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IKEA sofa covers

I often get asked on Instagram about who makes our sofa, and it is actually just from IKEA. But we love it! We wanted to switch from our leather couch to a fabric sectional just to have a more comfortable and welcoming place to seat groups of people. It took a while for us to switch, simply because it took me ages to settle on the perfect sectional couch for us! I spent quite a while taking a look at designs online; Lulu and Georgia had particularly elegant and stylish sectional couches! In all honesty, though, I was too scared that the children would ruin such a beautiful piece of furniture with them being so young. Even though switching from leather to fabric with kids this age is usually the opposite of what people do I wanted comfort, and I don’t regret it at all. However, we would like to install another leather couch in a different room in the near future. They can actually last a long time especially when bringing back moisture to dry leather isn’t an issue.

If you are thinking about redecorating your house, but are unsure about what to do, then that’s fine. Sometimes picking new furniture can be a daunting task, there are loads of furniture companies out there such as furniture in fashion that sometimes it can be hard to come to a decision. But once you manage to decide what you want, you’ll feel a lot better about it all.

You’ve probably seen this sofa in a light pink color on my feed. That is the color of the covers that we purchased the sofa with from IKEA but I knew when we were deciding on which color to get that I would also want get covers for it down the road. I must say how easy it was set up the sofa thanks to the Flat pack Assembly Services that are partnered with IKEA! With how quickly I jump from trend to trend I knew the pink would only last so long in here and also it’s such a light color that over time it’s bound to get stained from the kids.

While deciding on the Soderhamn sofa I also came across BEMZ, the most brilliant company ever. They make beautiful covers for all styles of IKEA couches, here are the covers specifically for the Soderhamn. The covers are sewn to order (to minimise waste) in Europe, machine washable (hallelujah!), and available in endless fabric options. Even if you’re just contemplating the idea, you can order 5 free fabric swatches from their website to get a feel for it.

I knew I wanted to go for something very organic feeling and I settled on an unbleached linen called Brero Lino Natural. The linen is so comfy looking (and feeling) linen is quite durable and only gets better over time in my opinion.

FAQ:

Which Soderhamn arrangement is this? This is the Soherhamn 4 seat sectional, when I was looking at the sofa online I thought I would definitely want the 5 seater. But then I measured out in my living room and realized that it was huge. and 4 seater and been lots of sitting room for us.

How many covers did you buy for this sofa? For the 4 seater you will need a 3 seater cover, a corner cover, and a single seat cover (this section is listed under armchairs).

Is this sofa comfortable? Yes! I the pillows are thin, it’s not a seat you’re going to sink into (which aesthetically I like). But the depth of the couch is what gives it it’s comfort in my opinion. The BEMZ covers make it feel that much comfier, because the fabric is obviously much better quality that the IKEA fabric.

Where are your frames from? The frames are from IKEA, HOVSTA Frame in 16X20.

Where did you get the photos printed? I ordered these prints through Staples, they are 12X18 photo enlargements. I ordered them online and picked them up in store and the quality looks great.

Anymore questions, please ask in the comments and I will do my best to respond.

Mexico with IRIS

In February we visited the beautiful and warm Puerto Vallarta with IRIS, a Canadian eyewear company that I have been an brand ambassador for over the last few years. Last year we went to snowy Lake Louise to shoot for winter and this year we got to experience Mexico with them.

We were shooting frames & sunglasses for their spring campaign and took the whole family along. The surroundings there just make it the perfect place to shoot, and obviously the perfect place to relax between shooting. The earthy tones of Mexico from the sand, adobe walls, palms, tiles, and pretty much everything else inspires me and is my ideal backdrop.

We got to spend time with the IRIS team and see all of the spring/summer styles. As you know, I’m a sucker for sunglasses and getting to try all the different styles on is so much fun for me. IRIS such a large variety of brands and styles that it’s good for me to be pushed outside of my Ray-Ban comfort zone sometimes and mix it up.

 

Another fun part of the trip was IRIS Ambassador and influencer/host Camille Dg being there with us. We hadn’t met before since we’re from opposite ends of Canada but we had fun working alongside each other and wandering the colorful town of Nayarita.

The kids also enjoyed being there and getting to take advantage of the beach & pools during the day and of course practice modelling glasses behind the scenes. Monkey see, Monkey do.

If you visit an IRIS store you’ll see the shots from our trip displayed this spring.

Life Lately

I actually don’t know the last time I did a post of this kind…. other than our updates from Mexico, maybe years ago?! So I figured I’d just take this downtime during the kids nap to write a very casual post about our life these days.

