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Magical Animal Adoption Agency Party Part II -The Activities

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party: create your own agency with stiffed animals and activities for the perfect birthday party.

Last time a shared the amazing unicorn and rainbow inspired dessert table from our Magical Animal Adoption Agency Party, and today I can’t wait to share the activities with you.

My daughter Maddie turned 10 last month and to celebrate we had a Magical Animal Adoption Agency Party.  If you’ve never read the books before you’ll love the story of how a little girl named Clover discovers the Magical Animal Adoption Agency in the woods one day and spends the summer volunteering there.  The Agency is filled with magical animals like unicorns, magical kittens,invisiable puppies, and fairy horses.

For the party we thought it would be fun to recreate the Magical Animal Adoption Agency so that Maddie and her friends could adopt their own magical animals.

We made sure to invite the girls in plenty of time and let them know that if they had a chance to read the book before coming it would make the party even more fun.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party: create your own agency with stiffed animals and activities for the perfect birthday party.

As guests arrived we had a few little details from the book, like a garden gnome by the door who guards the agency at night.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party: create your own agency with stiffed animals and activities for the perfect birthday party.

Inside guest made their way past the amazing Unicorn and Rainbow Dessert Table in the dinning room and into the living room where we had our agency all set up.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party: create your own agency with stiffed animals and activities for the perfect birthday party.

We added some details from the book to the living room for the party, like Mr. Jam’s desk, and the wishing book.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party: create your own agency with stiffed animals and activities for the perfect birthday party.

In book one, Mr. Jams who runs the agency is called away on business and leaves Clover a note asking her to look after the it while he’s gone, so we made a version of the note from the book and left it on his desk, along with some tea and cinnamon toast, which he’s always eating.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party: create your own agency with stiffed animals and activities for the perfect birthday party.

We also made a version of The Wishing Book, where people can come and leave their name and a request for a certain animal if it’s not at the agency. The next time the agency gets that particular magical animal, they’ll call anyone who’s requested it first.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party: create your own agency with stiffed animals and activities for the perfect birthday party.

And over the fireplace, more rainbows and unicorn sayings.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party: create your own agency with stiffed animals and activities for the perfect birthday party.

We turned a shelf in the living room into our pets cages where our friends could see them all and read about their magical qualities.  The Magical Animal Adoption Agency website is amazing and has some great descriptions of the animals that we printed out and added to their cages.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party: create your own agency with stiffed animals and activities for the perfect birthday party.

For the party, everyone got to choose their own magical animal stuffie and then do different activities with them at different stations.  The stuffies doubled as the party activity and take home favour.

Based on the books, here’s what we came up with for our magical animals.

We had some fire salamanders -in the book these little guys are fire-hot, heat loving salamanders.  We found some at the dollar store and decorated their cage with some faux greens and rocks.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party: create your own agency with stiffed animals and activities for the perfect birthday party.

We also had Esmeralda the toad.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party: create your own agency with stiffed animals and activities for the perfect birthday party.

Next was one of my favourites, the fairy horses -these are fairy sized horses.  We used play mobile horses for ours.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party: create your own agency with stiffed animals and activities for the perfect birthday party.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party: create your own agency with stiffed animals and activities for the perfect birthday party.

Next was the jeweled tortoise.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party: create your own agency with stiffed animals and activities for the perfect birthday party.

On the next row we had the magical kittens.  Each had a different magical power -the first one could shoot lightning.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party: create your own agency with stiffed animals and activities for the perfect birthday party.

The second magical kitten could throw frost and freeze things.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party: create your own agency with stiffed animals and activities for the perfect birthday party.

The third magical kitten could do acrobatics.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party: create your own agency with stiffed animals and activities for the perfect birthday party.

We also had the unknown egg, the subject of the second book in the series.  No one knows exactly what it contains, but it’s to be bedded with soft feathers.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party: create your own agency with stiffed animals and activities for the perfect birthday party.

Next came the dragons.  There cages were quite stark because of the obvious dangers of fire.  A bucket of water was near by.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party: create your own agency with stiffed animals and activities for the perfect birthday party.

Lastly there was an invisible unknown creature.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party: create your own agency with stiffed animals and activities for the perfect birthday party.

I picked up all the stuffies at different toy stores.

The party guests and the birthday girl all choose out an animal to adopt.  Everyone got a change to fill out their adoption certificate for their new pet -you can find one here.

I set up various stations for the girls to visit with their pets around the kitchen and living room.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party: create your own agency with stiffed animals and activities for the perfect birthday party.

