3 Stunning Fabric Palettes for Spring and Summer and how I choose fabric online at thehappyhousie.com

3 Stunning Fabric Palettes for Spring/Summer and How to Choose Fabric Online

So I have a little bit of an addiction. Or maybe I should say a few addictions. To MLS (multiple listing service for those of you not into obsessively looking at real estate). To my morning coffee. To Outlander and Vampire Diaries. To baskets, bins, and labels. And to fabric.  That’s a big one. When a […]

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DIY Challenge: Come Link Up Your Spring Wreath!

Hi, GYDO friends! I hope you had a fabulous weekend and are coming to the party ready to, well, party!!! We're excited to see all of your fabulous spring wreathes this month! Has spring begun to arrive yet in your neck'o'the woods? We have had … [Read More...]

Five Minute Dollar Store DIY Spring Easter Wreath at thehappyhousie.com

Five Minute Dollar Store DIY Spring Easter Wreath

Spring is almost definitely my favourite season. Of course, summer gives it a run for it's money.  I love summer as well. But I think there is something about the fresh crisp sunny days of … [Read More...]

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Work it Wednesday {& Features}…

Welcome to Work it Wednesday – a fabulous weekly link party where bloggers can share their latest and greatest projects, crafts, and recipes as well as mingle and check out what amazing things others have been up to! Each week I am so A-MAZED with all the talent I have seen the last couple of […]

Farmhouse Style Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink Inspiration at thehappyhousie.com

Stainless Steel Farmhouse Style Kitchen Sink Inspiration…

When planning our kitchen renovation there was one key element that I knew was an absolute must have. A farmhouse style sink. For a long time I had my heart set on the white farmhouse style sink from Ikea… it seemed like the most economical way to get the look I was after. But as […]

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My “Free” Mint Chalky Painted Chair {it’s in print!}…

So I have some exciting news to share with you today. I’m in print! Well, not me exactly, but one of my projects. Featured in the latest issue of Woman’s World magazine. Page 37. Dr. Oz made the front cover. Maybe you saw me share this on Instagram the other day? Or perhaps my Facebook […]

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How to Remove Wallpaper Without {Completely} Losing Your Mind…

Wallpaper. It can be so stunning when it goes on.  Completely change the look of a room.  Add so much color and texture and interest to a space. But getting it off can be another story. I spent the better part of a week in January removing wallpaper from our entire new investment property.  There […]

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Work it Wednesday with Features…

Welcome to Work it Wednesday – a fabulous weekly link party where bloggers can share their latest and greatest projects, crafts, and recipes as well as mingle and check out what amazing things others have been up to! Each week I am so A-MAZED with all the talent I have seen the last couple of […]

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Our New Kitchen Faucet and 8 Easy Tips for Choosing the Right Faucet…

Choosing a faucet can be tricky. It may seem like a strictly functional piece of hardware in your kitchen, but the truth is that your faucet is often a major focal point to the space. Usually sinks and stoves are the focal points in a kitchen.  And a beautifully designed faucet not only complements a newly designed […]

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20 Fabulous Neutral Decor Ideas & Projects {DIY Challenge Features}…

I know I am a color lover. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t love and admire neutral spaces.  Especially when done beautifully with lots of white and natural elements. I even “do neutral” myself the odd time…. And today I have 15 fabulous neutral decor ideas & projects to share with you from our […]

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A Panelled Ceiling?? {What do you think of them?! I need your help!}…

The other day, when I shared my Kitchen Inspiration and PLANS, I talked about my plans to panel the ceiling in our kitchen and dining room. Do you love the look of panelled or planked ceilings?  In a kitchen? Would you do it? I want to hear from YOU!  What do you really think? This is a […]

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Work it Wednesday {with features}…

Welcome to Work it Wednesday – a fabulous weekly link party where bloggers can share their latest and greatest projects, crafts, and recipes as well as mingle and check out what amazing things others have been up to! Each week I am so A-MAZED with all the talent I have seen the last couple of […]

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How to Install Cabinet Knobs with a Template {a trick for avoiding costly mistakes!}…

So your brand new kitchen cabinets are installed. They look gorgeous.  They are everything you ever dreamed of. But there is one little problem. You can’t open them. You need some knobs or pulls to make them function. Problem is you are terrified. You have to actually drill holes right through those brand new doors in […]

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Summer House Tour {at Design Dreams}…

