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These Little Corners: Creativity & a Circular Approach to Decor With Sam Belanger
We are surrounded by exceptional humans who create beautiful things (yourself included). “These Little Corners” highlights beautiful areas of their home, and a glimpse into the life of those who created them.
Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do!
I am a mother of two beautiful children and a wife to a hard working and supportive partner. When I am not at home, I am teaching at an elementary school and a yoga studio, thrift shopping or outside being active while exploring nature.
We are currently living in and renovating our second house. I believe wholeheartedly in creating a space that feels cozy and unique, like a reflection of the people residing in it. Home is where the heart is but it helps when your home is full of curated pieces that tell stories and bring you joy.
I love thrift shops, painting, mountains, sunrises and the sound of my children laughing.
Q: What inspired you to create this little corner?
I wanted to create a beautiful space for my partner and I to unwind in together. A space that was just ours. I recently updated our master bathroom and wanted to extend the zen feeling into our bedroom.
When I first laid eyes on the Shell Atlas Towel I knew it would be the perfect addition to our bedroom refresh. The muted pink, the boho pattern - it’s perfect. I love that the towel is versatile and can be worn as a scarf, shawl, or used as a throw.
Q: What do you have to consider or look for in your purchases for your space?
I always start out by creating a mood board and a budget. Every mood board includes plants, a variety of textures and a colour that speaks to the vibe I am hoping to create.
Once my mood board is complete, I shop my home, hunt thrift stores or Facebook Marketplace to find unique pieces with the right price tag.
With a budget in mind, I am able to make sound decisions that are intentional and mindful.
I end up with less clutter and more items that bring me joy.
Q: What do you love most about this area of your home?
I love that I was able to thrift 90% of everything and what I wasn't able to thrift, I purchased because of the quality and/or because it sparked joy.
Giving decor a second life and keeping items out of the landfill is very important to me.
Repurposing or DIYing a project like this shelf, makes my heart sing.
Q: What's your favourite Pokoloko product in your home and why?
I love that Pokoloko hand towels are high quality, hand-crafted, fair trade and aesthetically pleasing.
I believe that a hand towel can add value and style to a washroom and is a nice surprise for a house guest.
Q: What advice, resources or helpful tips do you have for anyone you feel might be considering something similar?
Set a budget.
Only purchase or collect items that bring you joy.
Find inspiration from others that have similar style and values but at the end of the day, it is your home and you want to feel good living in it.
You get to make your own rules.
Have fun and remember that home takes time.
Written by Sam Belanger, Self Care Enthusiast, Mother, Wife, Yoga Teacher and Elementary School Teacher
Since moving into their second home, Sam has spent the majority of her days raising her children, renovating spaces one room at a time on a budget and finding ways to incorporate many forms of self care. You can find lots of home decor inspiration as well as some short yoga videos on her Instagram page @abodemyhome. Photos were taken by @alygoheen.