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Decor Lifestyle

Bedroom Refresh: DIY Wall Art

Hello!

Thank you for all patiently waiting as it has been quite some time since I have blogged. Not going to lie, I felt a little uninspired after Christmas and didn’t quite know what to blog about. With the weather getting warmer (It’s currently 12 degrees here in Toronto!!), I felt inspired to change some things up in the house to give the space some new life.

I am not an artist by any means – I couldn’t draw to save my life, but being crafty – well that I can do! I’ve been searching for new art to put in our apartment to give the space some life, but haven’t found anything that I loved. I’m also incredibly indecisive when it comes to decor, so spending upwards of $200 on a canvas that I wasn’t head over heels about was just not realistic. The one thing I knew for sure was that I loved water colour! Light bulb moment – I could DIY that myself. See the photos below to see how it turned out!

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Originally I had the grey pillows on the bed, but to pick up more of the blue from the canvas, I switched them out for the baby blue pillows that you see in the other photos!

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All you need to recreate a similar DIY is:

  • Canvas
  • Acrylic paint
  • Water
  • Paintbrush

I mixed 1 part paint with 3 parts water in a cup and painted! I was still able to get deeper saturation of colour by simply adding more paint directly on the canvas where I wanted it, then used water to blend it out. I’m no expert at water colour painting, but there are plenty of tutorials online. I just kept painting until I was happy with the final product. There was truly no rhyme or reason for how I achieved the final look.

Happy Painting!
lxiv

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Decor Holidays Lifestyle

12 Days of Christmas: Oh, Christmas Tree

Can you believe only 5 more sleeps until Christmas? How has December flown by this fast? And, only 5 more days left to post for the 12 Days of Christmas!! I hope you’ve found some inspiration and joy from the posts so far. A huge thank you to those of you who have been following along! For today’s post, I will be sharing our Christmas Tree and some of the ornaments I added to our collection this year.

img_2056_2img_2057img_2059_2img_2062img_1814Our theme this year was metallic (lots of warm golds, bronze and silver) with classic red and green plaid with flecks of gold.I purchased the ornaments (in order) from Anthropologie (both “Merry” and “falala”), Urban Outfitters and Winners! The Christmas tree is from Canadian Tire from a few years ago.

I feel like everyone puts on their ribbon differently on the tree and at different times of the entire decorating process. I started my decorating by placing the ribbon, then adding the shiny, matte and sparkly ball ornaments and then added my special pieces in areas that were highly visible! I continue layering until I like what I see…it’s never about making it perfect – trees should be unique!

As you already know from previous posts, I love sparkle during the Holidays. It reminds me of the look of freshly fallen snow on a crystal clear night that sparkles when you look at it. I’ve also come to realize that Winter is my favourite season…Don’t be too mad at me for that!

What’s your favourite theme/colour story to decorate for Christmas? Let me know in the comments below!

Merry Christmas!

lxiv

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Crafts Decor Holidays Lifestyle

Must Have Items for Fall Decor

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With October in full swing, I wanted to show you some of my fall decor pieces that I purchased this year to decorate our home. I like to find a good deal – so most (if not all of these pieces) were found at local vintage shops, Winners or the good old local Dollarstore! I like to change accessories throughout our space since I am constantly switching things up! I can’t help but be a little indecisive with decorating. There are just too many different options and I happen to love them all. So finding great deals on items are definitely worth it for me.

Below are my Top 6 Must Have Items for fall decorating!

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1. YouTube Fall Tutorials

I love browsing YouTube to get inspired for upcoming seasons! I usually skim through until I see a thumbnail that grabs my attention and then eventually end up on a never-ending spiral of YouTube videos.

2. Fake Florals

I purchased those potted plants at The Real Canadian Superstore at the end of last season, but you can find similar ones at Ikea or your local craft or dollarstore. I opt for fake flowers because I can re-use them year after year for different purposes. Real flowers are costly and they do not last as long! This way I can have the look all season long without having to constantly purchase new flowers.

