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Navy and Gold Living Room Tour | Squirrelly MindsWe have lived in our house for 2.5 years and the room we spend the most time in is one of the last ones to get done. Why? Because I wanted to do it right. I’m happy to sit in a less than ideal room until I get the perfect pieces to create a room I want for years to come (minus the odd restyle here and there). I am so incredibly excited to finally share our living room with you today!

Navy and Gold Living Room Tour | Squirrelly MindsOur living room (and house) is quite the eclectic mix. Almost everything is placed with intention. I’ve always wanted our home to tell our story, and it does so through sentimental items we’ve inherited, picked up on travels, or that have been with us for a long time. As for furniture, we’ve managed some insane scores on local craigslist type sites over the years – when you take your time, you can end up getting that perfect item for dirt cheap (or in the case of our pink chair and barcelona chairs…free). But sometimes you can’t wait, or you just can’t find that perfect item. For that, I’m thankful to have Wayfair Canada help us out with the final touches in the room. I’ve been a fan of theirs for a long time (they helped me start out this living room make over right here), so I’m beyond excited that they’ve made the move north up here to Canada! We’ve been seriously lacking in affordable options, especially when it comes to shipping. When I saw that shipping is free over $75, I may have done a happy dance.

Navy and Gold Living Room Tour | Squirrelly MindsNavy and Gold Living Room Tour | Squirrelly MindsThe living room make over all started with the mantel. When we moved in, the entire mantel area (heck the entire house) was a nasty off white shade we called “Banana Split Puke”. Appetizing. I believe the first paint of the house was painting the bricks white, then later the mantel. It took us a while to figure out what we wanted to do, until one day I was inspired by the richness of 18th century France. I mean, just look at this room. Sure, our humble abode is no Versailles, but I wanted to bring a little bit of that grandiose into our daily lives.

Navy and Gold Living Room Tour | Squirrelly MindsAs part of the mantel dress up, we painted the back gold and the shelves navy, making it all one cohesive unit. To make sure I really did these shelves justice, I decided to go to styling school and take the Bookshelf Styling Class by The Decor Fix. Seriously, I’m so glad I did. I was fairly happy with how this shelf was styled before, but something felt off, and it took this course to help me figure out what. I loved all the tips and tricks and the homework that went along with it (yes I loved the homework – I’m a teacher give me a break!). Now I have two styled shelves that feel so cohesive and perfectly put together. Seriously, if you’re the kinda person who tries to get inspiration off mimicking shelves on pinterest (I was there girl!) then I HIGHLY recommend you take this course.
Navy and Gold Living Room Tour | Squirrelly MindsNavy and Gold Living Room Tour | Squirrelly MindsThis is an old IKEA shelf spray painted gold – a project I had been meaning to do the two years we’ve had it. I also covered the top and bottom shelves in marble contact paper, basically doing this exact DIY. The gold and marble is so much softer than the harsh black it used to be.

Navy and Gold Living Room Tour | Squirrelly MindsNavy and Gold Living Room Tour | Squirrelly MindsWe were in dire need of a couch (and my mom reminded me every time she visited). It was nice enough, but it was big, super low, and the cushion filling had gone wonky. I hated sitting in that thing when pregnant because it meant I was stuck there until someone could help me get out. So I turned to Wayfair. I had a tough time deciding as there’s so many great options (a part of me still wishes I was bold enough to get this one!). In the end, we went for a couch very similar to our old one because we loved the lines and style. This couch was the perfect match. It still has sleek lines, but is smaller which leaves more floor space, and higher up so I don’t feel like I’m sitting on the ground.

Navy and Gold Living Room Tour | Squirrelly MindsNavy and Gold Living Room Tour | Squirrelly MindsOur old window coverings were the biggest eye sore of the room. Imagine old granny curtains from the 90′s. Not pretty. But our windows are 14 feet wide, and pulley style drapes were the best option for that length. However, the only way we would be able to make that happen is if we custom ordered them, and we did not have the funds for that. So we went for top down bottom up shades with regular drapes hanging on either side. These shades are a GAME CHANGER. I love that we can pull them halfway down so we still get light in but retain privacy. And the white is so much crisper looking than wall to wall drapes, 90′s granny flowers or not.

Navy and Gold Living Room Tour | Squirrelly MindsWe used to have a lovely big coffee table in front of the couch, but a few weeks into squirrelly baby’s arrival and all the accoutrement that entails, we realized a coffee table was just not going to work. We needed something more mobile that we could easily move so he could sprawl out and play. So instead we opted for these nesting tables, and they are absolutely perfect. The two smaller tables move around the room as needed, and gets tucked away when we want the open space. For styling, I placed a tray with items on top of the main nesting table rather than placing items directly on top. That way if we need to use it, I can simply remove the tray rather than individual items.

