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Thursday

16

February 2017

For the Home | 6 Powder Rooms that Make a Statement

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Sometimes small spaces are best places to have fun with decor and experiment with different design elements. If you follow me on Pinterest, you know that I love posting inspirational ideas that speak to many different tastes — whether you’re modern or traditional, minimalist or extravagant.

Your space doesn’t have to be large to make a huge impact. Case in point? Check out these 6 powder rooms that make a statement. Great design really does come in small packages!

6 powder rooms that make a statement:

1. Feminine and moody. I’m not usually a fan of wallpaper, but a powder room is an excellent place to play with wallpaper. Check out this small space, featuring a dark, large floral print wallpaper. The print is large for such a small area, and I like how the designer used oblong side lamps and an oval mirror to add height and vertical length to the space.  Contrasted with brass hardware and bright accessories, this is an eye-catching space.

6 powder rooms that make a statement powder room ideas

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2. Talk about texture. A textured wallpaper is a distinct way to add an element of interest to a small space. Complemented by other neutral elements — mirror, sink, hardware, — this textured wallpaper is distributed evenly on each wall, making for a uniform, regal space. Also, can we talk about how beautiful that sink is for a second?!

6 powder rooms that make a statement powder room ideas

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3. A way with wainscoting. Light, airy, and soothing, this powder room is reminiscent of a beach house bathroom. I love the classic white wainscoting that flows right into a built-in behind-mirror medicine cabinet.

6 powder rooms that make a statement powder room ideas

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4. Statement chandelier. More than just fixtures and fancy wallpaper, it’s refreshing to see a designer take advantage of height and hang a statement chandelier. Especially in this space, where all four walls are finished in an iridescent wallpaper, the light from the chandelier adds brightness and depth. The countertop, hardware, and mirror are kept simple in comparison.

6 powder rooms that make a statement powder room ideas

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5. Dark walls and a fun ceiling. Why reserve wallpaper just for walls? This powder room is a great testimony to the fact that you don’t have to reserve dark walls for a large room, and you don’t have to sacrifice style in a smaller space. I love the rich tones of both the walls and wallpaper choice for the ceiling. Framed by white crown moulding, it’s a classic look that won’t soon go out of style.

6 powder rooms that make a statement powder room ideas

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6. Shiplap. Shiplap need not be reserved for beach houses and cottages; this powder room proves that a little style goes a long way. You don’t have to get all ornate for a space to look great. While this powder room features white shiplap, I’ve also seen spaces designed with black shiplap; your options are endless!

6 powder rooms that make a statement powder room ideas

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If you’re looking for design inspiration and ways to update any of the rooms in your home, head on over and follow my For the Home board on Pinterest for ideas!

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Thursday

9

February 2017

For the Home | 6 Essentials to Create a Comfortable Sitting Area

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After a long day at work, there’s little that compares to comfort of a big cuppa tea, my favourite chair, and a good book or conversation. Wes and I love good books and conversation, and one of our favourite past times is taking time to just sit and talk or read a good book in one of the sitting areas in our home.

If you’re looking to create a sitting area, or re-evaluating an existing room in your home, I’d highly encourage you to consider investing in two high-quality chairs. Create yourself a niche that will work to decompress and inspire; an area that will help you unwind and regroup.

Creating a comfortable sitting area doesn’t have to be overly complicated. Head on over to my Pinterest page if you’re looking for inspiration and ideas for your living area. As long as you include the basics, you can create an enviable sitting area and living space. In fact, there are 6 essential pieces to include when creating a sitting area in your home:

1. The right chair. Sitting areas are called sitting areas for a reason: They’re meant to have chairs, and they’re meant to be sat in and enjoyed. In order to accomplish this, you need the right pair of chairs! Wes and I are fans of the classic wingback, but depending where in your home you’re looking to create a sitting area, you may consider a club chair, a slipper chair, or even a chaise lounge.

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2. Natural Lighting. When you’re creating a comfortable sitting area in your home, natural light is essential. There’s something so soothing about sitting down in a chair and being able to enjoy and soak up natural light. Some of the best sitting areas are strategically designed beside large windows that draw the light inside.

