My Oliver Apartment Dining Room Reveal

My Oliver Apartment Dining Room Reveal

My Oliver Apartment Dining Room Reveal

I’ve only had my condo for three years now so to say this is long overdue would be a gross understatement. My, my how time flies when you’re having fun renovating a 70s condo with your dad who’s a snowbird and only available a few months out of the year. I digress. I finally have a dining room! And that is most certainly cause for celebration. Located in the neighbourhood that was voted #1 in Vue Weekly’s best of Edmonton, my condo is finally getting to the point of livability and I could not be more pleased about it. Without further adieu, keep scrolling for a peek at My Oliver Apartment Dining Room Reveal.


I had a very unique problem with lighting which only people who live in ~vintage~ homes come across. New homeowners sit this one out, character homeowners, you know what I’m talking about. Most of the lighting in my condo requires a swag light. What makes this lighting so problematic is its obscurity in modern design. That is, unless you’re up on Kijiji searching brass chandeliers with smoked brown glass. With the right design, that can be attractive. The fixture I inherited from the previous owner, however, wasn’t cute. Because of this, I was forced to scour the internet. Finally, I came across this industrial fixture from Wayfair. It was modern, simple, and a swag!!!! It’s actually available both pendent and swag for anyone who doesn’t suffer from my particular lighting limitations. I was even able to get a filament LED bulb to jive with the antique feel of the fixture.


A dining room wouldn’t be complete without an amazing table. Fortunately for me, there is a custom furniture builder that also has a ready-made line right here in Edmonton! The stars aligned and I became the proud owner of an Oliver Apt Central Table for my Oliver Apartment. It’s a little too perfect to be true, but that’s what makes it so great. This is the medium size in black walnut. The day it was delivered, I knew it was a piece that I will have and cherish for many years to come. The timeless design paired with the immaculate finishing makes it an heirloom piece. It’s been such a lovely addition to my home that I have completely forsaken my IKEA desk and have begun working exclusively from the Central Table.


For the seating around the Central Table, I have another Oliver Apt ready-made piece. The Victoria Bench in black walnut is a great way to seat a lot of people around a large table. If I had a foyer big enough, I would put one in there too or even at the end of my bed! It’s the type of piece that has a number of different functions depending on the room its in. Along with the Victoria Bench, I also have a few white Herman Miller fibreglass Eames chairs I’ve been slowly collecting. It wouldn’t be a Sandy Joe home without some vintage pieces thrown in for good measure especially when that vintage is circa 1960s.


Now that I’m finally able to have people over, of course I have a short list of delicious food go-to’s from some local establishments. When entertaining, I love to share my favourite places around town from the comfort of my own home. A few of my choice picks include: Doughnut Party, Love Pizza, and Jacek Chocolates to name a few. And as a creature of habit, I usually stick to my favourites.


Let’s begin this food tale with Love Pizza. They have two locations – one of which is conveniently located in the Oliver Area on 109th st and Jasper Ave (the second location is in St Albert) Their Holy Shitake (vegetarian) pie is so freaking good. I love loading it up with pickled red onion and sometimes even adding artichokes too. Gah, I’m making myself hungry just writing about this! My second choice is always the City Market without the chicken. And when it comes to parties, pizza is always the answer.


Where do I even begin? Doughnut Party has been open for a little over a year now and has brought joy to many occasions in my life. Their happily dressed doughnuts are a thing of wonder. And much like Love Pizza, it’s also very close to home. They’re located in Queen Mary Park, but are also available on UberEats so a delightful doughnut is just a click away. My top flavour has to be their birthday cake doughnut with all the tasty crumbles. However, I won’t completely impose my taste on my guests. I like to get the party box and mix it up with their ever-changing roster of flavours.

Doughnut Party & Henry Miller chairs 


Lastly, Jacek Chocolates – Edmonton’s own chocolatier. Jacek is what happens when fashion meets high end chocolate and have a child. It’s delicious and attractive. I almost feel guilting eating all the gorgeous pieces but then I taste it and have zero regrets. My year round favourites to get are the Candied Ginger and the Dark Chocolate Almonds. In addition to those treats, each season they launch a new limited edition collection. This year, I could not get enough of their Summer 2018 Playlist Collection. I suggest trying it out immediately while it’s still in stock!

Jacek chocolate Summer 2018 Playlist Collection is music festival themed!


Most importantly to any home are the weird bits that personalize it. With that said, the bookshelves in my living room are a small smattering of many random things. It’s a delicate mixture of pieces that have made their way out of storage, books majoraly written by women, rocks from The Witchery, and as many candles as I can afford. For a multitude of reasons, many of my personal effects are still in storage since I moved home from university due to my nomadity. While some pieces have definite sentimental value such as the red toy car from my mom’s childhood, other chachkis have made the cut for their sheer ridiculousness. SEE: My jumbo Klondike Mike lighter gifted to me by a wonderful woman. Much like my furniture, I like to mix old and new with reckless abandon. The phrase “too much” is a statement I rarely listen to.


