5 Simple Ways to Decorate for Valentine’s Day

L-O-V-E Day is just around the corner and I am so excited to have teamed up with a few A-MAZ-ING and talented bloggers to bring you a variety of ways to decorate for Valentines Day. If your just joining me from Ashley’s, House of Five, beautiful site, welcome! Between the six of us you will find some great tips for this years love decor, so grab a cup of joe and head on over to each of our sites to get some great inspiration. From here you will head on over to the talented Bec’s, LuvBec, beautiful blog. Also be sure to follow my blog to see all my posts first! Simply head to the bottom of the page and hit the follow button. You can also follow me on Pinterest here or by hovering your cursor over the picture and clicking the Pin it button ❤️

Enjoy!

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Jute round rug is Pottery Barn. The hide rug is Costco and the woven rug is HomeSense. Chandelier is Home Depot and the ladder is Vintage North. The wall colour is Benjamin Moore White Wisp Salvage architectural piece is Station 8 Antiques in Montana

 This year I really wanted to keep things neutral and I was really feeling an almost boho style!

I had some chunky white letters kicking around in the shop that I had purchased before from Walmart for a Xmas project a few years ago. I was missing the V and when I went back to get it they had stopped carrying this type of letter so I thought I would make one out of salvaged tin. I painted it a white and love how it turned out.

 I also had the three hearts that I had made for Valentine’s Day last year (check out the completely different setup I had last year). Find the DIY tutorial’s on the hearts here. I wanted to try something new and decided they would make a beautiful boho inspired mobile to hang on my door above the mantel.

I used a piece of birch tree as the base and then a variation of crochet and satin laces, twine, twigs, dried roses and the hearts. I LOVE how this ended up and it was SO easy to make!

I am also so happy I decided to hang this door above the fireplace about a year ago, it allows me to change my decor above the mantle all the time without having to patch holes or worry about repainting.

The coral is a piece I used to have in my bathroom that I purchased while down south from World Market. I love the height that gives and the mild pop of color it adds to the mantle.

The jug is from Ikea and it has some salvaged chair spindles sitting in it. To soften the whole space I added fresh cut, soft pink roses! My hubby actually came home last night from a trip out of town with them for me and I love the color he chose.

The whole space turned out exactly how I had envisioned it and was so affordable and easy to do. The kiddos also think its so fun and love that we are able to decorate for Valentines Day!

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Hungarian Dough bowl was off Etsy, Heart pillow is yours truly. Large ‘M’ is Micheals

 

I hope you get some inspiration for your mantle and make sure to check out the other ladies on the tour!

Kim and Lacey – Styled With Lace

Mysha – Remington Avenue

Ashley – House of Five

Deborah – B Vintage Style

Bec – LuvBec

Our Master Bedroom

I have always felt that a person needs a place to retreat, a 100% safe and happy place. I work hard to have a whole home that allows my family to feel this way. Each of my children helped plan their own rooms, picking out things that made them happy, our own master bedroom was no exception to this either. My husband and I both love to go and relax in this space, a place just for us. I thought I would share a little sneak peak at the details of this room with you all.

Enjoy!Heart

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When we bought this house, one of my absolute favourite things about it were the 6 sets of HUGE bay windows that it had, not only the outside look of them but also the layout that they gave on the inside . The master bedroom had just the most beautiful sitting area with the bay window and it’s like it had already been mapped out for me.

I love that it gave me a spot to retreat and read a book or have a quiet moment in a space that was so bright and cozy already. From the moment I set foot in the room, I knew I was going to add a little sparkle to it by hanging a beautiful chandelier, this one is from Home Depot. The large armoire was originally from the Paliser Hotel in Calgary, I painted it a cream, distressed it and used a dirty wax to give it an aged feel.

I loved the mountain view that the room has even though it is on the most eastern side of the town. When you purchase an older home you have to take the good with the bad and unfortunately this master bedroom does not have a ensuite bath, but beggars can’t be choosers and I have become very used to now. We didn’t want to take on a massive renovation for something that didn’t bother us that much in the first place and we felt that we wanted to spend our money in other places in the home.

The closet was actually very large considering the age of the home and I figure if it’s not going to fit in the space then I don’t really need it. The only other issue of the room is that there is not enough room for a king bed, but on the bright side I just get to cuddle with the hubs a bit more.

