Loving: Happy Handmade Home

Thursday, August 28, 2014 1 Permalink 0

This past weekend I 'babysat' my sister and her fiance's dog Remy. When I got settled in, I found that my sister had a copy of Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman's (of A Beautiful Mess) Happy Handmade Home book! I shouldn't be surprised as I know my sister loves their blog and in fact her own home has a lot of the same design aesthetic as A Beautiful Mess. I loved flipping through their well put together book and thought I would share my favourite images and projects from it. Right off the bat they presented this awesome image of a kitchen with the exposed cupboards painted a dark turquoise/jade. I love it and have already been thinking about doing this in my new apartment. Half of my cupboards are open concept like this and I feel like they could use a lift... Something like this or wallpaper. I love all the bright pops ...

Summer DIY’s

Thursday, July 31, 2014 2 Permalink 0

Not sure if everyone has clued into it yet, but I have summers off. Not only do I have one of the best job's in the world, I also have amazing (by Northern American standards) holidays. I spent most of July running errands, getting to my pre-crastination list and doing things I had wanted to do for ages. And beyond that, camping, races to get to (Nan and I lead busy lives as full time cheerleaders) and friends weddings. Now that all that is winding down, I have a few do it yourself projects I have been mulling over. Ever since I did the blog make over (I am not sure what else to call it), I have a new enthusiasm for blogging. It may also be because I have the time. I have struggled to find a life/work/blog balance for the last 1.5-2 years. Something had to give I ...

Aberfoyle Antique Adventures

Monday, July 28, 2014 0 Permalink 0

I am on the hunt for a few new pieces for my home. I came away with a few small things but otherwise it was just a day out at the Aberfoyle Antique Market. It's a favourite stop for many Ontario bloggers - not uncommon to see some other bloggers post goodies from their weekend adventures to the market. It's a great little spot and for $2, you can't really go wrong. A quick drive (USUALLY) from Toronto, barring no traffic. Here are a few things that caught my eye yesterday. Tall vintage ladder. Now I know everyone and their brother seems to have one of these in their garage but I don't have one. And I want one. I want to either lean it for hanging things (herbs, lights etc.) or modify it to be a leaning shelf. We found this one yesterday but the price is too steep (over $50), ...

Tips For Living In A Small Apartment That Worked

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 2 Permalink 0

For me. I need to always always preface that with "for me". What works/worked for me wouldn't necessarily work for others. When I said yes to my current apartment back in December 2012 (move in January 2013), I kept panicking about how the hell I was going to live in a bachelor apartment. The idea of living in such a small space was exciting but also daunting. The usual concerns: where would I put all my STUFF? Would my  bed smell like my dinner? How will it NOT look messy everyday? Blah blah blah. It was a long, trying struggle to find a balance. To make myself feel better when I first moved in, I combed the internet for tips and ideas about how to live in my little bachelor apartment. My savior came in the form of Erin Boyle at Reading My Tea Leaves. Erin writes a beautiful, simple ...

Home. Wonderful Small Home.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 1 Permalink 0

Working in the children's mental health field, I feel like I am hyper aware to all the tell-tale signs of declining mental health in people and can be quick to worry about others. Loss of interest, lack of motivation, start to disengage from 'others', don't see the point anymore, lack of eye contact (my blog couldn't face the other more 'active' bloggers), worrying about what other's think, can't see the top from the bottom, feelings of over-whelmedness (my word!), poor organization... Etc. Etc. Well. I think I can officially say that my so called 'home' blog was depressed. She was lack lustre. Borderline boring. All over the place. Kept posting that she was gunna 'quit'. BUT GUESS WHAT? Summer's here and SHE'S back! When I moved into my itty bity bachelor in January 2013, I was kind of embarrassed to blog about it. It's small. Has zero storage. I can see my ...