Building a Modern Farmhouse

“This is our happy place.”

There is something to be said about a space that is contemporary, cozy, simple and yet full of character. But what exactly is it that makes a modern farmhouse? If you ask us, it’s the clean lines, contrasts, architectural details, neutral palettes, textures, and balance.

Whether you’re building, renovating, or refreshing a room, here are a few things you can do to your home to achieve a modern farmhouse look and feel.

Put it in Neutral

All of the neutrals. Various shades of whites, creams, and beiges. Blacks and greys. Sage. Don’t be too wild when it comes to colours, if you are seeking a modern farmhouse vibe. A simplistic, clean colour palette creates a fresh canvas that will allow the architectural details and furniture pieces to speak for themselves. If you are going to do just one thing to create a modern farmhouse look, this is a great place to start and will make the world of a difference.

PS. This colour rule applies to paint choices, textiles, finishes, and beyond. Play with different shades, but don’t steer too far from modern neutrals.

Organic Textures

The key to achieving that modern farmhouse look is all in the materials of your furniture pieces and decor items; whether it’s your couch, your coffee table, or a vase on your counter. You can do this by pulling authentic pieces that are made from natural and organic materials, such as wood, linen, metal, rattan, stone, wicker, cotton, or canvas. Filling your home with natural textures will bring warmth, create dimension, add depth, and draw the eye.

Bold Accents & Contrast

A modern farmhouse is truly all about creating the perfect balance between light and dark; contrast. In a neutral palette, this makes it pretty easy! Play with your cabinetry hardware, faucets, salt and pepper shakers, pot-fillers, lighting, and everything in between. Get creative. It can be as simple as painting your dining room chairs black.

Need inspiration? We’ve got a Pinterest board with lots!

“Your home should tell the story of who you are, and be a collection of what you love.”

If you were stuck on where to start in order to make your home feel more like a modern farmhouse, we hope these three tips will help you along the way. The most important thing of all, is that your home feels like home and tells your story.

PS. Stay tuned for Part Two of Building a Modern Farmhouse! We’ve still got exteriors to talk about!

XoXo,

The KC Custom Designs Team

Valentine’s Day To-Do List

“It was never the way she looked. Always the way she was. I could have fallen in love with her with my eyes closed.”

― ATTICUS

Because 2021 is about celebrating everything and anything! Every day is a good day to celebrate love, friendship, and admiration, February 14th is extra special in our books. Snuggle up because we’ve got a beautiful dessert charcuterie board guide, an extensive list of our very favourite rom-coms (and obviously our favourite quotes), and an adorable DIY Valentine’s Day garland tutorial, just for you!

Dessert Charcuterie Board

The hardest part of this charcuterie board was choosing the desserts, no surprise there. We couldn’t help but to play up on the charcuterie board trend that we all love and know. This is an adorable way to end a family dinner or a great date night idea!

To build you own dessert board, buy or bake your three favourite desserts. We ordered the mini cheesecakes from Thirfty’s, the macarons were made by a friend, and the sugar cookies we made (you can find the delicious recipe here!). We highly recommend making the sugar cookies, they are a favourite around our house for nearly every holiday. Garnish with some fresh greenery, add some rosé or sparkling waters and you’ve got yourself a Valentine’s Day dessert charcuterie board.

The Greatest Love Stories (and Binge-Watching List) of All Time

We couldn’t share a list of our favourite romantic comedies without pairing them with some of our favourite quotes! Without further ado, here is you binge-watching list this Valentine’s Day:

