I mentioned how Fall is my favourite season, and this year in our new home I wasted absolutely no time getting our seasonal decor out!
The coffee table has an easy peasy centrepiece on it: a basket filled with various potpourri. A candle Wrapped in birch bark is in the centre surrounded by cinnamon sticks, pinecones, chestnuts, acorns, birch branches, grapevine balls and the ends of ornamental fall grasses.
Also in the living room we have a antique steamer trunk that we’ve been using as a side table. I put out a framed chalkboard printable that I found on Nest of Posies – which I LOVE! The font she chose is so pretty and it has everything I love most about the Fall season written on it. The trunk also has a few frames on it with various pictures of us, a lantern holding a candle, some Indian corn, and my ceramic pumpkin tea light holder from Bath & BodyWorks (which smells ahhhmazing)!
The dining room table has a glass apothecary jar filled with layers of split peas, corn, and navy beans. A candle is in the middle and wrapped around with some twine there’s a lovely autumn leaf tying in the colours from the orangey corn and greenish peas. 🙂
Our coffee station has also been Fall-ified! A burlap runner covers the top, and cinnamon sticks and brown sugar have been added for lattes and cappuccinos. I also found this printable from the blog, The Diary of Dave’s Wife, to get it ready for the pumpkin spice season!! I just hope to still gather some crab apples from the tree in our backyard and add them in a bushel off to the side of the cabinet/ hutch. Then also attempt to make some crab apple jam 😉 .
Beside the coffee nook I placed a wicker picnic basket and placed a rustic looking pumpkin and a bundle of wheat that I wrapped with twine.
My DIY chalkboard is above that, and I have yet to update that with something more autumnal. And then on the other wall in the dining room, there’s a shelf mounted. I placed some sunflowers in my designated wine bottle “vase” and have some corks under a wine glass, with of course, a candle placed on top of the stem. I hope to find something else little for that shelf – perhaps a cute owl or something!
I crafted this wine cork pumpkin the other day that I have yet to post a little tutorial about. It’s such a simple DIY! I hope to share it in a day or so.
So it’s still in the making, but it’s definitely beginning to look more Fall-like in our household! My next little project will be decorating our entrance with some seasonal elements. I currently only have a wreath hanging on our front door, but eager to head over to a local pumpkin patch soon for some pumpkins and mums to adorn our front steps!
*What do you do to decorate for the Fall? I’d love it if you would share your ideas with me!*
We’ve been drooling over this real estate listing. So, to continue on with my
crazylast post from earlier this week, I wanted to share design and décor inspiration for this dream home of ours! Last time we discussed the main floor, and now I want to cover the upper level. This includes the bathroom and bedrooms/sitting room on the second floor 🙂 . For those of you who haven’t yet read the last post, we are going to be looking at buying a house that appears to be our “dream home”. I say “dream home” in the most practical way, as it isn’t outrageous or anything, but it meets all of needs and wants on our list of “must-haves”. It isn’t a mansion, mind you, but it is full of character and charm. It is completely our style, and is completely affordable as well- which is a dream in and of itself! Let’s begin!
Because we covered so much of the floor plan in my last post, I decided to cut it short in attempt to make it more “reader – friendly”. I did not mention that there is a main floor laundry room as well as a powder room, so let’s start with that. CUE THE PRETTY PICTURES:
What can I say about the 1/2 bath on the main floor? It’s cute but it’s currently styled a little too contemporary for my liking. The vanity is an espresso, with a white above mounted sink. The whole room is painted turquoise – which I actually kind of like, but looks quite modern with the fixtures compared to the rest of the house. This is my attempt to “redecorate” it to look a little more vintage and farmhouse.
This is the layout of the powder room. It also has wainscoting (<3) ! I think it would be a good idea to mount shelves above the toilet for extra storage. Something painted espresso, or even just a reclaimed wood – which would look a little more rustic. We could even add (iron?) brackets to make it more formal. It’s best not to let that space go to waste! It’s such an inexpensive thing to do, too.
Also for additional storage, I hope to find either an antique chair, small round table, or old wooden footstool to place accessories on.
