkcraft)
dresser - (Storkcraft)
closet bins - Canadian Tire (Debbie Travis)
mobile - handmade by myself
mirror - Homesense (repainted)
'dream' art - Homesense
decals - Etsy

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

:: wordless wednesday - calgary stampede ::

Yes, those are Wrangler jeans. Yahoo!

Monday, July 12, 2010

:: mod dots - real canadian nursery week ::

I've blogged about this lovely nursery before. It's the home of Mason, who no doubt loves the bright, modern colours in this fun room! His creative Mama is also the author of one of my favourite blogs, The Domestic Project.

And it's no stranger to internet acclaim either. It was featured on Design File last year. You can read about all of her creative DIY projects over there.

:: orange and aqua - real canadian nursery week ::

This lovely space is the Toronto home of Maximillian. I'm loving the combination of aqua and orange and the clever use of many of my Ikea favourites!

Crib - Ikea Gulliver
Dresser/Change table - Ikea Malm 
Shelving units - Ikea Expedit 
Frames - Ikea Ribba 
Decals - Etsy : Dali Decals
Artwork - Etsy: Cabbages and Kings Art
Draperies - Etsy: Avecdieu
Bedding - Etsy: Babylovin
Curtain Rod - Zellers
Paint - Ben Moore Deer Granit
Cube Baskets - Ikea 
Mobile - Tiny Love Symphony in Motion 

Saturday, July 10, 2010

:: pink pink pink - real canadian nursery week ::

This pretty in pink nursery is the home of beautiful baby Emmerson (who I blogged about here!). I'm so glad I now get to share her beautiful nursery with you! I love the bold pink walls, the wainscotting and the custom modern rocker from amazing Canadian company Off Your Rocker (who I blogged about way back here).

Friday, July 9, 2010

:: seaside simplicity - real canadian nursery week ::

Today's nursery is the home of Finley, the cute little boy of a blogging friend, Stacey from Tippy Toes Knits. You can see him modeling his Mama's creations at the Tippy Toes Knits shop on Etsy.

I love the mounted display bookshelf and rocker in this nursery. Don't you just want to curl up and read here? The slanted ceiling makes it feel extra cozy. I love the mixture of red & white stripes with the breezy blue. I bet it feels like summer in there all year long.

Crib: Storkcraft Mara
Bedding: Made by me
Curtains: Ikea
Curtain Rod: Home Sense
Green Lamp: Ikea
Shelves and hooks: Home Depot
Dresser: Kijiji - we refurbished
Glider/Recliner: Kijiji - we refurbished
Side Table: Yardsale - we refurbished
Mobile: Djeco
Whale art:
Bins: Home Sense
Paint: Debbie Travis Venetian Sky on walls (mixed with Vintage White to get it perfect) and Vintage White on slanted ceiling

Thursday, July 8, 2010

:: origami whimsy - real canadian nursery week ::

This simple and colourful nursery comes to us from Ottawa, Ontario and is the home to a sweet little boy, Rowan. Being the second child, Mom & Dad wanted to reuse the furniture from their baby girl's nursery and they managed to give the space a very boyish feel with bright paint and colourful accessories - and nary a truck or train in sight!

I especially love the DIY origami mobile and the DIY art (WOW!) made by this creative Mom. Lovely job!

Crib - Babies R Us (Storkcraft Rochelle, Oak)
Bedding & change pad cover - Kijiji (Jolly Jumper, White Waffle)
Orange crib blanket - Etsy (custom order by nowhiningpleez)
Mobile - Handmade by me (origami stars hung by painted bamboo rod hung from ceiling)
Curtains - Ikea (LENDA)
Change table - Babies R Us (Storkcraft Aspen Combo Dresser, Oak)
Table lamp - Ikea (FILLSTA)
Glider & ottoman - Costco (Shermag)
Wall shelves - Ikea (EKBY LEKSVIK)
Baskets - Michaels
Bookends - Chapters (Zuni)
Frames - Ikea (RIBBA)
Artwork - Photoshopped by me

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

:: yellow sanctuary - real canadian nursery week ::

This post could well be a wordless wednesday. What can I say about this nursery that the pictures don't already say? It's gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous and I love each and every thoughtful detail.

