Winter Neutrals

Not only have I been neglecting my blogging this year, but I've also been neglecting my home decor. That being said, Friday night was the night for Christmas to arrive at the city cottage!

I make a point of decorating more so for Winter versus a scheme that is 100% Christmas as I enjoy leaving the decor up as long as possible, seeing as I'm not home all that much to truly enjoy it!

This year was no different....I decided to go with a neutral, rustic theme this year, with a bit of metallics added in for some sparkle (it is Christmas after all). I put on the Love Actually soundtrack, cleared off the sideboard and raided the many rubbermaids downstairs that are overflowing with Christmas/Winter decor. The sideboard was soon transformed into a neutral, rustic centerpiece for my home.

The photo above was taken at about 9pm, shortly after I finished (my apologies for the not so great photo quality) and I just love the glow of the lights, the variety of textures, the rustic charm and natural elements.

I was so happy to wake up Saturday morning and love the sideboard as much in the daylight as I did at night. 

As you know, I have an affinity for trees and I try to use them in my decor as often as possible in some way shape or form. What better time of year to incorporate them then during the winter months? 

Fur, feathers, wood, glass, metal, burlap....all the elements that speak to me in their rustic ways and when they all come together, a little magic happens!

I've done a few little tweaks here and there since Friday and just love how it all came together!

As I'm writing this I've just come in from decorating the outside of my cottage (more to come on that soon) and I'm sitting down to enjoy a latte, an amazing cinnamon bun and just take it all in.


I hope you had a wonderful weekend and have been able to find some festive cheer to incorporate into your home!




A Craftsman's Sweet Dream...

My brother, Mike McDonald, has his own construction/home renovation company and is also quite a craftsman! I have introduced you to him in previous blog posts (he put in my patio for me this summer and it turned out absolutely perfectly!) and I just had to share this gorgeous project/piece he did for our parents for Christmas.

Our parents have been looking for a new bed and Mike had the wonderful idea to build them a headboard for Christmas. We bounced around some ideas....I even had to pull off a few lil 'fibs' with my Mom to try and confirm the colour it should be stained...and this is the amazingly rustic and beautiful end result!

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The final product was even better than I could have imagined and Mom and Dad LOVED IT! (That's a total understatement!) 

It adds warmth and immediately draws your eye to it as the focal point of the room.  It truly is a beautiful and organic statement in the room.

I think I need one too in fact!

If you're looking for a unique, custom, one-of-a-kind, solid wood piece, you can email Mike at:

He can work with you to create exactly what you are looking for for your home!