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March 20, 2017

Spring Dreaming.

Welcome to the first day of Spring! I love this time of year when the days become longer, the sun brighter and our landscape comes alive with buds, birds and bees. Inside the house, I'm truly anxious to get outside and start our very first vegetable garden. However, here in Canada, it's going to take a while before we can start to "Spring" up our yard. For now, I'm content in decorating the inside of our home, brightening our space, while we wait for the green outside to hurry up. 

Building a new house is not a cheap venture, so we've been very careful and deliberate with our decorating. It takes time to decide where to place furniture, giving space for moving items around to try different configurations. Time to play with the decor we've accumulated over the years. And time to ensure we like what we have, as we have to live with our choices for a very long time. I'm a firm believer in not buying the cheapest piece of furniture or accessories but to invest in good solid items that will last through the years. That being said, it's always fun to add a new piece or two each season. I'm done my Spring cleaning and purging, so now I'm ready to figure out what I have for this bright season and what might be missing. In this month of bright and light, Wayfair asked bloggers to share their tips for Spring decorating and I've decided to join in by showing what I've found for our new home. Sometimes it's hard to determine what would look the best with our current stash so I'm very thankful for sites like Wayfair that not only have a million and one items (my guesstimate of course) to choose from, but they include wonderful articles on the site and a great spot to create your own Dream Board that will help you to find ways to brighten your home for Spring. 

For Spring, we're currently adding lace curtains to all our windows and that has really softened our home's look. Now I'm searching for some great area rugs to create a kinder landing for a feet. Our wood floors are lovely but having a carpet here and there is our next wish. In my board above, I found a wonderful patterned rug that comes in a variety of sizes, including a runner for our hall. The mix of brown and ivory fits so well with our color palette. I also found a light lilac rug that would be amazing in our guest bedroom. And some sweet accessories that are just so "Springy!" A rack with 3 terra cotta pots filled with lavender, a set of 3 bottles with whimsical touches and a vintage themed mirror for our back hall. Love them all! Finally, I chose a light sage colored coverlet set. Our current quilt set on our bed is my favorite of all time but because we have a Cali King, it doesn't hang down as low on the sides as we'd like. A coverlet set underneath would solve this problem and the one I chose above has a beautiful pattern. It would look so finished with the quilt on top, the coverlet in the middle and our lovely ruffled bed skirt down to the ground.

Wayfair always has great sales and now that I have my wish list set, I'll create our budget (frugal as it is) and then I'll be checking back often to see when the items I've chosen will be on sale. Until then, I can "Spring Dream" my wishes while I work with what we currently have. Hop over to Wayfair and put together your own Dream Board to create the light and bright Spring theme you'd like to see in your home. You won't be disappointed in your search. It's fun to look for items that complement your current decor and provide inspiration for your dreams.

March 19, 2017

Easy Apple Pie.

Chop apples.

Melt butter with sugar.

Mix in chopped apples.

Simmer until golden.

Cool in bowl.

Add to pie crust.

Bake, cook and enjoy. Such an easy
recipe from the chef Ricardo. Love it.

March 17, 2017

And the After ....

Without all the garland, it's a much
tidier and "quieter" look for the veranda.

Now we have to bring up the bins from
the storage room for the Spring items.

The Before ....

Our veranda, waiting for Spring,
still decorated for Winter ....

Sorry to see our festive items go, but
excited for Spring and colorful decor.

March 15, 2017

Crock Pot Dinners.

One of the gifts we received as newlyweds
was a Crock Pot. At the time, we were
both working full time and it was a great
gift to come home after a long day at
work to a fully cooked meal. Even after
we started having children and I was home
for decades, we still used it a lot. It was
great to have time with my little ones
and as they got older. To not be standing
all day long in the kitchen was such a
bonus. Dance classes, music lessons,
football practice and art sessions were
our priority but feeding our family was
also important. Having time and good
meals was and continues to be just what
we need to manage this busy life.

So here we are 32, almost 33 years later.
We chatted one day that with the amount
of use of our Crock Pot and the age, it
was probably time to replace it, even
though we've not had any issues. But we
wouldn't want to take a big risk. That
very weekend we were in the Big City.
And guess what was on sale? Yup.
Great price, free small dipper pot and
now we have a new toy. Our first meal
was a roasted chicken. So good. Second
meal was a big pot of chili, perfect on a
snowy Sunday afternoon. Trying to figure
out what our next meal will be. I feel safer
now with a new Crock Pot and am very
thankful for such a very frugal amount.

March 12, 2017

Lacey Bath.

I'll take better pictures but wanted to do
a quick update on our idea of putting a
lace set of curtains, the same ones we
have hung all around the cottage, up
under the arch that is over our bath tub.
I need to figure out how to tie back the
panels but both of us love the softness
of the space now. And you can see the
sun rising behind the frosted glass on the
left side. This weekend, we did a big
purge of our walk in closet that is behind
our master bath. It feels like we have so
much more room now! I'm hanging more
pictures later and then I'll take better
shots to show. It's such a treat to have
a space that is bright, spacious and lacey. 

Guest Room Update.

Slowly, piece by piece, we are 
unpacking our art and decor to
hang throughout the house. It's
fun to uncover our packed treasures.

Bare wall in our guest room. I really
wanted to try and cover the switch plate.

So I hung this sweet find and
hung two vintage dresses on it.

Perfect height to cover up the plate
and display all at the same time.

March 10, 2017

A Tiny Bit of Spring.

This week was a bit tough. Many different things
to work through, energy sucking but necessary to
get them done. Snow has returned to our County,
creating cold, blustery days that are sunless and
uninspiring. Can't wait for the melting to return.
Dh did surprise me today, bringing home a tiny bit
of Spring! He remembered that I love the sweet
buds and the beautiful scent of Hyacinths. And
purple is a favorite color of mine, mixed with green
and natural tones of browns and ivories. Lovely!

March 5, 2017

Morning Visitor.

Our daily visits from our little deer family
usually happen around 4 in the afternoon,
except for the occasional morning visit.
Cleaning up our garden before Spring arrives!

March 2, 2017

Missing the Sea.

I'm missing the sea so much right now. Wishing
I could hop a plane and head straight to our tiny
little island on the coast. But deadlines loom,
many tasks are waiting and my to do list keeps
getting longer and longer every day. I'm working
through it so I can get to the sea as soon as I can.