Happy Fall Y’all!

Fall is definitely here! The cooler weather makes outdoor exercise so much more enjoyable, the leaves are starting to change color and I have been drinking apple cider like it is going out of style! So in celebration of my favorite season I decided to pull out all my fall decor and get to decorating. First of all my kitchen table got a little makeover ( we scored this tablecloth for only $4.97 from Walmart!)

Before- Summery Blues and Neutrals

After- Fall has arrived! Now I only need to find some Fall cushion covers…or maybe DIY some?

Next I headed into our living room- where we spend the majority of our time at home ( whenever I’m not in the kitchen!) Our living room is massive and to me, a little awkward because it is so long. The previous owners had it divided into two and used one half of the room as a dining room and the other half as their living room. We just use the whole area as our living area but use half of it for tv watching/ lounging on the couch and the other half we have our desk & some comfy chairs set up by the bay window for reading. Our eventual plan for that end of the room is to put in a window seat in the bay window and some built-in shelving all around it. Unfortunately, there are a million other projects that have to be completed before that one. The reader in me cannot wait to have my own library & window seat.

In the living room I decorated my favorite spot in the room- the fireplace. It is non-functional (because we put in a wood furnace so the chimney is being used for that now.) but it makes the room oh-so-cozy.And I love to change up the decor on the mantel for each season. We put candles in the fireplace and when they are all lit up at night it looks magical. Unfortunately for this picture,  all you see is burnt down candles..please excuse the mess.

I promise- my fireplace does not look that dirty in real life. I guess I know what I’ll be cleaning today. Now here are some close-ups of the mantel decor and a few other Fall Touches.

That last picture also show off my newest purchase- the wrought iron planter I scored at Winners for only $9.99! I plan on planting some of my most commonly used herbs in there. Have I mentioned how much I love an end-of-season sale? That is pretty much how I do all my seasonal decor shopping- wait for it to go on sale at the end of the year and put it away for next year. And by that time I have always forgotten what I put away so it’s like Christmas when I pull out all my decorating boxes.

Thank for checking out my Fall decorating- I think I am going to go buy some pumpkins to put in the fireplace this afternoon.And drink some more apple cider.

La Cocina Creighton

Hi Guys! Sorry about the week-long absence- I have been working 12 hour days and then a friend and I are attempting todo the couch-to-5k program after work so my days have been extremely busy.

I have been wishing I had thought to start this blog years ago- when we started all the renovations on our old home. I regret not taking any “before” pictures from when we moved in because, trust me, although our home has some beautiful bones- it was definitely needing some decorating TLC. The last time the previous owners had done any major decor changes had definitely been in the 70’s or 80’s and I honestly think it could have won an award for world’s ugliest bathroom or kitchen contest. With the kitchen being so outdated and it being the room I most enjoy to spend my time in, it was a logical starting point for our renovations. My dear hubby did the majority of the work  himself (with A LOT of help & instruction from a dear friend who is also a contractor) but we did hire a company to build us new cabinets. What did I help with?? DEMO!! Honestly- the best stress reliever I have ever found is knocking down a wall with a hammer. If you ever have the opportunity to help demo a room- DO IT!!

I would like to share with you some pictures of our country kitchen as it is now- I am absolutely in LOVE with it and nothing makes this gal happier than spending my day cooking, baking, or even folding laundry in the heart of my home. I hope you like it as much as we do! (Keeping in mind that even 3 years later there are still unfinished projects in the kitchen. But it is the most complete renovation to date.)

We chose a blue-grey stain for our cabinets to make it stand out a little from all the white/brown/traditional cabinets that you see. We both loved this moody blue hue as soon as we saw it and think it goes with our “country kitchen” theme perfectly. My absolutely favorite upgrade was the wall oven, cooktop and over the range microwave/convection oven. I LOVE them!!I am also in the minority of people who do not like stainless steel appliances; I find them too cold/modern for my taste. I love my black appliances but d not  how hard it is to keep them clean & smudge free. If anyone has some tips on how to do this Please share!! I also highly recommend the deep drawers as opposed to cupboards. They make finding your pots & pans & casserole dishes much easier.

