Back to Before.. kind of

All the holiday decor has been tucked safely away until next year, and I am just about done putting things right again. Or at least, as right as they can be until I bring home a good chunk of our furniture from our Quesnell flip. But I kind of love being short of furniture because it forces me to get creative with things around the house we already have, because you know I can't just leave things well enough alone and be patient until we get it back!

While the chair in the corner is out of the house I brought in two old crates I got from my Mom years ago to use as firewood storage. We use our fireplace a ton in the winter and it I figured it might as well be cute so a little sidewalk chalk cheers up the wood in between fires.

I do have a bit of paint touch ups, as well as the underside of our risers to get finished in the foyer, and while our usual front door console is away as well I brought up this folding desk I got at Target last year on clearance for $15 (it was black, but I gave it some spray paint love last year), to at least make the front entrance feel welcome and get my favourite art pieces off the floor. But I am already feeling a spurt of reno-energy now that the christmas stuff is away so I'm gonna get it all finished once we are back in schedule-mode with school.

Some of my Birthday flowers from my Dad, still going strong!

The emptiest room, the living room, is actually starting to feel pretty good with all the open space. I don't know if I'm ready to bring the sofa home, I think it may feel cluttered with it now! It's funny how fast you get used to living with less and opening things up. My sister got me the baby blue faux fur throw pillow for Christmas and it is pretty much my new favourite thing (you may remember seeing it in my gift guide before the holidays!).

But of course, I get things back to normal only to have someone else put their spin on how it should look LOL. All this open space has led to a record number of fort building sessions, which is one of the biggest bonuses of embracing the less is more mindset!