It’s that time again! It’s almost Christmas and I’ve been busy decking the halls around here. This week, I’m part of the Canadian Bloggers Christmas Home Tour. (You can see my 2015 Red Plaid Cottage Christmas Home Tour here and my 2014 French Inspired Christmas Home Tour here.) This week you can visit nearly 20 Canadian homes all decked out for… Read More
Hello friends! And, yay, it’s finally Fall! This past week, I’ve been doing some early Fall decorating with hydrangeas. When September hits, I usually grab my stash of store-bought pumpkins and acorns. But, since there’s nothing quite as pretty as decorating with hydrangeas, I headed to the garden. Funny, I’ve always been reluctant to cut my hydrangeas off the tree. Perhaps that’s because,… Read More
Happy New Year, friends! By now, I’m sure you’re all back into your regular routines, with all the Christmas sparkle packed away for another year. It comes and goes so quickly, doesn’t it? I really enjoyed our red plaid cottage-inspired Christmas decor this year, but I have to admit that I was perfectly content when the time came to put it away. After… Read More
Hands down, my favourite kind of tree to decorate is a Christmas tree for kids! If you’ve been around here awhile, you might remember our Dr. Seuss themed Christmas tree (see Holiday, Hoobie, Whatty? Our Dr. Seuss Christmas Tree) I’m not gonna lie, I get totally giddy over all the sweet decorations and fun colours you can find when decorating a Christmas… Read More
Hello and happy Monday! Are you in the holiday spirit, yet? Well, OK, I know it’s still a wee bit early – but things are starting to get pretty festive around here! To help get you in a holiday mood too, today I’m sharing a fun diy paint project as part of Behr Paint’s Holiday Hues Project Challenge, along with… Read More
Do you decorate for Halloween? It seems that Halloween is either a love it or hate it kind of holiday. Before I had kids, I didn’t love Halloween. Like, at all. You might even say I hated it. (Gasp) I didn’t decorate for Halloween, except maybe a sad, lonely pumpkin on the front step. Back then, Halloween just meant having to rush home from work (where I basically lived before having kids) just to pass out candy to strangers. But times change. These days we now we live on a cul de sac of 30+ kids. In a neighbourhood of 132,549 kids. (OK, maybe I exaggerate, but it seems like it some days). And, we have 3 kids of our own. Now, I’m a Halloween convert. I have to be, lol.
For a few years, we had a quote on a wall that read:
“Home is where our story begins”.
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It occurred to me the other day that decorating your home really is a lot like story-telling.
I’ve never been exactly sure what label to put on my particular decorating style (and not that you need one, I guess). But I do think that one of the things that defines it is a desire to tell our story through our home. I love to surround ourselves with meaningful details like mementos, family photographs and ‘word art’ that represents us (hence, my love of gallery walls / art walls!).
Over the past few years, I’ve realized that my favorite kind of rooms are definitely those with a kind of ‘collected style’ that embraces well-loved ‘stuff’. The spaces in Style at Home that have always appealed to me most to me are the ‘lived in’ ones – with quirky accessories, floor-to-ceiling bookcases, and walls filled with gorgeous personal photos. It doesn’t surprise me: I’ve never been great at parting with things. Somehow they always seem to re-appear after I’ve tucked them away in the storage room. And, it’s not because they sprouted legs and walked up the flight of stairs by themselves!
I just put the finishing touches on a Valentine’s Day-themed mantel. I wasn’t sure I was even going to decorate my mantel for Valentine’s Day this year as I’ve really been enjoying the simplicity around here since taking down the Christmas decorations. But I started tinkering with those branches I’ve been using on my mantel over the past season – see my simple Christmas Mantel (with branches and bulbs) here – and before I knew it, I went beyond the point of no return.
I started by punching a whole bunch of paper hearts from scrapbook paper to create a kinda “Valentine’s Day” tree with the white birch branches. That’s where I intended to stop, but it seemed so lonely up there all by itself ;-). So then I went hunting for some other things to add, and before I knew it, I had a huge crafty mess on the kitchen island that included mod podge, glue and paint. How DO I get myself into these things?
This morning we awoke to the first real snowfall this year. It’s the ‘perfect snow’ – a Winter Wonderland-Marshmallow World kind of snow, that’s perfect for making snowmen. The kids on our cul de sac are all out in their snowsuits with rosy cheeks and magic carpets. On another day, it would be the perfect week-before-Christmas setting. But today, it… Read More