What a Gem! This Week’s Favourite Finds

My dog has been sick recently… Let me tell you, it’s been a rough last few days! My sympathy was drawing thin… They tell me the messes we’ve managed are only a glimpse of what parenthood will be like. Yikes! We’re at least over the worst of it now… Which means it’s a perfect time for some inspiration for any projects you might have coming up this weekend.

1. This fireplace make-over:


I was initially drawn to the accent colours on the mantle, but the tiling was what won me over! I’ve read a few times that honeycomb is the new “it” pattern… Could it even be the new chevron? It’s definitely worth checking out the before and after shots at Retro Ranch Renovation.

2. This mint and gold tablescape:


While I’m not a big fan of the colours in the flower arrangement in the background, I love the mint and gold! I discovered this one recently and was instantly attracted to it because it resembles the feel I’m going for in my new blog design (especially with the ombre turquoise and white table cloth). I’ll certainly be referring to it for inspiration for my final tweaks (again, I get obsessive over these things.) Thanks to all of you who have contributed to my plan this week! Can’t wait to unveil it all soon…

3. A faux marble DIY:


She literally managed to create the look of marble. At least in the photo, I can’t tell the difference at all. How amazing is that?

4. These easy DIY outdoor candle holders:


One of my all-time favourite blogs, I Heart Organizing just launched her latest Monthly Challenge, “The Great Outdoors”. Each month, she focuses on one area in the house to work on, be it organizing or decorating, and then finishes off the month with a link party. This might be just the push I need to tackle our little patio! Plus, she posted these little candle holders as inspiration. Aren’t they cute? I’m sure it would be an easy and cheap update to some thrift store glasses.

5. This KITCHEN.

I’m in love. Honestly, if I ever have the chance to design my own kitchen, this would be it. It’s so beautiful; I had to throw in two photos.


I love everything about it. The dark wood floors, the open shelving with a slightly rustic feel, the gleaming bin pulls, the shaker-style white cabinets, the crisp white subway tile…. Even the accessories like the pink peonies, the striped grey tea towel and clear glass baking jars. It reflects me to a tee!

I hope these finds inspired you this week. Be sure to check back Monday for my latest apartment updates…


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