Interior design lovers, I’m thrilled to welcome you back into our sun drenched Living Room for my first dedicated DWELL post of the year! So what exactly have I been up to around here? Well, to be completely transparent, all the brand partnerships I had lined up for our SPACE REFRESH series this year were postponed (some indefinitely) due to COVID. I had so many plans for our remaining rooms, along with updates to spaces you’ve already seen, but due to the current situation, they simply haven’t been possible. Instead, I’ve been focusing on making small tweaks and seasonal updates to already finished spaces so that we can fully enjoy them with all the extra time we’ve spent at home! I’m allowing things to come together naturally, ideas to ebb and flow organically and working away on our home when I feel inspired to do so — because if this pandemic has taught me anything, it’s that life doesn’t always go according to plan. Lately I’ve been cozying things up for autumn, picking up a few new key pieces and restyling items we already own in new ways, so I thought it was about time I share our Transitional Summer Meets Autumn Decor with you here at JustineCelina, if you’re doing the same and looking for inspiration!
This year we’ve opted to keep things lighter and brighter as we transition into a new season — and it feels like a perfect blend of summer and fall. It’s the magical time of year where we can enjoy the best of both summer and autumn out in nature, in our homes, on our plates and in our wardrobes — and I’m fully embracing it! Despite the pandemic’s challenges, we’ve experienced the warmest autumn I can remember — and I’ve definitely channeled that inspiration into our home this season. I love to experiment with juxtaposition in my personal style and in my home — I’m all about mixing high with low, old with new and modern with traditional. Each year, my inspiration hits an all time high as summer blends into autumn and I explore new ways to translate this seasonal shift into our inner city Calgary apartment! Fall decor doesn’t have to be expensive, overwhelming or impractical — and today I’ve rounded up all my best transitional decorating tips and favourite sources for affordable, quality pieces to refresh your space. If you’re a fellow apartment dweller, working with a small space (or a modest budget!), you’ve come to the right place — pour yourself a glass of crisp rosé and curl up on the sofa as I share our Transitional Summer Meets Autumn Decor!
Autumn is definitely approaching here on the Alberta prairies! The leaves are changing, the temperatures are dropping and I find myself craving all things warm, cozy and comforting. This transitional time of year is also my favourite for gorgeous, seasonal produce — and I’ve spent the past couple of weeks pouring over my RECIPE archives, adding our most loved fall recipes to the menu! If you follow along with my socials you’ve likely seen these delicious seasonal dishes trickle into my feeds, but I wanted to round up my 20+ Favourite Plant Based Fall Recipes for you here at JustineCelina for easy reference. It’s been so much fun taking a walk down memory lane and digging up my old recipes (and old, pre-professional photos!) to appreciate just how far I’ve come on my blogging and recipe development journey over the past 6 and a half years! And what a delicious ride it’s been.
While I’m always working on something new, I’ve also published so many incredible recipes over the years. Today I’ve scoured my virtual recipe box to share the very best of the season with you — I’ve rounded up my all-time-favourite fall recipes across culinary categories, from breakfast through happy hour! As always, my recipes are simple, seasonal, free of dairy, gluten and refined sugar and and packed full of fresh, nourishing ingredients — perfect to make after a weekend grocery run or trip to the farmer’s market! These whole food dishes are also budget friendly, with many yielding large batches (perfect for families, fall meal prep or batch cooking and freezing!). If you’re looking for some fresh, veggie-centric culinary inspiration as we transition into fall, you’ve come to the right place. From my kitchen to yours, I hope this roundup of tested-till-perfect, plant based fall eats (and drinks!) inspires you enjoy autumn in all its abundance!
Who else is so ready for fall?! Each September I savour the last few weeks of summer as Autumn Equinox approaches — but this year, I couldn’t be more excited its arrival! This magical month between summer and fall is my absolute favourite — the leaves slowly start turning, the temperatures start cooling and I find myself endlessly inspired by the changing landscape, crisp air and incoming trends. I relish in the process of channeling this inspiration into my life and creative work! Today, I’m thrilled to bring you mySeptember Digital Blooms Roundup, featuring 11 Free Tech Wallpapers inspired by this gorgeous, transitional time of year.