Navy and Gold Living Room Tour | Squirrelly MindsWe like to revamp our free/cheap finds, and this credenza was no exception. We picked it up for $15. It originally was all dark brown with just one rickety door. Paint, new doors made, new hardware – bam! This is a thing of beauty. You can check out the before and after and read about our furniture refurbishing adventures (and how to buy and refurbish your own furniture) here.

Navy and Gold Living Room Tour | Squirrelly MindsFun story time: I always wanted to play the piano and would beg my parents for one. One day when I was 13ish, they came home from church absolutely beaming. “Tanya! We have a surprise for you! They were selling the piano at church so we got it for you!”, and then they revealed a……n organ. They were so excited for me that I didn’t have the heart to say anything, so I took organ lessons for around 3-4 years. I would treat it like a piano though, playing piano music and using the two keyboards as if they were one. I would play every piano I saw, and spend hours in the keyboard lab in University. Finally the day came when I could get a piano of my own. My mom’s old client wanted her piano to go to someone who would love and play it often – that someone was me. I love this thing.

Navy and Gold Living Room Tour | Squirrelly MindsThere you have it! Our navy and gold living room. Now excuse me, I’m going to head over to the piano now and play some amelie.

Print/DIY/Holiday | Printable Advent Calendar

Printable Advent Calendar | Squirrelly Minds
It’s advent calendar time! Every year (except I dropped the ball last year) I like to create at least one advent calendar DIY, but this year due to a minimal amount of time with squirrelly baby, I created a bit of a hybrid DIY/Printable instead.

Printable Advent Calendar | Squirrelly MindsI took inspiration from those classic chocolate a day advent calendars, but kept up with my tradition of creating activity based calendars instead. Every day features different activities behind each ‘door’.

Printable Advent Calendar | Squirrelly MindsI created two versions to make this as versatile as possible. One has activities already written for you, while the other is blank so you can personalize and write them in yourself. This is perfect if there are any holiday events happening in your area that you’d like to include on specific days.

Printable Advent Calendar | Squirrelly Minds
As previously mentioned, there is a bit of DIY involved in order to get the doors to open. You don’t need a whole lot to create this calendar – busy infant-mom approved.


Printable Advent Calendar | Squirrelly Minds


1 Download the file and open. Hit print, and select pages 1 and either 2 or 3, depending if you want the activities written already or if you prefer to write your own. Print onto cardstock.
2 Place the first sheet onto your cutting mat. Using a metal edged ruler and exacto knife, carefully cut along three sides of each door. The sharper the exacto knife the better! I find it helpful to line it up across a row and cut the bottoms all at once, the tops, then the side. Cut all but two angles on the star. Make sure all sides are properly cut before going on to step 3.
3 Glue the white space surrounding the tree on your second (activities) sheet. Carefully place the first sheet on top, making sure everything is aligned.
4 Hang and enjoy your daily Christmas activities!

Printable Advent Calendar | Squirrelly MindsDownload the file below and get crafting!
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Printable Advent Calendar | Squirrelly Minds
Happy counting down to Christmas friends!

If you’re looking for more ideas, check out past Squirrelly Minds advent calendars:

From The Christmas Archives


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Home | Gallery Wall + Minted Giveaway

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Prints graciously given by Minted. Affiliate Links are used in this post.

We have lived in our home for just over 2 years and until this past month we were living with almost completely bare walls. No, it’s not because we were lazy, although that would be a very good guess.
In past rental spaces the walls were filled with whatever cute art prints/photos that looked nice in the space – a nice but temporary solution. When we bought our first house we knew every decision would be deliberate and well thought out, especially when it came to art. We weren’t willing to put art up just for the sake of having something on the walls. No. We wanted our art to be meaningful, so we took time to collect pieces we were drawn to and held some sort of significance.

Living Room Gallery Wall | Squirrelly Minds The map reminds us (or me) of how much of the world we have left to see, the first nations pieces pay homage to the people who own the land we are lucky enough to live on. The bison is a watercolour of mine that is a work in progress – a tribute to all the work the mister’s father has put into studying this great animal, and his grandfather (squirrelly baby’s namesake) who raised bison. Yes, we very carefully selected each piece of art that’s up on the wall because we want it all to tell a story of our past and who we are now. I was so thankful Minted granted us art to add to our collection and our story.

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Beauty Inside by Kristi Kohut
The bright poppy colours in this piece are a nice contrast to some of the more somber tones. Given that I’m a fairly bright and positive person, I wanted the gallery wall to reflect this. Plus, the mister is convinced it’s the inside of a birthday cake, which is fitting because we love sweets. However it does make me hungry every time I see it.

