This is my small urban front porch. It used to be a space that my husband and I would avoid, but now it's a favorite spot to enjoy a cup of coffee on sunny mornings. Once I took the time to decorate my front porch for summer, we were keen to start making the most of it during the warmest months of the year.
Imagine coming home to your very own private oasis after a long tiring day. It’s something I’ve been dreaming of for many years and I finally did it. I transformed my tiny urban backyard deck into a little piece of paradise without breaking the bank or undergoing any major renovations – and I love it.
During the holidays, my husband and I often go out to friends' houses for dinner and we always bring wine. Instead of buying traditional wine bags, I decided to make my own wine covers to add a personal and festive touch to the hostess gift this year.
You’re back from holidays with hundreds of great vacation photos, but what happens to those precious snaps once you’re home? I used to forget about them, only showing them off occasionally when asked about my holidays.
One of the best ways to add curb appeal to a house is by painting the front door. That's exactly what I did to spruce up my summer cottage and now the new purple front door is truly the focal point of the house.
When we're at our cottage, we literally live outside. Rain or shine we eat and entertain outside because that's what cottaging is all about. Since our deck is the most used room in the house (or out), my husband and I decided it was time to invest in new patio furniture.
Throw pillows, toss cushions, decorative pillows… whatever you call them, they take a lot of daily abuse. At my house (with kids) we sit on them, use them as back rests, shove them in corners to prop ourselves up, put our feet on them, set our laptops or dinner plates on them, and much more. With all that, they don’t always look magazine perfect, but when company’s coming we want them to look just right. So what do you do to get your throw pillows in shape?
All these hats used to sit on a shelf in the front closet of our family cottage. In addition to taking up valuable space I was afraid they might get damaged so I decided to create a hat wall.
Considering the amount of time we spend at our desks, it makes sense to have something pretty and interesting to look at, don't you think? You're lucky if you have a window to gaze out of, but those can be limited in office settings. So, if you're staring at a blank wall all day, how about jazzing it up with art and adding accessories to your work space? We had fun with ours by hanging a trendy black glasses frame, a white canvas and a super large clock - after all you need to know when it's time to log off.
Imagine if you could hang a gorgeous gallery of 12 frames like this one without using a hammer and nails... How is this possible you ask?! Well, it’s easy. You do it with frames that you simply push into the wall to hang. I know, I know, it sounds too good to be true - but in this case, it IS true.
Let's face it - if you're renting, you're probably hesitant to put too many holes in the walls for fear of not getting your damage deposit back, right? So how do you temporarily spruce up an apartment without sacrificing style? Do it with art! In my case, I did it with Rudolph. (He's become quite the fixture - in my blog posts, and on my wall)!
Last year, I held a quick poll on Facebook and asked whether or not I should paint my bronze equine bookends, white. Most of you said "NO". Well, that was then and this is now. I ended up painting them knowing they would be much more versatile with a fresh coat of white paint (sorry to disappoint you poll-takers)! What a difference!
Spring is in bloom, and so is our wall!
Art doesn't have to be expensive. You can make your own, just like we like we did. Aren't these prints beautiful? All we did was build a virtual bouquet - aka, picked photos of flowers that we liked on the internet. We chose mainly peonies because they are great spring flowers and well, it's one of our favorites. We also enlarged portions of the image to focus on aspects of the flowers that we liked.