DIY Sequin Letters

Hey fellow learners and observers! Did you catch the big baby announcement we made on Instagram this weekend? If you didn't, you should go check it out and then head back here. Today I'm bringing you another fun and quick project from the office makeover, and this one has to be one of my faves because, well, gold sequins! These two letters used to be in our living room and have since become part of the office's gallery wall. They were honestly so easy to make, I almost feel bad having a tutorial for them, but here goes... Materials: cardboard or foam board ruler & … [Read more...]

Side Table Makeover {in under 30 minutes!}

Hey you guys! So I know it's been like WAY too many weeks since my last post, but this pregnancy has been a roller coaster ride! I finally feel like I'm getting back to normal...because I'm not a zombie with eternal morning sickness, and all! So today I wanted to share one of the projects from my ORC Office Makeover with you because it was one of the easiest, quickest furniture makeovers I have ever attempted, and this little table has been used in two rooms of the house already. Here's how the table started out when I got it for $8 at the Habitat ReStore: I started with the … [Read more...]

The Reason[s] For My Radio Silence…

Hello again, world! It has been a whopping SIX WEEKS since my last blog post. This might just be the longest blogging break I have ever taken, and it wasn't intentional, it was more like it was forced on me - but in a good way. Let me explain... May 10, 2015 (yes, Mother's Day): I had a lovely afternoon with my mom, having a late brunch and some wonderful mother-daughter conversation. I wasn't feeling well and hadn't been for days, but I kept thinking it was nothing. That day, however, I couldn't shake this weird feeling that it was more than just PMS or the weather or my diet making me … [Read more...]

One Room Challenge™ Spring 2015, Week 6

Alright, this is it. No take backs, no do-overs. The office is finished and I'm about to show you what 6 weeks of work looks like (for me, anyway!). But first... A look back at where we started: Yes, there were yellow walls and pink-ish dirty carpet, but not anymore! Now that you got a feel for what the whole room looks like, I'll give you some details. As you might remember from week 1, my original layouts included an L-shaped desk. That never happened because the table we had was old and too well-built to take apart the way I had envisioned, so I ended up … [Read more...]

One Room Challenge™ Spring 2015, Week 5

ONE. WEEK. LEFT. This is it, you guys. Crunch time! I'm not nearly as stressed as I was last week, though if I update my to-do list, I might just freak out a little. So let's see what's on it. Still to do: one more coat of black paint on door reinstall door handle finish painting bookcase paint and install backing on bookshelf style bookcase (eek! this is going to take me weeks!) paint 4 frames for gallery wall actually hang frames for gallery wall style shelves above desk hang blinds on window pot all succulents deep clean upholstered chair … [Read more...]

One Room Challenge™ Spring 2015, Week 4

Ohhhhhhhh boy. You guys, it's week 4. I'm freaking out a little. Is anyone else freaking out? Just me? Great. I think this happened last time, too with the master bedroom makeover, but right now I can't even think that far back. All I can think about is the mess in front of me, and the goals I've set for this room. Ok, enough of my ranting. Let's see what actually DID happen this week... GOODBYE FOREVER YELLOW WALLS!!!! Sorry, I really needed to get that out. Yes, it's true... I painted the office!!!! I can hardly believe it. I am so ridiculously happy with this … [Read more...]

One Room Challenge™ Spring 2015, Week 3

A late and very very quick update on this week's One Room Challenge, because it's been a busy busy week and in all honesty, I didn't get a whole lot done. I guess the momentum of week 1 when I finished the floors will have to be picked up again for week 4! So what happened this week? Well we finished updating all of our doors, not just the office door and painted them! All of the door stops have been moved as well, so all doors are fully functioning... minus actually having a handle because they all need one more coat of paint. Ugh. The result is blowing my mind, though. I … [Read more...]

