August 13, 2019
When we purchased our 130-year-old fixer-upper for a bargain five years ago, we went giddy with renovations. New kitchen, updated bathrooms, refinished floors, painted walls- every room got a fresh start (it was scarily bad before we moved in). But then we ran out of steam (and, um, money). Five years later, our long and narrow front hall is still painted primer white, has no trim or mouldings, and is generally a dumping ground for stuff that doesn’t really belong anywhere else. Not exactly the nicest first impression for guests. Lately I’ve been dreaming about what I’d like this space to be. Here's what I've come up with.
Dresser | Plum Star Quilt | Rug | Paint- Benjamin Moore Hale Navy | Pillows | Bench | Basket
My dream front foyer has all the essentials an entryway needs: a table lamp as an alternative to harsh overhead lighting, seating for getting shoes on and off, and of course greenery because #plantsmakepeoplehappy. A dresser meant for a bedroom is perfect in a front hall acting as storage for board games, extra blankets and library books to be returned. Yep- our family could fill that thing faaast.
Large wallhangings like quilts are a great alternative to a gallery wall, and are a nice option when you have a huge wall-space to cover. Plus, they soften the space and add texture to a room that doesn’t always have a lot of softness. I love the texture and unexpected colour contrast in my cotton-linen plum star quilt.
Lastly, I’m considering a rich navy blue for the walls of our front hall. The rest of our house is painted a warm white which I adore, but I love the depth and drama of jewel tones in an entry way. Not ready to commit to floor-to-ceiling dark? Painted half-walls are popping up all over Pinterest, and are the perfect option if you’re not quite sure about all that colour.
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January 13, 2020
January 09, 2020
To kick off 2020, I’m sharing my punch needle evergreen pattern with you! When you're done stitching your tree you can turn it into a stuffy like I did, or fill in the background and turn it into a wall-hanging. This beginner pattern is great for using up yarn scraps, and is a fun addition to your winter decor now that the holidays are over.
November 24, 2019
Back in August, an editor at the U.K. magazine Mollie Makes emailed me to ask if I would be interested in designing and making a trio of punch needle animal stuffies for their December 2019 cover. I’ll admit I was intimidated- the deadline was tight considering my kids were still home with me for summer break, and I had more than a bit of performance anxiety (what if they’re just “meh” about the final product?).