Refresh your tech for fall by downloading a free floral tech wallpaper incorporating some of late summer and early autumn’s prettiest flowers and foliage! September’s DIGITAL BLOOMS feature a lovely palette of summer pastels juxtaposed with autumn’s quintessential earth tones and deep berries across an eclectic assortment of seasonal flowers and foraged offerings. You’ll find an inspired assortment of Anemones, Astilbe, Angel Wings Begonia leaves, Barberry leaves, Chrysanthemums, Cotinus, Cosmos, Dalihas, Dusty Miller, Eremurus, Firewheels, Golden Tickseed, Hypericum, Larkspur, Pampas Grass, Poppy Pods, Ranunulus, an assortment of of Roses, Rudbeckia, Scabiosa, Strawflower, Stock, Sunflowers, Solidago, Sweet Peas, Thlaspi and Whiskey Grass at play in this gorgeous collection of early fall floral tech wallpapers. Click through to choose from 11 seasonally inspired designs to download to the background of your computer, laptop, tablet or phone — absolutely free!
It’s sunflower season — and I’m absolutely elated! Whether you’ve followed along for just a couple of weeks or a couple of years, you’ll know how much I adore sunflowers. From bringing them into our home, to incorporating them into my FLOWER content, to road-tripping to see fields of these sunny blooms, sunflowers have graced the pages of JustineCelinamany times!If you’re reading this post, there’s a good chance you love these sunny, quintessentially summer blooms just as much as I do. Last year, my Mom, little sister and I headed north to visit Bowden Sunmaze & Eagle Creek Farms for an unconventional girls night, to catch a glimpse of their renowned sunflower fields at sunset — and it was an absolutely beautiful evening. Fast forward to August 2021 and I’m thrilled they’ve reopened for the season, so I’ve updated this post with everything you need to know about visiting the SunMaze this year! I was also delighted to find their U-Pick Flower Fields were in full bloom, where I handpicked an autumn-inspired bouquet.
If you’ve always wanted to visit a Sunflower Field but aren’t sure what to expect, this post is for you! As we explore the boundaries of travel within our own province, I’m thrilled to bring you along on our trip to Bowden Sunmaze & Eagle Creek Farms as I detail everything you’ve ever wanted to know about visiting a sunflower field and flower u-pick — from location, to cost, to safety restrictions, to activities, to the best times to visit, to my best sunflower field photography tips! Craving a little adventure as we transition into autumn and want to see these stunning Alberta Sunflower Fields for yourself? There’s no time like the present — Bowden SunMaze is currently open for 2021 as of August 10th, offering tickets until September 20th. If you’re looking for a family-friendly outdoor activity, or are simply yearning for a cheerful digital escape, join us as we visit Alberta’s Bowden SunMaze on a gorgeous midsummer evening!
Flower friends, I’m thrilled to bring you my August Digital Blooms Roundup today, featuring 11 Free Tech Wallpapers celebrating the brightest, sunniest and most beautiful blooms summer has to offer! Over the past 5 years, I’ve preserved August’s quintessential blooms digitally with archive of uplifting floral wallpapers inspired by summer days and a vibrant colour story for you to enjoy all month long . August‘s DIGITAL BLOOMSRoundup features sunny Sunflowers (stay tuned for a fresh post in my ALL ABOUT series coming later this summer!) alongside an array of summer flowers, foliage and produce — and you can download them straight to your tech, absolutely free!
Break out your favourite sundress or straw hat and enjoy August’s sunny blossoms on the background of your computer, tablet or phone. Simply click through to grab these uplifting summer florals for your tech and bask in that carefree summer feeling all month long! Wishing you all a beautiful August — and happy Leo season to my fellow lions and lionesses!
