Edgecomb Grey is one of my favourite paint colours. Yet, I haven’t spent much time talking about it here. It’s one of those classic, tried and true Benjamin Moore paint colours that you almost take for granted. But, whenever I post a photo of a room on my Instagram that was painted with Edgecomb Gray, I ALWAYS get questions about the paint colour!
I am not at all surprised. A gorgeous soft, warm gray paint colour like Edgecomb Gray is hard to pin down. It reads as a greige, landing somewhere between a light taupe-y beige and a true, warm gray.
I love Edgecomb Gray because it is light enough to keep a space feeling airy, yet it has enough depth and mood to still feel like a colour. Benjamin Moore describes it as a soft, earthy, organic neutral, and a “go-to grey that’s timeless with a modern edge”. It is definitely a neutral that would work in almost any space.
I have had Edgecomb Gray in my living room for at least 4 years. It has survived a room makeover (or two, lol). I didn’t see any reason to change the paint colour when we purchased new living room furniture last year. You can see how well it plays with pale blue like our sea foam chairs, as well as the cooler grays in the rug.
I also love Edgecomb gray because it is a quiet neutral that works well with both light and dark furniture. I’ve had a chocolate brown sofa and this linen sofa in this room, and it has looked perfect with both.
So if you are looking for a soft, warm grey, I’d definitely recommend looking into this great paint colour. I always suggest starting with a sample in your space before committing to a gallon or more. That’s because paint colours will always look different depending on how much natural light your room gets.
Also, paint colours will always look a little different on your computer monitor than they will on a wall. So make sure to test it out in your space first.
If Edgecomb Gray isn’t working in your space, two similar paint colours that I love are Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter and Benjamin Moore Pale Oak.
Do you love a modern cottage bathroom as much as I do? If you are starting a bathroom design or renovation project, you might be wondering what it takes to achieve this effortless style. After recently completing a project myself, I put together a list of 5 things I think your modern cottage bathroom needs.
5 THING EVERY MODERN COTTAGE BATHROOM NEEDS
Modern cottage style is all about simplicity. It shouldn’t have a fussy or complicated colour scheme. To achieve this look in your bathroom, pick a simple or monochromatic colour palette. Play up the contrast with dark bathroom fixtures and lighting.
Black shower heads, faucets, shower door handles and towel fixtures against a white backdrop create the perfect amount of contrast. It’s all in the details.
2. The Right Tile
Just because a modern cottage bathroom should have a simple colour palette, it doesn’t have to be boring! Far from it. We chose this fabulous cement tile that has lots of personality for our backsplash in our own modern cottage bathroom. A fully tiled wall is a great way to add modern cottage style to your bathroom.
Even simple white subway tile can add visual interest when grouted with a darker grout. I absolutely love how the bathroom below uses the doodled wallpaper about the subway tile. So fun! And, OMG, that double sink, people! Heavenly.
Shiplap and millwork will go a long way to transform your bathroom from rustic to a polished, modern cottage space. But, of course, you probably already know that! Joanna Gaines has taught us well, my friends! #SHIPLAPFOREVER
What goes on a Christmas tree first – ribbon or ornaments – is one of the top questions I get asked this time of year about decorating a Christmas tree. There really is no hard and fast rule on this. Even professional tree decorators seem to have differing viewpoints. But I know what always works for me.
What Goes on First – Ribbon or Ornaments
Here’s the order that I always do things in:
3. Other Large/Long Items
4. Christmas Balls
5. Precious/Treasured Ornaments
ALWAYS START WITH RIBBON: When deciding what goes on a Christmas tree first, I always start with the ribbon. That’s because I like to get the ribbon deep into the tree. If the ornaments were already on the tree, they’d be in the way. Or worse, I’d break a few. If I am using an extra wide ribbon, like a burlap, I’ll start there. Then, I’ll add any narrower ribbon before moving on. I have a super easy tutorial here on the blog for how to put ribbon on a Christmas tree if you are curious.
