Tag: Winter Season

Paperwhite Progress

Paperwhite Progress

Some of you might be wondering where I’ve disappeared to lately. Just know, I am trying to catch blog posts and leave the odd comment, but these last few weeks have been consumed with something I’ve been working on for a while. And I’m down…

DIY Your Own Cedar Swags

DIY Your Own Cedar Swags

With the weekend behind us, I’m happy to report that we’ve actually got our decorating well underway. The tree is up, the decorations are scattered placed around, and we’re down to the tweaking touches. We also got our cedar swags hung up outside. If you were reading my…

Winter Pinterest Challenge: Light Please, Capiz

Winter Pinterest Challenge: Light Please, Capiz

Yup, it’s that time again!

The Winter Pinterest Challenge is up, and today is the big reveal day. I can’t wait to see all the projects that everyone did.

After participating in the Summer Pinterest and Fall Pinterest Challenges, I was eagerly awaiting the Winter Challenge, too.

By now I bet you know how it works. First, you have to share your inspiration pin… So here’s what I pinned way back in October.

A faux capiz shell chandelier made with wax paper by Jessica over at Decor Adventures. Thanks Jessica!

Photo: Decor Adventures

Jessica is one of my blogging buddies, and her blog is full of awesome DIY projects and tutorials. Her tutorial for this chandelier was easy to follow, and not too finicky – my kind of project!

Here’s where the chandelier is slated to go. This is our office, and so the chandelier is one more step in the redo!

I had a few mishaps along the way.

Started with this black basket…

And wanted to spray paint it white.

But my can was empty! See the spots on the basket? That’s the end of the can! Somehow my inventory system failed me 🙁 I was sure I had more than that left!

I couldn’t see the point in halting production, so I ended up painting it by hand.

Besides, I had my trusty saw horses set up and ready to go.

Remember them from here?

Once the basket was painted I realized it was missing the metal bands I needed in the middle! How did I overlook that when I bought it?

So I had to improvise by wrapping wire around the basket in two sections.

Not so pretty, but it’ll all be covered in the end.

Onto making the faux capiz shells. Now back in November when I was buying all the stuff to do this project, I couldn’t find a basket and had to put the project on hold… I was ok with that, because I couldn’t find a circle cutter either.

And Jessica strongly recommended using one. Just to be safe, this is what I bought to make my circles with.

And since I just recently found a basket, I wanted to get going on this challenge, so I started to tackle the circles… as in drawing and cutting them by hand…

And, as in just 2 days before ‘reveal’ day (eeek!)… I knew this was going to take awhile.

So I asked my hubby to go on a circle cutter hunt since he was already out and about. And I just knew hitting craft supplies was SO in his plans 😉

He actually found one… but by the time he got home it was kind of too late. Oops! Sorry honey, I owe you one! 🙂

I just got on a roll, and kept going so I could start sewing the circles together. In case you’re wondering, my circles are 2 & 1/4 inches in diameter.

I ran out of bobbin thread – not a biggy, just a pain to stop and refill when you’re on a roll.

And then finally I began hanging the strands on the basket.

And… ran out of circles, so I had to make more.

See, told you there were a few mishaps along the way!


Ready to hang.

And I needed the help of my hubby for this. We discovered the distance between the basket hooks was different for each one!

Handy, right? So hubby drafted up a template for where to put the hooks in the ceiling

And then he got the fun job of transferring that data to the ceiling 😉

Putting the hooks in…

And hanging this puppy up. We would’ve preferred to suspend the chandelier from the ceiling a bit, but as you can see, this fixture didn’t give us much option for that.

It all went pretty well… until we realized we forgot to put the light bulbs back in!

Once that was done and the chandelier was rehung… well, we discovered one of the bulbs had burned out!!! Seriously, how did that happen between removal and putting them back in? And… we don’t have a replacement on hand to match the other one!

Did I say there were a few mishaps along the way?

But in the end the chandelier is a great change from where we started…

Here’s another look at the BEFORE

And the AFTER

And that’s another Pinterest Challenge wrap!

Check out all the other Winter challenge submissions here (mine is #105). To see what was done in the other challenges, the Fall 2011 submissions are here (mine is #100), and the Summer 2011 submissions are here (mine is #201).

Thank you so much to these ladies for another great Pinterest Challenge…

Did you join in the Winter Pinterest Challenge? What submission # is yours?


Seeing Beyond the Fog… of Parcels!

Seeing Beyond the Fog… of Parcels!

