I Moved!

Hi there,

Thanks for stopping by! For all things apartment organization, design and DIY, check out my new site at lamourcheznous.com.

I would love to see you there!

Lauren

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I Made the Switch!

Hello my lovely readers,

If you have been following me for a little while, you know I’ve mentioned on and off the new site I’m working on. Here’s the quick back story:

Clearly, judging by the field I write in, I am a visual person. Even when creating the “design” (if you can call it that!) for this blog, I felt limited. It worked for a while, but soon I felt the pull for a more streamlined and unique design.

I checked out Etsy’s templates and designers, and noticed they either were a) designed for blogger (I could be wrong, but this platform seems more user-friendly design-wise than wordpress) or b) exorbitantly expensive.

I did my research on a few different sites and forums, and eventually, I landed on designing the site myself, and coding with the help of an awesome friend. (Thank you Adam!)

Yes, that’s right. I am learning how to CODE. Never thought I would ever get into it, but it’s surprisingly freeing. It takes ages to figure out how, but it’s rewarding to see my design ideas in action!

All that to say, this is absolutely a DIY. I’m sure to be tweaking and changing little bits and pieces, but I could go on forever doing that… I just need to at least get it out there! So here it is:

http://lamourcheznous.com/

Pretty simple! Just drop the wordpress and you’ll hit my new site. If you follow me by email, I’m currently transferring you over to my new site (fingers crossed!). If you follow me via wordpress, you’ll need to update your reader. I get so excited each and every time I see a new follower, so let me tell you, I’m so happy to have you reading :).

I have a ton of new ideas and projects, and I can’t wait to share them with you all on the new L’amour chez nous!

Hope to see you there,

Lauren

Make Your Website Your Own: My Top 3 Beginner Blogger Help Sites

So clearly you can tell that I love to DIY, but I only recently discovered how much I would like to DIY my own website! Unique web designs can be so expensive, so I’ve been on the hunt to learn as much as I can do it myself. It’s still a work in progress (this is QUITE the learning curve for me) but I’ve already discovered so much!

I thought I’d share the love and let you in on the three sites that have helped me the most.

1. Photo Editing: PicMonkey

Not only are web designs expensive, but so are the programs behind them. If you don’t want to shell out for a Photoshop program and would prefer something user-friendly, I would highly suggest Pic Monkey.

I often use their online platform to edit photos, add in text or banners, or even to create a logo. It’s very easy to use, and it’s surprisingly powerful. The only downside I find is that you need to keep the  browser open to edit a photo. That means, if I’m working on a logo, I can only make changes with the browser open. Once I close it, I need to start fresh. Overall though, great program for basic editing needs!

 

 

2. Young House Love’s Blogging Tips Section

(This is their awesome book! If you’ve never heard of it, I’d highly recommend it.)

I find reading through experienced bloggers’ blog help sections incredibly helpful. It doesn’t necessarily have to be YHL, but they’re one of my favourites (and I’m clearly not alone, with all the comments they get on a daily basis!). They post on a wide variety of blog topics, from coding to how long a post actually takes to be published. I never realized how time consuming blogging truly was until I started my own…. Check out some of your favourite established blogs and see what helpful insight they might have to offer.

And the site that inspired this post…

 

 

3.  Don’t Fear the Internet: Coding Basics

Unlike wordpress.com, wordpress.org offers the possibility to design to your heart’s content. I definitely wanted this option, as my current site leaves a lot to be desired, in my opinion. However, to get what you want, you need to learn to… CODE. Eek!

Armed with only a tiny bit of html knowledge I learned a few months ago, I was not prepared to take on designing a new website with my own coding. Thankfully, I have a friend helping me out, but I want to understand the behind the scenes elements of a website myself. This site offers a great foundation and is done all through video. Seeing a visual demonstration of what coding accomplishes helped me immeasurably. Now I know things like, the difference between html and css. (You may have an idea, but I honestly was clueless until this weekend.)

This site offers a very simple and easy to understand format. Unfortunately, they have a limited selection of videos… I guess the writers behind it got busy. If you don’t have any background in coding and want to learn, I would definitely recommend checking it out.

 

There you are! My top three blogging help sites. Be sure to check back Wednesday for my next home project!

Blog Design Update

Hello!