I have a bunch of apothecary jars and it would be nice to have something to place them on. I usually fill them with all sorts of bathroom goodies: cotton balls, q-tips, soaps, bath salts, etc…
I’ve always envisioned having a wallpapered powder room (strange? Maybe!). It could either be above the wainscoting on all 4 walls, on one accent wall, or even in the ceiling!
I love the wallpaper in that last one SO much! Sarah Richardson is my favourite designer and always uses awesome prints. This next wallpaper is another personal fave:
I think if we were to keep the turquoise paint job, a more “trellis” wallpaper accent wall could look cool. Otherwise I want to rock those vintage prints! Perhaps Matt could have the final say 😀 .
I also would like to mount a second mirror – a scissor style/accordion arm wall mirror.
I would create a DIY cute(!) “Powder Room” sign to hang above the doorway. And I really dig this tile floor…
I think all these details help in making it more vintage and elegant as opposed to purely contemporary.
If we were to keep the turquoise wall colour, a cabinet door pull like so would match nicely:
I think turquoise and gold are a great match and can look so vintage and beautiful! If we were to wallpaper the entire bathroom, then something more neutral would look better. Maybe in an oil rubbed bronze. I love knobs. They’re a super cute and cheap way to make something more personalized.
I would add some brass or (matte) gold to the fixtures too. There are soo many tutorials on Pinterest with how to spray paint your faucets. It’s a good route to go, rather than fork out the money to replace them, just tor the sake of decorating.
Lastly, light fixtures! It’s so hard to tell from the pictures on the real estate listing just where the lights are exactly. I do love sconces, but a ceiling chandelier might be the way to go. It would look so elegant! ❤
Until we go on our arranged walk-through, we have no idea what the laundry space holds for us. All we know is that it is main floor laundry. Will we stack our machines or have them side by side? Half the fun is not knowing 😉 . IF it’s a laundry closet, I would really love it if Matt would build me some barn doors to enclose the space.
I love the look of these sliding barn doors. And it seems like a really simple/doable DIY project! I’ve seen tutorials where you can make them for under $80, while some say as little a $20!! 😀
If room allows, I’d want a couple shelves above the machines. Get a couple of baskets (a mix made from various materials), and some galvanized buckets to fill rags with, or scrub brushes, for example.
I have tons of glass jars, and already keep my clothespins in one. Utilizing a vintage crate, is a great way to corral items.
I love this print, and would frame it or something else similar. You’re in your laundry room a few times a week or maybe even everyday! Why not make it nice looking? Give yourself something visually appealing to look at while you’re folding your clothes.
I also think using two hooks to hang an ironing board is a great idea. Framing those two hooks is even better 🙂 .
Also for some décor (thank goodness we don’t have to use these anymore!), I hope to find an antique washboard and either hang it on the wall, or lean it on a shelf.
To go along with the washboard, I’d hang some giant safety pins.
Finally, since I’m such a sucker for textiles, I would add a rug. Possibly something jute, whether it be a ticking stripe or just a herringbone weave.
I don’t know much about this room, other than I want to create a serene retreat for the both of us. This past year we just got new bedside tables from Ikea. Our tallboy dresser we just bought used off of Kijiji. They’re both an espresso colour, however all have different hardware. I would like to change the drawer pulls and have them match (or at least coordinate with each other) so they can look like a set. Perhaps something mercury glass will work nicely…
Currently, our bed is merely made up of a mattress sitting in a frame. There have been many cool ideas I have come across for creating a headboard. We could maybe choose a fun fabric and upholster one, or find an old door and turn that into our headboard!
I think another important aspect to the master bedroom is creating vignettes that are romantic and dictate who you both are as a couple. Something like this would be utilising one of my favourite fabrics (lace). If we go with the mercury glass knobs on the dresser/side tables, then I hope to incorporate it around the rest of the room as well.
Seems pretty easy to recreate!
