20 November 2014

creating a cosy green bedroom for winter

Brrr....winter has definitely arrived in Canada! We had our first real snow this week; I love how pretty it makes everything, but it sure does make me want to stay inside and curl up. So, what better time to redecorate my bedroom to make it cosy, and of course, green, for winter?

winter bright light bedroom

I was inspired by Urban Jungle Bloggers and their challenge to make your bedroom green with plants this winter. Not only do plants in the bedroom keep the air fresh, they also make it feel bright and warm (at least to me).

white and green winter bedroom

I'm really lucky to have big south-west facing windows that let lots of natural light into my bedroom. So I've filled it with plants. And pretty vintage vessels. And DIY art. And reclaimed wood. I spent no new money on this bedroom refresh - other than purchasing two new plants at half price! The big spider plant was a steal - and it's one of the best for air quality.

yarn wrapped plant can

DIY plant can jute rope

New plants needed new containers - so I took a soup cans and wrapped yarn and jute around them. No cost there.

plants in the bedroom, vintage, green

bedside table storage

Books are kept close at hand and neat in a vintage bike rack, and a nature-inspired pottery plate holds bedside stuff.

diy nightstand, lightbulb terrariums

The nightstand was thrifted and refreshed with paint and wallpaper scraps - tutorial here.  And the bed frame was reupholstered myself - instructions here.

repurposed upcycled terrariums air plants

I made DIY lightbulb terrariums to hang by rope - instructions here.

vintage wood cabinet

reclaimed windows DIY

One of my favourite things of all time is the glass cabinet my brother made for me out of old antique windows from a building that was torn down. I keep bracelets and watches in it - isn't it spectacular?

jewellery storage vintage

More vintage vessels hold the rest of my jewellery.

jewellery storage

I simply changed out the knobs on an IKEA dresser for a more glamorous look. Necklaces are hung on the wall as ready-made art and organized storage. Faux sheep rugs add texture and keep things looking cosy for winter.

So...are you inspired to refresh your bedroom with plants and all things cosy? No need to spend- just look around your home for things you already have. Good luck!


17 November 2014

Ultimate guide to DIY natural holiday wreaths

I write a DIY wreath post every holiday season, and they are far and away my most visited posts at this time of year. Seems like everyone loves a home-made wreath to welcome family and friends.

My favourites, of course, are wreaths made from natural materials. So here are 30 new ideas for DIY natural wreaths for the holiday.

Plus check out these previous posts for 36 more inspirational home-made wreaths:
*Top 8 Organic Holiday Wreaths
*Top 8 Organic Holiday Wreaths Part 2
*Top 20 DIY holiday wreaths (from upcycled and repurposed materials)

And don't forget to visit my Pinterest Natural Wreaths board  and Holiday Inspiration board for even more ideas to naturally and sustainably decorate your home this season.

One more resource: I've curated a Handmade Holidays shop on Etsy - be sure to check out the wreaths and other goodies there.

Get out your glue gun and enjoy!

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5 November 2014

find it: handmade kitchen style

It's been brought to my attention that Christmas is seven weeks away. What? How can that be?

Don't get me wrong, I love the holidays, but seriously, I feel like I'm just now catching up on emails from summer vacation. Well, no time like the present to accept and dive right in, right? But first, before presents and cards and cooking and parties...we need stylish kitchen accessories. I mean, how can we be expected to bake up holiday treats and cheerfully entertain without pretty tools to work with?

To help us all out with this conundrum, I've assembled the best handmade stylish kitchen goodies I could find on Etsy. Drool, click, unwrap and enjoy the season. It's an early gift to you and to the talented makers. Enjoy.

handmade kitchen style
Butternut Brooklyn
handmade kitchen style, eco-friendly kitchen items
House of Baltic Linen
Etsy kitchen style; eco-friendly kitchen products
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Twisted River Clay
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Cattails Woodwork
Kitchen Carvings
Emburr
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