NEXT, ADD SPRIGS OR BRANCHES. If I’m using any long sprigs or branches, I’ll add them next. This is because they need to be poked deep into the tree so that they don’t fall out. Also, the further down they are in the tree, the more natural they will look. You want them to look like they are part of the tree, not just an afterthought.
ADD ANY OTHER LARGE ITEMS. I always like to get creative with my trees, which might mean that I add lighted houses or even buckets of snowballs! Sometimes these items don’t hang. Instead, they just need to be positioned on a heavy branch. I usually add these next so that I can secure them in the best spots. And, if I have any long decorations, I’ll add them now so that I can find the right branch.
NEXT ADD ANY BALL SHAPED ORNAMENTS. I like to add Christmas balls next. They tend to be more visually dominant, so adding them before the other decorations ensures you can place them evenly throughout the tree. Also, they are usually used as ‘filler’ to add a particular colour scheme to a tree. Often, they aren’t breakable, and are less expensive and less cherished than other decorations. (I realize this isn’t always the case! So if you have Grandma’s treasured collection of vintage Christmas balls, please leave them for the next step!) Before beginning, I like to organize them by colour and size. That way, I can spread them out throughout the tree so no particular area has too much of any colour or size.
LEAVE YOUR TREASURED ORNAMENTS FOR LAST. I ALWAYS leave my most treasured ornaments for last. This is for two reasons. First, they are less likely to get broken. Second, they are most visible when they hang at the end of a branch than deep in the tree.
So there you go! My tried and true method for what goes on a Christmas tree first.
Obviously, there are no rules to decorating a Christmas tree. Just do whatever works best for your own decorations. The most important thing is to have fun with it, and to create a tree that makes you happy!
Today I am going to share my #1 Christmas Decorating Tip of all time. Cue the groans. It’s too early, yes, yes, I get it! But, bear with me for a quick second. There’s a really good reason why I am telling you about this tip on November 1st! It’s time sensitive.
First, before getting to this mind blowing #1 Christmas Decorating Tip evah, let’s establish that there are basically two types of Christmas people.
Group 1 are the first in line when the decorations hit Costco in August. They share their uncontainable excitement by posting photos of their past Christmas trees on Instagram in October. They skip right through Halloween, stumbling over chip boxes, in a dash to pull the Christmas bins from storage before the clock strikes midnight on October 31st. Basically, let’s call them The Christmas Freaks.
Group 2 is perfectly happy to wait until December to even utter the word Christmas. They groan about the early retail onslaught of Christmas decor and are annoyed by the Instagram posts in October and November. It’s because they want to live in the moment. Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving…they are all to be enjoyed without having to hear Jingle Bells in the background. Their tree goes up the week before Christmas Day, and not a second sooner. Rather than Bahumbugs, let’s call them The Slow Fall Lovers.
OK, I exaggerate. Maybe some of us fall somewhere in between. And, there’s nothing wrong with being in either group, or somewhere in the middle. But, if you have even a little bit of Group 2 in you, herein lies the problem.
Every year in mid December, no fail, a Slow Fall Lover friend will lament to me, genuinely astonished, “OMG is “there’s nothing left”! Perhaps they wanted a new Christmas tree. Or, maybe new ribbon. Or, better greenery on their mantel. And, yes, they are right. There is nothing left.
And, then I silently scream, “BECAUSE IT’S DECEMBER!”
Whether you like it or not, little Miss Slow Fall Lover, this is the retail world we live in. Christmas arrives in stores by September (latest) and leaves in December. It’s weird and annoying, and yes, yes, yes, I get it. But, hello? That’s why all the good stuff is bought in November! And, that’s why, now, on December 15th, you can only find two rolls of ‘the perfect ribbon’ for your 10 ft tree.
You see, while you are slowly sipping your pumpkin spice latte and lamenting about the Christmas lights at Costco, The Christmas Freaks are out buying them all up! While you are rolling in the leaves, they are at Michaels buying one roll of Christmas ribbon, and getting the other free! While you are commenting on their Instagram post with a hastag #tooearly, they are out getting their new tree at 50% off!
So what, then, is my #1 Christmas Decorating Tip?
It’s so simple I could cry:
Buy Christmas Decor in November.
