Pink Lemon Decor: Christmas Edition

You all know how much I adore my friend Amber and her handmade sign business: Pink Lemon Decor. I have shared her on here and on my Instagram many times; and I am so excited to share the Christmas signs that made it into my home this year. They have added so much “Christmas” to our home, I just had to share them with you!

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Her designs are timeless and she has so many options to choose from.

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I think her “Merry Christmas” sign is my favourite! This one is a must!

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I ended up moving some furniture around before starting to decorate for Christmas; and I’m so happy with how this mini gallery wall over the couch turned out.

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This sign I had such a dilemma with. I couldn’t figure out if I wanted to order it with the red, blue or black truck. I ended up going with it in black and I love how it looks!

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I actually decorated this space around the “Hot cocoa” and “Have yourself a merry little Christmas” signs. I decided to make it a coffee bar/hot chocolate station. The hot cocoa sign is just too cute!

Okay, it’s your turn to shop! Head over to Pink Lemon Decor and use code pinkandblue10 for 10% off your entire purchase. (If you are looking to order signs for Christmas, you must order by November 25).

Happy Shopping!

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Hygge Decor

Do you have a space in your home that you love to read in? A space that has that cozy vibe? Maybe it’s just a chair with a soft throw, or in your bedroom with your favourite scented candle.

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Are you familiar with Hygge (pronounced “hoo-gah”)? It’s a Danish word that can easily be described as “life’s simple pleasures”. The idea behind this type of decor is creating a peaceful and clutter-free space. Isn’t that every Mom’s dream?! Hygge is meant to be enjoyed all year round but it most often associated with the winter season.

Hygge decor is all about keeping things simple and cozy.  Sticking to a neutral colour palette will help achieve this; light greys and creams to create a relaxing space. Cozy is key! Lots of textured comfy pillows and throws. A place to snuggle up and enjoy a cup of tea or hot cocoa; perhaps alongside your favourite candle.

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Textures are also another important element of Hygge decor. It could be anything from a wooden candlestick, to a fur pillow, to a wool blanket. You could also add a textured stool to your living space.

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to utilize twinkle lights to add  a soft and festive feel. I love turning off all of the lights and just sitting with the glow of the Christmas tree and twinkle lights in the garland.

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A fireplace is a huge part of Hygge decor. It represents warmth and togetherness and is the perfect element of cozy.

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One of the first places I look to shop Hygge decor is Wayfair. I have picked a few wish items for Christmas that would add the perfect element of Hygge to our home. All of the items I have chosen have inspired my decor; but they have so many other products you can shop online!

Shop my top picks below!

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Cremont Ottoman //
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Koby Sphere Pouf
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Hanneman Pouf
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Table Lamps

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Standard Table Lamps

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Throw Pillows

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Square Throw Pillows

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Cody Throw Pillow
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Christmas Throw Pillows

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Blankets and Throws

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Don’t you just want to order one of everything?! I hope you are feeling inspired to add some Hygge to your home this winter season.

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Christmas Decor on a Budget

Christmas is my favourite Holiday. As soon as Halloween is over, I start gearing up for all things Christmas: decorating, baking, shopping for family and friends, and everything in between.

Everyone has an opinion on when it’s “appropriate” to start decorating for Christmas. Some say right after Halloween; some say after Remembrance Day, out of respect for our veterans; some say after Thanksgiving (in Canada, ours is early October); some say December 1st. For me, it’s right after Halloween and when I have the opportunity, in between working, the kids extra curricular activities and keeping house.

When I do finally get around to decorating, I find it can be a little overwhelming. Walking the seasonal aisles of stores can be dangerous. I find myself thinking: oooo I love that; ooooo I need that; oohhhhh this is so nice, I should get this. STOP. This is where the purpose of this post begins…

SHOP YOUR HOME.

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Before you purchase new Christmas decor, make sure you shop your home first. More often than not you forget about what you have packed away. Maybe you purchased some new ornaments or faux trees during a Boxing week sale – I know I have. Go through all of your decor and see what you have, and what you don’t need. Try to sell items you no longer want, or purge what you don’t need.

