Holiday Mantels

Friday, November 14, 2014 2 Permalink 0

In the summer, I was invited to a holiday preview presented by Home Depot. I was off work, it was on Queen West (so close to home) and there was going to be delicious food. I don't need much more incentive to pretend it was the holidays in July. I guess that is a thing with companies - they are always thinking ahead to the next season. Me? I was busy wearing cut-off jean shorts and lathering myself in coconut sunscreen. It was hard for me to make the leap but I did it. Home Depot did a great job of turning a restaurant into a wintery, holiday party. Aaron Jarosz and Jeanette Ewen were there to give us bloggers some tips on decorating. It's always an odd experience for me listening to and seeing what is the next 'big thing' for decorating. I truly don't feel that I fall into just one ...

The To Do Lists Never End

Monday, November 3, 2014 0 Permalink 0

I am not quite sure what part of my personality makes me continually obsessed with getting the apartment decorated ASAP but it has become a little intrusive. At times, I even feel slightly 'unbalanced'. I am always thinking about it. There is a small part of me that wonders if it is the influence of being a 'blogger' {I still feel weird saying that most of the time}. The constant feeling of the need to generate content or write. I stress about getting my apartment 'just so'. But to be honest, although I do know the blog definitely influences my timelines to some degree, I have always been like this. Hence the 'Nest' part of my blog name. Every single time I have moved into a new place - whether it was my first University off-campus room with my pals (painted bright golden yellow with orange accents friends!!!) to my previous ...

Something To Hold Us Up… Is Holding Us Up

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 5 Permalink 0

Doesn't a few weeks feel like forever in blog time? Things move on and change rapidly. You forget about something you read or saw only a few days ago. Well I posted my "pre" living room - the before and during reveal if you will of my living room almost two weeks ago. TWO WEEKS AGO! That feels SO LONG ago. What I need to remind myself and everyone else is that sometimes things aren't just 'right' to be shared yet. The wall transformation has happened. There is one small project that I am waiting for the perfect day to do (long story). But otherwise, the room is almost ready. Except for one very significant factor which has lots of knock off effects. We can't find the right couch. I have been hunting all over. Following up random internet leads to nothing. After work and life commitments, there isn't too ...

Fall Is Here

Thursday, October 23, 2014 0 Permalink 0

Every fall I always get the sense that I should be taking a class or bettering myself in some way - forget January resolutions, I am all about the eager 'going back to school' vibe when the temperatures start to drop in Ontario and the leaves start to turn. I love being outside when it's warm in the sun but you still need a good wool sweater. It is definitely my second favourite season after summer - I am a total summer baby. I love how hot it is. Sunshine. Hands down but fall isn't too far behind. Now if I could just apply that motivation to my very real NEED to study for my professional exams that I have to write... But that's another story (I have been authorized to write my exams for over 2 years now). Ek. The fall is an amazing time to hike as well - especially in ...

The Living Room Rebirth

Thursday, October 16, 2014 2 Permalink 0

It has been exactly 2 months to the day since we moved into our new apartment. That is 60 days of living within the walls of an altogether not offensively painted apartment but a 'not me' apartment. I had been patiently planning and working behind the scenes with the wonderful people over at Benjamin Moore * to determine how to best breathe my personality and some new life into the walls of our home. As I have mentioned several times previously, I am just dying with happiness that I finally have an apartment that is a blank slate for decorating and one that is big enough to decorate (this is big news for me after living in under 400 sq. ft. for a year and a half folks). I went from a wee wee little single old me apartment to a spacious living room with 12 ft ceilings! The before (LOOK BEYOND ...