Sunday, December 1, 2013

Christmas Home Tour 2013

Welcome to our home this Christmas, 2013! I had so much fun decorating these spaces, since they were renovated and redecorated during this past year (see my living room reveal here, dining room reveal here and kitchen reveal here). I didn't end up buying any new Christmas decor, other than greenery and ribbons, but having a 'new' space made all my 'old' decor seem fresh and different. Besides, I can't imagine using completely new decorations each year; my Christmas decor has been collected over the past many years, and it's a collection I cherish, and I'm sure to continue to add to year after year.

This post is already very long, and picture heavy, so I will let you enjoy the pictures, and keep my commentary to a minimum.

The Living Room:

Ahem, I didn't realize that ladder was there in the hall-evidence of our continued projects around here!

The stairway is a work in progress. Here you can see the start of our board and batten that will extend down the staircase, and a partially completed gallery wall. We are also painting the newel posts and baby gate, and adding a stair runner. Look for a reveal post in the near future!

The Kitchen:

The Dining Room:

We plan on adding a frame to the horse canvas. I was originally wanting to leave it as a stretched canvas, frameless, however, once it was up on the wall, it just seemed to need a frame.

The Sunroom:

Thank you for taking this tour of our holiday home!

Wishing you all the Merriest Christmas, and a wonderful New Year!

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A cozy corner

Thanks to a displacement from the Christmas tree, I have a new favorite cozy corner. I've moved my wingback chair that was in the living room into the adjoining sunroom. It's perfect in here for reading in front of the fireplace, looking out to the snow covered fields, or enjoying a cup of tea.

This wingback chair is one of my favorite pieces handed down to me by my Grandmother. While she had it reupholstered (or knowing her, reupholstered it herself), I wasn't a fan of the fabric she chose. I had a slipcover made, which you can read about here. This light coloured slip has washed beautifully (and with pets and 3 young kids, believe me, it's been washed!). My favorite element of the slipcover is the back, which unfortunately, in it's current spot, you can't really see:

You probably noticed that things are looking rather Christmasy around here. Yes, I'm mostly finished my decorating, but have a very good reason to have started early. I'll share the details why just as soon as I can!

After seeing how pretty and functional a chair is in this spot, I'm planning on getting a replacement for the wingback, once it's back in the living room after Christmas. I checked out the Home Decor Resource site through One King's Lane, and it's a wonderful source on chair styles, history etc-so much great information! Now, if only I could get OKL to ship to Canada =)

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Kitchen Renovation Part 3: Organization

This is the last of my posts on my newly remodeled kitchen. Today I wanted to show you behind the closed cupboards and drawers so you can see how I organized my kitchen.

Joan did a wonderful post about her kitchen organization, and many of her ideas inspired mine. I especially loved how she used those Walmart baskets to organize cutlery and other kitchen tools, but sadly, I couldn't find them in any of our Walmart stores.

Instead, I used a combination of custom and inexpensive drawer inserts.

For example, we had custom wood inserts made from our kitchen cabinet installers for our knives and cutlery:

However, I used inexpensive bamboo organizers in other drawers:

I found these at Costco. They are great since they can be modified to suit your can add or remove dividers, and slide them in or out to adjust to the size of your drawer.

I put all of my baking supplies in this one area.

Canisters from Walmart hold sugar and flour, and the small bowls above hold salt, pepper, lavender sugar and cinnamon sugar.

This drawer is devoted to items most often used for baking, and I took Joan's advice and separated my measuring spoons. I have also bought several sets so I don't have to keep washing in between measurements.

The cupboard above holds mostly goods for baking, and all my cookie cutters are on the highest shelf, since they are the least often used. The white plastic bins are from Ikea. They are found in the kitchen section, and come in this size and a larger one. I have bought many for the cupboards and pantry, and they are perfect for containing all those odds and ends that otherwise seem to scatter in your cupboards. For instance, one of those holds all my birthday candles, and another, cookie sprinkles and food colouring.

The cupboard below is divided to hold cookie trays, baking sheets etc.

My coffee area has often used supplies in the old wooden tool caddy, but many more teas, coffees and supplies such as the bean grinder, live in the cupboard and drawers right next to the machine.

Cookbooks live on the other side of the cupboard, but given my tendency to collect cookbooks, I can see myself running out of room here soon!

My spice drawer in my old kitchen was one of those narrow, pull out drawers next to the stove top. I thought it was great, but I love this one so much better! I hadn't realized how awkward it was to find the spices and read the labels. With this style of spice drawer, it is all easily visible.

Another trick I learned (probably from another blog, but I can't remember now!) is to roll your tea towels. I can fit so many more into the drawer by doing this:

If you'd like to see my previous kitchen posts, you can find the reveal here, part 1 here, and part 2 here.

If you follow my Instagram, you will have already seen my new piece of art for the dining room (thank you all who gave me your input!!). I have something on order for above the print, and will be sure to show you all the changes once they're done. Here's a sneak peek for now:

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