Just tying in that mercury glass with subtle touches 😉 . I think putting our vows under a glass cloche or a wedding photo would be so pretty ❤ .Some of our photos from either our engagement or wedding could help incorporate a more rustic/country vibe in the room:
To keep the serene and relaxing feel in the master bedroom, we would keep the colour scheme we had in our last house that we both loved so much. Our bedding and furniture would match perfectly:
For the room off of the master, we both automatically thought, “NURSERY!” when looking at it. I think until that time comes, it would make an AWESOME dressing room! A sitting area/reading nook, and my vanity at the other end…
Would look so great with vintage floral wallpaper.
Beautiful, no?! 😀
Our bathroom is currently done in a spa-like coastal theme, which I would also like to keep in our next house. The upstairs bath in this listing we’re interested in is done with a dark wood vanity, and dark purple wainscoting with lighter purple walls. So we’d definitely repaint this room (if we get this dream home of ours 🙂 ).
How CUTE is this glass fish for soaps or even seashells or something?! LOVE!
Our bath towels are more of a muted grey and teal, as well as our accessories. The wainscoting in this bathroom is currently PURPLE, so we would paint it back white 😉 . Maybe add some hooks, and some storage (ladder shelf or hutch of some kind), and we’re set!
This is one room that we would probably combine into two functional spaces. Neither of us really work from home, and therefore a full office isn’t a necessity. We would be having family and friends stay with us, however, as we’ll be living a couple hours away from our home town. Thus the combo guest room/office!
I think a vintage travel theme would be so cute in here. Take a little look see:
I like this room layout, so that everything fits. If things were tight, a bed in the corner could possibly work! Our guest bed is currently a double.
Not sure how easily something like this could be done, but think that this compass design around the light fixture is another cool way to add the theme to the space.
I would want to create a gallery of pictures on one wall, with a combination of both vintage maps, quotes, and pictures of our travels thus far. On another wall, I think a few clocks from Ikea (4), and vinyl lettering could make a really neat display.
Maybe even a small chalkboard where I could leave little welcome notes 😉 ! I could print some pictures or maps and decoupage some cardboard letters to spell either, “travel” or “welcome” and hang them up. With a gallery wall, the options are endless!
I could even hang a couple of antique planes on that feature wall amongst the frames.
My grandma gave us a really cool vintage trunk, and picking up a piece of glass to put on top of it, and putting it off to the side, would make a cool “travelling” side table 😀 .
Stacking suitcases either at the end of the bed, or as another bedside table, is a great idea. Even keeping one opened, and putting a vignette inside is an option. I currently have a brown one, but will be keeping my eyes peeled for a few more at second hand stores and flea markets!
And it would be awesome to put a luggage rack and have it folded up for guests to use. I found this instructional and it looks pretty simple to construct 🙂 .
I also want to frame our wifi password and frame it. Cute and thoughtful ;). That, along with a wind-up alarm clock and maybe a candle would complete the bedside table. If I could find a basket of some kind, it’s a great idea to put some towels or an extra blanket in. A large apothecary jar can be filled with soaps, shower caps, and other mini toiletries, in case those overnight guests may have overlooked packing these items.
Our current guest room bedding is a quilt set Matt’s grandma made for us. I love the colours – a mix of tan and navy. These accent pillows would match perfectly 😉 .
I have a globe in our office already at the moment, so we could put that in there.
Another cute travel/ DIY option is to hit up IKEA (where else?!) and pick up a couple things to recreate into something a little more rustic for storage and organization for the office portion of the space.
This new house had better still be available when we go to buy it! We’re going to check it out and make sure it’s everything we hoped it would be NEXT WEEKEND, and make them an offer! I’m so excited to decorate and make it our own – can ya tell?! We just got our house hunting trip dates approved the other day by Matt’s receiving unit and we are beyond excited. It feels good to get organized and be well on our way to fulfilling his first posting! Matt is ready to be done his training and I am ready to embrace this first posting and get settled into a new area!
Thanks for letting me share my inspiration on this “hypothetical home tour” 😉 . I love that I can use this to compile my ideas together!
