Sunday, December 15, 2013

Christmas Tour!

It's that time of year again!

We haven't had much snow here in Kelowna, mostly a lot of grey skies and dark afternoons, so unfortunately I haven't been feeling very festive! That and working in retail means a lot of extra hours during December (and a lot less free time for blogging). However, my house definitely does not reflect that! And by now several people have inquired about a Christmas post (or lack thereof), so it's time! Let's go:

The living/dining room:


This mirror was black when I bought it, but it felt too stark and matchy-matchy with our dining lamp. I gave it a whitewash but left the spaces in between black, I really like how it turned out!

A stenciling project, branches and lights gave this area some 'wow' factor!


Reindeer are the center of my Christmas decorating!



A stuffed reindeer and some hats for couple of very special puppies I know (I'm obsessed with my sister and her boyfriend's dogs; I can't have pets in my apartment so they get spoiled)!

Cozy nordic print blanket (a gift from Tristan last year)!        

You can NEVER go wrong buying classic white bowls in unique shapes. I have two and I've given a few as gifts over the years. They're beautiful, useful, and the price is definitely right (the one pictured here was only $8!).

Hurricane vases filled with ornaments look gorgeous placed on any surface.

My stunning cabinet (cost $75 at a secondhand store, best deal I've ever gotten on a piece of furniture).           

Into the kitchen:



The newest addition to my reindeer addiction; she cost $16 at Homesense.        

Candy is the easiest decorating tool!         

 I adore seasonal handsoaps.

Down the hall to Tristan's bathroom:


Into the bedroom:

This pillow was $9 at Superstore, I bought one for the living room as well.

And last (and kind of least; I haven't decorated much in here!), my bathroom:

I hope you enjoyed the tour!!

Love, Jamie

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Kitchen Makeover

In the spirit of my bedroom makeover, I've decided to slowly attack certain areas of my home I've been neglecting. The kitchen was a big one, that I was not looking forward to doing as it seemed so overwhelming. Over the past two years my kitchen has changed A LOT, and often. But instead of feeling fresh and new, it just felt old and kind of dingy. There were a lot of holes in the walls, and it was pretty much where all the decor I vetoed from other rooms ended up. So basically it was the 'room' equivalent of a junk drawer (with a nice table cloth!). Here is a picture of right before the makeover:

It was alright, but it wasn't anything to write home about. See what I mean about all the randoms ending up in here? The mirror, the shelf covered in crap, my 'Seas the Day' board (which I still love, but it's not summer anymore!) .. it was just nagging the back of my mind. All the time. However, I didn't want to drop a bunch of money and have it still look like a department store clearance shelf. So, the first thing I did was completely empty it. Then I cleaned it like I've never cleaned before. My lovely Tristan then filled all the holes in the walls for me, and I had my blank canvas.

My next action was to go through ALL my cupboards. I allotted myself a budget of $50 for any new items, but the bulk of it needed to come from things I already owned. I was tired of the endless cycle of buying new things and ending up not loving them. All those sale items add up, and they add up to a huge waste of money, and a huge waste of space (although my sister Danielle and Big Brothers and Sisters do benefit from this, once in awhile they receive a bag/box of stuff from me. Nothing goes in the trash).

Once I had compiled my items, and Tristan had hung my selected pieces on the wall (after he made sure I laid it out on the floor to prevent me wanting them moved around again...), I got to work.

I wanted something that would flow seamlessly from season to season, so I used a lot of white dishes as decor. I've always wanted that classic country look but I never could get it quite right. I think this worked out pretty well though!

No need for a new table runner! Turn it over and its brand new.

This bowl was one of my new purchases, it was $7.99 at Winners/Homesense. I love the detail.

These saucers and ramekins were my grandmother's, as was the vinegar bottle on the above shelf. It feels nice having them out on display.

My finished layout.

The curtains were also one of my new purchases, they were $27 on sale at Winners/Homesense. I had had my eye on them since they arrived at the store, but they would not have matched the kitchen in the first photo! Now they're perfect. I used a piece of twine to hang the colander, I really like the effect.

I had these frames kicking around, waiting to be used, so I used some scrapbook paper to create some easy diy art. In case you can't see it, they spell out J & T.

Last new purchase. These tea towels were $2 each at Superstore.

And my birds of course still have a home on top of the stove!

And that concludes the tour of my new kitchen. At the end of the day I came in under budget at around $40. $40 well spent in my opinion!

Love, Jamie