Sharilyn of lovelydesign
Today, graphic designer and mama Sharilyn Wright of lovelydesign gives us a little home tour.
Yep, it's Show & Tell Home Tour time again — and for Sharilyn's tour, we're off to Burnaby, Canada.
Come on inside...
I was introduced to the world of Sharilyn Wright when she submitted an adorable mom and baby snapshot to a photo contest we were having over on mamazine.com. The image did not win, but its truth and sweetness is burned in my mind. Soon after, I spotted Sharilyn's amazing former design studio on Apartment Therapy. Then I wiped the drool from my bottom lip and continued on with following Sharilyn's blog lovelydesign and her work as it popped up around the interwebs. In her home, Sharilyn takes soft colors, art, pretty things, and good clean design choices and turns them all into darn good home. Her extraordinary collections and several unique pieces of furniture stand out wisely against lots of practical well-placed storage basics. As a result, her home is a soft and airy, beautiful and homey nest for family living. Let me show you.
Sharilyn, tell us a little about your family and your home.
I live with my partner Charles, our daughter Adelaide (who is two years old), and our two kitties Jack and Elliot. We live in an 1,100-square-foot townhome in Burnaby, which is about 25 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Canada. Our home is about four years old, and we have lived here for almost two years now.
Family photos and pretty things
How do you approach decorating in your home? What's the most important thing?
We've chosen to fill our home with things we love and try our best to keep it tidy and organised.
You have a young daughter. How do her opinions, tastes, and STUFF influence the look and feel of your home?
To me, our home is our safe place to be comfortable and ourselves. Our home is as much Adelaide's as it is ours. I don't have any qualms about her toys, dolls, or books being in every room — in fact, some of her toys I love so much that I want them to be around! But mostly, I want my daughter to know that this is her home and her special place to feel cozy and be herself, too.
So far, I have avoided any overwhelming "kid clutter" by purchasing a few well-chosen high-quality toys for Adelaide rather than a lot of crap. We never take her to large mainstream toy retailers — the temptation to just buy her a little something would be to great, and it really bothers me to purchase items that I know I won't be keeping forever or at least hand on down later on.
Adelaide's bright and lovely room
Everything in its place
Teak desk, found in an antique store for Charles
Charles and Adelaide making family fun
The living room from another angle
Sharilyn's adorable container gardens
Sharilyn's art and poster collection
Adelaide beneath the vintage globe collection
Where the magic behind lovelydesign happens
Paper sorter shelf, made by Sharilyn's dad
Another peek at Sharilyn's studio space
Bright dining space for family meals
In your home, what is one indulgence you give into?
We are all suckers for books. And art supplies — Adelaide never suffers for crayons, paints, or paper! I also try to buy the best quality food that we can, be it organic, local, and fresh. When we go shop for food, I always tell Adelaide that she can pick out any fruit or vegetable that she wants — this sometimes makes for interesting choices, but she always eats them!
Adelaide's work space alongside mom's
The family bookshelves (hi, Adelaide!)
What are your favorite stores to shop for home?
I absolutely adore thrift, vintage, and antique shops. I often find specific items on eBay as well. I don't really ever visit (first-run) home or furniture shops, but IKEA often cannot be beat, especially for home accessories and storage solutions. I also adore a chain of stores we have here in Canada called The Real Canadian Superstore — they almost always have fantastic household items, children's clothing, and accessories.
What Home & Garden blogs or websites inspire you the most?
I adore Flickr very much. I have found the most beautiful images (and friends) on Flickr, and often if I feel sad or blue, I will go and visit my personal Flickr favourites group. Flickr is the best!
Your place is so bright and pretty, Sharilyn. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.
Sharilyn Wright is a graphic designer who began her own design company in 2000 and her own stationary and product lines, which bring recycled and repurposed materials to higher design, in 2001. You may find more about Sharilyn on her blog lovelydesign and her products in the lovelydesign mail order shop.
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