All Hallows Eve

There is magic in the night, when pumpkins glow by moonlight. The kiddos and I did some decorating for the Halloween season last night. I know I say this every season, but I think Halloween is my favourite to decorate for because I just let the kids be so involved. I let them have full decorating control and use their imaginations. This year we really did a lot of skulls to make it look like a bone graveyard. I love how it turned out and we had a lot of fun practicing our haunted house creaky door sounds too, take a look at the video below! We used decorations from Walmart, the Dollorama and Homesense and I think we nailed it for the spookiest house on the block! I have also included fun lil’ Halloween print out  You’ve Been Booed/Boozed for you to do with your family and friends in the neighbour hood. We have done this in the years past and it is so much fun for both the kids and us parents. What do y’all do to decorate for Halloween? Let me know in the comments section below! 

For a detailed DIY on how to make my front door wreath click here.

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To get full details on how the BOOING/BOOZING works, click here.

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All The Fall Feels Home Tour

This year I took a very simple approach to my fall decor, I wanted there to be as many natural elements as possible. It’s hard not to use outdoor elements when everything is such pretty colours this time of year. The local pumpkin farm that I usually get my supplies from was unfortunately hailed out this year, so I had a lot more difficulty finding the items I wanted to use. They didn’t have a single white pumpkin make it through the storm and my own garden struggled as well so I was out of luck. I decided to stick with orange pumpkins, red mountain ash berries, and white/red potted moms for the outside decor. Inside the house, I went with dried wheat and barley, my garden hydrangeas, red apples, pomegranates and tiny white pumpkins. I’m so happy with how festive all of my decor turned out this season so take a peek pictures below and enjoy!

The red berries from the Mountain Ash trees this year were so large that they almost  looked like bundles of flowers.  I added them in next to the pumpkins and mums on the steps.

For all the details on my West Elm stair runner, head over to my DIY post. Chandelier from the Pottery Barn. Pillow is Linen and Ivory. Ladder is Vintage North. The white pumpkins are Homesense.

Early 20th Century, vintage French florist bucket Lilac & Linen Interiors

Hand blown perfumery bottles, France 1880, from Lilac & Linen Interiors

Hand blown perfumery bottles, France 1880, from Lilac & Linen Interiors

Find all the details on my autumn tablescape here.

Cuddle Weather pillow is Linen and Ivory. Sheep skin rug is Costco and slip cover couch is Ikea.

Vintage French baskets Lilac & Linen Interiors

Antique grape pickers wooden basket, early 20th century France, Lilac & Linen Interiors.  Pillow is Linen and Ivory

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Lilac and Linen Interiors


As those of you who have been with me since the beginning know, I used to have the retail side to my business. Juggling two young children and this big beautiful home, it got a bit to much with my husband working away as much as he did, so I chose a few years ago to step away from that part of my business.  Now I am so excited to be bringing back a part of my business I am so passionate about but this time it’s with a bit of a twist. Introducing Lilac & Linen Interiors! A beautiful collaboration between Brittney @white.farmhouse and myself @bvintagestyle! We are going to be working hard to bring you all the things that we love! From gorgeous farmhouse finds to beautiful French country antiques we will have you covered. More details will be coming in the near future but for now make sure to keep November 25 available because you won’t want to miss what we’ve got planned! You may even have an opportunity to come visit my home yourself while shopping for your favourite goodies or for those of you far away, don’t worry we will have you looked after too!!! Be sure to give Lilac & Linen Interiors a follow on our Facebook page as well as Pinterest and Instagram. I can’t wait to share more exciting adventure with all of you! Happy Saturday! 

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Thanksgiving Table Talk – My Autumn Tablescape

This past month, I hosted an amazing 11 year anniversary party for my husband and I! We had our whole wedding party come to wine and dine!  I wanted my table to reflect all the Fall feels and have the perfect touches of outdoor elements. I also wanted something that would last for the whole autumn season so that we could enjoy it for Canadian Thanksgiving as well, which is celebrated in early October. I love how the whole event turned out and the table was exactly how I envisioned. Take a peek below at how it all turned out. Enjoy!

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In the past, I have always had a very long Autumn tablescape that made it difficult to have food placed at the table during the meal.

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This year I decided to keep it smaller but I still needed that ‘wow’ factor. I started by stacking a few willow wreaths I had kicking around on top of my long linen table runner and then I added my beautiful doug bowl from The Antique Farmhouse full of large candles on those.

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I had a good year in the garden this year with plenty of Limelight and Annabelle hydrangeas so I wanted to make sure I had those included in there to give a fall feel.

