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!*
Happy Friday, all! Today’s temperature is nice, cool and comfortable. Which kinda feels like Fall to me, and that makes my heart very happy 😀 . We’ve been experiencing quite the heat wave, so it’s nice to have today to kind of break it up!
Last Sunday we were able to have some ‘maternity’ – like pictures taken. This was such a blessing, as it was a free “Thank you” gift from our real estate agent. We already have maternity pictures booked for the Fall (fave season – remember?! 😉 ) and so we got these professional photos taken for a gender reveal instead! It worked out SO well, as I had been wracking my brain trying to think of a gender reveal idea. We had intentions of having a party, but when you live 3ish hours away from your family and close friends, it can prove difficult for narrowing down a party location!! So this was a great alternative and we’re so happy with the results of the shoot! Melissa from Paper Reflections was so sweet and made us feel very comfortable. She was great to work with!!
We were able to come down to visit our parents again and hand deliver a photo collage ‘reveal’ to them, as well as our siblings. We mailed the rest to our extended family and friends. Here are just some of my favourite shots:
The shoot was really lots of fun and I’m glad we did it! We met up with the photographer at a former railway station that used to be Ontario’s Grand Trunk Railway. It was a cool place that a friend of mine recommended, which none of us had been to before. It has a museum there, along with a steam locomotive, a restored wooden caboose, and 2 steel ones. I kept my outfit simple, with just a floral dress (and nails to match, of course 😉 ) and picked out a matching polo shirt for Matt to wear. So, we were both quite comfortable. I also brought a couple props along – the ‘K’ for our last name, my antique steamer trunk, a suitcase, and baby shoes and a onesie (for the gender reveal)!
I was so happy for this experience and with the way the pictures turned out. What a neat way to share the news of our baby with loved ones. Looking forward to sharing the gender with you as soon as all our family and friends get their picture in the mail!
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!
I shared the good news that Matt received about his posting late last week. We have been excitedly looking at real estate and are looking forward to being home owners again. Some of the homes are super cute, charming, character homes. Often either bungalows, storey and a half (cape cods), or the odd 2 -storey. I have seen a few that are my favourites, and they have the cutest…bathrooms. One might say, “it’s just a bathroom”, but honestly, a cute bathroom can be a huge selling feature for me 😀 ! I don’t know about you, but I LOVE the spa look in a bathroom. The fluffy towels (white or not), the apothecary jars of pretty soaps, the candles…all the touches that say this is ain’t no other bathroom 😉 .
The one house had a claw foot tub that was to die for. AND a pedestal sink. My mind keeps thinking of ways to decorate this bathroom.
Of course, I went on Pinterest for some really cute “throne room” inspiration. From small storage space, to bathroom styling, I have pins for all these ideas. Take a look for yourself:
I love this flooring in here! The antique table works for storing things on top of, as well as under. I like the cute long basket used for bath towels.
Sarah Richardson is my favorite interior designer!! This bathroom was part of her farmhouse reno. I love that the claw foot tub is painted yellow. So cheery! The curtains are cute and country-like and they match. Simple, and beautifully done.
If you don’t even have room (in a powder room, perhaps) for any piece of furniture (dresser/vanity) in your bathroom, and have a pedestal sink, consider a wire basket for face cloths or hand towels. I ADORE this tub caddy. Reading with a cup of tea is the best while having a bath. So relaxing. I think the price of this particular caddy is quite $$$, so I would get Matt to make me one 😉 .
I love this cabinet! The colour is so awesome, however I think I would prefer something grey or a shade of blue. A little more spa-esque. Did I mention this is an IKEA hack? Yup! Totally doable. Just paint it with Annie Sloan chalk paint!- comes in 30 colours. <– LOVE that stuff! ❤Again, love the floor. And I also love the wooden stool. A chair would also work well. Another tray used for holding bathroom accessories and for bathroom styling. I think this is an INGENIUS idea- a shelf mounted OVER the door/doorway. Nice to have that option for extra storage. Great use of a tiered stand basket to keep toiletries organized. Again with another stool for décor. I love the chippy white paint on it. It was probably a flea market find! Beautiful shower curtain around a claw foot tub. I love this silver tray on the counter top used to store jars of Q-tips, cotton balls, and perhaps bubble bath or incense oil. A candle would work too, and the flowers look so pretty. If the bathroom had a pedestal sink, there wouldn’t be any counter space. However, a dresser or vanity would work. And you’d even have storage for towels!
