Sunday, February 7, 2016

Want to work together? I can’t wait to hear about what you’re working on and look forward to helping you share it. There are so many ways we can work together. Talk to me.

Here's a glimpse of brands I've worked closely with...

Keep it Beautiful.
Hi there! I'm Alicia.

I started Keep it Beautiful Designs in 2012 while on maternity leave with my middle child. My husband (Mr. Fix-It) and I were renovating our 100 year old home ourselves and I wanted a space to share our experience and show other people that they can create beautiful spaces as well. I truly believe that when you love the space you’re in, you feel beautiful.  

As a mom of 3 small children, I understand the realities of life and budget. My goal is to share tips and tricks, DIYs, fabulous recipes, fashion and beauty. Not only do you feel amazing when you've created beautiful spaces, but eating delicious food, drinking a large glass of red and wearing a fabulous pair of new boots and lipstick also feeds your soul.

As an Interior Decorator, I hope to inspire my clients and readers to splurge, save and I love being on the decorating journey with you. 

Our digital world allows for endless doors to open. I am so glad you've opened this door and I hope you stay.

Want to work together? Talk to me!

Keep it Beautiful.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

New Year's Resolutions & Netflix

Hey everyone,

It's been almost a month since the NYE ball dropped and it's always interesting to see if those New Year's resolutions are still sticking. Did you make any? This year, both Mr. Fix-It and I are determined to stick to his love for running and my love for the gym. Neither of us have put pressure on ourselves to run or exercise a certain times per week, we are just committed to feel as strong as we can and keep up with our minis. Getting to the gym or going out for a run doesn't only make us physically strong, but it's incredible on getting any cobwebs out.

The other "resolution", although not really new, is to continue the downtime and to do it better. More time to just veg out and sit. Once a week we have a dedicated move night with the kids. It's usually one night on the weekend where we all get in our jammies, the kids take turns picking the movie and we watch. It's a time for just us. To be. No homework, no rush. Netflix is our go-to. Obviously. Isn't it yours? Here are few movies that the kids said they want to watch.


After the kids go to bed on movie night. Mr. Fix-It and I usurally order take-out or we make something yummy and head back downstairs. Mad Men is first up on our list. Have you seen Making a Murderer? Everyone is talking about it.
Oh and my latest Netflix hook...Dowton Abbey. I had heard the raves but really wasn't sure it was going to be for me. Ummm, yeah. It's amazing. The castle, the costumes, the characters. Love it!

I would love to know what your watching. House of Cards starts in March

 and Fuller House (yup, the cast of Full House is back) starts in February. Can't wait!

I encourage you to resolve to have more downtime in 2016 and get your Netflix binge on. You'll feel great.

Keep it Beautiful.

*I'm part of the Netflix SteamTeam and it's awesome. I have the addiction and I know you do too. It's a good one :) All the words in this post are mine. #NewYearNewView

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Bell Let's Talk Day!

Hi everyone,

Today is Bell Let's Talk Day. Mental health is real. It's as real as any other health issues that anyone has. As you know, I struggled with the loss of my friend Robyn and I realized that the only way I was going to get through it was to talk. I need to talk about it. I went to therapy once a week for a few months and it was amazing. Before, I admit I had always assumed that going to see a therapist was only for people at the lowest of their low, who laid on a couch, spilled their guts and we're traumatized forever. Oh how I was wrong. I was definitely at the bottom, that's for sure, but there is no couch and every time I left, I felt amazing. I felt strong, I felt happy and in control.

After Robyn died, I became obsessed with being sick. It consumed me. I thought every little pain, every little cough meant that I was going to die too. Robyn was one of my BFFs, she was my age, we lived together for 4 years in University, she was beautiful, smart, kind, ambitious, an incredible mom and she died. I just couldn't understand it and it consumed me. I couldn't watch the news because I felt like all the bad in this world was going to affect my family. My anxiety was not only affecting me, but everyone I loved around me.

I needed help. I needed to talk about it.

Now what. Now, I feel really good. I have "me" back again and it's amazing.

So, as someone who had never felt like I needed "to talk" or had an experience with mental health struggles, I hope that sharing my story will help to end the stigma of mental health.

Whether you feel like your issue is big or small. It doesn't matter. Let's talk about it! I promise, you'll feel better!

I've shared my video on FB and Twitter. Please feel free to share it. The more we share, the more we are aware.

*Just want you to know that this is not a sponsored post. I have had no contact with Bell on this. I just wanted to share my story with you*

Keep it Beautiful.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Need a Fabulous Rug? Mohawk Rug Giveaway!

Happy Friday everyone! Let's start this weekend off right. Who's up for a giveaway?! 

With the basement renovation taking up all our attention and definitely most of our budget, the rest of the house has been, just doing it's thing and certain spaces are needing more love. I’ve been re-arranging our area rugs on the second floor, moving our baby girl's tan shag rug into the boys room, and the boys white shag rug into her room. Rugs are awesome that way, easy to switch it up. A couple of years ago I won this Mohawk rug when I entered into a blogger's giveaway (you can't win if you don't enter, right?)

Until now, I’ve had it in the tv room but always felt like it was a little too blue in there against all the "greige". So, I put in the guest room and it looks great. Why didn’t I think of that earlier?
The bed doesn’t feel like it’s floating on the hardwood and it’s soft on the toes. Perfecto.

When Mohawk reached out to do a giveaway on here, I obviously knew that you guys would love the chance to win a rug. Um, ya! Woot!
In the meantime, the tv room floor was left feeling a wee naked. So I chose this Mohawk rug to replace the blue one. Moroccan rugs have been trending for awhile and some of their price tags are oh-so-out-of-my-budget. This one is soft and priced right.

I like the colours of it in the room better than the blue and the blue is happy in the guest room. Win.
Do you want to win a Mohawk rug for your beautiful space? Wouldn't it be fab to put your winter toes on something cozy? Thank you Mohawk!! #ilovemymohawkrug

If you win, you need to show me how fab it looks in your space :) 
Mohawk Rug Giveaway

Happy weekend friends!
Keep it Beautiful.

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