MERRY & BRIGHT CHRISTMAS HOME – PT. 2

It’s so nice to be sharing with you again so soon, friends. I find my creativity and motivation to do more writing, photography, and blog posts really comes alive leading up to the Christmas season. So, hello! As my American friends are celebrating Thanksgiving this weekend, it’s an indicator that December is right around the corner. I can’t believe beginning next week we are only a mere 25 days away. For me, it does kind of become “Christmas month”, as I am decorating, baking, listening to beloved holiday songs, and making plans for the latter part of the month in advance. My husband usually takes some extra time off work starting the week before Christmas too, so that we can soak up the season together. I am so looking forward to all of these things. We also just arrived home yesterday from a snowy mountain getaway, which definitely brings on the holiday feels.

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MERRY & BRIGHT CHRISTMAS HOME – PT. 1

It’s that time of year once again – the season that so many of us look forward to all year long. I know I say it every year, but Christmas truly is my absolute favourite time. Strolling through Christmas markets hand in hand with your love, sipping a hot chocolate, observing all the hustle and bustle while bundled up to keep warm. Enjoying plentiful time with family and friends at holiday gatherings and family dinners. Watching from your windowsill as snow falls gently down, illuminated by the twinkling lights on houses up and down the street. Seasonal baking in the kitchen with a glass of mulled wine, and your favourite Christmas songs playing in the background. Watching Christmas movies while snuggled up under a cozy blanket. Giving gifts, thoughtfully wrapped up in pretty packaging. Sharing in meaningful family traditions that bring a lightness to your heart. This season is filled with an abundance of joy, and time to create memories you’ll cherish for years to come. Continue reading “MERRY & BRIGHT CHRISTMAS HOME – PT. 1”

Holiday Shop 2019

Hi friends, and welcome to my Holiday Shop for 2019!

This type of post is a first for me. I generally share items that you’re able to see in my photos through my home tours and other blog posts, however as I mentioned in my Instagram Story today, the weather has been very overcast – not great for photographing. I am working on getting my Christmas Home Tour posts out to you beginning next week, but for now I thought it would be a great idea to share with you some items I will be using in my home this season, as well as items that convey the general look and theme I am going for. This way, you have all of the links in one post here ahead of time, and it will be like a one-stop online shop. Continue reading “Holiday Shop 2019”

AUTUMN AT HOME

The seasons are changing quickly here, and it causes a stirring in me. It’s always about this time of year where I find myself in eager anticipation of the holidays, yet I try my hand at steady patience – to have myself wait a little while longer, lest I overlook the joys possible during this particular stretch of autumn; The time where the days are still long enough, and warm enough, to enjoy an evening walk, breathing crisp air as the very last of the departed leaves flutter to nature’s floor. When the hours remain readily open, and we may savour the time given to us by filling them slowly and deliberately, prior to each moment brimming with activity and excitement by the very essence of the season. Where upon looking outside, we are greeted with a lovely burnt colour palette and the radiant glow of the sun, before the cold suppresses nature into latency and whiteness. It’s a time of looking ahead with elation, and a tangible lightness to my heart, before ultimately wishing time would just slow down and hold us longer in the holiday moments we cherish most. Ah yes, I think late autumn is truly full of all kinds of beauty. Continue reading “AUTUMN AT HOME”

Spiced Apple Bundt Cake with Maple Glaze (Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Hi there, friends. I hope you are having a lovely week! This coming weekend is Thanksgiving for us here in Canada, and I’m so looking forward to spending time with my husband and family. Though, the weather would denote that it’s actually closer to Christmas than anything else with the insane amounts of snow we have been getting. It seems autumn didn’t want to stick around for us in the North this year.
It’s funny how much the seasons and weather can really get into my brain, as I now find myself eagerly anticipating the holidays, complete with planning my decorating for it! I won’t spend too long discussing that though, lest it frustrate anyone who would rather think that reality is still much further away than it is, haha.
Anyways, with Thanksgiving upon us, I always start thinking about all of the amazing foods we get to eat this time of year! It’s so fun, and truly a privilege, to be able to gather around a table with loved ones and to enjoy one another, as well as wonderful food that always brings memories of each holiday that passed before it. Continue reading “Spiced Apple Bundt Cake with Maple Glaze (Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)”