We have found our dream home. It’s so beautiful…a century old, red brick, story and a half farmhouse. It’s nestled on a corner lot on a quiet, dead-end street. It has a spacious living room with a front bay window. The entryway has a beautiful winding staircase to the upstairs. The eat in kitchen has an island, antique white cupboards, and there is also a formal dining room (with wainscoting!) It has 3 or 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, main floor laundry, and a garage. The master even has a sitting room off of it!! We think it would be so perfect to have a nursery in that area 🙂 . It also boasts hardwood floors, a metal roof, 2 lovely outdoor patio sundecks and beautiful garden(s)! Just chocked full of character and charm. Even the name of the street is elegant sounding – “Prince Albert Street” :D. Can you see what I mean about “dream home”?! It meets close to everything on our needs AND wants list.
Matt graduates from his training course March 20th. Afterwards, the relocation services company arranges a house hunting trip for us. So we can see it in 3 weeks! Until that time, when we can get down there to walk through this lovely abode, we wait and trust that God will keep it aside for us if it is His best for us.
I hope to paint a picture of this particular house and I will share my hopes in what I wish to add, and complete in there (décor- wise). For privacy sake and copyright purposes, I won’t be sharing the actual MLS listing.
So this isn’t THE HOUSE but it is a red door on a red brick historic home that has similarities. I want to add my urns (filled with seasonal flowers) to the steps and a front door “knocker”. Then the front will be welcoming and just add even more curb appeal!
This one is from Pottery Barn and I think it would look lovely!
I’m not too sure if there is a closet at the front door or not, so I would want to try and create an entryway/foyer! So many ideas on Pinterest just gets the creative juices flowin’ :)…
This light has been my favorite light ever since Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. Ok, maaaybe that is a slight exaggeration, but I have always loved it. It’s also from Pottery Barn <3.
The stairs in this house are also stained darker on the treads and risers, with a dark handrail and white painted banisters. I think eventually I would appreciate a runner of some kind, just for coziness and a non-slip surface for kids. The stairway also has an elegant curve to it (almost giving the entrance a Southern charm), which I find so endearing.
I also would like some sort of “drop-off” spot (in the most elegant way 😉 ), so a console table would work nicely as a catch-all.
Love neutral runners with texture!
A console similar to this one, with a mirror mounted above.
I love the idea of building (with the help of my handy hubby, Matt) a bench with cubbies, a shelf and hooks for some outdoor wear. I like that second last picture because of the shelf that is also included in the built ins. If we opt out of building that, then a bench with a cute coatrack could suffice (at least until we have children).
Speaking of built-ins, I also was
hopingthinking we could have some on at least the one side of the bay window in the living room. It would be a great spot to feature some of my antiques and collectibles.
I also pictured us angling one or two arm chairs under the bay window, with either ottomans and/or a little end table in between.
We both really like the casual coziness and function of a family room, and this house only has the one living room. For that reason, I think this room is going to be the most challenging to rearrange/decorate. We hope to find a sectional couch that isn’t too informal, but just comfy enough. It may be a bit too much pressure to put all on one little couch, but I’m confident a couch can handle it ;). Even finding a used one and adding a neutral slip cover would be an option! I like these ones:
We also have some pallets that we are wanting to make into end tables! Could be a fun joint DIY project 😉 . We would stain them to match our distressed coffee table. ❤
The formal dining room is wonderful and has my favourite wall design – wainscoting! Along with the beauty of that architectural feature, I love the idea of hanging plates or a serving platter to decorate one wall:
I also like the idea of a chalkboard in the dining room. Whether it’s a leaning, giant chalkboard, or it’s an entire wall covered with chalkboard paint!
This picture illustrates the wainscoting, and I love this lantern chandelier hanging over the table. ❤
Another piece of furniture that we would need to be on the hunt for would be a hutch/buffet/sideboard. We could go with something new, or makeover an old piece! I’m fine either way 🙂 . I thought it was so nice when some of these hutches had burlap in the back of the top half for textural interest. You can even add wallpaper with a pop of colour or fun pattern.
I love ’em because they’e not only aesthetically pleasing, but they’re entirely functional as well. You can organize napkins, placemats, as well as cutlery. You can even display serve ware! I’m not too picky with how I would want ours to be, as long as it had a combo of both drawers and cupboards.
