Seasonal Home – Welcoming Winter

It’s been a productive (yet oddly still very relaxing) few days at the Heaslip Homestead. I’ve been changing out the seasonal decor (Christmas is put away and organized); cleaning both my home and my heart and mind – writing, making lists, reading… It’s been great! I love this season of my life where I have a singular focus. It’s been so many years of having a gazillion things on my plate… I almost get giddy realizing this season at home is at the 9 month mark. Yay!

Crazy thing, I still feel like I’m playing hooky or on a surreal vacation and am enjoying every day far too much for it to be OK.
We’ve been so relaxed we’ve done all that, as well as our grocery shop yesterday, had a 5 hour visit with friends (at their place) went to the mechanic, went to a meeting Monday night and even managed to “waste” a number of hours in front to the tv – and my baby boy fell asleep on me… twice! Oh, and I blogged too 🙂
Back to the point of today’s post…

I am a firm supporter in having my home reflect the season we are in, literally as in what’s happening outside, as well as figuratively – where’s we’re at as a family. So, to battle the January “downer” that naturally comes as a result of packing up the Christmas decor… I purposefully have a bin of “winter” items that only come out after the holidays (this has a lot of snowy stuff and snowmen)
After the festivities and busyness of December, as the “freeze” that naturally accompanies January, I love to do a CLEAN sweep of the entire house. I re-organize as much as possible, pantries, shelves, bins, drawers, closets, under sinks, garbage/recycling areas, etc.

The first area is usually the kitchen cupboards (since I have to switch out the Christmas dishes again). This year I decided to only put in the white dishes as well as a few necessary coloured ones, but our big black plates can wait a few more months. I also update all the family photos that are sent to us from friends and relations over Christmas. I have kept them on the insides of my cupboard doors for years. I like to be able to see them without them cluttering up my fridge even more, or getting damaged from the constant traffic there. This way I can be mindful of them and lift them up in prayer as I think of them 🙂

New calendar, red candle holder (Michael’s clearance), the snow man cookie jar is a beloved favourite goodwill find.

I also clear up the counters and set out some simple, fresh decor. Lots of warmers and candles to help with the smells of boys and the dog (and help create more coziness and light for the longer nights).

Here’s my kitchen mantel for Winter. Most of it is made up of gifts through the years. Trio of pillar candles – gift from sister, Silver-white star – had it, assorted red candle holders – had em, snowy white wreath – Dollarama, Topiary – gift and new H – gift this year. Hanging pillows – gift from Jodi.

I’ve incorporated one of my fav Christmas gifts from Crackerbarrel. It pretty much sums up our family. H for Heaslip and Home. Our story begins…love love it.

This hurricane was another gift this year.
I even give the bathrooms a good overhaul.

This year I asked my dear hubster if we should leave the red decor up Fall/Winter and change to the blue tones for Spring/Summer. He said yes, it’s warmer. So we kept the red in the family room/ kitchen.
Red books and misc. items collected from around the house…

snowmen were a gift years ago, and were in the winter bin…

Moved some furniture in closer to each other, moved around some faux greenery and dusted and plumped a lot.

Here’s a couple views of the area leading to our formal living room/ entrance area which is downstairs.

I kept it pretty natural. Changed out the red accents (on my homemade wreath with gold/ cream) and in the shadow box with a ball I already had…

Here’s our formal living room. After the tree is put away, it seems so open and I putter for a few days putting things into the “best” arrangement. I bring the trees back in by the window, rearrange the shelves with whites and silvers and replace the hints of red with brown and earthy items.
This tiered shelf tries to hide the plethora of wires needed for the internet/ cable/ phone etc.

I left these “mutlicoloured” light pieces on the top of the TV “mantel” because I like the glow at night and the sparkle of the crystal during the day 🙂

This sign went up by the entrance this year, it still needs something, just not sure what yet.

This is my antique dresser. I like to keep using the fresh greens from outside, the white branches have little birds nestled in them and I added the warmer and the antique lamp.

Areas I still haven’t done are…
OUTSIDE, because it’s nasty out there. -10 the past couple days and WINDY.

Am idea I’m toying with, is creating a different area for coming and going from the house in our BREEZEWAY. This will require some work, and I will leave until spring I think, but it’s occupying a portion of my mind.

Another thought I’ve had is to get on top of the situation with my photos, etc after losing them to at virus last summer. I have various things I need to do with this. It will become a priority I think.

Also, I need to get into my calendar and organize it BEFORE life gets back into swing with basketball, birthdays, outings, travel, schooling, skating and hopefully swimming… yeah. I should wrap this up, and go get started with that. Or I could just have my tea and waste another hour in front of the TV… hmmm. I’ll let you know what happened 🙂


I finally got a "mantel"

No, it’s not a real mantel I know. Still no fireplace for Mimi. Someday, sigh.

Until then…

I found this beauty at Goodwill for $7.00 Yippee. It sat in the corner of my kitchen for 2 months because I thought I needed a man to help me put it up. Turns out I didn’t need a man for this afterall.

