5 ways you can reimagine your home for a change, right now

If normal has become borning and the usual is in desperate of some unusual, then as the autumn winds change to winter snow, it might be time for you to start thinking about changing your home around a bit.

Few things feel as reinvigorating and fresh as reimagining your existing spaces, and this is especially true if you still love your decor and furniture, but you’re just looking for, well…a little something else.

Living in one of the most beautiful regions of Canada means that we get to enjoy some of the most gorgeous vistas, open spaces and dramatic seasonal changes in the world. We’ve learned how to incorporate this into our home and lifestyle, and with a few handy tricks, you can learn how to do it, too, no matter where you are.

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LET’S START WITH ART

Now, if you’re not an avid collector, if you honestly couldn’t care about the difference between a Picasso or a Paganini, that doesn’t mean you don’t appreciate art. It just means that you’re not the type to wax lyrically over the importance of using words like “juxtaposition.”

But we would wager that most people, whether the type that shmoozes around galleries or not, can learn how to appreciate the instant sense of personality and style that one or two unique pieces can bring to spaces around your home. 

With simple focus pieces that do or don’t have to cost $1M (that’s up to you), you can literally breathe new life into an existing room without changing anything else.

Give it a try. Before you go and make any significant investment into a piece, take a browse through your local thrift stores or outside markets; whatever works for where you’re located, buy a piece that seems as if you might like it, but that doesn’t cost a lot of money.

Take it home, hang it. Now, look at photographs of the room or space that you have from before and see the difference it makes.

Art collecting, even just at an amateur level, is a beautiful way to create a legacy that carries memories and journies of your family beautifully, and you get to redecorate with changing a single piece of furniture.

REIMAGINING YOUR FURNITURE

So, you’ve found some art (and remember, that does just have to be a painting), and it looks fabulous – but you don’t feel as if you’re quite there yet. Time to get moving – not moving home, but rather, moving furniture.

Rearranging existing furniture like sofas, couches, coffee tables, side tables, dinner services etc., instantly create new walkway spaces in your home while changing your entire frame of reference of your lived-in areas.

This plays a psychological “trick” on your brain and means that you see familiar spaces but with new angles, which create fresh, “new air.” 

You can employ this same trick to your outside areas and garden furniture arrangements, too, and the great thing about this idea is that it doesn’t matter how much space you have; a few quick adjustments to angles or placements and you’re in business.

Remember to consider your location when planning furniture placements. This is a mistake often made, so if you have great views, position your seating accordingly.

BATHROOM MATTERS

Everyone dreams about that sacred space in the bathroom where for just a few blissful moments every day, nothing else matters – but you (and perhaps the glass of wine in your hand). We have so many great ideas on how to transform your bathrooms here.

But as an added tip, if you have showers at home, installing water and showerproof lighting with soft colour tints will give your bathroom a shot of the suite life and you – an exquisitely lit shower room experience.

REPLACE WORN OUT FINISHES AND FITTINGS

Nothing will suck the life out of a room faster than worn and tired finishes and or fittings. When it’s time to repair or replace, it’s time – get it done. Seeing the same old worn-out edges around your fridge has an impact on how you see your life. Think we’re joking? How did it make you feel seeing that cracked top every day in lockdown?

Exactly. So if you need to plan for it financially, then do it, but you will thank yourself for doing it; you might need to change your windows and need a home window replacement service, or the deck needs to be reoiled. Whatever it is – give yourself a lift. (and increase the value of your home too, just saying).

…AND FINALLY, SHELVES. 

Yep, shelves. We love coffee table books and little bits of objet d’art everywhere but when you’re making a change without breaking the bank, installing some creative shelving in unusual or focal places, and then filling them with odds and ends shows off your personality, frees up space and looks great doing it.

We know that money may be too tight to mention these days, but don’t let that put you off. Do what you can with what you can and learn to love the spaces you’re in all over again.

** This was a contributed post.

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diy: framed wild garland art

Happy New Year! For those of you who have decided to log on today (or this week), I wanted to share a cute and simple way to get creative with your leftover Christmas decorations!

