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Lark & Linen Bedroom Get the Look + A GIVEAWAY!

As I mentioned in my home tour, our bedroom was a labour of love. It went through a few different itterations before my designer heart was happy. Now, our bedroom is calm and serene and the perfect mix between high and low. And in case you’re looking to get a similar feel in your own home, I thought I’d break down all the pieces (and offer a pretty fabulous giveaway to boot!)


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Ah, yes. It still makes me grin from ear to ear! But before I go I want. no. NEED. to take a quick moment to introduce you to the world of Crane & Canopy. They sweetly sent me a set of their Linden bedding and my life has been forever changed (seriously though). It’s so luxurious and so wonderful and I feel like such a grown up. So I practically begged them into giving away a duvet cover and sham set of your choice to one supremely lucky reader. And, no surprise because they’re kind of amazing, they obliged! Simply enter below:

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Sweet dreams! xoxo

Bedroom Photography: Heidi Lau Photography | Interior Design: Lark & Linen Interiors | Throw Pillows: Rebecca Atwood | Duvet Cover + Shams: Crane & Canopy | Knot Bed Sheets: Serena & Lily | Area Rug: RugsUSA | Lamps: Serena & Lily | Nightstands: Ikea | Nightstand Hardware: Anthropologie | Candle: Illume | Alarm Clock: Pottery Barn | Wooden Figure: Ikea | Candle:  Illume

Lark & Linen Home Tour

SMP Livings Editor, Jacquelyn Clark, has been lovingly working on her home since we hired her nearly two years ago. Because no matter how amazing you are at designing places and spaces, when it comes to your own, well, decisions are just plain hard. But, after thoughtfully choosing each and every perfect detail, Jacquelyn is finally ready to share her home adventures with us. Dive on in to the gorgeous photos by Heidi Lau and check out J’s Behind the Blog right here!

From Lark & Linen… Though I may be an interior designer, I’ve realized that designing for my boyfriend and I is an entirely different ball game. Over the years, our bedroom has gone through three different iterations before finally landing here. When I design for clients, I have a very specific step by step process that helps ensure we end up with picture perfect results every time. But for the longest time, my process went out the windowwhen it came to our condo.

At first, we relied heavily on hand me downs from friends and family, all while getting creative to help with costs. In addition, we would find ourselves picking up things here and there simply because we liked them – which just meant that we ended up with a miss-mash of items that really didn’t go together. So we did what any sane person does: sold everything that didn’t make our hearts sing and started fresh. I then began treating the project as if it were for a high paying client (on a pretty serious budget, mind you). And it was the best decision we’ve made in a while! What we ended up with was a calm, beautiful, respite from the rest of the world. Truly, every time I walk past our bedroom I smile. And, in all honesty, I’ve never slept better!

In a world where living spaces are shrinking by the minute, I count our blessings that we ended up with a sizeable dining room (in a condo no less!). It’s made all the sweeter by the fact that I absolutely love to cook. And cooking is significantly more enjoyable when you have a plethora of friends at the ready to enjoy the fruits of your labour. 

Much like our bedroom, our dining room has been a labor of love. I’ve come to terms with the fact that I have champagne taste on a beer budget, which just means I have to be incredibly patient when it comes to our decor. I like to refer to my aesthetic as girly with an edge, and I feel like our dining space embodies that perfectly. Everything you see has been slowly amassed over the years, and I’m kind of thrilled with the results. 

Our living room, too, had its fair share of challenges. A weird layout, complete with strange little nooks, off-centre windows, and a massive column just for fun made sure my design skills were tested. We’ve played around with a number of different options, ultimately landing here. And I’m beyond smitten with the results!

Like many designers, I have a bit of a love hate relationship with Ikea. I love that it provides beautiful pieces at affordable price points, but hate that you can almost always spot the Ikea item in most every home you visit (usually because you own it yourself). When it came to our living room, we needed to pull everything together on a pretty tight budget, but we really didn’t want it to feel like an Ikea showroom. 

So we picked up pieces where it counted (inexpensive shelves that we spray painted white and gold, or a simple TV stand for example), and relied heavily on craigslist and unique flea market finds to pull the rest together!

Though I’m 100% an advocate for a bright, white palette, I’m equally as obsessed with comfort. The key for me to create a fresh, white palette all while maintaining a cozy vibe was to ensure to infuse the rest of the space with a serious dose of texture. From our antique wood coffee table/cart, to a tone on tone patterned rug, to dipped basket overflowing with wool throws… there really was no detail that was left unthought of. 