It’s the height of summer here on the Alberta prairies — and I’m thrilled to bring you anotherrecipe roundup to celebrate the very best ingredients this season has to offer! Summer is my absolute favourite time of year to take a trip to the farmers market or our Country Garden in search of gorgeous produce, herbs and flowers to inspire my culinary creations. My hope is that this post featuring 20+ Healthy Plant Based Summer Recipes also inspires you to do the same, while supporting your local markets, growers and farmers whenever possible! So, I’ve scoured my extensive RECIPE archives to compile this fresh and seasonal summer recipe roundup to include my (and your!) most loved, most made and most featured summer recipes in one convenient location, categorized by meal type and diet for easy browsing reference.
As always, this seasonal recipe round-up features my all-time-favourite summer recipes across culinary categories, from breakfast through happy hour — with lots of snacks, treats, smoothies and juices! My flexitarian recipes are simple, seasonal, free of dairy, gluten and refined sugar and packed full of fresh, nourishing ingredients — the majority are also vegan or vegetarian (although there is one pesceratian recipe in this roundup!). These whole food dishes are also budget friendly, with many yielding large batches (perfect for families, summer meal prep or batch cooking!). From my kitchen to yours, I hope this roundup of tested-till-perfect, plant based eats and drinks inspires you enjoy and experiment with summer’s bountiful fruits, vegetables, herbs and blooms! Cheers to our most delicious summer yet!
Welcome July with a fresh floral wallpaper for your devices from July’s Digital Blooms Roundup, featuring 11 Free Tech Wallpapers for you to choose from! This summery floral tech wallpaper roundup celebrates all the beautiful flowers and foliage in bloom during the height of summer here on the Alberta prairies — including Peonies, Ranunculus, Tulips, Craspedia, Narcissus, Asclepia, Genista, Irises, Matsumoto Asters, Veronica, Freesia, Allium, Cornflower, Lilacs, Chive Flowers, Freesia, Scabiosa, Misty Blue Statice and an array of Wild Grasses. These free spirited blooms are some of my summer favourites — and I’m thrilled to share them with you!
This colourful array of free floral wallpapers celebrate the beauty and bounty of Mother Nature’s floral offerings at the height of summer, preserved digitally just for you. Now you can enjoy July’s most beautiful blooms on the background of your computer, tablet or phone with the click of a button — absolutely free! Click through to download these gorgeous seasonally inspired designs onto your tech and enjoy an endless summer digitally with July’s DIGITAL BLOOMSRoundup!
Lilac season is upon us once again here on the Alberta prairies — and I absolutely adore these magical, fleeting few weeks! So, I thought it was the perfect time to revitalize this ancient post in my FLOWER ARRANGING series about How to Create a Lilac Bouquet (originally published 5 years ago!) with some fresh images and content. Over the past 5 years I’ve learned a lot about flowers, urban foraging and how to work with lilacs — and I’m thrilled to share my updated knowledge, along with step-by-step instructions on exactly how I created this ultra dreamy, oversized lilac arrangement for our coffee table! We’re fortunate to have 2 abundant lilac trees on the vacant lot behind our apartment — and each year, I look forward to early June when I pop over with my tote bag and clippers in tow to forage some fresh lilac branches (with permission, of course!) for various projects and recipes!
No matter the weather, I’m always looking for creative ways to bring the outside in — and lilac season is the perfect opportunity to preserve late spring’s beauty while adding a splash of colour and intoxicating scent to your space. Not only are these lavender hued blossoms absolutely gorgeous, they’re also free — making it simple and accessible to create a no cost arrangement for your home to welcome summer’s arrival. Whether you’d like to learn more about lilacs, brush up on urban foraging, or stopped by for tips on how to arrange lilac branches to create a beautiful bouquet and that lasts as long as possible, you’ve come to the right place — pour yourself a glass of crisp rosé and take a seat in my Living Room as I share some serious lilac knowledge!