This beautiful bedroom is the home of Chloe, the sweet little girl of Toronto blogger parents Jennifer and Sean of Rambling Renovators (one of my favourite Canadian Blogs!). Her whole house is drool-worthy and totally inspiring. You should check it out.

I loved seeing how this room came together by reading her sources. Lots of easily accessible and affordable pieces and some Etsy loveliness too! You can see the before and afters here.

Bedding: HomeSense
Glider: Craigslist. Recovered in Devin fabric in Film Noir colourway from
Curtains, windowseat, accent pillows: Fabric from
Curtain rod: West Elm
Hot air balloon: Little Lola
Chandelier: Costco (6 years ago)
Baskets: Canadian Tire
Wardrobes: Ikea PAX (made to look built in)
Changing pad: Toys R Us
Lamp: Base from Pottery Barn Kids; Shade from Ikea
Headboard: Moveline Liquidators. Painted by us.
Dresser: Ikea
Art above bed: vintage doilies; frame from Michaels; striped fabric from Ikea
Side table: House & Home line at Home Outfitters
Elephant: West Elm
Owl prints: etsy seller yumiyumi
Giraffe & monkey decals: etsy seller ellynelly
Wall shelves: West Elm
Wall art: Armadillo photo by Catherine Ledner; bird print by etsy seller munieca; chair print by etsy seller mariajanosko
Paint - walls: Cream Silk by Benjamin Moore
Paint - trim, wardrobes: Distant Gray by Benjamin Moore

p.s You might be wondering where the crib is? They are co-sleeping so they get to snuggle in that cozy bed instead!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

:: vw cool - real canadian nursery week ::

I think this is one of the most unique nursery themes I have ever encountered! This subtle VW theme comes to us from Victoria, BC and is the home of little Kai. He must be dreaming of road-trips in this space. I love the way the bedding, art and vintage pieces work together to create a fun but not matchy-matchy feel. Love the refinished dresser and framed Volkswagen art.

Tip to parents-to-be: You don't need to purchase a change table! Massive waste of money! Use a change pad on a dresser like you see here. Much cheaper, more functional, and better looking in this girl's opinion! Once they start rolling and squirming you won't be able to hold them down - and may (like moi) take to having them wear their fluffy cloth diapers all the time sans pants because it is just too much work to get a diaper AND pants on a baby on the move!

Heres the rundown of the sources for this fabulous space:

crib- hand me down
dresser -reclaimed and repainted with real cherry drawer fronts
art- vintage volkswagen ads from various 1960's and 70's magazines (was part of my hubby's collection)
bedding- made by rockababy (on etsy, a vancouver designer)
chairs- both Ikea
bookshelf- Ikea
toy shelf- handmade by father in law
mobile- made by mom with stamps and scrapbook paper

Monday, July 5, 2010

:: soft and lovely - real canadian nursery week ::

I am so excited about Real Canadian Nursery Week here at Mon Petit Amour...featuring the beautiful nurseries of some lucky Canadian babies with design-savvy Mommies!

I love looking at nursery designs, but so often the ones you find online are obviously not the home of real babies. The rooms you will see this week are as functional as they are beautiful - I promise you'll find inspiration if you are planning a nursery this summer!

This soft and lovely nursery comes to us from Victoria, B.C and is the home of sweet baby Clara. I love the simple lines of the furniture and of course I adore the bird mobile! It was one the projects I intended to do in our nursery but never got around to finishing *le sigh*.

This creative Mommy can be found blogging at All But Certain Baby, and on Etsy at Pitter Patter Knits and Pitter Patter Etc.

She has also provided a run-down of her sources for this gorgeous space:

Crib: Ikea Gulliver

Bedding: Made by me (fabrics purchased off of

Curtains: Ikea - have had them for like 3 years though

Curtain Rod: Pottery Barn Kids

Globe Lamp: Ikea

Shelf: Ikea Lack Shelf

Dresser: Ikea Hemnes

Dresser Knobs: Lee Valley

Glider/Recliner: Monte Grano

Baby Rocking Chair:

Side Table: Made by Husband :)

Mobile: Made by me using pattern

Closet Organizer: Black and Decker found at Canadian Tire

Elephant Artwork: