The One Room Challenge

I love a good challenge.  Especially one that helps you take action on something you've been putting on the back burner for awhile.  For the very first time, I'll be participating in this seasons One Room Challenge!

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Why am I doing this?  Simple.  Since starting my own business back in June, my office has been a weekly rotation of coffee shops and pretty much anywhere in the area that provides free wi-fi.  For a creative gal like me, I thrive in an environment that keeps me inspired and calm plus a beautiful atmosphere is like icing on the cake.  So I'm in it to win it, folks.  And my prize is going to be a beautiful home studio that continues to inspire and encourage my thriving business.

I'm embarrassed to show these photos, but here goes the 'before':


Yes, there are birds in my office.  The previous owner used this room as a nursery – I'm keepin' it SO real right now but these photos must be shared.  I really wanted you to get an idea of what the space was like and also witness how much deskspace I need.  The desk is actually missing my laptop too! :)

Now for the pretty.  Here's a bit of my inspiration for my home studio:


Lots of white and wood tones, plants and a long workspace.  I'm excited!  

And now for the best part: There's a ton of inspiration for you to feast your eyes on.  20 handpicked designers will be posting about their makeovers every Wednesday and you can check them out here.  In addition, other guest participants (like myself) will be taking part and will be posting every Thursday.  You can check out the guest participants here.  All of this makeover/challenge goodness was created by Linda over at Calling it Home.  What an awesome idea!

So, make sure to carve out some time every Wednesday and Thursday to follow along.  I hope you'll help cheer me on and other talented peeps as we transform our spaces!  Don't forget to check back on Thursday, I'll be sharing my concept board :)



1. (top image) via Jonas Berg Photography

2. via Daniella Witte

3. via Norm Architects

4.  via Brunner Studio

5.  via Brunner Studio

Basement Makeover: Inspiration

Oh, basements.  The place where things go to die and collect dust.  To be honest, I rarely spend time in my basement because 1) the lack of natural sunlight 2) it's cluttered as hell and 3) it's just not cozy.  My basement is filled with extra furniture, baskets of dirty laundry and too many mislabeled boxes filled with anything from next season's footwear to old halloween costumes. 

A few weeks ago, I decided to de-clutter and figure out a plan to transform my boring basement into a cozy and welcoming retreat.  I've always wanted to do dark walls and although pretty daring for someone who loves white, I decided to go with one colour for the entire basement.  I knew it had to be something DARK.  Here were some of my inspiration photos:


I wanted something pretty close to black (!).  My husband thought I was crazy (?).  But a mixture of dark walls with white, natural wood and vintage elements was calling my name.  Have you painted your basement?  And would you ever go dark?

Sources: / Domino / Style By Emily Henderson / Newburgh Row House by Door Sixteen /




I Quit My Job.

interior styling toronto That's right, I did it.  I am finally a full-time entrepreneur.  I say "finally" because it's something I've been thinking about for quite some time now.  As someone who's worked a steady job since I was 16, venturing off into a world of uncertainty was a scary thought for me.  The thought of not having a pay check every 2 weeks was terrifying to say the least especially now that we've moved from a condo into a new house (stay tuned for that post).

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I had a good job, working as a full-time graphic designer for a large Canadian brand but something kept tugging at me.  It started as a whisper which I ignored, and then it just got louder as each day passed.  Soon I felt like someone was throwing a brick at me screaming, "you're on the wrong path, stupid".  It would consume my thoughts morning and night.  I've always been very self-aware and observant of the things that happen in my life and it just so happened that opportunities would present themselves every time I was closer to making my decision.  Opportunities that I've always wanted and just couldn't pass up.  Oprah says, "there's no such thing as luck.  There's only preparation meeting the moment of opportunity".  I believe this 100%.  I wasn't ready a year ago but I worked hard, sacrificed and hustled…and now I'm exactly where I need to be.  Now is my moment of opportunity.

loveonsunday working as a freelance designer

After working over a decade on and off with freelance clients of my own, I knew I could sustain a somewhat steady income and be much happier because I would be able to create the life I've always wanted.  Working for a growing company can be rewarding but also challenging at the same time.  On the upside, you get to be part of something amazing that touches the lives of thousands.  On the downside, you may have to give up a lot of your own free time in order to meet the needs of the business.  I soon felt that I was giving up too much of my life, especially for something that I couldn't see myself doing for the long haul.  It just wasn't right for me anymore.  My heart and gut was telling me it's time to go.  The life I wanted included being my own type of creative person and still being able to enjoy my home, family and friends.