Packing for a Spring trip

This has been a post I have toyed with for literally an entire year. A whole YEAR! Is that ridiculous or what? So why did it take me so long? Well because this is something a little out of my comfort zone, a little unusual for this blog, and therefore a little scary to put out into the world, ya know? I couldn't wait any longer so I'm throwing in this post smack dab in the middle of the One Room Challenge! Let's get to it, then... It's been a year since Alex and I took a trip to London and Paris and before we left I planned out most of my outfits, taking pictures of them … [Read more...]

One Room Challenge™ Spring 2015, Week 2

Week 2 already? Oh boy... Well luckily I'm still feeling good for this round and have managed to get one big, major part of the makeover finished... the floors! Here's where we started - and yes, my dog makes an appearance way too many times because I swear he knows when I need to take a picture of something! Once it was all removed, we got started on laying the laminate floors - the same ones that we used in the master bedroom makeover, and will be used throughout the second floors of the house. Despite all of the dust, I LOVE how the floor looks already!   I … [Read more...]

One Room Challenge™ Spring 2015, Week 1

You're reading that correctly, folks - I'm doing it again! This time I'll be tackling my office, and I am so stinkin' happy about it because, to be honest, working in that yellow-walled, pink-carpeted room is incredibly uninspiring, and having a space of my own is going to feel mighty nice! This also means you can expect regular blog posts from me once again, which will be weird given my almost complete silence over the last little while! Ok so let's get to it. Here is what the office looked like before I started doing any kind of work... What's happening in this corner: - the … [Read more...]

Thrift Score Thursday!!!

I am so excited about today!!! Want to know why? Because I get to be the guest host for this week's Thrift Score Thursday, and if you don't know what that is, you're about to fall in love!  So what does this mean? Well it means I get to share with you my bestest #ThriftScoreThursday find and also some of my faves from Instagram, too! Here's my pick: you may have already seen this find here and a few times on my own Instagram account too, but it's by far one of my best thrifty finds ever! Yep... our kitchen table and chairs. All five pieces cost $25, and I still can't … [Read more...]

A $5 Jewellery Organizing Solution

Hiya! My contributor post is up over at Remodelaholic, and I'm sharing a jewellery organizing solution you might just love because it cost about $5 and took 15 minutes to make! I totally meant to share this with you yesterday, but being that it was a holiday here in Ontario, I kind of forgot it was Monday! Better late than never, right? So head on over to see the full (short) tutorial! It's right here! xo … [Read more...]

Why Loving Your Imperfect Home Is Important

I have an imperfect home. Do you? It's no secret that I have a lot of work to do on my house. It is far, far, FAR from being perfect and magazine worthy, or even blog worthy most days. You may see snapshots of a few things here and there that may look somewhat put together, but the truth is, I am extremely critical of my home and very selective about what I share. Anyone out there with me? Having a blog forced me to be this way. I got used to sharing only the pretty, nice, and sometimes slightly staged pictures of my life - though I do try to keep it pretty real with you … [Read more...]

Is there something different about me?

The question we have all [at least one time] asked a crush/boyfriend/husband - amiright ladies?? Well, since you're all my crushes, I'm asking you. Do you notice something different about The Learner Observer? I'll give you a minute. You have to look closely! No.... I DIDN'T get glasses! [whaaaat? Blogs don't have glasses...] There's a SHOP page! Perhaps you noticed my sidebar also has a new item, letting you know about the shop. It looks like this: Or you may have seen the update on Instagram or Facebook that looked like this... Either way, the fact is - I opened … [Read more...]

Footstool Makeover with Woven Rope

Hiya! How did you guys like the Leon's Furniture living room makeover? Isn't that sectional to die for? And the cocktail table - oh my!  Well you may have noticed in that post that I mentioned a little DIY footstool project, or maybe you just saw it in the Masculine Chic look. Either way, I want to share with you how I turned that $2.99 footstool into the little woven goddess she is today! To start with, this stool was dingy and the original woven rope on it was beyond disgusting. It was one of those thrift store finds that you know you want, but you also know you don't wanna … [Read more...]