One of my goals of 2020 is to try and get on the blog more often. Often I feel like I don’t have enough to say.. but oh well, a photo says a thousand words Less words, more photos?? 😉[Read more…] about My Favourite Pieces in My Home
If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time you’ll know I rarely highlight other bloggers or websites. Why that is? Not sure, I just want you to always feel connected to me and if I’m posting others content, I feel it voids the emotional side of my blog… buttttt, today I’m posting my top favourite bloggers and why you should follow them.
So here we go[Read more…] about My Top Five Favourite Bloggers and why you should follow them
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Canadian Tire
Happy Wednesday Friends! I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving weekend. Here in Canada we celebrate our Thanksgiving in early to mid-October. Every year it’s really important that we focus on things that we are thankful for, and boy, do we have so much. If you’ve been following me on Instagram you will know I’ve been working on a CANVAS Room Refresh with Canadian Tire. Truth be told, the room we had planned for this stunning makeover didn’t work out as it’s been so dark and gloomy here on the West Coast and that room has no windows, so the pictures were pretty dark and blurry – so I made a setup in my living room where it’s much brighter and airier so you can get a feel for the space.
My “Before” room isn’t the room shown in the below photos as it was far too dark to take photos of on the completion day. But I wanted you all to get to see the room that we have made over. Originally it had an old desk and Brinley’s kitchen in it. Now it’s a cozy oasis where our kids can curl up and read a book.
My initial reaction when everything was delivered was the quality. Canadian Tire continues to up their game in regards to style, comfort and practicality. I was especially in love with the CANVAS Marseille Fireplace. Not only is it sleek and modern – but also the sides pull out as drawers for a ton of storage.
I love the sleek lines on the fireplace and Winston chairs. They mix really well with my Modern Farmhouse decor.
The Winston chairs are roomy, yet small enough that they will fit in a condo or any sized room. I love the tufted backs of these chairs, they’re comfortable and really add a luxurious detail to the space. The CANVAS Pintuck Cushion was chosen by my followers on Instagram and I’m really digging this pillow. I’m thinking I need more for my bed someday. The Dynasty Toss Pillow is really cute too and I think it would look cute paired with a sofa that needs a pop of texture.
I also wanted to talk for a second about my entrance. I snagged the CANVAS Newport Wicker Bench to style my space and it’s made a home in our entrance. The cubbies are filled with hats, scarves and toques. It also serves as a seat when our little’s are putting on their shoes.
To wrap up the living room space, my Instagram followers picked the CANVAS Hexagon Side Table. I love the wood finish on top and I feel like it warms the room up completely. I also decorated with candle sticks and old vintage finds to give this space a farmhouse spin.
I’d love to hear what you think of my CANVAS Room Refresh in the comments below. Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today and head on over to your nearest Canadian Tire to check out their CANVAS Fall/Winter Living Collection.
I’ve wanted to blog for a while and in fact, I have about three blog posts ready to be posted but they have no photos to accompany them. My Camera seems to have had it and another camera isn’t in the budget right now. So, I’ll have to get really creative in the next few weeks.
Today I wanted to inspire you all. I know it’s only November 20th, but I also know a lot of you have a bit of decor up already. So this blog is meant to inspire you. Decorating or Christmas doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, I think the most beautiful decor is old bins/tins with a Noble Fir in them and a few twinkle lights. I always get super overwhelmed by all the Christmas decorations in box stores, it seems so gody and bright. I love things that are simple, cost effective ( or free ) and bring out the tree meaning of Christmas.
Here’s Wikipedia’s definition of Christmas –
“Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ observed most commonly on December 25″
Yet, especially in our Northern America culture we seem to forget this. It becomes about presents, and decorations. Don’t get me wrong, I love all those things too. But I think it’s SO important to go back to the basics. One of the ways I love to do this is by decorating really simply. I have no idea how the two correlate, but they do in my mind.
I thought, before I dive into all my Christmas Inspiration ( favourite homes ) of 2017, I would walk you through the last few years of our Christmas decor. I feel like my style has changed so much and that’s my favourite part of blogging, looking back through old posts.
My Porch from last year. We decorated it right after Nolan ( our sweet angel baby ) passed away. View Here
This was our ultra simple Christmas entrance way, here.
& Our Christmas Living Room. For some reason I never got a picture of our tree unlit, so I will not be posting our tree.
and, now let’s get into my Christmas Inspiration ( Favourite Homes ) of 2017!
I’m unsure if she’s an actual designer? But she’s been my favourite designer since 2008. I’ve followed her for what seems like forever and I always admire how she makes anything look good. Literally. Her decor looks so good because she uses things she has laying around or that she junks. I often get a ton of inspiration from her style.
I’m always going back to this blog for all my simple or free needs. She has a knack for making beauty out of nothing. She is constantly having free printables available on her blog and her home is just so simple yet gorgeous.
