Spring Home Tour 2017

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I’m so excited to be sharing my Spring Home Tour with you today, and joining in with 20 other Canadian bloggers for The Canadian Bloggers Spring Home Tour hosted by AKA Design and The DIY Mommy.  There will be beautiful Spring Home Tours all week, so be sure to check out all the others at the end of the post.

When I started working on the Spring Home Tour, I realized I’ve never shared one on the blog before, although I decorate for Spring and Easter each year, so I’m extra excited to share it with you today.  I’ve taken tons of pictures, so I hope you’ll grab yourself a coffee and enjoy.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

Let’s get started in the entrance way.  I’ve added a few Spring touches to my console table.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

You can see how I made the Gold Leaf Easter Eggs here, and I’ve hung them on some pretty pussy willows I found on a walk one day.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I painted a few wooden beads for a pretty pastel Spring look.  These wooden beads were a fun recycling project.  I found an old wooden bead seat cover at a garage sale and thought up-cycling the beads would be a great inexpensive way to make some pretty garland.  You can see how I made the Mason Jar Oil Lamps here.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

One of my favourite little touches in my Spring decor this year are the pretty faux mushrooms.  I made these ones from some air dry clay, and they turned out so cute.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

At the entrance of the dining room, my little bar cart is all ready for some Spring entertaining.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I picked up this little vintage toy truck ages ago at an antique shop.  I used it for Christmas a few years ago, and it hasn’t been out since.  I thought the pretty aqua was perfect for spring.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

And, I’ve found the secret to beautiful succulents…faux. 😉

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

On the dining room table, I’ve created a little spring forest.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I began with a beautiful moss runner down the centre of the table.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I picked the moss in the forest, and let it dry before using it as a runner.  I wanted a woodland spring look, so I added some ferns, and birch, butterflies and mushrooms, and a few spring bulbs.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

On the buffet, I added some pretty eggs to my wooden bowl.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

What could be more spring like than a beautiful bowl of eggs?

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I love the mix of the wood, and white and soft pastels -along with more of the moss and few pretty feathers.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

It’s amazing how some green and fresh flowers makes everything feel alive again.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

From the dining room, we head into the living room.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I’ve carried the spring forest feel all through the main floor, with little touches.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

This Spring Mantel is one of my favourite spots this year too.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I found a few free printables for the pretty antique specimen art and used some mini wooden clothes pins to attach them to a branch.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I wanted to create the feel of a walk in the forest, and all the treasures I’d found and brought home with me.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

More mushrooms here, some that I made out of paper mache last year, and a beautiful antler that I really did find on a forest walk this Spring.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

There are a few little wire fairy lights too, so everything can sparkle at night.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

Over on the over side of the room, tea and some Spring recipe ideas.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I’m just loving the simplicity of the wooden beads in all different sizes right now.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I’ve added some pretty floral cushions for Spring too.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

On the book case I’ve kept things pretty simple and neutral.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I had to bring out my Spring Dioramas -see how I made them here, that are from last year.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

Over in the kitchen, I love the Spring sunshine, now that it’s back.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

On the table, a really simple wooden trough -I think it might have been the top tray of an old tool box, and I found it at an antique market.  I’ve filled it with more moss, and pretty eggs, including these simple Cement Easter Eggs I made last year.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

Over on my little cupboard, I’ve strung more of the wooden beads, for just a tiny bit of Spring colour.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

The copper houses have turned into pretty terrariums for Spring.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

And this little nest is the perfect Spring detail.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I seem to be completely in love with tiny mushrooms, and these little wooden ones I bought at the Christmas market this year just had to stay out to welcome Spring.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I think because I have a new puppy, I’ve been out walking and exploring the green spaces and forest around my house more than ever this past year.  It’s inspired me to bring the outdoors and the sense of wonder and tiny treasures inside.  I hope maybe I’ve inspired you a little too -get out for a walk and see what you can find.

With a pretty Spring Home Tour, life really is a party.

Now be sure to check out all the inspiration from my Canadian blogging friends!

 

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AKA DESIGNLIFE IS A PARTYLEMON THISTLECLEAN AND SENSIBLE

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BROOKLYN BERRY DESIGNS AMIDST THE CHAOSTHE HAPPY HOUSIEPMQ FOR TWOELLIVEN STUDIO

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SATORI DESIGN FOR LIVINGSUBURBLESO MUCH BETTER WITH AGEPOP OF PRETTYTHIS LITTLE ESTATE

THURSDAY

THE DIY MOMMYA PRETTY LIFE IN THE SUBURBSWOMEN IN REAL LIFEKIM POWER STYLETHE LEARNER OBSERVER

FRIDAY

THE CREEKLINE HOUSELOVE CREATE CELEBRATE

Spice Cupboard Organization

Spice Cupbard Organization: Easy ways to get the spice packages organized and easier to find.