Even something like this rustic/industrial piece off to the side helps corral extra dishes and could look great.
What to say about the kitchen? It has lots of the antique white cabinetry that I so love.The listing did mention that the owners are taking their island and bar stools with them, so we’ll want to replace them at some point. Because the house is a historic farmhouse, I’d want to keep some of that within the décor. I love rustic, vintage, country, cottage, farmhouse chic, but I also like some more industrial pieces mixed in there as well. This is what I had in mind for the kitchen:
I love butcher block countertops, but a butcher block island would be just as awesome! We would either buy it (or build it – we saw a really great one at a flea market that was handcrafted by Mennonites!) maybe with about a 12″ overhang, so that we could have a couple stools for people to sit at.
Another thing I really appreciate is the classic look of a farmhouse sink (sometimes referred to as an apron sink)! I’m not entirely sure if one could fit, or how expen$ive one would be, but what good is a farmhouse without the farmhouse sink?! That’s what I have to convince Matt of! 😉
I found a cool tutorial for spray painting your fixtures with a Restoleum paint so it looks like oil rubbed bronze. It seems like a great way to transform what you already have, instead of just replacing them! You can do the same with your cabinet hardware too.
The kitchen is an eat-in, although I’m not entirely sure how often we would use it when we have a dining room. I do love hutches though, and what I love even more is coffee/tea nooks! I think I would hang my industrial shelf unit which has hooks for teacups/mugs, wire baskets for storage, and a shelf above. A hot drink station would be perfect set up off to one end of the kitchen…
Coffee stations are just plain awesome. Think of all the free space you’d have if your coffee maker, Keurig/Tassimo, french press, teapot, mugs, filters, loose leaf teas, sugar and creamer (I could go on and on 😉 ) were out of your pantry and off your counter top? ❤
I also think a bistro type set would go beautifully in the eat-in kitchen area, and if Matt builds a banquet of sorts, more of a casual meal time area would be created.
I think it’s safe to say that I’m pretty attached. Even though it’s not actually ours yet (I’m getting a lil’ ahead of myself, I know 😉 ). I picture myself baking in the kitchen, and having a friend over for tea. I can start planting a vegetable garden, and Matt would have a spot for woodworking in the garage. We could raise our family here, celebrate Christmases and birthdays, host dinner parties …it truly seems like it’s perfect for us! I really love re-designing and decorating rooms, and Matt has heard that he will be posted to this base for at least 7 years. He is going to be busy with my “honey-do list”, but he loves carpentry and worked in residential construction prior to this new-ish military journey. He’ll be working 24 hour shifts and therefore only 7 or 8 shifts a month (sometimes even only 6!). I gotta keep him busy somehow 😉 . All these little (and some fairly big) projects are a great way of really making this house our home. Now, we just need to buy it first…
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Hey all. Ok, so it has snowed so much here that we needed to shovel our driveway already. I’m talking 5 times! It’s only November! Now, I love snow before Christmas, but this.is.CRAY 😉 !
I mentioned how we love Christmas in our home. This is our first Christmas living “away” from our hometown. It’s also our first time renting (we had sold our house when Matt joined the Canadian Forces) and therefore it’s a brand- spanking new space for me to decorate!! I know it’s early, and technically, we won’t even BE here over the Christmas holidays, as are close enough to drive back to see both our immediate families. But I simply couldn’t resist! I wanted to make sure we had ample time to bask in our tree’s glory! It just doesn’t feel like the Christmas season without a little décor around the homestead 😉 . Something so wonderful about snuggling up with a hot chocolate, watching a cheesy Hallmark movie, and the glow of the Christmas tree lights on in the background. I love being surrounded by all things sparkly and glittery; it makes for great ambiance. So we put up what we could around our small (er) home. And the tree is tight – but it fits
just barely! We had a wonderful day of decorating it on Saturday. There was snow and the Santa Claus parade was later on that evening, along with the annual tree lighting downtown. Can you say, “Perfect!”
