Canadian fall home tour – Our rustic porch

Canadian fall home tour-Rustic Porch tour |VinYet ETC

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Wow, is it Thursday already?! Have you been drooling over all of the Canadian blogger’s home tours so far this week? I know I sure have been, truly inspiring and unique spaces. If you’re not quite sure what I’m talking about  you can catch up at the end of my fall home tour where I’ve posted a complete list of talented friends with direct links to the who’s who in this collaborative coast to coast fall extravaganza!  There are 20 of us in all and we are being hosted by the ever generous and adorable, Christina from The DIY Mommy . I’d like to say a great big thank you to her for putting such a fun group together!


Mr (aka Bud) and I would like to say hello and welcome to our version of the Canadian fall home tour… we’ll be getting a little bit rustic and vintage on this tour, I hope you enjoy our space. We live in a rural community just outside of Kingston Ontario and we absolutely love it here. It’s like living in beautiful cottage country with gorgeous countryside everywhere, lots of wild life and and endless lakes for us to explore within minutes from our home.  One of our favourite past times though is to sit on our front porch and watch the “show” that nature puts on for us, from spectacular sunrises and sunsets to very impressive thunder and lighting storms, we are all nestled in and completely protected from the elements…  protected from everything except miskitos maybe. haha

Thank you so very much for joining us here, if you’ve been following me on Instagram you’ve already spied some of our sneak peeks, we’re so happy to finally reveal the whole tour to you, enjoy.


The evolution of our front porch

Our porch was a completely intimidating space to me when we first moved here… we moved from a much smaller front landing with an urn and 2 Adirondacks… to this much larger area.


Canadian fall home tour | VinYet porch beforeSource: Realtor photo

I’m happy to say that I am becoming quite comfortable with this extra outdoor room we find ourselves with… the perfect location for gathering with friends and family and it’s the absolute best place in the world for Mr and I to chat, laugh and enjoy our quiet surroundings.


Summer 2016 porch tour was filled with special memories and my “slight” obsession with peonies, you can see more of that tour here.

Fall porch 2015 | VinYet ETCFall 2015


Fall 2015 was filled with a cameo from Kiefer our black cutie,  hay bales and of course some rusty goodness, you can see more of that here.

I’ve really gotten into fixing up our rustic porch, while there is so much we’d still like to do to renovate our porch we are quite happy with the here and the now, for now… haha, who knows maybe 2017 will be the year for a porch reno?!  Oh the plans and the projects just don’t stop around here… we are DIYers to the core!

Canadian bloggers fall home tour – 2016 our rustic porch

This year I decided to tap into my love of rustic (surprise) with splashes of vintage and some industrial thrown in for good measure and of course cozy, we can’t forget cozy. I wanted to create some welcoming and cozy spaces with seating areas for our family to enjoy.


Sitting a spell and having a warm cup a joe… reading a favourite book is my idea of bliss.

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A layered cozy look is perfect for our front porch not to mention very comfortable. I was so happy to be able to use this pom-pom throw I made… it’s SO soft! Find out how I made that here. Adding some gorgeous throw pillows that contrast each other (my favourite design principle) finishes off this space perfectly I think.

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This rocking chair belonged to my Nanny, I’m thinking of giving her a little freshen up with some white maybe? We’ll see, for now this rocking chair takes it’s rightful place on the porch.

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I decided that our antique bench needed a little “coffee table”, this crate is one of my favourite scores… it makes a perfect tray don’t you think? Maybe one day I will add the leather DIY handles I’ve been thinking about. AND I just could not have a Canadian Fall Home tour without maple leaf cookies! 🙂 So yummy!

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Besides the lighting over the mantel this vintage wooden sifter (made into a wreath with antlers) is my favourite addition this fall, I’m a little nutso over it!  LOVE!