Pleeeease, Fall Lovers, for the love of all that is sacred, DO NOT complain there is nothing left in December. Tuck your fall loving pride in your back pocket, along with your 2-for-1 coupon, and go out and get what you want in November. Nobody says you have to decorate for Christmas yet. If it makes you feel better, you can even put it in storage for a month. But please know that if you want new Christmas decor, you will not find it in mid December (or, at least not the best stuff, or in sufficient quantities).
I am honestly not being cheeky when I say this is my best tip of all time. If you can’t find it/buy it, then you can’t decorate with it now can you? It seems so simple, right? Yet, it is always so surprising. Now that you know my #1 Christmas Decorating Tip, you cannot un-know it.
Do you do any Halloween decorating around your home? I’m going to be honest, Halloween was never one of my favourite occasions. In fact, growing up and into my twenties, I kinda dreaded it. But then we had babies and everything changed.
For a few years when they were toddlers, I was literally Halloween crazy. I mean the kind of crazy when you search online for Halloween costumes in July. Or, make three matching sock monkey costumes by hand. Yup, that was me. And, if I was costume crazy, I was even more obsessed with Halloween decorating.
But now that my kids aren’t babies anymore – one is a teenager and our twins are 9 – the costume thing isn’t really that exciting for me. One of them has finally decided she is too old to trick or treat this year. Another has decided he wants to be a DJ that I’ve never even heard of. And, the third is going to be Iron Man.
So, here we are once again. No more sweet baby animal costumes, or 3-way matching attire. It’s a little sad. But instead of drowning in my nostalgic tears, I pulled out the Halloween decorating bin.
One thing my kids still agree on is Halloween decorating. They still want it, and the more the better. Yes, the apples don’t fall far from the tree, haha.
Call them creatures of routine, but our kids dig traditions. I really love that they find meaning in special things and occasions. This little Halloween tree comes out every year. And every year, the kids love it just as much.
I purchased it back when our teenager was just a toddler, and I’ve been buying a couple of little decorations for it each year. It’s so freaking cute that it almost makes me feel differently about Halloween.
I’s hard to be a grumpy Halloween Bahumbug when this cuteness is staring back at you.
Now that the kids are a bit older, I do find myself paring down on what seasonal ‘stuff’ I put out, and also simplifying the colours. I’m finding that using a black and white or monochromatic scheme helps keep the visual distraction level to a low hum lol. I’ve donated a lot of my decorations over the past few years, and kept only what I love.
Thanks to Marie Kondo, I could no longer look at my storage closet filled with bins of glittery ghost banners and flashing purple lights without feeling like I was on an episode of Hoarders. (Note: affiliate link) So now it’s a just fun dishtowel here, a cute plate there, a wreath on the door, and a few simple things on the fireplace mantel.
I don’t know about you, but I find myself REALLY paring down everything lately. Maybe that comes with age, or maybe it’s just a sign of the times.
There’s so much extra noise in the world these days (and most of it brutally negative), so who needs extra stuff weighing you down too? Without those distractions, I find you can better focus on what’s important: the people and the things you truly love. (Huh, a Halloween post with a message. Who knew! LOL)
Awhile back, I posted some photos of our IKEA cottage furniture that included this lovely nautical art. A bunch of you wanted to know where to get your hands on it! So, today, I am sharing the source. It makes such a big impact for such little investment, and is perfect for decorating a lake house or coastal home.
When decorating our cottage, I knew I wanted it to feel nautical-inspired. It’s on a lake, but more so, I wanted to honour our Newfoundland heritage. Newfoundland is an island in the North Atlantic whose history is steeped in the ocean and fishery. This art really spoke to my ocean-loving heart.
The other thing that struck me about these particular nautical art prints is how modern they feel. Some nautical or coastal art is a little too kitschy and theme-y for my liking. But these prints were so simple. I framed them in black and white to keep the look feeling clean and modern. I love how they look against the backdrop of white shiplap in our cottage living room.