The beautiful cream sofa bench, from HomeSense, that I had in the living room of my previous home, fit perfectly in the bay window. The extremely large mirror that I purchased from the Hudson’s Bay Company  for our previous home fit like a glove as well and gave me the perfect spot to figure out my daily outfit. I also found this stunning dress form at Cranberry Junction while vacationing in Kelowna.

 I chose the same wall colour in my master bedroom as the dining room, Grey Cashmere by Benjamin Moore and the trim is Oxford White by Benjamin Moore, the same as the rest of the house. The cozy, cream coloured over sized sheep skin rug is from Costco and the beautiful antique dresser was a wedding gift from our lovely family.

All the small objects are vintage finds that came across on my travels.

 I had this vision of french country bedding for this room. I wanted it to be comfortable, soft, cozy and ‘easy to make’ . I have always loved the look of ruffles and linen bedding so when I found an A-MAZ-ING and talented lady on Etsy, Design by Nurdan, who was able to make me exactly what I wanted, using had woven turkish linen, I was so, so happy!

Yours truly made the quoted pillow, its a fitting quote as we are high school sweet hearts.  The bedding was our house warming gift to ourselves, a bit of a splurge but SO worth it.

I had the doors that now hang above our bed all hinged together to make a room divider in our last home. I used it to hide my treadmill as we didn’t have a garage there. I knew I wanted to hang one in the room above the bed when we moved in but once we got one up the idea came to me to try all three!!!

I LOVE how this project turned out and the statement it gives the room without outdoing any other part of the space. I also like that I can change out the wreath and decor on the headboard to change up the look at anytime and it doesn’t put permanent holes in the wall. The clock was a gift from a friend and came from the Pottery Barn.

Holiday Home Tour 2016 ~ Part Two

Baby its cold outside!!! I hope y’all had a chance to take a peek at part one of my Holiday Home Tour!  As cold as this winter has already been so far, it has also been an absolutely beautiful one with all the frost and snow! It makes decorating for Xmas so much easier and more fun! Part two of my tour is the interior portion, I love to add cozy, natural, DIY elements through out as much as I can! So grab a cup of joe and scroll through to see lots of beautiful christmas inspiration. Be sure to follow my blog to see all my posts first! Simply head to the bottom of the page and hit the follow button. Also follow me on Pinterest here or by hovering your cursor over the picture and clicking the Pin it button ❤️

 Tis the season

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This year I wanted a bit more of an inviting front entrance to the house. If you took a peek at part one of my tour, you saw that I had a grander front porch than previous years, so I wanted to carry that into the front entrance when you entered the house. I found this adorable Nutcracker at Homesense a few years ago and loved that it went so well with the red in our original stain glass windows. The chair is usually by my fireplace but needed to be moved to fit the tree in that spot.

I got my HUGE poinsettia at Costco this year, a little tip for you with poinsettias is to not over water them! They prefer to be on the dryer side. The Santa bag was brought last year by the man in red, but I originally got it at Homesense as well. I love the layered look of this space!

I kept my front stairway very simple this year with one strand of cedar garland. The stair runner is West Elm jute rugs and the full tutorial can be found here.

The dining room table is always so much fun to dress up and this year I decide to showcase my large collection of blue jars. They already remind me of things that sparkle so no better time to display them then at Xmas.

EAT letters are B Vintage. Dough Bowl is Antique Farmhouse

I add greens to my ladder light every year as it just makes it look so festive. I usually stick to cedar and blue spruce to insure no needles drop on the table below.

I added a simple wreath to my grandmothers hutch an used vintage ornaments and fresh greens to pull it all together. I love how the dough bowl from Antique Farmhouse looks with the candles as well. Chairs are Restoration Hardware. Table and bench are B Vintage

I brought out my dish holder to display my Queen Anne antique china dishes for christmas dinner. I left the crystal door knobs in the top because I loved how they went with the other xmas decor in the room. That little bit of sparkle.

The tree skirt is a DIY project that I knit this past month and I love how it turned out. It is actually just a huge, chunky blanket that I wrapped around the base of the tree!

