I don’t know what it is about January that makes me want to get cozy and stay in. I’m so excited to partner with Etsy and the ShopStyle team to showcase some of my favourite things for our home that spark that Hygge feeling. If you’re new to Etsy, it’s a community of sellers from around the world whom offer a huge selection of unique and creative goods. Find vintage, handmade, and interesting items spanning across categories such as home goods, jewelry, clothing, baby, art, and more. See a few of my favourites from this month:
I’m so excited to partner up with the Edmonton Renovation Show and Revolve to talk all things cozy in the home decor department. I definitely feel the pull to bring in cozy pieces into our home once we hit the first snow fall. It’s easily one of my favourite design tips for the winter months and I know you’ve seen me chat at length about it before. But a little knew fact about me, I actually practice the art of Hygge all year round. If you haven’t heard of this design trend, it’s easy to think about it in 3 simple ways: make your home cozy, inviting and comfortable. Leading with that feeling of cozy, it’ll feel make your decor inviting for guests and invoke that happily STAY home to relax mentality.
There are 5 easy items you can work into a room to create a Hygge inspired design: cushy pillows, candles, soft or furry blankets/throws, plush rugs and fireplaces.
What I love about The Art of Cozy is that it’s simple and easy. Blankets, pillows, and throws can easily be changed out throughout the year to switch up a colour palette for a room. Candles can immediately have an impact just with scent memory alone. I love to do floral in the warmer months and spicy for masculine scents in the winter like Balsam. Most people look at the concept of the fireplace as a main obstacle to achieve that cozy cabin feeling. But there are so many faux plug in options available these days at almost any price point. And my favourite c out effect trick, wood wick candles will give off the glow, scent and sounds of a burning fireplace. You get that crackle for a fraction of the price.
I love attending the Renovation Show each year. It can give you both small refresh ideas or connect you with contractors for big home building projects. To find more inspiration on adding the perfect cozy elements into your home, visit the Cabin Fever feature designed by Revolve Furnishings, also inspired by Hygge decor. I’m giving away a few pairs of tickets on Instagram, head over to my feed and look for one of these photos to enter.
Here is my final holiday home reveal of the season. With December here in full swing, I’ve finished my decorating for the season with A LOT of help from Canadian Tire. If you’ve followed me for a while you know I love this Canadian retailer. Supporting Canadian brands is very important to me as a main theme of my blog messaging throughout the years. This is why I’m so excited to share our dining room and mantel space with almost EVERYTHING from Canadian Tire’s CANVAS Collection. They have a wide assortment of stylish, on-trend décor to make your Christmas feel fabulous. What I love about holiday decor shopping with Canadian Tire most? They organize décor in colour coordinated aisles! That’s right! You pick the colour trend that you are feeling for your home, and browse that aisle for all your holiday needs in one spot. It takes out the guess work and you don’t need to be an interior designer to put together a trendy look. From entertaining needs to this year’s must-have toys, to of course, holiday décor, Canadian Tire is truly Canada’s Christmas Store and I’m so excited to share this partnership with you.
We have the tradition of setting up a Christmas Village every year in our dining room. Each week in December we pull a house out of storage and add to our little holiday town. The kids love to look into the windows and see what the family is up to. We found this cute Yoga studio at Canadian Tire to start off our set up this year.
When I first shared this concept on my Instagram Stories in October, I had tons of interest in how it went but I also got a handful of concerns. So I thought I’d address those right off the hop, no I am not painting family heirlooms or priceless collectables. We do have a lite Christmas village that I would never think of painting and YES it’s my biggest pet peeve when influencers paint everything white… including things that are of value or priceless vintage finds. I assure you these houses are cheap and not collectable! With that being said, let’s chat about my DIY spray painted white minimalist christmas village project. When I say more neutral houses spring onto the decor scene last year from Pottery Barn and Homesense, I knew they would fit our mantel so well. BUT the price tag was too steep and unfortunately they didn’t go on major clearance after the holidays last year. So I decided to find a few cheap tea light christmas houses from Kajiji to paint myself. I bought these for $5 and under… but I know if i had been proactive I could have probably found a few in garage sales over the summer for less. Less detailed options can sometimes be found at your local Dollar Store too.
I used half a can of RustoleumPainter’s Touch 2X in a flat white / satin finish. I felt not using gloss kept them more modern and minimal in appearance but that’s just my preference. These are sprayed in “blossom white” or a flat white. 2 coats were applied.
Welcome to one of my favourite interior design posts of the year, our Autumn home tour. This season, we were traveling as you probably noticed on my Instagram. Unfortunately we only had time to let you see two rooms when we usually do 6! This year I wanted to add some feminine touches and offset the more masculine furniture pieces we own for both the living-room and dining space. I’m loving non-traditional colours for this transition into fall and I hope you do too! I’ve linked up some incredible Canadian Bloggers sharing their fall home design this week at the end of the post. I hope you’ll follow along with our home tour week.