If you do decide to purchase a few new pieces for your home, set a budget for yourself. This will prevent you from going overboard in a store like Home Sense. Who else wants to fill their shopping cart every time they go there? It can be so overwhelming.

Try out a Christmas DIY. Pinterest is a wonderful thing and if you are having trouble coming up with DIY idea’s, that is a great place to start. You may find that you have all the items you need in your home, for the perfect DIY.

Don’t go overboard. Less is more. Clean and simple looks are my favourite. You don’t need to fill a sideboard with Christmas trinkets; and mantels look timeless with some garland, candles and stockings.

Shop your home.
Set a budget.
DIY.
Less is more.

I cannot wait to share my Christmas home decor with you this season. I promise you I follow all of these things.

Happy decorating!

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Maxton’s Bedroom Update Part 1

When we moved into this house last summer; it was a brand new build and everything was the typical “builder’s beige”. I knew we would only be here a couple of years so I didn’t want to go crazy decorating the bedrooms. Maxton and Everly both had twin size beds in our old house so I kept their beds the same. Everly’s headboard and footboard were an oak colour (which I got from my Mom) and I spray painted it white before assembling her bed.

Recently I had been thinking about switching the kids over to double beds. Mainly because it would give me more space when I am laying in bed with them; and specifically for Everly because with the amount of stuffies she has in her bed now, there isn’t much room left for her.

My Mom had a fairly new double mattress she was going to get rid of and she asked me if I wanted it. I said absolutely and started hunting on Wayfair for a double bed frame for Maxton. I found the perfect one and it was on sale! There were some issues with it getting to me, but when all the pieces finally arrived, it was perfect. I was so excited for him to see it.

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I wanted bedding that would grow with him; and then I could add items throughout his room that would match his current interests. I found his comforter at Home Sense along with the hockey sheets (which he loves).

The body pillow I also found at Home Sense and the Toronto Maple Leafs blanket I purchased from Walmart.

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It took me a while to find the perfect nightstand for him. I finally found one I liked at Walmart and it was under $80. I decided to only get one for now, for the one side of his bed. He has so many little lego tables and toy bins around his room; and right now he has a storage ottoman in the other corner of the bedroom.

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His name sign I am still debating where to place (I will share about its final home when I share the second part of this post). It was made by a local handmade business that I have shared a few times on Instagram; and I actually really like the piece sitting on his nightstand right now.

I will share the rest of his room once I finish up the dresser remodel (which has been ongoing for over two years).

Sources:

Bed Frame: Wayfair
Bedding: Home Sense
Sheets: Home Sense
Toronto Maple Leafs Blanket: Walmart
Body Pillow: Home Sense
You Will Move Mountains & All Good Things Are Wild And Free Frames: Home Sense
Super Hero Picture: Home Sense
Night Stand: Walmart
Lamp: Home Sense
Picture Frame: Walmart
Basket: Walmart
Carpet: Home Sense
Name Sign: The Squirrelly Scroller

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Thanksgiving/Fall Tablescape

This weekend we celebrated Thanksgiving here in Canada and I had the honour of hosting dinner for my family. It’s usually my Mom who hosts all major holidays but since she beat breast cancer and still battles MS daily – I have been taking the reigns for Thanksgiving.

This year I was all about neutral Fall decor with a touch of vintage meets modern.

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I wanted neutral colours, simple patterns and different textures. I first found the table runner from Home Sense and loved how simple it was. I knew I had beige place mats at home, and I wanted to get another textured place mat to add some dimension to the place setting. The napkins caught my eye right away and I knew they had to come home with me.

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I just love all of the different textures here!

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The large plates are actually Rae Dunn melamine plates that say “BBQ”. Haha BBQ can be Thanksgiving/Fall themed too, right? The smaller plates are actually part of my Royal Dalton china collection and I never get to use them so this was a great opportunity.

I just purchased some rosemary from the grocery store and tied a bow made from twine around each piece, and placed them in the centre of each plate.

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The centrepiece was probably my favourite part of the table.

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I wanted something in the centre of the table to add some dimension with a vintage feel.

I got a piece of barn board from a dilapidated barn and lightly sanded it; covered it in wax and then did a light white wash on top with some chalk paint.