This ladder shelf has to be my absolute favourite! I believe this exact one is from Pottery Barn. While I love their home décor, they don’t always have the most affordable items. I found a replica of this shelf on interest and Matt is going to help me build it! It looks pretty simple, and I would also paint ours white.
Do you see what I mean by “CUTE”?! With some vintage touches your bathroom can be charming and elegant too.
For more bathroom inspiration check out my Pinterest board
Hello blog friends! I’m sorry I’ve been absent for so long. Things have been busy!! I think that one of my New Years resolutions for 2015 will be a “blog journal” – full of ideas, and a TIMELINE that I can stick to. That will hopefully keep me more organized and will make sure I post more regularly. 🙂
Last Thursday I had my friend, Andrea, from back home (the town I grew up in) drive up to the base to visit me. Even though the weather was somewhat awful, and some of the highways were closed due to snow squalls, she braved the storm. She said it really wasn’t all that bad, and visibility was clear, so, I’m happy she persevered! Andrea brought her little one along and we had a great visit. She got to see where we we’ve been living, before we leave this house and get posted out in March.
She stayed over Thursday to Friday. We had a big of a girls night (Matt goes to bed early these days, and we’re night owls usually!) and of course, tea was had. Cup after cup 🙂 . Andrea introduced me to one of her favourite DIY shows, “Flea Market Flip“. It is AWESOME. So this, naturally, got us talking about home renos, DIY projects, and second hand stores. Eventually we decided that we should track down a flea market that we could hunt through. It was a little tricky finding a place that was open on a Friday, and not only weekends, but with a little Google power we found the winner!
The Grand River flea market. The greatest in Southern Ontario. Now, as much as I love vintage finds and antiques, I have NEVER been to an actual flea market before. I have to say, I have been missing out!
Even Kobayne, Ang’s baby boy, LOVED what he saw! 😉
The military paraphernalia was so cool to see, especially now that my hubby is in the Canadian Forces and wears a similar uniform. Crazy to see THAT MUCH stuff that had been in WWII.
The antique firefighter stuff was also SO cool. Matt just got his badge, and so I took a picture of these vintage ones to show him and compare how much they differed through the years. The answer is not too much, aside from nowadays you can get colour on them. Seeing it all sparked an idea for a graduation gift for him when he’s completed his training in March. He does appreciate the odd antique item, and I know he thinks old fire extinguishers are awesome. I saw one priced for $60 as opposed to some of the ones I saw on Ebay for like, $300! He wants one that looks like this – copper with a touch of brass. The one here was just a teensy bit too rusty for my liking, so I plan to check out a couple more flea markets before Spring!
I hope you can appreciate the beauty and history behind flea markets finds. Happy treasure hunting!
We ended up having FANTASTIC weather this Thanksgiving weekend, and on Saturday we went to check out a local craft show. We shopped around, and I instantly fell in love with this beautiful and unique “Wish Necklace Teardrop” from “Dawning – fresh.original.jewelry“. These lovely hand-blown glass teardrop beads are filled with dandelion seeds! (See, unique! What’d I tell ya? 😉 ) It was accented with an antique brass chain and finished with a beautiful brass charm (mine is the feather). It’s kind of vintage and oh, so lovely! I truly think its one of a kind, and I’ve been getting several compliments. The creator/artist is Jamie Dawn from Dawning Jewelry. There are many other designs; necklaces with feathers, and various pendants (feather, key, bird, and more). She also has earrings and rings!