cozy up your home

The temperature is falling, the days are getting shorter and we are spending more and more time inside. It’s time to prepare our homes for the steadily increasing cold!
There are so many things we can do to make our homes cozy and welcoming.
Here are just a few tips to inspire you. Enjoy!

1. Go natural:

Nature inspired objects add interest and warmth to a space. Place a wooden
bowl on your coffee table and fill it with yarn wrapped or grapevine balls or acorns,

or use a sea grass basket for newspapers and magazines.

Add a natural side table- (do you know someone who plans to cut down a tree?)

This one is from Dwell Studio for $149.

If you’d like to make your own,  click here.

Bring the outside in – use interesting branches in a vase , a large urn, or simply prop on a sideboard or mantel.


Burlap is back! Purchase or make some burlap cushions- another natural element for your room. I’m loving  the printed ones that are all the rage right now!


Want to try making these? Click here for detailed instructions . A personalized monogram one would be beautiful.

2. Add comfort:

A rug under your feet is bliss on a cold day, and adds warmth to a room-

Place a soft, textured throw over the sofa or on the end of the bed for easy
access to extra warmth –

Lots of pillows on the couch or bed implies comfort at its best. Don’t get too carried away, though- your guests do need room to sit!  Remove summery colors and hues, and add in pillows in warm tones and with lots of texture-



3. Add light:

Make sure there is plenty of accent lighting for those dark, dreary days.
Add a table lamp if needed for reading. Check out this stunning one from Currey and Company- priced at $625 ! Who wants to pay that much?

Any “do-it-yourselfer” could have something just as beautiful  made in a few hours! I hope to give a tutorial on this soon!

Use lots of candles! Not only do they provide a warm and welcoming light, you can also purchase them in beautiful scents. Votives and pillar candles look wonderful in a grouping for more impact-


Even if the thought of all that ice and snow makes you shiver uncontrollably, (can you tell I’m not a true Canadian?) you can make your home a sanctuary of warmth and comfort with just a few simple decor changes.

Keep warm , everyone!

Janette.

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stylish ideas for fall decor

Hi again everyone!

It’s time for fall decorating! The traditional method of decorating for fall has never really impressed me much, mostly because orange and brown are my least favourite colours.
However, there are so many different ways to decorate your home for the season – the options are endless. Here are some pictures to inspire you to be original and stand out from the crowd!

fill a bare spot in the gardens with white pumpkins

clean and modern table centrepiece

green and white mantle decor

use chartreuse and purple in fall arrangements

small pumpkins and gourds under glass

black and white is ALWAYS in style

Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

Janette.

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online redesign

Hi everyone-

It has been ages since I posted on my blog- life has been way too busy:) Now that the kids are back at school, I’m hoping to have many quiet hours making up for my neglect in this department.

I am very excited to share my new venture with you all – online redesign.

 Some of you may have come across this already, but it is a fairly new concept.

Here’s how it works-

1. You send me pictures of the room you would like to have redesigned.

2. I will then ask you to fill in a short and simple questionnaire-just so that I can determine your style, budget  and needs for the space.

3. I will then send you a detailed floor plan, along with a mood board and a list of suggestions to explain my design.

And just like that- you have a new space !

Online decorators’ fees start at around $500 per room.

As a special introductory offer I will give the first 3 people who sign up, a full online design for the low cost of $150.

If you have ever wondered how to get the most out of your space without paying high designer prices- here’s your chance!

I leave you today with a picture I took at the Interior Design Show- just to remind ourselves that summer isn’t over yet!

summer colours

Outdoor chairs in luscious colour

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hamilton event decorator – grade eight graduation

How do you transform a dark, bare and cold church basement into a wonderful place to celebrate the end of eight years of elementary school? Grade Eight students needed a basement makeover for their graduation day, so we transformed it into a classy, fun and special place for their graduation dinner. The green, white and black colour scheme makes it look fresh and formal at the same time. The black and white candies as a favour for the guests were a great hit! Lots of twinkly lights, throw pillows on the extra long pews, low hanging white lanterns and artwork on the wall all helped to make this space both warm and welcoming for students and guests.

BEFORE:

AFTER:

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welcome

Welcome to my blog! I hope you find it both inspiring and enjoyable. Please feel free to leave your comments- I’d love to hear from you.

 

Janette.

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