Monday, February 15, 2016

Bringing your decor loves outdoors

Beginning with raw materials
(old pallet boards)
my hubby created my shabby shed,
and warmed this girls heart through and through.
Faded it is..
feminine it is...
and cherished it is...
created with his hands
and a labour of love for me.
He found this old chippy door for me
and this vintage doorknob
and although I had it tucked away,
I knew it would be perfect with this door.
I designed a daybed from wood
and he put his hands to the wood
and created it for me.
I sat a crib mattress in it,
and sewed shabby chic cushion covers
from thrift shop vintage sheets for my euro shams,
and surrounded it with a sheer canopy.
All items we already had,
and a few more gleaned from garage sales
and vintage thrift shops.

D├ęcor extends to the outdoors too right?
Love succulents in my old ladles!

Ive brought some of the things I love outdoors
 and into my little cabin

Just make it your own...
you cant go wrong,
and you"ll love it!


All my heart,
Deborah xo

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Faded is beautiful

Faded pink, years of use, and utterly shabby.
There's a look of age that is so endearing.

And of course, faded roses always compliment.
I found this treasure a few summers ago at a garage sale...although she didn't
actually have it for sale, she did sell it to me.
It sits in our living room
and I love it.
How about you...are you a fan of older pieces of furniture?
All my heart,

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


The   lighting  sets the mood...
Decorating with "lights" really can set the tone for the whole room...
creating an atmosphere
r o m a n c e.
I happen to think that a romantic look in every room is beautiful...
but perhaps the bedroom
is the most obvious place for it.
I love tea-lights and candles
and there are so many ways to make that happen in the bedroom.
A hanging tea-lite holder 
alongside some dried roses
creates a soft, yet tender light.

Subdued lighting in the bedroom is welcome.
I have a chandy that only allows a low light,
so it's perfect for the bedroom.
I love the softness of light it gives in here.
A bedside lamp with a brighter light
is always available for brighter light to read.

And of course, a chandy in the living room
is irresistable ;)
Perfectly shabby...
such a beautiful way to add pretty lighting.

A beautiful light can add so much to a room.

All my heart,
Deborah xo

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


I promised to show you my shabby chic homemade
painted board and hook when I had it hung.
Well, it's been hung for quite some time..
it's just me who's been busy ;)
I love these creations,
and how useful they can be.
I am using this one for my dried roses,
and some necklaces,
along with
some snowflakes.
Hmmm maybe time to change the snowflakes...I'm thinking  s p r i n g!
Soon I will begin to make some more...
I'd love to try a light turquoise or aqua.
I'll be keeping my eye out for some unique hooks.
There's no place that your home can't benefit from these...
the bedroom, living room, bathroom, hallway, name it!
They're so easy!
A piece of old wood, some paint,
a few hooks,
and a screwdriver.
I love easy projects!
Decorating 101
All my heart,
Deborah xo

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Bringing the garden indoors

Hello friends!
I know for most of us it's winter
and the ground is covered in snow and the cold has set in for a while,
b u t....
can we not bring "the garden" indoors.
D e c o r a t e  with blooms?
It's as simple as heading out to our local supermarket
and picking some up at the checkout.
But what a difference it makes in the midst
of the winter.
It adds that touch of "summer"
that many of us are so longing for right about now.
We may not have the "dipping of our toes" in the water
just yet,
but we can certainly feel summers delights
by decorating our home with
summers blooms
and fragrances.
And the good news is...
spring will be here before we know it.
Here are some of springs tulips I captured from the Ottawa Tulip Festival a few years ago!
I'm a tulip lover!
How about you?
What blooms do you love to decorate your home with?
Deborah xo

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Romancing our homes

Hello  sweet friends!
Does making decor changes to your home ever seem
too overwhelming and you just don't know where to begin?
Well if that's about just beginning with one corner of a room?
Just making small changes when you feel the inspiration
can make a big difference.
Of course we can't change and decorate everything at once,
but if we'll begin small,
we can be on the road to a great start in our homes.

Today  I decided to change my bedside end table
into a romantic little dressing table instead.
It gives a look of romance and adds a softness
as well.
I just put a frilly pink curtain on top of the table.
 I had purchased it
from a thrift shop earlier this summer.
I added an old mirror in the center,
and placed an old
 broken piece off of our old weathered adirondack chair on the top of the mirror.
I find that when I see an interesting piece of "something or other" from around the house or the garage,
I keep it and set it aside until I am inspired for its new use.
My recent grocery store  roses  have dried nicely
and I hung them beside the mirror to bring some femininity
 to the roughness of the wood.
I added a home-made  heart
 that I cut out, sewed and stuffed
 from a frilly sleeveless top
 which had been hanging around for years.
I added a gorgeous tea-light or candle-holder
which I purchased at Thanksgiving
at one of my favourite little country decor shops
in Bancroft.
This will bring some warmth and a little glow
before bed.
I love it!
And then I added just a few of my own  personal touches..
sand dollars  that my brother brought me back from his trip to Florida.
My favourite dream journal from my lovely friend,
I use this journal for home decor ideas and thoughts for gifts, etc.
My  pink covered Bible looks pretty here too.
My husband bought me a new one; a girly one
for our Anniversary this year.
Adding your own touches makes your space more personal...
it doesn't have to be done in a day.
Just add as you feel the inspiration come.

So go ahead and start with some small area of your home,
and work with that.
Once you've done that, you can get inspired for another small area,
and before you know it, you'll be well on your way
to making some big changes that started with small beginnings.
My side of the bed feels a little more romantic now.
All my heart,
Deborah xo



Thursday, October 4, 2012

Stools are for more than sitting on

I just love stools and especially shabby,
roughed up around the edges kind of "stools".
I was so kindly given 3 this year
and I love each one of them!

They really are for much more than just sitting!
A perfect eye-pleaser for plants, and/or
dried flowers, or just about anything you desire.

  I love the white one,
but I love the pink as well.

Love the chippiness to this lime greenish stool too.
They are all quite welcome in our home
and have a personality unique to each one.
Dining room, bedroom...they feel at home anywhere you put them.
And changing whats seated on a big part of the fun!

Thanks for sitting with me awhile.

Happy decorating!

All my heart,
Deborah xoxo