Canadian Fall Home tour -fall-antler-wreath | VinYet ETC

Do you enjoy vintage finds too? I can’t help myself, I see something I love I have to snag it. Even though I didn’t know right away what I was going to do with this sifter I bought it and I’m so happy I did. If you’d like to follow some of my thrifting and treasure hunting shenanigans on Facebook I would love it if you joined me. 🙂

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Speaking of the mantel, this beauty was a huge score when Mr and I went on a picking vacation, OMGoodness now THAT was fun!

Rustic vignettes

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Oh my that blue! xoxo

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Something so right about white pumpkins!

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The last of my blushing bride hydrangeas, I adore how they are all different!


Just after a nice bit of rain… bliss!

Thank you once again for joining us here for our version of fall, 2016. xolaurie-signature

I’m so happy to be taking part in the Canadian Bloggers Home Tour this week!

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Each day, a new group of Canadian bloggers are sharing their Fall decor. Visit each home tour by following the links on the specified days below.


Northern Style Exposure
Clean and Scentsible
Amidst the Chaos
Heather In Heels


The Happy Housie
Satori Design for Living
Love Create Celebrate
A Pop of Pretty


PMQ for Two
Brooklyn Berry Designs
Rambling Renovators
Kim Power Style


The DIY Mommy
Vin’yet Etc.
Home To Heather
Fresh Crush


Life is a Party
A Pretty Life
This Little Estate

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  • Reply Tracy Mitchell September 29, 2016 at 7:25 am

    The porch looks fantastic, I’ll join you anytime on your treasure hunts 🙂

    • Reply Laurie September 29, 2016 at 5:33 pm

      Thank you Tracy! I love treasure hunting, a bit too much some might say! 😉

  • Reply Pam Kessler September 29, 2016 at 8:06 am

    Your porch is gorgeous!!! So much of a difference from when you first moved in! PS – don’t leave your deer pillow on the porch at night or some blogger from Ohio might have to sneak over the border and “borrow” it 🙂

    • Reply Laurie September 29, 2016 at 5:34 pm

      Your comment made me LOL for real! Thank you for stopping in, I’m so glad you like our porch! It’s a cozy space, we love it!

  • Reply Joann @ Woman In Real Life September 29, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Everything is perfect Laurie! Perfect, perfect, perfect! So cozy and full of special touches. (And the cookies work!) If I were close by I’d be popping over to see it in person! Your house is just lovely. It always has me wanting to find a country property! One day perhaps. 🙂 xo Jo

    • Reply Laurie September 29, 2016 at 5:36 pm

      Awwww, thank you sweet friend of mine! Any time you’re in town, let me know, I’d love to have you over! 🙂

  • Reply jane@cottage at the crossroads September 29, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Oh my gosh, sweet friend! It’s been a while since I visited you and you not only have the most awesome decorated porch for fall but your blog has a new look. I can just imagine you and Bud on that porch looking out at that incredible view. How clever to put a mantel on your porch to anchor some seating! And you sifter wreath is just genius! I was looking at your rocker and thinking that it would look fantastic with some white paint but also leaving some of the stained wood tones on it. Would be fun to try before going all white!

    • Reply Laurie September 29, 2016 at 5:38 pm

      I like your rocker idea… I may do that. Thank you so much for stopping in, I have changed a few things around here, I want to do a big new look reveal but I haven’t had a chance to yet! 🙂

  • Reply Ariel September 29, 2016 at 8:38 am

    This looks beautiful, and perfectly “you.” That blue glass is totally beautiful, I love it!
    That porch is where we’ll have coffee next time I’m in town 😉

    • Reply Laurie September 29, 2016 at 5:40 pm

      For sure coffee on the porch, if I’m available! :p hahahaha thank you for your kind words! xo

  • Reply Jen September 29, 2016 at 8:47 am

    This all looks so lovely. That mantle was a score! I dream of taking a picking vacation one day. With a view like yours, I’d be on the porch all the time.

    • Reply Laurie September 29, 2016 at 5:41 pm

      The porch is our favourite place, if the internet worked out there I don’t thing I’d ever come in. 🙂

  • Reply Anne September 29, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Beautiful job Laurie! I love your property too!

