My name is Kelly and I am a tea drinking, basset loving, wife and mother of two with a devotion to volunteerism. Said volunteerism takes up a great chunk of my time but I still find time to renovate, upcycle and DIY. I find inspiration everywhere and I am excited to share some of my projects and favourite things with you in this blog.
Our home has evolved. It has changed with pop culture, fashion, married but childless, babies (hip hip hooray!), teenagers (yes, we survived and you will too) and finally semi-empty-nesters with two twenty-somethings going to school and rarely home. We have had blue and coral (which is now making a reappearance in home decor), green and burgundy, red, and now I find myself needing a change again. I have an abundance of pine (early IKEA, easy to knock down and move, we moved a lot!) that I am anxious to coat in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and some beautiful antiques that I have inherited from my Mom and Grandmother. I cherish these pieces! Not because they are antiques but because they evoke memories of family celebrations and loved ones who have since passed.
My design aesthetic is an eclectic mix of antiques, painted, and industrial decor. I LOVE the way the pieces look like they have been collected for years (some have, others have not) and most of the pieces have a story or memory attached. This is the advantage of slowly creating your home story over time and I think we are returning to an appreciation of well-crafted, unique, handmade, and purposeful pieces in our homes.
To make the changes to decor in our home, I started with my closet. The colours you wear are likely the colours that make you feel good so why not live in that as well? My closet is filled with the colours of the west coast where I live – blues, greens, greys, browns, and hints of black. My wardrobe is full of texture, colour, metals, and some well-loved, worn pieces that I can’t bear to part with. I’m sure you have a few as well – the old comfy sweater, the threadbare jeans, a favourite pair of shoes. Well, that was easy – there’s my palette!
When we built our home almost 14 years ago, I was adventurous with my paint colours. I had begun quilting, in an addictive way, which had completely broadened my love and appreciation of bold colour. I stepped way outside my comfort zone and chose deep, rich colours that seemed to wrap the whole room in warmth. There was a deep brick red in the kitchen and eating area, a greige called Wood Cut (General Paint) for most of the rooms and a dark, mossy green in our dining room. I loved it. For 10 years I loved it. It was the longest I had ever gone without changing a paint colour.
But, it began to feel oppressive and I craved something lighter. In the Vancouver area of British Columbia where we live, we are beautifully green all year round because we live in a temperate rainforest. RAINforest. I wouldn’t live anywhere else and I actually do miss the rain when we have a long dry summer. However, the misty, cloudy days of fall and winter can bring down the hearts of even the most diehard West Coasters. Perhaps it was a particularly dreary day that made me feel the red walls were closing in rather than enveloping me in comfort.
I started this transformation about 3 years ago, long before the thought of blogging my progress was even considered. So, I will have to paint a picture of some of the befores (pun intended, maybe some old photos here and there) and you can experience the transformation with me. Along the way, I will share some of my other passions – diy, crafting, cooking and a few stories that have shaped me into the person I am today. I can’t wait to share!