So I wanted to take the time to share some of the Christmas touches around our place…
I had fun arranging our shelf. I turned the wine glass upside down – making it a diorama, and then the stem is perfect for a candle holder. It’s filled with Epsom salts, and I had a little ornament from when I was a child. It’s a little girl in green, with a red hat holding a tree. We used to have a fireplace, but that didn’t stop us from hanging our stockings for Ol’ St. Nick! The shelf is a great place for them. My small sleigh is the perfect platform for my “N-O-E-L” blocks, the chalkboard printable is from Pinterest, and the dark frame is just from the dollarstore. So is the miniature evergreen tree, actually. I strung lights around it, and hung my new rusty, “N-O-E-L” ornament from it, tying a little ribbon on its wire “hanger”. The bows red and green matches the stockings and brings it all together, I think 😉 .
This is our coffee table centrepiece. I will keep it out all Winter. It’s got a birch covered vanilla pillar candle, which is surrounded by pinecones, cinnamon sticks, birch branches, and acorns. You really don’t need anything fancy…I wanted to buy some potpourri, actually, but Matt just laughed at me. He told me we should go for a hike and we could gather some of these branches/pinecones/acorns ourselves. So, we did! It was a really fun today together, and I got what I needed 😉 . You can bake them, so they are “sterilized” and suitable for use. The cinnamon sticks are just from the grocery store. The whole arrangement smells ahhh-mazing! I painted some of the acorns the other day with a copper-gilding from Martha Stewart. It makes them a little shiny and fits in with the rustic theme of it all.
With my coffee station/bar in the kitchen, I added our Christmasy mugs from Starbucks and other stores, and put a cutsey snowman on the shelf. He was a gift :). I also added another miniature tree. It just helps to make the kitchen more festive! I try to add something in every room of the house!
The nutcracker was a cute little stocking stuffer Matt got for me one year, and the tree was from a second hand store. The berries are from the dollarstore, and they can be manipulated/wrapped around anything. Sometimes I wrap them around a candle, other times they are on a mantle/shelf/window sill. They’re a great way to add subtle Christmas cheer! The chalkboard hangs in our kitchen by the coffee bar, and I will write different things on it at different times. It used to be a countdown while Matt was away at Basic Training. It was a picture, and I bought some chalkboard spray paint to cover the glass. It’s an awesome product to have on hand and it can turn anything into a chalkboard, really! The trunk is along the outside wall of our living room and is an antique given to me by my grandmother. Because of our tight living quarters at the moment, I’ve been using it more as a sideboard/sidetable. I stacked a suitcase on top to give it some height. Along with our pictures, I placed more candles, a Christmas “Joy” wooden sign, a few ornaments, and a small nativity scene I purchased from an artisan at the “One of a Kind” craft show years ago.
We hung a couple snowflakes in our living room, dining room and kitchen windows. I thought these were actually pretty good quality for being from the dollar store!
This ornament always makes me smile. It’s from my good friend, Grace, and she had given it to us for our first Christmas together. It’s two marshmallows on “chocolate” and “graham cracker” cookies dressed as Mr. & Mrs. Claus. It’s super cute and I believe it’s from Hallmark ❤ .
We don’t have a tree skirt, per say, so I simply use extra burlap fabric I have on hand. I think it gets Mocha’s approval 😉 .
Our decorating went well into the evening, as we took breaks here and there. It really tends to be an all day thing with us, hah! But we have fun doing it. Just gotta put the Christmas tunes on and go with it!
It’s full of lots of rusty ornaments, copper and gold and brown touches. I like that it’s a collection of things we’ve purchased together over the years. The bells and the sleigh were both from a craft show, the “Let It Snow” chalkboard looking ornament is from Indigo/Chapters. The “snow” sparkly covered pinecones are from Winners.
Burlap ribbon matches the skirt, and wraps all around the boughs. Last year I purchased some clear bulb ornaments and filled them with “snow” a.k.a. Epsom salts.
Well, that’s about it for now. I was able to highlight some of my favourite holiday décor around our home. I hope it adds some inspiration to your winter decorating this year! As for me, I hope it stops snowing and won’t continue until December 24th 😉 !