Hello my pretties! Today is a fun day around here! It’s ‘Day 2’ of the Canadian Bloggers Home Tours, and that means you’re invited to our home for a little tour. If you’ve been around awhile, thanks for coming back today, and I promise you that I have some new things for you to see. If you’re new here, welcome to A… Read More
Greetings friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, and are enjoying lots of time with family and friends. I’ve been away from the blog for a couple of weeks to focus on the merriment! But as New Year’s Eve draws nearer, I thought I’d continue with my annual tradition of posting a look back at my year in mantel decorating ideas. You can find my 2012 Year of Mantels here and 2011 Year of Mantels here.
If you’ve been following along here for awhile, you might know already that my fireplace mantel is a bit of a decorating muse for me! I find that mantel decorating for seasons and special holidays helps keep things feeling festive around here, especially during the less festive times of year. Looking back at 2013, I changed my mantel decorating a lot less frequently than in other years. That’s because the room our fireplace is in was disorganized for several months as we changed the room from a living room to a TV room. But I did manage to add some festive spirit to the mantel for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Fall, Halloween and Christmas… READ MORE HERE!
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!
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…
Do your kids love arts and craft projects as much as mine? My 9-year old daughter absolutely loves to draw, and has an arsenal of supplies to feed her passion. The only problem was that there were tiny mountains of paper and coloring supplies in every room! (Does this sound vaguely familiar?!?) In an effort to organize things, last spring,… Read More
“FALL!” There…I said it. I usually walk on egg-shells this time of year as any mention of “FALL!” can drive Summer fans over the edge. But if you’ve followed my decorating blog for more than a minute, you probably know that I’m cray-cray-crazy for Fall, and I’ve actually shown great self-discipline by staying quiet this long! I hate to wish Summer away too, but you know what? I might as well just admit that I’m sooo not a Summer kind of girl. Fall is definitely my pace. I saw the first leaves turn color this weekend, so I’m now itching to break out the pumpkins. I decided to flip back through some of my Fall decorating pictures for inspiration.
Here’s how Fall has looked around here over the past few years…READ MORE!