These nautical art prints were actually digital downloads. I found them on Etsy, one of my go-to sources for wall art. Personally, I love supporting artists and small businesses. But, mostly, I shop on Etsy because I can always seem to find exactly what I’m looking for there, no matter how specific.
You can find these nautical art prints (and other cute ones) at this Etsy shop. (*affiliate link) Because they are digital, they are a great price, and you don’t have to pay for shipping.
All you do is download them, and then send them to your favourite print shop. Then you can frame them however you wish.
Photo Source & Credit: TheEasyPrintCo, Etsy.com
On that note, have a happy summer weekend doing what you love.
Until next time,
Hello, friends! Last year, we purchased two gorgeous trestle dining tables. Aaaaand, of course, there’s a story behind how and why we ended up with both! But first, if you’re not sure what a trestle dining table is, just think about Joanna Gaines’ Fixer Upper style!
A trestle dining table is sometimes called a ‘farmhouse table’. Instead of having four legs, it is supported by a horizontal beam and tripod or ‘x’ structure on the ends. These tables can be clean-lined or more ornate. But, personally, I love the simpler ones.
Trestle Dining Table #1:
OK, so this is how our tale of two farmhouse tables began. We wanted a high quality, long farmhouse table for our cottage to entertain lots of people at once. I finally landed on a gorgeous, white-washed one called the Sydney Table (*affiliate link). It’s made of 80 year old recycled Douglas Fir hardwood with tongue and groove construction.
I was so excited for it to arrive. But, when it did, I was shocked that it was already assembled. I guess I am just jaded about furniture assembly! I always assume furniture will require some up-front work. Normally, pre-assembled furniture would be a nice surprise, right? But in our case, it was a bummer. We had been planning to put it in storage until our summer home was finished. We literally had nowhere to fit this heavy, assembled, 8-foot table. What to do, what to do?
Then, it dawned on me. I could just take our current kitchen table apart, and ‘store’ (lol) this new one in our kitchen until our cottage build was finished. You know what happened next, right?
You guessed it! Who was I kidding? I LOVED it there. And when I say love, I mean an intense you-are-never-leaving-this-kitchen-even-if-I-need-to-bolt-you-to-the-floor kind of love. Luckily, my husband knows me well. When he saw where I decided to ‘store’ the table, he knew it wasn’t going anywhere. Our old kitchen table was never big enough for company anyway. So this was a win-win, lol.
Trestle Dining Table #2:
I needed to find another amazing trestle dining table for our summer home. This time, I decided to search for a wood tone rather than white-washed. I wanted something different than our main dining room. But also, our cottage already had lots of white-washed shiplap and it needed a little warmth. I found this Abbey Farmhouse Table (*affiliate link) immediately loved the colour and weathered look.
It is made of solid reclaimed pine wood, and it’s distressed texture is exactly the look I wanted in our summer home. Sometimes crumbs get caught in the grooves but it’s nothing that can’t be cleaned up easily with a hand vac. It is a VERY heavy, well constructed table that required minimal assembly. I am absolutely delighted with it.
To amp up it’s casual, farmhouse feel, we paired it with white metal bistro chairs on the sides. On the ends, I found these adorable dining chairs with a navy grain sack stripe (*affiliate link).
This dining table and the chairs really helps to complement the costal vibe of our summer home.
Personally, I love both of these and would definitely recommend them if you are looking for a farmhouse-style, trestle dining table. If you click over to the retailer to find out more, be sure to read others’ reviews too. Both these tables require a a bit of an investment as they are solid wood. So, be sure to do your due diligence before purchasing.
In the meantime, I’ve also put together a collection of other lovely trestle dining tables at different budget points below. (Note: List contains affiliate links.)
Description:Urban Woodcraft Ancona Dining Table
Description:Rachael Ray Home Highline by Rachael Ray Home Extendable Dining Table
Description:Lark Manor Cheve Dining Table
Description:Loon Peak Natoas Dining Table
Description:Rosecliff Heights Rutledge Dining Table with Butterfly Leaf
Description:Lark Manor Bellegarde Dining Table
Description:Colborne Extendable Dining Table
Description:Dining Tables Brigadoon Dining Table
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