Win A Klein Sofa From Leon's Furniture!

I happen to love the start of a new week, it always gives me a sense of renewal and excitement. And today is even more special because I’ve partnered with Leon's Furniture for this amazing Instagram contest. Starting today, you can enter to win your very own sofa from the Klein Collection – it's seriously so easy to enter, so don't miss out on this one!

You may have seen these sneak peeks on my Instagram feed:

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I had the pleasure of styling my very own set with the GREY Klein Sofa and here's how it turned out. I happen to LOVE this colour. It's a timeless, neutral hue that goes beautifully with other muted colours or even bold colours and pattern. 

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And guess what, there are 3 other colours to choose from! Simply visit my instagram post HERE to see the rest of the colours available, pick your favourite and to enter the contest! Good luck everyone! XO

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE – WEEK 4, MILDRED MANOR

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:

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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:

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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!

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.

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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:

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Not sure why it took me so long to paint it.  I guess I couldn't settle on a colour I could live with...so 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!

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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?

 

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