Winter Blues

March 4, 2014 — 12 Comments

Blue living room // We So Thrifty

Wall of thrifted mirrors // We So Thrifty

Blue living room // We So Thrifty

Blue living room // We So Thrifty

Spring is never coming.

The sooner we accept that, the sooner we can all start walking around in Jon Snow furs, and embrace our destinies as and kings and queens of the North.

We all have different means of coping with the endless winter that has seized southern Ontario. For some of my friends, family, and former classmates, coping meant drinking beer in their underwear, then posting it to Facebook. I chose to interpret this a Hunger-Games-esque act of rebellion against our winter overlords. I, however, am no Katniss, and so I’m coping with methods that are warmer, and less nude. Like usual, I’m coping by going to the thrift store, a lot.

A few weeks ago, I found a lovely Van Gogh Almond Blossoms print from Valu Village, and I decided to use it as a launch pad to bring spring inside (because we all know it’s never happening outside). I tossed out all my old pillows, and picked up a few new ones that paired well with the print, and a throw I already had. I also attacked the other wall in my living room – I had two thrifted mirrors that needed some company, so off to Mom’s house I went to steal a few more. The result is a wall of mirrors that reflects the light and blossoms so nicely, I almost forget it’s the tundra outside. I shuffled around a few more things, and the end result is a fresh, cheery room that I never, ever, under any circumstances, want to leave.

Thrifted prints // We So Thrifty

Blue living room // We So Thrifty

Van Gogh Print: Valu Village
Mirrors, clock, Asian prints: Various thrift stores, mostly Mom
Window: About Time
Pillows: Target
Table: Waste Wise

12 responses to Winter Blues


    Such a beautiful room! And your cat is adorable 🙂



    I love the Van Gogh print and the colours of the pillows. Nicely put together. You guys back east have had such a crazy winter this year. It’s probably a good idea to just create your own spring.



    As usual, your writing made me smile. Love the Game of Thrones reference as well as the new colors in your room. I hate to tell you, but we actually had some signs of spring yesterday, so between that and your post, I’m inspired to redecorate my living. Thanks for giving me a fun read and a little eye candy, first thing this morning.


      Julie Van Huizen March 17, 2014 at 9:57 am

      Happy to provide some inspiration! I don’t begrudge your signs of spring at all – not everyone can suffer like us Canucks 😉



    Great post! You are saying what everyone is feeling. I think that we are really in Narnia what with the endless winter and all.

    Love that room and that snuggly cat. Wish I could borrow both for a nap 🙂



    Your home looks so freaking cozy!Especially those mirrors! Meanwhile in Europe, I’ve officially given up hope on seeing any snow this winter 😥


    vintagefrenchchic March 6, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    I adore that Van Gogh print…it would look great in my living room!! I just spent most of my morning cleaning and re-arranging things in there. It looks very fresh and chic! Amazing how using the same stuff in a different way can make a room look so “new”.



    I was not cut out for never ending winters which is why I migrated south, but I respect people that can deal with them and especially those that make it a game- like drinking beers in their underwear… Your places looks pretty springy!


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