Sometimes it’s the little things that help shape you as a person but you don’t realize it when it’s happening. When I was a child, my Dad would come home with metal wire puzzles he made at work (he was a welder). He was really crafty and resourceful, always making improvements to our home. From re-tiling the backsplash to installing hardwood floors - I was always watching from the sidelines to see what he would do next. My Mom worked as a government secretary for 40 years but let me tell you, she could wrap a present like nobody’s business – and this was waaaay before Martha Stewart days and long before Pinterest was even a thought. Twine, eucalyptus, ornaments you name it…wrapping Christmas presents was an event at our house and I loved every minute of it. 


Since this past August was my parents 40th wedding anniversary, I really wanted to do something special for them.  I wanted to give them a new living room! Head over to the Leon's blog, Hello Yellow to read the full post and see all the before photos HERE ! 




What? It's Week 4, guys. If you're new to these parts, WELCOME! I'm Amy and I run Love On Sunday which provides styling services  to clients in Toronto and the surrounding area. If you're eager to see past weeks, you can check them out here:

WEEK 1  |  WEEK 3  |   Yes, there is no Week 2 because I was vacationing in Spain at the time :)

SO, just when I think I'm getting ahead on project #mildredmanor, we hit a little bit of a roadblock. I feel like I have searched everywhere for some pinch pleat curtains that don't break the bank. Like any project, we are working with a set budget and it's my goal to come in slightly under budget. I was hoping to find some that were already made but it turns out, Canadian retailers love grommets. WHY??????!!!! The linen drapes below would actually be perfect but they only ship to the U.S:


So please, if you have a source that ships to Canada that won't cost an arm and a leg, do share in the comments!

On a positive note, everything else is moving along smoothly. We've decided to go with an antique dining table to pair with the french Louis chairs. It's square & extendable which is PERFECT for their dining room. Plus, it adds some lovely character to the space. Unfortunately, I don't have any photos of it but I will soon! We also scored a beautiful mirror off Kijiji for an amazing price. It's gold and has a Moroccan trellis vibe which I'm loving (you can see a sketch of the shape in the drawing below). I think it will be a perfect focal point for the room.

The lighting has been delivered and I'm drooling over the double swing arm light from Wayfair. And if you've been following me on Instagram, you'll notice I posted about the beautiful dining pendant we went with. I sketched the living and dining area to scale to provide measurements for the electrician:


Here's a photo of the dining pendant installed:

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I'm hoping to have a few more photos next week as well as some curtains purchased and ready for delivery! (crossing fingers). Here's what's left to do:

- console table delivery
- find some pinch pleat curtains (help!)
- pick up accessories (throw pillows and small decor pieces)
- select art (DIY)
- pickup frames from IKEA
- pickup a plant
- schedule a shoot date and take the photos!

Be sure to check out the other One Room Challenge makeovers. You can view the 20 featured designer projects here and the other guest participants (like moi) here. And of course, shout out to Linda of Calling it Home for hosting the crazy madness that is the ORC. I love it!


It's week 2 of the One Room Challenge! In case you missed my first post, I'm giving my master bedroom a much-needed makeover. Every Thursday, hundreds of bloggers and designers along with myself, will be posting about the progress on their space. If you feel inclined to go back a week, you can find more of the deets on Week 1 here

Update time. So, after scouring the internets, this is probably the closet thing to what I want my bedroom to FEEL like:


Soft, laid back, peaceful.....ahhhhhhhhhh I can just picture myself curling up with a good book on that cozy bed. Unfortunately, I don't live in Sweden so I'm not blessed with white-washed floors and a killer view BUT I do have IKEA 30 minutes away so I can make an Amy version of this happen. 

I threw together a little concept board below. I love the soft colours but I'd love to bring in some colour and texture in the accessories. I've had my eye on some vintage mudcloth throws but of course they are $$$ so I'm looking at some options. Also, why is it so hard to find a rustic stool??? I've had no luck on Kijiji or Craigslist. Am I crazy to hope that it will magically appear on someone's curb on garbage day?


I've added an asterisk to pieces I already have. The rug is actually in my office and I've realized I don't really need a rug in there since I shoot most of my things on the floor so I might be moving that into the bedroom. However, if I decide to buy one I've narrowed it down to 2 other choices:


I don't know if I want a warm or cool tone to the rug so I would love to know your thoughts!

And that's it for the Week 2 update.  Make sure you check out the other talented folks over on Calling it Home . Big shoutout to Linda for creating this challenge! Make sure to check back here next Thursday to see what progress I've made :)

Source: top image via Alvhem.