20 Below

20 Below: Croc Style

Texture and pattern are big draws for people like me who embrace the (mostly) monochromatic life. Today I’ve turned to two brands to bring you some texture in the style of crocodile skin.

silver plated mail tray, 250 Euro, Christofle

Botkier Quincy mini embossed leather crossbody, $333


20 Below: Pop the Champagne

The holidays are definitely a time for socializing with family and friends, and what’s better to include on your menu than some bubbly? Don’t have glasses? Not to worry as these ones from Ikea are up for the job!

hederlig champagne ikeaHederlig champagne glass, $2.24, Ikea

If you’re looking for a cocktail to serve at your next gathering, you might want to consider the Kentucky Bonfire from the Holiday issue of LCBO’s Food & Drink. It’s delicious!

20 Below: Ikea’s Soft Toys

Over the years, I’ve bought several Ikea toys for my nephews and niece. They make the kids happy because they’re fun, and they make me happy because of their design details. Their train sets, play kitchen sets, and soft toys are easy-to-give gifts because they’re also affordable (well, it is Ikea after all!).

Ikea’s newest soft toy collection is rather interesting because the toys were produced from kids’ drawings.

First, have a look at the black and white skunk drawing:

201622_gcsf04a_05_02_PH129299Now, see how it was transformed into a soft toy:

sagoskatt-soft-toy-white__0384000_PE557877_S4Sagoskatt soft toy skunk, $2.99, Ikea

Cute, right?

This pink bird also put a smile on my face.

Until December 26th, the Ikea Foundation will donate $1 from every soft toy to children’s education. Learn more here.

20 Below: Style at Home November Issue

Today’s 20 Below item is really an exciting one!

1115_Cover [Print];30_View.inddStyle at Home, $5.99

The Style at Home November 2015 issue has a beautiful white cover featuring a tablescape by blogger Monika Hibbs. Not only that, but it features design work by my fellow design-savvy bloggers: Tim (Design Maze), Jen (Rambling Reno), and Christine (Bijou & Boheme). Each of them styled a holiday scene, and their styles are very distinct.

This issue also highlights Sarah’s (The Curated House) beautiful laundry room (a reno that was completed in only 6 weeks) and some gorgeous homes across the country.

Honestly, folks, it’s a good issue!

20 Below: A Tray from Zara Home

If you are a fan of clean design, you likely have a tray or two around your home to corral small items such as oil and vinegar, makeup, or trinkets by the bed. A tray instantly adds order to a sideboard, counter, or coffee table, and I’m certainly a fan.

This white tray from Zara Home caught my eye today.

9686040250_1_1_3worked tray, $17.90, Zara Home

20 Below: Notepad for Back to School

It’s September! Oh my goodness! How’d that come around so quickly? Summer is my favourite season, so I’m definitely not ready for it to leave.

It’s also back to school season which means that stationery is on my mind (heck, it’s frequently on my mind). Here’s a cute notepad from Rifle Paper Co. that includes a bit of tough lovin’ encouragement.

npm003-01Get it Done notepad, $8, Rifle Paper Co.

It could come in handy for those tough days of studying!

20 Below: Catch-all Tote Basket

I think a sturdy canvas bag like this one from H&M Home would be a great container for slippers or shoes (housed by the door), laundry supplies, toys, magazines, and blankets. It’s different from a traditional basket, but it serves a functional purpose in a modern way.

hmprodstorage basket, $12.99, H&M Home

20 Below: Bunny Jar

Do you decorate your home for Easter? If so, I think this jar would be a nice addition…filled with chocolate eggs, of course!



large bunny jar, $15 (on sale), Chapters Indigo

I don’t actually decorate for Easter…but I do enjoy eating my share (and more) of chocolate,¬†filling my house with spring flowers, and eating a delicious meal with my family.

20 Below: Heart Pouch

I¬†am so impressed by Indigo’s latest home¬†and¬†style¬†collections. When¬†I was in the store last week, I was¬†thinking about how the store’s approach to its lifestyle collection has changed over the years. Stores slowly made room for some carefully curated items for the home, and now¬†the home/style/beauty/jewelry section (in my home store, at least)¬†seems to expand with each new season. At the moment, there are so many black and white products under $20. Case in point – this sweet heart pouch:



lace heart pouch, $16, Chapters-Indigo

20 Below: To Do List Notepad by Garance Doré

I love back to school season! Of course I’m sad to see summer end, but I love the energy and excitement¬†of September’s early days.

I’m heading back to back to school¬†(I’ve never really left, actually), and¬†one of the most essential things I have to have is my daily/weekly to do lists. I like to set attainable goals for my day/week, and if I don’t write down¬†tasks and reminders, I’ll completely forget about them.



Garance Doré notepad, $5 (on sale at Chapters Indigo)

Isn’t this a classy notepad?¬†That Garance Dor√© has got some style!

The Friday Five: The Plate Wall

I’m always amazed with Melissa’s plate wall. It’s¬†quite the colourful collection, and it works beautiful on her dining room wall.

Inspired by her wall, I’ve rounded up five gorgeous white versions. What do you think?


via Budget Decorator


via Apartment Therapy


via Better Homes and Gardens


via The Inspired Room


via Decor Pad

It would be an easy weekend project to put up a plate wall, don’t you agree?

Hope you have a great weekend!


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