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So here I am, writing on my couch on a Tuesday morning.  I'm a little under the weather, surrounded by a mound of kleenex and blankets but I wouldn't have it any other way.  There's something liberating, scary and exciting about creating something that is truly your own.  Only I can determine how much money I make and whether I get a raise at the end of the year.  I'm ecstatic and thankful that I have the opportunity to take this risk during this time in my life.  It's going to be a long and hard road ahead but I accept the challenge.  I'm now comfortable with being uncomfortable.  It also helps that I have the most supportive hubby in the world.  I wouldn't have been able to leave a steady full-time job if it weren't for his belief and trust in me and of course his steady income.  He's always been my #1 supporter which makes things a lot less scary and a lot more exciting :)

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So things are going to look a little different around here.  I'm in the process of consolidating my portfolio and blog so some changes will have to be made to Love On Sunday.  Right now, my business will be focusing on interior styling and graphic design and I definitely want my site to reflect that.  I hope you'll stick around for what's to come!

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Bookcase Makeover On A Budget

bookcase makeover Do you ever buy a piece of furniture for your home, stare at it every day and then wonder, "why did I do that?".  Well, I did this for months after I brought this beat up bookcase into my home.  What I loved about it was: the size (it fits perfectly in my small hallway), the shelves which provide additional storage and the clean lines of the piece.  But no matter how I styled it, it just wasn't working for me:

bookcase makeover, loveonsunday

Not sure why it took me so long to paint it.  I guess I couldn't settle on a colour I could live very Libra of me.  It takes me forever to make a decision!

After a quick trip to Home Depot I realized the only colours I wished to use were in the wall paint section. I took the leap and bought 2 samples of Behr Marquee in Frosted Silver.  The best part: total cost was $8! (sample cans!)

The result was incredible. Not only did it cover the bookcase evenly, the paint was flawless after it settled with barely any prep. And I have to add, this is not a sponsored post, I am simply a fan of the product because it worked so well!

bookcase makeover, loveonsunday

The bookcase has a laminate top and brown legs which we left unpainted.  I love how the lighter colour takes up less visual space and complements the items so nicely.

Have you worked on any Spring project or DIY's lately?


Design Sponge Home Tour

loveonsunday designsponge Today is one of those "pinch me, I'm dreaming" days.  Design*Sponge has always been one of my go-to's for design inspiration and today my home is featured on their site.  What?!

It took me several years to turn our cookie-cutter condo into a home and it's great to have these photos to remind us of the transformation and love that went into styling our space.  I wanted to take an approach that wasn't overly decorated or fit into a specific style.  Because I love many styles!  I simply wanted to be surrounded by the things we love most.

loveonsunday designsponge sneek peek

It's a little bittersweet actually because as this post goes up, we are listing our condo.  We've decided to sell and hopefully find a bigger space that includes some outdoor space and an extra bedroom.  But more on that later.

Head on over to Design*Sponge to see the full tour of my home!

A huge thank you to Design*Sponge, Grace Bonney and contributor Sabrina Smelko for including me on your site.  It's truly an honour!

A + D | Our Wedding Day

tara-mcmullen-photography-toronto-wedding-loveonsunday I'm so excited to finally share some photos from our wedding day, I've been meaning to do it for months now!  The weeks leading up to the big day were truly memorable.  Late nights putting invitations together and creating succulent centrepieces...all with my favourite people.  I feel so blessed to have such handy and resourceful parents who helped me build everything from the custom centrepieces (which my dad built by hand from scrap pallet wood) to my Mom creating all the flower arrangements.

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Hands down, best day of my life.  I have never felt so much love in one room - it was awesome!

Thank you to our amazing photographer, Tara McMullen.  You can check out more of our wedding day photos on her blog, here.

Happy New Year Everyone! xo


Merry Magazine and A Holiday Centrepiece

merry magazine Happy Monday!  Today I am SO excited to share with you the launch of Merry.  An online holiday magazine created by Melissa of The Sweet Escape.  Whether you're into traditional or modern decor, handmade or vintage, we're hoping these pages will inspire you to try something new or encourage you to get crafty this holiday season.  Myself and 15 other bloggers have been busy creating, styling and photographing our projects and we hope you love what you see.  Check out the Merry Mag here.

This holiday season, I wanted to create a centrepiece that combined organic textures with geometric design.  During a walk one afternoon, I picked up some branches which I thought were so beautiful.  They were so worn out and weathered but the texture really caught my eye.

