You might have noticed in yesterday’s post that I love playing with nautical decor in summer. Having grown up on an island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, I probably have saltwater running through my veins. Still, I think I’d be drawn to this style even if I lived in the desert. When done right, there’s a timeless appeal to this… Read More
By now, you know I love decorating my fireplace mantel for different seasons and holidays. This year’s been a little different: it actually hasn’t changed all that much! I’m not gonna lie: I’ve enjoyed the ease and simplicity of keeping things the same for awhile. But we brought home some pretty beach rocks recently, so I created a beach-y summer… Read More
Today, my sister and I were busy with our decorating gig, pretty-ing up a Christmas tree at my daughter’s school for a PTA fundraiser. This is the second year we’ve created a tree for this event. The tree and the funds for decorations are donated by some other generous parents, and we donate our time to pull it together. Basically, we decide on the Christmas tree decorating idea / concept, then select the decorations, and decorate it. Last year, our ‘theme’ for the fundraiser was a Winter Wonderland tree. Everything was very white, translucent and sparkly; and, we imagined it ending up in a more formal living room.
This year, we changed things up, and went a totally different route. We wanted to create a happy, cottage-y tree with lots of fun color – something that kids could enjoy as much as their parents, in a more casual setting like a playroom or TV room. We chose the cheerful combo of red and aqua / turquoise, just like the Canadian Tire Christmas tablescape I revealed here the other day.
Back in early October, in the midst of Canadian Thanksgiving and a flurry of Halloween decorating, my dining table looked like this… Yup, along with the turkeys and bats, we also had a Christmas tablescape, with all the trimmings, including a hot chocolate bar with marshmallows and peppermint sticks! I called it Thanksoweenmas. (My kids may or may not need… Read More
So I’ve been using the same DIY Fall wreath for years. I made it at least 10 years ago, and every year, I perk it up a little by adding something new. Last year it was burlap. I still like it a lot, but this Fall, I had the itch to make something entirely new. Since my usual Fall wreath… Read More
Every year at this time, I like to visit our little summer cottage. It’s an old two-story home in a quiet town by the ocean. The front door a pretty shade of pale pink, and the window boxes are overflowing with flowers. From the aqua-painted Adirondack chairs, you can hear the waves crash on the nearby beach. The decor is simple and uncluttered, and the worn bookcases are filled with board games and great reads. At night, the front deck is lit only by tea lights in mason jars filled with shells, beach rocks and urchins we’ve collected.
Haven’t I told you about this place before? Oh, um, that’s right. I haven’t. Well…err…that’s because it’s not actually a *real* place. I just visit it in my dreams. (Hey, don’t judge, lol.) But I’ve been dreaming about it for so long that it feels real. That must count for something, right? You see, over a decade ago, we had our wedding reception in a clapboard-sided, saltbox-style B&B in a small town by the Atlantic Ocean. Ever since, I’ve been imagining a summer get-away a lot like that place.
Want to know what my dream summer cottage looks like inside? Come along and I’ll show you!
Well, for starters, the views are stunning.
A photo taken in Brigus, Newfoundland
A photo taken in Ferryland, Newfoundland.
As soon as you enter, you can hang…READ MORE