3. Cotton Stem
I’ve only been following her for a year, but that is only because this amazing mama of four little ladies just popped up. I feel like her Instagram went from 0 to over 150,000 in a year. Once you see her style, her down to earth nature and her honest way she explores everything, you will be hooked.
She’s real, and someone I inspire to be more like. For now, just drool over her living room.
I’ve been following Craft Berry Bush on Instagram for a few years now. I find her style a bit harder to obtain, only because it looks like she spends actual money on her home. Unlike most of the bloggers I follow. But I constantly pin her home. She has such great ideas for putting things together and I knew I had to include this amazing blogger in my list.
I love Liz’s style. I would say her style is most like mine. It’s very farmhouse chic, yet very simple. She doesn’t overcrowd her home, and everything she does is so obtainable. I’m obsessed with everything she does.
Alright everyone, I hope you enjoyed my Christmas Inspiration and Favourite Homes of 2017. I cannot wait to photograph my home for you all, but for now, iPhone photos will have to suffice.
Have a blessed week.
We all have those people in our lives who make comments about how they don’t know how we have white duvets, sofas, pillows and rugs when we have little ones running about. I’m here to tell you WHY this is the BEST colour in the world to have when you have young kids and pets. I’m also going to share a few ways that I like to live with this colour and clean it.
I personally have almost 4 kids under 8 + a cat & still I prefer white over anything.
Erin from Cotton Stem Interiors actually has four little girls if you can believe it. I know that she’s also had this statement so many times and here is the truth. Sofas like this Ikea Ektorp sofa have zip off covers. The reason I think white is the best colour when you have small kids is because you can throw it in the wash and bleach it. You do not have that option with any other colour. White is so simple to clean because you can throw it in the wash and you’re done. The other thing I love about white is that it doesn’t hide anything. Imagine having a grey or dark sofa and not knowing what stains are actually on your sofa.
The next thing I love about white is that it matches everything.
If you follow Liz on Instagram you’ll know that she has two small dogs and a goat named Grace that are constantly in her home. Liz is known for her lack of colour and how beautiful her homes look with so many different shades of creams and whites. The thing is, if you can bleach it – it’s safe.
Her sofas are all slip covered, so she can easily throw into the wash.
So, here’s a breakdown on WHY white is the best.
- You can bleach it – easy wash.
- You can flip it ( Duvets, gives it extra life before you throw it in the wash )
- Buying slip covered sofas you can easily wash, so you know you have a clean sofa
- It’s ultra easy to decorate with and matches everything
Now, I thought I’d take you down memory lane and my love for white. Of course, my budget is literally non existent, and if it was, I’d have a full house of white everything. But for now, this is how I incorporate white into my homes.
Hope you’re all having an amazing day & Happy Halloween!
This year has been a crazy roller coaster and in this time we have had to cut back a lot. I’ve always been one to not spend a ton, but even more so now.
I like to find deals everywhere I go – or free is best in my mind.
When we first moved into this cute rancher it was anything but a farmhouse. It was built in the early 90’s and the colours and style wasn’t mine. The good thing about a blank slate is that you can create whatever you want out of it.
When we first moved in, half of the home was painted in this sage green color. Although I love the coziness of the color. I much prefer white, cream or grey. I find when there is color on the walls it really makes me feel restricted in my decorating.
When I moved into this house, I started slowly turning all my furniture white. I love white, and since this home was so colourful, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to start switching everything to white.
This console above was free, I bought the knobs off Amazon for 4.50 for 20 of them ( crazy, I know ) and then I painted it with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint to give it a really aged and beat up look.
Second, the shutters we snagged for 5 dollars each at a hardware store last year, and of course, I spray painted them black and then painted white & distressed them.
Everything else I already had.
I love different textures and shades, so I compiled a bunch of pillows I had in storage onto my sofa.
The coffee table was an old bench someone who lived here before us built. It had overgrown grass and plants all over it in the back of our back yard. We power washed it, dried it out & brought it inside. We get a ton of compliments on it even though it’s realistically a piece of crap. haha
The curtains we already had ( we made them out of drop sheet from Home depot, here ). Since moving into our home in July I really wanted to put curtains up, but the price of the curtain rods alone had me stuck. We had to purchase 5 of them.
My husband came up with this super easy solution. Brad nail wood blocks to the wall, and then screw the wood dowel polls onto that. The corbels are just there for looks. This whole entire project cost us under 30.00 & the impact of the curtains in the room is crazy. It went from cold to cozy in a day!
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I finally have gotten two of the walls painted in our open concept downstairs and let me tell you, they look phenomenal! We picked a light grey color called “Rhinestone” from Sherwin Williams. It turns out, it was the perfect color choice. It looks pretty white, but with all my white decor, you can tell it’s grey.
Here’s a before:
I just feel like it’s so much more airy, open and pretty. I know it might not look as cozy, but I have my sofa pilled with fluffy pillows and blankets and that will have to do. The green was just so dark and on dark grey days I felt so down in the space. Not to mention, it didn’t photograph very nice either.
