Category: decor

Inviting Spring to the front patio

Rainbow porch at www.nestinthewest.comIs it Spring yet? According to the calendar it is but it’s sure taking it’s time reaching my neighbourhood. Maybe a welcoming front patio decked out in a rainbow theme will help? Oh how I love making changes to the entry decor. This bit of curb appeal probably won’t stay up for long (because I have a scrappy project in mind) so I didn’t put heaps of time, money or effort into it.
Rainbow porch at www.nestinthewest.comI started with 7 sheets of felt and cut them in half on the long side. Then I cut those bits into bunting flag going from the bottom centre point up to the top point on each side. With the scraps from this, I repeated the process and got a second set of smaller triangles. Ditto for a third tiny set. Each set got sewn in a zigzag stitch onto a length of yarn with long tails left on either side for hanging. The largest garland hangs across my front window, the middle size is across the rocking chair and the little one is on a wreath. The rest of the felt scraps were used to make flowers and foliage for the already-yarn-wrapped wreath. Felt was my go-to for this project because it doesn’t fray, comes in great colors and is inexpensive. I love felt!
Rainbow porch at www.nestinthewest.comEvery year I vow not to buy a pot of forced bulbs but I always cave. It’s so nice to have an instant shot of color at the front door. I justify the purchase by planting the bulbs in my garden when they’re done to enjoy next year.
Rainbow porch at www.nestinthewest.comThis has just been up for a few days but I gotta say I’m liking it. Coming home to my very own rainbow is making me smile. Now if the sun would just stop by to see it!

A weekend make-over

Last weekend was a three day-er here and I believe long weekends are not to be squandered. When I learned the weather forecast I decided to tackle a big indoor project that’s been on my to-do list for over a YEAR! That’s just the beginning of the shame. Brace yourself for the tragic display that was my craft/office area.
www.nestinthewest.comOne of the selling features of my teeny townhouse was an extra ‘bump out’ in the bedroom perfectly suited to a den or office space. I purchased just one new piece of furniture and it was an IKEA Expedit wall unit to act as a bit of a room divider. Well, in theory that was great but reality is it blocks a lot of light and doesn’t provide enough desk space. It became a holding cell for paperwork and assorted junk. Not efficient at all. When you live in a small space, every square foot has to be functional and this just wasn’t.
www.nestinthewest.comClutter on the desk, behind the desk, even under the desk. Nasty! My first step was obviously tackling that. My system requires a bag for recycling, a box for donations and a bag for garbage. I filled all three!
www.nestinthewest.comI flipped the Expedit on its side….and loaded it up. Then I took a break and went to my nephew’s hockey game. My older brother got an earful and was subjected to my photos when he asked how my day was and I took the opportunity to run a dilemma by him. I knew I wanted a desk top that would rest on the wall unit on one side and a filing cabinet on the other. Any suggestions for how to account for the 6 1/2″ height difference? He offered to come take a look bit I like to be independent so instead I just went with his idea…build a box, duh. This concludes Day 1!
www.nestinthewest.comwww.nestinthewest.comDay 2 started with a trip to the lumber yard – which, by the way, I love! I put myself through university working at one and the smells are so good. I got some white melamine, had a very kind Rona guy do the cuts for me and set to work on my box and desktop. The rest of my day was spent arranging cords, accessories and homemade art – totally my idea of fun.
www.nestinthewest.comAnd here it is!
www.nestinthewest.comwww.nestinthewest.comwww.nestinthewest.comI’m over the moon happy with this. Seriously, I’m wandering in just to look around and swoon a little. Bonus that it’s the perfect spot for some craft weekend reminders. Also, I’m ridiculously proud of myself for figuring it all out on my own…for $31. Weekend well spent!

Pink patio for Christmas

pink patio for ChristmasI’m dreaming of a pink Christmas! Actually I don’t have to dream it, ‘cos I’m living it. “A girl lives here!”…my holiday decorating is practically calling out! I chose pink as my color scheme and ran with it. Here’s a peek at how the front patio’s looking these days. I started with strings of pink lights around my door and window then added icicle lights inside the front window. Big impact in a small space!
yarn wrapped wreathSome sort of wreath hangs on my door year round so I carried the pink theme on with this crazy yarn-wrapped version. It’s just a foam form wrapped in fluffy yarn with felt and yarn decorations pinned to it. The chipboard letters are hung on pompom yarn with mini clothespins for a joyful message! I love how casual and fun it is.
pink patio for ChristmasNext I wrapped some floral wire around evergreen branches to create a quick swag and finished it off with pink glitter ribbon, naturally! This was definitely an outdoor project…glitter and branches all over the place! It’s hooked onto the rocking chair with wire and I really like the green and pink on a white background. Leftover boughs got tucked under the lantern on my bench and another bit of glitter ribbon lives there too.
pink patio for ChristmasAnd that’s it! Kinda minimal but the pink delivers a great pop of color and whimsy! This is my favourite holiday decor ever. How about you?…any unexpected color choices or themes in your Christmas decorating?