Home is where the heart is, and this group of talented Canadian home and living bloggers take that expression quite literally. These top bloggers have opened their homes and their hearts to us to share their knowledge and inspiration for all things home decor. If you’re looking to mix up your decorating style or even steal a few new ideas to spruce up your living space, here are the blogs you want to follow:
1. A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
Do you love to cook, bake, create and decorate? So does Jo-Anna, the power behind this do-it-all blog. She has categories for almost any around-the-home project you can think of — from cooking and sewing to mason jar projects and cleaning ideas. When we saw this post about how to make a soap dispenser from a mason jar, we knew she was crafty. Once you start clicking around her blog, you may not be able to stop.
2. aka design
Shannon and Dean are a Canadian couple who love to share their ideas for decorating, DIY and organizing. Shannon has always loved designing and decorating, and even worked in Toronto for a few years as a graphic designer. Dean loves to work with his hands, and together there doesn’t seem to be anything they can’t transform. They completely renovated an old bungalow and blogged their way through it. We especially loved this post with updated pictures of their bungalow renovation, which looks like a place we’d love to hang out in for an afternoon.
Shannon says, “aka design is filled with crafts, DIY projects and decorating ideas to make your home cozy and beautiful.”
3. At Home with Kim Vallee
Kim Vallee is a lifestyle and entertaining expert who covers a wide range of topics on her eponymous blog: home organization, entertaining, food, interior design and family life. Kim started blogging in 2005 as a way to reach busy women looking for ways to live with style. She is also a freelance writer and columnist for such publications and sites as Food Network Canada, HGTV Canada and the Toronto Star. The kitchen island she showcases in this post made us want to renovate our kitchen — now.
Kim says, “The mission of my blog has evolved to be aligned with my life and current priorities. It’s now a lifestyle resource for modern parents where I provide parents a fresh take on how to prepare young children for the future and what makes life fun and easy. My love for design is still strong. I continue to talk about home design and stylish living ideas for family.”
When someone has served as an editor of Canadian House & Home magazine, you know they have a talent for design and decorating. Cobi Ladner is the creative force behind Cobistyle, and she brings her enthusiasm and energy to every project she’s involved in, even volunteering at her children’s schools. She is a children’s book author, a TV personality and often a guest columnist. She has even launched her own product line featuring furniture, accessories, fabrics, lighting and draperies. We love the colour themes in all of Cobi’s rooms, especially this dressing room.
5. Dans le Lakehouse
As home decor blogger Tanya explains, “Dans le Lakehouse is a blog about creating a home and life on the shores of Lake Superior.” Tanya brings a sense of humour to her posts and claims that she blogs about her lakehouse because she herself is snoopy and curious about what inspires other people. Take a bit of a lakehouse tour here, and you may find new inspiration for your place too.
“I blog about renovating projects, budget-friendly decorating ideas, easy craft tutorials, delicious recipes and snippets of life on the lake in rural Northwestern Ontario,” Tanya says.
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