In previous years, I have always draped the cedar green around my triple french doors but this year I decided to add them to one of the bay windows. I love how much this added to this room and made it feel christmasy. The greens really framed in my sitting area.

I chose to keep the fireplace very simple this year by adding a natural green wreath and hung my hubbies latest antler rack in the centre.


I made the pretty white salvaged tin tree out of scrap metal I had in the shop! I love how it turned out.

The mantel is simple christmas string with antique ornaments and eucalyptus. The round jute rug is Pottery Barn and the sheep skin hide is from Costco .

The tree is a spruce that we cut down this year on our family farm. Do you see my little friend sitting in the tree skirt?

I made this adorable little wreath pillow this year. I actually double sided it with a different wreath on both sides so that I won’t grow tired of it as quickly.

I picked up the sheep skin rug from Costco and layered it over my other rug to make it a bit cozier for winter. My kiddos love it there so much though it may end up staying. My felt rug is from Homesense and metallic pouf is Etsy

Our big tree is artificial and is from Costco, the blue hutch is originally Chintz and Co.

I wasn’t sure how I was going to like the Duck Egg cabinet at Christmas time but I LOVE it. It keeps the room so fresh and airy. Find details on how I got the colour here.

I chose to keep the kitchen very simple this year by just adding a few touches of greenery and vintage Xmas balls through out.

My simple nativity scene is the perfect touch to get the Christmas feel. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and take every moment you can to enjoy time with family and friends. I hope you enjoyed this portion of my tour! Feel free to leave a comment below as I would love to hear from you. Merry Christmas everyone!!!

 

 

 

Holiday Home Tour 2016~ Part One 

Happy Holidays my friends!

I am so excited to share my Holiday Home Tour with y’all this year, I am afraid it was such big one this time that I have broken it into two parts. Part one will be all the outdoor decor and cozy details and then part two is my interior house tour! This year I decided to really go big on the front deck! I wanted people strolling past to really feel the christmas spirit. Be sure to follow my blog to see all my posts first! Simply head to the bottom of the page and hit the follow button and follow me on Pinterest here or by hovering your cursor over the picture and clicking the button ❤️

 Tis the season

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 The snow came early in December this year and it was perfect timing to for cozy, snowy pictures for this tour. This house has been white its whole life and I just love how it looks in every season but especially in winter.

I order my greens from a local florist (Lofty Designs for those of you in my area) as I enjoy doing the pots myself,  I like to get them at the end of November so that they look good right into the New Year. I always get one box of cedar and one box of mixed greens to do the whole house.

 

Red is always my favourite accent for the outside of our all white house so I added very simple touches with the heart pillow and JOY sign made by yours truly as well as my favourite collection of vintage stacked  suitcases.

I recently hung the big beautiful Gather print that was made for me by Jibe Prints. I built a very simple frame for it and LOVE how much personality it gives the space!

 

I purchased the beautiful spruce wreaths that are hanging on the windows from Costco this year and added the cute little burlap bows. 

As many of you know I have a piano on my front deck! Yes, yes I know it will wreck the sound board but I love it out there! I think its such a pretty spot to have a piano on the wrap around deck and right beside the gazebo portion of the deck. I love to decorate it for the changing seasons. The greens I have on it this year are from Micheals

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I hope you enjoyed this portion of my tour! Feel free to leave a comment below as I would love to hear from you. Make sure you follow along or come back in a few days to check out the rest of my Holiday Home Tour 2016! Merry Christmas everyone!!!

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Barnwood Beauty – Refinishing a Kitchen Hood Vent

The kitchen in our big ol’house needs a major renovation like new cabinets, updated appliances and other small add ons but for now I am just updating it little by little as we have so many other areas that we still want to update through out, like our attic and bathrooms.  The more we do to the space the happier I am with waiting to renovate it as it has become so cozy and liveable. So far we have pulled up the original floors, added concrete countertops, new hardware, and even added a dishwasher. Recently we updated the hood vent, to make it more ‘Us’. I felt like the hood vent really dated the room and didn’t go with the cozy kitchen vibe I wanted, so a few weeks ago we took a chance and changed it  up. I LOVE how is turned out and am so happy with how it flows with the whole room. Take a peek below of some of the before and after photos. Don’t forget to hit the follow button below to see all my posts first and follow me on Pinterest hereHeart

