I made a “real” garland for the first time last Christmas and was super happy with how it turned out. I was really looking forward to making another one this Christmas, but to be honest, I’m not 100% happy with how it turned out. It’s way bushier than I intended it to be, but I also don’t care enough to redo it, haha. I’m learning how to be less of a perfectionist. There’s a time and a place to be relentless, and a time and a place to accept things and move on.
I still think it looks good, and anyway, the process was still super satisfying, as DIYs tend to be. Here’s how I made my Christmas fireplace garland from real evergreen branches!
You may have noticed by now, but I love decorating the front door with the seasons and holidays. It just adds a little extra something special to the joy of coming home after a long day out. This year for the holidays/winter season, I decided to use my trusty porch planters to create a lively evergreen porch display. Here’s how I did it! Continue reading “DIY Holiday Planter Arrangement”→
Halloween’s not my favourite holiday, but it has its moments. I have a weird fascination with the possibility that ghosts might exist. And I actually like horror movies (good ones) and being scared from time to time. Also….any excuse to decorate, amirite?
This year, along with some standard dollar store bits and bobs, I wrote a little story about ghosts and recorded it with spooky music for your listening pleasure. It’s not super scary, if you’re too afeared to listen. I was trying to create a mood more than actually scare anyone. As you may have gathered from the title of this blog and the many times I have reiterated it, my tastes are somewhat eclectic and I like trying new things. Let me know what you think.
I love seasonal decor. We’re lucky in a lot of ways that we live in a place that so clearly has four seasons. (Talk to me in February and I’ll be singing a different tune…) Nevertheless, that period of time in between two seasons is always so fun and exciting. As much as I love summer, after a while, I always get a little tired of wearing the same clothes, using the same colour palette and being surrounded by the same kind of energy. Exchanging the pink flowers for red leaves around the house always adds the final dot to the ellipsis of summer’s end for me. These are some of the ways I like bowing down to autumn as I open the door to her passing visit. Continue reading “Easy Fall Decor Ideas”→
The living room is my favourite room in the house. I had a real vision for how I wanted it to be and it’s turned out better than I had envisioned. It really makes me feel like I’m “home.” Of course everyone likes to make up their abodes to their own tastes, but I don’t think I’m wrong in assuming that interior decorating matters a lot more to me than most people. It’s not just that I spend every day working, living, and relaxing at home. It’s not just that I like having nice things and I do, I just know my level of anal in terms of how I like things to be just so, is shall we say, more than the average person’s.
It’s something I can’t really explain, about how looking at a beautiful armchair makes me feel happy. How my Moroccan side table just looks happier now that I’ve paired it with an incredible vintage, tufted, red velvet armchair. It’s as if the red of the chair adds an extra level of luster to the gold finish. There’s a brightness to the table that I never saw before. As if its spirits have lifted now that I found it a soulmate.
If I could describe my style (both fashion and decor-wise) in one word, it would be eclectic. Kinda obvious from the title of this blog… But my philosophy is basically that there are so many beautiful things in the world, why limit yourself by just choosing one, when you can have all of them? That might be a selfish or hoard-y philosophy, but I think my dishware collection perfectly sums up what I mean. You COULD get a set of matching plates and bowls in a pattern you like… OR … you could collect every dish and bowl you happen upon and your natural reflex is to gasp and whisper “preeeeety….”
There’s this little part on the outside wall in our dining room that kind of juts out a bit more than the rest and I thought a console table would be perfect to house some of the prettier things we had that were just sitting inside kitchen cupboards. I’m still holding out for the perfect pre-loved hutch to complete the dining room, but as my fellow thrifters know all too well, it can be a years-long waiting game when your heart’s set on vintage furniture.
But rather than spend several hundred bucks on an attractive console table that would be large enough to fit this odd indent in the room, I decided to try making my own out of wooden crates. If you’re into the rustic chic look, this makes a really interesting-looking display shelf or bookcase!