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3. A good lamp. Sitting areas are meant to enjoyed at all times of day, and no matter how large your windows and no matter how much natural light gets in, you’ll want to invest in a high quality light piece — whether a floor lamp or table lamp — to provide some direct, warm light. Trust me, especially if you’re a reader, a good lamp is an essential component to any sitting area.

sitting areas

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4. Supportive cushions. If you’re planning to watch a good hour of TV, or you’re chapters-deep into a good book, a supportive chair cushion can work wonders to provide comfort (and lower back support!) in a sitting area. The great thing about cushions is that they’re affordable, and you can change up the entire theme of a sitting area by switching out the cushions!

sitting areas

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5. A side table. For your book, for your drink, or even for a box of tissues, sitting areas aren’t complete without a solid side table. Pro tip: Choose a ‘table’ that can act as extra seating should you have guests over.

sitting areas

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6. The right ottoman. No sitting area is complete without the right ottoman on which to rest your feet. If you can invest in a piece that matches the chairs in your sitting room, I’d highly encourage it; the extra cost is worth it in the long run, and your feet will thank you.

sitting areas

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Sitting areas don’t have to be hard to create! As long as your sitting area contains the six essentials above, you’re set! If you’re looking for more sitting area inspiration for the home, be sure to follow my For the Home board on Pinterest for more ideas.

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Thursday

2

February 2017

6 Ways to Add Pattern to your home

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A couple of weeks ago, I posted about ways to lighten up your home during the winter season. Winter can be a difficult time of year, especially if you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder or if you’re housebound. That being said, winter can also provide a great opportunity to make some changes to the interior of your home.

While I’m a big fan of white and neutrals, I also love the occasional pop of colour and pattern. Pattern done right in a room can make a space. If you’re looking for home design inspiration and interior design ideas, be sure to follow me on Pinterest.

One thing I’ve noticed a lot of designers do when planning out a room is strategically using pattern to add interest and pops of colour. Here are 6 ways to add pattern to your home:

1. Fun floor tiles. Adding pattern doesn’t have to be anything extreme, and especially in the kitchen where pattern might be more predictable or expected as part of a blacksplash, why not spice things up with some fun floor tiles? Rather than working with many different colours, a good rule of thumb is to choose a floor tile where the dominant colour complements your kitchen cupboards (or countertops).

ways to add pattern to your home

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2. Work in some wood. Bold, unexpected, and certainly a conversation piece, if you’re looking to add pattern to your home, do it with a natural element, like wood. A naturally stained, patterned wooden wall could add warmth to an industrial space or neutral room.

ways to add pattern to your home

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3. Colour by curtain. If you’re hesitant about adding pattern to your home, an easy and inexpensive way to experiment with pattern is by adding pattern to your home using curtains in a bold colour and pattern. This works well in a room where the furniture is otherwise neutral in colour. Accessorize with complementary-coloured cushions and accent pieces.

ways to add pattern to your home

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4. Patterned ceiling. What I love about adding an accent ceiling, is that you can keep your space otherwise neutral, and then you look up and, “Wow!” A patterned ceiling is a bold, refreshing way to incorporate pattern into your home. Depending on the pattern, you may want to look at a patterned ceiling in a powder room, guest bedroom, or home office.

ways to add pattern to your home

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5. Patterned furniture. Having a favourite wingback chair and ottoman reupholstered in a bold printed fabric is a great way to add pattern to your home. Especially effective in rooms with a neutral colour palate, patterned furniture is both bold and warm. If you’ve got more than one favourite chair, consider having both chairs reupholstered in patterns that complement each other. As demonstrated in the photo below, coordinating (but not matching) patterns can really warm up a space.

ways to add pattern to your home

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6. Wallpaper. Don’t panic. If you’re having visions of wallpaper gone wrong, open your eyes and check out some of the fantastic options that are out there. Even if you’re not willing to entertain it for an entire room, consider experimenting with an accent wall (or small space, such as a powder room). A little wallpaper can go a long way (and look wonderful).