  • Titanic, “I figure life’s a gift and I don’t intend on wasting it.” ― Jack Dawson
  • To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, “It’s not like in the movies. It’s better, because it’s real.” ― Jenny Han
  • Dear John, “Our story has three parts: a beginning, a middle, and an end. And although this is the way all stories unfold, I still can’t believe that ours didn’t go on forever.” ― Nicholas Sparks
  • How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, “You’ve got more than enough personalities to keep me completely occupied.” ― Benny Wenny Boo Boo Boo
  • About Time, “I’d only give one piece of advice to anyone marrying. We’re all quite similar in the end. We all get old and tell the same tales too many times. But try and marry someone kind.” ― Bill Nighy
  • The Notebook, “I think our love can do anything we want it to.” ― Nicholas Sparks
  • Perks of Being a Wallflower, “We accept the love we think we deserve.” ― Stephen Chbosky
  • Isn’t It Romantic, “I found you can search the entire universe and never find a being more worthy of love than yourself.” ―Brandon Scott
  • The Proposal, Andrew Paxton: I’m not rich. My parents are rich. Margaret Tate : Which is the kind of thing that only a rich person would say.
  • The Holiday, “I suppose I think about love more than anyone really should. I am constantly amazed by its sheer power to alter and define our lives.” ― Iris

DIY Valentine’s Day Garland

We’re going to be honest, this DIY does take a little time and effort but it’s cute, fun, reusable, and can be used for other holidays too (birthdays, baby showers, etc.) To make the garland, you can get everything you need at Michaels!

We made our garland roughly 8 ft long and made 10 pom-poms (5 white and 5 pink) and 4 hearts for each strand! Our pattern was: Pink Pom-Pom, White Pom-Pom, Heart, repeat. But you can definitely change this up and get creative!

Shopping List:

Steps:

  1. Make your pom-poms with your pom-pom maker! If you don’t know how to use one, here is a great tutorial. It’s super easy! As mentioned above, we made 10 total for each garland, 5 in each colour!
  2. Make a heart stencil out of paper, we just used printer paper. Our hearts were roughly 5 inches long and 4 inches wide (at the widest part of the heart). Again, any heart shape is perfect in our opinion! Tape the stencil to the felt and cut out 8 hearts, which will make 4 hearts once stitched together! Each sheet of felt made 2 finished hearts for us.
  3. Take two of the felt hearts and stitch them together using embroidery floss. You really don’t need to get fancy with it, we accepted all of the imperfections in our stitching! Don’t stitch completely shut, leave a little room to stuff the heart with poly-fit. Once stuffed, finishing stitching the heart.
  4. Measure out roughly 8ft of your jute twine and begin stringing your garland together, using your jute needle!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

We hope you take time to enjoy some of these festive Valentine’s Day activities! If you create a dessert charcuterie board or make your own heart garland, be sure to tag @kccustomdesigns in your photos on Instagram! We’d love to see what you create!

XoXo,

The KC Custom Designs Team

The Importance of 2020

“What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year.”

― Vern McLellen

2020 was…a rollercoaster ride, with lots of unknowns, uncertainties, and unprecedented times. But we learned a lot in 2020. We had more time than ever to think about what matters most to us and what doesn’t matter at all. While we could have chosen to look back on this year with sadness and negativity, we are choosing to love 2020 and remember what it taught us.

So, here is what we are taking out of 2020 and bringing into this New Year:

The Simple Life

Don’t get us wrong we missed traveling, spontaneous outings, popping over to a friend’s house for tea, the movie theatres, and shopping sprees, but there is something to be said about living a simple life. It was like the world was telling us to slow down and we had to, and it was lovely.

We took self-care to the next level. We made bread from scratch, played more board games than ever before, did all the crafts, learned how to knit, grew herb gardens, had too many baths, practiced yoga, read more books, organized the house and then re-organized it again (and again). There was little care about material items, who is doing what, who is buying what, and we really enjoyed feeling in the moment, the slow pace, and the focus on living in the now.

In 2021, while we hope that we get some sense of “normal” back, we will be also remembering that if you have food, a roof over your head, your family, and a healthy mind, then you are very lucky. These are the things that truly matter and it’s important to slow down and show our gratitude and appreciation more often.