Here’s the before of this spot on the wall.

And the after (hearts)

It’s not taking much for me to imagine what to do with it for the Holidays… (smile)
Linking up to this party now that I can join in 🙂


Fall Nesting at My Place

My favourite linky party is this one over at the INSPIRED ROOM …so I wrote this post, just to be able to join in J

Every year I stir up the nest at my place in the late days of Aug or early days of Sept depending on the weather. When that first cool snap happens, I get started.
I clean and clean and clean.
I purge and purge and purge.
(the difference from the spring is that the stuff I purge ends up in the garage with the intent to garage sale – whereas in the spring I usually send it all off the goodwill)
Then I pull down all the “summery” stuff; the white curtains, the seashells and the turquoise cushions, etc.
Then I nest.
It usually starts with moving the furniture around (I am limited in this because of a lack of available walls); then I pull out the Autumn decor boxes from the garage…
In the spring, the decor is designed in my head to freshen things up, to keep things airy and open so the air and sunlight (and people) can pass through easily.
In the fall, I want cozy and inviting. I want people to want to snuggle in and stay awhile.
I want my home to smell yummy and spicy and soft.
I want to see rich colours and fabrics.
I want people to be able to fall asleep on the couch.
Still, I like to leave the windows open.
I like to feel the crisp breezes and hear the cry of the Canadian geese passing by.
This year I was very inspired by the colours i saw here and here.

And from this piece that was a thrifted gift from Jodi T.
So I added some new tones to the reds I’ve used for the past couple years. I love my reds and saw no reason to get rid of them, and they so easily are incorporated into Christmas. It’s much more colourful, but not over the top. I’m inspired by them, and now that I’m home all day everyday, inspiration like that is even more important to me. Some purple, orange and green tones – they were easy to pull in.
Let me take you on a tour…
First -the main entrance (no I have not really finished the front door/step…I will later)

I’m a big fan of subtle changes, but distinct ones. I feel like when its subtle, peace continues…
My antique dresser in this area always gets dressed up. This area I keep soft and neutral with the brown and earthy tones. This year I really love birds (my “kind of” new fav) so I added some to the branches. The wreath I made in the summer, but the colour works with the fall decor, added some potpourri and my scentsy burner…

…around the corner I carry over the neutral and earthy tones but added my living plants that were in the sunroom til the dropping temps threatened their continued existence with updating
The Formal Living Room. I think this is the happiest I’ve been with this room. I’d still really love a fireplace in here and think it would get more use if it had one. But ahh, budget constraints…

Then we move up to The Kitchen.

This is a very busy area, so I just pull out the colour punches…

Tray with ceramic Pumpkin cookie jar; dishes and pie plate on table (easy to remove for meals)
I love this pitcher I thrifted. I’m adding hydrangea’s from the garden to it.

Leftover ceramic pumpkins under the cake plate along with my new pumpkin patch cake tin from friend Jodi T and the Give Thanks scentsy burner from sister Andrea…

I put the thrifted pumpkin garland on the wall until my fairy shelf installer comes to put up said wooden shelf (thrifted) on wall instead 🙂

Even the bathrooms got a touch up…
New Scentsy plug in. Steel blue shower curtain and metal leaf art gifted from Jodi T.


Installed hanger for purple plant from sunroom and added pumpkin display, orange fingertip towel added to green stuff already there.
However, the room that gets the most attention is our Family Room…this is where the real punches of colour show up…
We spend the most time in here, and it’s where everyone congregates to visit, eat, sleep, study, watch TV/Movies, read, play, snuggle…etc. So of course it got the most attention.
The room is a bit dark (esp at night like in these picks) so I…

1. Used purple shears with the red curtains I already had (they let more sunlight in. The orange shiny fabric on the small table was a gift from my friend Davina and her recent trip to India. I love fabric from far away places! green blanket (costco) and purple throw pillow (Ikea 2 years ago)

2. I added some lamps behind the couch (thrifted bases, purple shades from IKEA)

In moving the furniture I created a sofa table and vignette…
are these stuffed pumpkins not awesome?! (THRIFTED!)……and they have all the colours….!!!!
Plus my fav. fall inspirational books and some red and yellow mums – delish.

Grandpa’s chair was updated with a table, lamp, throw and beaded cushion.All things I had or thrifted.

The bookshelves got some attention too.
Mostly decorative pumpkins.

Not sure where to put these metal rust coloured butterflies….but I’ll figure something out. Love them!
Got this new red Scentsy from my sister…
This corner display was updated with orange butterfly clip from Dollar Tree and pumpkin bowl. Painteing gifted from Becky L.
Well, there you have it. I will probably tweak until the week before I take it all down to set up for the Holidays which is very far away but coming quickly… until then, I hope you’ve been inspired even a little by my compulsive nesting and if not, you’ll have to wait for a more thought-provoking blog post, they’re on their way J