Hello friends and happy New Year!! I think I’m still allowed to say that, right?! I hope everyone had a great holiday season and start to 2018!! I came down with a nasty cold after the holidays so my new year motivation and to do list took a major hit. I spent lots of time on the couch resting and as always, spent way too much time on Pinterest and made tons of plans and goals for myself, my home and our wedding. 2018 is wedding year!! We are saying “I Do” on October 13th and although it seems very far away, I know the next 9 months are going to fly by. In addition to our wedding we also have our stag and doe in May as well as bridal showers, bachelor and bachelorette parties along with other friends’ weddings. We are both standing up in our friends’ wedding in August so times all wedding stuff by two and that will be how we spend our spring, summer and fall. We are so excited for the coming months and all the fun it will bring!! Currently, I am working on updating our wedding planner timeline and determining what we need to do and when. We were able to get a ton done shortly after our engagement in terms of booking and paying initial deposits. I am planning and decorating the entire wedding so I have my work cut out for me but thankfully I am an organized person and I have been enjoying each step of the process thus far. This time last year, we were in the midst of wedding planning and DIY decorating for my sister’s February wedding. This was obviously a much shorter time frame and I think we pulled it off beautifully with little to no stress. After my sister’s wedding I thought “Hey, maybe I should be a wedding planner” and thankfully we got engaged not too long after so I get to try my hand at it again :). 

This past fall I took advantage of the sales at Michael’s and bought dozens of their faux flowers and greenery. I want our wedding to have an autumn influence but not scream FALL with pumpkins and foliage everywhere. Instead I will have rich coloured flowers like plum and cranberry along with blush and cream with gold accents as well as eucalyptus and other greenery. We are getting married at an old train station with beautiful old wood floors and exposed brick. I want the decor to match the vintage vibe of the venue. I was lucky enough to get a bunch of barn boards from a local barn that was being torn down and plan to incorporate this into the decor by making some flower boxes for centrepieces. I also rented several vintage pieces of furniture from ‘Found Decor’ a local decor rental company. I chose a few beautiful loveseats for ceremony seating, a mantle that will be the backdrop to the ceremony and a gorgeous white wood buffet for our dessert table. I am so excited to see my vision come together and I will try my best to share my progress without giving too much away :) 

I also want to take advantage of some weekends I have off of work over the winter and tackle some stuff around the house. I went ahead and finally painted our basement TV room this past weekend. It is the only room in our house I haven’t really touched so I am so happy to have given it a bit of a facelift. It still requires lots of attention as it includes some pretty ugly, mismatched furniture that is not in the budget to replace just yet. I also have plans for making over the fireplace as well as I have a 14ft beam also scored at the barn prior to being demolished.

Other home plans include refinishing our upstairs bathroom tub and tile using the Rustoleum refinishing kit so I will let you know how that goes!! I am super excited to imagine a bright white shower instead of the current cream coloured tub and surround with floral decorative tiles (YUCK). I started my spring cleaning early this year and have been trying my best to declutter and organize our home, especially closets and storage spaces  I have dropped off a few car loads if donations to Goodwill and it feels so great to start the year off fresh! 

So those are some of my plans for 2018, what plans or goals have you made?  

-Jess xx

Cheers to 2017 !!

Happy New Year, everyone!!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday!! I enjoyed 7 days off of work, the first of which were busy with Christmas, celebrating with family and friends. The latter part of the week I enjoyed relaxing at home and to be honest, didn't move too far from the couch and it was AWESOME!!  I headed back to work on NYE but was able to ring in the new year with friends enjoying champagne cocktails, appetizers and games.

I always feel a little sad at the end of the holidays and dread taking down my Christmas décor. But once it is all down and stored away until next year, I give the house a good clean and feel refreshed!! The new year brings a fresh start and we have lots to look forward to this winter!! My sister is getting married in Toronto in February and before that we are celebrating her bachelorette party with a weekend away in Blue Mountain!! 18 girls + one chalet + a ski town!! TK and I are also heading to Florida in March- hello St. Patrick's Day party in the sunshine!

I have put all home projects on hold until after my sister's wedding in February. We are doing all of the décor and centerpieces ourselves and I am excited to share our winter wedding creations {after the big day, of course].

Lots of exciting things to come in 2017!! Wishing you all a great start to the new year!

Jess xx