January 8, 2016

Happy New Year! Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas holiday and is settling into 2016.


While you are thinking about your plans for the year and your goals, don't forget to look ahead and think about your house or cottage projects. If you are planning on a renovatio...

December 3, 2015

Today, I am just going to share a tiny little simple detail a lot people over look when they are putting up their tree. Keeping this in mind can help you create a magical looking Christmas tree.


You need to create a sense of depth for a great looking tree.


To start, th...

November 26, 2015

I love comparing a good "before and after". I love to see improvements on how people are living and using their spaces. Your home should be a reflection of who you are and make you feel most comfortable. It was time to update this bathroom so the new homeowners could e...

November 19, 2015

So recently I thought I'd try something new. Something I've never tried before. I wanted to learn more, I wanted to get my hands dirty, I wanted a challenge to see if it was something I could do, I wanted to create.


So…I signed up for pottery lessons. It was something...

November 4, 2015

So recently I decided to jump on board with this trend…


…in my own way of course.


I loved seeing all the beautiful tree stumps being brought in doors to be used as a side table, extra seating, or a stool. It's a contemporary, clean looking way to incorporate nature. It...

October 26, 2015

Now that winter is on its way and the gardening season is over for this year I thought I'd follow up on my spring gardening post. I honestly wish the season was a bit longer, but I'll take what I can get. The winter break is nice as well. Over all our garden did well t...

October 8, 2015

I love the fall!


I will miss the warmth and sunshine of summer!


But I still love the fall.


There is something about the smell in the air,

the colours of the trees around you,

the cooler temperatures that allow you to cuddle up in a thick sweater again,

the leaves crunchin...

September 25, 2015

Well as promised I decided to paint the front door.


Here it is…


 At the moment I have started a little fall decorating. I have gathered some corn stocks and burlap to create a quick simple vignette. These were all things I already had. I'm sure a pumpkin or two will be...

August 27, 2015

This is a little project I completed earlier this year in the spring.




This is the rocking chair I rocked my babies in when they were small. However, now they are growing up and no longer rock with me in the middle of the night. Bitter/Sweet!



Instead of leaving this...

July 29, 2015

This is a follow up post from my last porch post. My last post I talked about the exterior as a whole and how adding a porch made a big difference to the look of our home. Check out the before and after here


Today I'm going to talk about the pretty, the little detail...

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