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How To | Freshen Up Your Home for Spring

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Swell Made Co. x Lovefresh | Freshen up Your Home for Spring GIVEAWAY.

Swell Made Co. x Lovefresh | Freshen up Your Home for Spring GIVEAWAY.

Spring has sprung! Or, has it where you are? Here in Ontario, Canada, it's still a bit too cold to feel like spring, but warmer temperatures are on the way. It's never too early to freshen up your home for the spring after a long winter. Say so long to flu season and winter mittens, and hello to more time in the sun and the breeze from open windows. 

We've partnered up with our friends, Lovefresh, to give you 5 easy tips on how to do just that. Freshening up your home for spring just feels so good. Plus, we have a fun giveaway to help one lucky person get ready for spring. Keep reading for tips and giveaway details below. 

Spring cleaning the green way with Lovefresh.

Spring cleaning the green way with Lovefresh.

5 Ways to Freshen Up Your Home for Spring

1 - Lighten Up

The first way to get ready for spring is to lighten up! Truly. Put away wintery decor items and heavier linens and swap with bright and lighter items. Just like you would with your wardrobe (buh-bye winter gear), opt for things that will feel fresh and keep you cool in the warmer months ahead including bed linens, throws and even towels (like lightweight Turkish towels). Feels better already, right?

2 - Add Greenery

Whenever I see bunches of tulips outside neighbourhood shops, I know it's spring and can't resist taking a bunch home. Springtime is all about new growth and greenery. Bring the outdoors in and add plants and flowers to your spaces. They help clear the air and your mind. A little greenery does wonders to make your home feel springy. Plus, with longer daylight hours, more humidity and warmer temperatures; your plants will thrive. You don't need to be a green thumb to care for simple house plants such as succulents, cacti and low light plants like monstera, ferns and snake plants.

3 - Declutter

Feel lighter by simply decluttering your home. It will bring peace of mind too. Get rid of (or put away) any items that are taking up space and aren't serving a purpose. As mentioned in our past post about Wabi Sabi, clear the clutter and curate items in your home. Get rid of the items that impede you from enjoying your spaces. Less is more.

4 - Add New Throws Pillows or Paint

The quickest and most cost effective way to overhaul your home decor is to add new (or swap out) throw pillows. New colours, patterns, textures and fabrics will instantly change the look of your space. It's a fun way to try something new in your space without a big commitment. For tips on how to style throw pillows, read more about that here. Swell Made Co. has some sweet options for your spaces.

If you want to go a step further and are feeling ambitious, give your space a new coat of paint. Whether it's the whole room, or a feature wall. Nothing changes a space so dramatically (and quickly) as a new paint colour.

5 - Clean Green

The urge to do some spring cleaning is real. After all those winter months spent indoors, give your house a good clean the green way. Using products like Lovefresh's line of green cleaners helps maintain a healthy home and do good for the planet too. Lovefresh's line cleaning products is all natural, non-toxic and scented with the loveliest essential oils. And they're made in Canada.

Throw pillow covers by Swell Made Co.

Throw pillow covers by Swell Made Co.

Swell Made Co. x Lovefresh Giveaway - NOW CLOSED!

Now that you're inspired to freshen up your space for spring, we're delighted to offer this giveaway with our friends from Lovefresh, a fellow Canadian brand that brings you natural and sustainable goods for the home and body. 

What You'll WIN:

  • An art print of your choice from Swell Made Co. - Value $24-32

  • A throw pillow cover of your choice from Swell Made Co. - Value $48-52

  • Marble and Granite Cleaner by Lovefresh - Value $15

  • All Purpose Cleaner by Lovefresh - Value $15

  • Glass/Mirror/Stainless Steel Cleaner by Lovefresh - Value $15

How To Enter
One entry per person. Open to Canadian and USA participants only. Giveaway closes at midnight EST on April 17, 2018. A winner will be drawn at random on April 18, 2018. Good luck and happy spring from Swell Made Co. x Lovefresh!

Cleaning products for a healthy home from Lovefresh.

Cleaning products for a healthy home from Lovefresh.

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Swell Made Co. x Honey & Betts Fall Giveaway

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Fall is nearly here! We've partnered up with Honey & Betts for a special fall giveaway. You could win these two gold foil, fall-inspired art prints for your home. Head to Instagram to win (see details below). Honey & Betts will announce a winner on, September 21 at 11:59PM. The day before the first offical day of fall.

These art prints by Swell Made Co. and styling by Honey & Betts capture the feeling of fall perfectly. The crisp days, fall colours everywhere, cozying up, fall harvest and all the flavours that come with it. It's no doubt, one of the best times of year. We hope you love these art prints too. 