We plan to take this color into our dining room as well. We often use our little alcove in our dining room to stage furniture from our business so the grey will be such a nice backdrop.
Also, what do you think of my new rug? I got a little money for Christmas so I bought this rug from RugsUSA, after the exchange rate & shipping it was 136.00 for a 8×10. How insane is that?!
Today is filled with staging, running around with my head cut off & I’ve already carved out a 3 hour chunk for schooling tonight – my first module. I’m tired already thinking about the next 24 months!
I’ve literally seen these drop sheet curtains everywhere. My farmhouse heart wanted to try these months ago but we were in the midst of moving and all the other things we’ve gone through in the last few months, I just didn’t have time. This weekend we had a MASSIVE snow storm. We received over 16 INCHES of snow and we were literally snowed in. It warmed up a bit today to +1 so the snow on the roads melted so we were able to go to the store.
I finally decided to take on the easiest drop sheet curtains. I mean, It’s literally the easiest so I have no idea why I didn’t do it months ago. I bought my curtain rods from here for pennies and my curtain rings from here & the super adorable farmhouse curtains are from here.
Here’s how my room looked pre-curtains. Also, please don’t judge my ultra small rug. My OCD self is so bugged by the fact that my sofa and chair can’t sit on the rug. We sold our old bigger rug as it didn’t jive with the space, so we’re saving for this rug and in the meantime we are using this tiny little rug to warm up the space.
I started off by throwing them in the wash because when you first buy them they’re super starchy and it feels like an entirely different fabric. I also threw in some laundry detergent to give them a yummy smell and then threw them in the dryer and dried them until they were completely dry.
Next step is ironing them. I mean, you could totally skip this step if you love a grungy, unkept look, but I wanted something more kept. I gave the curtains a quick iron and flipped the tops over 2 feet. I know some don’t like the look of the 2 feet of fabric hanging from the top, but I feel like that makes these curtains.
I literally searched for curtains for over a year in the last house and every time I bought a pair it just didn’t look good with my room. I love how heavy the fabric of these drop sheets are, so it hangs so pretty.
Here’s how they look all hung and pretty. I’ve to be honest. I didn’t watch the other two panels because I didn’t want to waste 50 dollars if they didn’t turn out. So the other window is currently not dressed yet.
Do you love them or hate them? I’m so in love with them. Every time I do a DIY project that includes scissors I am very nervous. I’m not crafty at all. I might be good with paint and able to restore an old piece, but I am not crafty. So if I can do these super easy drop sheet curtains, so can you!
I had to iron the first two panels three times, so make sure you dry them extra good. Second pair ironed a lot easier.
Today was a good day. I spent little time feeling sad and more time enjoying the day. I think the vitamin d was a huge part in this as we’ve had rain straight for 32 days. You read that right, 32 days of rain. I’m surprised we haven’t had to build an arc yet!
Something that I love to decorate with is holiday decor. We recently moved into a new home and it has a porch. My very first porch and boy is it ever cute!
We don’t go full out Christmas until the end of November, but we pulled out a few pieces of decor to make our porch extra cozy and as we speak, Glen is hanging a set of industrial patio lights to give our porch a pretty glow at night.
I like to collect vintage pieces and last year one of our amazing clients gave us this special sled. It was given to us after Christmas so all year I was so antsy to use it in my Christmas decor! I need to find a few old crates as I don’t want to use my “fresh cream flavour” crate. Doesn’t really have a Christmas vibe.
We have these massive oversized white pillows that Glen literally hates. We used to have them on our bed, but they served no purpose other than to look pretty. They’re massive, heavy and just spend most of their time on the floor. So this year, we thought we would throw them on our porch sofa.
Oh, and by the way. If I haven’t mentioned it before, Command Strips are LITERALLY MY FAVOURITE. I use them
constantly, everywhere. I hate putting a billion holes in the walls and these strips make it easy to just stick things places and if you’re like me and get bored of decor after a month or two, you can take it down. No holes, no mess & no, this is not an Ad, I just really love them.
I just love how it’s so simple, yet cozy. We for sure will be putting a few garlands up around the windows and will be putting up lights, but this is just a little pre decorating that we felt we needed to do. Nothing says “Come Inside!” like a cozy porch.
We stuffed our boxwoods into these modern faux cement planters for now, but I would absolutely love to throw some mini pine trees with lights in. I’m all about Christmas and the more glow, the more festive. (In my opinion.)
Well, thats all I’ve got for now folks. I know I’ve not been the best blogger for the last few months and for good reason. I found out today that *maybe* the reason that baby passed might of been because Nolan had a twin. This is just a speculation and I wont go into it as it’s a bit too much information for my general readers.
But it explains why I was feeling extra horrible for my entire pregnancy…
Tonight we’re having a pancake night with the kids and enjoying this quiet week together. I’m so thankful for everything I have. My three beautiful living babies, my amazing husband whom I love so so dearly and our life. We have had to go through so many struggles in the last year and God just keeps proving that we are so dearly blessed and that we have SO much to be thankful for.