Today I’m taking part in The DIY Mommy’s Organization DIY and Decor Challenge.  Christina asked us to get organized for the New Year, and it was just the challenge I needed to take on my Spice Cupboard.

For ages I’ve been meaning to get this cupboard under control.  It’s full of spices and when we’re cooking or baking and need one, it often meant pulling out all the little packages and searching through everyone until we found what we were looking for.  I often buy spices in the little envelope type packages, because they’re cheaper, but they are hard to store, and hard to find when you’re looking for one specific thing.

Here’s how I tackled the project:

Buying some spice jars, and labeling the tops should help us be able to find everything quickly and easily in the future.

Spice Cupbard Organization: Easy ways to get the spice packages organized and easier to find.

With everything all sorted into baskets, and no longer falling out of the cupboard, my husband is so happy!

Spice Cupbard Organization: Easy ways to get the spice packages organized and easier to find.

What area of your house could use a little re-organizing heading into the New Year?

With an organized spice cupboard, life really is a party!

Closet Makeover

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It’s January and just like every year at this time, I feel the need to get a little more organized.  Last year, we installed closet organizers in our girls rooms, and what a difference it has made.  No more yelling for mom when they can’t find something.  So, this year, we’re organizing my husbands closet with a Rubbermaid® Configurations® Custom Closet Kit.

Before

Truth be told a lot of the clutter and mess on his side of the closet was actually my overflow.  The poor guy had my wedding dress, tons of throw pillows (it’s a bloggers problem for sure -pillows for every season and colour combination)  and even the baby bassinet, that had been my mom’s and then used for me and my siblings, and eventually both my little girls.  I hope someday my own girls will use it, but storing it in the top of my husband’s closet was not the best storage solution.

Here are my tips for an Organized Closet:

1.  Edit

The first step in this makeover was to get rid of all the stuff that needed a new home.  There was also a few trips down memory lane, and a pretty big donation bin involved. Mock turtle neck anyone?

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2.  Install A Rubbermaid Configurations Custom Closet Kit

Step number two, install a beautiful closet organizer.  We still had the builder’s hanging rail and shelf, along with a dresser, but it really wasn’t working so great.  The Rubbermaid Configurations Custom Closet Kit is so versatile and easy to install that it was the perfect solution.  We went to Home Depot to find it, and picked out the perfect kit.  The new lower price is available until Feb. 15, 2017.  We loved that it’s fully adjustable for a closet from 3-6 ft. and requires no cutting, in fact all the mounting hardware is included in the kit too. You can design the perfect configuration for your own closet using Rubbermaid’s On-line Closet Designer, the perfect tool to help you design your own closet.

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It was easy to put together, and made such a difference to the space.  It’s amazing how the same space felt so much bigger, once we were able to organize it better, and make use of different heights.

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3.  A Place For Everything and Everything In Its Place

I loved the adaptability of the hanging system and shelves.  We were able to create a place for long hanging and double hanging for all his shirts and pants.  We also added a cute place for spare change, and his watches.

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Life is easier when everything you need is at hand, so we added a laundry hamper too.  A clock is a great addition so you know how much time you have in the morning.  Love is in the details.

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My husband is really enjoying his new closet, and it definitely makes everything easier in the mornings.  When you can easily find your things, it’s so much faster, and more fun.

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I honestly wish we’d done it years ago, and it encourages me to tackle a few other closets this January.

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With a beautiful organized closet to kick off the new year, life really is a party!

Christmas Home Tour 2016

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

Welcome!  I’m so excited you’re here for my Christmas Home Tour.  It’s Day Two of the 2016 Canadian Bloggers Christmas Home Tour hosted by The DIY Mommy, be sure to check out the links at the bottom of this post so you can visit all the other beautiful homes.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

My front door is all dressed up for Christmas, I’ll be sharing more about it tomorrow for our #12monthsofdiy -so be sure to come back and see how I used yarn this year.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

Now, come on in where it’s warm.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

The first room in our house is the dining room.  I’ve just finished re-doing it for the One Room Challenge -you can read all about it here.  It was a big job, but I’m so glad I did.  It was so fun to decorate my new white and bright Scandinavian inspired space for Christmas!