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Picking these at the end of the season like I did allows them to dry while still holding their shape and appearance.

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I had picked up some bundles of wheat from Homesense and decided to layer a few of those in the areas that looked like they needed it.

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I was also able to get some pretty small white pumpkins and gourds from the local farmers market so I scattered those throughout.

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At first I thought that was enough but as the day of the event got closer I decided I wanted to add some pretty fresh hydrangeas and white roses into the mix!

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I picked up a few of each at Costco and also grabbed some water picks from my local florist shop here in town.

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I put all the fresh flowers into the water picks and that allowed the centrepiece to last almost a week, refilling the picks every other day.

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I had picked up the pretty woven chargers from Walmart for $8 each in the spring and similar dinnerware can be found at the Potterybarn , find a similar cutlery on Wayfair.

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My napkins from William Sonoma where wrapped in cute little chicken wire napkin rings and then I tucked a few strands of wheat through.

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Find an affordable version of these at Walmart.

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It all came together perfectly and I was so happy with the finished table. All images from this post are done by the talented Meghan Unger Photography.DSC_0680

 

 

Backyard BBQ – Our Outdoor Kitchen

This project may have taken us all summer to get done but it was SO worth the wait! Ever since we decided to put a large deck of the back of the house, I knew that I wanted to have some sort of an outdoor kitchen. I liked the idea of having counter space where you cook/prep outdoors and also because we eat so much seafood I wanted to have a space we could use outdoors to cook it so my house didn’t get smelly. I’m so happy with how this project turned out! Take a peek below.Heart

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We purchased a Traeger this past year and loved it but I still felt like it stuck out on the deck with everything else looking so put together. We decided to build a custom cabinet around the smoker with space to store a small BBQ underneath and a electric burner that can come out and sit on the counter when I cooked with a larger stock pot for seafood. I had some old salvaged cabinet doors kicking around that seemed to be about the size we would need and my talented hubby did the rest. We used cedar planks to match the siding on the house so the unit wouldn’t look so out of place and I painted it using Canadian Tire Exterior Premier Paint in Porcelain. The best part was I only had to do one coat of paint! We also needed to cover the Fortis boxes above the smoker but unfortunately the front of the boxes still needed to be visible to they could scan the numbers from our alley. We covered these as much as we could and I am happy with the final look. I feel like the whole space is finally complete! All I need now is for my Virgina Creeper to start climbing up the pergola and this space will be exactly my vision!

 

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Crock Pot Cooking – Taco Soup

This easy ‘go to’ makes for the perfect fall soup to warm up those crisp days! I make mine in a crock pot but you could do this with a pot as well. This is one of my favs.

Enjoy!!

 

  • 1 lb extra-lean ground beef or turkey
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cans 19 fl oz black beans, rinsed
  • 1 can 19 fl oz diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can 14 fl oz tomato sauce
  • 1 cup corn kernels, fresh, frozen or canned
  • 1 package taco seasoning mix
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup Shredded Cheese
  • Doritos or nachos to add crunch.

Brown meat with onions in crock pot or large saucepan.

Stir in all remaining ingredients except cheese. Bring to boil; cover. Simmer on medium-low heat for a few hours, stirring occasionally.

Serve topped with cheese and Doritos.

 

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Buttercream Clothing

I recently had the pleasure of hosting an amazing photoshoot at my home for the incredible Buttercream clothing line! The whole line of hand crafted, ethical, Canadian made clothing impressed me as much as the woman behind the vision. The fabrics were all such high quality and felt absolutely amazing on my skin! Each piece I tried on fit in all the right places! The details on the clothing had been so well thought out, from the pockets in the dresses to the subtle detailing of the buttons and patterns on many other pieces . I could’t believe how soft the bamboo material of the comfy lounge pants felt!  I love that my home offered so many different areas and looks for the professional team of Kara Rohl Photography and Chelsea Montgomery to shoot and style the models! My favourite part of the day though, was spending time chatting with the company founder and super mom Candice! Her calm demeanour during the busy-ness of the day truly impressed me and as we chatted I was completely inspired by her story of hard work and success! She started by making linen aprons for friends and small markets in Kelowna and now has her clothing in over 60 retail locations across Canada with 21 employed seamstresses working for her. All this while having 3 young children and another on the way! I know first hand how hard it is to manage a business with young children so I was completely in awe of how she managed to juggle all the balls in her basket! The day was spent enjoying new friends and beautiful cloths. I know I will be spending a lot of time in my new Buttercream dudes for sure!  Make sure you take a look below at some of my favourite shots and pieces from the day. Each image is linked to shop!