Supporting Local

We spent much of 2020 scoping out and supporting local businesses. We searched the island, high and low, for new hidden gems to support and reached out to some of our long time favourite businesses for partnerships and collaborations this year. We shopped locally for our groceries, pumpkins, and Christmas presents. Supporting local never felt so right, which made us realize that this is something we should be doing more often and all year round.

We need to take care of each other, and we are taking this mentality into 2021. Support local when you can, take the time to search out local options, whether you’re looking for home decor, soap, books, or jam. There are so many incredible local people and businesses that deserve our support all year round! We were lucky enough to work with some amazing local companies in 2020, so be sure to check out our Vancouver Island Shopping Guide!

Loving Your Home

Even though we are a tiny bit tired of the walls in our houses, in 2020 we really learned the importance of loving your home.

Your home should be your safe-haven, a peaceful place, a space you love being in. When you love your home, you take better care of the things inside of it. Your home should give you energy, make you feel motivated, and be a reflection of who you are, so find a palette that you love, textures that make your heart skip, and narrow down your style. Take a page out of Marie Kondo’s book and make sure that you adore every piece of decor and furniture inside your home. If you don’t love it, toss it. If you’ve been dreaming about doing a feature wall in your bedroom, make it happen. Do some research, DIY, start a Pinterest board (if you need inspiration, check out the KC Pinterest)!

Start small or go big, but don’t underestimate the importance of loving your home and what it can do for you and your family!

Thank You 2020 & Welcome 2021!

We’re welcoming 2021 with open hearts, but we’re also taking parts of 2020 with us into this new year. Focusing on what matters most, keeping things simple, supporting local, and loving our homes! Wishing you and your family all the best in this new year!

XoXo,

The KC Custom Designs Team

Three Ways to Warm Hearts and Fill Bellies This Holiday Season!

We’ve gathered three of our favourite holiday activities and recipes, so that you too can eat delicious cookies and fill your home with beautiful textures and feelings of tradition this season! We’re sharing the BEST sugar cookie recipe ever, how to make popcorn garland, and a guide to oven dried oranges. Enjoy!

“All you need is love and Christmas (sugar) cookies.”

There is nothing better than the smell of freshly baked Sugar Cookies, one of our favourite treats especially during the holidays! This is the BEST Sugar Cookie recipe, truly! It is foolproof, quick, reliable, and has that classic vanilla flavour that we all know and love. The best part? It has little to no prep time, no down time, and it’s freezable – which means you can freeze the dough and bake later OR you can bake and ice the cookies and freeze them for later.

Ingredients

Cookies

1 cup margarine or butter
1.5 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3 cups flour

Icing

1/2 cup butter
2 2/3 cups icing sugar
5 tsp milk
1.5 tsp vanilla

Toppings (optional)

Crushed candy cane
Sprinkles
Drizzled chocolate
Crushed pretzels
Skor bits
Is there really a ‘bad’ topping?

Instructions

Preheat: 350°F
Cook: 8-10 minutes
Cool: 15 minutes

Sugar Cookies

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F
  2. Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (a hand-held mixer works perfectly fine as well!), beat together the butter and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy. Beat in 1 egg at a time, add vanilla.
  3. Add 2 teaspoons of baking powder and ¼ teaspoon of salt, mix well, scrape the sides of the bowl, and mix again.
  4. Mix 3 cups of flour into the wet ingredients one at a time, making sure it’s fully combined and scraping down the sides of the bowl between each cup.
  5. Once combined, turn off and remove attachment. With your hands, gather dough, and turn onto a clean, well-floured surface. Knead dough until smooth. If you’re finding it’s sticky, add flour (just a little at a time!). Using half the dough, flour your rolling pin and roll out to roughly ¼ inch thick. 
  6. Flour your cookie cutters and press into the dough!
  7. Put onto baking sheet roughly 2 inches apart and bake for 8-10 minutes
  8. Cool cookies completely before icing!

