The Reason[s] For My Radio Silence…

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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

The Learner Observer One Room Challenge Office Makeover

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!!!

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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...]

#FlowTable Meets #VictorySectional x3!

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Hey, friends! So ummm... what's up with the hashtags? Well, if you follow along on Instagram [and you most definitely should], you may have noticed a few pictures about styling a certain coffee table with a certain sectional sofa. Like these... Why? Because I was super lucky to team up with Leon's to make over one of my best friends' living room. Here's a little back story: a few months ago Lara and her husband bought a house, and as Lara worked on furnishing her home, she asked me where she should look for a sofa. I immediately said, "Leon's!" It happens to be where we got … [Read more...]

Living Room Plans – Working Around the Fireplace

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Hey friends! So in the spirit of starting new things for the new year, I'm making living room plans since I now have a mantle and faux fireplace to decorate (which is super fun!). I'll share the ins and outs of the actual fireplace soon as well, but I wanted to give you a glimpse of what's in store for the area around it - and ask you to help me choose the best option, too! Here is what the living room looks like now: I don't hate the gallery wall around the TV, but I don't love it as much as I used to and I'd love to change this up and lighten up the walls in here. Yes, … [Read more...]