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sister act: behind the scenes

Decorating a girly glam bachelorette apartment is always fun, but when it’s for your own sister you can bet the fun factor get’s tripled!

When it came to sourcing furniture for her place, my sister Marlie and I enjoyed hitting up some of my go-to home decor destinations, like ELTE, where we sourced cozy yet chic furniture, including her favourite sectional sofa, shaggy pauly shore rug and more. While I like things more structured and tailored, Marlie is all about the shabby chic and gravitated right towards the linen-covered L-shaped sofa.

We had a blast finding colouful posters, prints and original art to add colour and personality to her space. We focused on subject matter near and dear to her heart, such as film, which she studied in university and flamingos, her fave animal.

After buying vintage posters online and having them framed creatively at PI Fine Art, we were so excited to lay everything on the floor and figure out where to hang it all!

A special art splurge was the original anthropomorphic flamingo oil by local artist Tony Taylor. It was too bizarre and beautiful to resist!


We also fell in love with the juicy-hued pieces by  Danielle Hession that we picked up at Art Interiors – they looked totally fab above her accent chair and I love how the pastel colours pop against the bronze task lamp by Robert Abbey.

When it came to the day of the shoot, we corralled all the beautiful home decor accessories we had been collecting onto her media cabinet and also raided our parents’ house for some more antique pieces to help give the apartment that extra special vintage touch.


We also had to resist eating all of the amazing sweets from the talented gals of Cake Opera Co., which looked heavenly in shades of pink lemonade and perfectly complemented the decor.

The day of the shoot, Ann Marie helped us pull it all together for photographer Virginia Macdonald to capture. Fresh peonies in luscious shades of pink and coral made all the existing pink and orange accents pop and we’re so thrilled with how it all turned out.

Check out the story in the June issue and stay tuned for an upcoming post with some awesome before and after’s!


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