In the book, there is mention of all the special and different foods that the various animals eat, so I had fun making a centre piece of them in the kitchen.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party: create your own agency with stiffed animals and activities for the perfect birthday party.

The oats and the sugar beet biscuits are for the unicorns -we didn’t see any of those at our party, since they’re kept out in the stables.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party: create your own agency with stiffed animals and activities for the perfect birthday party.

The fairy horses like the oats and apples too, they’re served in thimbles for them.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party: create your own agency with stiffed animals and activities for the perfect birthday party.

The sugar cubes are for the fairy horses too, and the full moon beams are for polishing the unicorn horns.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party: create your own agency with stiffed animals and activities for the perfect birthday party.

The squashed flies (rolled up pieces of black tissue paper) are for the toad of course.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party: create your own agency with stiffed animals and activities for the perfect birthday party.

And the chilis are for the fire salamanders.  The star dust and moon dust are also for polishing unicorn horns.

After the girls had their adoption certificates filled out it was time to take their pets to each station.  The first one was to design a pet box.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party: create your own agency with stiffed animals and activities for the perfect birthday party.

We had some cardboard carry boxes that everyone could decorate with stickers and washi tape, and their new pets name.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party: create your own agency with stiffed animals and activities for the perfect birthday party.

This was a great first activity because the girls could use them as they visited all the other stations and put their goodies inside.

After the boxes were made the girls took their new pets to the make a collar station.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party: create your own agency with stiffed animals and activities for the perfect birthday party.

We had some pretty beads and cord and little cardboard tags where the girls could write their new pets names for their collars.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party: create your own agency with stiffed animals and activities for the perfect birthday party.

The next station was the washing room and grooming station.  We picked up little nail brushes for them to brush their pets.  And just like in the book, there were toothbrushes to groom the little fairy horses.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party: create your own agency with stiffed animals and activities for the perfect birthday party.

Everyone also got a rubber duckie and wash cloth and a little toy for their new pet to play with.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party: create your own agency with stiffed animals and activities for the perfect birthday party.

Next was the Vet Station, where the girls could give their pets a check up before taking them home.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party: create your own agency with stiffed animals and activities for the perfect birthday party.

Everyone also got a container of Magical Animal Vitamins (gourmet jellybeans) just like some of the animals in the book needed each day.  For anything more serious there was the phone number for Dr. Nettie North, the magical veterinarian.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party: create your own agency with stiffed animals and activities for the perfect birthday party.

The final station was a spot to make your animals food.  We set this one up outside near the sandbox, and put out some fun “ingredients”.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party: create your own agency with stiffed animals and activities for the perfect birthday party.

Everyone used a flower pot to make their own concoction.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party: create your own agency with stiffed animals and activities for the perfect birthday party.

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The glitter was a huge hit -of course.

The girls played outside and had a few fun adventures with their magical pets until it was dinner time.  We had easy takeout pizza and veggies and dip.  The real hit of dinner was the dessert table -you can read all about here if you missed it.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party: create your own agency with stiffed animals and activities for the perfect birthday party.

And then after dinner, the best activity ever -we got to Skype with Kallie George the Magical Animal Adoption Agency Books author!

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party: create your own agency with stiffed animals and activities for the perfect birthday party.

Talking with Kallie was certainly the highlight of the party and such a special, special treat for Maddie.  Kallie is the sweetest and we all loved hearing all about how she’d been writing since she was a little girl and what inspired the series.  It was especially exciting and inspirational since she’s a fellow Canadian.

It truly was a magical party!

With a Magical Animal Adoption Agency in your living room, life really is a party!

Magical Animal Adoption Party -Part I “The Food”

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Party -A beautiful Rainbow and Unicorn Dessert Table for a Magical Animal Adoption Agency Children's Books themed party.

I’m so excited to share with you my daughter’s Magical Animal Adoption Agency Party.  If you’ve never read the books before you’re in for a treat.  Any little girl would love them!

The stories are about a girl named Clover who discovers a Magical Animal Adoption Agency in the woods one day, and volunteers as a helper there.  The agency helps magical animals -like unicorns, invisible puppies, dragons, magical kittens and more find new adoptive families.  The stories are lovely and made the perfect theme for a birthday party.  The main idea of our party was that we would re-create the Magical Animal Adoption Agency at our house and Maddie and her friends could come and adopt a magical animal of their own.

