One of my goals of 2020 is to try and get on the blog more often. Often I feel like I don’t have enough to say.. but oh well, a photo says a thousand words Less words, more photos?? 😉[Read more…] about My Favourite Pieces in My Home
Welcome to the blog today Friends! Christmas is my favourite time of the year to decorate for. But let me tell you, I haven’t always been good at it. I would go overboard and purchase anything remotely Christmas coloured and Santa-like and throw it all over every inch of my home.
It’s a good thing that over the years, I’ve curated my craft 😉
If wanting to see a more farmhouse Christmas, check out my walk through from last year, here.
This year, I really wanted to focus on natural woods, white and black.
We traded out the tree we had last year for this King of Christmas tree. I actually have only put a few pieces on the tree so far. My good friend found a ton of natural wood nutcrackers at the dollar store, so I will be picking those up tomorrow as well as some natural wood garlands.
Side note, if you keep reading to the bottom of the blog, I’ll have sources for most of the decor in this room for you.
If you follow me on the ‘gram, I painted our fireplace back in September and I was literally THIS CLOSE to painting it back to white, but I’m so glad I kept it black for the Christmas season. I will most likely paint it white for Spring.
And because I constantly get so many questions on these stockings, my best friend made them for me. But she now has a full time job that is demanding so she no longer sews for a living.
If wanting to purchase similar ones, Anthropologie has some very similar knit ones this year.
As for the garland, it’s a 6′ flocked pine garland mixed in with my 6′ eucalyptus garland from AFloral. I always love to add some greenery that is a little bit unexpected besides the basic pine.
Our living room has very little colour this year besides our Timber Sectional. But I honestly like to keep my home pretty muted during fall and winter and then I reserve colour for Spring and Summer. It’s just my personal preference.
As you can see up close on our tree, I’ve barely decorated it yet. But this is the flock on the tree. If wanting to view the tree online, I’ve linked it above. Or you can scroll below and I’ve linked it there too. If you purchase, feel free to use this code for 10% off: JESSICASARAMORRIS
I’m super excited to get the rest of my home decorated, but I like to slowly decorate over a two week period so I don’t go on overload.
The past two weeks of having only four day work weeks did me some good. I’ve been finding it hard during the week to get anything done. Although I absolutely love snuggling our newest addition ( who now happens to be SIX whole weeks ), he won’t let me put him down at all. So cleaning, blogging, showering or anything of the sort is out of the question, for now. Well, at least until we can get into a schedule.
I happened to snag a few minutes on the weekend to blog about our living room refresh. It looks totally different & I am so excited to have had Pier 1 + Catalina Lighting sponsor this Living Room Spring Refresh.
I’m all about less is more. I guess you could call me a minimalist. It’s kind of comical really because I’m obsessed with farmhouse style. But if you scroll through Pinterest or Instagram you will see that most farmhouse homes are filled to the brim with gorgeous decor. It’s more of a “cluttered” style. But I just can’t do it. I’ve always been this way. I try to decorate with more and I end up going crazy and putting half the decor back in storage.
So, here’s my Spring Refresh with only a few pieces. I have a billion and one pillows but I really like to switch out our pillows constantly. To me, it’s a simple update that doesn’t break the bank ( especially if you’re like me and have a ton in storage ) I also love plants. Plants are one thing that can be extremely cheap, but make a huge impact on a room.
I snagged these adorable little herb plants for 5.00 each and they even came in the cute containers. If you’re Canadian, run out to your nearest Superstore. This is where I got them.
Oh, and a little side note. I often get Canadians emailing or messaging me frustrated that I tag my decor on US sites. I only do this because 89% of my readership is from the States, so it’s only fair that I cater to the majority of my followers. That being said, a lot more stores are starting to ship to Canadian addresses these days, so it’s a win-win!
These lamps are a perfect mix of farmhouse and modern. They aren’t too beat up and they’re slightly weathered. Plus, if you ever get tired of the faux wood look, you can paint them white! I love pieces that I can reuse for years to come.
The throw pillows on the sofa are my favourite. They’re from Pier 1 and they’re oversized, cozy and neutral. You can literally use them in any room of the house. The middle pillow is from the Magnolia Homes line and I’m pretty obsessed over it. I happened to snag a few other Magnolia Homes pieces from Pier 1 too. The white bowl holding my magazines and the corbels.
The sofa table Glen actually just wiped up for me on Saturday. I needed something to stage my lamps on and I didn’t have anything. I absolutely love how it turned out. I told him to only sand off the splinters so it’s extra beat up, just the way I like it!
I knew I wanted to decorate this room with extra farmhouse charm so extra greenery, old games, throws and cozy pillows are a must.
Also, if you follow me on Instagram you will know that we painted the room white on the weekend. We used the color “Alabaster” from Benjamin Moore.
I’ve always loved anything beat up and our coffee table that actually was a dresser, I white washed it and turned it into a coffee table chest. I blogged about it here, last year.
The sofa was a HUGE win. I’ve wanted an Ikea Ektorp sofa for so many years. Well, one came up on Craigslist in excellent condition for only 125 bucks with an extra cover. HUGE STEAL.
Thank you for stopping by the blog today. I hope you enjoyed our little Living Room Spring Refresh. I always love to change up my home. I found out about myself that I need change in my life, and so changing up my home is one way I can incorporate that into my life.
What do you think of the new living room? Are you happy the green is gone? Truth be told, the only reason I didn’t photograph the other side of the room is because one wall is still green. I ran out of time on the weekend. haha!
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Since I set foot in our new home I knew that I wanted to change the paint in every single room of the house. But to start, we had to do the living room. As soon as you walk into our home you’re greeted with this dark moss color. Cozy? Yes.