Poppy & Skipper both had birthdays in January, they turned 4 & 1, and Poppy also started preschool twice a week (which she lovesss). Although I thought Skip would definitely be walking by his first birthday we’re just now, in April, starting to get some distance out of him with his steps. I think that a month from now he will finally give up crawling. Hallelujah! I’m ready to get those little hands off the floor of every public place.

We did a lot of trips in the year some for vacation and some for work which was really nice to get to spend sometime in different places.

People often ask me if we are headed back to Mexico anytime soon. We don’t have anything calendar, we cancelled a trip that we had book in February and haven’t rebooked anything yet. Although I’m starting to really miss it. Now that I’m settled back home I really do miss a lot of things about the lifestyle & pace we had there and I’m aching to get back for a visit. Along with a handful of other countries & cultures we would love to experience in the next couple years (but I mean, who wouldn’t…).

It’s a strange thing both of us being self employed and really having the freedom to be able to work from anywhere because it often tempts me to spend evenings looking at rentals in different cities (mostly warmer, sunnier cities – Any one want to house swap ;)? ) Or searching craigslist for camper vans for us to live out of down the west coast for a while. I’m still working on convincing David into that one haha, 88 square feet with toddlers…. come on, sounds fun, right?!

But I’m trying to stay patient and enjoy where we are right now. Being totally present in this season and even each day is important to me and I have to work hard at it.

I’m going to list some life lately questions below, and you are totally welcome to steal them and repost yourself or copy and paste them to answer in the comments below!

Lately I am….

Eating for breakfast: Smoothie Bowls (or just chopped up fruit) with Granola

Reading: No Compromise – The life story of Keith Green, such a good book! I love the entire 70’s California hippie vibes that it starts off with and I’m so inspired by the boldness of their fatih. Also, rereading Radical by David Platt

Eyeing up: Southern California Beach Homes

Wearing on repeat: My Levi’s, duh, and white blouses.

Inspired by: Mostly those two books I’m reading, and trying to get inspired by more old school stuff; preachers, books, music, homes. Trying to keep my mind from being Instagram & Pinterest brain washed when it comes to style, homes, etc.

Doing before bed: Loving baths and a glass of wine, journalling, Bengal Spice tea (seriously addicted to this), Fixer Upper episodes (how is this show ending?!).

Listening to: Bahamas – Earthtones, Angus & Julia Stone – Snow, The Beach Boys.

Wishing I was better at: Waking up before the kids to stretch & read.

Trying to stop: Wasting time on my phone and eating dairy. Buying the world’s largest wheel of Brie yesterday was a step in the wrong direction, but it was half price… what do you expect.

 

Disneyland

In December we took the kids to Disneyland on our way back from Mexico, my parents also met us there after not seeing the grandkids since the summer. David and I went to Disneyland for my 20th birthday, his first time, and we had fun but David said he wanted to wait to come back until we had kids so he could experience the magic through them.

Poppy was at the perfect age to experience it for the first time. I received messages from a handful of readers wondering how it was for kids this age (Poppy is 4 and Skipper is 1) and we actually really enjoyed it! (Of course having my mom there who that is more than happy to sit out of a ride and hold Skipper made it easier). Poppy really loves Disney Princesses so that was definitely a highlight for her, and for us getting to watch her, meeting the princesses. She was in awe, so fun!

We stuck to the little kid friendly rides and had very low expectations of what the day would be; if a line was too long we didn’t bother. The only one we were disappointed we missed out on was the Cars Land racing ride, if I had known I would go there first thing to get a fastpass.

In the afternoon we headed back to the hotel for a couple hours to let them rest and then returned to the park for dinner and a few more rides. The kids fell asleep in their stroller at bedtime and we just kept walking around enjoying Disney at night. I’m so glad that we used disneyland double stroller rental, it made everything so much easier. The kids are both too young to be walking around all day so the stroller was a great help for us. We then went back to the hotel in the early evenings. The hotels at Disneyland are something else. It is definitely worth all the money that we paid. Every time we visit this place, the experience that we have always seems to change, in a good way. The use of the hotel booking software that the hotel had in place made it a lot easier for us to check in when we got there. Especially being at one of the best places in the world, you’d rather be straight in after you’ve checked in, than waiting in a long queue. Just everything about staying here was great. I can’t wait to get to do this again with the kids!

Sleeping Beauty was the very first character we came across which was the one Princess that Poppy really wanted to see, so that was awesome! Her mind was blown, and my mind was blown wondering how that girl smiles and talks in that voice all day long.

Teacups was our first ride,

Poppy not so sure about it before her first ride started… but she quickly approved.

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