    • Reply Laurie September 29, 2016 at 5:41 pm

      Thank you so much Anne! xo

  • Reply Collette September 29, 2016 at 9:36 am

    How absolutely wonderful! Who wouldn’t want to spend time on your porch with all the lovely touches of happiness. Thank you for posting your view from the porch also, I can smell the fresh air! Love the white pumpkins and hydrangeas, and well, …everything!

    • Reply Laurie September 29, 2016 at 5:42 pm

      Thank you Collette, that view is such a big part of the porch, I had to post it! 🙂 Thank you so much for your lovely comments! xo

  • Reply Becki September 29, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Laurie! This looks so good! So cozy with those blankets and pillows! I love the branch with the lights attached! Genius!

    • Reply Laurie September 29, 2016 at 5:44 pm

      Thanks Becki! 😀 I love the birch log/branch with the lights too… my fave! I’m a bit of a lighting geek, I adore cool lighting! It is SO cozy out there, with this cooler weather now it’s so refreshing to sit out there with the cool air and be as toasty as a bug in a run! xo

  • Reply Jen @ Fresh Crush September 29, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Girl. You know how to layer in the coziness! I want to spend all day on that porch with a new book… and endless coffee. So gorgeous, and so you. I knew you’d knock it out of the park!

    • Reply Laurie September 29, 2016 at 5:45 pm

      Awww, thank you sweet friend, what a lovely comment! I do do cozy very well… I’m always so chilly, I need my throws and my pillows! You can’t have too many, right?! 😉

  • Reply Shauna September 29, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Laurie, your front porch and yard are dreamy! I think you have the perfect setting to put together those beautiful vintage vignettes. I’m not quite there yet, but hopefully soon. Until then, I’ll work on the collecting part!

    • Reply Laurie September 29, 2016 at 5:47 pm

      Oh my Shauna, I disagree your gorgeous red bench with your vintage touches were pure perfection! But by all means keep collecting, maybe one day we will get to go picking together, that would be so fun!

  • Reply Heather September 29, 2016 at 11:42 am

    your porch is the stuff dreams are made of! I am in love. Also, when when finally rebuild our front porch, we’re hosting you two so you can help me decorate it!:)

    • Reply Laurie September 29, 2016 at 5:48 pm

      You are so sweet my friend, thank you! I would LOVE to come style your porch, so fun!!!

  • Reply Heather September 29, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    The sifter wreath with the antlers. OMG. I’m speechless. GAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

    • Reply Laurie September 29, 2016 at 5:48 pm

      Girl, I love how you get me! You are awesome! <3 Gahhhhhhhhh, my kind of lingo!

  • Reply Elizabeth @ RusticMaple September 29, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    Your porch looks lovely and a great place to relax. We enjoyed our tour around the Kingston area several years ago.

    • Reply Laurie October 2, 2016 at 10:44 am

      Thank you Elizabeth, we absolutely adore the Kingston area, it’s right up our alley, history, wild life, nature, city life… it’s got it all. The porch is the best place to relax. so peaceful! 🙂

  • Reply Lesley Metcalfe September 29, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    I want to sit on that rocking chair with a good book and a blanket! Your front porch is so inviting. 🙂

    • Reply Laurie October 2, 2016 at 10:45 am

      Thank you Lesley! It’s a wonderful place to catch up on some “me” time! xo

  • Reply Jo-Anna September 29, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Laurie your porch (and home) are stunning! What a magical place to live and enjoy the country…a dream!

    • Reply Laurie October 2, 2016 at 10:45 am

      Thank you so much Jo-Anna, it totally is a dreamy place to live, we love it here so much! xo

  • Reply Linda September 29, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    Love your after porch. Looks so lovely and just waiting for visitors.