Icing

  1. Microwave butter for 10 seconds, so that it is slightly soft to the touch but not at all melted.
  2. In a stand mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment (again, a hand-held mixer works great too), beat butter until soft.
  3. Add icing sugar and mix on low
  4. Mix in vanilla and milk, gradually building mixing speed. Scrape the sides of the bowl and mix until fully combined!
  5. We like our cookies with a generous amount of icing, but to each their own! Using a butter knife or your favourite icing tool, add roughly 2 tablespoons of icing to your cookies. Making “S” shapes with your knife, spread the icing around the cookie, rotating the cookie with your hand.
  6. Finish with a sprinkle of candy cane, or your favourite toppings!

Popcorn Garland

We’re going back to the basics. There is just something so charming and sweet about popcorn garland on a Christmas tree. A great excuse to slow down, create holiday traditions, and make your Christmas tree even more adorable!

Photo Credit: Kristine Lee

Instructions

  1. Pop or buy popcorn and leave out for 24-48 hours, this helps create less breakable pieces of popcorn.
  2. Using heavy duty thread or fishing wire, string your needle, and tie a big knot at the end.
  3. Push the needle through the center of each piece of popcorn, and continue until you have enough to wrap around your Christmas tree!

Oven Dried Citrus

Oranges and Christmas are just better together! We’re loving all of the dried oranges we are seeing this holiday season in gift wrapping and in home decor, and they are super easy to make! So here is our quick tutorial on how to make your own dried oranges:

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200°F
  2. Cut oranges into 1/2 inch thick rounds. You can totally use other citruses too; grapefruit, lemons, limes, blood oranges, all work perfectly and the different colours will be beautiful!
  3. Place oranges on a cooling rack, and then place rack on a parchment lined baking tray. The rack and tray are for easier clean up (no sticking/burning) and so air circulates properly.
  4. Place oranges in the oven for approximately 2-3 hours, flipping oranges every 30 minutes or so.
  5. Let completely dry and then add to gift wrapping, home decor or use as garnishes!

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from our family to yours! We hope you get a chance to try out our sugar cookie recipe and create some of your own beautiful dried oranges and popcorn garlands. If you do, be sure to tag @kccustomdesigns in your photos on Instagram, we’d love to see what you create!

XoXo,

The KC Custom Designs Team

The Three Wise Trends

“Nobody’s walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas!”

― Clark Griswold

The house might be a little less busy this holiday season with fewer friends and family members at the dinner table and smaller gatherings. Holiday festivities and traditions might look a little different. All the more reason to decorate your home and literally deck the halls – because we need something to celebrate! Here are our three favourite tips for decorating your home for the holidays this year.

Foliage

Nothing says Christmas like fresh greenery and the smell of pine. Foliage of any kind is a great addition to your home décor this holiday season. Draping over mantles, hanging on banisters, over doors, and on place settings—the more, the merrier. A hot tip for keeping your foliage fresh is to mist it every few days! If you want to ensure that those lovely cut-tree scent last throughout the holidays, stick to cedar, noble fir, and pine. On the exterior, full, lush garlands, wreathes and bows should be your go-tos. It’s all about getting back to the basics and keeping it au naturel. For those with allergies, or who don’t fancy live cuttings, a variety of faux greenery options are always an option. Here are a few links to some beautiful faux options:


Rustic

The essentials this year are wood accents like baskets and beads, paired with antique metals. This rustic look can transform your home into a forest cottage, while other accents may create a cute farmhouse feel. The best part of the rustic vibe is that collecting antique decor items will create a holiday look and feel that is unique to your home. Search for used items or shop online! Here are some other options to get you started…


Minimal Monochrome

You cannot go wrong with whites, creams, greys and blacks. Using the foliage and rustic items as your base, don’t feel the need to add too many more bells and whistles. It’s about keeping it clean and simple. Candles are an easy way to bring the monochrome colour scheme in, and nothing says cozy Christmas like dancing candlelight. If you do feel the need for more colour, rose pink or deep blue are also popular picks this season. Click here to check out one of our favourite candle scents this time of year!