I’ll share all the details of how we made our agency and the magical animals and activities in Part II of this party, but for part I let’s start with the food and the amazing Rainbow Unicorn Dessert Table.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Party -A beautiful Rainbow and Unicorn Dessert Table for a Magical Animal Adoption Agency Children's Books themed party.

We had so much fun creating a dessert table in a world of magical unicorns and rainbows!  Every little girls dream.  We started out with the beautiful rainbow flower backdrop.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Party -A beautiful Rainbow and Unicorn Dessert Table for a Magical Animal Adoption Agency Children's Books themed party.

We’ve made paper flowers a few times, you can see exactly how to make them here at our Paper Flower Making Video.  For this party we wanted a rainbow theme, so we made our flowers in a pastel rainbow colours.  A lot of the flowers we already had from other parties, and to make them fit this theme we added colour with paint.

To hang our backdrop, we hot glued the flowers to some large pieces of sketching paper that comes on a roll.  I reinforced a few spots by hot gluing heavy cardboard to the back.  I then used a darning needle to stitch a few pieces of string through the cardboard to hang the paper from.  It worked really well.

We created a pastel rainbow of flowers and hung a beautiful unicorn head in the middle.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Party -A beautiful Rainbow and Unicorn Dessert Table for a Magical Animal Adoption Agency Children's Books themed party.

Since the Magical Animal Adoption Agency books take place in the woods, we wanted a forest feel to the room, so we used two small trees on either side of the dessert table.  The trees are real trees that I cut and placed in cement in a galvanized bucket so they wouldn’t tip over.  These are actually two of the ones I made for our Christmas dining room forest, and saved for Maddie’s party.   For this party I used fairy lights and some pretty butterfly garland in the trees.  I covered the cement base with some moss.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Party -A beautiful Rainbow and Unicorn Dessert Table for a Magical Animal Adoption Agency Children's Books themed party.

To carry on the forest feel, we decorated the table with a moss runner, some fun mushrooms made from air dry clay and more fairy lights.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Party -A beautiful Rainbow and Unicorn Dessert Table for a Magical Animal Adoption Agency Children's Books themed party.

We were trying to create the magical woods feeling.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Party -A beautiful Rainbow and Unicorn Dessert Table for a Magical Animal Adoption Agency Children's Books themed party.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Party -A beautiful Rainbow and Unicorn Dessert Table for a Magical Animal Adoption Agency Children's Books themed party.

On the dessert table we made a few special treats for the day.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Party -A beautiful Rainbow and Unicorn Dessert Table for a Magical Animal Adoption Agency Children's Books themed party.

In the second Magical Animal Adoption Agency book in the series -The Enchanted Egg, there is a beautiful impromtu picnic where everyone has light as air cupcakes.  The cupcakes are so light that they sometimes float away.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Party -A beautiful Rainbow and Unicorn Dessert Table for a Magical Animal Adoption Agency Children's Books themed party.

So we had a few cupcakes floating up and one in a tree branch.  These cupcakes were delicious.  They were made with a vanilla cake mix, but for something special some have raspberry jam in the middle, and some have nutella in the middle.  Yum.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Party -A beautiful Rainbow and Unicorn Dessert Table for a Magical Animal Adoption Agency Children's Books themed party.

Another treat inspired by the book where Mr. Jam’s Jam Cookies.  Mr. Jam’s runs the Magical Animal Adoption Agency.  And in the books he’s always eating jam sandwiches, so we thought some jam sandwich cookies were the perfect addition.  You can find our recipe for Jam Cookies here.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Party -A beautiful Rainbow and Unicorn Dessert Table for a Magical Animal Adoption Agency Children's Books themed party.

We also made some Unicorn Bark.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Party -A beautiful Rainbow and Unicorn Dessert Table for a Magical Animal Adoption Agency Children's Books themed party.

The Unicorn Bark was really easy to make and all the girls loved it!  We started out with some white chocolate melted and spread on some parchment paper on a cookie sheet.  Next we added different blobs of pink, turquoise, and purple melted chocolate.  Then we ran a toothpick through it while it was still melted to create the beautiful marble effect.  Then we added some special sprinkles,  and edible glitter.  I especially love the little stars.  When the chocolate was hardened we broke it into pieces.  I love how pretty it is!

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Party -A beautiful Rainbow and Unicorn Dessert Table for a Magical Animal Adoption Agency Children's Books themed party.

