Tour of Homes... This was something I had to do to prove to myself I could do it. I agreed after my mentor told me I should be part of the Christmas tour, and we could work together to get it done. Little did I know in November of 2017 what we were in for!
My passion is renovating my home and inviting others to come and stay with us, you know letting them enjoy the fruits of our labour… That being said, I love it when I am on a strict timeline and everything runs smoothly. Let’s just say, having things out of my control is cause for a break down...
So, I signed on in June 2018 for a tour to be had on the first weekend of November. These Tours are an amazing way to get a chance to see other homes that may give you more inspiration in my business or my personal settings. Any new ideas are good ideas!
In the beginning of July we had a terrible storm, a microburst they called it...I called it heartbreaking. Not only did it completely knock down a fence we just fixed last summer, but it took all my wonderful decorations I had in our backyard and smashed them on my neighbours house! The furniture went “flying” across the yard and landed in other people’s yards. To top it off, we didn’t have any electricity so our wonderful sump pumps didn’t work and we ended up with 2 inches of water in our basement... A basement we had been working on for years and had finally been finished. So not only did we have our list of things to get done before the Tour, we now had an even bigger list of items we had already completed.
I think sometimes that storm helped me... Our fence is now amazingly strong and straight
(thanks to my little sister!) and every time I look at it it really does make me smile. My daughters bought me decor for the yard to replace what we had lost, just because they thought of me. Needless to say the basement floor was fixed, new baseboards were installed and we finally moved on to the things we “wanted” to fix or renovate not the things we had too.
Shoe closets were drywalled and our bedroom was painted, a new decorative ceiling was put in, as well as a headboard and ceiling fan and new closet doors! Along with the new bedroom, painting was done to give some of the rooms a bit of depth, and extra “pop”.
Then the fun began... My mentor and I started doing the Christmas decorating! Greenery and more greenery! Three trips into the forest to get as much as we could hold. Nothing says Christmas to me more than branches, twigs and pine. Not only does it fill in all those spots that need that final pop but it smells amazing! Don’t forget to add a special colour to bring it all together and to life. We choose red and plaid; Buffalo plaid is my favourite and very Canadian!
When doing something as big as a project as a Tour of Homes, everything has to be designed and decorated. From the front of the house to the back and everything in between. Christmas, Christmas, Christmas.
Remember we had 700 people come through our home to see Christmas decor, all those little spots you would never think to decorate, we decorated! Bathrooms, kitchen and my bedroom (which I will do always now).
I have never felt that kind of stress before, but it was such an amazing experience. And my house has never looked so festive!
Thank you to Terry and John who are the most amazing people full of ideas and things to ease my stress, be it a joke or a compliment it was all I needed to keep going! And another huge thank you to the women of IODE City of Lakes Chapter who selected our home to begin with and emailed me regularly to keep in touch and again keeping me calm.
Thank you for letting me show you the simplicity of my life as I turn it into something chic,