A look back at 2016

Jan 11, 2017

Hi & welcome to 2017! I hope you had a relaxing, fun and happy holiday break. I certainly did, enjoying lots of coffee & baileys curled up by the fire watching movies while the pretty snow fell outside. As I'm a bit of a winter romantic, Mother Nature really pulled through and gave me the white Christmas of my dreams.

Having savoured every minute of downtime over the break, I'm feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to take on the world - or maybe just my next home decorating project. Either way, I'm feeling motivated and excited as I look forward to the year ahead.

For my first post of the New Year I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the highlights of 2016, before sharing my plans for 2017.

1. Home & Cabin Tour

I think you can probably guess what my top blog event for 2016 was. Yes, it was absolutely my home tour feature with Home & Cabin Magazine! I am still so surprised and thrilled that our home was photographed and displayed in their winter edition; it was definitely a design dream come true.
Photo Credit: Tobias Romaniuk, Home & Cabin

2. Master Bathroom Reveal

Back in January we revealed our master bathroom makeover. To date, the completion of this project has been my favourite accomplishment to date in our home, and also the biggest undertaking. We completed most of this project on our own, with the wonderful help of family & friends. There was no shortage of bumps in the road, but once it was all said and done, the space was exactly as we had envisioned it; the delays, mishaps and mix-ups were all worth it.

3. One Room Challenge: The Sunroom

Participating in the One Room Challenge is always a highlight for me. For those of you not familiar, the One Room Challenge is a 6 week design challenge hosted by Calling It Home. Designers, aspiring designers, bloggers and everyday design enthusiasts, commit to making over one room in 6 weeks, sharing updates and progress as we go.

For the challenge this past Spring, I completed the makeover of our sunroom. With more windows than walls, it's a bit of an awkward space to design and furnish. I used a mixture of patterns and textures to pull together a room that was bright and airy but also cozy and comforting. I can't wait to take part in the next challenge.

2016 was certainly a great year with many highlights. As we continue to renovate and remodel our home, I'm excited to share with you some new changes in 2017. Thank you for tagging along with us on this journey, I wish you a happy and inspiring 2017 and I would love to hear more from you this year! Feel free to get in touch via e-mail or on social media, you can find me on Instagram and Facebook.

Christmas Home Tour

Dec 24, 2016

As it's Christmas Eve, I'd like to wish you & yours a very wonderful holiday season!
This blog post is a little later than I had planned, but what better time to share my Christmas Home Tour than Christmas Eve? After weeks of prepping and planning and busy days, the time has finally come to sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful holiday decor. 

Please come on in and have a look around!

This year I stepped completely out of my comfort zone and decorated our tree with bright, fun, playful colors - pink, turquoise and green with lots of glitter and sparkle. I really love how it turned out. 
The rest of my Christmas decor was kept fairly traditional with reds, greens, golds and silvers. This year I even decided to put up a second tree in the dining room which I decorated in neutrals of white, black and silver. 

Hosting friends and family is one of my favourite things to do during the holidays. I like to set the dining room table and have it all ready for when guests arrive. The dining room decor was kept fairly neutral with metallic accents adding some holiday flavour.

Since we are spending our first Christmas Eve at home (we usually stay with family), I decided to add some touches of Christmas decor to our master bedroom as well. The beautiful lumbar pillow with mittens is by local textile artist Brindy Linens. The Christmas items on my nightstand I've had since childhood and are very special to me.

Thank you for coming along on this tour.
I'm off to get ready for Christmas Eve festivities - dinner and traditions with family. 

Behind the Scenes | Home & Cabin

Dec 7, 2016

In today's post I'm taking you behind the scenes! This is a look into my photo shoot with Home & Cabin Magazine, Newfoundland & Labrador's go-to magazine showcasing interesting and unique homes, cabins, art and more.  As a home-decor enthusiast, I have been an avid reader of the magazine since returning home in 2014.  With four editions each year, there is an abundance of interesting stories, intriguing makeovers, plus fabulous design and decor . From heritage homes that have been gently and carefully refurbished to new builds showcasing the top trends in style and design, I look forward to each new quarterly edition. A favourite of mine is the features on local artists who have skilled talents in areas such as furniture making or painting.

Home & Cabin Winter Edition

My first exciting appearance in Home & Cabin was through the Re:Make Challenge last fall. My  DIY pallet headboard project was chosen as top prize winner - such an unexpected surprise! That project was a fun experience; however, it was definitely outdone when I was contacted by Home & Cabin to be photographed and featured in the magazine's winter edition this year.

The Editor at Home & Cabin, Tobias, arrived bright and early on a rainy Saturday morning in September to shoot my home. We started the day with a quick tour and then sat down for the interview portion of the feature. Sitting comfortably around my kitchen table, Tobias proceeded to ask me questions relating to my blog and how and why I started blogging and decorating.  While we proceeded on a tour throughout our home, I provided a brief synopsis describing the transformation of each room, including my favourite aspects of each space. To be honest, it felt a little strange to be recorded while giving such a detailed tour of my home, but after a few minutes it just felt like I was giving the tour to a close, curious friend.

Once the interview was finished, it was time for the photos. Tobias and I took on the task of lugging his abundance of photography equipment up to the second floor to photograph the master bedroom and ensuite (a major reno project recently and happily completed!). I have no doubt that his photos came out quite a lot better than mine! Although mine are a little blurry, I wanted to include them to display a little behind the scenes look at the day.

So much equipment is involved in getting the right shot, including having the proper lighting. Tobias walked me through the different equipment and techniques he was using, explaining the benefits and outcomes of each. Several shots were taken at various angles of the same space. Of all the shots taken, only a select few would make the cut. 

Once finished upstairs, we moved downstairs to set up for photographing the living and dining rooms. By early afternoon, Tobias was finished and the photo shoot was over.

Quite a lot of work, but the end result is a fantastic editorial with stunning visuals - a captivating aspect of each Home & Cabin edition. After speaking with Tobias, who clearly has a passion and love for his work, you can understand and appreciate that it's all worth it to see the final product come together. Just like anything that may seem tedious or time consuming, when you fuel that task with passion, it's very much worth the effort.

Home & Cabin is sold at several locations province wide. The winter edition is now in stores, be sure to pick up your copy (and quickly flip to page 60!).