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Learning to Love Your Home.. and Stop Comparing it to Pinterest

Real talk. I'm addicted to Pinterest. I have five boards dedicated to interiors alone. So often I find myself comparing our home to these brightly lit, perfectly [un]staged spaces, wondering how people already "have it all" in their twenties and thirties. Seriously though, the Lacanche range of my dreams is basically a down payment on a house and it's in every photo I 'pin'. This is not real life, my friends.

Do you ever feel this way? Like your expectations for your home are too high? Sometimes I focus too much on decor, design, and picking the perfect furniture. When the reality is things will come together over time. And there's no rush to do it all right now. You just have to learn to love and live through all the awkward stages along the way. Like the endless dog hair on our sofa courtesy of our furry friends (or on the floor above). Or the fact that we still haven't repaired the gauges in the wall from when our new bathroom counter was installed. My tastes have changed so much since we first bought our home, I often question the choices I made. But the reality is I can't rush out to replace everything at once. I've started mixing, matching and moving pieces around to make each room feel fresh again. 

In this quest for perfection, we so often overlook the things that really make a house a home. The laughter, the memories it brings. The parties you've had in it with people you love. So ditch the idea of your "dream home" and cherish the one you have. Day to day, life isn't Pinterest perfect. 

5 simple ways to freshen up
and fall in love with your home again


If you don't use it or love it, it's time to let go. Whether you sell or donate the things you aren't using, A clutter free home will you give you a clean slate and will help you see the potential in it.

After a long, stagnant winter, it's time to invite spring in. Letting in the fresh breeze will make a big difference. Even if it's just cracking the windows open for an hour while you're running errands.

Stop by the market and treat yourself to a bunch of fresh blooms. They'll add a pop of colour and cheer to any room. 

A fresh coat of paint, new throw pillows, or some house plants are a few easy ways to liven things up. Even a simple thing like changing curtains will shed new light on any space.

Take time to enjoy your home. Whether it's spending an evening in making dinner, or inviting the neighbours over for drinks.

At Home: Living Room Inspiration
At Home: Living Room Inspiration

The past year has taught me a lot about my personal style. Or how much it has changed, at least. We're back and settled in our Hamilton home. After living in a different city for the past year (and missing home sweet home so very much), I've been able to look at it with a fresh perspective. That means rethinking the way different rooms were styled before. A clean slate, of sorts.

I've mentioned this before, but our home is at least 120 years old. It's full of history, charm. And it has the most beautiful, spacious living area. Picture this: high ceilings, original bay windows with stained glass transoms, crown moulding, the works. Now. When we first moved in, my taste was more rustic. I gravitated towards dark wood and vintage (not in a good way) pieces. Fast forward six years, and let's say I've lightened up just a lil'. I now find myself drawn to influences from modernist furniture movements -- the Bauhaus and art deco periods and midcentury design. I've been making mood-boards with references for how I'd like to style our living room. And I'd love to hear what you think! Do you have a favourite? Drop me a note, and let me know.


Sofa from Article | rug and side table from West Elm | floor lamp and candle holders from CB2 | coffee table and console from Target | painting by NG Collective Studio | accent chair from Structube | table decor and accessories from The Apartment by The Line | pillows and throw from West Elm

At Home: Living Room Inspiration


Sofa from Article | rug and artwork from West Elm | accent chair, coffee table and floor lamp from CB2 | console from Target | accent table, table decor and accessories from The Apartment by The Line | pillows and throw from West Elm