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

Packing for a Spring trip to Paris

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

$5 DIY Driftwood Jewellery Organizer  The Learner Observer for Remodelaholic.com

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

Why Loving Your Imperfect Home is Important | The Learner Observer

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

DIY Woven Rope Stool using a Thrift Store Stool | The Learner Observer | http://thelearnerobserver.com/diy-woven-stool

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!

Living Room Makeover with Leon's Furniture | The Learner Observer | http://thelearnerobserver.com/flowtable-meets-victorysectional-x3/

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...]

Toasts From Around The World – and Some FREE Printables!

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Hello dear friends of The L.O.! I hope you're all having a wonderful holiday season filled with sugary sweets, savoury meals and loads of family downtime - after all, those are the things that matter, right? Today I'm bringing you a different sort of New Year's post. There are no resolutions, no goals, and no looking back at what 2014 consisted of. It's not because I hate those things - I actually really like them, and you know that's true based on the fact that I made them for 2013 and 2014. I just decided that this year I would keep that list more private - the long one, anyway. I did … [Read more...]

How I Painted My Dressers Using Chalk Paint ®

Dresser Makeover using Chalk Paint

Ladies and the two gentlemen that may or may not read my blog, I am finally bringing you a post dedicated to how I made over two dressers using Chalk Paint ® for our master bedroom this year! You've seen the dressers, right? Because by this point, you've seen the master bedroom makeover like 100 times - in the post about artwork, the post about the headboard, and the reveal post. In case you missed ALL of those, I bring you, the complete makeover on the dressers, and a review on my first ever experience using Chalk Paint ® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.  Here's … [Read more...]

[Black & White] DIY Geometric Ornaments

DIY Black and White Geometric Ornaments by The Learner Observer

Ok class, give me a show of hands: how many people are surprised by the fact that I made something black and white? Oops... sorry... teacher Thalita and blogger Thalita merged there for a second! But seriously, is anyone surprised by black and white on this blog anymore? I didn't think so. This time, they're DIY geometric paper ornaments! Anyway, these are easily some of my favourite ornaments I have ever made because I fully intend on having them around after Christmas. Don't judge me.  I used some awesome printables found over at Minieco, and believe me when I say you … [Read more...]

Backyard Makeover Part 1

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It's DECEMBER. I know, you all already know this, but I need to point this out because it's December and I'm writing about a project we completed months ago. Actual months! If you keep up on Instagram, you have already seen that we took on a rather large project this Summer - the backyard makeover! Yep, the whole thing! There was landscaping, deck cleaning and painting, and it's not even finished yet, but the hardest parts are done. Here's where we started: THE LANDSCAPING: So this was a big undertaking - like 60 square feet of undertaking! We started with the digging, which is so … [Read more...]