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Love It | Velvet & Gold

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Love It | Velvet and Gold by Swell Made Co.

Love It | Velvet and Gold by Swell Made Co.

Nothing says Christmas like vibrant velvet. This holiday season I am crushing hard on jewel-toned velvet. Emerald greens, sapphire blues, blush pinks and burgundies (ruby reds are reserved for Santa) - all combined with the timeless glam of gold. It's a rich and luxurious combination, but it doesn't have to cost a fortune to bring it into your life.

I can't help but think of holidays past with this Golden Girls style of the 80s. Fast forward to my "grunge days" (not to be confused with punk days) in the 90s; I remember feeling fabulous, albeit angsty, as I headed out for the season with a velvet baby doll dress and high laced Doc Martens. I'd love to get a hold of that dress now. So, here we find ourselves on the cusp of 2018, with this trend still going strong as jewel-tones promise to be a hit in the new year. Particularly cooler hues like blue and violet (or, ultra-violet as announced by Pantone yesterday). Enjoy this updated take on velvet and gold glam. Happy holidays, swell friends!


Here are a few of my favourite ways to bring velvet and gold into your life:

  1. Solid Gold (11x14) Art Print by Swell Made Co. Bring some solid gold into your space with this simple art print.

  2. Paloma Brass Bar Cart by CB2. Mix drinks and mingle in style with a classic bar cart like this one from CB2. Combined with sparkly glasses and your favourite libations, holiday parties will be a breeze. Designed by Leonhard Pfiefer.

  3. Black Velvet Choker Necklace from La Maison Simons. Add a little velvet to your outfits with this simple velvet choker.

  4. Hojas Cubana, Rainforest Pillow by Tonic Living. There's something about velvet and gold that just begs for tropical patterns. Bring the tropics home with this pillow that's made in Toronto.

  5. Keira Velvet Ottoman by Structube. Available in a variety of jewel-tones, this foot stool is an easy and affordable way to bring chic elegance into your space without investing in a big ticket items like a sofa.

  6. Gold Acrylic Monstera and Boss Keytags by Swell Made Co. Glam, retro, simple. These gold acrylic keytags are a sweet way to adorn your keys and bags. Hang on the stockings, perhaps?

  7. Gold Rimmed Seafoam Ombre Glasses from the Cocktail Emporium. You've got the bar cart. Now, add the glassware and all kinds of accessories from Toronto's Cocktail Emporium. Also available in fuchsia and coral.

  8. Velvet Elowen Chair from Anthropologie. Another perfect combination of velvet and gold, these chairs come in a variety of bright colours to bring home. Whether it's at your dining room table, hall or office.

  9. Pink Monstera (11x14) Art Print by Swell Made Co. This blush pink art print pairs perfectly with this decor style (and many others) with it's versatile look.

For more inspiration, head to Pinterest to see some of my favourite modern and bold spaces with velvet and gold. Click the images below to see the original sources. Thanks for reading!

Love It | Mint

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Love It | Mint + Black with Swell Made Co.

Love It | Mint + Black with Swell Made Co.

2017 was the year of greenery (as seen in LOVE IT | Greenery this past spring). It was well-loved throughout the year and it will mostly certainly continue into 2018, but with variations of green ranging from green jewel tones, moody greens and aquamarines and one of my favourites - mint. Whatever palette of green you love, I'm happy it's here to stay for a little while longer. Especially when it comes to the abundance of plant life that is making way into the hearts and homes of many.

When you think of mint green, you might think retro. While, this hue does pay homage to the 1950s this LOVE IT list takes a modern approach to this colour your Grandma loved too. Combined with matte black, other neutral colours, and graphic patterns; it complements with minimal or ecclectic interiors.


Here are a few of my favourite ways to bring mint into your space:

  1. Mint Moon (11x14) Art Print by Swell Made Co. Drift off to dreamland with this mint moon art print.

  2. Matte Black Pendant Lamp. Choosing a matte black pendant in a contemporary shape is great in any space. Better yet, choose one with a gold or brass interior for a bit of extra panache. Swoon.

  3. Jasmine Green Tea Toner by Herbivore. Not for your space, bur for your face. This calming, hydrating, and nourishing toner is infused with Jasmine Water to reduce inflammation and Green Tea, which is loaded with antioxidants for cellular regeneration.