One can never have too many of all of the following: cameras, candles, & books. So here’s a quick list of the ones on my bookshelf that I have been swooning over. Obsessing is so passe, it’s all about swooning in 2018.


INSTAX SQ6 – the square format instant camera we have all been waiting for! I love taking this lil guy on trips with me.
INSTAX Mini 8 – the smaller rectangular option we all know and love
Lomo’Instant – for those who want a giant rectangular picture. A little bulky for travel, but worth it.

(photos from each of those cameras are up randomly throughout my house)


Sydney Hale Co in Woods from Maven & Grace – I smell this and my eyes roll to the back of my head
Woodlot in Cascadia – close your eyes and imagine being in a forest in the PNW after it rained.
Woodlot in Wildwoods – reminds me of a campfire in a fragrant woods
Diptyque Patchouli – one small and one big because I need to be ensconced in that hippy scent
Diptyque Feu de Bois – reminds me of wandering around Liberty in London and touching expensive clothes but with a moody edge
Ester + Erik tapers from Maven & Grace – every dining room needs an assortment of these!


Let It Bleed: How to Write a Rockin Memoir – Pamela Des Barres (tbh I have all of her books in multiples)
The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
Babe – Petra Collins
Women in Clothes – Sheila Heti
Rookie Yearkbooks – Edited by Tavi Gevinson

My Oliver Apartment Dining Room Reveal

That concludes the tour! Thanks so much for joining me on My Oliver Apartment Dining Room Reveal! If you’d like to see another finished corner of my home, check out my post about 10 Ways to Make Your Home More Spa Like. Another home story post is a before and after tour of my former condo at the John Deere Lofts. And as always, if you enjoyed this post and video, be sure to subscribe to the Sandy Joe Karpetz YouTube channel for more upcoming updates from me!

Photographs – Jesse Sand & Sandy Karpetz

Many thanks to Oliver Apt for the Central Table & Victoria Bench // and to Doughnut Party, Love Pizza, and Jacek for the treats!

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AT HOME | 10 Ways to Make Your Home More Spa Like

AT HOME | 10 Ways to Make Your Home More Spa Like


I have been in my condo for a year now and it’s still half under construction. Since the rest of my home is a 70s nightmare,  I’ve come to appreciate the two finished rooms in my place by turning my bedroom and ensuite into an oasis to escape the rest of the chaos I am currently living with. My situation may be unique in that I’m living in major discomfort but I think everyone’s home should be a sanctuary to relax in. With that said, here are my top 10 tips of making your home more spa like. Serenity now.



Having fresh cut flowers around your place not only smells great but it adds colour to your surroundings, especially in my case since my home is very white. I don’t know about you, but a flash of greenery and blooms really improves my mood instantly. I am loving the bouquets from Maven & Grace who expertly arranged all the florals in my home that I’m still enjoying nearly 2 weeks later!

flowers – c/o Maven & Grace | amour soap – c/o Woodlot




If I’m home, a diffuser is on pumping out some heavenly and calming scent or I have a myriad of layered incense burning. I love forest scents such as cedar and pine but also muskier notes like palo santo.


rock – c/o The Witchery | palo santo – c/o Woodlot | cedar incense – c/o Juniper Ridge | Spa Spirit, Tranquility, After the Rain, and Mountain High oils – c/o Saje | diffuser – c/o Saje

I love incense so much that my sister and I even created one together last summer when we were on Gabriola Island. We handpicked flowers to make the limited edition Sister Witch incense which is available on her site! Fun fact!

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Sometimes when I’m unwinding, it’s nice to have ambient sound in the background that keeps you company but that you can also ignore. I recently discovered a site that has several different types of static sounds you can stream such as forest walk, early morning seashore, summer rain, and mountain stream to name a few. Check it out here.

bluetooth speaker – Marshall



A nice cup of brewed tea or a refreshing glass of infused water is an easy way to evoke the spirit of a spa. I will confess that every time I’m in a mall, I will walk into Aveda just to have a sample cup of this tea – it’s so different as well as sweet on its own. My favourite infused water combination is freshly cut cucumber and mint.

tea – c/o Aveda



For those of us who can only dream of owning a steam shower in which we can diffuse oils through, we tie fresh eucalyptus and lavender on our showerhead to get the same effect. The hotter the shower, the more steamy eucalyptus lavender scents happen. It’s the best.

eucalyptus + lavender – c/o Maven & Grace



Not only do candles smell amazing they add to the mood lighting of your place. A candlelit bath is much more relaxing than one with your overhead lights beaming down on you, trust. Beeswax and soy candles are the best as they’re non toxic and in my experience last waaaaaaay longer. I also recently learned that in order to avoid the tunneling of a candle, you need to burn them for extended periods of time rather than a short burst.

cinder candle – c/o Woodlot | patchouli candle – Diptyque | shampure candle – c/o Aveda



If ever I’m having a difficult day, I like to take 15 minutes to myself and put on a facemask. My top three in rotation right now are Aztec Secrets, a mud mask that makes your skin pulsate as it dries, Pura Botanicals Overnight Watermelon Mask – you can leave it on overnight, and Lush’s Cup ‘O Coffee a real skin awakening. I like to keep my sheet masks in the fridge for an extra slap of coldness in the face.


