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How to make electric fireplace look real

Winter is here, there’s no doubt about that. The days are shorter, sweater weather is in full swing and snow is slowly starting to fall. Some may rejoice, but for me it means one thing: it’s freezing outside so the sozy up season is starting! And what feels more cozy than curling up with a hot tea and a book in a comfy velvet chair in front of a fireplace? Nothing really. Unless of course it’s snuggling up with two little girls while looking at the fire!

make electric fireplace look real

So I wanted a fireplace since the day we decided to sell our old appartement and buy a house, that is four years ago. But of course, we couldn’t afford houses with a fireplace that also had a great location, so we settled on our little city cottage. Without a fireplace.

Fast forward four years and here I was, last month, facing another cold season and desperate for one. I was scrolling through Wayfair, when I discovered that they carry so many pretty electric fireplaces to choose from! . And I have literally made a happy dance because it was just too good to be true!

It comes in a box, doesn’t need any ventilation system, looks amazing and actually heats the space!

I love changing the decorations around it and I just love how it ads the charm and coziness to my living room!

make electric fireplace look real

Now, to make it look even more real I added two cabinets, on each side of it, and the prettiest affordable velvet chair I could have find,  I just love how it looks, and how much bigger my room actually feels.

And if you’re thinking about getting one too, but you’re worried it won’t look real, here are my tips:

  1. Pick an electric fireplace that is at least 40 inches high ( the higher the more realistic it looks).
  2. Add symmetrical cabinets on each side. ( they don’t need to be as high as mine though, but if they are lover then do hang art on each side) or hang 3 shelves on each side of the electric fireplace and put baskets on the floor and accessorize the shelves. .
  3. Decorate it! Add drama with a big mirror or a high piece of art. Just remember to keep it in scale and don’t hang anything on top that is wider then the fireplace itself.

make electric fireplace look real

make electric fireplace look real

And I think it looks really great in any season, even with fresh flowers around- it just adds instant interest to any room!

make electric fireplace look real

I couldn’t be happier with my electric fireplace: I love the look of it, how it warms up the room, and how realistic the flames are. And I love the fact that it’s actually more ecological and more economical choice than a real fireplace would be. Not to mention the fact that I can turn the flames on without the heat, and I don’t need to worry about kids and babies walking around it! I think it’s really perfect for families with kids!

Disclosure: this is a post in collaboration with Wayfair, all opinions remain my own.

 

New Christmas Printables

If you follow my blog for a while now then you know that I just love printables. I love pinning them on Pinterest, I love printing seasonal decor printables, I love the printable tags and printable activities for kids, and I just love printable quote prints.

I love how easy and cheap seasonal decor is thanks to the printables, and I love how they can reflect any thought or idea- in a pretty way. And since I love changes, I just love changing my prints. And while changing art prints is a bit more complicated and expensive, changing kitchen prints doesn’t have to be- thanks to printables !

So today I have four different printables for you, all perfect for adding a bit of that holiday cheer into your kitchen! The first one is for hot cocoa lovers! I printed my favourite one out, and have a set a hot cocoa station in my kitchen, but just in case you’d like to add a pop of color to your kitchen , I made two more options for you to choose from.

christmas kitchen printables

And here’s the Hot Cocoa Bar print in red, for the traditional in heart:

christmas kitchen printables

And here is the pink version, for the pastel and all white decor lover:

christmas kitchen printables

Click here to get the all three hot cocoa prints.

I also made this a pretty little reminder: “Have yourself a merry little Christmas” print:

christmas kitchen printables

Click here for the ” Have yourself a merry little christmas” and if now you have this song in your head on repeat, you welcome 🙂

Now, whether you are the Christmas obsessed person like I am and you put the holiday touches in every single room, or if you’re all about simple Christmas decor, I hope that these holiday kitchen printables will bring some cheer and warmth to your home! Happy holidays! 

 

 

Kitchen makeover reveal

Here’s a little secret: if I follow my heart it always leads me to the fridge! Because quite frankly, the kitchen is the true heart of our home! And any healthy breakfast, yummy snack or amazing Holiday feast, they always start right here: in the kitchen. Just like my daughter’s first cooking lessons: the art of scramble eggs, and the romantic dishes-cleaning with my hubby ( because once you’re a parent here’s where you catch up on your relationship). Oh and also the girls night in – well, no who am I kidding? It’s actually the middle-of-the-day  play date. Everything happens in the kitchen.

And even if the said heart of the home is as small as mine, life still revolves around the kitchen.

And it seems like during the Holiday season the kitchen is even more important then ever! Here’s where we bake cookies and decorate the gingerbread house, here’s where we pour the punch and serve our guests the vine, and here’s where we make our DIY from-the pantry gifts!

So here is how it used to look:

kitchen makeover- before

To improve the very essence of our everyday lives we decided it was about time to finally update our dated and not matching together appliances and to add open shelving to this small space! Our old dishwasher was white while the range and the fridge where in stainless steel. Every appliance was a different mark and on top of it, we were missing the over the range fan! And the classical kitchen cupboards just made the space look even smaller then it was.

When I was looking for the new kitchen appliances I knew I needed a good quality first, with the technology that helps families in their every day! And I must say, I we are more then happy now with all KitchenAid matching appliances!