Pretty, Airy & Open? No
We had planned to have the downstairs painted before Christmas but we just became busy wrapped up in our own life. I have been pretty set on painting our downstairs white. But that is such a big risk & it scares me. What if I can make it cozy with white?
I think came across this photo on Pinterest and I knew that I had to have this color in my home. We have the same mouldings in our home so I knew it would look similar.
Here is what we are starting with. Ignore my messy house & draw handles missing off of my media stand because we gave them to a client
What do you think of the color we picked? I’m getting pretty excited. Our downstairs is so dark due to our big overhang over our patio. Stay tuned for our reveal in a few days!
This post has been a long time coming. I feel like I’ve received hundreds of requests to have our full living room up on the blog as for so long you have seen bits and pieces of it.
We recently changed up the layout of our living room and sectioned it off a bit more and we couldn’t be more happy with it. We even had a guest say “This is by far the best your living room has looked”.
So… without further elaboration, let me show you! I will be tagging where we bought our key pieces in our living room so you can go out and purchase the same thing.
I have to start off with my most prized possession in this room, something you will probably have a good laugh at.. but it’s my 15.00 Quilt. I have this love relationship with quilts. The only thing is, I don’t know anyone who quilts. Four years ago we were garage saling and I found this giant king sized hand made quilt and the owner was selling it for 15.00. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I obviously snatched it before anyone else could and gave her 20 bucks for it. If you have any idea how much quilts go for, you will know how happy this made my heart.
This quilt has seen SO much love. I use it often to watch movies and all the kids pile under it. Or often during colder months it’s my morning coffee blanket. I have this whole ordeal in the morning where I have to get cozy, start reading my facebook updates and Glen brings me my morning coffee. This has been a tradition for probably all of our marriage. He’s my prince and we joke that he is training to be a stay-at-home-dad when my blog & oil business take off.
Our living room is seriously always changing because I work in this room. So I often get tired of the same layout, but HEY. If you’re one of those who also loves changing your decor/layout, get Command Strips. I’ve used them for so many years as we are in rentals. They basically make it so your walls stay hole-less and perfect. So, get them!
Next up is the gallery wall I just made behind our sofa. Honestly, just go into your junk cupboard, room or drawer and find odd pieces that don’t fit into your decor and then command strip them on your wall with your favorite photos.
& Sign: Target
Vintage Looking Clock: Homesense/Homegoods
Painted Rustic Antlers: Target
Morris Est Sign: Moi
Count Your Blessings Photo: Etsy
Pom Pillow: Rugs Studio
Mud Cloth Pillow: Townsend Rowe Vintage
Our Nest Pillow: Primitives By Kathy
I spend a lot of time in my living room. I work in here & it’s always important to me to love the space and have it be SUPER cozy. I love mixing modern pieces with our rustic decor.
As you can tell, we have a modern style sofa, but it was super important to us to have a big comfy couch. I mean, a living room isn’t a living room without a deep, comfy sofa.
Sofa: Annmarcos Furniture ( Rio )
Hanging Mirror: Homesense/Homegoods
Side Table: Homesense/Homegoods
Fur Blanket: Indigo
Mud Pillows: Townsend Rowe Vintage
Map: Global Gallery
Grey Shag Rug: Costco
and I don’t think I’ve ever photographed our view, but the land behind and beside us is home to cows & horses. It’s so beautiful and best yet? We don’t have to take care of them, because trust you me, it’s a ton of work!
This is our beloved media stand ( knock off Restoration Hardware that we built ) we actually ended up selling it to a client and then as the freight company came to pick it up, it was dropped and the doors and siding were damaged. So the doors don’t really function anymore, but it still looks beautiful. See tutorial here.
Diffuser: Young Living – I’m a distributor
X Lantern: Marshalls
Faux Aloe Vera Plants: Superstore
Ladder: We made it & have plans here
Magnolia Wreath: Home Hardware
The photo above our TV was made for us by a dear friend, check out “Barn Door Decor” She ships!
Pretty much everything in this photo was built by us. Plans for the plant box can be seen here.
Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree: Homesense/Homegoods
Glass Vases: Walmart 2015
Two Toned “M”: Homesense/Homegoods
Vintage Box: Heritage ( Real Deal )
Mini Fig Tree On Books: Homesense/Homegoods
Sofa Table: The Rugged Rooster
Map – handmade frame : Global Gallery
There you have it! Our entire living room in one blog and where to buy mostly everything. Our Coffee Table, ladder, Media Stand, Sofa Table and Plant Box were all built by Glen, who is amazing.
Hope you’re all enjoying your long weekend!
Want to learn how to make super easy farmhouse shutters? This project is super effortless and easy. Anyone can do them. If you have been a following my blog, you know I love imperfect and uneven decor. I love to mix it with modern pieces to create the coziest home decor. I made these shutters about six months ago but the place I made them for they didn’t quite work. I recently stumbled upon these amazing pink chairs, see the redo here, and they have made me revaluate my room. I love color. But when there are too many colors fighting for attention I go a bit crazy. I love blues and greys and I had quite a bit in my living room. The existing shutters were a dark grey-blue and although I adored them.. they totally clashed with my pink chairs! Something needed to change, and then I remembered I had these old shutters. Cue in a big smiley heart.
Super easy farmhouse Shutters, Farmhouse shutters
Good Afternoon lovely friends. I have a big one for you today, I need help picking a coffee table. I mean, I need you to put on your thinking hats and use those fingers to type me a response. After being without a coffee table for a while I just can’t live without one any longer. I need you to help me pick the next build for Glen. He will be building it on the weekend. Are you ready?