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If you’re looking for more pattern inspiration and tips on how to incorporate pattern in your home, be sure to check out my For the Home board on Pinterest. I’m always pinning home decor ideas and would love to hear from you!

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Thursday

12

January 2017

5 Ways to Lighten Up Your Home this Year

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If you follow me on Pinterest, you know I’m a huge fan of white. I love white. White kitchens, white bathrooms, white furniture; you name it, I love all things neutral. Creating a home filled with neutrals can be difficult, — especially if you have animals or small children, — so today I’m sharing 5 ways to lighten up your home this year. There are many ways to lighten up and brighten up your home!

1. Brighten up with some flowers. I love flowers, and as tradition would have it, Wes brings me home a beautiful, fresh bouquet each Friday. Even if you don’t have a whole bouquet of flowers, a single flower can add a pop of colour and brighten up your space.

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2. Let the light in. Lightening up your home can be as simple as opening the blinds and letting some natural light in. Fan of heavy drapery? During the daylight hours, opening blinds or drapes can go a long way in letting light in and brightening up your space. Looking to hang drapery in your home this year? Here’s a tip: To make the room seem taller and more spacious, hang the curtain rods well above the window frame, right below ceiling level. You’ll add a whole lot of height to the room! This also helps let more light in when the drapes are open.

lighten up your home with drapes

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3. Clean off your kitchen counters. I don’t care what colour palate your kitchen is, cleaning off your kitchen counters is a great way to lighten up your home. Not only does de-cluttering make you feel good (great!), de-cluttering and cleaning off your countertops gives the illusion of more space and a clean space.

lighten up your home declutter your counters

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4. Incorporate some coloured cushions into your living space. You don’t have to spend a lot to lighten up your home; purchasing some coloured cushions (or cushion covers) to add to your living space is an easy way to brighten and lighten up your home! New to colour? A good rule of thumb is to start with a single hue. If you’re someone who’s comfortable with colour, select some pieces with contrast for a real burst of colour.

lighten up your home cushions

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5. Refresh your bedroom with new sheets. While Wes and I are big fans of white, pick your favourite colour and get some new sheets! New sheets can make a huge difference in lightening up your home. Since you sleep on them every night, I’d suggest investing in sheets that are high quality cotton (check out Gluckstein Home; Brian’s namesake brand makes theee most amazing sheets of life).

lighten up your home sheets

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It doesn’t have to be difficult to lighten up your home; whatever your colour scheme, whatever your style preference, following the suggestions above can kick start your year and brighten and lighten up your space! Be sure to follow me on Pinterest for more home and interior design inspiration!

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Tuesday

13

December 2016

Indoor Gardening: What to Put in a Christmas Flower Arrangement

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I love flowers. In my opinion, no home is complete without an arrangement of fresh flowers. There’s just something about a fresh floral arrangement that can brighten and bring life to almost any space.

With preparations for Christmas well underway, decorating with flowers is one of the easiest ways to add a little festive cheer to your living space. Today I’ve put together some suggestions of great flowers to decorate with at Christmas time. Whether your style is classic or modern, these plants will bring Christmas cheer!

 

1. Red roses. A traditional flower, roses are effortlessly elegant. On their own or as part of an extravagant arrangement, red roses make for a beautiful flower arrangement, not just at Christmas, but anytime of the year.

flowers to decorate with at Christmas red roses

 

2. Evergreen branches. OK so they’re not flowers, but whatever your evergreen of choice, whether pine or spruce sprigs, evergreen branches make a festive addition to any Christmas flower arrangement. A sure sign of the season, pine branches or spruce branches add an additional layer of texture and and earthiness to floral arrangements. (Just be sure to keep them watered).

evergreen branches flowers to decorate for Christmas

 

3. Green spray chrysanthemums. A favourite of mine anytime of year, there’s something so happy about these little blooms. Green spray chrysanthemums come in a variety of sizes depending where they’re at in their life cycle, and their vivid lime green colouring certainly will certainly as a contrast against deeper reds and greens in a Christmas flower arrangement.

christmas flowers to decorate green spray chrysanthemums

 

4. White flowers. From carnations and chrysanthemums to roses and ranunculus, white flowers are a must when it comes to creating a Christmas flower arrangement. Maybe it’s because they remind me of snow, but there’s just something a pure, white flower that seems seasonally appropriate.

white flowers Christmas flower arrangement

Those are some of my favourite flowers for creating a Christmas flower arrangement; what flowers are you decorating with this Christmas season?