I have to give my hubby huge props. Even though he did not build or install the cabinets he was responsible for the whole kitchen layout/design and one of his best ideas was this stained glass corner cabinet. It is the masterpiece of Kindred Spirits Stained Glass in Hillsborough, NB and this picture does not do it justice. (Blogging has made me painfully aware of my lack of photography skills!). All the different parts of the pineapple are done in different textures of clear glass and it is the focal point of the kitchen. We chose a pineapple because it is a symbol of welcome to our kitchen- where we do the most of our entertaining.

This backsplash was my birthday present 2 years ago. I went off to the gym in the morning and came home to find Mr.Creighton putting this up to surprise me. Now is that the best birthday gift ever of what?? (PS: Ignore the dirty dishes…just keepin’ it real!)

For the finished touches in our country kitchen we scour all the antique shops & Kijiji looking for one of a kind pieces that call to us and these are a few of them. The island comes from Wheatons and defines country charm to us. If you have never been to Weatons you must check it out- they have gorgeous country themed home decor and make their own wood furniture. This island not only stores our small kitchen appliances and most importantly our wine- but I use is every single day for food prep and/or folding laundry. It has been a lifesaver. The hutch is also made by Wheatons but was a steal off Kijiji where Mr.Creighton found it listed for only $500! It houses all my crafting supplies, cookbooks, baking supplies and acts as a place to show off our pictures of our nieces & nephew. It is hard to see but the last picture is to show the old church pew (another Kijiji find!) that serves as extra seating around the kitchen table. My next kitchen purchase is going to be a new dining set- I envision a large farmhouse table here someday with lots of mini-Creightons surrounding it.

And here are a couple of the little details JD put into our kitchen design that have made our life easier. Built in spice rack= awesome. And those vintage spice bottles? Another kijiji find- and these ones were FREE! And the pull out garbage/recycling combo is a godsend- now all we have underneath the sink is our compost & cleaning supplies. Do you guys have any kitchen ideas that you love??

Wreaths, wreaths, wreaths….

Today was the first cool,crisp morning where you could feel that Fall is just around the corner. Fall is one of my favorite seasons and is definitely my favorite season for decorating. Something about all the earthy red, oranges & browns, pumpkins, gourds, hay & scarecrows just does it for me. So after enjoying a cappuccino and snuggling with the boys for a bit I decided I would work on some Fall wreaths.

Wreaths for me are one of the easiest ways to decorate and fulfill my crafty ambitions. Before I show you my most recent creations I’ll share with you two other wreaths I have made in the last little while. The first is a boa wreath I made for a friend’s bachelorette and it was insipired by my favorite website- pinterest! This is the pin that I used as my inspiration & tutorial:

And here is a pic of the finished product (although it had seen better days by this point…this is post bachelorette!)

It was really easy to do too- just buy a wreath form and wrap the boas around it. I used 2 black boas and wrapped them around first then layered 1 pink boa over top. The next wreath I made was for last Easter and being the crazy bird-lover that I am I decided to make an egg themed Easter wreath that I will admit has hung up on our door until I replaced it with a Fall wreath today…..I’m on top of things like that..

All the supplies for that wreath I managed to find at the dollar store- if you shop early in the season they usually have great floral pieces for $1/bunch. The total cost of this wreath was under $10!! (You can buy the wreath forms at Wal-mart or Michaels for around $5). My new Fall wreath is really just an updated version of this Easter one- I bought the Fall floral arrangements from the Dollarama and went to work- here is my masterpiece!

And then I made one more Fall wreath- wanting to do something a little different this time. I bought from burlap at Michaels using my 40% off coupon (don’t you love those??) and found those cute little Fall-colored flowers for only $1.50 apiece at Michaels as well. I just love the burlap- it just screams rustic, country vibe to me.

Thanks for taking the time to check out my recent craftiness at work. Now you know what I’ve been doing in my spare time!