Merry Magazine Holiday Centrepiece, Loveonsunday

I placed them in a glass vase and held them in place with some rocks.  And since I love white, I decided to fold several origami gems (I used these templates from minieco) and hung them from the branches.

Merry Magazine Holiday Centrepiece, Loveonsunday

Since my table is a 6-seater, I've always had a difficult time trying to find the right centrepiece to fill the space.  I love how large it is, it's the perfect focal point for my dining room.

Merry Magazine Holiday Centrepiece, Loveonsunday

Merry magazine holiday centrepiece

Merry magazine holiday centrepiece

Don't forget to check out the other projects in the magazine to get you inspired for the holiday season ---->  #merrymag 

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Be Jolly

holiday art, free printable I LOVE Christmas.  It's less than 2 months away I'm slowly starting to get my space ready.  Today I'm sharing a sneak peek of what's coming tomorrow, Monday November 17th.  The #MerryMag is an online magazine featuring 15 other bloggers sharing their handmade, DIY projects for the holiday season.  So if you haven't started "Christmasing" (is that even a word?!) your home, I'm sure you'll find tons of inspiration to get you started!  So make sure to check back here on Monday for the official launch and to check out another project I've worked on for the magazine.

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Since I live in a small condo, I don't really have a lot of horizontal spaces to decorate.  I was always disappointed about not having a mantle or a fireplace but now that I have a long console table in the hallway, I have ample space to create some interesting vignettes as the seasons change.  I decided to create simple text art using the words, "BE JOLLY".  It's the last thing I see before I leave and the first thing I see when I get home – a perfect message for the holiday season.

holiday art free printable

holiday art free printable

If you like it, download it.  I've created my holiday art as a free printable!  It's available in 2 sizes:  8"x10" and 11.75"x11.75".  Photo is shown in 11.75" format, using a 20" square Ikea Ribba frame.

Download the Be Jolly Holiday Printable here.

My Bedroom - Before and After

bedroom makeover I've been on a little hiatus but I'm back and feeling inspired.  Today I'm sharing my bedroom update which was LONG overdue.  It's great if a room looks pretty, but how it makes you feel is SO important.  My bedroom was cluttered and definitely not relaxing - it needed some serious help.  If you don't believe me, you can take a look at the before photos.  You might remember this post back in November 2013 when I was in need of some bedroom makeover advice.  I even asked Emma Reddington's readers to weigh in on my bedroom makeover.  I was torn between soft neutrals and graphic black and white.

So, It took me almost a year to fix this room. And now we're finally getting somewhere.

It's become my sanctuary.  My place to escape after a long day and let me tell you, I have been sleeping like a baby.  I decided to go with a palette of white, greys and black and warmed it up with some gold and brown accents.  The photo above the bed is the most colourful piece, it was taken by my husband during a Hawaii trip.  I had it blown up, and framed it in a large Ikea Ribba frame (which I painted an antique gold).

The 2 throw pillows were handmade by the women of Spun Studio and designed by me.  I fun collaboration I took part in this summer which you can read more about here.  Opposite my bed is a dresser where I keep my jewelry.  I picked up a printed napkin on my last trip to NYC and decided to frame it over the dresser.  I love the typographic pattern!

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It's amazing how small changes can do wonders  for your space.  Have you updated your bedroom?  How do you make it more cozy and inviting?



My Bridal Shower

With my wedding less than a month away, life has been extra busy the past couple of months.  With a guestlist of about 120, my parents and I have decided to tackle this in true DIY fashion.  I'm talking handmade custom centrepieces, decor and invitations.  I can't wait to share with you all the fun projects we've been working on lately but first, here's a peek of the beautiful bridal shower my Mom and girls threw for me a couple of weekends ago.

bridal shower, loveonsunday

The scene:  A beautiful rooftop venue decorated with flowers straight from my Mom's garden.  A signature pink Mojito as well as delicious food from one of my favourite caterers.  A pretty sweet table created by one of my bridesmaids, cute giveaways, prizes and games and of course a room filled with my most favourite ladies.

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A big thank you to everyone who came out, as well as my Mom and bridal party.

Photo credits:  Beverly Zabawskyj Photography

Spun Studio - Spun Goods 2014

spun studio, my daily randomness As a blogger, I get to take part in some pretty cool projects and events but my collaboration with Spun Studio has been one of the most rewarding experiences thus far.  On June 10, Spun Studio hosted their first-ever Spun Goods event and as part of the design team, I had the opportunity to create a product of my choice and have it made by the talented women at the studio.  All of our products were original, handmade and up for silent auction at the event.

