Hi there! I’m Lauren. Welcome to my little DIY diary about making our rental our own. “L’amour chez nous” roughly translates to “love at our place”. It’s all about loving where you are now, living it to the fullest, and being able to pack it all up and reuse in the next place.
Since graduating from university in 2010, I’ve managed a few awesome trips around Europe and Asia (like the one in the photo above, taken in Bali, Indonesia) but I’m moving in a new chapter and (eek! dare I say this?) settling down. I balance teaching French at a Montessori preschool and in an elementary school as a teaching assistant. I’m thinking of either becoming a family and relationship counsellor or a certified teacher in the next couple years, but I’m still making my mind up on that one.
I have always loved design, but have never seemed to have money to spend on it. I’ve always been saving for something. First it was university, then travel, and now for a home (and clearly more education)… I didn’t let it go altogether (I certainly prefer spending over saving), but my lifestyle goals forced me to be more creative at home. Instead, I strive to DIY as much as I can.
My place is filled with chairs I’ve recovered, pieces I (or my lovely boyfriend) have repainted, and photos that I’ve taken. I want my home to reflect us, be eco-friendly whenever possible, without breaking the bank.
I am lucky to live with two loves. My boyfriend Shaun and I have been renting together for over a year. Last fall, we added a new member to our duo, Bali! (I’m sure you can guess where the name came from…) A growing Bernese Mountain dog, she’s an absolute sweetheart, and she certainly leaves her mark, not to mention her fur, on our place.