Who doesn’t need a little bit of summer in February? I know I do… or a little bit of sunshine! So when Anne from Design Dreams asked me if I could share a house tour over on her blog today as part of her Open House Sundays series, I thought that our summer house tour was in order.  Thanks […]

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Coral Over Pink Chalky Paint Child’s Table and Chair Set…

I am a boy mom. A mother of two boys. No girls. I always, always, always thought that I would have a girl.  After having one boy I assumed that the second MUST be a girl.  I couldn’t possibly have two boys… we have way more girls then boys on my mother’s side so somehow […]

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Learn to Love Packing Lunches with Rubbermaid LunchBlox {Seriously!}…

Are there any chores that you really dread? Daily tasks that you CAN. NOT. STAND…repeating day after day after day. Packing lunches used to be that chore for me. Well, that, and laundry.  I pretty much can’t stand putting away laundry, either. I’m not sure what it was about packing lunches.  Probably that it HAD […]

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Work it Wednesday {With Features!}…

Welcome to Work it Wednesday – a fabulous weekly link party where bloggers can share their latest and greatest projects, crafts, and recipes as well as mingle and check out what amazing things others have been up to!  Each week I am so A-MAZED with all the talent I have seen the last couple of weeks […]

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Our Kitchen Renovation: Inspiration Board and PLAN…

Do you remember that kitchen renovation that I was talking about waaaaaay back in August and September? Well, after all the major hiccups the we encountered, we finally got ourselves back into a functional space right before Christmas. Our countertops, sink, and plumbing were ready to go as of December 19th, to be exact. So then […]

28 Adorably Elegant DIY Valentine's Day Decor Ideas at The Happy Housie

28 Adorably Elegant DIY Valentine’s Day Decor Ideas…

I can’t believe that it is February already! I catch myself wondering where January got to, and then I remind myself that I spent most of it painting… And with February here, you know what that means. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. We’ve been living with pretty neutral winter decor around here for […]

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DIY Challenge: Neutral Decor Projects We Love {come share your projects with us!}…

Good afternoon! Happy Sunday! And it’s not just any Sunday… today is another edition of our fabulous monthly link up DIY Challenge Party. This month’s theme is Neutral Decor Projects We Love, and we can’t wait to see what you have come to share with us! But just in case you missed our features from last […]

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DIY Gold & White Herringbone Decorative Flower Pots…

My winter décor this season has been pretty darn neutral. Shocking, for me. If you have been following along for a while then you know that I am a big fan of colour… I’m like a bird… I gravitate to brightly coloured objects wherever I go. I must admit that I am already drooling over […]

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Work it Wednesday {with features!}…

Welcome to Work it Wednesday – a fabulous weekly link party where bloggers can share their latest and greatest projects, crafts, and recipes as well as mingle and check out what amazing things others have been up to! Each week I am so A-MAZED with all the talent I have seen the last couple of […]

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Our New House: Rental House Renovations – “The BEFORES”…

Do you ever watch the show Income Property with Scott McGillivray? Well, the hubs and I are kind of addicted to it. We love Scott and all his gorgeous transformations, the amazing value he adds to properties, and his great advice for hopeful new landlords.  So much so that we seem to have taken it to heart […]

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26 Cute and Thrifty DIY Storage Solutions…

Storage. Can you ever have enough? Well, perhaps if you are a minimalist it isn’t such an issue. But, for most of us, storage is a critical part of maintaining an organized and functional space. And it can be more then functional… storage can be pretty as well.   Without breaking the bank. So today I’m sharing […]

Ikea Hack Tarva Dresser with Faux Linen Painted Texture at The Happy Housie

Ikea Hack Tarva Dresser with Faux Painted Linen Texture…

The other day I shared my husband’s favourite decorating quote from years back. “We aren’t Pottery Barn People.  We are Ikea people.” It doesn’t mean we don’t luuuuuv PB – just that Ikea is what we can afford. And if you are decorating your home on a budget, then there is always room for a […]

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Work it Wednesday with Features!…

Welcome to Work it Wednesday – a fabulous weekly link party where bloggers can share their latest and greatest projects, crafts, and recipes as well as mingle and check out what amazing things others have been up to! Each week I am so A-MAZED with all the talent I have seen the last couple of […]

How to Make Cheap Clear Plastic Shoebins into Cute Storage at The Happy Housie-12

Turn Clear Plastic Shoe Bins into Cute Cheap Storage Solutions…

So I have to admit it.  I am a little bit cheap.  I don’t want to spend a fortune but I still want things to be nice. Years ago, while shopping in Pottery Barn, my husband took one look at the price tags and told me “We aren’t Pottery Barn people.  We’re Ikea people”.  But […]

