Bar Annabelle: Finalist for Gray Magazine Awards

Have you had a chance to check out Issue No. 43 of Gray Magazine - The Awards Issue? Bar Annabelle has been nominated for “Best Big Impact In A Small Space” and it’s not hard to see why. Designed by Mckinley Burkart, this 700 square foot wine bar packs a whole lot of cool into a really small space. You’ll find the photo and feature on page 76; check out the digital issue here! Also be sure to pop in to check out this sweet space next time you are walking down Stephen Ave in YYC!

Photography by    Michelle Johnson    / Interior Design by    Mckinley Burkart

Photography by Michelle Johnson / Interior Design by Mckinley Burkart

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Style at Home: Love Shack

Photography by    Michelle Johnson    / Interior Design by    Neelam Gurm

Photography by Michelle Johnson / Interior Design by Neelam Gurm

Welcome to the cutest, coziest little skate shack. And I mean LITTLE - it’s only 180 square feet. Her tiny-ness only highlights her adorable-ness and she has an amazing Canadiana feel thanks to designer Neelam Gurm. We spent two hours in this tiny space photographing every amazing detail and we are so excited to have these photos featured in the January/February 2019 issue of Style at Home. Read the full article here!

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We are so proud at how the images for this unique space turned out!

We are so proud at how the images for this unique space turned out!

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Shout out to this fireplace for creating the perfect ambiance for the shoot, and also for unfreezing my toes. I stood in knee deep snow to photograph the exterior! Keep reading for the behind the scenes shots…

Shout out to this fireplace for creating the perfect ambiance for the shoot, and also for unfreezing my toes. I stood in knee deep snow to photograph the exterior! Keep reading for the behind the scenes shots…

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There is no small detail that wasn’t thought of. This space is as functional as it is beautiful.

There is no small detail that wasn’t thought of. This space is as functional as it is beautiful.

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Like I said, thank goodness for that fireplace!

Like I said, thank goodness for that fireplace!

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Daily Hive: Calgary is home to the classiest escape room you'll ever see

MJAY Photography - Daily Hive - Hella Design Studio - Escape 60

Written + published by DailyHive Calgary / Interior Design by Hella Design Studio

MJAY Photography - Daily Hive - Hella Design Studio - Escape 60

It may be a little counterintuitive, but the aesthetic of this escape room will make it so that you don’t ever want to leave.

Escape 60 is a new escape room business in Calgary that has gone all out on its luxury lounge — decking itself out in shiny surfaces, cozy couches, and plenty of finished wood.

Escaping the lounge is as easy as walking out the door… but the rooms a little further into the building offer a bit more of a challenge.

Escape 60 feature eight different rooms to choose from, with two being Star Wars themed, two taking place in the wizarding world of Harry Potter, and one being so difficult that you aren’t even allowed to try it until you successfully escape from a different escape room.

with couches like that,
it may prove to be the hardest
room to leave in the building.. 

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MJAY Photography - Daily Hive - Hella Design Studio - Escape 60
MJAY Photography - Daily Hive - Hella Design Studio - Escape 60
MJAY Photography - Daily Hive - Hella Design Studio - Escape 60
MJAY Photography - Daily Hive - Hella Design Studio - Escape 60

Read the full article on Daily Hive Calgary here.

Hella Design Studio: Alt Vape

MJAY Photography - Hella Design Studio - Alt Vape Calgary

Written + published by Hella Design Studio

When we were approached to design a vape shop,
we were admittedly out of our element a bit.

Thankfully the owners were amazing and wanted to push the boundaries for what a typical vape shop looks like. Aiming for a playful loft vibe, we incorporated exposed brick, black and gold fixtures, and lots of fun accessories to liven up the space.

MJAY Photography - Hella Design Studio - Alt Vape Calgary
MJAY Photography - Hella Design Studio - Alt Vape Calgary
MJAY Photography - Hella Design Studio - Alt Vape Calgary
MJAY Photography - Hella Design Studio - Alt Vape Calgary
MJAY Photography - Hella Design Studio - Alt Vape Calgary

Style Me Pretty: The Perfect Recipe for a Cozy Fall Home

MJAY Photography - Style Me Pretty - Transitioning to Fall

Written + published by Erin Leppard for Style Me Pretty

MJAY Photography - Style Me Pretty - Transitioning to Fall

Here comes Fall... sweaters, pumpkin spiced lattes and all. Is your home ready?

