Hallway Bench

Finally our hallway feels a bit more complete. We found a wood bench on craigslist that matches the wood of our type trays, it’s a perfect fit and we’ll be able to tuck our shoes underneath.

Wood bench and typography trays

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DIY Vintage Book Page Table Runner

For Amy’s bridal shower, I created a table runner from old romance novels. Below, i’ll walk you through the steps to create your own for any event.

table-runner-diy

Roll out your ikea paper to the length you want your table runner to be. This will be the base of your project. I found it easier to have something to glue the pages to instead of trying to glue the pages to themselves. You’re then going to carefully remove the pages from your books and lay them onto the paper glueing as you go. They don’t need much glue, you can go back after and glue down the areas that stick out. It’s pretty straight forward. It really looks best if you find a book that has pages that are more of an older yellow tone, it gives more of a vintage vibe.

diy book page table runner

Retro Kitchen Table: Before and After

We’ve been pretty busy getting the apartment “livable” but we did manage to do a quick makeover of a retro table Andrew was given from his mom. It was in rough shape, rusty legs and badly worn red and white laminate.

Andrew removed the rust from the legs and coated them with a chrome spray paint. Then we taped off the very cute scalloped edges and sprayed them with Krylon pistachio spray paint.

Finally, the top was coated with a white epoxy spray paint for durability. We suggest you do any large surface like this in VERY thin coats. This is the one problem we have, the surface has remained slightly tacky because we didn’t wait long enough between coats. Luckily it’s still usable and adds some fun to the kitchen!

New Apartment Coming Soon!

Guess what? I’m moving to an amazing loft next month! I’ll be moving in with my boyfriend and we’ll be fixing up the place. My blog will probably be filled with posts about before & after’s, DIYs, decorating for the next year or more? We’ll be getting some professionals to do the tricky stuff, but after that it’ll be a clean slate for us to have our way with. I’ll be attempting to document as much of it as I can.

Below are some photos of the space:

Amazing windows – one of the main reasons I wanted to live here!

Probably the most dysfunctional kitchen i’ve ever come across. The fridge and oven open up onto each other, the upper cabinets are extremely large and deep, you need a ladder to reach into them and that 80’s bar/island has got to go.


The ceiling is amazing! But the colour is scary. We’ll be painting it white with dark beams. Don’t worry, we’ll be getting professional painters for this part, the ceilings are 16ft tall, I don’t really see myself standing on a ladder that high up!


The downstairs bathroom will get new tiles, fixtures, a claw foot tub, and some sliding closet doors:

Goodbye lino floors and laminate counter tops, you won’t be missed:



I look forward to sharing our adventures in home renovation and decorating with all of you!

Find Finds on a Budget: Spring 2012

I really love a good deal on home decor. Your home doesn’t have to look like you’re living on a budget, it’s all about mixing new with old and a few DIY projects, to create personality and warmth.

I love finding affordable items at HomeSense. They have great deals on current trend setting items for your home. I’ve found the same styles at high end boutiques, but for way less. Today I stopped by on my lunch break and found a few cute spring trends I wanted to share.

Spring Colours and Textures

Just a few fun objects i’ve picked out that I feel represent some of the colours and textures of spring this year.

Camano Coffee Mill, Necklace by bella bijou, Wallet by Fossil, Bowls from Anthropologie, Hanging Terrarium by CB2, Feather Print by River Luna, Chair from Crate and Barrel

Find Finds at the Thrift Store

I love visiting the thrift store, I never have any specific item in mind that i’m hunting for, mostly just something with character, possible value and function in my home. I’m in love with vintage items, so usually it’s what I gravitate towards. This latest item was a deal, which made me think that spending a few extra bucks to fix it up a bit wouldn’t be a big deal. It ended up being a great improvement.