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Layers and Layers of Cozy – How to Layer Area Rugs

We have lived in this home for going on 4 years now and in that time I have changed the decor SO many times! I have had four different dining room tables, multiple hutches that have come and gone and now rugs, that I have changed out. For a very long time I had a Brazilian cowhide in the fireplace sitting room, as I loved the speckled chicness of the rug. It was beautiful however it wasn’t the most comfortable rug to sit on and read to the kids or be in front of the fireplace. It was also a very dark rug and I  felt like it needed a change and to be lighten up in this room. Take a peak below at some before and afters as well as the details of where I got the rugs. Don’t forget to hit the Follow Button below to get all my post first or follow me on Pinterest hereHeart

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I first thought about placing a large knit round rug here for some texture, however knit rugs are hard to keep in place and I knew my Roomba would have a hay day with it.

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I remembered that I had a very large round shaped doily table cloth that I could lay down to see if the idea was worth moving forward. I decided I loved the look but it needed more depth and texture. I had a sheep skin that I had purchased from Costco awhile back that I placed in the area but it just wasn’t big enough.

Finally I landed on the idea of layering the two with a jute round rug underneath to tie in all the texture! I decided it looked the best with only a small amount of the table cloth covering the jute and then the hide on an angle above that. You can find table cloths like this one at second hand stores, antique stores, or order similar one that is wool on Etsy.

It looks SO prefect in the space. Not only does it fill the area, but now the kids now have a soft place to lie and read books or play.The 6′ round jute rug is from Pottery Barn.

A couple tips for layering your own rugs are

  • Make sure that you have varying textures.
  • Always leave enough of the rug underneath showing. If you cover to much of each it looks cluttered.
  • Keep the sizes of the rugs compatible. Don’t add a huge rug on top of a small one.
  • Play around until  you like the layout. When I first put these three together I wasn’t sold but after I played around I got a pattern that makes sense and now I love it!!

The table cloth just adds an element of ‘pretty’ to the space. I’m very happy with how it all turned out, the space feels so much softer and cozier now.

Trick or Treat Halloween Home Tour 🎃

Something spooky is in the air at our house these days….. As much as Halloween is not my favourite holiday to decorate for, it is my kids, so we go all out!! It’s funny because every year we decorate my poor son is the first one to ask when we can get up the halloween decor but then he is the one that gets so scared of our decorations that he won’t use the front door. The struggle is real. I put together a few photos of this seasons scary stuff.

Enjoy Heart

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This year I was loving our fall decor inside so much that we kept most of the skulls and spiders outside. Most of the decorations I have simply came from our local Dollar Store or Walmart and were very inexpensive.

The spider webbing is probably the kids favourite part to decorate and we add a ton of scary spiders, gouls and bats into the mix.

 I had already purchased a ton of pumpkins for the step from our local pumpkin patch and grocery stores, so from there I just added skulls that were nestled in between the pumpkins and crows on top of them. It was easy to get the birds to stay as they had wires on the bottom of their feet and I simply stuck the wires right into the pumpkins they were sitting on.

My large BEWARE sign was a Homesense score and I love how it sets the mood.

My DIY scary door wreath tutorial can be found here.

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My hubby was racking the leaves from out front that day so he made a huge pile to look like a grave and we threw limbs and skulls into the pile. We then added a gravestone and black roses to make it extra spooky.

In previous years I have done fun games for Halloween, like starting You’ve Been BOOED/BOOZED letter in the community

. For all the free templates to start your own game and the details on how it works head over to my post from last year here.

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Make sure to follow along on the blog by hitting the follow button below and feel free to add any of these photos to Pinterest by simply hovering over the image and clicking the Pin It button on the top corner. I hope all of you have a fun filled, spooktackular Halloween this year!

 

 

Simple Fall Touches 

This year I have tried to keep things very simple around the house for fall. I am so happy that you can find white pumpkins in most stores now for the season as they are such a great way to add the touch of fall I am looking for with out adding bright or bold colours. My front sitting room is one of my favourite rooms in the house right now with how soft it feels but still cozy enough for our family to have popcorn and a movie on a Friday night. I took a few shots and wanted to share them with you as the sun is finally shining here today and the room is looking so pretty. Tomorrow the Halloween decor goes up so it might be a bit spookier in here after that. 

Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend.Heart

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The wall colour is Benjamin Moore White Whisp. Find more details on the colour of my armoire and a complete DIY on how to achieve the look here.

Get all the details for my pallet decor here 

 

Grandma’s Pie Cupboard

I was recently given my sweet grandmothers pie cupboard that has been in the family for years. It had screens on every side and was used to cool pies in the past. It was in very poor condition when I got it and needed some major repairs to have it brought back to life. I wasn’t sure if it was even going to be totally salvageable so it was a fun challenge to take on. I L.O.V.E how it turned out and a small corner of my kitchen has now had a major makeover because of it. I love that it displays some of my favourite dishes and quoted mugs! The frame I converted to a drying rack gave a beautiful balance of ornateness and farmhouse style to the space. To top it all off, it gave a perfect spot to showcase my fav item in the kitchen… my kitchen pig. Below is what I did to fix it up along with a few pictures of the new space.

Enjoy.Heart

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I had to remove all the old metal screens as most were torn or covered in paint. To do this I had to take each piece of molding off one at a time around all of the openings. This was a slow process as I didn’t want to break any of them as they would need to go back on after the chicken wire was attached.

Using a regular sized 1″ chicken wire I had cut to size using pliers, I  attached the wire with a Stanley staple gun and 3/4″ staples. I replaced all sides except the back of the piece with chicken wire. For the back I simply cut a new piece of wood to make a solid backing. From there, using a brad nailer, I attached all of the holdings back onto the openings.

The piece had been painted on the front but the sides and shelves were all still original wood. I knew that I wanted the chicken wire to be the same colour as the rest of the cupboard so I simply used an Ivory Rustoleum spray paint with primer in a matte finish. I did three coats of paint and left it to dry for a good few hours in between coats. I made sure to cover the shelving with paper and painters tape as I wanted those to stay the dark wood colour. The top of the piece was already very naturally distressed and pretty so I simply cleaned it up and added a coat of Country Chic Paint Natural Wax.

After I was sure the piece was dry I used a Mastercraft Mouse Sander with a 120 grit sand paper to lightly distress the edges. I brushed off any extra dust from sanding using a dry paint brush and then used the Natural Wax to seal the edges. Thats about it! The results were beautiful and I am SO happy to have this piece in my kitchen.

5 Tips for Your Fall Centrepiece.

Fall has to be one of my favourite times of the year. The leaves are falling and the colours have all changed and the crisp air lets you know winter is just around the corner. I like to change up my decor each year and have something different to look at in the house. This year I decided to go all out with our Fall table and I L-O-V-E how it turned out. Here are a few tips on how to get the look. Heart

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  1. Bring in natural elements – Fall is all about the beautiful changes happening outside. Harvest, falling leaves, natural elements. I chose this year to add willow wreaths as my base on top of my neutral linen table runner. From there I layered in white and birch tree pumpkins, antlers that I had painted white and cut blooms from my own hydrangeas to fill in the holes and for an added pop of green.
  2. Keep it simple – I use a lot of individual items on my table however a lot of them are repeats, the hydrangeas, white pumpkins, the willow wreaths. Keeping the same items through out allows the table to flow well and not look overwhelming.
  3. Mix real with fake – I will always take the look of a real or natural item over a fake one however it can also be nice to mix the two together. Some of the white pumpkins are real and I have mixed them with twine apples to give an mix of texture. A few of my white pumpkins are ones I use year after year and the tutorial for them is here.
  4. Keep the colour pallet neutral – As much as I love the colours and tones of Fall, I always prefer a calm cozy feel in my home. Keeping the pallet of my table woods and whites give the room a soft and comfortable feel and allow other elements in the room to still stand out. If I used a bright colour pallet it would completely dictate where the eye would be drawn in the room and take away or compete with some of my other favourites in the room like the EAT letters and the light fixture.
  5. Balance the heights – I tried to achieve a good balance on the table by having my largest tallest items in the middle and then tapering down from there. This again helps with the flow and keeps the centrepiece from looking to overwhelming.

Large white pumpkin and wicker pumpkins are from HomeSense.