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  • Tips For Updating Your Decor

    Things change, people change & trends change! One of the blessings (& curses) about being able to make my own furniture is that I change my decor style ALOT. Here is a list of tips that I use when changing up my decor.

    1. De-clutter. This is single handedly the most useful tip I can give you. Get rid of clutter and get rid of the pieces that no longer suit your style! You'll feel amazing with a "blank slate."

    2. Find an inspiration piece. Whether it's a vintage clock you bought, a piece of art you own, or even a label you like the colours on ~ find one item that will help you plan your room out. For example: I found this copper ornament at home sense that inspired my recent bathroom renovation. It helped me find other pieces & pull everything together. 

    3. Plan it out. Spend some time on pinterest looking at different layouts. Make some drawings. Use tape on the walls where you would be hanging stuff. If it flows the way you want it to great, if it doesn't at least you haven't made holes in the wall where you don't need them (speaking from experience).

    4. A can of paint works wonders. It really can change the entire feel of a room, without spending a ton of dough. It is the easiest way to update without having to purchase all new furniture or decor. My favourite GRAY tones that I used in my house are: Behr Cathedral Grey, Behr Polar Bear & Sherwin Williams Sea Salt.

    5. Do what you can, within your budget. I know personally, when I want something done I want it done yesterday. Recently I have taken the time to chip away at updates & purchase unique pieces here and there whenever I find a good deal. Don't pressure yourself into updating your whole house in one day. Take your time and hunt for those deals! Some of my favourite places to shop for decor are: Wayfair, Home Sense, Winners, Timber & Gray, Value Village & Good Will. 

    I hope you find these tips useful! We offer a number of different design services that can help bring your pinterest dreams to life. Contact us to discuss!

     

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  • The Importance of Shopping Small

    1. Timber & Gray customer pays for deposit on their order.

    2. Tatum goes to building supply store that employees a local student part time. Tatum buys local Canfor lumber to use for customer order. Hey, your friends husband works for Canfor! Sweet.

    3. On the way home Tatum stops by the farmer's market to grab vegetables for dinner. 

    4. Tatum finishes up customer order and prepares it for pickup. Customer pays for completed order.

    5. Tatum pays her mortgage. 

    {repeat 1 - 5}

    When you shop small & buy local, more of your money stays in the community and strengthens our local economy. It's hard to think about the "bigger" picture when you shop small, but it causes a chain of reactions that are so beneficial to our economy. 

    Thank-you for supporting local.

    Sincerely,

    Tatum {Timber + Gray}

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  • Why I Quit My Salaried Corporate Marketing Job In A Recession

    You only live once. 

    A quote I see pinned, posted, shared & recited every day. But how many of us truly embrace this motto? How many of us really live each day like it could be our last? 

    I recently left my corporate, well paying career in marketing to jump head first into my entrepreneurial journey. In a recession.

    The idea of running a small business, full time, was always the end goal and something I thought frequently about. But, amidst the doom & gloom of the oil crash it just didn't seem like "the best time." 

    In the past year I have seen people lose loved ones too soon, people leave relationships they thought they were stuck in, people overcome crippling hardships & thought to myself: if not now, when? 

    I don't know if I made the right decision, but I can tell you this. I no longer have to convince myself each day that I love my job. I truly love what I do, and no matter the outcome I will be satisfied knowing that I took a chance instead of wondering "what if" forever. 

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