Around Here

Around Here

Well, it was a busy week again, but I’ve had worse. It seems like a common theme amongst friends is balance and it’s not easy to find. Especially when your a mom and trying to work at the same time. It’s a fight between passion and responsibility and one always gets the shaft. But, I’ve really embraced taking it easy and doing what I can without compromising my time with family and friends. Some things are just more important – wouldn’t you agree? 1. I’ve started adding a bit of cinnamon to my morning coffee and it really gives it a nice little kick for fall! Have you tried it before?  2. My parents are pretty amazing. They love to have the kids over whenever they can, but they also love to have one-on-one time with each of them. Since Holden is in school full time, Violet has been spending the week at my folks place. Which, let’s be honest, makes things a lot more quiet around here. And I’ve had to break out the Lego’s for Sebastian, because it’s the only thing that keeps him busy enough without noticing he is lonely without his big brother and sister. Poor buddy.  3. I am gearing up for an entryway makeover in the next month or two, which I am so excited about! I am totally over the green walls and banisters. I’ll most likely be sticking to our black and white theme around here. Cannot wait to share more with you guys!  4. The weather is starting to cool down as of late, which means crackling fires! I am so...
Around Here

Around Here

Honestly, thank goodness it’s Friday. It has been so busy around here, but I really shouldn’t complain. I’ve decided to share a few shots of what I’m working on around the house at the end of the week. And be warned, some pictures aren’t always going to be pretty. Which I’m excited about, weird right? Morning Light + My Poor Banana Plant Unmade Beds Playing with Hats Breakfast Table + Rush to School  Black + White for Fall  Laundry Everywhere I hope this weekend goes by nice and slow. We have so much to do and so little time. How about you all – are you feeling the same way? XOXO, Lidy  ...
Over-Sized Art For Your Walls

Over-Sized Art For Your Walls

Alright friends, it’s time to swap out your gallery walls and small art prints, because this year things are about to change in design: a switch from busy to big!  I decided this year, I really wanted to make steps toward simplifying my walls when I can, where I can. At heart, I love pretty decor (some may call it clutter), but my walls can really help tame down the space and add some balance. I’ve taken down my gallery wall to help simplify the overall look of the space and introduced this GORGEOUS Minted print to our living room. The Monochrome Sky is a window where I can pretend our home overlooks this peaceful and serene view. I wish!   I love the bohemian vibe our living room has because of one switch! I’ve really struggled with identifying my style in this space, but we’ve finally found a theme that sits well with us – this beautiful print is just the first step to a much bigger change, which I will share soon!   What I really want to know is how you all feel about this new trend? Are you sick of the gallery walls and small prints clumped together? I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for this change!  XOXO,...
DIY Tropical Leaf Side Table

DIY Tropical Leaf Side Table

Ok guys, I am SO excited about today’s DIY! I am beyond thrilled with how this Tropical Leaf Side Table turned out – I want to make a dozen more. It’s totally on trend, it’s playful and overall a really great addition to any space in the home!  Be sure to head on over to Curbly today for the how-to and let me know what you all think! Happy Friday – yay for the weekend!!  XOXO,...
DIY Painted Palm Leaf Planter

DIY Painted Palm Leaf Planter

Tropical prints and patterns are everywhere and totally on trend this year! I see them all around me when I’m out and about, so I came up with a super simple DIY Painted Palm Leaf Planter that you can easily recreate to add a touch of tropics to your home decor this summer! Materials Terracotta Planter Acrylic Paint Paint Brushes Instructions 1. Simply start by painting your base coat using a foam brush. Allow to dry in between coats. 2. Once the base coat has completely dried, take an angled brush to create your palm leaf shapes with a lighter color. Allow to dry.  3. Place your plant into your new planter and enjoy!  This project takes no time at all and you can really have a lot of fun playing with color combinations to achieve some pretty fun pieces! I stuck with a cobalt blue and white to fit in with the rest of my decor, but you can choose any color you wish! This is such a great alternative to spending tons of money on planters, when you could really create one-of-a-kind pieces for your home, garden or patio this summer! What do you think?! XOXO,...
DIY Hanging Plant Wall

