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5 Surprising Things That Make A Bedroom More Relaxing

December 10, 2017

From a cluttered mess to a master retreat.

I had always dreamed of a bedroom that felt more like a sanctuary than a dumping ground for clothing.  But, no matter how much we decluttered, it never felt relaxing, or that to adults could possibly reside there.  Our big bedroom makeover has paid off in so many ways.  We each spend more time enjoying the one and only bedroom in our apartment.  It has been easier to stay organized and feel in control of the clutter.  The improvements have also created an environment that helps us have better sleeps!  A well rested family is certainly a happier family. I’ve highlighted some of the things that have made a difference in our now relaxing space below.  Hope you enjoy!

I’m Wearing: The comfiest black wrap jumpsuit from Cossac.  Seriously, my favourites rn.

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Our Bedroom Makeover: The Big Reveal + Giveaway!

November 15, 2017

bedroom makeover 2017, small apartment bedroom decor, amanda hamilton interior design, alicia fashionista

Amanda Hamilton Design has changed our lives!

Adam and I had floated the idea of redecorating our bedroom around for a while.  Actually, years, if I’m being honest.  We truly hated the only room in our 700 square foot apartment, which meant that we didn’t like spending time in half our place.  The opportunity to work with Vancouver based Jamie from Amanda Hamilton Interior Design came up and we jumped.  It was time to finally spend the time and money to renovate our bedroom.

The biggest take away from working with interior designers, is that it NEVER would have happened without Jamie and Amanda.  Their professional design concept and guidance was that support we needed to make all the big decisions.  I learned so much throughout this process and have such an appreciation for what they do.

Remember what our bedroom looked like before?  It was a disaster.  We had oversized and mismatched furniture.  I had WAY too much stuff.  We weren’t utilizing any natural light or getting maximum square footage out of the room.  It felt cramped and functioned poorly.  And in terms of changes, we really didn’t even know where to start. Thanks to Jamie and Amanda’s vision, it’s a completely different room and I am SO excited for you to finally see it!  I have a million more posts about our bedroom makeover coming up, including a full room tour, details on each piece, how I changed to an open concept closet, etc. so hope you’re cool with that!  Scroll down to see our updated room and there’s a giveaway at the bottom!

Also, huge shoutout to the talented Meghan Bustard for taking these beautiful photos.  Hope you love it as much as we do!

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5 Helpful Things Every Dog Owner Needs

October 4, 2017

5 things every dog owner needs, helpful items for dog owners, alicia fashionista, vancouver lifestyle blog

Okay, these aren’t necessities, but I’m pawsitive you’ll love them!

Hey guys, Alicia here with yet another post about our pup.  What can I say?  It’s Reggie’s world and we just live in it.

Everyone knows the list of basics that you need when you get a dog like a collar, leash, harness, dog tag, food/water dishes, comfy bed, treats, etc.  But, there’s a few things we’ve acquired over the past year that aren’t necessarily top of mind, but have been super helpful day to day.  Adam and I worked together on this one, but that turned it into quite the random list.  Hope you enjoy!

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Our Bedroom Makeover | Part 1: The BEFORE

June 5, 2017

small bedroom makeover, alicia fashionista, amanda hamilton design, small apartment bedroom ideas

Our bedroom has been in desperate need of a makeover from the very beginning.  When I moved in with Adam, we sold of his Ikea bedroom set and brought in mine.  A bed and 2 dressers that, at the time of purchase, my parents threatened “I had to keep for the rest of my life”  if he was going to spend that kind of money.  I think I took their words a bit too literally.  The makeshift wire shelf over top of a single bar closet system is the bane of my existence.  The amount of wasted space in there is astonishing.  As part of the tornado of clutter I brought into Adam’s life, we purchased an Ikea system in an attempt to contain my wardrobe.  Surprisingly, it was not enough space.  I usually keep a pile of clothing on my side of the bed instead.

Turns out, bringing in these mismatched oversized furniture pieces began my hatred for the room.  Nothing is symmetrical.  Adam’s “nightstand” is a chair with clutter on it.  I don’t even have one, I just open a drawer to the tall dresser and place my phone on it.  We lay in bed to face a mounted tv, that, when we moved in together, my dad insisted “was a necessity if we were to have a successful relationship”.  We’ve used it maybe 4 times total.  We’re lacking storage.  Nothing matches.  We never even open the curtains to let daylight in.  Our bedroom looks like a sad, pet-friendly dorm room.  The worst part?  I moved in 6 years ago.  We have lived like this for over 6 years.

As the housing market in Vancouver has gone bananas, we’ve decided to stay in our 700 square feet and make improvements.  So, following our second apartment flood, which gifted us with beautiful new floors, we have slowly but surely been updating the rest of our space.  It has been such a fun project for me, but when it came to our bedroom, I was stuck.

We saved up some money and enlisted the help of an interior designer.  It has been the best decision we’ve made with our apartment so far.  The amazing team at Amanda Hamilton Interior Design has been such a joy to work with and has left me wondering why we didn’t just ask for help sooner.

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