Funnily enough, my desk was purchased for me when I went into kindergarten almost 25 years ago. It’s originally from Ikea (does that make it vintage?) and has been patched and repaired countless times. And in an effort to revitalize it a few years ago, I gave it a lick of jet black paint (while leaving a portion of the legs exposed). It may be on its last legs, but I’m just not ready to part with it!

Since our condo’s floor plan is pretty much wide open, I had to get creative with how to define each space. Area rugs are always beneficial here, but in the case of our office I also took advantage of a bump out in the wall to create bold stripes. It was kind of an on a whim decision one Sunday afternoon, and could have been messy. But it ended up being a total show-stopper, and one of the first things people comment on when they visit. 

Photography: Heidi Lau Photography | Interior Design: Lark & Linen Interiors | Blog: Lark & Linen | Flowers: Sweet Woodruff

BEDROOM: Throw Pillows: Rebecca Atwood | Duvet Cover + Shams: Crane & Canopy | Knot Bed Sheets: Serena & Lily | Gold/Sequin Throw: Souvenir from my trip to India | Area Rug: RugsUSA | Lamps: Serena & Lily | Nightstands: Ikea | Nightstand Hardware: Anthropologie | Candle: Illume | Alarm Clock: Pottery Barn | Wooden Figure: Ikea | Campagne Dresser: Craigslist | Gold Dipped Pillow: West Elm | Art: My Own | Frames: Ikea, Pottery Barn  & West Elm | Kiss Statue: Souvenir from my trip to Africa | Pink Donkey Plate: Souvenir from my trip to Italy | White Bowl: Souvenir from my trip to Spain | Green Bowl: Chapters, Indigo | Jewelry Holder: DIY Necklace Tree | Candle:  Illume | Flowers & Vessel: Sweet Woodruff | Drapery: Custom

DINING ROOM: Table: Ikea (but it’s a piece of junk – don’t do it!) | Chairs: Morba | Rug: RugsUSA | Caravaggio Pendant Light: Lightyears | Gallery Wall Art: My Own, Coulson Macleod, Annawithlove | Frames: Ikea | Flowers & Vessel: Sweet Woodruff | Fiddle Leaf Fig: Ikea | Planter Holder: Vintage from MacCools Re-use | Black China Cabinet: Vintage/My grandparents

LIVING ROOM: Couch: Craigslist | Chair: EQ3 | Coffee Table: Guff | Tray: Chapters/Indigo | Mirror: Ikea | Flowers & Vessel: Sweet Woodruff | Moss Candle: Waiting on Martha | Gold Bowl: Gift | Matches:  Illume | Foldable Gold Star Sculptures: Kosticks | Flower Pillow: Custom | Dotted Pillows: Caitlin Wilson | Graphic Pillow: Chapters/Indigo  | Grey Pillow: Dollar Store (I KNOW!) | Navy Pillow: Chapters/Indigo | Paint Dipped Blanket/Magazine Baskets: Serena & Lily | Blue & White Floor Pillows: Anthropologie | Drapery: Custom | Shelving: Ikea, painted | Lanterns: Anthropologie | Fan: Vintage | Black vase: Vintage | Antique Shoe Horns: Vintage, from the Christie Antique Market | Artichoke Candle: Anthropologie | Letters: Vintage, from the Christie Antique Market | Polka Dot Blanket: Souvenir from my trip to Ireland | Lamps: Gold; Home Sense, Glass; Structube | Cantaloupe Flower Pot: Anthropologie | TV Stand: Ikea | Rug: RugsUSA | Art: My Own + small painting from my trip to Paris

OFFICE: Desk: Ikea, circa 1989, painted | Chair: Structube | Pillow: West Elm | Rug: RugsUSA | Flowers & Vessel: Sweet Woodruff | Calendar: Waiting on Martha | Lace Plate: One of a Kind Show | Lamp: Ikea | Footed Pen Holder: Anthropologie | Pipe Bookshelf: Custom (made by my boyfriend) | Candle: Sydney Hale | Drapery: Custom

Behind the Blog with Lark & Linen

Two years ago, Style Me Pretty had a baby. We named her Style Me Pretty Living and asked the lovely Jacquelyn Clark of Lark & Linen to help us grow her, raise her and help her to fly. Jacquelyn did just that, all while curating her own beautiful brand. And today, she’s taking off her editor hat and sharing with the world just how she balances all of that lovely. With photos from Heidi Lau.

SMP: Some words you live by?
JC: There are so many! But if I had to narrow it down, the one thought that resonates with me the most is “happiness is a choice”. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve had my fair share of bad days and woe is me moments, but I’ve also been able to completely turn them around based solely on my attitude. I’ll never fail to be amazed by the effects of a positive mind-set.