  4. Matte Black Dinnerware from World Market. Timeless and moody, black ceramics will always make a statement on your dinner table and they complement mint or neutral interiors perfectly. Crafted in Portugal.

  5. Graphic Izabal Pillow from Leif Shop. Black and white graphic patterns will continue to trend in 2018. This graphic pillow is a visual treat. Each pillow is handcrafted in Guatemala, empowering indigenous women to overcome poverty and become agents of change in their communities.

  6. Morandi Mint Bud Vase from Buk & Nola. Brings little bit of greenery into your home with this mini ceramic bud vase from Montreal's Buk & Nola.

  7. Medan Graphite Lounge Chair from Article. Rattan is still going strong, but you can modernize the look with this lounge chair in graphite/black. Inspired by rattan, this chair is made with synthetic wicker. Clean lines, with a bohemian feel.

  8. Minty Moon Dish by Hinkleville. This sweet minty moon dish is perfect for holding tiny things and bringing minty cuteness into your space. Available in various sizes and in a mug too!

  9. Mint Cactus (11x14) Art Print by Swell Made Co. A mint cactus art print for a cool (yet, warm) vacation vibe in your space.

For more inspiration, head to Pinterest to see some of my favourite spaces with mint decor and accents. Click the images below to see the original sources. Thanks for reading!

Love It | Girl Power

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LOVE IT | Girl Power Love with Swell Made Co.

LOVE IT | Girl Power Love with Swell Made Co.

October 11 is International Day of the Girl. To celebrate, this edition of LOVE IT is all about my favourite everyday things to empower girls and women. Empowerment goes way beyond things (read this post to the bottom). That's not lost on me, but it doesn't mean girls don't want to have fun (and fundmental rights)!

  1. Pouches by Swell Made Co. For pencils, devices, or make up. Made in Canada and ready for anything.
  2. Beats Solo Wireless Headphones. Every girl needs a good pair of headphones to listen to music, podcasts or audio books. These wireless headphones are the key to listening while you work it.
  3. GRL PWR Card by Swell Made Co. Let another girl know that you support her or she inspires you. Or, both. Writing a handwritten note is always a good idea. Words are powerful and encouraging.
  4. Hustle Heart Keytag by Swell Made Co. For those who hustle with heart.
  5. Books to Empower Girls. Build a library that empowers and inspires. Learn, learn, learn. A girl can NEVER ever have too many books.
  6. JUST BE Meditation Bracelet by Breathing Inspiration. Just be with this minimalist meditation bracelet that brings good vibes and strength.
  7. GRL PWR Triangle Keytag by Swell Made Co. A little triangle keytag that says it all.
  8. Queen Art Print by Swell Made Co. Queen by her own definition, this art print is perfect for her home or work space.
  9. GIRL GANG Tee by FRANC. Support your local girl gang with this black tee that's perfect with jeans or a flowy skirt. Made in Canada by FRANC.

Swell Made Co. is also celebrating by working with Plan International to support their Because I am a Girl project to help girls access basic human rights that will protect them and give them the ability to transform their lives – and the lives of everyone around them. Every purchase you make from Swell Made Co. will have an impact that empower girls around the world. Not just today, but everyday. Thank you!

With a daughter and son of my own, this cause is near to my heart. Raising a girl and boy who value and stand up for equality and diversity will be one of my greatest contributions to more fair and just world. And with the current state of affairs, we still have a LOT of work to do.

"I've always believed that when you educate a girl, you empower a nation." - Queen Rania

Thank you for your continued support of Swell Made Co. and the Because I am a Girl project. 

Educate a Girl. Empower a Nation. Quote by Queen Rania.

Educate a Girl. Empower a Nation. Quote by Queen Rania.

Love It | Terrazzo

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LOVE IT | Terrazzo + Concrete with Swell Made Co.

LOVE IT | Terrazzo + Concrete with Swell Made Co.

For this edition of LOVE IT, it's time to look at the comeback (or emergence) of the terrazzo and concrete trend. Seen on floors of the schools and subway stations of the 1970s, terrazzo is making its way into homes, restaurants and inspiring accessories. Terrazzo was "invented in 15th-century Venice as a way of using up marble remnants. Composed of chips of marble, granite, quartz, and/or glass suspended in a cement or polymer binder, terrazzo is extremely durable". Read more about the comeback on Apartment Therapy.