If you’ve been following for the last little while, you may remember me mentioning my new blog design… I’m still super excited about it, but it’s harder to implement than I thought. I suppose there’s always a learning curve…

My design is just beyond the straightforward wordpress.com. Instead, I’m currently working on transferring over to my own domain at wordpress.org. In the meantime, I’ll be posting over here, but much less frequently. Probably about once a week, but we’ll see. Hopefully it won’t take too long to get the new site off the ground! I’ll be sure to share my new site with you all as soon as I can. Can’t wait to show you!

Lauren

May In a Nutshell

One great result of blogging about my home and our projects is that it keeps me accountable. I constantly have new ideas swimming about in my head, but this pushes me to create them. That being said, as a result of my blog, I also often find myself obsessing planning my next project… and honestly, not always feeling like our place measures up to my vision.

This doesn’t sit well with the little yogi in me. Instead of constantly thinking about the future, I also want to make a mental to note to enjoy what I have accomplished too! So once a month, for those of you who are new to my blog, or who may have missed a few posts, or for nothing other than reminding myself of what I have managed to get done, I’m going to recap the projects I tackled over the previous four weeks.

Here’s what I accomplished in May.

First up, I tackled yet another paper clutter source and created our 15 minute memo board:

Memo board 2

Don’t know how thrilled Shaun’s sister is to be featured in all these pictures… Thanks for being so easy going if you’re reading :)

In one weekend, I went a little crazy. Let me tell you, the rest of our house was in shambles. I finished off our temporary bathroom mirror frame

Temporary Mirror Frame

And created our entrance chevron wall!

Measure the distanceFinal Chevron

It might have been a crazy busy weekend, but the results are so worth it. I’m still deciding how I want to tie in the rest of the hallway accessories…

Next, I created our Home Tour! Check back to see how our home progresses.

More recently, we added some new shelving and updates in our bathroom:

Above door shelf

And this weekend I made some easy no-sew placemats to welcome in summer:

Table close up

I have quite a few ideas in mind for June, but what I’m most excited for… My (DIY-ed) new blog design! I’ve been wanting to update mine for a while, but it took me a while to decide on how. So many of you over at the Young House Love Forums were so helpful! I of course have some details to tweak, but you can expect to see a prettier blog in the coming weeks…

(There, I said it. Now it has to happen.)

I’m curious! How did you create your blog? Was it a template, designed for you, completely created from scratch? Always helpful to hear your stories :)

Sad News…

Hello lovely readers,

I just wanted to let you know that I’ll be taking a few days off my blog. There’s been a death in my family and I feel so shaken by the fragility of life… I think it would be best for me to spend time taking care of myself and the ones I love.

Promise to be back soon,

Lauren

What A Gem: This Week’s Five Favourites

This week went by so fast! I guess that’s what happens when you’re racing to finish projects before a Pinterest Challenge :) Here are my top picks of the week!

1. Dip-Dyed Textiles

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Painted fabric like these dip dyed pillows seem to be quickly becoming a new trend. I love the pop of colour against the crisp white! Check out this tutorial from Curbly for more pillow inspiration. (In my opinion, you really can never have too many pillows..!)

2. A rental kitchen gets a gleaming new faucet

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I love the blogger behind the Manhattan Nest. His straight up writing style (read: he swears a lot!)… Hilarious! This week, he inspired me when he installed a new faucet in his rental kitchen in Brooklyn. If you’re going to be in your apartment for a while, the investment could be worth it.

3. Apartment Therapy: 7 Shopping Tips


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I consider myself a pretty knowledgeable shopper… but this list was certainly useful! Check it out.

4. Kitchen nook


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There is just so much that I love about the kitchen nook I discovered this week via Belle Maison this week…. The abstract art, the pops of pink against the pale blue, the colourful chairs… It’s so fresh and feminine. I’ve always shied away from pink in my home, but really, why not embrace a few shots of girliness here and there?

5. Ornate Teal Mirror

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Admittedly, you may notice a trend in these photos… Teal (turquoise? light blue?) furniture always appeals to me. I think this could make a great DIY. Just spray paint an old ornate mirror to add character and colour to a space.Plus, if you have been considering painting a piece of furniture but aren’t sure about such a bold choice, this allows you to try it without the risk!

There’s my round up for the week! Check back Monday for my newest organization post. My home certainly needs it after the mess my projects left the last few days…