It has been ages.
Pretty much forever.
Okay, maybe not quite that long.
But it's definitely been a while.
We haven't done a seasonal house tour in such a long time mostly because of moving last year. Funny how that has a way of keeping one busy for months!
In case we haven't met yet, I'm Shannon and my husband Dean and I are happy to have you visit for this cozy spring home tour that we're participating in along with some of our favorite bloggers and Country Living Magazine. If you're new to AKA Design – welcome! – you can see photos and the story of our old house(s) here.
Our house is a work in progress, probably a lot like yours is. It's our fourth house and hopefully one we can make home with our family for years to come. We have three teenagers (well almost, the youngest is twelve and a half) that we homeschool. Dean has a day job working in sheet metal and I am an interior designer and I love to teach others to decorate their own homes. If you give a man a fish and all that. You can learn a bit more about what I can help you with at your house here.
Cozy Spring Home Tour (Part 1)
Why is this spring home tour only part one?
Well like I said the house is a work in progress and there are lots of rooms not even close to finished yet. I mean they have walls and are actual rooms we use and can live in. But they are still painted the colors the former owners chose, and are relatively undecorated, etc. And since we do almost all the work around here ourselves (aside from hiring professionals like electricians and plumbers when needed), these things take time to complete. And I've really had to work on knowing that that's okay.
So for part one I'm sharing our living room and our fine-for-now master bedroom. (Come back next week for our entry and dining room spring tours.)
Master Bedroom – Cozy Spring Home Tour
Our master bedroom is not they way I ultimately want it to look, and it really it's tricky to photograph.
I'm not fond of the wall color or the furniture, aside from the bed, which I love. It's a much larger space than our previous master bedrooms, so certain pieces like the night stands look much smaller in here than they did before. I came up with a style board for what I'd ultimately like it to look and feel like which you can see here.
However, it is perfectly functional and nice enough for awhile. (Be content with what cannot be changed immediately, right?)
The trim work really is quite nice, and helps to make the large room feel cozy. But it's painted a creamy color that makes it look a bit blah. The crown moulding and ceiling are also painted the same color, which is one of the reasons this room makeover is going to have to wait – that's a lot of man hours of painting to tackle!
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Living Room – Cozy Spring Home Tour
Our living room has so far seen the most updating and prettying. It's gone from a rather dark brown to light and bright. It's where we spend a lot of time as a family. There are a few little things still to do, like painting the brass bits on the fireplace and making another blanket ladder to replace one that we sold at our decor sale a few weeks ago.
But it's still a great room to chill and relax in or to host family and friends for get togethers.
This one wears really well and goes with all sorts of pillows – like the blush pink ones from Homesense/Homegoods and the word ones from Porter Lane Home.
You may notice a lot of blush pink flowers in this space. Normally I prefer a lot of neutrals and texture in our house. But living in the suburbs of Toronto during February and March can be quite grey and dreary. So I find myself craving just the smallest bit of color. It's also still cold which is why there are so many throw blankets still out and the fireplace is on even in Spring.
The flowers in the box behind the sofa are all fake. You can see more about the arrangement in this post. And I've mixed both real and faux flowers with faux cotton stems, feathers and cast deer antlers on the fireplace mantel (which I'm not quite finished painting – shhh don't tell anyone). Can you tell which is real and which is not?
How to get this mantel look: The key to almost all decorating is layering. Start by placing cotton stems at each end of mantel and then one sort of in the middle. Then add faux flowers just off of those. Continue with each type of flower or other element you are using one type at a time, filling in the gaps as you go.
I've also put out tea for two. But I've got loads more mugs so more visitors are always welcome.
One of my favorite places in the whole house is sitting right here by the fireplace with a hot cup of coffee on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Given that there's very little space for side tables, and I love to drink my coffee in my chair, we created these little arm rest tables for the two chairs that flank the fireplace.
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Table Lamps (Birch Lane discontinued)
So that's our ‘finished' spaces for now.
Like I mentioned I'll be back next week with our entryway and dining room and I'd love it if you came back for that!
For more Cozy Spring Home Tours, visit some of my absolute favorite bloggers and their homes using the links below. If you stop by, be sure to tell them I said “hi”!