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
Happy Friday, you guys. As you probably know, I like to switch things up a little in our home season by season. I recently changed out the nautical summer pieces on our fireplace mantel, and created a very simple Fall mantel with neutrals. Simple Fall Mantel with Neutrals In past years, my seasonal mantel decor has been a little more… Read More
So, are you a gardener?!? I have to admit that I have never really enjoyed gardening…until recently.
For the past couple of summers, it’s been close to impossible to spend time gardening. With three kids in my shadow, attempting to create the backyard of my dreams was a completely futile exercise. If I turned my back for a moment, I’d find our our twin babies eating soil or picking flowers or toppling over. Not to mention, it’s kinda hard to have nice grass with a blow up pool, a bouncy castle and two dogs (RIP sweet Trinity xox). So I put up my white flag, and decided that blooming hydrangeas and weeping willows would have to wait (sigh). Luckily, all that summer fun helped take my mind off the trampled grass and the lack of trees.
Every now and then, my impatience got the better of me (as it always does!), and we did manage to plant a couple of small Japanese maple trees, put a window box planter on the shed, and dig out a little shrub bed. But all those little efforts never seemed to amount to much. This year, though, a funny thing happened. 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.
It’s Valentines week which is an extra excuse to hug and kiss someone you love. But, since love isn’t limited to February 14th (and thank goodness!), I thought I’d round up 10 pieces of love art that you can display all year! And, speaking of love, I’m showing my love for Etsy by choosing all 10 from an Etsy shop (on Etsy.com). For the Etsy shop / source for each print, just look below and you’ll find the link. (Note: This is not a sponsored post; I just think each print is fab, and I wanted to share! Plus, I love supporting Etsy shop owners! I’ve bought a bunch of Etsy art for my own home, and I’ve always been delighted.)
I first shared this post about Dogs & Decorating last May. Today, I thought I’d post it again as a tribute to our sweet pup. Yesterday, we said good-bye to our 14-year-old black lab. We are, of course, heartbroken. She was the sweetest pup ever. She was the type of dog that could sense sadness from another room, and then… Read More