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Tuesday

6

December 2016

Indoor Gardening: How to Care for Poinsettias

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If you live in North America, poinsettias are one of the sure signs of Christmas! If you’ve ever wondered why poinsettia plants are closely associated with Christmas, it all comes back to a Mexican folk tale. Legend has it that a poor girl who couldn’t afford a gift to offer to Christ on Christmas Eve, instead brought an offering of weeds. When brought in to the church, because it was given in love, the weeds bloomed into red and green flowers.

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Poinsettias aren’t native to the U.S. or Canada, in fact, the poinsettia plant is native to southern Mexico and Central America. With blooms in red, burgundy, pink, peach, yellow, and cream, poinsettias (in their native land) can reach heights of up to sixteen feet tall!

The poinsettia plant is named after the former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Dr. Joel R. Poinsett; it was Poinsett who introduced poinsettias to the U.S.

As poinsettias are a popular Christmas plant, we’re getting into that season where the beautiful blooms are given as gifts, or you may be decorating with them throughout your home. Here are some helpful tips for poinsettia plant care, and how to care for poinsettias in your home this holiday season:

  • Poinsettias love sunlight, so try to position your poinsettia plant close to a sunny window; these plants love natural sunlight (hey, they’re native to Mexico and South America, so it only makes sense). Most poinsettias like at least five hours of sunlight each day.
  • Poinsettias love water. Water your poinsettia plants regularly and don’t let the pot dry out. This is a balancing act because while poinsettia plants love water, they don’t fare well if their pot is over-watered. Be sure whatever container you’re keeping the plant in is able to drain any excess water.
  • Poinsettias love maintenance. Be sure to keep the plant and the pot free from any excess leaves that may fall. If you find your poinsettia plant is losing a lot of leaves, that’s a sign the plant needs water, or is perhaps in a place with too much light. This may seem like a contradiction to the point above, but poinsettias can be picky.

poinsettias

Interesting fact: Did you know that December 12th is National Poinsettia Day? The day is recognized in honour of the passing of Dr. Joel R. Poinsett (after whom the poinsettia plant is named).

 

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Thursday

20

October 2016

For the Home: White Tile with Black Grout

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If you follow me on Pinterest, you know I’m a HUGE fan of white kitchens and bathrooms. Classic, sleek, and clean, you can’t go wrong with an all-white palate. In our home, Wes and I keep things neutral and accent with pops of colour.

Lately, I’ve really been drawn to the juxtaposition of white tiles with black grout. There is something so classic about the combination, whether used in a bathroom or kitchen. Today I’m sharing some of my favourite combinations of white tile with black grout.

1. Subway tile two ways. This gorgeous marble shower setting features some beautiful subway tile with a diagonal inset. What I love about this white tile with black grout is that it’s timeless. Bonus? The variation in the marble is highlighted by the dark grout.

white tile with black grout

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2. White cabinets, black counter. This farmhouse kitchen stands out because of the beautiful tile backsplash, with white tiles and black grout (the wooden beam doesn’t hurt, either). Classic white cabinetry and an anything-but-basic black quartz counter, this kitchen was featured on Chip and Joanna’s Fixer Upper. I love it!

white tile with black grout

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3. Dreamy bathroom with contrasting tile. Subway tile, like this combination of white tile with black grout, is classic and timeless. I love the contrast with the beautiful black and white tile flooring. Add an over-sized white pedestal tub with black hardware, and you’ve got one dreamy bathroom! Also, that chandelier…

white tile with black grout

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4. All things herringbone. While it’s debatable whether a herringbone backsplash is classic or trendy, I’ve gotta say it looks gorgeous, especially when the pattern is accentuated with white tile and black grout. And while I’m not a huge fan of open shelving in a kitchen, the dark wood shelve with brass corbels are a nod to traditional that really work in this setting.

