Friday, February 27, 2015

Paint stripping at rhouse..

Just wanting to share a little change I made in the living/family room.
I wanted a little more of the rustic/raw wood in the room so I stripped the paint from my coffee table.
Yep, I think you'll either love it or...wish I'd left it alone.
I'm loving it...
Well I'm loving the finish, just not sure of the shape of the table.
Here is the before...a lovely minty green.
Because I have so many painted surfaces in this room I  felt that I wanted
a little more natural/rustic elements to balance it out.
As previously mentioned, I'm liking the finish, maybe not the shape. Not sure if the oval is for me, could be Im looking for something a little more rectangular.
I have a few designs in my mind of what I would actually like but will have to wait till I'm
able to work in my garage (it's freezing out there right now) to see if I can create my own.

I think this will do for now, I do love the natural elements with the rest of the finishes in the room. Bubs doesnt seem to mind either...Jack on the other hand...
He's not having any of it! Lol.

 Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome weekend!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Spring spruce up

Hello again!
Happy Valentine's Day
 I know I'm a day late but yesterday was Valentine's Day and my 28th wedding anniversary!
It was a lovely day...hubby made me a great breakfast, got me a coffee from my favourite spot and gave me some beautiful flowers.
He made dinner reservations at our favourite restaurant but I didn't want to go out..really felt like staying in and relaxing by the fire..I know call me crazy but it's freezing here!
 Yep thats what we did..we were both happy!
So today I thought I'd do a little spring spruce up.
Just replaced some of the cushions with newer and brighter ones.
They really look orange in these pics but they are actually more coral.
I've also brought in this stump I picked up and removed the bark from. It takes a few
months for them to dry up? Not quite sure of the terminology but it takes a while.
I've got a couple more in the garage to find places for..I'm enjoying the rustic look of them
with all the white, 

I'm loving these flowers..if you've read my blog you'll know that I luuuuv hydrangeas!
Although they remind me of spring our -20 temperatures are telling me otherwise..

I also picked up these mirrors at Homesense.
What do you think of them hanging from the bookcase?
My oldest daughter told me that mirrors were to be hung on walls not bookcases...
so yeah she's not really into them hanging there.
I told her she need's to think outside the box, lol.
And yes I know that I've still got pinecones all over the place...It's only a spruce up not spring cleaning!

I hope you enjoyed the little touches of may not look like it or feel like it right now
but it is coming!

Thanks for dropping in for a visit
 and have a blessed week!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A few changes...

Hello everyone!
Just popping in to share a few changes I've made since the holidays...
I know it's been a while...again... but I've decided to share when I can and not to stress about it.
I can understand that most people would enjoy more scheduled posts but for now this is what works best for me and my family.
I usually post daily on Instagram for those of you who would like to see a bit more, I find it much easier to snap some pics on my iphone and share.
I'm @rhouse if you'd like join me.

                                    So...all of the Christmas decor is down...well mostly... lol.
There may still be the odd boxwood wreath hanging about but they can stay up all year long right?

For winter decorating I've kept out most of my pinecones and faux fur which just adds warmth
and coziness to these long winter days.
I made this pom-pom wreath over 2 years ago and have had it up since then..
I love it!
It's been hanging on this ladder with the sparkly lights that I've also kept up, along with my birch logs in the corner of the breakfast nook. What can I say, I love birch and I feel it fits in with every season.
I've painted a few pieces of furniture and sold the last one which was my coffee table.
This minty one is in here for now until I can fiind some new pieces.
I would love a rustic unpainted wooden piece next and am on the hunt!
I've traded out a few older pillows for new ones in grey/white.
I"m loving this union jack pillow I picked up from homesense.

The rest of the pillows are in a  thick tweed fabric and fit right in with the creamy white wintery decor.
It's so cozy here in the evening with the fireplace on...
but I'm looking forward to spring,,,

Thanks for stopping by...
Blessings to you!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!!

 If you follow me on Instagram (@rhouse) you'll  know that I've had a bit of a crush on pom-poms this holiday season.


These large tissue paper gold and white ones were great in the dining room. They were/are festive for both Christmas and New Years and so cheap to make!

Not quite sure when I'll take them

It's been great connecting with many of you again..
Hoping that you all have an awesome New Year full of peace, health and blessings!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas family room 2014

Hello everyone!
It's been quite a while since I've been on this little blog of mine and I'm not sure if there is anybody
 out there or
but I'd thought I would begin where I left off a couple of years ago!
Sharing my Christmas home with you all.

This year I wanted to add natural elements...which I ususally do anyway, and to make it a little more simple as well.

Not a lot of changes in my home since the last time I posted. This year I went with natural colours of grey, browns, burlap, a bit of sheepskin to cozy things up and some gold to spice things up.


Youl'll remember my pom-pom wreath from my very last post. I've kept that wreath up all year long, twinkle lights and all.

I went a little pom-pom crazy this year and added a wool pom-pom garland (anthropology hack) and intertwined it with this lovely little creamy tulle pom-pom garland that is also intertwined with little twinkle lights...added some burlap which looks gold in the twinkle light.

