Décor & Design

Monika Hibbs’ Tips To Create An Everyday Escape (Win!)

August 17, 2021

As the country starts to reopen, we’re finding new ways to reconnect and looking for ways to enjoy the summer at home, using coffee breaks as a perfect everyday escape. Recognizing the importance of these escapes, Ethical Bean Coffee has teamed up with home and lifestyle expert Monika Hibbs to give three lucky Canadians custom design consultations from Hibbs and $5,000 to be used to turn their favourite spot to sip into the perfect at home summer retreat. Even better: we’ve secured two Ethical Bean Coffee prize packs (details below) for Vita Daily readers to win, too! But first, we chatted with Monika to get her top tips on creating an at-home oasis, coffee included! —Noa Nichol

Hi Monika! Please tell us about your most recent partnership with Ethical Bean Coffee; what does it entail, what makes it a good fit for you?

For many Canadians, including myself, our daily coffee breaks have become an escape in an otherwise challenging year. I’ve used my everyday coffee break as a moment to unwind at home and recognized that for many people, their living spaces have been put to test and become overused. That’s why I’ve teamed up with Ethical Bean to give Canadians the chance to have a space within their home or outdoor space upgraded so they can reconnect with friends and family and enjoy an elevated coffee break together from the comfort of their own home.

Coffee is all beans, but different sources mean different things in terms of flavour, sustainability, and more. What do you love most about Ethical Bean Coffee and its ethos?

I really enjoy a well-balanced cup of coffee and Ethical Bean always delivers the perfect roast that’s full bodied and rich in flavour. The great thing is it’s certified organic and they have a great bag return policy that allows you to send your empty coffee bags from any brand to receive a free bag of coffee in return. The packaging is then sent to a recycling company that specializes in developing zero-waste solutions for difficult-to-recycle waste streams. You can also scan the QR code on the back of each bag to trace where your beans are coming from!

As the country starts to reopen, Canadians are finding new ways to reconnect and looking for ways to enjoy the summer at home; how do you see them using coffee breaks as a perfect everyday escape?

With travel-bans grounding Canadians this past year, many looked for new ways to escape in their own backyards, balconies, or kitchen nooks. As the restrictions start to ease and weather warms, Canadians will be reconnecting with friends and family, which is why Ethical Bean wants to help Canadians elevate this moment of escape, giving them the perfect space to enjoy a coffee break together.

As a home design and lifestyle expert, what are your top three or so easy tips around creating an at-home oasis?

Adding layers into your home is key to creating a warm and inviting space. Artwork, lighting, and rugs help to make a space feel complete. Stick to neutrals for larger pieces of furniture and play with subtle colour and patterns in your accent pieces to create a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing space.

Any suggestions on how to elevate our regular coffee break and turn it into a moment of escape?

I would suggest adding a few throw pillows and an outdoor blanket to bring out the coziness of a summer/fall evening while enjoying a delicious cup of Coffee. Those looking to elevate their favourite spot to sip can visit escapewithethicalbean.ca to enter for a chance to win $5,000 to put toward a home upgrade—whether it’s something bold for your backyard, lush for your balcony or a brand-new coffee nook.

Finally, what’s your favourite way to enjoy a cup, and where do you usually take your first sip of the day?

I love my coffee black, and sometimes with just a splash of cream. Sitting outside on the front porch in the early mornings is the perfect way to start off my day.


Win! 1 of 2 $110 Ethical Bean Coffee Prize Packs!

Congrats Heather L. of Langley, B.C., and Luca P. of Vancouver, B.V., who will each receive an Ethical Bean Coffee prize pack, including a coffee scoop, coffee mug, adventure book, cosy socks and a variety of coffee bags! Please note: if you are the winner, you will receive a DM (direct message) in Instagram directly from @vitadaily.ca. Please be wary of fake accounts, which often use similar handles with an extra or missing letter, number or symbol. We will never ask for a payment or for your credit card number, and we will never ask you to click through a link. If you are unsure whether you have been contacted, via Instagram, by us or a fake account, email us before responding.