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15 Fabulous Organization Ideas to Get Your Life in Order…

Have you boarded the organization train this January?  I have been working on some serious purging and organizing around here and was thrilled to see all the amazing organization ideas that were shared at our recent DIY Challenge.  Today I am sharing our faves from the party: 15 fabulous organization ideas to get your life in […]

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Work it Wednesday with Features…

Welcome to Work it Wednesday – a fabulous weekly link party where bloggers can share their latest and greatest projects, crafts, and recipes as well as mingle and check out what amazing things others have been up to! Each week I am so A-MAZED with all the talent I have seen the last couple of […]

Five Easy Ways to Warm Up Your Winter Decor at The Happy Housie

Five Easy Ways to Warm Up Your Space for Winter…

Cold days abound.  And around here, that means a lot of fog and cloud. But instead of fighting against the winter and trying to make our living room cheery and bright this year; I have taken a different approach and gone for a calmer more neutral space. Surprisingly, I love it. Though I think the […]

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Get Organized in a Small Space with a Cloffice {Office Closet}…

Often getting organized and making your life more functional comes down to making the most of every inch of space available to you. That, and purging.  Getting rid of stuff you don’t need is always crazy satisfying… And once the purge is done, finding a space for all the important stuff is so much easier. […]

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Tackling My Winter Skin Issues with Shoppers Drug Mart…

My skin has issues. Especially in the winter. The different zones on my face act like different countries, each with their own individual climate, culture, and language. My nose and between my eyebrows can get a bit oily, while my cheeks and neck get really dry and sometimes even feel tight. I’m getting old enough […]

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Work it Wednesday {Welcome Back – Happy 2015!}…

Welcome to Work it Wednesday – a fabulous weekly link party where bloggers can share their latest and greatest projects, crafts, and recipes as well as mingle and check out what amazing things others have been up to! Each week I am so A-MAZED with all the talent I have seen the last couple of […]

How to Turn a Hard Wired Light Fixture into a Plug In at The Happy Housie

How to Turn a {hard wired} Light Fixture into a Plug In…

Well, this morning is the official wake-up call for real life again. After two amazing holiday weeks over the Christmas break, we will all be heading out the door back to school and work and I bet within the day we will barely remember this escape from our daily routine. But routine isn’t all bad.  […]

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Get Your DIY On: Organizing Projects!…

Hello Friends and welcome to 2015!!!  Our very first party of the year and we of course saw it fitting to make it an Organization Party.  Of course after the holidays, I am sure you are just like me and are ready to put the holiday decor away and get more organized.  Whether it’s the […]

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Command Central Station {Getting Organized with a Command Center in a Closet}…

Are you in full-on organizing mode these days? Does the onset of January inspire you to make changes and simplify your life? It seems to for me… Maybe it is something about cleaning up and purging after all the busyness and excess of the holiday season. It’s like putting your house on a diet. Getting […]

Best Posts and Projects of 2014 at The Happy Housie

A Year in Review: The Best of 2014…

When I sit back and reflect upon everything that has changed in our home over the course of the past year, I realize that we have made some major changes in a few key rooms during the last 363-ish days, yet I haven’t shared one single big reveal this year. What kind of blogger am I? I […]

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25 Holiday DIY Projects to Try!…

The holidays are a fantastic time to try your hand at a few creative projects, and we were totally blown away by the amazing posts linked up at this month’s Get Your DIY On “Handmade Holly-days” party!  Today I have 25 Awesome Holiday DIY Projects that are perfect for visiting and pinning- because there is […]

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Typography Etched Glass Vase {Fab DIY Gift Idea}…

How do you feel about the Typography trend? I know that I am loving it.  As evidenced by the number of letters that I have hanging on our walls throughout the house. Could be a teacher thing?!  Is it weird to get excited about decorating with letters and numbers? Don’t answer that. This little DIY Typography […]

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Work it Wednesday with Features…

Welcome to Work it Wednesday – a fabulous weekly link party where bloggers can share their latest and greatest projects, crafts, and recipes as well as mingle and check out what amazing things others have been up to! If you are returning this week – we are so glad to see you back!! If you […]

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Finishing Off Our Master Bedroom with a New Rug {& Tips for Choosing the Perfect Rug}…