I tried  to keep the mantle simple this year. Having a corner fireplace means I've got a lot of area that can be I tried to restrain myself from loading it up and just added some large sugar pinecones, birch, little trees and my wooden candleholders. I made the white ceramic rabbit years ago  for my girls and it has a lot of sentimental value.  
Then I just swagged it with the garlands and burlap.

Chose this spin on my usual  birch buckets this year.

I added a gallery wall over my tv this year to try and fill in some of the negative space and decorated my staghead with a festive wreath.

He's a handsome fellow but looks a little off-coloured in this pic, the lighting hasn't been the best for taking photos... (tha'ts my excuse for poor colour in these photos! lol)

Thanks for stopping by and allowing me to share some of my home with you! Hope to share more soon.
Blessings to you all!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Anthro inspired pom pom wreath

Hi everyone and Merry Christmas!
Just had to share with you my anthropology inspired wreath!
I'm sure many of you have seen different versions of this anthro inspired pom pom wreath
making it's way around blogland.
I was smitten as soon as I saw it and had to try out my own version.

Never made a pom pom in my life, but it looked so easy, just wrapped some yarn around my fingers,
tied a knot, cut the ends and voila.
I just did that about sixty more times, bahaha!
I wrapped an old foam wreath base I had with some white ribbon to hide
the green base and used floral pins to place each pom pom.
There are many different ways to make these wreaths, but this way worked well for me.
It really was easy!

I placed a bow on it using some scrap red toile fabric I had.
It's the fabric left over from making the curtains you see here
in the breakfast nook.
I've used some red accents to liven up my Christmas decor this year and
I'm loving festive!

The wreath looks great without the bow too and goes so well with the birch.
I'll be able to keep this wreath up well into the winter season!

Jennifer Rizzo has done a great post on how to make mini pom pom wreaths
that are adorable, you can find it here.

Thanks for dropping by,
be blessed!


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas 2012

Hi everyone,
I'm hoping all your Christmas preparations are going well!
I've been waiting on some good lighting to be able to shoot some pics but it's
been so grey around here and then it's almost dark at 4! are some shots I took today.

Hubby went a little crazy with the saw this year and I had a lot of space under the tree
so I used an old red toile curtain panel as a tree skirt and placed all my lanterns around it.

I placed my buckets that usually flank the fireplace in each of the bookcases. They look great there
and save some floorspace around the fireplace.

The Buckets with the branch lights on/off.

In the breakfast nook I put up some garland on the botttom shelf again. I found some lovely old tarnished spoons at the GW
and tied them with some brown satin ribbon.

I have these little mercury glass containers that I filled with foam oasis and stuck
in some winter greens. The watered oasis foam keeps them fresh.

I have a brown theme going on in the breakfast nook but couldn't restrain myself from
putting in a little red,  It's so bright and festive!

I've just added some sugar pinecones and mercury glass ornaments to the shelves.
The candle holders are all from PB that my daughters got me a couple of years ago.
They go with everything
I've placed birch poles all around and added some more green with the paperwhites.

Hopefully it will be brighter tomorrow and I'll be able to show you
the mantels.

Thanks for dropping by,
blessings to you!
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Trying out the blogger app!

Hi everyone!
Just giving this blogger app a try on my phone,not sure how it will work out. Already can see that you can't center your content.
So here goes, please forgive if it looks all wonky!
I Wanted to show you my Christmas "bucket" in the bookcase. I usually have these flanking my fireplace but thought I'd mix it up!
Blessings my friends!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Christmas Urn...and life

Hello everyone!
I know it's been a while...lots of life transition stuff going on over here
and blogging had to go down on the priority list.
With so many external and internal changes  I've wondered whether to keep this blog
going or not.
It's been such a great creative outlet for me and I've really enjoyed it,
so I've decided to keep doing what I enjoy and will share when I can, no pressure!
I may add some new content but nothing too drastic!
Now on to my Christmas Urn...

It cost me all of $13 this year!
It' so easy to do.

I simply used  what I already had from previous years such as the birch logs,
giant sugar pinecones and my twig lights.
The magnolia leaves were $8 for the bunch and the cedar was $5.

 This is the first time I've used magnolia leaves and I love the texture and colour it brings.
It's hard to see the twig lights here but at night you can see them from across the street, it really lights up the porch!

Thanks for dropping by and blessings to you!
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Summer Mantel

Hi everyone,
hope you're all enjoying the beautiful summertime!


I know it's the middle of summer and I'm just getting around to showing you my summer mantel,
better late than never I always say!

I kept the beautiful blue chinese ginger jars from my spring mantel because they were so prettty and matched
all the beautiful blue summery cushions I have out.

I'm loving this white washed wooden lantern I got at Bowrings.
The look of rustic wood against shine and sparkle is my favourite thing to play around with.

I find the whole look soft and simple with lots of texture so it's not boring, while
keeping that wonderful beachy feel that I love.

Thanks for dropping by,

Blessings to you from RH!
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