  1. Winnie Tong-Luo

    August 18th, 2021 at 6:45 am

    I would make a cake. @sweetsweetpapaya

  2. Rachel C.

    August 18th, 2021 at 9:07 am

    dark roast with sweetener and a splash of cream!!

    @seafoodmwg on ig

  3. Nucci

    August 18th, 2021 at 9:25 am



  4. Emily B

    August 18th, 2021 at 9:41 am

    I love a flat white made with Ethical Bean’s Superdark roast! @emilyisland

  5. Donna Humber

    August 18th, 2021 at 9:41 am

    Sweet cream cold brew! Yummy!

  6. Pat B

    August 18th, 2021 at 9:47 am

    Flat white decaf @bcgirll2

  7. Nick

    August 18th, 2021 at 10:45 am

    Dark roast espresso

  8. Lorena

    August 18th, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    I love the decaf. Always it is my way to go.

  9. MaryM

    August 18th, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    low fat latte. Thanks @maryandcedar

  10. Debora Miscione

    August 18th, 2021 at 4:45 pm

    I drink my first cup of coffee in the morning. I take milk and as I have a frother, I top it off with frothy foam.

  11. Wendy hutton

    August 18th, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    A dark roast with cream and 2 sugar @1961wghutton

  12. Le Pete

    August 18th, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    coffee, black, no sugar/sweetener. thanks

  13. Nicole G

    August 19th, 2021 at 2:55 am

    I agree, coffee breaks are so important. I like a drip coffee, hot with one cream.

  14. Winnie Tong-Luo

    August 19th, 2021 at 6:05 am

    Medium roast, double double. @sweetsweetpapaya

  15. Tabby72

    August 19th, 2021 at 7:00 am

    I like a plain dark roast coffee. @tabby_1972

  16. Janet M

    August 19th, 2021 at 7:37 am

    I like iced medium roast coffee in the summer @asherares

  17. Florence Cochrane

    August 19th, 2021 at 8:23 am

    Delicious brand. Medium double double. @fossie55

  18. Wanda Carolyn Tracey

    August 19th, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    Wow! Heck ya! My coffee breaks are seriously important. I love a good drip medium roast coffee with just creamer in it.

  19. Ann-Marie Vaughan

    August 20th, 2021 at 8:58 am

    Americano. IG: @ann_marievaughan

  20. LisaM

    August 20th, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    All I ever want is good black coffee. That’s it. That’s all. Coffee. Nothing else.

  21. Lisa Rumolo

    August 21st, 2021 at 5:16 am

    Black coffee for me please.

  22. klp

    August 21st, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    café latte

  23. Amber olak

    August 21st, 2021 at 3:21 pm

    My go to coffee order is a mocha!


  24. Annie D

    August 22nd, 2021 at 11:27 am

    Dark roast, double cream @sandiflatts

  25. Sheh

    August 22nd, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    Americano is my go to. It’s the best way to taste the coffee’s flavour profile

  26. Monique L.S.

    August 22nd, 2021 at 7:25 pm

    I like a dark blend with milk.

  27. Nancy

    August 22nd, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    A simple Caffe Latte!! ☕☕


  28. Shannon Mark

    August 24th, 2021 at 1:42 am

    Large ☕ coffee with two cream is my everyday ❤

  29. Tiesha Dorleans

    August 24th, 2021 at 1:14 pm

    Dark roast with 2 cream and sugar @SweetTD93

  30. Alina

    August 24th, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    Regular coffee with 1 sugar!

  31. Louise Lormestoir

    August 25th, 2021 at 12:04 pm

    Cappuccino @bella_loulou1

  32. Mary Danieli

    August 25th, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    Medium roast with a hazelnut flavour is my preference – cream and sugar also.

  33. Xu Liang Li

    August 25th, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    Ice cap! @liangliangcanada

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