SIMPLE, SMALL ENTRYWAY DECOR

Hi there, all! Well, we are officially into the autumn season by a couple of days, and I am finally able to embrace it fully. I personally do so as soon as August comes to a close, however it’s now more socially acceptable, haha.
This past Sunday afternoon, my husband and I went on a lovely drive together in the countryside near our home. Here, the third weekend of September is historically the weekend where many of the leaves have changed colour, but most of them are still fluttering brightly on the trees. We are also usually gifted with a spotlessly sunny and blue sky, and this combination creates a beautiful mosaic of autumn colours over the landscape. This is something I have taken note of over the past 6 or 7 years, so we always make a point to get out at least one of the afternoons that weekend to soak in the season. Troy and I have a specific spot we visit, where a grouping of immense trees have begun showering down their leaves, creating a vast area to enjoy the crunch beneath your feet as you walk along the path. Continue reading “SIMPLE, SMALL ENTRYWAY DECOR”

Harvest Pumpkin Bread (Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Ah, friends, it really does feel like autumn is upon us. The air is more crisp, the days are growing shorter, and as I drive through my city, the leaves have begun to turn their golden yellow and rich amber colours. That happens a bit earlier up north here where I live, and I don’t mind it one bit. You’ve probably read from me a couple times now that I will take all of the cooler, overcast weather I can get. Rather than feeling motivated when the weather becomes warmer and sunny in the spring, I find my boost of productivity when the opposite occurs. I’ve had home organization and cleaning projects on the go, and have found myself getting out and about much more now that the new season is imminent. However, my favourite time is still a cozy day at home, with my lamps and candles on, good music, and baking some sort of yummy goodies (and sneaking time here and there to do some reading, of course!). Continue reading “Harvest Pumpkin Bread (Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)”

SUNNY SUMMER MUDROOM

Hello again, sweet friends. Doesn’t it just seem like summer is flying by? We are half way through July already, and where I live we are still just getting glimpses of summer here and there, as it has been unusually rainy for us this year. However, when it is sunny and warm out, we have been flowing through our mudroom much more than we had previously, because we’ve done a lot of work on our backyard this season!
I am hoping to show you some of it soon, though I do have some peeks on Instagram in my story highlight titled “backyard” if you want to take a look. Anyways, given this space has been in frequent use recently, I thought it would be nice to refresh it for a new season. Continue reading “SUNNY SUMMER MUDROOM”

SUMMER KITCHEN + LIFE THOUGHTS

Oh my, it has been so long since I have popped on here to do any sort of update! This year has been full of a lot of self-growth, and new things in several areas of my life, and it’s an understatement to say that this blog and the PLC instagram has taken a back seat (like, the back of the bus, back seat). So, if you are still hanging around here to see my posts, I want to truly thank you for your patience, and your continued interest in what I am doing over here in our home.

I am still attempting to figure out balance when it comes to this, as I want this blog to remain a place of joy and inspiration. I thought I would spend some time chatting and sharing my thoughts while you scroll through some photos of how our kitchen looks right now. This way, if you’re just here for the photos and sources, this isn’t too boring for you, but if you do want to read along as well, feel free! Continue reading “SUMMER KITCHEN + LIFE THOUGHTS”

FRONT ENTRYWAY PLANS

Happy January, friends. I know we are heading into February soon, but it’s my first post of the year, so Happy New Year as well! The start of another year is always such a refreshing time, I find. I know like me, most of you get the itch to organize, declutter, and plan, and I have definitely been full on into planning mode, so today I am actually sharing a different type of post with you that I have never done before.

The front entryway of our home has been a bit of a pain in the butt for me since we moved in almost two years ago. There is a large window on the side near the front door, and then perpendicular to that is our stairway that leads to the upstairs level, and there is not a lot of room to work with in between. I have wanted a nice console table so I can use it to style the area, but I have been searching forever to find one that is a size that will work, paired with a style I like. Continue reading “FRONT ENTRYWAY PLANS”