Back to Before.. kind of

All the holiday decor has been tucked safely away until next year, and I am just about done putting things right again. Or at least, as right as they can be until I bring home a good chunk of our furniture from our Quesnell flip. But I kind of love being short of furniture because it forces me to get creative with things around the house we already have, because you know I can't just leave things well enough alone and be patient until we get it back!

While the chair in the corner is out of the house I brought in two old crates I got from my Mom years ago to use as firewood storage. We use our fireplace a ton in the winter and it I figured it might as well be cute so a little sidewalk chalk cheers up the wood in between fires.

I do have a bit of paint touch ups, as well as the underside of our risers to get finished in the foyer, and while our usual front door console is away as well I brought up this folding desk I got at Target last year on clearance for $15 (it was black, but I gave it some spray paint love last year), to at least make the front entrance feel welcome and get my favourite art pieces off the floor. But I am already feeling a spurt of reno-energy now that the christmas stuff is away so I'm gonna get it all finished once we are back in schedule-mode with school.

Some of my Birthday flowers from my Dad, still going strong!

The emptiest room, the living room, is actually starting to feel pretty good with all the open space. I don't know if I'm ready to bring the sofa home, I think it may feel cluttered with it now! It's funny how fast you get used to living with less and opening things up. My sister got me the baby blue faux fur throw pillow for Christmas and it is pretty much my new favourite thing (you may remember seeing it in my gift guide before the holidays!).

But of course, I get things back to normal only to have someone else put their spin on how it should look LOL. All this open space has led to a record number of fort building sessions, which is one of the biggest bonuses of embracing the less is more mindset!

Foyer Flip

One of the areas of our home I rarely mention here is the foyer. The last time I tagged it in a post was way back here when we finally hung a new light (4.5 years after moving in). Things move slowly in this zone of the house for some reason...

Which is funny because it is one of my favorites, despite being completely neglected and only partially renovated. I've decided to focus on giving this area a vibe that meshes well with the rest of the house. The little tweaks other areas have undergone as far as more modern/minimalist tones in the past year never seem to translate in here. So we are starting somewhat fresh.

Here is one of the recent 'befores' of this area, and actually this dresser has also moved out of here and the metal one was the last piece of furniture to live here. But of course I got carried away and started rearranging before I thought to take a photo!

My only *new* purchase was a Ribba Frame from Ikea (meaning the Ikea desk, Target lamp and vintage chair came from CottageK, but yes, they are technically new as well)

Don't let my beautiful model distract you! But yes, the stairs are yet to be finished (we finally got our new railings just this Thursday!!! Now I have to prime and paint them and we can get them and the rest of the wood installed)

I wanted clean lines, all white furniture (to avoid competing with the wall of water paintings) and modern items to also contrast the paintings.

A couple baskets add a little texture and storage for quick access to scarves and mitts.
(big, striped basket from HomeSense, smaller woven basket is here at Ikea)

To add some impact I moved my $10 gallery painting from the talented Sarah Swanson over here and layered it over this graphic from TaraPhotoGraphics. This was so much more affordable than ordering a print large enough, the graphic was $5 to download and only $4.33 to have printed off at Staples!

I am really happy with how much lighter is is in here, with summer just around the corner.
Are you brightening up any of your spaces to get ready for warmer days?