    • Reply Laurie October 2, 2016 at 10:46 am

      You are so right Linda, just waiting for some visitors! 🙂

  • Reply Lidy@FrenchGardenHouse September 29, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Laurie, what a gift you have for creating beauty! Your porch is welcoming, the perfect place to enjoy the natural magic fall offers. As an antique dealer, I’m always excited to see vintage and antique used with personal style. Happy Fall.

    • Reply Laurie October 2, 2016 at 10:48 am

      Thank you so much Lidy, I adore the stories and the character attached to vintage and antique pieces, I love dreaming up new ways to display and use these relics. Happy Fall to you too! 🙂

  • Reply Jane @sustainmycrafthabit September 29, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Your porch is absolutely incredible Laurie! It must be such an amazing retreat . And I can’t stop looking at all those gorgeous pillows!

    • Reply Laurie October 2, 2016 at 10:49 am

      Thank you lovely friend! I love the pillows too, are there ever too many, I mean really? 😉 Can’t wait to get my wheat pillow from your shop, I’m excited!

  • Reply Dannyelle @ September 29, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    Laurie this looks amazing. Love all your vintage details. Looks like the perfect place for a long chat and nice cup of coffee.

    • Reply Laurie October 2, 2016 at 10:50 am

      Thanks friend! It is the perfect spot to chat and catch up… but it is dangerous because time will fly out there, so cozy! xo

  • Reply Christina Dennis September 29, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    Laurie, this is absolutely stunning! Every square inch of your porch is just delicious. I want to come visit so badly! LOVE all your salvaged finds and how cozy and inviting you’ve made your space. And can I just say that your blog is looking gorgeous too? Your photography is just out of this world lately, and I love the new logo. Thanks for being a part of this tour!

    • Reply Laurie October 2, 2016 at 10:52 am

      I would LOVE it if you came for a visit! We could explore Kingston and all of the picking spots! Thank you so much for noticing the blog and the photos, trying to up my game, I run with the best of the best after all! <3

  • Reply Tara September 30, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Laurie, this is stunning. Can I come over for a hot chocolate (or a glass of wine) and sit on the porch with you?

    • Reply Laurie October 2, 2016 at 10:53 am

      I would die, I’d love to have you visit… I feel like we’d be laughing our heads off and drinking a lot of wine! That would be SOOOO fun! xo

  • Reply Sonja @Sustainmycrafthabit September 30, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    I’m in awe and definitely in porch-envy right about now! Just beautiful. You’ve gotten my creativity juices flowing as to how I can liven up my back patio (it’s in the city but still!).

    • Reply Laurie October 2, 2016 at 10:55 am

      Thanks lady! I’m sure you’d liven up and make any space gorgeous! <3

  • Reply Krista October 1, 2016 at 11:20 am

    What a beautiful setting, and your porch?!?! Oh my, I would love a gorgeous space like that!! Absolutely beautiful to have that extra space in/outside your home! And you’ve take full advantage with your cozy and gorgeous fall decor!!

    • Reply Laurie October 2, 2016 at 11:00 am

      Thank you so much Krista, at first that space was intimidating, but now I just can’t get enough of it!

  • Reply Lindi October 1, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Laurie!!! Everything is SO beautiful!! Lovely styling and photography! Perfect decor for the season 🙂

    • Reply Laurie October 2, 2016 at 10:56 am

      Thank you Lindi! 🙂

  • Reply Andrea October 3, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    It’s just lovely Laurie! And your photography is gorgeous! I’m not sure what you think you need me for, but I hope you invite me over anyway!!!
    Also this is the first time I’ve seen your new blog design and it’s FAB! You go girl!

    • Reply Laurie October 5, 2016 at 6:13 pm

      I would love to have you over here and I always need my friends! xo Thank you so much, that’s huge from you! <3

  • Reply Maria Brittis October 4, 2016 at 8:19 am

    I am in love with the transformation of your home, its amazing. Being a nature person its right up my alley

    • Reply Laurie October 5, 2016 at 6:13 pm

      Thank you Maria, a fellow nature lover! xo

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