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Storm Over The Fence

We needed to get out of the house today.  There has been so much rain and grey skies that we have felt house bound.  Yesterday there was sun and then there was downpours.    The picture above was taken mid day!

Today the rain held off and we headed to a trail that takes us down to the Goat River.  It was pretty swollen but so beautiful.  I love where we live.  Mountains, deep forests, lakes and rivers, I think I was born a “bush baby”  🙂  Where do you live?  Do you love it?  You can win a custom cut design of your Favorite USA State.  Find the details below.

I brought along my trusty camera and found some amazing textures and designs from the trail.  Tell me what you think.

Delicate Traces

Water Waves in the Rock

Water Hollow

Textures


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Changing Mood with New Colour

Changing Mood with New Colour

 

Have you ever gone into a room and instantly felt warm and comfortable or cool and serene?  It is the colours used in the decor.  Colour can affect your mood and outlook.  You can achieve that “feel good” look with a smart use of colour.

First, determine what kind of mood you want to achieve.  Next, what direction is the natural light source?  This will tell you how much warm or cool colour you need.

Now what areas can you change?  Is there furniture that you need to keep and work around?  Some can be changed; for example, a dark wood can be refinished into a light or natural tone, or painted.  Yes, it is a shame to paint good wood; however, it is a lot less expensive than replacing it and less wasteful.

Before

Can you visualize an older kitchen in a dark oak stain changed to white, ivory or grey?  Pain the cabinets and add updated hardware  — update the back-splash and countertops and you go from dark and dated to bright and modern at a minimal expense.  If the cabinet doors are in poor condition, you can replace doors only.

Ready for Showing

Introduce your new colour scheme with wall colour and accessories — staying fairly neutral in the major items ensures a long lasting style.  You can change the wall colour years later and have a fresh new decor.  Colour can change old dated decor and give you a fresh new look without undue expense.

With spring on the way, it is a great time to freshen up your decor and leave the winter blues behind.

by Wendy Reeves Seifert

Wendy Reeves Siefert is a local decorator and interior designer in the Creston Valley and East Shore region of British Columbia.   You can find her web site at :  Over The Valley

Decorating on a Budget

Decorating on a Budget

 

With over 40 years of experience in interior design, I have found many of my clients to be working on a restricted budget.  For these projects I have suggested that the majority of the budget be spent on the permanent items in the home, such as flooring, cabinets and light fixtures.

Lighting

Using neutral tones in furniture, you can add colour in your less expensive accessories such as colourful ready made drapery panels,(approximately 0 each).  For a custom look, buy an extra panel and make toss cushions.  Can’t sew?  Use iron-on seaming tape.  Simply fold the fabric like an envelope, use a costume jewelry broach to pin it together and add bling.

One of the least expensive ways of changing and updating your decor is with colour, specifically paint.  Change your wall colour to a nice warm tone to chase away the winter blues.  Almost anything can be painted – cabinets, hardware, furniture and even counter tops.  I am quite passionate about reusing and re-purposing items, as it is so much better for the environment.  As a culture we tend to waste a great deal that can be recycled.

Before and After

A change in wall colour will alter the whole feel of a room; whether you want a warm and cozy feel or a cool and serene, this can be achieved with colour at a minimal expense.  The following are some colour schemes, although there are many variations.  One colour should always dominate in any scheme.

Monochromatic:  Shade and hues of one colour, light to dark.  Use a neutral to balance the palette.

Contrasting: using opposites on the colour wheel, such as blue and red or green and yellow, always a warm with a cool colour.  One olour should always dominate.

Analogous: uses colours next to each other on the colour wheel, such as blue and green or yellow and orange.  This creates a serene and comfortable design.

The psychology of colour and how it affects our lives is quite fascinating.  A simple change in your deor can affect your mood and outlook.  There are a lot of ways of achieving this on a budget.

by Wendy Reeves Siefert

 

Wendy Reeves Siefert is a local decorator and interior designer in the Creston Valley and East Shore region of British Columbia.   You can find her web site at :  Over The Valley

 

Gathering for Winter

Pine needles

Pine needles

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Wordless Wednesday

Rain Drops

Rain Drops

Photos by Ede

Looking south from Beam Road

Looking to the Skimmerhorns from Beam Road

Photos by Ede

at-kunz-gallery

Kunz Gallery

Photos by Ede

bad-hair-day

Bad Hair Day

This past year several art pieces were put up around the town of Creston, BC.  This sweet donkey is one.

 

School is Out!

schools-out

Well, Bop and I finished our three months of school and now the rubber hits the road, as they say.

We have taken three months of self-employment training, sponsored by the Provincial and Federal Government, geared toward “older workers”.  We both went into the training with ideas of what kind of business we wanted to start.  Bop finished the way he started, with his wood.  He now has a business from his hobby of working with reclaimed wood.  Be sure to drop by Bop’s and see the wonderful things he makes from pallets.

Bop's

Bop’s

My idea morphed several times and finally settled on my art and watercolour painting.  I also have the opportunity to continue with the support offered by KES, Kootenay Employment Services and Community Futures.  They approved my business plan and I now have a contract that will provide me with basic living expenses and support for my business for the next 38 weeks.  Stay tuned for more details as I get this rocket under way.

It’s exciting to run with your passion!

 

In every success story, you will find someone who has made a courageous decision.

Peter F. Drucker

Photos by Ede

Fall Days

Fall Days

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