SMP: Any guilty pleasures?
JC: Can we still be friends if I say Keeping up with the Kardashians and The Bachelor? I can’t believe I just admitted that out loud… It goes against every moral fibre in my body! But a glass of pinot and some totally mindless television after a particularly long day is my kryptonite.

SMP: What did you think your dream job was before your dream job found you? 
JC: Well, when I was really little I wanted to be an astronaut or the person who ran the merry-go-round (have you seen the merry-go-round button? It’s like a 4 year olds dream!) Not long after I got those ideas out of my system I landed firmly on camp interior designer and I’ve never really strayed! The fact that I’ve also managed to create a platform (and career!) through blogging is just icing on the cake.

SMP: What’s your favorite quote that describes your creative process? 
JC: “Strive for progress not perfection”. Admittedly, this is something that I struggle with (and have to remind myself of constantly). I am a type-A, perfectionist, through and through and it’s been debilitating in the past. In order to actually get a piece out the door, whether it’s a client project or a blog post, I’ve been learning to cut myself some slack. These days, as long as every piece I churn out is slightly better than the last I consider it a success! Progress and growth, both personally and professionally, is far more important than perfection.

SMP: Okay, rapid fire time. What is your go-to….

PAINT COLOR? Benjamin Moore – Chantilly Lace!

COCKTAIL? Gin & soda with a splash of cranberry.

APPETIZER? Guacamole.

ENTERTAINING TIP? If you’re the type of person who stresses about these sorts of things (raises hand), get it all out before hand. Prep as much as you can the day before so that the day of you can sit back, relax and enjoy your guests!

FONT? Vermandois

CATCH PHRASE? Choose love.

JEAN BRAND? J. Brand

BEAUTY MUST HAVE? Palmers cocoa butter chapstick (I legitimately panic when I run out).

SMP: What is one piece of advice you would give to a blogger just starting out? 
JC: Know your limits and don’t be afraid to ask for help. I know for certain that my weakness is graphic design. I once attempted to redesign my site and it was a total disaster. I ended up hiring someone to give my blog a facelift and it was the best thing I ever did. And, in all honesty, it was at that moment that my blog really started to flourish!

SMP: What is your favorite item in your home?
JC: My Rebecca Atwood pillows. I’ve been obsessed with all things RA for longer than I care to admit. The girl is pure magic!

SMP: What was the tipping point in your bloglife that made you feel like your blog was going to thrive?
JC: Without question: when I was approached to work for SMP Living 2 years ago. When Mrs. Abby Larson thinks your blog is worthy you know you’re doing something right!

SMP: What current design trend do you think will stand the test of time?
JC: Definitely black and white interiors. They’re huge right now, but they’ll still feel classic, timeless and beautiful when they’re no longer in the direct spotlight.

SMP: One thing every style savvy homeowner should have? 
JC: Original artwork.

SMP: If you could buy yourself a single gift of any cost, what would it be?
JC: Definitely a house! The real estate market in Toronto is seriously depressing. We’re slowly outgrowing our condo but it doesn’t seem realistic to own our own home right now.

SMP: Three things every home should have?
JC: Luxurious bedding, a ridiculously comfortable couch, and amazing lighting.

SMP: One small design change that can make a big impact?
JC: Area rugs. They’re like eyebrows – they can totally make or break a space.

SMP: What would you tell someone who’s considering starting a blog?
JC: Just do it! You have absolutely nothing to loose. At that point if you decide it’s not for you, simply walk away without worrying about regrets.

SMP: How do you approach social media? Any best practices? 
JC: For me it’s important to remain authentic. I will never tout that I’m obsessed with something unless I’m legitimately obsessed with it. I feel like my readers’ trust is totally invaluable and I never want to toy with it. That said, there are a few tricks I’ve learnt along the way. For instance: pinning your posts after 8 pm helps seriously drive traffic. And people are most active on Facebook around noon!

SMP: Your favorite instagrammer? Pinner? 
JC: Instagram: Could I Have That - Samantha’s style is always so. on. point. Not to mention she’s just all around awesome
Pinterest: Caitlin Flemming. So much interior envy!

SMP: Your go-to recipe?
JC: Thai coconut curried chickpeas. It’s easy, inexpensive, and ridiculously delicious. It’s a weekly staple around here!

SMP: Do you have any secret talents?
JC: I am really good at naming things. Cars, bikes, tea kettles… It’s well known amongst my circle of friends and I regularly get asked to name their random objects (most recently: a friend’s rhino bust who now happily goes by the name Bruno). I secretly wish I could get paid to name paint colours. How does one land that role anyway?

Make sure to check out Lark & Linen along with Jacqulyn’s new interior design business!

Photography: Heidi Lau | Blogger: Lark & Linen | Interior Design: Lark & Linen Interiors