First of October by Kelly Money
Moody and full of depth, I could get lost for ages staring into this painting. It reminds me of our stormy west coast skies, and how much I love listening to the rain pelt down on the roof and the wind whistle through the trees.

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Wake II by Lindsay Megahed
I’m not one to play favourites, but……I just can’t get over the colours and strokes of this piece. This is one that might not tell a personal story, but certainly had both of us mesmerized. It reminds me of industrial age London with thick smoke below a beautiful pink sky. Isn’t it fun how art makes everyone see different things?
Marbled Wake by SylvieCeres Designs
Living on an island, I felt it only necessary that water be represented on our gallery wall. I love the movement of this piece. It makes me want to run to the beach and dive right in, which sadly in Canadian waters would lead to certain death.
Golden Gait by Andrew McClintock
The simplicity of this piece really drew me in. Cheetah’s are such a symbol of power and strength, attributes I try to embody.

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One thing I love about Minted art is that it isn’t mass produced in a factory. Each piece is by an independent artists from all over the world, sourced through on-going art competitions. I love that I know the name of nearly every person’s art work on our wall.
I can’t wait to finish the bison painting (whenever I catch up on work and squirrelly baby lets me….never?) and put it in a gold frame to complete our wall. The living room is one of the last areas to get a makeover in the pink bungalow. All we need are new window treatments and a new couch for it to be complete! But even with the old granny curtains and couch that sinks every time we sit, filling our walls with art after a few years of blankness makes our house finally feels more like a home.
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Home | Mint, Grey, and Gold Nursery

Mint, Grey, and Gold Nursery | Squirrelly Minds
You may have seen my original nursery reveal with the Land of Nod a few weeks ago. I was (am) so excited to fill baby’s nursery with so many adorable Land of Nod items.
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I just love their kid stuff – so whimsical and fun, yet some items are classy enough for an adult room too. It was especially thrilling to order through Land of Nod because they’re one of few places who actually ship to Canada.

Mint, Grey, and Gold Nursery | Squirrelly Minds
Yep, it can be a lonely, design deprived life up here north of the border where many companies can’t be bothered to deal with customs and border crossings (I don’t blame them). I’m so thankful Land of Nod has opened their shipping borders though and included us up in the north! It can be hard to get cute, design-y items, so it’s such a relief that there are online options for us.

Mint, Grey, and Gold Nursery | Squirrelly MindsSince originally posting my nursery reveal, I have made a couple slight changes that I wanted to share with you so you could see the nursery in its final state.
Mint, Grey, and Gold Nursery | Squirrelly Minds
The main change was on the north wall. Before it was quite bare, but I added some picture rails to use as shelving for the board books we got at squirrelly baby’s shower (we asked for books instead of cards). I envision it as the perfect place to snuggle up with squirrelly baby on the chair, or later in the teepee, and read a book together.
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We also created a mobile. I searched for months for the perfect mobile but nothing really called out to me. Then, upon seeing some plush kitties, I decided that was it! I purchased a few items from Etsy, made a couple plush clouds and got assembling. Sure, it doesn’t totally go with our subtle stars and space theme (hey we weren’t actually planning a theme) but cats are awesome so it works by default. With the cats, clouds, and colourful yarn balls, I fondly name the mobile “dreaming of kitties”.

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Along with the Moon Phase Art Print and triangle pillow and Bump Photos I posted last month, those are the main adjustments! I’m so happy with this room and spend as much time as I can in it with our squirrelly baby. I kind of want to camp out here, and may just do that when baby adjust to crib sleeping.

Interested in where I got the items? Check out the sources list below:

Furniture and Accessories
Crib: Kidiway Fresh 4-1 Convertible
Rug: Flokati by Land of Nod
Gold Pouf: Land of Nod
Gold Striped Teepee: Land of Nod
Grey Hamper: Land of Nod
Changing Pad Cover: Custom from Modern Baby
Gold Striped Curtains: DIY
Dresser: Vintage Refurbished
Light Fixture: Zuo Modern
Rocker: Poang chair in Isunda grey from IKEA
Wall shelves: Ribba picture ledge from IKEA
Overcast wall shelf: Land of Nod

Crib bedding: Panda Hug Store on Etsy
Cloud pillow: CutenSoft on Etsy
Swaddle: Super star scout classic swaddle from Aden and Anais
Throw: City Chenille hand woven throw from Jovi Home

Art and Accessories
Sapphire Watercolour Art: Squirrelly Minds Paper Shop
Fig Watercolour Art: By Me (baby’s nickname was figlette)
Moon Phase Art Print: Download
Hooray Flag: DIY
Weaving: By Me
Planets Banner: Land of Nod
Mobile: By me with custom orders from CutenSoft and Sheep Farm Felt on Etsy
Yellow knit basket (not pictured here): Land of Nod

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