white tile with black grout

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5. Black and white bathroom. Scandi-inspired, I’m loving the stark white tiles and black grout featured in this bathroom. What’s most eye-catching is the pattern in which the penny tiles are set on the floor.

white tile with black grout

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6. Hexagon tiles. White, with black grout. I’m not a huge fan of the minimalist cabinetry in this design, but I do like the larger hexagon-shaped tiles used in the backsplash.

white tile with black grout

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7. Light and bright bathroom. If you’re debating the use of white tile with black grout in your own home, or if you’re concerned it may show “too dark” and possibly dirty, think again. This light bathroom is a great example of white tile and black grout done right. Featuring floor to ceiling subway tile and brass fixtures, this is a beautiful bathroom.

white tile with black grout

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8. Farmhouse kitchen. While I’m not a fan of the black range hood, in this farm house, the white tile with black grout is really highlighted by some of the darker features — including the black range hood, black lighting fixtures, and natural wood beams.

white tile with black grout

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If you’re looking for more white tile with black grout inspiration, head over to my Pinterest for more great tile ideas for your kitchen and bathroom.

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Thursday

6

October 2016

4 Wing Chairs for Your Home

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One of my favourite past times is curling up in a comfy chair with a hot cuppa and a good book. Since I’ve been married, one of my favourite parts of the day is when my husband Wes and I sit down to enjoy our breakfast, pray, and read our devotions. While some may engage in these activities at the kitchen table, we usually start our day in the living room, sitting in our wing chairs, breakfast on a tray, and our Schnauzer Dickens at our feet.

If you’re looking to invest in a wing chair (or two, or four) for your home, today I’ve carefully curated some fantastic wing chairs to share with you. While most wing chairs are classic, these wingback chairs each have their own unique features that set them apart.

4 Wing Chairs for Your Home:

1. Home Furniture Wing Chair. You know every once in a while you make a purchase and it’s one you talk about for years to come? These custom upholstered wing chairs (and matching ottoman!) from Home Furniture were one of the best purchases I have ever made. I love these chairs. My Mum refers to them as chairs that are made for “tall men”. It’s fitting, since my husband stands over six feet tall. Made to order with two matching (or mis-matching, in our case) cushions, these are lifetime pieces that we’ll have in our home for years to come. Best part? They’re Canadian made! For purchasing details, visit Home Furniture.

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2. Restoration Hardware 19th Century English Wing Chair. Restoration Hardware is one of those status stores; when you own a piece of their furniture, it’s like instant-cool status. Take this 19th Century English wing chair for example. No, it wasn’t made in the 19th century, but it’s designed with memories of shape and style from that era. Beyond the classic shape, I love the tufted details and deep seat (again, a good tall man chair!). What I don’t love is the non-functional front wheels which add a hipster vibe. Also of interest is that you can custom-order this chair in almost any fabric swatch or colour of your choice, enabling you to infuse a bit of your personality into this piece. For purchasing details, visit Restoration Hardware.

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3. West Elm Niels Wing Chair Glider. There is something about Danish design that I do love. West Elm’s Niels wing chair is no exception. They’ve taken a traditional style and made it quintessentially Danish with curved lines and a smooth gliding system. Built on a solid wood frame, this glider would be ideal for a family room or nursery. It’s definitely not your grandma’s glider! For purchasing details, visit West Elm.

west elm niels wing glider

 

4. Sarah Richardson Robert Wing Chair. As I mentioned above, I love when furniture is made in Canada. There’s something about supporting our economy that’s really encouraging and also inspiring; it speaks volumes to see a Canadian designer who’s furniture line is actually made here in Canada. Sarah Richardson’s Robert wing chair is elegant, beautiful, and would be an ideal complement in a living room or dining room. With details pulled from a traditional William Birch chair and a wing back, Sarah Richardson’s Robert wing chair is a piece of furniture that will never go out of style. For purchasing details, visit Sarah Richardson.

sarah richardson wing chair

 

For more home decor and interior design inspiration, be sure to check out my Pinterest!