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

Near the front door I have a little console table, and it’s holding my diy mason jar oil lamps.  There’s something about Christmas and lights.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

I’ve stuck with the Scandinavian feel for Christmas. I love the simplicity of Scandinavian design, the clean lines, the simple colours, and all the natural touches.  This has really been the Christmas of bringing the outdoors in.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

I wanted to create a forest feel in here, so I cut down five little poplar trees and brought them in for the holidays.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

I used some cement in some pretty galvanized buckets to hold them.  It’s worked really well.  On top of the cement, I added some faux snow.  It’s like a wintry forest in here, and I love the fairy lights, especially at night.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

Near the door, our little bar cart is ready for some holiday merry making with pretty vintage glasses.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

I love the little stir sticks.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

My sister gave me this pretty little terrarium for my birthday, and I turned it into a fun snow globe for Christmas.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

I kept the dining room pretty simple.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

I love using neutrals even for Christmas because it’s so calming and serene.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

I used these pretty paint dipped candle sticks holders –see how I made them here, just thrift store brass candle stick holders with a little makeover.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

At the other end of the room, is the beautiful vintage book deer art -you can see how I made it here.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

I upped the merry factor with the addition of five pretty hoop wreaths.  These are so easy to make, just some hoops and fresh greens wired on.  I love the simplicity of them.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

These wooden trees make it even more Christmas-y.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

We got so many candy canes at our local Santa Clause Parade this year, so I added a few for a festive touch in this pretty little marble bowl.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

I’m really in love with this new white, bright space, and I can’t wait to paint the rest of the main floor white.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

The dining room leads onto the stairs, and the living room.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

I like to put the Christmas tree at the bottom of the stairs so we can enjoy it from the living room and dining room.

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In keeping with the Scandi vibe, I’ve kept it really simple and natural.  I found my little Charlie Brown tree in the woods, and I love how bare it is.  It’s surrounded by a few treasures, and our families Story Book Advent Calendar -you can read more about it here.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

The stairs are also simple and natural, we layered grapevine and pine boughs that I gathered on a walk one day.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

In front of the stairs is my new chair from Wayfair, and I just love it.  I wanted something that fit the space, and was tufted, and neutral, and this little chair was perfect.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

The little table is a new addition too, and the perfect place for a cup tea, next to the fire.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

This years mantel is a little different and I just love it.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

Corner fireplaces can be tricky so I used an old vintage window frame to fill up some space and a pretty branch attached to it.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

The little house lanterns are holding the sweetest little mushrooms.  It very Scandinavian to include mushrooms on your Christmas tree, usually red, and inspired my mushroom fireplace mantel.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

I love how they look like snowy little specimens in their glass houses.  They make me wonder if the fairies will visit?

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

On the other side of the room, a cozy chair to curl up in.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

The side table is just some vintage crates, but works perfectly for a rustic touch.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

My sweet sister came and rearranged my bookcases for me.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

Sometimes you just need fresh eyes, and I love what she did.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

On the other wall is the couch, and a pass through to the kitchen.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

On the ottoman, a sweet little tray and some candles.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

And up on the pass through, a sweet collection of vintage oil cans.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

I’ve been collecting them over the last few years, I love the mix of shapes and metals.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

Above the oil cans, is another branch, holding some pretty Christmas decorations.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

And in the kitchen, we’ve been working on a few tiny gingerbread houses.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

They look so pretty all decorated in white.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

And then over to the kitchen table, with perhaps my favourite decoration this year.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

I found this old wooden dough bowl at an antique fair last year, and I love it holding some of my vintage Christmas ornaments.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

Over the years, I’ve picked them up mostly at second hand stores, and although everything else is neutral this year, I love this pop of vintage colour.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

This little cabinet is a new addition this year, and was lots of fun to decorate.  We got the most delightful puppy this summer and I needed some where to store all his bits and bobs.  The cabinet has worked out great.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

I set up a sweet little hot chocolate stand.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

My girls love having all kinds of yummy marshmallows to choose from.

2016 Christmas Home Tour: Woodland Scandinavian Christmas

And last but not least, these pretty knit stockings hung on some birch poles I cut down in the forest.

Thanks so, so much for dropping by to see all my Christmas decorations, lots found on walks in the woods, or old favourites from years past, and a few new treasures thrown in too -the perfect combo.

The house all decorated for Christmas, life really is a party!

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Now, there’s lots more to see.  If you missed day one, you can find all the links here, and don’t forget to check back each day this week for links to all the rest of the houses on the 2016 Canadian Bloggers Christmas Home Tour.

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Monday

northern style exposure
The Learner Observer
The Uncommon Law
Heather In Heels
Clean and Scentsible
THE SWEETEST DIGS

Tuesday

Amidst the Chaos
Brooklyn Berry Designs
lemon Thistle
Suburble
Life is a Party
PMQ for two

Wednesday

Love Create Celebrate
Satori Design for Living
A Pop of Pretty
So Much Better With Age
VinYet ETC
Woman in Real Life

Thursday

The DIY Mommy
Fresh Crush
Time With Thea
A Pretty Life
Home To Heather
Nalles House

Friday

This Little Estate
Craftberry Bush
The Happy Housie
Kimpowerstyle
Elliven Studio

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