1. Functional and well designed | The little things.
  2. Just 1 Hour.
  3. Friday’s Four
  4. Framed feathers. A simple DIY project.
  11. Randomness. And a few questions for you.
  12. Being sick, listening to your body, and a lesson from Howard.
  13. Flashback: Aswan & Luxor
  14. For Rinah.
  15. Frequent Flyer : Brenna of This Battered Suitcase
  16. Juice.
  17. Whoa. It’s Been How Long?
  18. New Routines.
  19. Full Steam Ahead
  20. Before the sky goes dark.
  21. A day at a castle.
  22. The Weekend. 85 Percent.
  23. All things enamel.
  24. It’s Just Fabric Now…
  25. Frequent Flyer: Kylie of Spencer and Kylie
  26. All That Glitters
  27. Frequent Flyer : Nicole Gibbons of SoHaute
  28. Craving Indian Food.
  29. Just run.
  30. 2018 Travel Plans.
  31. The best damn apple pie.
  32. READ THIS: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
  33. Six random things I have my eyes on.
  34. Galway, Ireland | A day and a half in Galway.
  35. Inspired by candles.
  36. Cork, Ireland | Two days and a lot of walking.
  37. Souvenir At Home: With Gemma of Line x Shape x Colour
  38. The perfect scarf for winter.
  39. Happy Canada Day…and coffee table decisions.
  41. Friday’s Four (on Saturday).
  42. Blue Black, Pink, Brass & Wood.
  43. In other exciting news, I bought a bed frame.
  44. Lady Abroad / Meet Oneika of Oneika The Traveller
  45. Perfectly lovely.
  46. The design Gods are on my side.
  47. Kilkenny, Ireland | Mount Juliet.
  48. A few things I’m coveting.
  49. It was charming.
  50. Fear, the voice, and getting personal.
  51. The return of Heisenberg.
  52. Happy Me Day
  53. Birthday Wish List
  54. A testament to how I’ve grown?
  55. Friday’s Four
  56. The Fifth One.
  57. A new plant.

Ugh. Bad blogging week, huh? Yeah. Sometimes it happens – that’s life and I’ve been busy with work, work, editing the wedding photos I took in Ireland, work, and oh yeah, apartment hunting.

I went and looked at an apartment a few days ago crossing my fingers that (a) the entire place would be as charming as the advertised pics – particularly the charming bathroom – and (b) the building would allow dogs. After the letdown of the place I saw last week I just didn’t know what to expect; you get skeptical easily when apartment hunting. But this one? It was cute. It’s in an old art deco building and so it has some charming details. For a small apartment it had a surprising amount of closet space. AND it was $30 cheaper than advertised. BUT it’s on the first floor and for safety reasons, I’m not a fan of first floor apartments. I was debating if I could suck it up and deal with it (did I mention it’s also in a great neighbourhood that’s dog friendly!) when I decided to ask if, by chance, there were any other available units in the building and it turns out there was. On an upper unit. That had just been vacated. It hadn’t even been advertised yet. But, I was warned, it was in no condition to be shown as the previous tenants had been there a long time and done nothing to it. It needs to be completely cleaned and reno’d, the floors refinished, the walls re-plastered in some places, entirely repainted……naturally, I insisted on seeing it.

Yes, as evidenced in the first photo, the kitchen is so tiny the fridge doesn’t fit in it. It sits in the little…alcove just off the kitchen. Inspiration kitchen.

And despite it reeking like cigarettes – like majorly – and it needing to be completely cleaned and reno’d, the floors refinished, the walls re-plastered in some places and entirely repainted…I thought it was charming and saw its potential. At least I think I saw it’s potential. I’m so indecisive.

In other news, pre-decorating news, I saw this persian rug at IKEA and subsequently fell in love with it. I love persian rugs but because they are so unique and each one is different it’s hard to find the perfect one; the one that’s just the right colour and pattern. This one was both. The right colour and pattern.

The photo doesn’t do it justice. It’s a really beautiful pinky, raspberry-ish colour and what looks like black in the photo is actually a very dark chocolate brown. It’s fabulous and I want it. Badly.

And then there’s this new fabric I spotted while there. New as in just went onto the floor new.

It’s pretty great and only $5.99/meter. I gotta get some. So do you.

So that was my Tuesday through Friday. Lots of work. Apartment hunting. Window shopping. Editing wedding photos. Feeling hotter than hot in the unbearable heat we’re having here. Hanging out with Howard and walking him when the sun starts to set and there’s a light breeze in the air…

What have you been up to this week? Any plans for the weekend? I’ll be working this weekend and while doing so every thought will probably be consumed by debating whether or not I should put an application in on the apartment and figuring out a way to make that rug mine….

Have a great weekend everyone!

+Oh, and I hope all my American friends and readers had a Happy 4th of July!

++To the anon commenter here who, among other things, said I’m “consumed with apartment hunting, decorating, and my dog…” – this post doesn’t help things does it? Ha *eye roll* You may wanna tune out of my blog for the next….foreseeable future 🙂

+++Lastly, if you normally read my blog via a reader click over and take a look! Chronicled has undergone a small facelift.

++++One last thing! When it’s silent here you can always find me on my twitter

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THATSHORTCHICK November 23, 2018 at 14:48

I can definitely see the potential in the place although (WARNING!) renovations can bring about a lot more headaches than you thought possible.

LOVE that fabric!

GRETCHEN November 23, 2018 at 23:32

I think you’re totally right that there’s potential. And that fabric you found? Gorgeous! What do you plan on doing with it?

Try to stay cool during this heat!

STEVEN BROWN November 24, 2018 at 04:16


KKP November 24, 2018 at 06:40

pretty blog update! i love the header- i really want to go modern and clean with a touch of character with mine, but i’m afraid that if i lose the photography, no one will come say hi anymore. 😉

super cute apartment (looks sort of like ours, but our fridge does fit inside it!)

we just got an ikea before hubs and i moved overseas. i’ve been once- and missed the fabric. perhaps it’s for the best, as i’m still job searching. 😉

and to the anon commenter- why are you reading if you don’t care about what she writes about? more importantly, why are you speaking up if you don’t have anything nice to say?? just my two cents. 🙂

DESIGNWALI November 24, 2018 at 12:29

ooh could be a diamond in the rough! good luck with your hunt and I’m sure you’ll find something awesome too

JULIETTE November 27, 2018 at 03:16

It definitely have some potential! And to make it lovely and cozy and homey will be a fun challenge!

Love the rug too btw 😉

T November 28, 2018 at 10:31

If you actually cook, you’re going to hate that kitchen in the future. If you just heat food up though and spend a lot of time in the living room, I say go for it.

This weekend I, surprisingly, have nothing to do. I used the 4th of July to really get my apartment to the finished line and I’m sitting over here watching HGTV and pinning fabulousness and that’s it. 🙂

TRY ANYTHING ONCE TERRI November 29, 2018 at 01:41

I love home hunting anything. I am obsessed with those types of shows on HGTV. I would definitely push the landlord to repaint. I don’t know what the regulations are in Toronto, but many cities here require that the landlord repaint before a new tenant moves in. I hear you about the first floor. As a woman living alone, you should definitely think about safety and it looks like you are. 🙂 ** Mom-like soapboxiness over**

JACQUELYN | LARK&LINEN November 29, 2018 at 18:49

TOTAL potential!!!! DO IT!

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