Supplies:

Faux Christmas wreath OR garland/tinsel
Extra deep photo frame
Scissors
White glue
Glitter
Sheet of paper
Pencil

Steps:

1. Using a pencil, write a few words of your choice on a sheet of paper. As these words will ultimately become the template for the frame, play around with them until they are neat and centred and are able to fit onto the frame’s plate of glass.

2. Place the glass over the paper. Take the white glue and slowly begin to trace what is written on the page. Once the tracing is complete, sprinkle glitter onto the white glue. Ensure that the words are sufficiently covered with glitter.

3. Let that dry for approximately 12 hours, or until the glue is hardened.

4. Take the glass and wipe away the excess glitter. Put it back in the frame. Then fill the extra deep photo frame with either cut up pieces of Christmas wreath, or garland. Whatever you prefer!

5. Finish by adding the backing board, and hanging up on a wall. Or, you can display it on a shelf. Go wild! Either way, you can’t lose.

I hope that everyone had a fantastic Christmas! We should all feel blessed and hopeful going into this new year. Feel free to share your resolutions and plans for 2019 below!

Emory

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thursday’s tattooed twosome

IMG_1.jpg IMG_2.jpgIMG_4.jpg IMG_5.jpgIMG_6.jpg IMG_7.jpgOver the past two months, Geoffrey and I decided to add to our collection of tattoos. Does one even call it a collection? I suppose that’s what we are doing, albeit on our bodies. Although they varied greatly in size, we were both equally as proud of their outcome. Well, maybe we’re a little more proud of Geoff’s since his would have hurt a heck of a lot more.

While I understand that tattoos are not for everyone, they are for us. We are a young couple who strive to be unique, dream big everyday, and are courteous to others. I don’t see tattoos as acts of rebellion or a cries for attention. I view them as expressions of art and freedom within our culture. Everyone should know by now that you can’t judge a book by its cover. I think that we all could try harder to hold the importance of that metaphor above most others.

Enjoy February’s last weekend. See you all in March. <3

Emory

photography backdrop stand diy.

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for awhile now, i have been photographing outfits and objects in almost every room of little green in hopes of finding the most agreeable background. ask any blogger and they will almost always tell you of at least one favourite location to shoot photos within their homes. my sweet little photography spot is in little green’s living room. however, because it also doubles as an entrance way and home office, it can get pretty cluttered. also, because one wall has been painted black, and the other painted black and white, my subjects can quite easily become overshadowed by paint colour. my goal? to create a backdrop stand. :-)))

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i began by purchasing two inexpensive clothing racks. the simpler, wider, and taller, the better. i got these for a really great price!

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next, i tracked down two heavy curtains. i initially was going for white, but when i came across this particular reversible pair, i had to buy them. i thought that it would be a great way to have two different backdrop colours in one.

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time to assemble.

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after the racks were set up, i was ready to hang the curtains.

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last, i attached both clothes racks together.

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talk about an easy solution to a backdrop stand! i hope that you enjoyed it. :-)))

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hello fashion video.

i am so excited to be posting something new this week for my friends and followers!!!

you may remember these posts:

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this week, rather than having another fashion post presented through pictures and a story, i am presenting you a with video of my closet mixed with items from the hello scarlett store!!

have you ever seen the blog fancy treehouse? coury combs is by far the loveliest one of the loveliest people around. her site features beautiful items for sale, all of which she models. yet, it was her short photo shoot videos that were uploaded to her instagram that served as the sole inspiration for my newest video. when i watched them (over and over) i thought to myself, i could do that! so i did. :-)

this is not any sort of video, but one that showcases my changing looks for changing seasons; summer and fall.  this is such a tricky time regarding one’s wardrobe. one day you may be dressing down to accommodate weather for an indian summer, whereas the next day you are bundling up and anticipating snow to fall at any given moment. however, spontaneity and variety are what keeps fashion fresh and fun, and a person on their pretty little toes!! 

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might i add that i prefer bundling up with lots of beautiful layers as opposed to wearing next to nothing? ;-)))

p.s. i hope that you enjoy the first of many hello scarlett fashion videos, as well as the music by one of my own style icons; robyn!!

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  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife and mother to four (two on earth, one in heaven, and growing another). This is our life on the Canadian prairies.
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