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Next Phase Of The Holiday Gauntlet

We are now entering into the next phase of the holiday gauntlet I’m not ready for full-blown Christmas decor so I am opting to decorate my home so it is warm and cozy this winter.  These are a few of the ideas that I may try. 

Love this look...... 

Warm up your home with some new uses for old sweaters.

Warm up your house with some new uses for an old sweater!

Such a charmingly sweet, chicly rustic knit-wrapped candle with a real leaf. #leaves #candle #autumn #fall #winter #Thanksgiving #candle_holder

I am all about knits and cozy cable knit throws right now. They are so snuggly.

Beautiful, cozy cable knit throws for cold winter days and nights.  #decorative #blanket

Cozy and white

Winter Frame by Heather Leopard  #homedecor #littleyellowbicycle #winter

Decorating, Manyl Christmas Porch Decor: Christmas Porch Decor Ideas Featuring Elegance

These cute and cozy little touches can be added to around Christmas time and left up well into January. Who doesn’t love that? 

How Do You Decorate?


We are quickly approaching the holiday gauntlet. For me this is how it goes…

  • Canadian Thanksgiving
  • Halloween
  • American Thanksgiving
  • Christmas
  • New Years

Sounds like fun right? Bonus…two Thanksgivings means two turkeys means double the YUMMY!!!!!. Take a moment to really soak in all that goodness. 

Hmmm... my motto for this year? :)

So here is my dilemma (every year). Just perusing that list, I often struggle with how to decorate. I want the pretty fall leaves with the spookiness of Halloween and the pilgrims representing Thanksgiving. Sounds easy right….WRONG! LOL! This is where Pinterest saves the day. Look at all these cute ideas that my just blend and work well together.

Halloween Party Decorations ..how cute!

Thanksgiving decor-  Is this your house, @Heather Creswell Creswell Creswell Creswell Creswell Creswell Sulikowski Saviano ?  I saw the 'H' on the pumpkin hehe ;)

Yes! I must make this!

Sign for front entry.

Witch Hat Wreath by theBurlapBranch on Etsy, $85.00

I absolutely love the green with white polka dots.

Fall Wreath

Here is such a cute idea for pumpkins that can tie to Halloween. Fall, and Thanksgiving.

Pumpkins carved with a drill!


To be honest, I am slightly exhausted just thinking about it. But as the saying goes…”no rest for the wicked”…time to get my game face on and get this butt in gear. Speaking of game face…HOW AWESOME IS THIS LOOK??!!!

halloween makeup

Okay one more….

cute teeth :D


Cabin Red

Here is a little insight into how Jason and I work.

One Sunday morning, as Jay and I sipped on our coffee we both came to the conclusion that our living room had “no flow” and it was driving us nuts. Remember, our home that was built in 1890ish was a single family home converted into three apartments, converted into two apartments and now back to a single family home.  Yeah, that could make the flow from one room to the next just a little awkward.

The picture below shows just how many doors we had leading into this one room that is in the center of the house. There is one for the basement, office, game room, and bathroom (which you can’t see in the picture below).


On the opposite wall you have a doorway into the dining room  which looks out of place.

So what do you do? Grab your tools and get to work. Note: things are about to get really messy!


After much deliberation, we decided to open up the room more and that meant widening the doorways that were already there. This was easier said than done due to the stacked plank walls that were poplular way back when.  It also meant moving a light switch further down the wall. This is where it is super handy to have someone (i.e. Jason) who knows a little something about electrical wiring.

Next came the dining room area. This is where we were torn on what to do: widen the doorway, center it? There were so many possibilities, all of which would be an improvement. We decided to move, widen, and center the opening on the wall. Our thought process being that this would look better with the dining room table centered in the room and again open up the “flow” of the house. With fingers crossed, Jay got to work started tearing down drywall.

Next came the taping and joint compound. Wow…things are starting to come together. 🙂

Now what colour to paint the room?  Ahh decisions, decisions. After much deliberation, we chose to go with Cabin Red from Valspar.  It looked like a pretty colour that wasn’t too dark and a nice change from the antique white walls that were painted over 5 years ago.

Eddie Bauer Colors by Valspar 8 oz Cabin Red Interior Satin Paint Sample

They say you should always test a swatch on the wall before you piant.  Did we?….Nope, per our usual way of doing things, we dove right in and got to work.  And now for the unveiling……








WOW! That is one red room. As you can tell, the colour didn’t look anything like the colour sample above. I guess this is where the swatch would have come in handy.  As the saying goes, live and learn. 


Red is defintiely a commitement but we actually really like it. The red is rich and warm.  These pictures don’t do it much justice since I took them in the morning with no natural light.


 Now comes the fun part: DECORATING!!! We have a ton of pictures to put back up on the walls to break the red up a little.  More DIY to come so stay tuned. Oh and by the way….


Stay tuned for some Hump Day humor!

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