We finally put away our tree and all the accompanying decorations, and now I’m looking around our home and feeling like I need to add some life to it. Bring on the plants! Now, anyone who knows me, knows that I do not have a green thumb. However, friends of ours gave us a money tree when we moved in 5 years ago, and somehow it is magically thriving. I love what it adds to our home and I’m ready for more! A bonus is that plants also increase the air quality in the home, which is very important when the windows are shut for months on end.
I love this time of year! I find myself staying up later because our living room is so cozy. We keep things fairly simple around here. We have a nice tree we take out every year and we deck it out with memory-filled ornaments. It’s not a designer tree by any means but I love seeing the kids (husband included), discover their favourite ornaments every year.
I think it’s time to give you folks a little tour of the main floor of our home. Like most decorators, my first client was myself. I knew that I loved decorating ever since my husband and I moved into our first apartment together. I have to say though, now that I am working with a variety of clients, I love the challenge of working with other styles and tastes. There’s nothing like the thrill of helping people make their house into a home.
I had some beautiful photos taken by Amy Symes a few months ago, right after we had our home painted. Our home isn’t finished by any means, but I kind of like it that way. It’s fun to tweak it as our needs evolve and our budget allows. Every change or update makes me fall in love with our home all over again.
I trust everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving. We sure did! I have so much to be thankful for – family, friends, beautiful weather, an awesome job, pumpkin pie :)
When the nice fall weather is here it’s easy to be outside appreciating the outdoors. I don’t know about you though, but I love hibernating on the rainy days just as much, catching up on a book or playing Go Fish with the kids.
As the weather gets colder we tend to spend more time inside, and now is the time to get your place all cozy for those drearier months. With the days getting shorter, we also need great lighting for function as well as enveloping your space in warmth and comfort… but that’s a whole other post.
Today I want to share with you a beautiful and calming colour scheme that I put together for a client a few months ago. They have a stunning new home that has a very modern aesthetic, and had already made some great decisions that I was able to use to come up with a scheme. Their front door was a rich blue and their floor was going to be a natural hickory. They had showed me a lot of fun, bold choices as well, such as dark charcoal tile in the ensuite and a cobalt blue sink in the main bathroom.
I went to the Etsy: Made in Canada show last Saturday and I was blown away by the quality of the hand made goods! I was in designer heaven! I went with a dear friend, her daughter and her mom. We spent most of the time apart though as I couldn’t help but chat with the artists.
Following are the booths I happened to be most drawn to, but after looking at the curated list of all the vendors I know I missed a lot. I can’t wait to add a bunch of items to my wish list!