DIY Hanging Plant Wall

I am SO excited to share this project with you all today! It was a DIY I did recently for our basement makeover. It’s really easy and I think it makes such a great addition to any room!! And if you love plants as much as I do, then this hanging plant wall is just for you.  Be sure to head to Curbly today for the full tutorial and feel free to come back and let me know what you think!  XOXO, Lidy...
Family Room Reveal

Family Room Reveal

It’s finally time to show off our new and hopefully improved family room! We worked so hard on this space and put so much time into it. I think it paid off – I am so happy with how it turned out and even more thrilled to have had a really good reason to get to work! That is, in honor of  Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week of course! Last week, I shared a sneak peek and progress of our Basement Battles. It was so very confused and uninviting! Don’t you think? The walls were daring, but not in a good way and decorating this space was very limited! It just wasn’t us. My aim was to create a colorful Scandinavian-inspired family room, so it flowed with the rest of the home. You probably hear me using that term a lot. Like, a lot. It’s not that it happens to be a really popular trend right now and all over Pinterest. Truth is, it’s been around forever. But the whole principle of Scandinavian design is a good rule of thumb when decorating any space in your home. Just think simplicity, minimalism and functionality. You can add your personal style in the mix, but always keeping those three principles in mind. And that’s what I really was focusing on in our family space. I do tend to get a little “busy” when bringing in all my collections and knick knacks, but that’s just me adding a little bit of my personal style to the bigger picture. Really, this room is the heart of everything because it’s where we can all spend...
Make Your Own Mod Wood and Paint Coat Hooks

Make Your Own Mod Wood and Paint Coat Hooks

I’ve been itching to make my own wood and paint coat hooks for a while! Now that the basement makeover is complete (the reveal is this Monday – eep!), I had a great place to hang them and I’m so please with how they turned out.  Natural wood looks so great with bursts of color, don’t you think? They really stand out against the white walls and bring a modern and playful touch to the otherwise empty hallway.   If you’re looking for an alternative way to display or organize all that stuff hanging around, be sure to  check out the full tutorial on Curbly today!  XOXO,...
DIY Faux Cacti Terrariums

DIY Faux Cacti Terrariums

I’m ready for summer and the weather here has been so perfect lately! Yesterday, we went for two walks with the family. In the morning we went to the park to play and later on in the afternoon we walked to the grocery story for some hot dogs and buns so we could have a bon fire! It was so nice not having to use our car for a day – which is rare these days I feel.   In honor of all the summery festivities lately, I shared these super bright and happy faux Cacti and terrariums over on The Land of Nod‘s Blog, Honest to Nod. This DIY is kid-friendly, but adds a playful  element to any room in the home. Be sure to head over there today for all the simple instructions!  XOXO,...
Mother’s Day Art

Mother’s Day Art

This will be my first time spending Mother’s Day with my mom in a while! For the last 7 years, I’ve been living in the US while my family was here in Canada. So you can imagine, seeing one another during certain holidays weren’t always possible. But this year, I am so happy to be spending all these fun holidays with family!  I decided instead of buying flowers and other gifts, I would invest in some beautiful art for my mom! Art really speaks for itself – no matter where you hang it and no matter what surrounds it. It evokes different emotions in all of us and that’s what I love.  My mom picked out these two pieces herself because they felt crisp and simple. When she was very young, her whole family immigrated to Canada from Holland. The home they use to live in had a flower bed of lilies and so she picked The Lily of the Valley art print because of the sweet memories. She loved the Queen Anne’s Lace print because of it’s beautiful painting itself, plus it had a unique circular form which really stood out to her. I am so pleased that she is happy with these gifts this year! I really wanted her to know how important she is, not only as my mother, but friend over these years. She’s been there for me in a lot of ups and downs of life! If you are stumped this year for ideas, be sure to check out the many prints over on Minted – perhaps something will strike a chord in your mom’s heart too!  XOXO,...
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