Time To Deck The Halls!

With these three trends in mind, you’re sure to create a warm holiday home! Even if Christmas does look a little different this year, remember what this holiday is truly about; giving back to your community and spending time with your loved ones!

Happy Holidays from our family to yours!

With love,

The KC Custom Designs Team

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Vancouver Island Holiday Shopping Guide

“Have Yourself a Local Little Christmas”

As the holidays approach and Christmas lists begin to form, we recognize shopping will look a little different this year! Gatherings will be smaller and shopping will occur closer to home. Our goal is to encourage local shopping this holiday season, which is why we’re sharing some of our new and longtime favourite local shops and artisans in our Vancouver Island Holiday Shopping Guide!

We have partnered up with these amazing BC businesses to bring you 12 Days of Giveaways, so make sure you’re following along on the KC Custom Designs Instagram for a chance to win some beautiful items!

ARTISAIRE – Victoria

If you’re looking for the ultimate finishing touch to your holiday cards, adore gift wrapping, or have a stationery lover in your life, ARTISAIRE has the most beautiful products for taking your wrapping game and holiday cards to the next level. They offer pre-made wax seals (that have a sticker back for those of us less DIY inclined) as well as everything needed to make your own beautiful seals. Their engraved brass stamps are an elegant addition to any desk and come in a wide range of beautiful designs. You can also create customized stamps and wax seals!

Instagram: @artisaire | Website: artisaire.com

Wild & Free Organics – Victoria

Family owned and operated, Wild & Free Organics creates beautiful scents designed to bring a sense of warmth and comfort to your home. With items ranging from hand poured candles to linen sprays and lip balms, you’ll be sure to find the perfect gift for the cozy lover on your list. Two of our favourite scents, especially around the holidays, are the Cinnamon and Sugar Candle and the Vanilla and Tangerine Room Spray. 

Instagram: @wildandfreeorganicsltd | Website: wildandfreeorganics.com

The Knotted B – Victoria


The cutest little headband shop around! The knotted style has been a huge trend this year and we absolutely love the beautiful fabrics and colours The Knotted B uses in their handmade products. Inspired by trends from the 1950’s and Gossip Girl (who didn’t love Blair’s headbands), they make headbands, scrunchies, and children’s bows. Message them directly on Instagram or find them at the Handmade Village Craft Market on November 28th!

Instagram: @theknottedb | Website: theknottedb.com

Nature Bee Wraps – Victoria

Whether you’ve got an environment lover on your list or want to reduce your plastic use over the holidays, Nature Bee Wraps have you (and your baking) covered. Alongside their variety packs of wraps, they also have Swedish dishcloths, produce bags, and our favourite, the zero waste gift bundle! Their wraps are made from 100% cotton fabric and Vancouver Island sourced beeswax, pine tree resin and jojoba oil. Find them on Tiktok to see all the unique ways you can use their wraps!

Instagram: @naturebeewraps | TikTok: @naturebeegoods | Website: naturebeewraps.ca

Calabrese Photography – Victoria

Photo sessions are a wonderful gift for your family, newly engaged couples, or parents to be! We love using Calabrese Photography for our social media photos, however her personal sessions are equally as magical. Clare is such a dream to work with and captures the most precious moments!

Instagram: @calabrese.photos

Buttata Ceramics – Victoria

Michele has been creating stunning ceramics in Victoria for over 20 years. Her west coast inspired pieces would be a gorgeous addition to any home. A few of our favourite pieces include the Driftwood Glaze serving platter, the Open salad bowl in Cream Glaze and the Driftwood Glazed mug. 

Instagram: @buttataceramics | Website: buttata.com

Karmen’s Cookies – Victoria

Just about too pretty to eat, these personalized cookies make a wonderful gift, treat, Christmas dinner dessert, and stocking or holiday card addition. Karmen is our go to gal for all of our cookie needs, we can attest they taste just as perfect as they look!