Since the whole party was inspired by the idea of rainbows and unicorns, we wanted to include some rainbow food.  We made rainbow jello.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Party -A beautiful Rainbow and Unicorn Dessert Table for a Magical Animal Adoption Agency Children's Books themed party.

Since we wanted pastel rainbows we tried a recipe where you mix some of the jello while it’s still liquid with cool whip to create the pastel layers.  We topped the jello with more cool whip and star sprinkles.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Party -A beautiful Rainbow and Unicorn Dessert Table for a Magical Animal Adoption Agency Children's Books themed party.

It was time consuming, but easy, and looked fantastic.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Party -A beautiful Rainbow and Unicorn Dessert Table for a Magical Animal Adoption Agency Children's Books themed party.

I also made some of my homemade caramel corn -get the recipe here.  It’s such a yummy treat.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Party -A beautiful Rainbow and Unicorn Dessert Table for a Magical Animal Adoption Agency Children's Books themed party.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Party -A beautiful Rainbow and Unicorn Dessert Table for a Magical Animal Adoption Agency Children's Books themed party.

We picked up the birthday girls favourite almond cake at Ikea, and made it fit our theme with some rainbow ribbons and playmobile unicorns on top.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Party -A beautiful Rainbow and Unicorn Dessert Table for a Magical Animal Adoption Agency Children's Books themed party.

Lastly we made some unicorn farts.  Maddie made some cute labels and we added them to some cotton candy.  It certainly made the little girls giggle.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Party -A beautiful Rainbow and Unicorn Dessert Table for a Magical Animal Adoption Agency Children's Books themed party.

We did have dinner before all this dessert, but kept it easy and kid friendly with take out pizza and a veggie tray.  An easy dinner let us concentrate all our efforts on this amazing dessert table.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Party -A beautiful Rainbow and Unicorn Dessert Table for a Magical Animal Adoption Agency Children's Books themed party.

When our little guests arrived I heard a few wow’s and saw the look of delight on the birthday girl’s face and it was worth all the effort.

Magical Animal Adoption Agency Party -A beautiful Rainbow and Unicorn Dessert Table for a Magical Animal Adoption Agency Children's Books themed party.

Because really, what’s better than a Rainbow Unicorn Dessert Table for your birthday?

With a Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party, life really is a party!

How To Mount A Stag Horn Fern

How To Mount A Stag Horn Fern: great tutorial to take a potted stag horn fern and mount it onto wood so it can hang.

These mounted Stag Horn Ferns add a little green to any room, look great in a grouping, and are easy to make.  I made these for my Rustic Scandinavian Living Room Makeover Reveal last week -see it here if you missed it,  and I wanted to share How To Mount a Stag Horn Fern.  I think they add a rustic feel, and are a great way to create the feel of a deer head, in a more updated way.

How To Mount A Stag Horn Fern: great tutorial to take a potted stag horn fern and mount it onto wood so it can hang.

Materials:

  • Stag Horn Fern
  • wooden tree slice
  • picture hanger
  • green wire
  • four screws
  • screw driver
  • moss
How To Mount A Stag Horn Fern: great tutorial to take a potted stag horn fern and mount it onto wood so it can hang.

How To Mount A Stag Horn Fern:

1.  These Stag Horn Ferns are called this because their beautiful fonds remind people of deer horns.  They look great mounted on a wall and it’s easy to take them from potted plants to mounted ferns.  The first step is adding a hanger to the back of the wooden tree slice, so that you can easily hang it some where when you’re finished.  I used a couple of picture hangers that screwed into the back.

How To Mount A Stag Horn Fern: great tutorial to take a potted stag horn fern and mount it onto wood so it can hang.

2.  Next, you want to add the screws to the front.  These will hold the fern in place so you want them to be a little larger than the plant.  Screw them into the wood, but make sure about 1/2 inch is exposed, so you can wrap the wire around it easily.

How To Mount A Stag Horn Fern: great tutorial to take a potted stag horn fern and mount it onto wood so it can hang.

3.  Now remove the excess dirt from the roots of the stag head fern.  Use your fingers to gently pull away any extra dirt, without damaging the roots.

How To Mount A Stag Horn Fern: great tutorial to take a potted stag horn fern and mount it onto wood so it can hang.

4.  You must determine the top of the fern.  Each plant will have a small rounded leaf at the top -this is the female part of the fern and fern will survive best of this leaf is at the top when it’s hanging.  The fern has three kinds of leaves in total, the female rounded one, then the stag horn type ones that grow upward, and then the less jagged ones that grow facing down.