And so here’s how we made our small kitchen feel bigger, and more practical :

kitchen makeover

kitchen makeover

kitchen makeover

So now our kitchen is ready to take on the load of the Christmas cooking, baking and washing! You can see it all and read all about the best appliances for small spaces here, in the new Hello Holiday guide. I’m also sharing my favorite DIY gift idea -made with the ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry- and more details of the makeover!

If you’re looking for Christmas kitchen and dining room inspiration, then I’m sure you’ll love our guide! It’s packed with the Holiday cheer!

Disclosure: this post was brought to you by Leon’s furniture, all opinions remain my own. Photos without a watermark: made by Scarlet O’Neill  

Hello Holliday is here!

The Holliday countdown is finally on and what better way to get in the mood then by getting inspired by real life bloggers festive ideas? The Hello Holliday lookbook 2017 is finally here! I can’t even describe how amazing this issue is, and how inspired I feel by all these amazing creatives I got a pleasure to work alongside!

First, let me tell you, the spaces featured are so relatable: these are homes lived by families, with real life mess and real love. Homes featured in this look book are full of kids, pets and all that chaos that we all know. So finally you can find real holiday inspiration for real life. Second, the DIY ideas are totally doable, easy and all so festive that I myself can’t decide what else should I do this Holliday season.

I’m so exited to finally share my small kitchen remodel in collaboration with Kitchen Aid! Also, I had a pleasure to makeover our small playroom and turn it in to a pastel and multifunctional guest room/playroom/homework-space, and the result is so cute! Here are some sneak peeks from this transformation! Can you belive that in this small space there’s enough room to sleep two adults comfortably and to host a play date too? 

Hello Holiday

Hello Holiday

Helo Holiday

You can see more of this makeover in the lookbook and get the full tutorial on the simple but oh so lovely room spray I made to make my guests feel at home while visiting!

Hello Holiday

Come see the full catalog, with plenty of Christmas styling ideas, home decor, festive recipes and DIY ideas from amazing Canadian Bloggers that I was lucky enough to work with, HERE!

Or, go visit your local LCBQ and grab a copy of Food and Vine magazine, and the Hello Holiday will be right at the back!

And make sure to follow me on Instagram, as I’ll be sharing more sneak peeks from my makeovers there!

disclosure : this post was created in collaboration with Leon’s furniture, all opinions remain entirely my own.

 

Fall printable

fall printable

Fall is officially here and so I have made a new fall printable for those of you who love switching seasonal prints around the house just like I do!

After all, home is where life happens, and I just love to wake up to a different print every season of the year. I know, i’t a bit excessive, but new prints make me smile in the morning and make cleaning the kitchen way more bearable!

Though I must admit that this year I wasn’t very exited about fall at the beginning: we had a rather chilly and short summer after a very long and really cold winter – I should get used to that though, that’s what life in Canada is after all So I just felt like I’m not really ready for that new season yet. But since I can’t stop time, and I didn’t want to be unhappy about something as uncontrollable as a change of weather, I decided to make a list of all the things that I love about fall, and this is where this print came from!

Pumpkin  spice
Cozy  scarves
Apple  cider
crunchy  leaves
scented  candles
crisp air  walks

.. love you fall

Now, every time I look at it, I actually get excited about fall and what it brings! The time spent outside, the crisp air and all the fall smells and spices! Not to mention the fall fashion and accessories!

free fall printable

fall printable

free printable for fall

You can print your fall printable HERE ! And if you’re on Instagram, please do tag me in your photo so I cans see how you styled your print! Enjoy!

Makeover sneak peek

I couldn’t be more exited about the changes coming together here at out small city cottage! As you all know, I love improving out tiny home and making it more cozy, practical and comfortable, and so I have partnered up with Leon’s furniture again this year for a two exiting makeovers!

Firstly, our small playroom that often plays the role of a guest room, really needed an update! I was dreaming about a smaller and more comfortable sofa bed for this room, since the one that was there was overwhelming the entire space, and my guests didn’t really like sleeping so low on the floor. As well as a better way to display big girl toys that my daughters have accumulated over the past year. . And also, a place for my little kindergartener to do her homework and draw or craft whenever she wants too! But since its a small room with a lot of functions, a good design and well adjusted furniture where the key to success!

Here’s my mood board with the new furniture from Leon’s and bohemian accents that are colorful enough for a kids playroom and sophisticated enough for adult guests to feel welcomed!

makeover moodboard

 

And since I couldn’t find this quote print with winter flowers ( since the summer in Montreal is already over, and I like it when my art matches my mood and the seasons) I made a printable version!: free printable

 

If you’d like, you can print it here!

And secondly our small kitchen was in need of new appliances, an over the range fan and more display shelf space! Our old appliances where mismatched and didn’t work that well anymore. So I’m over the moon to be replacing them with the all new Kitchen Aid and to finally be adding open shelving around my kitchen sink!

Here’s a mood board of what look I hope to achieve in our tiny kitchen. You can see the photo of my old kitchen situation, and the big white cupboards that I’m finally exchanging for the open shelves, and my choice of the appliances from Kitchen Aid!

moodboard

It’s never easy to choose the right appliances, and believe me, when you live in a small home with a small kitchen it’s even more complicated! Finding the right dimensions and great functionality for the family life was my biggest challenge, but now I’m beyond exited to share with you what I found, and how it will match my kitchen! If you too have a small kitchen, then stay tuned! 

So now I can’t wait to show you these makeovers! You can follow me on Instagram to catch more sneak peeks, and while you’re there go check the Leon’s feed as it’s full of gorgeous decor inspirations!

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