I found the faux plant piece from Home Sense and then filled large mason jars with a variety of fresh flowers. The candlestick holders and candles I had, and the little white pumpkins I picked up from the grocery store a couple of weeks ago.

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Neutral colours can still bring a Fall feel and florals are a great way to add pops of colour to your tablescape. I love how the flowers brought out the orange and green tones in the napkins.

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I hope this brings you some inspiration for your Thanksgiving/Fall table.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Bench ReDo

Tell me I’m not the only one that has multiple projects on the go that are only half-completed…I finally tackled a project that I have been meaning to do for months but just hadn’t found the time for.

I recently compiled a list of “projects” that I would like to start/finish before the end of the year. It’s not a “to-do” list (if you missed my post on why I don’t make “to-do” lists you can read it here) but rather something to look at on a day where I have some extra time (wait, do those exist?) to tackle a fun project.

I have had a bench sitting in my front foyer for months that I have been wanting to redo.

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There is a lot sentiment behind this piece which I will share more about in another post, but I had to be careful with how I tackled this project. The entire top portion of the bench is made out of burned matchsticks. It’s quite amazing actually.

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Thousands and thousands of burned matchsticks, glued together to make a beautiful piece of furniture. For this reason, I had to be so careful with how I sanded the top of the bench. I only wanted to strip a thin layer of the Varathane off, without damaging the matches. I sanded the legs (a little more abrasively), followed by the top and sides.

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As you can see, I had some extra little hands help me with the sanding.

For the legs, I used Rust-Oleum Chalked Ulta Matte Paint in the shade Country Grey. I love how this paint goes on and how quickly it dries. I have shared it before on my Instagram Stories, and all the different colour options.

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I used two coats on the legs, and allowed 30 minutes of drying time between coats.

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Then I flipped the table over so I could stain the top.

I chose a grey Varathane Wood Stain for the top. I couldn’t use the chalk paint on the seat because it would have covered/filled all of the details of the matches, so I chose a wood stain.

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A little goes a long way, so I applied a thin layer across the bench – using long even strokes with the paint brush.

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Then, I took a rag and wiped off any excess stain, which also helps it seep into all of the grooves in the wood.

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If you choose to not wipe off the excess stain, you may find it will remain sticky for a long period of time and it won’t have a smooth finish (speaking from past experience).

I decided I wanted to distress the legs of the bench to pull out some of the original wood. I think it really tied the whole piece together.

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This is what I ended up with!

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You can see the stain on the top is a very subtle hue of grey but it made such a difference in the overall look.

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I am so pleased with how it turned out and I love this piece even more now!

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DIY Fall Wreath

A few years back, on my old blog, I shared a Fall DIY wreath that ended up being featured on Michael’s Pinterest page; so I was pretty proud of myself at the time.This year, I decided I would make two new wreaths, because my hunt for ones I loved, left me empty-handed.

I actually took off all the decor from my old wreath so I could reuse it, and then just picked up another one from Michaels.

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They are just basic 18” wreaths and are under $8.

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The faux flowers and greenery I used for the wreaths were all purchased from Michaels. They can be expensive so watch for sales or use their weekly coupons. I lucked out and got all of mine when they had a “buy one get one free” sale on all of their faux fall arrangements.

I also find it easier to shop if you have a colour palette in mind. For me, I wanted to stick with green, white and peachy tones with some subtle hues of burgundy or deep purple. Pinterest is a great place to start to get some inspiration if you’re unsure. So, with that palette in mind I grabbed different types of flowers, some individual and a couple bouquets. I always purchase more than I need so I can play around, and then return what I don’t use afterwards.

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I brought everything home and laid everything out, so I could get a clear visual of what I had to work with, and just started to play around. It took me about a half an hour of re-arranging and adding/removing flowers before my vision came to life.

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Depending on the type of flowers you chose, and the length of the stems, you can weave them through the wreath itself, without having to glue anything. If you have smaller flowers or blossoms that don’t have stems, you can just use a glue gun and glue them on. For these wreaths, I was able to just weave everything through without having to use a glue gun.

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That’s all there is to it! It’s much more affordable to make your own and you get exactly what you’re looking for. You can also change it up, or add to it year to year if your taste changes.

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I hope this brought you a little fall inspiration!

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