A first glimpse of Christmas Home Tour at thehappyhousie.com

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 … [Read More...]

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.  … [Read More...]

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 […]

Easy DIY Wallpaper backed bookshelf or bookcase how to tutorial at The Happy Housie

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 […]

Faux Christmas Presents made from Wood Blocks tutorial at The Happy Housie #Christmascraft #ChristmasDecorating labeled

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 […]

DIY Fabric Covered Cork Board made from a Picture Frame tutorial

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 […]

White Distressed Chalky Paint Dresser Makeover at The Happy Housie-8

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 […]

Coconut Curry Crockpot Pumpkin Soup with salty roasted pumpkin seeds at The Happy Housie 4

Coconut Curry Crockpot Pumpkin Soup {with salty roasted pumpkin seeds}…

Everywhere you go these days you see pumpkins. And I have to confess that I have only ever carved them to make jack-o-lanterns. But this year I wanted to try cooking with one… And since our kitchen renovation is on hold right now, my cooking facilities are fairly limited. Thank goodness for the crockpot. And […]

Coastal Glam Bathroom Inspiration with Modern Bath at The Happy Housie

Coastal Glam Bathroom Inspiration…

I love creating inspiration boards. And I love to start with a particularly inspiring piece of art or fabric for all my room designs.  This Coastal Glam Bathroom Inspiration was inspired by this beautiful piece of artwork by Michelle Armas.  I have been holding onto this beautiful color inspiration for a long while now and […]

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Faux Planked Top Nautical Nightstand Makeover {with Map Drawer Lining & DIY Sisal Rope Handles}…

I love having errands to run on Saturday mornings.  It is garage sale day.  And you just never know what you make find…if only you stop and look. I have made some of my best finds that way.  And when I don’t have time to stop, it pains me…to wonder what I might be missing […]

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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 […]

Make your own Faux Mercury Glass Potion Bottles how to tutorial at The Happy Housie

Easy Faux Mercury Glass DIY Potion Bottles…

I love going to décor shops like Home Sense (Canada’s version of Home Goods) and Target and Michaels and checking out all their seasonal décor items. But I have a bit of a problem.  Not with buying it all.  But with thinking that I can somehow find the time to DIY it all myself. I […]

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25 Fabulous Fall Decorating Projects…

The rain pounding outdoors definitely re-affirms that Fall is here. It is feeling chilly and crisp (and darn wet!!) outside these days…but the leaves turning all shades of yellow and orange make the weather worth it. We have started turning on the heat, and the Fall décor is in full force…warming up our home for […]

Spooktacular Halloween House Tour at The Happy Housie

Halloween Mini House Tour {& 14 more Spook-tacular Spaces!!}…

Spook-tacular. I think I just like saying that word. Halloween décor can be pretty Spook-tacular. See, there I go saying it again. Speaking of saying things, I will say that Halloween is one holiday that my boys loved decorating for. They were pretty pumped about adding spiders and flies to Mom’s flowers. There may or […]

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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 […]

Three Crows on a Misty Evening Halloween Wreath

Three Crows on a Misty Evening Five-Minute Halloween Wreath…

I have a confession. My door has been naked lately. No wreath. Can you believe it? After I took my summer wreath down, I never got around to making a Fall Wreath. I think I was having a hard time letting go of summer this year…we had such beautiful sunny weather up until a few […]

DIY Pottery Barn Knock Off Chalkboard Pillow at The Happy Housie 1

Fall Harvest Pottery Barn Knock Off DIY Chalkboard Pillow…

This pillow is perfect for today. Here in Canada, it is Thanksgiving Day. I guess our weather is often cooler up here so we like to celebrate our harvest season a little earlier… And speaking of harvesting, we humans aren’t the only ones I’ve seen doing that lately. The bears around here have been unbelievable! […]

An Autumn Chill Chai-Tea-Ni Martini Recipe at The Happy Housie

Autumn Chill Chai-Tea-Ni Martini {& 9 Festive Fall Drinks}…

Recently some fab Canadian blogger friends asked me to participate in an Autumn Drink Hop. I’m not going to lie. When I think of “Fall” drinks I have a pretty unoriginal image pop into my mind. Probably the same one you have?  {Or maybe you are more original then me.} Hint: it rhymes with bumkin […]

How to make a Thrifty & Easy DIY Black and White Drop Cloth Table Runner at The Happy Housie

Easy DIY Black and White Dropcloth Table Runner {& 8 Fab Black & White Projects}…

Have you done any projects with a dropcloth yet? I mean, aside from covering your floor with it when you paint your walls. It is really effective for that, by the way. Much better then the old sheets I usually cheap out and use. But that’s an aside. Dropcloth is great for so many things… […]

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Work it Wednesday with Features {& $500 Cash Giveaway!}…

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 […]

DIY envelope pillows made from vintage french linen tea towels by Living Vintage at The Happy Housie

DIY Envelope Pillows from Vintage French Linen Tea Towels…

Hello, everyone.  My name is Kim Gaynor.  I blog over at Living Vintage.  As my blog name implies, I live and breathe anything that has a vintage element to it, whether that be decorating my home with salvaged materials, sharing a beautiful abandoned house, preparing a home cooked meal, or sharing a vintage image with […]

Dollar Store Skull Transformation at The Happy Housie-10

Get Your DIY On Challenge: Fall Projects!!…

Thank you so much for joining us for this month’s edition of Get Your DIY On! Each month we host a link party with a new theme and ask you to show off your best posts, old and new! If you missed our features from last month’s “Pinterest-Inspired” theme, you can check them out here: […]