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10 Autumn Tablescapes Done Right!

Autumn has to be one of my absolute favourite times to decorate for! I love that so many elements from the outdoors can be incorporated into the home and look so beautiful! This year I have an exciting event coming up in September and want to have the perfect tablescape! I turned to good ol’faithful Pinterest and Instagram for some inspiration and I found a few beauties I wanted to share with you. I also thought I would throw in my table from last year as I loved the mix of woods, whites and florals that I used. Take a peek below and get those creative juices flowing for a cozy fall farm table!

 

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I loved to mix artificial elements with natural. As much wood and white as possible.

I cut my Annabel hydrangeas and added them to the mix! I love the pop of light green that they bring.

This table is one of my fav’s, the large blanket scarf is a perfect addition for and complements the apples and woods so well!

 

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The pale tones of this table are so pretty! I love that they used the wood to add height layers and variations.

Via Ella Claire

Via Rooms for Rent 

 

This lovely table runner only uses apples, candles and eucalyptus! It allows all the individual details to be seen and is just so simple and pretty!

 

Via Julie Blanner

Even when Liz is just playing around she always does it right!! She recently posted this pretty pic of her table that she was messing around with, it didn’t stay looking this way but it sure did look gorgeous!! A great variety of texture.

 

Via Liz Marie

The next two table are right up my alley! White pumpkins, antlers and candles!!

Via Tone on Tone 

Via Sand and Sisal

 

I just had to share this fresh take on fall. The pinks, mauves and greens are all so natural and pretty. The succulents are a fun way of adding natural elements into the table.

 

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This last one has to be one of my favourites as well! I love that the main centrepiece is in a box and could be moved if necessary when eating a meal. The tones of greys, greens and white are so perfect and this one has definitely given me inspiration for this year. I can’t wait to share what I do with my autumn tablescape! 

 

Via MollyOne.blogspot

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Fresh Cut Fav’s – A Simple Style Guide

Summers coming to an end and I wanted to gather a grouping of all my favourite spring and summer flowers! Growing up a simple country life, I was destined to have a love and appreciation for flowers and gardening. I love having fresh blooms in the house at all times and they are even better when I can pick them from my own garden. Below are a few of my favourite types of flowers for indoors and images I have taken of them.

Enjoy!

Very rarely do I mix my types of flowers and if I do, I like to keep it to only a couple different types that work well together.

Over the years I have found the best way to keep blooms lasting, is to use a sharp paring knife to cut an angled edge on the stem. Then pop them in to the water as quick as you can.

Distilled water is better than tap water as there isn’t the sediment in it. If you do decide to use a flower food, I have found that a small amount of apple cider vinegar and sugar seem to work just as well as the professional blend.

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Changing the water and cutting your stems every few days will also make your blooms last much longer.

Some blooms like lilacs and peonies are a lot of work for a very short time of enjoyment, however in my opinion they are the ones that are most worth the work.

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Hydrangea’s in a plant form are also one of my go to’s as they tend to bloom for a very long time and when they are looking a bit sad I replant mine in the garden outside! I have had a few come back year after year and give me lovely blooms.

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Keep it simple and elegant with only a few separate flowers. Its great on the budget this way too. My favourite Aunt told me years ago that if you had fresh flowers in your house, no one would notice the mess. Maybe that is why I always like to have big blooms in the house!

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Little Cottage Charmer 

Earlier this week, I had the privilege of getting a tour of one of the oldest properties in the little town next to ours. There’s just something about old houses, that in my opinion, have a little more beauty to them! Take a peek at this little gem in Didsbury, Alberta.

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It was so wonderful to walk through this home and see all the custom details, the original stain glass windows,  the layers of paint on the bedroom floors, the beautiful mouldings and original trim throughout. The detailing on the wood carved staircase null posts was gorgeous!

The current homeowners have a huge green thumbs and have made impressive gardens in both the front yard and backyard of the property.

It’s always wonderful to hear the history of the home as well, and this one has so much. The original homeowner was a housebuilder back in the early 1900s, and his home shows the quality craftsmanship and pride that he put into his work.

Although the paint colours were a bit bold for my taste, the layout was quite open for home of this age, and there were two large bathrooms in the home which was not very common to have with house from this age.

This 5 bedroom house is for sale right now as well, so if you’re looking for a pretty piece of history, that’s already been completely upgraded this might be a good one for you.

 

 

https://www.realtor.ca/Residential/Single-Family/18441104/2312-21-ST-Didsbury-Alberta-T0M0W0