The Pinterest Challenge: Summer Edition!

I’m assuming that unless you’ve been living beneath some sort of rock where there isn’t any wifi you’ve heard of Young House Love. YHL was one of the very first design/DIY blogs that I started reading, when I came across their DIY wedding post (they did it all in their backyard! There were lemon centerpieces and cupcakes!), and I’ve been hooked ever since. So when I saw that Sherry and some of her fantastic fellow bloggers were issuing a challenge, I decided that I would actually participate in something (cue every teacher I’ve ever had gasping in shock) and tackle the awesome Pinterest Challenge: Summer Edition.

You can watch the fantastically awkward video by clicking the challenge link above, but the gist of the challenge is pick one of the (in my case) hundreds of pins from your boards and instead of just exclaiming how gorgeous it is for the millionth time, actually make the project happen THIS WEEK! They want everyone to come back next Tuesday, August 2nd and post their completed projects (soooo much repining will be done on that day, I can hardly wait) for all to see.

So, I’m debating between a couple of projects. I’ll either tackle that grey and yellow duvet cover I’ve been talking about for years


Or maybe a DIY light fixture for my bedroom? No, that didn’t get done last weekend…quelle surprise.

But the frontrunner right now is a DIY roman shade

What do you guys think? Anyone else joining the challenge? The more the merrier! I’ll be back on Tuesday with my hopefully not disastrous results.



Cottage Dreaming

Here in Montreal we’ve been going through a record breaking heat wave. Last Thursday the temperature got up to 38 C without the humidex – felt like a sweltering 48 when you counted that in. Have I mentioned that my old awesome house doesn’t have AC? Well, it doesn’t. All that to say, my progress on the big projects has stalled completely since I melt into a little puddle whenever I enter the front door. Puddles don’t get a lot of things crossed off a to-do list, let me tell you.

So instead of actually accomplishing things, I’ve been dreaming of lazy days in a cottage by a lake.


Days where I could wake up and drink my coffee on a porch swing


Read a novel sitting in an Adirondack chair on the end of a dock


Fall asleep curled up under an old patchwork quilt, listening to rain fall on a wooden roof


I’ve been using Pinterest to help foster these fantasies. My cottage inspiration board is rapidly filling up. This is where I want to be living right now.


Weekend to-do

I have a confession to make: I love lists. Like, loooooove them. Maybe a bit too much. Maybe a lot. At any given time you can find post-its and napkins and torn sheets in my purse covered with things to do, or get, or where I need to be, etc. You name it, I’ve listed it. So I thought it would be a good idea to raise my list obsession to the next level by posting them here on my blog. I’m going to try and do a Friday post of my weekend to do so I can stay accountable (mainly to myself).
So! This weekend. It’s going to be H.O.T. here in MTL so I’m going to try and stay outside within leaping distance of the pool.

  1. Try out the stain testers I got for the deck and PICK ONE ALREADY
  2. Head to the depot and get full size bucket of chosen stain (is bucket the right word? I don’t think so. Alas.)
  3. Pressure wash and prep the deck
  4. Start staining!
  5. Change light fixture in master bedroom (it’s been out for months and I just keep ignoring it and bumping into various things/animals on my way to the night stand lamp)

Ok so that’s not too ambitious right? Especially if I add in ‘quick dip in the pool’ between all of those items. I also need to run at least twice (I’ve got a half marathon coming up) and Moksha at least once.
Hope your weekends are productive and you’ve got your own way to beat the heat.

Grey Deck Inspiration

I’ve been thinking about fixing up the deck in the backyard since I moved into this house. However, I didn’t realize that it was going to take me two years just to get the hang of keeping the pool clean and running. Now that I’m getting better at the science experiment that is my pool, I’ve been spending more time out in the backyard and the deck has become a top priority on my to do list.

I’ve power washed and cleaned the wood, which has already made a huge difference, but I can’t seem to pull the trigger on a stain colour. I’m going back and forth between staining it a classic light wood colour, like a pale blonde, or going with the bolder (well, bolder for me) option of staining it a cape cod grey.

I’m definitely leaning towards the grey because, as my house will show you, I love grey. My bedroom, office and kitchen are in various shades of grey with pops of bold colour and crisp white trim. I like the cohesiveness it provides and the neutral backdrop makes it easy to play around with my furniture and accessories. I’m thinking this would also happen with a grey deck, but I’m worried it might end up looking dull or dingy rather than crisp.

So, in need of inspiration, I’ve turned to Pinterest, my newest obsession. Here are some inspiration photos of beautiful grey decks. What do you think, modern and awesome or dull and depressing?? If you’d like to see what else is inspiring me, follow me on pinterest.

Source: via Christine on Pinterest