With cozy layers and warm neutrals, Neelam Gurm of Patterns and Prosecco transformed this industrial loft into the perfect place for cozying up with a great book and a hot cup of your favorite sip. Get inspired to add cold weather comfort to your abode with images by MJay Photography plus our favorite pieces to snag the look below!

NATURAL ELEMENTS LIKE THE RAW WOOD NESTING TABLES AND WARM TONES LIKE THE BRASS ACCENTS HELP TO WARM UP THE SPACE.

MJAY Photography - Style Me Pretty - Transitioning to Fall
MJAY Photography - Style Me Pretty - Transitioning to Fall
MJAY Photography - Style Me Pretty - Transitioning to Fall
MJAY Photography - Style Me Pretty - Transitioning to Fall

Read the full article on Style Me Pretty here.

Gioia Interiors: Memorial Drive Condo

MJAY Photography - Gioia Interiors - Memorial Drive Condo Branding

Written + published by Sarah Beadle of Gioia Interiors

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My inspiration for this home came from the river and the city skyline right outside their living room windows. Mixing metals with bright and calming elements completely transformed the space from the top down!

Now, to be completely transparent with you, we didn't want to spend major bucks on this facelift as we were focusing on creating a space to sell within the next 5 years. All of the cabinets you see in the transformation photos are the existing ones that we just freshened up with paint. We also refinished the hardwood floors with a custom grey-wash stain, added some architectural elements with wall moulding (and brighter paint for the walls), updated the light fixtures, replaced the old granite with quartz, and increased the resale value with some new tile in the bathrooms.

WE DIDN'T EMPTY ANY WALLETS
AND STILL ACHIEVED A SOPHISTICATED
RETREAT ALONG THE RIVER. 

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MJAY Photography - Gioia Interiors - Memorial Drive Condo Bedroom
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Read the full article and see the transformation on Gioia Interior's blog here.

Feed Your Mind

Food that can help with mental health, clarity, and happiness.

Written by Lara Hogan, originally published in Dote Magazine Issue 8

Earlier this year, after taking the necessary steps I needed to recover from postpartum depression, I  began to ask myself: “how am I modelling mental health practices to my daughter? How can I teach her to care about her mental health as much as I try and model physical health care?”

In a world obsessed with diet culture, constantly telling us what we should eat and do to be slimmer and thinner, I started thinking: what if the foods I eat and serve to my family, as well as the habits and routines I practice, could improve my family’s attitude, level of joy, peace, and overall mental health? What if we switched focus and instead of reducing calories in hopes that slimmer waistline will make us feel happier, we started eating and acting in ways that are beneficial to our mental health and overall attitudes?

In the quest to learn about how to nurture the body to take care of the mind, I reached out to Kori Leigh Hagel, holistic nutritionist, life coach, and author. We started a conversation about the process of reprogramming how we can think about mental health and what each one of us can do to combat mental illness head on. So, how can we achieve optimal mental health, and can we eat ourselves happy?

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Kori says we definitely can change the way we feel through the foods we eat. We are, as the saying goes, what we eat. In fact, Kori started researching what she calls the brain-gut connection over ten years ago while in a very dark period of her life, riddled with depression, anxiety, sleeplessness, and suicidal thoughts she attempted to leave a deeply unhealthy relationship. In her research, she discovered that sensitivities to gluten, dairy, and eggs - all of which she had been eating her whole life - were having a detrimental impact on her gut and, consequently, mental health. Kori continued to educate herself and now teaches her clients as a holistic nutritionist that the gut has more neurotransmitters than the brain, and that it is also said to produce up to 80 percent of our serotonin (serotonin being the chemical in our body crucial for contentment and joy). When the gut is imbalanced due to a diet high in processed foods, refined sugars, artificial colouring, food additives, and alcohol, it severely impacts the mental balance an individual is able to achieve.

Read more + find recipies in Issue 8 of Dote Magazine.