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DIY HOLIDAY GARLAND

November 11, 2015
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A simple tutorial on how you can make a beautiful holiday garland for your mantel or any area in your home. Here at Discover Happiness, we love Christmas! The holidays are our favourite time of year and both Danielle and I have already begun listening to Christmas music. Last week, I slowly began putting up my decorations bit by bit. Everything but the tree goes up now, and at the end of November Ryan and I take Abby and go…

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DECORATING WITH PUMPKINS

October 23, 2015
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Inspiration for decorating your home or apartment with pumpkins and mini gourds! If you’ve read our blog recently you’ll know that we love apples. We really love all of our amazing local fruits and vegetables, including the squash and pumpkins of fall! What is so great about pumpkins and the adorable mini gourds all over local farms is that they make wonderful home décor. We are huge fans of decorating with nature, and these “winter squash” are bright, colourful, sometimes…

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PREPARING YOUR VEGETABLE GARDEN FOR WINTER

October 20, 2015
Winter Garden Prep

Sharing helpful tips to prepare your vegetable garden for winter. This past weekend was a cold one. I normally try to wait as long as possible before I put the heat on in our house, but when we woke up Sunday morning and it was 16 degrees celsius, I knew the time had come! Nearing the end of October means it is time to clean up the backyard gardens. We usually pull out any annual flowers planted in the spring,…

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WHITEWASH YOUR COFFEE TABLE

October 19, 2015
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My whitewash coffee table project and how to DIY whitewash furniture to make it suit your style. There’s nothing like wood furniture. But stain colour trends do come and go. Thankfully wood that has been stained one colour can be stripped and re-stained to suit your mood. Haven gotten sick of the golden look of pine from growing up in the 90s, I’ve always liked dark rich coloured stains. Chestnut, cherry, oak. But more recently I have seen the popularity…

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ARRANGING YOUR BOOKSHELF

October 14, 2015
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Tips and 6 Ways to Arranging and Decorating your Bookcase or Bookshelf. When you are a bookworm, bookshelves and bookcases are an essential part of your home. My dilemma is that as the book collection grows (good thing!), the space available to store them shrinks (bad thing…). This is especially an issue when you live in an apartment with limited space and when you want your space to be used with décor savvy in mind! When Mike and I first…

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RE-PURPOSING ANTIQUES AROUND YOUR HOME

October 8, 2015
Antique Furniture

My favourite antiques re-purposed around our home. It’s no secret I love to go antiquing. This is something I grew up doing with my family. On Sundays, my brother and I would go for a long drive with my dad, and we’d stop at every garage sale, flea market, or antique shop we would pass, and we’d always stop for lunch – my favourite part! When Ryan and I were searching for a home, that’s when we really began antiquing.…

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FALLING INTO AUTUMN WITH OUTDOOR DECOR

September 29, 2015
Autumn Porch Decorations

Decorating the outside of your home for fall while on a budget This past weekend I finally had the opportunity to start putting up some fall decorations. I’m totally one of those people who walks into HomeSense, and my eyes just light up! The fall decor there is off the charts – candles, glitter pumpkins, wreaths and more wreaths, potpourri, and lots of little room accent pieces. One thing I try to do is stay away from glitter (except for…

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PLANTS FOR APARTMENT LIVING

September 23, 2015
Beautiful Green Plant

Why apartments need plants and the best plants for apartment living, plus lessons learned for taking care of plants! I’m not a plant whisperer. This much I know, but I love plants! I have spent more time than most tending to my plants, till they grow high and strong and flourish, until one day out of nowhere the plant dries and shrivels up! So though I love plants, I have been broken hearted as they have come into my life…

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ANTIQUE DECOR WITHOUT ANTIQUING

September 9, 2015
Antique Decor Tips

Add that antique touch to your décor without a trip to an antique market. There is something about having that special something with history, with a story, a previous home and owner. And let’s face it, old, used and antique décor have unique qualities that are hard to come by in store today. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of spending countless hours in HomeSense and Pier 1 Imports, but antique décor has ‘life’ that adds character to…

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