Indian Healing Clay – Aztec Secret |
Overnight Watermelon Mask – c/o Pura Botanicals |
Cup O’ Coffee – c/o Lush |
Calendula + White Tea –  c/o The Face Shop |



I cannot stress enough how purchasing a fluffy robe and ridiculous slippers to swan around my condo in has changed my life for the better. I have a wardrobe of robes which may seem excessive to some but they’re my business attire since I work from home. The slippers were an impulse purchase on my recent trip to Marrakech and they make me feel hilarious and decadent.



I love to scent my bathwater especially when it involves pretty packaging or some kind of explosion in the tub. Anything musky or rose scented is right up my alley like these bath salts pictured above. I also love bath bombs which I use so quickly I can never photograph them 🙁 – my two favourite as of late have been Stress Away and the Golden Egg.

Gem & Honey Bath Salt + Bad Moon Rising Bath Salt – Wild Honey Apothecary | Calm Bath Salts – c/o Herbivore Botanicals



I have recently started infusing facecloths and storing them in my fridge for after the gym or just when I need a refreshing moment. I add essential oils to water and then submerge a facecloth in it. Wring out the cloth, roll it up, and place it in a ziploc bag in my fridge. It’s THE BEST. I find eucalyptus to be energizing whereas lavender more relaxing. You could even put the lavender in hot water for a steamy cloth.

eucalyptus oil + lavender oil – c/o Thursday’s Plantation


At the end of the day, it’s all about making your home a sanctuary and a relaxing place for you to hang out. What are some of the ways you make your home more spa like?

Grand Budapest Hotel | Canyon of Dreams | Tim Walker – Pictures


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STYLE | May the Fourth Be with You

STYLE | May the Fourth Be with You


Happy Star Wars Day! This is really just an excuse to showcase my rad pyjamas, let’s be honest. My sister and I got matching pjs and slippers for Valentine’s Day from our Mother and all I really want to do is wear them outside. Robe life at its finest. Special thanks to Curtis Ross who lent me his lightsaber so that I was able to take my pj party to the next level. May the fourth be with youuuuuuu!

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AT HOME | My Funny Valentine

AT HOME | My Funny Valentine


Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be just about your significant other. I like to take this silly holiday as an opportunity to celebrate my friends, whether it be visiting over a high tea and champagne pj party or sending cute stationery to my long distance buds who I don’t get to see on the regular.



Christine Lingerie – Candy Silk Cami & Tap set | Garbo Silk Robe (made in Canada!)


Sloane Tea – Jasmine Mist    |    Jin Soon polish – Auspicious



Woodlot candle – Cascadia


Duchess Bake Shop – Macarons | Duke Cake | Macaron Gateau 

And a little Frank Sinatra never hurt anyone either! Here’s a great YouTube playlist for your listening pleasure. Happy (early) Valentine’s Day!

Photographs – Sandy Joe
AT HOME | John Deere Lofts

AT HOME | John Deere Lofts

I know some of you might be wondering why on earth I would have sold my loft and made myself temporarily homeless. This isn’t some soul searching wanderlust breakdown but rather a calculated decision. While the location was superb and the space was amazing, the surrounding area which was once designated as a warehouse district has been rezoned. I originally moved in with the intention of staying briefly and “flipping” it, the rezoning just helped expedite the process for me.  
I enjoyed instagraming/snapchatting it to no end and that sadly came to an end when I said goodbye to  the space in the middle of August and took off for the coast. It was 4 am the morning of our departure date when we finally made it to bed after having moved ten thousand pounds of the most ridiculous vintage finery among other oddities. With such little storage space, I certainly crammed every drawer to the brim. 
Currently, I am “homeless” and not exactly sure what’s next but I’m confident I will be fine. Normal people wouldn’t put themselves through this but my parents have reminded me that doing things that the average person would not want to (aka moving with only two weeks notice) is how you get ahead financially in the long run. My parents definitely have their act together so I know their advice is valuable.
In the meantime, here are some satisfying before/after photographs of the loft (I realize now that I did a rather poor job documenting ALL of the nooks in their glory).  
I’ll keep you updated on my search for the next perfect project – check out my snapchat if you want live feed property tours as I continue the hunt: sandy.joe. On another note, I’ve also been going pretty hard on Pinterest with home inspiration – check that out HERE.
Photographs – Sandy Karpetz