3. Scented Candles

These are a definite MUST HAVE item for any season. I purchased my “Pumpkin Clove” candle last year from Anthropologie along with the mercury votives. If you’re looking for a great scent, their Pumpkin Souflee Candle by Boulangerie is the perfect scent for fall.

4. Fall Garland

Adding a string of garland is an easy way to spruce up your home without going overboard. Best part again is that they can be reused in so many different capacities. I used my garland on our TV stand, but you can use it on your table, above a doorway – anywhere really!

5. Fall Table Runner

This year I decided to purchase a table runner instead of a full table cloth. I love the natural wood of our dining table and wanted that warmth to show through. I purchased the table runner at my local Homesense. They always have so many options to choose from to suit your colour story.

6. Fall Prints

I find a lot of my prints online for free from Pinterest, where the artist has allowed people to print and share them as long as they do not sell them or make any profit from them! Like I said, I change things up often, so it makes more sense to print them at home than to spend a lot of money on prints that I will eventually recycle. You can get the Fall Compass Print here and the Thankful Print here.

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Frames from Ikea.
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Print from Chicfetti.com

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I love changing up our home for fall. The crispness of the weather, wool sweaters, hot apple cider, warm blankets, scented candles and the changing leaves are just a few things I love about Fall, so it just makes sense to give my home that same inspired feeling!

What are some must have fall decor items on your list?

PS. Here’s a cozy little fall inspired picture with the pup!

lxiv

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Crafts Lifestyle Wedding

Floral Monogram DIY

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With my wedding day officially selected (October 2017) I have been on Pinterest for embarrassing amounts of time searching for crafts, colour schemes, DIY projects, anything wedding or decor related.

Creative projects are not new to me as I’ve been crafting, knitting, sewing, woodworking and all of that fun creative stuff since I was young. I was privileged to have grandparents who taught me a lot about what I know about ‘Doing It Yourself’.

This time around, I wanted to create large monogram letters made of flowers. Since I am doing this DIY so far in advance (and also on a budget) I opted for fake flowers. This way they will not only last until next October, they will also be easy to store!

Follow along to see how I did it myself with these floral monogram letters! This is perfect for a fall wedding (or even just as some fall decorations). You can switch up the flowers and colours to suit whatever season or occasion you want them for!

I was able to get all of the materials I needed from my local Dollar Store here in Canada. You can also get these supplies at any craft store near you.

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What you’ll need:

  • 3 Foam Boards
  • 1 Foam Paintbrush
  • Gold Paint
  • Fake Flowers (LOTS!)
  • Hot Glue Gun

Step 1: Trace or sketch your letters onto your foam board. You can make your letters as large or small as you prefer. I wanted mine to be fairly large as they will be acting as a backdrop on our entry table.

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Step 2: Cut out your letters! I found it a lot easier to cut out the letters with an X-ACTO knife.

Step 3: To ensure the white colouring on the foam board didn’t show through, I opted to paint the cut-out letters with gold paint. Since the paint is just to soften the stark white background, it does not have to be perfect!

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Step 4: Take all of the stems off of the flowers! It’s easier then you think! All you need to do is pull the flower off of the stem since they are not glued or permanently attached. I also removed some of the leaves off the stems to be able to layer those in where necessary.

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Step 5: Glue the flowers onto the letters.


*Tip: You can use the little stem still attached to the flower as a “pin” by pushing it down into the board where you want it to go, then fill that hole with hot glue and secure!

*Tip: Set your large flowers first and then build off of that. It was easier to arrange the flowers in mini clusters and then fill in afterwards.

Continue with Step 5 until your letters are full of flowers! Here’s what the final project looks like.

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Here’s a little snap of our dog, “Ace”. You can follow him on Instagram @ace_the_red_dog!

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Have any other creative DIY ideas? Share in the comments below!

Happy Crafting!

lxiv