  1. Love By the Moon 11x14 Art Print by Swell Made Co.
  2. Chromas Pendant + Oculus Studs by Beton Brut. Canadian maker, Beton Brut, creates stunning concrete jewelry. Made with an array of pigments and semi-precious stones mixed in micro batches.
  3. Ettore Table Lamp from Oliver Bonas. This simple statement piece made from concrete is a perfect way to light a room.
  4. Terrazzo Stationery by Normann Copenhagen. These fun pieces of stationery pay tribute to terrazzo with notebooks, rulers, pencils and even scissors. Neutral and natural gem coloured palettes give this Daily Fiction series a distinct look meant to tempt and delight design lovers.
  5. Terrazzo Mustard Cushion by Rebecca Judd Loves Home Republic. This graphic pillow brings the terrazzo look into your home without the commitment of flooring. Plus, it's a softer too.
  6. Hex Keytags by Swell Made Co. Minimalist hex keytags that say it all. Also available in triangles.

Here is some more inspiration for you. Toronto's new Cafe Cancan, with interior design by Tiffany Pratt, features rainbow terrazzo flooring. Combined with soft pinks, flamingos and French cuisine, this cafe is an Instagram and culinary dream.

Holly Young, Canadian artist, interior design lover and blogger, has a new collection that reminds me of terrazzo with abstract shapes and soft, summery colours. Check out the collection here.

These stairs go retro at Paradiso, a cafe in Geneva. Combined with brass fixtures and extreme attention to details, this cafe transports you to Italy. Check out Pinterest for a bunch more terrazzo + concrete goodness.

Finally, another concrete maker from Canada, Concrete Cat. Pioneers in making concrete cool, they have a unique collection of concrete goods including the tile below and even a baseball bat. They explore the use of concrete with a focus on colour, pattern and form to create magical pieces of art and furniture.

Thanks for reading and enjoy!

Love It | Neutral Palettes + Grid Patterns

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LOVE IT - Neutral Palette + Grid Patterns with Swell Made Co.

LOVE IT - Neutral Palette + Grid Patterns with Swell Made Co.

For this edition of LOVE IT, I'm exploring one of my favourite styles. It can be called minimalist, Scandinavian, Nordic, neutral... whatever you want to call it, it's so simple. Combining a neutral black and white palette with subtle grid patterns is so basic, yet so comforting and clean. It's pleasing to the eye and mind as everything appears to effortlessly fall into place.


Here are a few of my favourite ways to go neutral and minimal with grids at home and beyond:

  1. DO GOOD + BE KIND (11x14) by Swell Made Co. These black + white, minimal art prints are a perfect reminder in any room that doing good and being kind never go out of style. They're also a perfect complement to grid patterns.
  2. Baggu Zip Bag in grid from Otherware. A grid pattern to take on the go! This versatile and durable bag from Baggu features the perfect grid pattern to make a statement.
  3. Wire Basket from Bloomingville. Grids can take many forms. This wire basket features a grid pattern that's perfect for storing goods. You can also purchase a wood top to make it a table.
  4. Carina Ceramic Jar by Bloomingville. Store items in these adorable jars. Also available as canisters with wood tops.
  5. How Sweet It Is Velveteen Throw Pillow by Swell Made Co. Black and white type to make your spaces inviting and cozy. This pillow is ultra soft and durable to live in your spaces. Bedrooms, nurseries or living rooms - they could all use a pillow like this.
  6. Grid Tea Towel by Anchal Project. An adorable addition to your kitchen. Hand-stitched from 1 layer of cotton, this towel features geometric stitches. Every purchase provides an artisan with a full-time job, health care benefits, design training, and educational workshops. Quilts and throw pillows are also offered in this simple grid pattern.

I hope you love these pieces as much as I do. Want more inspiration? Follow Swell Made Co. on Pinterest to see more. Here are a few of my favourites (click the images to see sources). There are loads of ways to bring grids into your spaces with a little DIY.

My favourite decor items include textiles such as bedding and curtains. Subtle hints of gold and pink work perfectly with a neutral minimalist palette, but it's so versatile you could come up with many combinations of colours, patterns and textures to complement this look. You could even combine this subtle look with elements of these styles we've posted about in the past - Bohemian Style + Moroccan Style.

Thanks for reading and enjoy!