DIY Pottery Barn Knockoff Dollar Store Skull Transformation at The Happy Housie

Pottery Barn Knockoff Dollar Store Skull Transformation…

I love pouring through the online “page” of Pottery Barn and ogling over their holiday décor… so many beautiful vignettes and stunning cozy spaces.  Last year I spotted this beautiful Mercury Glass Skull and I knew I wanted to give it a DIY try.  To make this you will need: A plastic skull (mine is […]

DIY Dropcloth Halloween Sharpie Pillow at The Happy Housie

DIY Dropcloth Sharpie Pillow for Halloween…

I’m a cheap pillow fan. When you love to switch them out as often as I do, they can’t be too expensive. Or take to long to make. And this little pillow is both thrifty and simple: perfect for the “Halloween” season…an Easy DIY Dropcloth Sharpie Pillow for Halloween. To make this you will need: a […]

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Work it Wednesday with Features {& $500 Cash Giveaway!}…

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 […]

20 Elegant Halloween Decor Ideas

20 Spooktacularly Elegant DIY Halloween Decor Ideas…

Halloween. The spooky holiday. Ghosts and witches.  Crows and owls. Oh, and don’t forget the pumpkins. But just because Halloween lends itself to the gruesome and spooky doesn’t mean that your décor has to go that way. There are lots of ways to add an elegant twist to your Halloween décor. And today I am sharing some […]

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Thrifted Gentleman Spy DIY Halloween Costume…

Do you love Halloween? I have mixed feelings about dressing up myself, but my boys LOVE to dress up. They don’t wait for Halloween- costumes and dress-up and make believe are a regular activity around here.  Half the toys in the playroom involve imaginary play of some kind…and the costumes and costume accessories are usually […]

Fall Home Tour at The Happy Housie

Fall Home Tour {including the stuff that’s ripped apart}…

It’s official. The first week of Fall is upon us. We finished off the summer with a beautiful warm sunny weekend and then the rains began within the next day. Right on schedule. But at least it put me in the mood for a little Fall decorating…. Pumpkins, Mums, that sort of thing. I’m taking it 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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That time the new windows were too small & the countertop company went bankrupt……

So renovations aren’t easy. A kitchen renovation is no different. It doesn’t always go smoothly. Things always cost more then you expected. Mistakes can be made that can be stressful and expensive. And then there are some things that are simply beyond your control. I’ve heard all these things a million times. We have even lived through […]

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20 Fabulous Pinterest Pin-spired Projects {that you can DIY}…

Do you love Pinterest?  It is a favourite source of “down” time for me… strolling through my Pinterest Feed and checking out all the amazing things that people have been trying, doing, and creating.  From crafts, and recipes to DIY projects; it is the perfect source of housie Pin-spiration for me.  It is so much […]

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Easy DIY Gold Crackle Pumpkins {from Dollar Store Finds}…

So I am finally beginning to relent that Autumn is nearly upon us. Crisp, sunny, fall days; beautiful red and yellow leaves all about; warm pumpkin curry soup and pumpkin spiced lattes; chrysanthemums and decorative kale in the flower pots… there are so many wonderful things about fall. Not the least of which is getting […]

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Work it Wednesday with Features…

Welcome back to Work it Wednesday –  I can’t wait to see what you have been up to this week.  There have been so many fabulous Fall projects lately and I haven’t even gotten out my “Fall” totes yet… I have been soaking up the last days of summery sunshine around here… and distracted by the […]

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Our Kitchen: THE Before…

If you have been following along for a while, or follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you may know that we are currently undertaking a major kitchen renovation. A brand new white kitchen that I can’t wait to share all my plans for…. But at first glance, you may think “but you have a white […]

Quick and Healthy Cranberry Maple Breakfast Cookies at The Happy Housie 1

Quick & Healthy Cranberry Maple No Bake Breakfast Cookies…

Are mornings a little haywire around your house? They definitely can be around here. For some reason I always feel like I have infinite amounts of time in the mornings…. Then somehow it suddenly becomes 7:45 and we have to all be making some serious moves to get out of the house on time. I […]

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Tone-on-Tone Coral & Gold Distressed Nightstand Makeover…

So I only promised that I would share the details about this nightstand about three months ago. That’s not too far behind, is it? Maybe ridiculously behind? Ya, okay.  That’s fair. The truth is that I almost forgot about them…until I was repainting our bedroom the other day and I remembered that I haven’t even […]

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Work it Wednesday {& $500 PayPal Cash Giveaway}…

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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Lightening Up the Master Bedroom with Paint {& How to Paint Like a Pro}…

Nothing changes a room quite like a fresh coat of paint….and I am super excited that I finally got around to finishing up the changes in our Master Bedroom by freshening up the walls and trim work with a fabulous new paint job.  I can’t wait to share my process including some awesome tips for […]

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Get Your DIY On Challenge: Pinterest Inspired Projects {& Outdoor Trunk Giveaway}…

Hello party people!! Are you ready to get down?  This month’s challenge is all about what’s made you stop pinning and start making!! It’s time to share your favourite Pinterest Inspired Projects! If you missed last month’s features from our “Room Revamps” theme, you can see them here: Now for some amazing pinterest-inspired projects… Here’s […]

DIY Decorative Clipboards Using Wrapping Paper at The Happy Housie

DIY Decorative Clipboards using Wrapping Paper {& Season in a Trunk Giveaway!}…

This fall is about getting organized. Back to school season always motivates me to purge and organize. And this year, I want to come up with a system to keep up with the crazy daily onslaught of paperwork. For reals this time. Actually, I don’t want to just keep up with it. I want to MASTER […]