Hello friends, and welcome to Day 1 of the Canadian Bloggers Home Tours, the Fall Edition! You might remember that we did Canadian Bloggers Home Tours twice before, a Christmas tour and a Summer tour, but for the next few days, it’s all about Fall decorating! Today, tomorrow and Wednesday, you’ll have a chance to peek into some Canadian bloggers’… Read More
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
I’m so super-excited about this Fall mantel decorating project, that I’ll give you a picture first, and talk a bit after… . In case you didn’t notice, my Fall mantel has giant photos of our kids ;-). . Not only that: They are giant peel and stick photos! , Say wha? Yup. Peel and stick. And did I mention… Read More
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Oh. my. gosh. I’m soooo tired. Over the past two weeks, we switched two main rooms in our home, the living room and the TV room, and it was completely unplanned. Here’s a little hint why, in case you aren’t already singing Billy Joel along with me…
Yup, a piano.
We finally bit the bullet and bought a piano for our 9yo daughter. She’s been taking lessons for a couple of years, but practicing on an electronic keyboard. We put off buying her a piano because we really didn’t think we had anywhere to put one. Our main floor is mostly ‘open concept’ with only a few walls, and the rooms we do have aren’t that large. But as it turns out, where there’s a will, there’s a way!
Given that I wanted to buy a good used piano, I figured it would take me months to find the right one. But the very day I started looking, I lucked into a fab deal on a used Yamaha U1 piano. Isn’t that always the way? READ MORE…
I’m still here! It’s been forever (2+ weeks?) since I last blogged. I’ve had some ‘life stuff’ going on, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been decorating (or, I should say redecorating). Last Spring I posted a tour of our basement family room (which was later featured on Apartment Therapy Family). Back then, I shared my basement decorating ideas which included the use of colorful accents – like toss pillows and wall art – that helped made the space feel playful and fun. I chose those bright and cheerful accessories at the time because our twins were just babies when we developed the basement, and I hung out with them in our basement family room much more often than the playroom.
But, as our boys have grown from babies to toddlers and become more independent, they’re now more comfortable using the basement playroom just down the hall. That’s not to say they still don’t hang in the family room with their toys (we left the train table here), but the toy chaos is so much better than it used to be!
Since the basement family room is now used more for TV watching and hanging out than playing, I wanted to scale back on the bright accent colors, and add a bit more ‘polish’ to the space. Our 10-year old leather furniture won’t be changed any time soon (if ever, if my husband had the choice, lol), and we only recently painted the space, so I was limited with what I could change.
Some day when I can get better shots (natural light is such a problem in basements!), maybe I’ll update my basement room tour. For now, here’s a little look at some of the small edits that helped change the look of the room. I bought very little; I just “shopped the house” for things I could use differently.
If you know me, then you know things rarely stay the same for long around here!
Like, for instance this gallery wall over our sectional sofa that I talked about a little while back. Here’s how it looked back then…
I was happy enough with how the gallery wall turned out, but after living with it little awhile, I decided it was a little busier than I had planned. I think that’s because of the saturated colors (the reds and teals) AND the fussy lines in all of the pieces (i.e., the florals). I felt like it needed to be tamed! Plus, I had really wanted to incorporate some family photographs to make it feel more personal. I’ve experimented quite a bit with gallery wall groupings in our home, and photos are definitely the key to bringing a collection to life. (For some other gallery wall tips, click here.)
So a couple of days ago, I decided to remove a few of the ‘fussier’ pieces (the basket, the mirrored botanical print, and the wine label art), and replace them with some simple modern gallery frames. I’ve always loved, loved, loved photos in gallery frames, but was reluctant to use them on this particular art wall because of the more traditional style of the painted canvases.
I was wrong! I immediately loved the contrast between the clean lines of the gallery frame, and the more detailed canvases. The simplicity of the gallery frame (with its white matting) helped bring some much needed ‘quietness’ to the collection. READ MORE
A couple of posts ago (in Beauty & The Beast: Decorating with a Sectional Sofa – 5 Fab Examples) I talked about how we recently put a big sectional in our TV room, and how it’s been a bit of a challenge to decorate around.
After searching for some inspiration on how to decorate with a sectional sofa, I decided to create a gallery wall behind the sectional to help balance out it’s huge presence.
If you follow me here, you might know that I’m already a big fan of the eclectic and ‘collected’ style that a gallery wall gives a room. I’ve created small collections of wall art throughout our home, like in our foyer (yellow and gray Sunshine-Inspired gallery wall) and our basement stairway (Colorful, Alphabet-Inspired gallery wall).
The largest one I attempted was in our living room a couple of years ago, but after we re-painted the wall, I decided not to put the gallery wall back up. I’ve missed it ever since! (See: I Miss My Living Room Gallery Wall (The great debate: Simplicity vs Eclectic/Collected Decor?).
So I was excited about the idea of creating a similar wall in the TV Room. I don’t talk about this room much around here, mainly because it’s, ahem, “well-lived-in”, which essentially means it’s never fit for photographs, lol.
I can never seem to get a handle on it! It’s the magnet on our main floor for toys and crafts and craziness. The kids have a playroom / family room in the basement, but for whatever reason, this main floor room seems to be their favorite! It’s small in square footage, but has high cathedral ceilings (16ft), which helps provide the illusion of more breathing room!
Here you can see how the kids use READ MORE
Sectional sofas. It seems that in the world of decorating and design, you either love ’em or hate ’em! Perhaps that’s because decorating with a sectional can be a design dilemma. But say what you will about their aesthetic non-appeal, sectionals have their advantages.
Back in the Fall, when our 13-year old sofa set could no longer withstand the antics of our 3-year old boys, we gave in and purchased a big leather sectional for our upstairs family room. Since it has enough seating for all 5 of us, it meant we could get rid of the other seating in the room to free up more floor space for the kids to play. So, oddly, a sectional can actually free up space!
Not to mention, that chaise lounge thingy (is that what you call it?) on the corner is super comfortable! So we seem to use the room more often as as a family now too. Here’s a quick pic I took before the holidays when I was still trying to figure out that wall behind the sectional. I’m still working on getting it ‘right’! More photos soon! ===>
I have to admit, decorating with a sectional is indeed a little tricky! They’re huge and awkward. It’s like decorating around an elephant. So I went looking for some inspiration on Houzz, Pinterest and blogs.
I found that all of the rooms with sectionals that I liked the best had two things in common:
I can’t believe it’s taken me this long in my
31 25 DIY Wall Art Ideas Series to talk about Mod Podge! I was reminded of how great decoupage is for wall art projects when I was flipping through this magazine (Better Homes & Gardens Makeover Style) over the weekend and saw this fab living room wall art project. (Note: This is not a sponsored post.)
The sea theme reminded me of my Pottery Barn Kids ‘Surf Plaque’ Knock Off Project from a year and a half ago. For that project, I also used die cut sea creature shapes (cut from my Silhouette) and Mod Podge to create wall art for my kids’ playroom. You can find the tutorial by clicking here.