We recently had a few friends over for a summer BBQ.
I spent the day prepping food and weeding the garden. I also gave our home a good cleaning - decluttering, dusting, tidying and "pretty-ing."
By the time our guests were set to arrive, I took a good look at our home.
It wasn't perfectly staged - it looked lived in - but it looked nice. Full of colour and personal touches.
I took some photos to capture our home as it is - a place of warmth and home-y details.
Here is a wide shot of our family room. It's where we watch TV and practise the piano.
We cozy up and read stories on this Ikea couch.
I made the pillows and afghan and my children put together the 3D puzzle of Notre Dame.
And the daisies?? From my garden.
Across the other side of the room sits a second-hand easy chair where I do all my knitting.
Above that is the large mirror that was given to us by our neighbours on our wedding day 11 years ago.
The dresser has moved homes with us several times - it was my sister's growing up.
Now to the front of the house - and into our living and dining room.
I love our small electric fireplace and mantel. I change its decor on a regular basis.
This half-wall is right at our front door and sports a welcoming sign.
This bookshelf changes on a regular basis too. I love the shots of pastel colour I have on it for the summer season (though it won't be long until we change to autumn!)
And here is the dining room. It takes up one end of this mid-sized room. We usually have it set up with seating for 4, but it does stretch out to seat six on special occasions.
I hope you enjoyed my little house tour.
We do love our home.
I am glad I captured our house on this particular day. It never stays the same for very long !
In fact, tomorrow I am beginning a large re-painting project in which the whole main floor (except the powder room) will get a new coat of paint.
And the furniture? It's getting a real shake-up, too.
There are going to be big changes around here in the next month or two, all in the hopes that we can use the space we have more effectively.
I have a list of things to do that is 5 feet long and I hope to get through most of it before Thanksgiving.
I'll share a few of plans in the next few weeks.
Thanks for stopping by!