To enter follow these steps:
1. Like the post at @honeyandbetts
2. Follow @honeyandbetts and @swellmadeco 
3. Tag your friends below the photo in individual comments (1 comment = 1 entry), the more you tag the greater your chances.

This giveaway will run until Wednesday, September 21 at 11:59PM. The winner will be direct messaged via Instagram, if the winner does not claim the prize within 48 hours and new winner will be selected. This giveaway is no way associated with Instagram Inc.

Good luck and happy fall,
Swell Made Co. x Honey & Betts


Golden Days of Summer Giveaway

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Summer is here. Not officially, but we can all dream of the summer days ahead with the arrival of warmer temps and longer days. Days upon days of golden sun, where you seek shade under a canopy of green. Warm nights. I love summer. We're celebrating the golden days of summer with a giveaway. Swell Made Co. has teamed up with Britany Powell, Photographer and Creative Director. Britany has a dreamy style of photography. These images of the Stay Gold keytag and the Palms art print just take you away to the cottage or the country with lush green spaces. 

Palms 11 x 14 Art Print. Photo by  Britany Powell . 

Palms 11 x 14 Art Print. Photo by Britany Powell

Both pieces seen in this post can be yours! What a beautiful way to kick off the summer. All you have to do is head over to Instagram to participate. Here's how it works:

To enter, tap the giveaway photo twice to like it, plus follow @swellmadeco and @britanypowell. That’s your entry! Then, tag a friend or two who will be enjoying summer with you. The winner will receive an 11x14 Palms art print (frame not included), plus a Stay Gold keytag ($50 retail value). Hooray!

This giveaway will last 48 hours and is no way sponsored, administered or affiliated with Instagram. Entrants must be 18+ to enter. Void where prohibited. Best of luck and happy (almost) summer from both of us!

Stay Gold Keytag. Photo by  Britany Powell . 

Stay Gold Keytag. Photo by Britany Powell

What do you have planned? Big plans, or no plans - here is some inspiration for the summer. A summer bucket list of ideas to keep the summer vibes live strong well into cooler days which are far, far away. Enjoy!

Love It | Coffee

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This love it list is an obvious one. A love for all things coffee which is pretty much a universal love. Speaking of which, there are days for that. Tuesday, September 29 is National Coffee Day in many countries, and Thursday, October 1 is International Coffee Day. What a week to celebrate. We have a fun giveaway coming up in honour of our favourite drink. Stay tuned! If you have one of our coffee prints, tag it #swellmadecoffee. We'd love to see the prints in your spaces!

Here is a quick list of fun things for yourself and your home that profess your mad love for coffee, whether it's drip or espresso.

  1. But First, Coffee art print by Swell Made Co
  2. Moscow Copper Mule Mug available on Giftagram and West Elm. Take your love for coffee into the evening with a cold coffee cocktail in this mug.
  3. Chemex Coffee Maker
  4. Design Letters Mug by Arne Jacobsen
  5. That Hot Barista Candle by Coal and Canary from Little Blue Canoe
  6. It's Better Pure Coffee art print by Hatch Show Print. I was given this print as a gift and I LOVE it. 

To top off this fun list of goods, we also have a list of our favourite coffee shops in Toronto to celebrate National Coffee Day. 

  1. Rooster Coffee on Broadview - Great coffee in a quaint, but bustling spot. Stunning views of Toronto too. Take a seat inside, on the patio or across the street in the glorious park.
  2. Reunion Island in Roncesvalles - A bright spot with delicious coffee in Roncy. 
  3. Bar Raval - Known for tapas and nightlife, Bar Raval is also open early and serves up fine coffee and breakfast to go (or stay). 
  4. My House - I make a mean latte. Iced or hot. When you're up before the coffee shop, you're required to have some coffee making skills. 

Other Notable Spots: Te Aro in Leslieville, Dark Horse Espresso with multiple locations throughout Toronto, Balzacs Coffee throughout Ontario, and Dineen Coffee in the financial district. 

Enjoy your cup!

Giveaway | HOP HOP To The Shop

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Easter is just around the corner! How did that happen? Here, in Toronto, it's still cold and hard to think about egg hunts, our annual parade, spring menus and lighter clothing choices. Regardless, I'll take ALL the chocolate. 

In anticipation of the Easter Bunny's visit, we're hosting a special giveaway on Instagram. It's called HOP HOP To the Shop and that's precisely what you need to do to win an art print of your choice. Here are the simple rules. We'll announce a winner on March 31, 2015

Here's how to win an ART PRINT of your choice:

  1. Hop, hop over to the shop and choose which print you'd like to win.
  2. Follow swellmadeco on Instagram if you haven't already.
  3. Like the contest photo (seen above).
  4. Leave a comment mentioning the art print you'd love to win + tag a friend in the comment.
  5. That's it! Good luck.

Thanks for hopping with us and Happy Easter.