And just a little background on Spun Studio:  it's a social enterprise of Sistering, a drop-in centre that supports women in extraordinary circumstances.  Some of these women are homeless, suffer from mental issues or cannot find employment to support their families.  The studio offers these women a sense of community and also teaches them new skills like how to weave and sew.  All the women at the studio were instrumental in bringing our designs to life.  None of this would have been possible without all of their hard work.  All the profit from the event went directly back to the women at the studio.spun goods design team 2014

The design team consisted of myself, Brittany Stager of My Daily Randomness, Renee Elliot of Re:Creative, Jennifer Flores of Rambling Renovators and Robin Grant and Shannon Fizpatrick of Hoopla Events.  What an honour to be in such great company!

spun studio 2014 design team

For my project, I decided to design some throw pillows because well, I'm pretty much obsessed with them.  I have way too many on my couch but hey, too many throw pillows never hurt anyone.  My excuse is back and neck support...I need lots of it.

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(photo by: Brittany Stager, My Daily Randomness)

I love black and white so I knew my design was definitely going to reflect that.  I decided to go with a textural, herringbone design for one and another was black linen fabric with white stitching.  And yes, each of those stitches were done by hand!   A big thanks to Tonic Living for donating their black linen fabric for my pillows.

spun studio love on sunday

Brittany designed a beautiful set of tea towels made of linen.  And I'm telling you - they are fantastic.  I have many store bought tea towels that repel water instead of absorbing it.  Apparently linen is the way to go for tea towels.  Who knew?!

spun goods, brittany, my daily randomness

(photo by: Brittany Stager, My Daily Randomness)

Renee designed these cute clutches that were made of vegetable dyed canvas and leather.  She dyed the fabric herself and the leather was generously donated by Brave.  So cool and so very Renee.

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Jennifer's rugs were gorgeous.  Scandinavian-inspired, black and white goodness...that's my kind of rug.  My pillows and her rug should totally go on a date.  They would be so happy together.

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Shannon and Robin decided to create a wall hanging.  I just love all the colours and textures going on here.  Isn't it lovely?

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It was great to see everyone's finished product and interesting that each piece was so reflective of our different styles.

And of course, no event would be complete without some delicious food and wine:

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(photo by: Brittany Stager, My Daily Randomness)

The Pinot Grigio from Santa Margherita was a perfect match for the delicious hors d'oeuvres that were being served.  Santa Margherita is a sustainable organization that supports Canadian environmental projects year round.  Also, their Pinot is Carbonzero Certified which means the greenhouse gases created while producing the wine have been removed and/or offset by environmental initiatives.  So not only does their wine taste great, they are also finding ways to reduce their carbon footprint.  I love that.

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(photo by: Brittany Stager, My Daily Randomness)

A big thanks to everyone who came out to support the event and purchased our products.  I'm happy to say that all the product was sold.  Every single one!  That means all the women at the studio were able to get paid for their hard work so THANK YOU.  Also, a big thanks to Lindsey who spearheaded this entire project and organized the event.  Thank you for letting me be part of the design team!

I promise you'll hear a lot more about Spun Studio in the next coming months.  And if you see anything that tickles your fancy above, please don't be shy to reach out to me, or the studio directly.  They are taking orders and all the money goes towards a great cause.  So go ahead and order yourself some throw pillows!

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Thrift Store Showdown - The Marilyn Denis Show

thrift store showdown, DIY Hi everyone!  I hope you are all enjoying your weekend so far.  It's beautiful in Toronto today; can't wait to get outside!

Earlier this week, I was invited to take part in a Thrift Store Showdown on the Marilyn Denis Show.  Myself and Natalie from My Little Secrets were each given a budget of $250 at Value Village and $200 for DIY supplies.  We were each tasked to create a vignette with our thrifted items and DIY projects.


Today, I wanted to share a little bit more about my vignette because it was such a fun process with so many different projects.  Every single item was found at Value Village (with the exception of the polka dot pillow.  The Marilyn team said I could add one personal accessory to a thrifted piece).  But from the furniture to the desk accessories to the little wicker basket (which I painted a neon pink) everything was completely thrifted!

During my first trip to Value Village I spotted this wooden, industrial desk.  I love Midcentury so this had my name written all over it.  It's reminiscent of the 60's, a similar style to what you would see on the hit show Mad Men (which, I'm obsessed with by the way).  So it didn't take me long to decide that this would be my main piece for the show. Nothing but some walnut oil would fix this baby up.  I wouldn't dare paint that wood, everything was in great condition!

