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.
Like what you're seeing? Do you have a room that needs a little love? Shop the collection of modern quilts here and visit the Homeday Blog for more home, craft, and design inspiration.
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November 03, 2019
November 01, 2019
This month I was featured in an article by Chatelaine Magazine on bringing punch needle into your home décor. The article touches on the current trend of punch needle, its history, and profiles a number of talented punch needle artists selling patterns, supplies, and finished work. Writer Iris Benaroia interviewed me for the article and included a great little write-up of me and my work. I love the quote she included of me describing punch needle as “the least frustrating craft I’ve ever tried”. Perfectly summed up!
October 05, 2019
Today I’m sharing a free pattern with you: my punch needle grapefruit! This is one of the first things I made with my punch needle and is a great project for beginners.
When you’re done punching your grapefruit you could turn it into a stuffie like I did (‘cause who doesn’t need a plush grapefruit to snuggle with?) or fill in the background and turn it into a wall-hanging.