We still don’t have snow, but are getting another layer of white these days. Like this fog lying low over Quamichan Lake. And floating across the ball field. The cloud of white in the background is steam from the Crofton Mill… I had a hunch…

Caught in a Pinch: Revamping a Tree Topper

Caught in a Pinch: Revamping a Tree Topper

Do you have a tree topper on your Christmas tree? I had an angel I really loved for many years. But last year I noticed the lights under her skirt were melting the plastic casing they were in. Yikes! Can we say ‘fire hazard’? So…

And the Sea to Canvas Giveaway Winner is…

And the Sea to Canvas Giveaway Winner is…

Good morning and Happy Friday! I know one of you will be very happy today!

For the last week I have been running a giveaway sponsored by Sea to Canvas, and today is the day a lucky winner has been drawn at random! A big thank you to Ursula from Sea to Canvas for providing SZInteriors readers with an opportunity to win their choice of…

2 sets of traditional handmade straw star ornaments


2 handmade keepsake Christmas cards


One of each!

But first, a big thank you to all of you who entered. Ursula and I both appreciate your support!

And now, without further ado, I am super excited to announce the winner…

LEIGH DAVIES of Mid-Island Ink Dep0t!

Congratulations Leigh 🙂

Christmas Curb Appeal: Cedar Boughs and Bows

Christmas Curb Appeal: Cedar Boughs and Bows

Here’s a little glimpse at our boughs and bows Christmas curb appeal. On the weekend, collecting cedar boughs was the focus – hubby did that! And then he made our exterior swags.   Do you think he knows he has an annual job yet? 😉…

Holiday Splash in a Dash

Holiday Splash in a Dash

With calendars booking up and days filling in, here are some quick and easy holiday decorating ideas that will make an impact without impacting a ton of your time. TIP: Working with anything glass is a great way to bounce light in your room. You…

Firewood as a Feature

Firewood as a Feature

Does this remind you of your youthful years? Anyone?


Well, maybe not the cabin, but how about packing firewood?

As kids this was a chore my brother and I had to share. My Dad had a huge shed where the rounds were cut and stacked to dry. And then in our basement there was a floor-to-ceiling area framed off in two sections to the stack wood in. One side was mine to keep filled, the other my brother’s. And this was the wood we used for our fireplace. So by the time we burned it, it was well cured.

This photo reminds me of our firewood in the basement, complete with the bike!


Except that the stack of wood would’ve been divided in two, and the end was framed with 2x4s instead of rounds of wood. Oh, and my 10-speed was blue!

So with that little walk down memory lane, I thought it would be fun to share some photos featuring firewood in decor. With the weather getting wetter and colder outside, it’s important to keep your firewood dry.

Did you know that burning wet wood can cause creosote, which can in turn build up in your chimney and be a potential chimney fire waiting to happen?


The moisture content in your firewood should not exceed 16%. You can check this with a moisture meter.


How about this for storing firewood?


Not only is this Mid-Century Modern living room fab, but honestly, what about that firewood container? Isn’t it an incredible piece of creativity?

I love the way the firewood frames this fireplace.


What’s not to love about stacked firewood when it’s featured like this? I think it really emphasizes the chalet feeling of the roof line… how about you?

And when I see this Bertoia Diamond Chair nestled beside the stacked wood…


All I want to do is curl up. Do you think the fire is burning?

I love the feeling of this space, especially the firewood featured beside the glass-faced cupboard. And I really like the way the panes are trimmed in unpainted wood.


Can you spot the fireplace in this room?

Wire and wood. Wood and wire.


Side-by-side. This time it’s Bertoia Side Chairs partnered up with sideboard trollies loaded with firewood. Pretty cool.

But stacked wood and champagne?


I’d say it’s a great fit… and it looks like someone else thought so too 😉

But if all this wood is feeling a little too, well, woodsy for you…


You can always add colour!

Don’t let the function of storing dry wood get in the way of a great interior. As you can see from these spaces, stacked wood can be an added feature in your decor. It’s all in how you choose to embrace it.


They key to featuring stacked firewood without it overpowering the room is to keep the space around it bright and airy. Did you notice, most of these spaces are finished in neutrals and there’s a lot of natural light coming in too? Just something to keep in mind.

Do you have a wood burning fireplace? How do you store your firewood?

It’s about coming home… If you want a remarkable space that tells your story, contact me to see how we can help!

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Shiny Brites: Vintage Glass Christmas Ornaments

Shiny Brites: Vintage Glass Christmas Ornaments

This time of year brings back many memories for people from different times and moments in their life. And for me one of those memories would be of the ornaments on our Christmas tree. I find myself saying this a lot lately, but I’ll say…