To order cookies, contact Karmen directly on Instagram: @karmenscookies

Picot Collective – Victoria

If you’re searching for the perfect gift bundle, look no further than Picot Collective. Pair their well-loved Honey Tobacco candle with the Community Cookbook for the home chef in your life, for the perfect gift. Not only does the Community Cookbook have beautiful recipes, but 100% of the proceeds go to your choice of, the Victoria Women’s Transition House, Indigenous Harm Reduction Team, SNIWWOC, or Our Place Society. 

Instagram: @picotcollective | Website: picotcollective.com

The Green Kiss – Victoria

Green Kiss has been a staple on our vanity for many years. The Green Kiss team hand picks each item to ensure it will not only take care of your skin (they carry the most natural, ethical, and synthetic chemical-free products available), but will make you feel beautiful as well. From face masks to eyeshadow, their wide range of products is sure to have the perfect gift of any size!

Instagram: @thegreenkiss | Website: thegreenkiss.com

The Cozy Wall – Victoria

If you love prayer beads and Scandinavian décor, you need to check out The Cozy Wall. Each piece is handmade in Victoria and fully customizable to your own preference. This holiday season they have come out with a line of ornaments and garland that are the perfect addition to any tree or gift box! The Cozy Wall is also offering free delivery within Victoria at this time if you are wanting to keep your holiday shopping contactless!

Instagram: @thecozywall | Etsy: etsy.com/ca/shop/thecozywallshop

Whitewood Cottage – Victoria

Whitewood Cottage is the go-to destination for farmhouse Christmas décor. We cannot get enough of their beautiful esthetic! This season, they are offering customized gift baskets and décor kits, perfect for a one stop shop during this busy season! Give the ultimate gift of a décor box subscription – four seasonal boxes including 6-7 hand-picked items, with a savings of up to $120. 

Instagram: @whitewoodcottageco | Website: whitewoodcottage.com

West Coast Wraps – Victoria

Much like how you can never do too much to help the environment, you can never have too many West Coast Wraps! West Coast Wraps is another personal favourite of ours, we especially adore their west coast inspired prints. Each wrap is made from 100% cotton and Vancouver Island sourced wax!

Instagram: @westcoastwaxwraps | Website: westcoastwaxwraps.com

Blend Vintage – Cobble Hill

Looking for a gift for the DIY lover? Blend is your treasure chest. Located in Cobble Hill, their shop includes re-loved furniture, vintage home décor, lifestyle goods, and all the supplies needed to refinish furniture. We love to use the Milk Paint to add a farmhouse vibe to any item!

Instagram: @blend_creative_vintage

Superior Farms – Lantzville

Superior Farms is one of our favourite places to stop when we head up island! Searching for a gift for your green thumbed friend? This is the place for you. The Garden Center located on the property has just about everything you need to keep your garden thriving! If you prefer to give experiences over items, they host fabulous workshops year-round. The Christmas wreath and centrepiece workshops are booking up fast, but there are still a few spots left! 

Instagram: @superior_farms | Website: superiorfarmsbc.ca

Wild Wood Creative – Nanoose Bay

We absolutely love the Wild Wood Creatives custom wooden signs. These stunning signs would make the perfect gift for any nursery, home, or business owner! While orders are being taken for January,  we suggest giving a gift card or sketch of the personalized gift – trust us, it is well worth the wait. 

Instagram: @wild.wood.creative | Website: wildwood-creative.com

Covet – Qualicum

While on your island holiday shopping trip, Covet is a must stop for your on the hunt for a good fashion find. Their shop includes handpicked local and sustainable brands, as well as familiar favourites such as Matt & Nat and Paper Label. Covet is known for their wide range of rain boots; a perfect item to pick up before taking a winter walk along the beach! Shopping local boutiques is a wonderful way to not only support your community, but to also support sustainable fashion.

