Parred Down. A Little Too Much.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 2 Permalink 0

Like many of my blog posts, this one may seem a little tangential {sorry friends} but I am very curious to know if other's have ever experienced this same phenomena. Admittedly, this may turn a little psychoanalytical as well. It's me. So that's just what I am going to do. Growing up in my home was an interesting thing. The focus was on experiences, being a good person, reading, eating food made from scratch  (I lived in that home where there was NEVER quick and easy junk food around) and generally, being busy. I had part-time jobs in high school to get to, I loved snowboarding and was active on school based committees in my later teenage years. I didn't have the home where things were picture perfect, there were never hot cookies coming out of the oven as my friends and I walked through the door. I really don't care about those ...

DIY Honeycomb Storage Bins

Thursday, November 20, 2014 12 Permalink 4

When we moved into our new apartment, I knew I wanted to turn the mudroom into an all-purpose dressing and pet zone. A mudroom and so much more. Staring at the space as it originally was, it just seemed empty and a poor use of the space. It was this sort of odd, little addition that was stuck onto the house. Being a dog momma, I instantly saw it's potential for being a dog friendly area (dog bed, dog supply storage and puppy wipe down zone)... But I also wanted it to serve as an area to slip off our muddy shoes, keep our outdoor things (think mittens, hats, scarves, sunglasses etc.) but also welcome guests into our house. My #1 priority was to install some sort of storage under the existing shelving to maximize the space on the west facing wall. I looked at traditional shelves and bucket style storage ...

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 ...