DIY gold and white herringbone pattern decorative flower pots at The Happy Housie

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!}

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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 … [Read More...]

Cute and Thrifty DIY Storage Solutions at The Happy Housie

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 […]

Small Space Organizing with a Cloffice Office in a Closet at The Happy Housie

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 […]

Finishing Off Our Master Bedroom with the Perfect Rug

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 […]

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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 […]

DIY Two Fabric Table Runner at The Happy Housie

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 […]

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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 […]

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A First Glimpse of Our Christmas Home Tour…

My Christmas totes are out.  Are yours? Ours are currently littering the basement hallway outside the “Christmas closet” (aka the Harry-Potter-closet-under-the-stairs).  Everywhere you look there are ornaments, baubles, wreaths, garlands, and tree toppers spread willy-nilly as I try to sort through the great piles of Christmas decor we have accumulated over the years.  I think this year it […]

Refreshing the Living Room with Paint and a great trick for choosing the PERFECT colour at The Happy Housie

Refreshing the Living Room with Paint {& a great trick for choosing the RIGHT paint colour}…

When we first looked at buying this house, it was a little more expensive then we had planned on. I told my husband that ‘it was perfect’.  So perfect that I wouldn’t even need to repaint. I think that lasted for a good few months.  I really held out, if you ask me. Then it […]

The Ultimate DIY-ers Gift Guide and over $300 in Giveaways at The Happy Housie

The Ultimate DIY-ers Gift Guide & over $300 in DIY-er Friendly Giveaways…

So what do you buy a DIY-er for Christmas? Well, if they are like my Dad then they probably already have every tool known to man or woman-kind. So what else is there?! Something original.  Something unique.  Something they will USE. I can’t stand buying gifts unless I know that the recipient will get USE […]

How to make simple and beautiful 1 Minute DIY Ribbon Stuffed Christmas Ornaments at The Happy Housie

One Minute Ribbon Stuffed DIY Christmas Ornaments {& Trim the Tree Hop}…

The days leading up to the holidays are usually a crazy-busy time of year for us all. We have Christmas decorating, baking, parties, and school concerts. Plus the shopping and crafting and card writing…. So anything for the holidays that is quick, easy, and beautiful is perfect in my books. Like these one minute (for real!) ribbon […]

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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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Easy DIY Wallpaper Backed Bookcase {One Item Challenge}…

Welcome back to Week three of the One Item Challenge! I’m not going to lie.  I’m pretty excited about today’s project because it was an absolute first experience for me… my very first project using wallpaper.  Have you done a wallpapering project before?  Well, this wasn’t just any ol’ wallpaper project because I got to use […]

Warm up for the holidays with pillows, poufs, and throws from Wayfair at The Happy Housie

Warming up for Winter with Wayfair Pillows {& an exclusive Discount Code}…

There have been some changes lately around our house. Surprise, surprise. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen a few images of the painting that has been going on in our neck o’the woods. You know, the usual thing of a kitchen renovation {which is on hold} spilling over into the adjoining living and dining […]

20 Stunning Furniture Revivals features from the DIY Challenge

20 Stunning Furniture Revivals {DIY Challenge Features}…

This month’s Get Your DIY On Challenge was Furniture Revivals, and I know this is one of our very favourite themes.  Ever. Who doesn’t love an amazing furniture transformation?!? Thrifty. Fresh.  Making something old and worn into something new and beautiful. And some amazing ones were shared this month… it makes me long for garage […]

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Wood Block Faux Christmas Presents {Rustic Christmas Blog Hop}…

October was wet around these parts.  Very, very wet. Exactly double the normal amount of rainfall for the month. And now November has arrived and the weather has changed to cold, crisp, and clear. We have had frost the last few of mornings and my boys are convinced that it is snow. I guess we are all ready for […]

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Distressed White & Gold Mason Jars {for Your Holiday Table}…

I am obsessing over gold these days. Who doesn’t love {and need!} a little shine and glam inside when it gets dark outside at 4:30 pm?? And with Christmas on the way it is the perfect time to start adding more gold to our projects and décor. There are so many simple ways to add […]

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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 […]

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DIY Fabric Covered Cork Board using a Picture Frame {One Item Challenge}…

Woot Woot! It’s Wednesday again! Welcome to Week Two of the One Item Challenge! Do you remember when I shared my One Item Challenge project last week? The theme was TWIGS and I shared an easy tutorial for how to make your own Twig Letters…. Well, this week’s theme was fabric. When Shauna told us […]

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Rustic and Natural Fall Mantel Decor…

Something about Autumn screams out for rustic and natural décor touches. Touches like the DIY Twig Letter that I shared the other day. I truly loved how it turned out… and toyed around with where I wanted to use it. It would have been perfect on an Autumn wreath. But I figured that with a few weeks […]

How to make DIY Twig Letters at The Happy Housie

How to Make DIY Twig Letters {& the One Item Challenge}…

Yesterday we were finally blessed with a stunningly clear, sunny, and beautiful fall day. After a record amount of rainfall in the past month it was such a treat. It reminded me of all the things that I love about Fall. And taking family walks through the forest around our house is one of the things I […]

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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 […]

34 Stunning Ways to Add a Little Autumn Throughout Your Home at The Happy Housie

34 Stunning Autumn Decorating Ideas for Your Home…

Halloween is behind us. Christmas is on the horizon. And for my US friends, Thanksgiving is directly ahead. Plenty of time left to add a little feel of fall to your décor… And if you didn’t get a chance to see the Home tours that I was part of a few weeks back, today I […]

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Get Your DIY On Challenge: Furniture Revivals…

Hello, and welcome! If you are new here, then here is what’s going on: Every month a group of four fab blogging gals and I host a themed link up. We are asking you to share your best posts, old and new! So fellow bloggers, we can’t wait for you to share your latest and […]

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Happy Halloween {& Win a $500 Wayfair Gift Card}…

Happy Halloween everyone! The day we’ve been planning and preparing and decorating for has finally arrived…. I think my boys tried on their costumes at least 87 times each this week. Excitement abounds. I imagine everyone has busy days planned today… Whether you are going trick-or-treating… Or to a Halloween party… Enjoying a bonfire…   Eating homemade […]

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White Chalky Paint Dresser Makeover…

Did I ever tell you that my husband had to work five hours away from home for four years near the start of our marriage? He used to drive nearly five hours, work for five or six days, and then drive back home for his four or five days off. At the time we felt […]

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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 […]