The Marilyn Denis Show, Thrift Store Showdown, Midcentury Desk

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I then stumbled upon this wooden side table.  I opted for some white spray paint since the desk was a darker and heavier piece.  I taped the legs off while leaving the bottom section exposed and also taped the top to create a graphic pattern.  I love how it turned out.  What do you think?

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side table diy

This red chair was a $5 find. I used a Matte black spray paint on the seat and gold spray paint for the legs.

And here's how it turned out.  I think it looks great with the desk, what do you think?  The little carpet was $2.99 and I thought the colours complemented the other accessories so well.

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The lamp was found for $9.99 and the shade for $1.99.  In order to bring in that graphic element again, I simply used some black washi tape to create a fun pattern.

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Every office needs an inspirational art wall so I found a bunch of different frames at Value Village and modified them to make them my own.  I decided to paint the first frame black and replace the artwork with something more abstract. The tiger was a illustration on fabric canvas, mounted on a wood frame.  I thought the tiger was pretty cool so I decided to pull of the fabric and keep a piece of it for my art wall.  The third frame was a framed canvas so I simply painted over the portrait in black and wrote an inspirational message with white paint.

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Have you ever transformed frames or canvases from Value Village?  It's such an easy way to customize the art in your home.

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A big thank you to the Marilyn Denis team for inviting me to take part in the show, I had so much fun putting this vignette together.  I also want to thank everyone who watched the segment and supported me by voting on the website and via Twitter.  It truly means a lot to have all of your support.  You guys are awesome.

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This project is proof that you don't need a lot of money to update your home.  Go hunt for pieces you love and update your space with thrifted items and simple DIY projects that reflect your personality.

If you missed the Thrift Store Showdown,  you can check out the full segment here.

Congrats to Natalie of My Little Secrets who created a beautiful outdoor oasis and won the first ever Thrift Store Showdown.  You can check out her winning vignette here!

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Thrift Store Showdown

Hi friends, I hope everyone had a great weekend.  Over the last week, I've been busy prepping for for my first-ever TV appearance.  And by prepping I mean thrifting and DIYing my little heart out. The Marilyn Denis Show contacted me a couple of weeks ago to see if I would be interested in taking part in their Thrift Store Showdown!  The segment will be airing tomorrow morning in front of a live studio audience (eeeeeek!), and will feature myself and another blogger showcasing our different finds and DIY's.  Each of us were given a budget of $250 Value Village dollars to complete our vignette.  So if you happen to be sitting at home bored tomorrow morning, tune in and see what's good.

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I promise to share more about my finds after the show.  In the meantime, I've put together a project gallery to share with you my favourite before and afters.  You can click here or click on the project gallery link in the sidebar.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great week!

Spun Studio + Giveaway

A couple of months ago, I was contacted by Lindsey Thomsen from Sistering.  She wanted to know if I would be interested in joining a design team that would focus on creating handmade products for a special fundraiser. A fun project in support of a worthwhile organization?  Yes please.  I knew it would be a great opportunity that I couldn't pass up.  Sistering provides services for homeless, low-income and marginalized women.  They have created an environment where women can gain job skills and be part of a welcoming and supportive community.  I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to do what I love and also give back to the community.  I've always had a love for handmade goods so I felt this was right up my alley.

Inside the walls of Sistering you can find Spun Studio - an room filled with 2 weaving looms, tons of fabric and uber talented women.  The studio teaches women how to sew, knit and develop business skills.  I will never forget how I felt when I walked into that studio.  Like a kid in a candy store.  To see a loom in action is so fascinating to me.

Below is a sneak peek of my design that will be sold at the upcoming fundraiser.  Any guesses?

spun studio loom

I can't give it away, so make sure you come to the event to check out the goods.  Also, below are the other talented ladies who will be showcasing and selling their designs.  Come see us on Tuesday June 10 from 6pm - 9pm at Artscape Youngplace.

Spun Studio

A big thanks to Lindsey and the ladies at Spun Studio for inviting me to be part of this special event and helping me bring my ideas to life.  Also, a big shout out to Tonic Living for your generous fabric donation that will be used for my products.

You can purchase your tickets here or win 2 tickets by simply leaving a comment below, stating your favourite handmade product.  Super easy.  Contest closes on Saturday May 31st.

If you want more chances to win, make sure to check out Britt's giveaway here.  And if you are unable to attend the event, feel free to donate directly to Spun Studio.

Thanks and hope to see you there!