Spring Entryway Refresh

This post is sponsored by Wayfair.

Flowers have blossomed on the trees long ago here in California—actually, while my Mom was visiting. She was here from end of January til the beginning of March! It was amazing having her. Seriously parenting is much easier with a little extra help. And, wow – how can we not talk about it. Well, coronavirus wasn’t really part of our plan, was it. But here we are. I debated not going through with a blog post during this weird time in our lives, the whole world. It’s like we’re living in the middle of a movie, do you feel that way? But like all of us, I have a lot more time at home now, especially when beb is down for a long nap.

We’ve been in house lockdown now for our own safety since March 10. Silicon Valley, where we are living, is the second worst area affected by COVID-19 in the USA.

I’ve been baking and making delicious homemade meals ever since. I seriously haven’t eaten this well in years (apart from when my Momma was making us delicious grub). I actually feel pretty great right now. But then again, I’m more of a homebody usually anyways. To find some positivity in this whole COVID-19 thing we’re dealing with, I’m enjoying meeting (from afar) the neighbours a block or two away, how many more families are spending more time with each other, and the slow-living aspect of it all. No one is rushing around, or go go go all the time.

Before the shelter-in-place was mandatory, I received a few items from Wayfair to revamp, and decorate our entryway for spring. I mean, I’m stuck at home now so I may as well do a bit of fixin’ up around the house.

For the longest time I’ve wanted to incorporate the pampas stems I cut down in someone’s yard late last summer. I just didn’t have a place, or a vase for them.

Let me tell you a quick story: I bravely knocked on a strangers door a few blocks away from our house, and asked if I could have some that she had growing in her front yard! She supplied me with the cutters to do so, told me to take as many as I wished, and then I carted 5 of those stems home with me. Hooray! It was awesome. They’ve been hanging out behind my laundry room door for the past few months as I didn’t have a proper vase to put it in. I wanted them to stand upright and not fall over, ya know? Trynna make a statement here in this space where people walk into our homes for the first time. I want it to look inviting, warm, hygge as all the cool kids now say these days.

You’ll see that I prefer decorating in warm neutrals.

 

Shop the look: 

Neutral geometric wool rug (5’x7′) | Wayfair

White + terracotta clay vase (8″) | Wayfair

(similar) Black round mirror 24″x24″ (mine is 28×28) | Wayfair

Black simple shoe rack | Wayfair

 

Thoughts? Do you love the pampas grass? It’s probably my favourite (besides the cozy warm rug) as it adds a lot of texture to the space.

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Decked out for the holidays and ready to start baking

Decked out for the holidays and ready to start baking and introducing Christmas favourites to my baby boy. As soon as the American Thanksgiving was over, the Christmas tunes began.

I feel right on the ball this year with decorating and getting my act together. I took bebs to see Santa (and it went a lot better than I expected it to – yay!), and even mailed out most of our Christmas cards already. Speaking of Christmas cards, this is the first time that we’ve ever made/and mailed out as a family. So exciting. I’m adulting hard this year ;)

Since I tend to keep my decorating mainly in the kitchen (okay and obviously in our living area too, but I don’t really show that room, much online), I wanted to spruce it up for the holidays. Don’t let decorating for the holidays stress you out. Use what you have. Fresh greenery always works, and your local grocery store sells it. Or if you have a kind neighbour who has an olive tree next door, and he’s kind enough to let you snip some branches off, then go to it ahem. My neighbour has an amazing olive tree, obvs.

Fresh herbs in a cup also brings a bit of festive feels into the home. Plus, the aroma is amazing (I love rosemary, personally), and easy to grab to top off onto your tofurky/turkey, or chicken you’re cooking. As always I’m a fan of bringing the natural elements into the space you’re decorating. In this case, fresh greenery to give the space some holiday cheer. The rest is going to stay pretty neutral, at least in this room.

I’m no interior decorator but I do know what I like when it comes to Christmas and Holiday decor. Some of these pieces I’ve had since before we moved to the USA – yup, I carted it all the way from Canada with us. Some of the items are even from just the Bulls-eye spot at Target, and a few of the items is from Wayfair, too.

You may notice a new appliance there in the background. I finally scooped up a matte black KitchenAid mixer (from Wayfair!). Guys, I’ve always wanted one, so I bit the bullet and used my gift card on it. I love it, and can’t wait to use it more in the new year. Anyone have any ideas on what I should make in it? Gimmie all the ideas, please!

When do you start decorating for the Holidays/Christmas?

Shop the look: red christmas baublesKitchenAid mixer, white basket, cylinder vase, red christmas baubles,

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Our eerie entryway

Baby’s first Halloween!

Gotta bring the goods inside, since that’s where we’ll be seeing it the most. The exterior is decorated too, but for safety sake, I won’t be showing the outside.

C’mon into our homely abode and take a peek at the eerie entryway that I’ve decorated for our first official Halloween in the house. Just two weeks away and I’m excited to see all the neighbour kids in their costumes come Halloween night. I’ll show you photos of bebs when he’s dressed up in his costume. Hint, it’s a bit of a throw-back to the 90’s. Maybe the 80’s? I don’t know which decade it’s from. But I’m sure someone will fill me in on it.

It’s fairly simple, but I think it all pulled together quite nicely, don’t you? I’m going to head out later this week to get some larger pumpkins for the front porch outside. Eeek, can’t wait!

Shop the look: ghost lights, bats, cylinder vase, orange lights, black waffle weave towel, velvet pumpkin

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