Minimal Holiday Decor Inspiration

Minimal Holiday Decor Inspiration

With the holidays quickly sneaking up on us and it being December and all, it felt appropriate for this month's creative exploration to be focused on something, well — holiday focused, and since a tree is usually the extent of our decorating, I figured this would be a good chance to challenge myself to do a little something extra this year. At the same time, I've been craving simplicity in all facets of my life, from my wardrobe to my calendar to my home, so the idea of adding more stuff (read: tacky holiday decorations) kind of felt like the opposite of what I'm currently working towards. 

Thus, a challenge emerged — to add a little holiday flair to our apartment without acquiring more bits and baubles and while supporting my newfound craving for minimalism. Something simple that still feels special (and relatively festive), that would maybe even last beyond the holiday season without feeling like it passed an expiration date. 

DIY Coloured Backdrop

DIY Coloured Backdrop

Coloured backdrops will always hold a special place in my heart, as they were really my first foray into DIY backdrops for styling. It took me a little while to figure out what the best supplies to use were, but an exploratory trip to The Home Depot Canada and a couple test runs later, I had figured out a simple, low cost way to achieve a coloured backdrop that you could literally make in any paint colour. Hello, branded backdrops!  

How To Clean Up And Optimize Your Pinterest Account

How To Clean Up And Optimize Your Pinterest Account

I'm super excited to introduce you to my friend Meagan today on the blog, who is here sharing her Pinterest expertise for today's guest post. Meagan has a wealth of knowledge on our favourite inspiration-hunting platform, and in my brief time knowing her, I've already learnt so much from this Pinterest master, so I wanted to pass some of that along. Ready to dive in?! 

Hello Studio Bicyclette readers! My name is Meagan and you can usually find me over on Pinterest pinning all of the things. No seriously, I love Pinterest. I recently launched my Pinterest consultancy business where I help creatives, bloggers and businesses optimize their presence and influence on Pinterest.  I want to help organically grow your business through this amazing platform.

DIY Marble Backdrop

DIY Marble Backdrop

The third backdrop in this little DIY series we've been working on, this one's a little different since, well, it doesn't exactly require as much doing as the white wood backdrop and the textured styling backdrop.

I'm all about keeping things simple though, and marble is one of my favourite surfaces to shoot on, so I've been looking for different styles of marble and easier ways to capture detail shots without pulling out my larger marble slab (which also weighs a ton).

Love Notes // Vol. 27

Love Notes // Vol. 27

01 // With the holidays fast approaching, it's hard to avoid all the gift guides and decorating ideas that are starting to pop up. To be completely honest, when it comes to our own home, holiday decor often falls to the wayside, as I'm a little burnt out after weeks of creating holiday content for our clients. We do always get a real tree (which I love), but that's about it. 

This year though, I've decided that I want to take it one step further and focus on adding a little more holiday cheer — something that feels like us and that we won't be itching to take down the day after Christmas. So I've been exploring some different options and I keep going back to this stunning eucalyptus "wreath". And the fact that it's actually pretty seasonless? Even better. Stay tuned for more on this idea soon... 

Guy Crush // Motel Hamilton

Guy Crush // Motel Hamilton

Looking for a respite from the cold weather? One step into Hamilton’s newest brunch spot, Motel, will have you feeling like you just entered sunny Palm Springs.

A retro motel feeling with that coveted palm beach polish, this new spot is one of the trendy up and coming places to grab a bite in Hamilton. Following their gut instinct, Chris and Michael took the leap to open this new restaurant — and it only took them three months! After indulging in some champagne pancakes and sunny mimosas, we caught up with Motel’s owner Chris and their designer Michael to learn a little bit more about the inner workings and overall inspiration behind this new No-Tell-Motel.

DIY Textured Styling Backdrop

DIY Textured Styling Backdrop

We started off this backdrop styling series last week with a white wood option, and for our second surface, we're using a new set of supplies from The Home Depot Canada to create a textured backdrop using plaster.

With a beautiful textured surface that you can customize to your liking and the opportunity to play with a colour palette of your choosing, this backdrop is a nice alternative to a solid coloured background that still gives you the opportunity to infuse a signature colour into your content. The texture creates a subtle, natural effect that is perfect for flatlays or those coveted detail shots that help tell a story. 

Refining your brand style through outfit inspiration

Refining your brand style through outfit inspiration

Remember that post awhile back where I talked about the brand personality questions I ask my clients — the fun ones that help me build a brand profile and dive a little deeper into the style and story? I wanted to take that one step further today, because I’ve had some questions about what that actually looks like, and how you take an outfit photo, for example, and use that to learn something new about your brand.

It’s similar to the process I teach in The Visual Strategy Masterclass, using inspiration images to extrapolate tone words and details that you can then apply to the project at hand. And because I’m in the midst of taking my own brand through an audit and giving it a bit of a refresh, I thought I would take this opportunity to share a little bit behind the scenes of how I’m using these questions to work through this process.

In the spirit of full transparency, I’ve found this brand refresh particularly hard for a couple of reasons