If you are a regular reader then you may have seen the progressive changes in our bedroom over the past few months. We have reupholstered our headboard, added new bedding, paneled the back wall with DIY floor to ceiling board and batten, repainted the other bedroom walls in Benjamin Moore’s Sea Foam, and repainted the nightstands […]

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Deck the Halls {Our Full Christmas Home Tour}…

Hello everyone! On Monday and Tuesday when I shared our Christmas living and dining room tours I said that I would be back each day all week with another tour in our home… Well, life had other plans. We had a massive wind and rain storm here.  It was so windy that our trampoline flew up, […]

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Work it Wednesday & Features…

Welcome to Work it Wednesday – a fabulous weekly link party where bloggers can share their latest and greatest projects, crafts, and recipes as well as mingle and check out what amazing things others have been up to! Each week I am so A-MAZED with all the talent I have seen the last couple of […]

Come on by to take a tour of our lake cottage style home Christmas Dining Room done up with blue and gold at The Happy Housie

Christmas Dining Room {Christmas Home Tour Day 2}…

Good morning! Another day of home tours!!  I am in absolute awe of all the stunning Christmas-ified homes that I have been ogling at in the blogosphere lately… from the Holiday Housewalk tours last week to the beautiful house tours that are part of this week’s series hosted by Migonis Home (I’ve added the links […]

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Our Christmas Living Room {Christmas Home Tour Day 1}…

Hello! Welcome! I am so excited about today!  It is Christmas Home Tour day! Who doesn’t love a good house walk-through?!  I know, I know, it would be much more fun if I would actually open up my drawers and closets and show you how we “really” live… or even if I lifted up the couch cushions […]

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DIY Challenge: Hand-made “Holly-days”…

Happy Sunday, friends! It’s a Get Your DIY On day! Every month four of my fabulous bloggy buddies and I host a themed link up, and we are asking YOU to share your best posts, old and new. This month we want to see your HOLIDAY projects! And if you are not a blogger, no […]

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Fast & Easy Custom DIY Table Runner {Using Two Fabrics}…

Come the holidays I like to add a little permanent bling to our dining room table.  Some ornaments, greenery, that type of thing.  You can’t leave any surface bare around the holidays, y’know. And I like to ground all that bling on a pretty table runner.  Thing is, I have never found a ready made runner long enough […]

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Work it Wednesday with Features {& 2 Giveaways!}…

Welcome to Work it Wednesday – a fabulous weekly link party where bloggers can share their latest and greatest projects, crafts, and recipes as well as mingle and check out what amazing things others have been up to!  Each week I am so A-MAZED with all the talent I have seen the last couple of weeks […]

Five Fabulous and Fast Gift Wrap Ideas at The Happy Housie

Five Fast & Fab Gift Wrap Ideas…

Did you use this past weekend with all the amazing sales to get started on your Christmas shopping? I wish I could say that I had but, honestly, I  haven’t even thought about it yet. I’ve been focusing on getting the house decorated before I start really thinking about gifts, though I know I am probably […]

Our Favorite Things Holiday Giveaway

A Favourite Things Giveaway {$50 at Juxtapositionsc}…

This season is all about the spirit of giving. And in that spirit, I am back today offering you another chance to win something beautiful and amazing!! I have joined up with a fabulous group of fellow bloggers and we are all offering our readers the chance to win some awesome prizes during this Favourite […]

100 Amazing Christmas Projects for a beautiful holiday home at The Happy Housie

My Fave 4 Christmas Projects & 100 Fabulously Festive DIY Christmas Decor Ideas…

Today is all about oldies but goodies. I’m sharing four of my very favourite DIY Christmas Decor Ideas, and 24 of my blogging friends are also sharing their four favourite Christmas projects past. And we all know that 25×4=100; so today I have 100 Absolutely Amazing DIY Christmas Projects for you to peruse. I know […]

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$400 Black Friday Cash Giveaway!!…

Happy Black Friday! Today is officially the start of the Christmas “shopping” season, so who couldn’t use a little extra cash right about now? I have teamed up with a group of 30 amazing bloggers to offer you a $400 Black Friday Cash giveaway! Yup, it’s true. $400 of CASH for one lucky winner right before the […]

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Work it Wednesday with Features {& Ultimate DIY-ers $300 in Giveaways!}…

Welcome to Work it Wednesday – a fabulous weekly link party where bloggers can share their latest and greatest projects, crafts, and recipes as well as mingle and check out what amazing things others have been up to! Each week I am so A-MAZED with all the talent I have seen the last couple of […]