How To Mount A Stag Horn Fern: great tutorial to take a potted stag horn fern and mount it onto wood so it can hang.

5.  Wrap the roots in moss, including the back of the plant that will be right against the wooden tree slice.  Then set the plant in place against the wooden tree slice and use wire to tightly attach the plant to the backing, wrapping it around the screws to secure it.

How To Mount A Stag Horn Fern: great tutorial to take a potted stag horn fern and mount it onto wood so it can hang.

6.  Use a little extra moss to cover the screws.

7.  To water the fern, it’s recommended that you take the fern down and submerge it a sink or tub of luke warm water for about half and hour and then let it drip dry awhile before hanging it back up.

How To Mount A Stag Horn Fern: great tutorial to take a potted stag horn fern and mount it onto wood so it can hang.

I’m really pleased with mine.  This is the first time I’ve tried to grow them, and I’m not sure how easy they are to keep alive.  Mine here inexpensive -around $7 each, so they weren’t a huge investment -comparable to cut flowers I thought.  I’ll try my best to keep them alive. 😉  I love the way they look, especially all grouped together.

With easy Mounted Stag Horn Ferns, life really is a party.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area Reveal -One Room Challenge Week 6

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

I’m so, so excited to share my Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area Reveal with you today!  It’s been six weeks of projects and I’m so happy with the results.  I’ve been a guest participant in the One Room Challenge where bloggers take six weeks to make over one room in their homes and share weekly updates.  This is the sixth and final week when everyone shares their finished rooms.

I’ve had the chance to work with some amazing sponsors and I couldn’t be happier with the results.  What a change! [All the sources are linked at the bottom of the post for your convenience.]

As a reminder, here’s what the room looked like before I began.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

The rooms were beige and green, with a cream shag rug and green couch.  Both the eating area and the living room had been decorated about ten years ago when we first moved into the house.  We were due for a new couch, and I was ready for a change.  I had re-done the dining room in the last One Room Challenge and turned it from a dated contemporary look to a light, bright Rustic Scandinavian feel.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

I really wanted to continue the Rustic Scandinavian look throughout the rest of the main floor.  Here’s the mood board I started with six weeks ago.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room Mood Board

I wanted to create a “Hygge” feeling, the Danish word that means “a calm comfortable time with people you love, the art of building your own cozy sanctuary, to keep oneself snug, celebrating everyday simple pleasures, coziness of soul”.  I was inspired by Scandinavian design to mix rustic and modern, keep things neutral with whites, greys, and real wood, add in cozy texture and elements of nature, and keep things somewhat minimal.

In case you missed any updates you can find them all here:

Week One -Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area Design Inspiration and the Plan

Week Two -Painting, What A Difference

Week Three -DIY Shiplap Expert Tips from a Contractor

Week Four -Fireplace Makeover

Week Five -DIY Macrame and Fringe Pillows

And here’s what I accomplished in six weeks!  I stuck pretty close to the mood board, and when I doubted myself in the middle, as sometimes happens with a major new look before everything quite comes together, I used the board and inspiration shots for guidance.

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We started out with new paint -Para’s JoJo Whitewash and what a difference it made!  The room has lots of windows but with the new white walls it feel so bright, and I love it!

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

We added shiplap to give this neutral room some texture and interest, and really like it.  It feels rustic and modern at the same time -adding texture, but with great linear straight lines too.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

I made over the fireplace -spraying out the brass, removing the wood decal on the front and painting it all white.  What a difference, all I can say is I wish I’d done it sooner!

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

I made the pretty macrame bunting for the front -it was surprisingly easy you can see how I did it here.  Some of the hallmarks of Scandinavian style are simple, minimal, neutrals, and bringing nature in.  On the fireplace I added three pretty stag horn ferns -tutorial on how to mount them coming soon.  They’re meant to be reminiscent of deer head with their horn like fronds.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

The boards they’re mounted on are from Afloral, along with the pretty glass cloches.  I have a pretty collection of decorative mushrooms underneath them.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

I was thankful for sunny days to photograph, but it made capturing the mushrooms a little tricky.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

Also on the fireplace this amazing letter board from Letter Board Company.  I love it.  I’ve added a little Scandi message, but love that I can change it up all the time.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

I also needed a new rug.  Our old rug was from the Home Depot and lasted so, so well that it was the first place I looked for a replacement.  I found this gorgeous Carlsbad Area Rug.  I love that it adds a little pattern to the room, and its faded design makes it work perfectly as a rustic addition.  And it’s so, so soft underfoot.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

