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Love It | Family Friendly Style
Love It | Family friendly style with Swell Made Co.

Love It | Family friendly style with Swell Made Co.

This past week, 30 plus members of my family descended the shores of Lake Huron for a summer reunion. With the chaos, mess and pure bliss of family time on my mind; I thought it was the perfect time to come up with a LOVE IT list for family-friendly style. If you have kids, you know that there are definitely some considerations that have to be made to accommodate family living; but that doesn’t mean you can’t have style. Actually, it’s quite the opposite. Investing in some classic pieces, over time, helps you live through the years of wear and tear of family life while creating memories a long the way.


Here are a few of our favourite pieces for family life:

  1. Rainbow art print by Swell Made Co. Shine bright in your home with this happy rainbow art print that grows with your family.

  2. Jericho Vintage Rug from Eski Design. Rugs are a big investment, but they literally last a lifetime. Who knows? Maybe your vintage rug will become and heirloom, but in the meantime bring colour and pattern into your home with a colourful rug. These well-made rugs stand the test of time and the classic patterns hide inevitable stains and mess that come with family life. Eski Design, Casa Alma and Rug & Weave all have options.

  3. Wooden Backgammon Game by REMEMBER from Smallable. Classic board games are a great way to spend time together on rainy days. Whatever your favourite game is, invest in a set that will live on year after year like this wooden game by REMEMBER. This Danish company also offers Dominoes, Chess and other classics.

  4. Confetti Soap. Kids have sticky hands. All. Of. The Time. Make washing fun with this hand made bar of confetti soap.

  5. Marimekko Oiva Rice Bowls from EQ3. If there is one dish on repeat at our house, it’s the humble ice cream or rice bowl. For said ice cream and rice, but also for cereal, snacks, dinner. The list goes on just as the request for something to eat. Little bowls pull some serious weight, so have lots on hand.

  6. Frank Tray by GoodThing from West Elm. You can never have enough trays around the house with a family. Make cluttered chaos appear neat and collected with trays for all the things. A modern take on a classic paper hot dog holder, this lacquered steel tray is a catchall for everything from keys to jewelry to desktop accessories.

  7. The Nix Chair by Capdell. As a family, you’ll spend a lot of time gathered around the table for meals, games, homework and family meetings. Invest in solid, easy to clean chairs. Our go to is the Eames chair; but if you have a big budget I give you The Nix Chair. Sleek and iconic, this chair will see you through to adulthood and beyond. Available in a variety of colours (beech shown above).

  8. FAMILY art print by Swell Made Co. Six letters that spell what matters most. Need we say more? We are family.

Want to see more family-friendly style? Follow us on Pinterest. Other items that are high on our list for family style are baskets and hooks to keep everyone’s stuff in place in an effort to stay organized. Throw blankets and pillows to create a cozy vibe for snuggling, reading and movie nights. Also, foot stools for added height while kids are small, but also for extra seating when you have friends and family around. What are your favourites for family-friendly style?

Love It | Warm Terra Cotta
LOVE IT | Warm Terra Cotta with Swell Made Co.

LOVE IT | Warm Terra Cotta with Swell Made Co.

We’re taking a break from the holiday buzz and optimistically looking forward to 2019. What’s in store for home decor? Trends such as our non-stop love for terrazzo, and all things green (plant lovers, your plants aren’t going anywhere) will continue into the new year; but what’s “new” is a love for warm terra cotta hues. Combining Scandinavian minimalism with the decadence of warm colours, earthy textures and a little bling (brass, gold and copper) is going to keep everyone cozy for the winter ahead. Combine terra cotta with deep greens and rich inky blues to brighten your home. Neutrals are just as nice and remind us of the Wabi Sabi trend of 2018.

Pantone also just announced its colour of the year for 2019 - Living Coral. While, not terra cotta; it definitely has similar attributes of warmth and connection with nature. Living coral takes its inspiration from the depths of the sea. Laurie Pressman from the Pantone Color Institute says, “we’re looking for colors that embrace us with warmth and reassurance in our continually shifting environment”. In 2019, it sounds like we could all use a big HUG and crave a sense of hope for our political and environmental worlds. Much like Greenery from 2017, there is a pervasiveness of cheerful shades that call for optimism and positive human connections. So, here’s to bright and earthy hues in 2019.


Here are a few of our favourite ways to bring terra cotta into your space to help you feel connected to nature and its warmth:

  1. These Are The Golden Days (11x14) Art Print by Swell Made Co. Even when it doesn’t feel like it, it’s nice to be reminded that “These Are The Golden Days” because they truly are. Live in the moment.

