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

 

A SPRING CLEANING
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.

THROW OPEN THE WINDOWS 
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.

FRESH FLOWERS
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 QUICK REFRESH
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.

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

Small Spaces : Styling our Living Room
Small Spaces : Styling our Living Room
At the start of summer, Adam and I started our second (third?) adventure in real estate. We love our house in Hamilton, but were quickly tiring of our long, daily commute to Toronto. We considered renting an apartment in the city, but realized purchasing a second property would be a great investment if we later rented it as an income property. After a few short weeks we ended up buying a unit in the Thompson Hotel & Residences. While the square footage is small (or shall I say bijou?), I’m excited by the challenge of styling a small space.

Our furniture only started arriving in late August. So we spent the summer glamping (sleeping on the floor). But now that most of the furnishings are here, it's time to transform our new home! The priority for me, has been creating a division of space within our unit -- a dining, living and office area. Our Victorian house has three levels and generous room sizes. Our condo on the other hand is open concept, so it's been quite the transition for me. Here's how I'm approaching styling the living area.


SOFA VS. SECTIONAL

Initially we decided to bring our two mid century style sofas with us from our house. After living with them over the summer, I've realized a sectional is going to be more functional in this space. The search is on!

Artwork

This watercolor print by Lindsay Megahed, is part of West Elm's collaboration with Minted, a community of independent designers and artists.

MOROCCAN SHAG RUG

From the grey washed floors to the concrete ceilings, the condo is full of cool tones. I love the texture and warmth this shag rug brings to the living area. Plus our pups need something cozy to lay on.

Lighting

Old Faithful Shop curates well crafted goods for the home. A modern take on a classic industrial lamp, I love the rich walnut base and brass accents on this lamp.

COFFEE TABLE

With a luxe marble tap, and streamlined shape and style, this coffee table from Structube adds elegance to a modern space.


I'll be sure to share a reveal post as soon as I'm finished styling our living room. Looking for more interior design inspiration? Follow me on Pinterest!