If you’ve been around here for long, you know I’m a sucker for gallery walls. Yup, hello! LOOOOOVE ’em. Gallery walls have been riding a wave of popularity in the decorating world for a few years now. Gallery walls are definitely part part of the ‘collected’ and eclectic decor trend. But let’s face it, eclectically-decorated homes – and gallery walls for that… Read More
So I think I’ve read just about every great tutorial out there on how to paint wall stripes. But, I’m gonna be honest here: my first attempt at figuring out how to paint wall stripes a couple of years ago was a FAIL. I thought I followed everything to the tee – the right painter’s tape, the right measurements, and… Read More
When you’ve been a blogger for awhile, you get lots of pitches for product reviews. While this might sound great, only a handful are ones I’d consider writing about.
Awhile back, though, I found an e-mail in my Inbox from a company called Near and Deer, inquiring whether I’d like to try one of their faux deer heads. Now, I think you’ll agree, that’s not something you hear every day. And, since I hadn’t yet indulged in the ‘faux taxidermy’ decorating trend, I was intrigued.
Faux taxidermy has been all the rage in decorating in recent years. (See: Faux Taxidermy Is A Surprisingly Chic Decor Element.) I love the personality statement that a set of (fake) antlers makes in a room. They’re such a great mix of modern chic and rustic cozy. I’ve swooned over many room photos with them; I just wasn’t sure how a set of antlers would mix with my own decor scheme.
And then this guy arrived in the mail…READ MORE
When I decorated my first apartment and then our first home in the late 90s, gold decor was considered – in one word – tacky! Gold tones from ‘the overdone 80s’ were being replaced with simpler ‘white’ metallics like silver and pewter. Just like my aversion to wallpaper which I wrote about recently, I also developed an aversion to gold.
At the time, I went on a mission to de-goldify anything that could be painted or replaced. Picture frames, light switch plates, and jewellery – it was all fair game! Even in recent years, I’ve tucked Christmas decorations with any trace of gold at the back of the tree where they couldn’t be seen. (Their sole purpose was to balance out tree weight, lol).
So, when gold decor came back on the scene recently, I totally surprised myself by liking it! READ MORE!
Did you catch my last post about Wallpaper Aversion Disorder? Those of us who’ve had the pleasure of removing decades of wallpaper typically swear the stuff off. After all, what goes up must (eventually) come down. Decor trends, like everything else, are cyclical. And once you’ve stripped wallpaper, you can never go back. It’s a fool me once, kind of a deal. Well, at least that was my theory…READ MORE
OK, so here’s two words I never thought I’d say again: I wallpapered. (If you follow me on Instagram, you might have snuck a sneaky peaky.)
And, let me tell you, it’s no small miracle.
Fifteen years ago, I swore I would never-ever, ever-never, use wallpaper again. That’s what happens when you strip and scrape four decade’s worth of wallpaper with your own hands. By the time I tore the last piece of velvet flocked paper off the walls of our first home, I had developed a disease known to all owners of 1960s fixer uppers: Wallpaper Aversion Disorder. (It’s real, I swear.) READ MORE…
One of my home decor crushes right now is ceramic table lamps. I love them in any shape, but the gourd lamp is definitely my fave! It’s all I can do not to put one in every room, but I’m trying my best to show some decor-trend restraint!
You know I love my daily dose of decor blogs. But it hasn’t replaced my long-standing affair with decorating magazines. I’ve been a decorating magazine junkie for over 20 years. Back in the mid-90s, I’d sneak in some time with Canadian House and Home in the ‘current periodicals’ section of the university library when I should have been studying for a marketing exam…and I’ve been hooked ever since.
If you’re a decorating magazine junkie too, you probably get the same kind of kid-in-a-candy-store-feeling as me when you find a new issue in the mailbox, or on the grocery store stands! The only thing that’s better, is locking myself away in a quiet (kid-free) room to drool over the pages with a big cuppa java.
For the better part of the two decades I’ve been reading them, decor magazines have been mostly about ‘aspirational’ decorating. Filled with glossy spreads of gorgeous homes decorated (mostly) by professional designers, they appealed to our dreams, not necessarily our realities. They’ve fed our appetite for eye candy – even if, albeit, the eye candy is a little, er, inaccessible. As a poor university student, I knew it would be a loooooong time before I could afford a home like the ones they featured (if ever), but by schooling me on the rules of great design, those old issues inspired me nonetheless.
Fast forward 20 years to 2013.
The June issue of another favorite, Style at Home, looks like this:
Hope you all enjoyed St. Paddy’s Day!
March is really flying by, isn’t it? Now that all the leprechaun fun is dying down, I’m looking forward to taking down the St. Patrick’s Day decorations from my mantel (click here, if you missed that post!), and decorating it for Easter over the next few days.
I’m not sure what I’ll come up with. I’ll definitely use some of my favorite Easter decorations, but I enjoy changing things up from year to year.
In the meantime, I thought I’d share some of my Easter decorating ideas over the past few years.
My favorite place to start is my mantel!
Over the past few years, I’ve created several Easter and Spring Mantels. The simple Easter mantel below, was from 2011. Since then, it’s been featured at both HGTV.com.and Better Homes & Gardens in round-ups of Easter mantel decorating ideas, and more recently at One King’s Lane. I liked how the muted color scheme was calming, and blended in with our decor. Most Easter decorations are really colorful – with pinks, yellows and greens – but that doesn’t mean you have to go that route if you prefer a simpler look.
This next mantel was not nearly as under-stated! Last spring, I decided to decorate around the song “Singing in the Rain” which my daughter sang in a local musical festival at the time. I created it in early Spring, and planned to keep it this way through Easter. READ MORE!