Instagram: @covetinqualicum | Website: covetinqualicum.com

States of Summer – Courtenay

If you’re searching for the ultimate lifestyle boutique, look no further than States of Summer. Finishing up your Christmas list is effortless at this trendy boutique. They carry brands such as Smash + Tess and CAM. We especially love their cozy sweaters, instagram-worthy hats and unique home accessories!

Instagram: @statesofsummer | Website: statesofsummer.com

Esther Bead Co. – Maple Ridge

This is one of our three mainland bonus selections that we just had to include in our gift guide. While not located on the island, Esther Bead Co. designs stunning hand-crafted jewelry and is offering free shipping throughout the holiday season! Their pieces are both timeless and elegant, and utilize local Canadian materials. Some of our favourites include The Abigail hoops and The Julia + Claudia Set pictured above. 

Instagram: @estherbead.co | Website: estherbeadco.godaddysites.com

The Hazel Collection – Kamloops

The Hazel Collection is the second mainland bonus selection. If you’ve followed us on instagram for long, you know we love a beautiful sign with inspiring words; The Hazel Collection is our favourite place to shop modern farmhouse signs. There is no gift more thoughtful than sharing a quote that is near to your heart with someone you love. 

Instagram: @thehazelcollection

Studio on Tenth – Salmon Arm

Studio on Tenth is our final mainland bonus selection – their delicate French linen prints were just too precious to not include. But don’t worry, if you won’t be heading to Salmon Arm over the holidays, you can find them on Etsy! Each item is hand printed and designed by the mother daughter duo, Andrea and Emma. Our idea of the perfect gift from Studio on Tenth? Giving a tea towel personalized with a handwritten family recipe or your favourite holiday quote! 

Instagram: @studioontenth | Etsy: etsy.com/ca/shop/studioontenth

Happy Local Shopping!

We hope this guide inspires you to shop and support local this holiday season! Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

XoXo,

The KC Custom Designs Team

Fallin’ for the Season

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

If the leaves haven’t already begun to change for you, they will soon. Pumpkins will ripen, leaves will crisp up, turkeys will fatten and arrive on the table—or maybe not. If the thought of moving indoors to escape the weather makes you feel restless, here is a list reminding you of things you can look forward to this fall:

Home Decor

No place is cozier than your own home in the fall. We’re not sure what we love more – bringing the outdoors, indoors or getting inspired by the warm colors that come with the season. In any regard, creating a seasonal escape is one of our favorite parts about the fall. Here are our top 4 fall decor tips:

Pumpkins. Of course your front door deserves a cluster of perfect pumpkins, but placing pumpkins in unexpected spots is also an adorable way to decorate your home! Firbank Farms in Saanichton, BC is a hidden gem for pumpkins. Whether you’re looking for classic orange pumpkins, ghostly whites, blue pumpkins, or pink pumpkins – their variety is amazing and we love the fact that they’re local.

Layers! While we don’t mean clothes, the same rules apply. Layering blankets and rugs is a great way to warm up the home. Play with textures, colors, shape, but never sacrifice comfort!

Color. With more time on our hands these days, there’s a perfect opportunity to play with paint and we don’t necessarily mean an entire room or even a wall, although why not? Grab an old picture frame, revamp a dresser, or throw a fun color on an interior door. Benjamin Moore’s Small Batch Interior Paint is one of our favourites, and they have a truly gorgeous fall inspired palette.

“Be faithful to your own taste, because nothing you really like is ever out of style.”
If you adore buffalo check, now is the time to bring it out. If your vibe is rustic, play into that by pulling more wood accents and pieces into your decor and home. At the end of the day, fall decor is all about creating a space that is warm and welcoming, and that rings differently to everyone!

Food & Beverages

Pumpkin Spice. Need we say more? Eating or smelling pumpkin during a different season just feels wrong. Know that the holy grail that is Pumpkin Spice holds its seat firmly in the fall. Again, with more time on our hands now more than ever (common theme), baking seems like a fitting activity for almost any day of the week. Fresh cinnamon rolls? I’ll take a dozen! Here’s a great recipe for Overnight Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls.

