A Simple Uncluttered Christmas

A Simple Uncluttered Christmas

It seems every year, you hear more and more people saying how much they dislike the commercialism and over the top decorating that seems to  go hand in hand with the holidays. Well, I’m hear to tell you that it does NOT have to be that way.

I LOVE Christmas. It’s my favourite holiday hands down. As much as I love to decorate, I use a light hand when decorating our home for the holidays. I do not jump on the yearly trend bandwagon when it comes to my Christmas decorating. Rather, I like to keep it simple and uncluttered.

Here are my tips to achieving a simple uncluttered Christmas.

1. Use what you have.

2. Create spaces that are cozy and restful.

3. Your decorations should compliment your home’s decor, not compete with it.

I like to use greenery, wood, paper, twine, burlap and lights to decorate my home. Since my home’s colour scheme is mostly whites and greys, I inject pops of red throughout for a pop of colour. This compliments what is going on throughout the year and pairs nicely with the turquoise that I like to use in my home.

With the exception of my tree, here is what I have done for the holidays this year. (Since we use a real tree, I do not like to put it up before the 15th.)

On the outside, we placed lights on the trees and our rail fence. On the house itself, I adorned the windows with wreaths and simple red ribbon.

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Our front hallway which we do not use to enter the house but, it is one of my favourite spaces in our home.

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From the front hallway, you can enter our home office/classroom.

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Or you can enter our den where we have our wood stove.

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From there, you enter our living room.

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Then on to the kitchen we go.

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In the mudroom, since it’s such a small space, I hung some prints courtesy of akadesign.ca


From there, you can head out to our back deck.


There you go, simple, uncluttered and what I like the best is I can leave some of these things out long after the holidays. For me that is the most depressing part. We go all out decking the halls to take it all down and pack it away for another year.

I decorated the house this year and spent $0.00 on any of the decor.  The house is not cluttered but, still festive. For us, the week of Christmas especially is being together at home relaxing.

Mudroom Inspiration

Split Entry style homes are plentiful in Nova Scotia. Many of these entries are teeny tiny and can feel cramped. This inspiration book from Houzz shows how you can simply turn an underused and nonfunctional closet in to a mini mudroom. This homeowner did it for under $300. I know you could do it for a lot less. She splurged on things like hooks at Anthropologie and a bench cushion at Pier 1. There are definitely more cost effective ways to achieve this look.

Do you have a split entry with a cramped entry? I can help.

Guest Bedroom- Simple and Thrifty

DSCF1537The Holidays are upon us. Will you be entertaining overnight guests throughout the holidays?

Does your guest room look like a bomb went off?

Have you always wanted a nice guest room but, have never got around to it?

Don’t have a dedicated guest room but, perhaps a pull out couch in the corner of your office, basement, etc. There are things you can do to even make that space feel cozy and special for guests.

With the stress of the holidays, you don’t need to worry whether your guests will be comfortable. Leave that to me. I have some simple and thrifty ideas to turn your guest room in to a relaxing and comfortable space. (They may never leave or at the very least will want to return soon.)

Contact me today for a guest bedroom makeover.




Are you Ready for Winter?

Colder temps are here to stay. Wet and cold weather means it’s time to take out the winter coats, boots, hats, mittens and scarves. Let’s multiply that for each member in the family and I bet at this time of the year, your entry way or mudroom becomes rather cluttered. If you are lucky enough to have a mudroom, it is one of the hardest working spaces in your home. Is it working efficiently for you or does it always look like a bomb went off? No mudroom. No problem. Many older homes do not have this luxury and you probably have  a designated entry that your family uses on a daily basis. I can help turn the smallest of entries into a hardworking functional space. I can design a space, implement a system that will meet your needs, your lifestyle and your budget.


No more kicking boots out of the way as you scramble to your front or back door every time the doorbell rings. No more wet socks from soggy boots. I can even address typical entry way detritus such as keys, mail, loose change, etc.


Say No to

X overstuffed under utilized closets

X Boots all over the floor

X coats and backpacks strewn about

X kids saying they can’t find their mittens. (Ugh, as a mom this one really annoys me)

X items falling out of the closet every time you open the door.


Say Yes to

  • every one having a designated place for their stuff
  • kid friendly systems that will work for you and them.
  • a de-cluttered organized space

Let’s face it, Winter is here to stay. Let’s tackle that mudroom or entryway. Remember, it’s the first space you see when coming home at the end of the day and the last space you see when leaving. To see how I turned a very small space in to a functioning mudroom for my family, please click here.

Mini Mudroom Makeover

Mini Mudroom Makeover

This past summer I tackled our mudroom in anticipation for Winter. As we can be sure about death and taxes, in Canada, we can be sure of a long, cold, messy winter. My home is 129 years old so I don’t have the traditional coat closet by my entry door. However, directly of my entry area, we have this tiny little room. It measure 5 feet wide by 7 feet long. The previous owners used it as a pantry.

I knew our family of four plus one dog was going to need somewhere to store our winter coats, boots, hats, mittens and scarves and this room was going to be it.  Continue reading