Sunday, November 11, 2012

Picture Hanging

What I love about picture hanging is there are NO rules.

Many of you have written to me asking about specific sizes and patterns used in photo collages like these from past posts:

see post here

see post here

But the fact is, with any photo collage, when you are hanging them you may only have a few pictures to hang, but as the years go on you'll add onto it. 

So, I say...NO RULES! Just hang them as you see fit.

This obviously can't apply every picture hanging project, there are some that are more complicated and would definitely require some more tricks and planning, and patience.

via Martha Stewart

There's tons of great tips out there as well for ways to easily hang your pictures.

poptab hanging picture

So get those pictures off your computer, photo boxes and the like. 
Hang them up and enjoy them.
It's not as hard as it looks :)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Kitchen Cabinets

I'm so thankful to finally be in a home where I enjoy my kitchen cabinets. 
They're white, and for me that's just perfect. 
BUT, for years in our past two houses (and as I've talked about before) I was dying to have a new look than the outdated oak that we had. 

Here's our kitchen now: 
(this is actually a photo from the listing when we bought our house, I'm working on a home tour post about our kitchen and how we've made it to be "us", which is with some roosters and aqua...strange combo, I know).

The amazing thing is there are so many options now!
You can completely re-do your entire kitchen, you can "reface" them (where you keep your existing cabinets and change out the doors) and there is painting.

Today I thought since I'm all about photo inspiration, I'd share some kitchens that I found online. 

Hopefully if you've been stuck in a kitchen cabinet rut like I have been so many times, that you'll find your own kitchen cabinet inspiration.



I love the look of bi-color cabinets, I think it's a great way to incorporate two different style (maybe of light and dark, shades of neutral, or a punch of color).

I'm also always going to love a white kitchen. Simply because to change the style, you change the accessories. Everything matches white.

I adore the warmth and sophistication that dark cabinets bring.

Options are endless!

Hope you found some inspiration today :)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Home Tour - Master Bedroom

I'd be lying if I didn't say that this room is my absolute favorite in the house. 

Like I mentioned in the last post, I've struggled a lot with where to put things (decor wise) from the last house and fit them into this new space, but this room I had vision for which made things very easy. 

The bed still has my heart (thank you, Ikea and the person who sold it to me second hand for $100) and the bedding remains the same. 
In fact, there's nothing new except ONE mirror. 
Everything else is jumbled bits from the last house, so if you've been reading for a while you should recognize pieces from past posts.

Pillow cover from Bei Fiori - check out this shop! it's lovely!

I stalked this mirror at HomeSense for a week or so and watched as the red ticket got lower and lower. 
Finally settled at $26 and brought it home with me :)

Sharing a bathroom with 4 others means I had to move out "my crap".
So using an old plant stand table that my Great Grandfather made, I created a place for me to get ready. 
Or accessorized.

Even though it amplifies my vanity, this sign was a gift years ago from my Aunt & Uncle.
Sarah means Princess, so I'm not, like, COMPLETELY vain.
It has meaning.

You may remember this window from a previous post, but this window came out of a 100 year old home that my sister and her family moved into last year.
I adore it. 

I know several people love weird pieces like this but aren't always sure how to hang them.
These are the answer!! 

 Crochet heart garland by SophieBean

So yeah, that's it! I'll be back hopefully soon with more! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Fall Porch

So one big major struggle I've had in this new house (which is very minor on the any scale of home decorating) is that fall colors simply do not work
I've collected a lovely selection of autumn colors like oranges, greens and reds and it does not go well with aquas, whites and creams. 

I simply cannot NOT fall decorate, so while I conjure up some indoor decorating ideas, I took some of my regular fall decor to the porch. 
I can do no wrong out there!

Last years HARVEST PILLOW is still kickin' around!

This vintage aqua glass water bottle I scored (for free!) from our last city's freestore.
I've talked about freestores before (also known in some cities as "freecycle") be sure to google it for your area, it's simply a group where things are posted, like craigslist or kijiji but all free.

My fall wreath trickery...

Because I simply added a dollarstore candle ring to the center of the wreath.
Genius, I know it.

Pretty self explanatory vase of flowers.

The whole thing.

Now, as I said, indoors is kinda sucky right now. 
Not fallish at all.

All I have that is slightly working for the fall would be my Silly Mama Quilts mat 
(You can find one for yourself HERE for $16.50 including shipping)

As for the rest of the indoor decorating, I imagine I have a few orange pumpkins to spray paint white.
Fingers crossed for warm weather in the next couple days so I can!!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Home Tour - Living Room Sitting Area

It's official! 
my first "home" post since our move. 

We've been here for a month now and lately my indecisiveness has turned, well...decisive
As in, I've stopped asking everyone who comes in my house 
"what do you think I should do with this space on my wall?"

I found most challenging between houses was having things work in one home in one space, and not working in the new space
Not that it's a bad thing, just causes me to pause and rethink where things will go. 
So yes, a lot of what I'm showing you, you will remember from our last home 
(not that I expect you to think that I went out and bought entirely new furnishings, although that'd certainly be nice).

I've been working in concentrated areas
This way I feel satisfied and can move onto the next. 
I'm not sure this has been overly healthy as I tend to obsess and stand for a good 15 mins a day staring at a wall...but hey, I like the end results so far.

Today I'm sharing with you the 2nd half of our living room which I've deemed the sitting area, because I don't know what else to call it. 
It's not the "sofa zone" of the room (that half isn't completed, to my liking).

This isn't a "brag blog" so hopefully doing a "home tour" in a doesn't come off that way! 

My biggest challenge was actually what to do with a 
TV bench when the TV no longer sat on it 
(it sits above the fireplace now as you can see below)

I was happy when it hit me to put a magazine rack there because it can be seasonal and still appealing to the eye without making it too much of a focal point.
(does that mean our TV is the focal point? who am I kidding? it totally is)

The tall vase of sticks isn't actually just decorational (<-- spell check says this isn't a word?) it's hiding the cable cords
Tricky, I know.
I'm hoping to lighten the sticks up and spray paint them a grey or white, or maybe a mix of colors.

The curtains came with the house, still seeking out the perfect set of curtains that are budget friendly to work the space. 
Suggestions appreciated!

So that's all for today. Hopefully this is me getting the ball rolling and I can start sharing more and more of our space that we are making into a home :)

Monday, September 10, 2012

I'm almost there

Okay, so flip side.
I'm on it.

Flip side being - new town, new house, new schools, new schedules, new...everything.
Same family. I kept them (har har)

I am still diligently working on getting stuff up all over the house, so posts are coming! 

In the meantime, I've re-opened shop...packed full with BRAND NEW STUFF (gotta keep it fresh!).

Here's a peek of what's in stock currently!

Go on over and check em out HERE

Well, off to pack lunches for these school girls!

Monday, August 6, 2012

My limbo life in phone photos

So we are two weeks away from the big move.

Never again!

How to families do this? I'm exhausted.

So of course blogging has taken a hot but I thought I'd share some phone photos of recent days in our home. Chaos and all.

Bo chilling out in the hammock at the Cottage.

The girls sideline at Daddy's softball game.

Jordan & I celebrated 8 years of marriage (today!) but we went out for dinner last night :)

I made these pretties for the shop!

Jemma being "all fashion" (her words, not mine!)

The girls worked hard to decorate for Daddy's 30th Birthday.

Jemma and I in the car (yes, I'm in the back...)

O, Canada...

My little monkey.

That's all for now, sorry I don't have much more to post about, but I definitely will very soon once we are settled in the new house! 
Exciting, exhausting times!


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