There is nothing like true comfort food and fall is all about warm, hearty meals. Think spiced cakes, stews, Joanna Gaines’ Gruyere Scalloped Potatoes (if you haven’t tried them, you must!), hot chocolate, apple cider, and Thanksgiving feasts! I am hungry…

Family Time

It looks like we are going to be sticking to our homes for the foreseeable future, but what a great opportunity for quality time with your close family. As we are forced to spend more time indoors, it’s an opportunity to listen well, be still by the fireplace, or converse over the dinner table with a good bowl of soup. Something we like to do at our house, especially during this time of year, is talk about our “highs and lows” around the dinner table; the things you’re grateful for or the best part about your day, and the low part of your day. We like to keep it real, because things are not always perfect or “good”. It’s the best way to end the day.

Indoor Activities

This is prime time for curling up with a blanket on a cold and rainy day, and enjoying a new book or favourite podcast. We’re going to leave you with a small to-do list, three books and one podcast. For the books, The Forgotten Home Child by Geneveive Graham, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, and Educated by Tara Westover.

We haven’t completely dove into the realm of podcasts, but if you’re looking for something funny and relatable, Dax Shepherd’s Armchair Expert “celebrates the messiness of being human” by interviewing academics, celebrities, and journalists. It’s a good one!

Fall Prints

This probably falls under “Home Decor” but we couldn’t help it. We had to create an entire section dedicated to fall prints, because we love words. We just launched an Etsy shop, where we’ve turned some of our favourite quotes into downloadable prints, so that you can spice up your home this fall!

Thank you for reading our Fallin’ for the Season blog, we hope you enjoyed it! We’d love to hear what you look forward to this time of year, let us know in the comments!

The KC Custom Designs Team

The Writing on the Wall; Why Words Matter

“I like good strong words that mean something.”

—Little Women

When we started our KC Instagram back in 2016 we wanted it to be something more than just the typical collage of photos, which is why to this day we include posts highlighting our favourite words, quotes, and sayings. By sharing—often with a seasonal theme—we hope to reach you with relatable words that are close to our hearts.    

When it comes to words within the decor of the home, it is easy to think of a generic canvas at Homesense stenciled with “Live, Laugh, Love,” but the element of language deserves a seat at the design table as much as colour, shape and texture do. Incorporating quotes and words that relate to you personally, may be the most transformative action you can make for your living space. 

After all, humans have been writing since 3400 BCE, so clearly it’s important. We started using it for administration, marking on clay tablets, eventually branching out into the creative realm, transcribing ballads and epic tales. The point being, there is plenty of material to pull from, the key is discovering what, in this plethora of written and recorded work, hits home with you. A line from your favourite childhood story can bring instant comfort. The words from world leaders like Ghandi and Martin Luther King Jr. can ignite courage. A sassy quote from your grandmother or advice from the current tech mogul can be the boost we need to get through the lowest of lows. Writing holds beauty, opens doors and gives power. It has the ability to make us, laugh, cry, cringe, and dream. It can give us the nudge we need and propel us forward.

If the “self-help” section in Chapters is any indication, positive words and affirmations are all the rage right now and these methods thrive on the hyperbole that they will lead to “success” and fulfillment. Maybe an easier and more truthful approach is this; Words have influence. This is true for the good ones and bad. You can start the planting with what you choose to place in your home.  May as well plant the right seeds, so you grow the right plants. For example, having “Thankful” in your living room can prompt you to acknowledge your blessings in even in the darkest of times. Seeing the words of Peter Pan on your pillow can encourage you release your inner child for the day, or walking past the words of Oprah give you the confidence you need to ask for that promotion. Words matter. The writing on the wall matters. It sets the home up to what it should be; A place of encouragement, where the walls literally speak life into you every single day.

We want to continue to share some of our favourite words with you, so we’ve designed printable downloads for you to use in in your home! Find us on Etsy!

The KC Custom Designs Team