  2. Love One Another Natural Pendant Light by CB2 x Fred Segal. Laid back bohemian style with natural textures combined minimalist touches make for a space that connects and embraces. Even the name of this piece is optimistic.

  3. Flange Terra Cotta Vases by Blu Dot. Simple in form, but rich in texture and warmth. Perfect vessels for your spaces.

  4. Pampas Grass. Carrying through from 2018, pampas grass will soften your space naturally and is the perfect complement to the warmth of terra cotta.

  5. Iridescent Copper Tray by Bloomingville. Complementary to terra cotta’s matte and raw texture are iridescent trays and vases to bring a decadent, yet minimalist shine to your space. These opposites blend together to create a bright space.

  6. Iridescent Vases by Bloomingville. See above.

  7. Iridescent Vases by Bloomingville. See above.

  8. Beetle Dining Chair from Gubi. Inspired by beetles in nature, this chair with a shaped and rigid exterior and soft inside provides form and comfort. Designed in 2013, you can customize the Beetle Chair with fabric/texture and base options to make it your own.

  9. Stay Gold (11x14) Art Print by Swell Made Co. Another golden reminder for your space to stay true to yourself in the year ahead and always.

Pssst - We snuck in an optimist keytag above as well. For all you glass is half full (or refillable) types. We’re eternal optimists at heart and we could all use a little more of that vibe in 2019.

And if you’re still craving more terra cotta, visit Pinterest to see our favourite spaces. Or, click the ones below and prepare for your jaw to drop. Thanks for reading and happy holidays! And almost new year.


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Love It | Mystical Moons
Love It | Mystical Moons by Swell Made Co.

Love It | Mystical Moons by Swell Made Co.

September 22 brings the Fall Equinox and September 24/25 brings the rise of the full Harvest Moon. In celebration of the change in seasons we’re declaring that we’ll never be over the moon (see what we did there?). Of course, we’re over the moon for moons and always have been. Remember this Moon Phase LOVE IT list? We the love moon so much, we even have a collection dedicated to it.

So, what do all of these lunar changes have in store? The Fall Equinox marks the beginning of shorter days until Winter Solstice in December. With less sunlight, we’ll start to see the true signs of autumn in Canada with vibrantly hued leaves and cooler temperatures. And what about the Harvest Moon? This year it will appear to be orange as it shines bright (although it’s not really orange). The Harvest Moon is a reminder to do just what the name states. Harvest all that this bountiful season offers (cheers from the pumpkin and apple lovers). As the chaos of summer and new routines dissipates, the Harvest Moon gives you the opportunity to relax, slow down and reflect. Depending on your sign, that may be easier said then done ;) Enjoy autumn, swell friends.


Here are a few of our favourite ways to bring moons into your space to help you celebrate lunar abundance year-round:

  1. Moon Phases (11x14) Art Print by Swell Made Co. Our best-selling art comes in rich black or crisp white with gold foil moon phases to remind of you of the night sky throughout the year.

  2. Cypress Body Oil by Smoke Artisan Perfume Co. Notes of green cypress leaves and woody mix with bright notes of lavender, clary sage, and bergamot to deliver a nourishing body oil to remind you of the outdoors.

  3. Lunar Curve earrings by One Story. Handmade brass earrings with gold plated, nickel free earring posts. These curves remind us of a crescent moons.

  4. Confetti Candle from Buk & Nola by Paddywax. Confetti or night sky? You decide. Brighten your home with this art-inspired, porcelain votive with metallic accents. Available in multiple fragrances and colours, but we love the simplicity of black.

  5. Inquire Within Deck by Worthwhile Paper. New from Worthwhile paper, we are swooning over this mystical deck that reminds of you of the magic you already possess. Each card is a meaningful phrase, reminder, word or prompt to help bring guidance and comfort to everyday life. Self healing requires a willingness to explore deeply, to ask yourself questions – to inquire within.

  6. Moons Canvas Pouch by Swell Made Co. A canvas pouch that is made for anything (cosmetics, school supplies, devices or lingerie), but coveted by the moon lover. Made in Canada.

  7. Crescent Moon Mirror from Urban Outfitters. Add a little lunar luxe to any space with this crescent moon mirror. Perfect as a functional decor piece in a living room or bedroom. Available in gold and silver.

  8. Half Moon Raffia Coasters from Leif Shop. Made using all natural, local materials, this coaster set is woven by hand using raffia, which is then naturally dyed and woven by local women artisans in Uganda.

  9. Love by the Moon (11x14) Art Print by Swell Made Co. Available in rich black or crisp white with gold foil to create a dreamy space.


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