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Layer Up and Get Cozy

After the carefree summer when the lines between inside and outside rooms tend to blur – it’s time for the doors and windows to close and your home to once again become a retreat.

In the warmer months when you may have craved a simpler look, Fall decorating is all about layers. Consider giving those seaglass tones a break until spring in favor of more seasonal pillows or throws.

In the same way that you dress yourself for cooler weather, add layers to your home with pillows and throw blankets. Use this time to experiment with mixing textures, patterns, and colors.

Here are my TIPS for injecting cozy elements in to your home this season – along with some of my favourite pieces in stores to create the look in your own home!

Think Warm Tones – Even bright white and black (my home’s interior palate) can feel autumnal when combined with warm oranges and browns. Pull those accessories out of the closet. During the cold, dark winter, seeing your favorite things will offer a sense of comfort.

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Bring the outside, IN. Embrace Autumn’s beauty and bring some of those inside – From gourds to colorful squash and pumpkins to natural elements such tree branches, acorns, pinecones, and leaves – all create dimension, interest, and texture to any room – and they are an easy and affordable way to accessorize!152840981073379116_sarhas2c_c

Create the look now:

Sources:

A. Byron Plaid Throw

B. Faux- Cowhide Rug

C. Cable Knit PomPom Pillow

D. Kenya Colour Block Basket

E. Pinecone Teatowel 

 
 

 

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A Pumpkin Makeover!

The jack-o-lantern is about to get a much deserved makeover!

There are so many new and whimsical ways to add pumpkins in to your home decor -the new trends are bright, modern, and playful and offer more livable options – decorations that you don’t mind leaving up for longer than just Halloween night!

Pumpkin Trends for 2016

CHIC ALERT Metallics are all the rage – try spraying your pumpkins in gold or dripping gilded pastel paint for instant abstract art!


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CUTE ALERT Have a little fun by adding text to your pumpkins – use a stencil, buy ready made letter decals OR paint your pumpkins in chalkboard paint and use chalk to scribe away!

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PLAYFUL ALERT Go abstract and grab a paintbrush to paint playful dots!

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PRETTY ALERT Carve out a vessel for plants and bouquets to live for an instant centerpiece!

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Happy October!

xo chic farm girl.

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Project Patio

My husband and I bought our first patio set when we purchased our first home together. That was over ten years ago. We still have it.

The table finally broke this Spring and found its way to the curb. I managed to salvage the chairs for one last season with a bit of black spray paint but, they are on their last legs (pun intended).

Enjoying a glass of wine last night while watching the kids play in the backyard, I realized we were not using the outdoor rooms of our home. It occurred to me that we spend a lot of time in our sunporch on the front of the house because we haven’t made a comfortable outdoor area to spend time in.

The Plan:

I cannot wait to create an outdoor room that we can enjoy as a family that reflects the style we have created on the inside. I really dislike matching sets of outdoor dining furniture so, when I started looking at furniture options, I knew I wanted to combine different pieces for an electic look. As outdoor rooms have become extensions of our homes, outdoor furniture has evolved in to beautiful weather-resistant pieces that will continue to hold up season after season.

I fell in love with a company called Arhaus – honestly, their pieces are so beautiful, they could easily transition to your living room when the weather turns cooler! I am a sucker for a tulip table. And, this one is powder-coated enamel and provides an extremely durable rust-free, UV-resistant finish that is ten times stronger than paint and suitable for all seasons!

I love the idea of offering a variety of seating, some people are even adding sectionals on their patios, but this gorgeous settee bench caught my eye. Featuring sloped arms and sleek lines and fitted with Sunbrella-fabric-covered cushions in a crisp “sail sailor,” it’s a classic addition to the dining table. And, these West Elm Windsor style chairs add a modern update contrast to the wicker bench.

No space that I create would be complete without a bit of plaid. Take a look at this outdoor rug from Crate & Barrel – with just a subtle grid pattern in playful blue.

I love the versatility and style of the Serena & Lily Riviera Bar! Part bar, part party bucket, this console features two removable teak lids that create an instant work surface; open them up to reveal the two water-tight bins below. A lower shelf gives you plenty of room for bottles, napkins, glasses and tabletop accessories. And, it also doubles as a planter! Over time, the teak surfaces will weather to a beautiful silvery grey.

Add in enamel dishes (swoon!), napkins, lighting, and a few cushions – and my dream space is well on its way to being my favourite room at my house!

Sources:

Table, Bench – Arhaus

Carpet – Crate & Barrel

Chairs – West Elm

Dishes, Cushions, Lights, Bar – Serena & Lily

Table Linens – Anthropologie

 

 


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my JAM

 

 

I use my family recipe for strawberry freezer jam. And, honestly, once you have homemade jam, its hard to go back to storebought.

This is my go to recipe:

  • 4 cups of crushed berries (1L)
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar (375 mL)
  • Package of fruit pectin* (I prefer Clubhouse Garden Fare No Cook Freezer Jam gelling powder)

1. Wash and rinse containers. 2. Wash and hull your berries. 3. Blend all of your strawberries in the food processor. 4. Place prepared [4 cups fruit] in large mixing bowl. 5. Gently stir in 1½ cups  of sugar and allow to stand for 15 minutes. 6. Slowly sprinkle gelling powder a little at a time onto fruit mixture while stirring for 3 minutes. 7. Allow to stand for 5 minutes. 8. Gently stir again for 1 minute. 9. Pour jam into jars, leaving 1 inch (2.5 cm) head space. Seal tightly.

Jam is ready to eat! No standing time is required.

*The fruit pectin directions often will tell you to “not puree” your berries. I use my food processor because I do not like big chunks in my jam. But, you can still use your food processer and get chunks. Just use your pulse button. Super EASY.

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You then need to store the jam in the refrigerator and use within 6 weeks, or you can freeze your jam for up to one year (next berry season!) and enjoy fresh summer jam all winter long!

To defrost the jam, just place in the fridge overnight and it will be ready for you in the morning.

 

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Scrub up!

 

Truth be told, I have become *slightly* obsessed with sinks.  For all of the time I have spent using sinks over the course of my life, I never really paid too much attention to them, so long as the tap worked.  Until now.

We are in the process of planning a moderate home renovation that includes re-locating our main floor bathroom, adding a walk-in pantry, and adding an entrance on to our back deck.

So, I am hungry for inspiration, spending all of my free time on pinterest, houzz, instagram and mulling over house plans, sourcing products, and dreaming up possibilities.  Its all part of the fun, right?!

But, lately, I find myself pinning sinks. Just sinks. Weird, I know. But, you will spend a lot of time with the same sink (it’s not an easy thing to change-up on a whim!) Not to mention that it owns a pretty important piece of the real estate in a 2-piece bathroom.

This bathroom will tuck just inside the door to the backyard, off the mudroom so the sink has to act as a utility sink (think gardening hands, paint brushes, and mops). But, it still has to look great.

I like a bit of a vintage/ farmhouse/ industrial feel in my home so, no pretty porcelain sinks for me here!

Here are some of my favourite!