This is the pretty view when I come downstairs in the morning.  I love it.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

We also needed a new couch, chair and ottoman for the room.  After 16 years with our previous one, it was time for a replacement.  We settled on this slip covered one, so that I could have white without the worry.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

The chunky knit wool throw on the couch is from Artizen Home -and it’s amazing!  It’s so pretty, so warm, and so cozy.  Everything you ever dreamed of in a throw blanket.  I absolutely adore it, and the pretty texture it adds to the room.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

On the ottoman are some pretty terrariums and succulents.  I love the brass detail, and these gorgeous succulents are faux -so I can keep them looking this good.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

I find it tricky to keep real ones looking great, so these are the perfect solution.  These are so life like they’re sure to fool everyone.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

Behind our couch, there is a pass through to the kitchen.  I’ve added a few branches into the space, and hanging on the branches are some air plants.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

They make for a pretty view when I’m doing dishes.  I’ve read they -along with the stag head ferns – need to come down and be soaked in water once a week.  We’ll see how I fair with them, I think I’m holding out more hope for the faux ones.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

We got a chair to match the couch, and I used my wood stump tables with them –see how I made the stump tables here.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

I have to say I just love this pretty view -the shiplap and birch poles, the stumps, the light.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

Another succulent to join the club.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

And back on the other side of the room, the other little chair.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

At the bottom of the stairs there’s the perfect spot for a little table.  The pretty Scandinavian prints are from Northern Edge Prints.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

I added the house shelves -they’re a classic Scandi touch.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

One of the things I love about Scandinavian design is how simple it is.  It leaves some room to breathe.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

From the living room it’s into the eating area.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

What a difference changing the paint from green to white made!

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

I also refinished the kitchen table.  It’s an antique family piece, and I love it.  It sees a lot of action from family dinners to craft sessions.  Its finish was wearing off and it had serval colours of glitter embedded in it.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

I stripped it and resealed it.  It already has a scratch on the new finish…we’ll call it rustic.

The star of the show in here has to be my new light from Wayfair.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

I love the juxtaposition of the modern light and the rustic antique table.  Scandinavian design is great at adding a little modern.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

The finish is an oil rubbed bronze and it has slightly bronze Edison style bulbs.  It’s so beautiful at night.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

And on the back wall, I took down my antique chalkboard, and added another pretty DIY macrame piece.  I like that it echoes the brass and adds a bit of a more modern vibe.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

The little cupboard that houses all the dog’s supplies stayed, and I like that it repeats the brass again with its handles.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

I just love how the kitchen turned out.  It’s simple and pretty and the perfect backdrop for entertaining and photographing parties for the blog.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

And the living room is great too.  I’m the type of person who takes a while to warm up to new things, but I have to say that each day I love it even more than the day before.  I’m so glad I did it, and so glad to have partnered with some amazing brands to make it possible.

A HUGE thank you to my sponsors.  It was amazing to work with each one of them and showcase their beautiful products!

Disclosure:  Some of the products in this post were sponsored.  I received product from Home Depot, Afloral, Wayfair, Artizan Home, Fringe Market, Para Paint, Letter Board Company, Fusion Paint, and Northern Edge Prints.   All opinions, as always are my own.  Thanks for supporting the brands that make Life is a Party possible.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

Source List:

Rug: Home Depot  -Carlsbad Area Rug in grey, 8 x 10 (available in-store)

Light:  Wayfair  –Wunsch 6-Light Cascade Pendant

Paint:  Para -Colour JoJo Whitewash

Chunky Wool Throw Blanket: Artizen Home -Large Throw, colour “On The Lam”

Accessories:  Afloral –Large Cloche, Small Cloches, Faux Succulents, Grey Mongolian Lamb Fur Pillow, Grey Mongolian Lamb Fur Throw, Wood Slabs, White Wood Tray, Terirrums –Cubes, Pentagon

Macrame Cord and Fringe for DIY Pillows:  Fringe Market –Cord  –Fringe

Shiplap Installation: Benjamin Wood Works

Letter Board:  Letter Board Company –16 x 20 Chatterbox

Paint for T.V. Unit Makeover: Fusion Mineral PaintCasement

Art Prints: Northern Edge Prints, Forest Print and Log Rings Print

 

Be sure to check out all the other One Room Challenge Reveals and get inspired for your next make over project.

With a finished Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area, life really is a party!

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

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