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Thursday

18

August 2016

7 Front Door Colours for Your Home

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One of the easiest ways to update the exterior of your home is by painting your front door. If you’re following me on Pinterest, you’ve been seeing some of the fantastic front door posts on my For the Home board. A couple of coats of paint can make a huge difference in the appearance of your home. Add some fresh plants and door hardware, and you’re on your way to a whole new look!

If you’re considering a front door makeover, you should keep in mind that different paint colours work best with different door styles and home styles. For example, while a bubblegum pink front door would look out of place on a traditional home, it would be well-suited to an all-white beach cottage.

Here are 7 front door colours that I love:

1. Grey Green Front Door. There’s something so soothing about a soft grey green. On a front door, grey green is a classic colour. The key with this hue is to keep it light. Any darker and this door would look like something out of the late eighties/early nineties. Some brass hardware and a stand-out door knocker make this a lovely entrance. Interesting to note: The door handle on this door is in the centre of the door.

grey green front door

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2. Navy front door with painted sidelights. When it comes to a front door with sidelights, there are several differing opinions about whether or not you should paint all parts of the door, especially the border of the sidelights and door window. My personal preference is for just the door to be painted (unlike the sidelights in the image above), so it really stands out. Navy is a fantastic front door colour, and looks fantastic on a home finished with a neutral stone or siding. (If you’re looking for a great blue, try Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy.)

navy front door

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3. Navy front door with white side lights. You saw in the example above the look of a navy blue front door with painted sidelights to match, and here is an example of a navy front door with the sidelights left white. While the style of door is different, you get the picture. The home owner paid special attention to detail and added a brass sweep and sill. I also love how well ferns and other green plants work with a blue front door! Very fresh.

navy front door with white sidelights

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4. Solid wood front door. There’s something very traditional about a solid wood front door. Finished in a classic stain, a wooden front door is timeless. While some may think wood is boring, I beg to differ! A solid wood front door is incredibly interesting, especially when highlighted with some bright florals to make the look pop. If you’re looking for a door that’s less maintenance than solid wood but provides a similar look, there are some great alternatives out there.

solid wood front door

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5. Black front door. Some say black looks too ominous, others say if it’s not painted in just the right hue that a black door looks like a black hole. I think that a black front door is very appealing, especially on a brick home that’s traditionally built. Case in point? Check out the photo above. Classic black, with brass accents, and side urns with florals do the colour talking. I especially love how the home owners left the transom a neutral off-white. This really makes the door pop!

black front door

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6. Deep green front door. Looking very French countryside, this dark deep green works well on a home that’s otherwise mostly neutral. Complemented on either side by two wooden plantars with boxwoods, I love how this door is so simple and void of any decoration, but still so appealing. The stone work on the steps and patio, the lovely hanging lattern, and the white window sidelights on either side make this deep green front door one for serious consideration.

white home with deep green front door

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7. Red front door. There’s something so captivating about the colour red. Always a classic, a red front door really stands out when set against a neutral brick, stone, or siding. Many people believe that front doors should be bright and vibrant accents that stand out, and a painted red front door certainly does just that! With brass accents and more traditional sidelights and an eyebrow transom, this front door is nothing short of fantastic.

red front door

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For more home design inspiration, be sure to follow me on Pinterest!

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Monday

18

April 2016

Dry Lay Stone Bench, Part 1

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I’m pretty excited about the latest DIY project at our house: A stone bench. Being married to a master stone mason is a big blessing! This past weekend, Wes started to tackle the large stones we have surrounding one of the trees on our property. They were originally part of a tree well, and now these stones are being used to make a very attractive (and practical) dry lay stone bench (or two).

dry lay stone bench

On Saturday, Wes started the project, and began selecting and striking the stones. Eventually, his dry lay will form a bench, and he’ll pour a cap on the top to create the bench part.

Creating a dry lay formation of any kind — whether it’s a bench, a wall, or even a foundation — requires the mason or enthusiast to constantly keep a cool head and maintain a lot of patience.

This DIY dry lay stone bench project is in the very early stages, and I’ll post further updates as we move ahead. Wes’s plan right now is to create two benches, one that faces east, and one that faces west.

dry lay stone bench

 

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