Friday I'm In Love

Friday I'm in Love// Thrifted

Back in the day Friday I'm In Love was a weekly feature on this site. Since things are back in full swing I thought I would bring it back. Every Friday I'll share some links with you. This week I've also got a little playlist of what I've been listening to this month. The background is photo of Barton Springs in Austin, TX. I can't believe it's already been over 2 years since that trip! Check out my photos from that short visit here. Grant and I leave in a week for the UK and then Iceland. We're both so excited we can hardly stand it. I hope you have great weekend!

I know this is a kids room but I would totally paint my bedroom ceiling like this.

I was thinking of doing a post on a vegan Almond Joy smoothie... until I saw this recipe and knew I couldn't compete.

This vintage Cathrinholme collection is very impressive!

I'm definitely going to try this DIY for colourful photo backdrops.

I'm slowly building up the greenery in our condo and this home is serious inspiration.

Charis has been making some mouthwatering vegan macrons lately. I need to set aside an afternoon for practicing her technique.

Spring Playlist 2015// Thrifted

*Top photo from my last trip to London in 2010. Bottom photo from a trip to Austin in 2013.

Our Home Office

Our Home Office// Thrifted

Grant and I moved into our condo in July of last year. One of the first big projects we tackled was adding built in shelves to the second bedroom. I showed Grant these corner shelves from A Beautiful Mess and he built them over the course of a weekend. We're fortunate to be on the top floor of our building which means we have 9ft ceilings. The extra space goes a long way when it comes to storage. The desk is just two Ikea kitchen cabinets with a large piece of MDF on top and two Ikea desk legs in the middle for support. The chairs are both thrift store finds.

Although carpet is not my favourite flooring we are stuck with it. Our condo rules dictate that there must be carpet in the bedrooms for units not on the ground floor. We actually tried to put an area rug down put for the life of me I could not get it to stay in place. We have yet to tackle painting any of the walls in the condo. We didn't get to choose the paint colours and I am not a fan of beige. It wouldn't be so bad if the builders hadn't painted the baseboards, trim, and doors the same colour. Since this room will one day likely be our nursery I think we'll hold off on painting it until then.

Our Home Office// Thrifted
Our Home Office// Thrifted
Our Home Office// Thrifted

The bookshelves are one of my favourite things in our home. They hold our (pared down) book collection, my vintage camera collection, all of my Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, and Bobbsey Twins books, and little pieces of memorabilia. The model cars were my Grandfather's and it's nice to have a little reminder of him whenever I'm working in the office.

Our Home Office// Thrifted
Our Home Office// Thrifted
Our Home Office// Thrifted

Grant and I are also somewhat avid comic book readers. We seem to go through waves where we binge on books from the library. I have a collection of all of the post-tv Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics and have managed to amass the entire Fables collection. I've been a Buffy fan since I was 10 years old so the love runs deep there. Grant's collection is mostly Marvel-based since that's what he grew up reading.

Our Home Office// Thrifted

We have a nice wee spot to display our Quiach from our wedding. Grant's dad brought it all the way from Scotland for us.

Our Home Office// Thrifted

We also have our Mrs & Mr signs hanging on our respective sides the desk. They were a wedding gift from Grant's mum.

Our Home Office// Thrifted

I recently hung all of my guitars in a corner of the office. I haven't taken lessons in years but I obviously have no excuse not to learn now. The chair was a $20 thrift score, and the blanket and magazine stand were garage sale finds.

Our Home Office// Thrifted

The filing cabinet is a DIY I completed a few weeks ago. You can read all about it here.

Our Home Office// Thrifted
Our Home Office// Thrifted

Another memento from our wedding are the letters hanging above the closet. They were displayed at our table during our wedding reception. You can see the photos from the ceremony, the reception, and our wedding portraits by clicking on the respective links. The ceiling light is another DIY and you see the step-by-step transformation here.

I'm so happy to have a place at home where I can work. The space is usually messier than it is in these photos since I take all of my photos for the blog in here but it still feels a bit like a retreat. I love how everything came together and that there is a vintage feel throughout the room. If you have any questions about where things are from or anything else about the room please leave me a comment below!

xo Allison

A Vintage Light DIY

A Vintage Light DIY

A couple of months ago Grant and I stopped at the Value Village in Red Deer on our way home from a wee trip to Calgary. I found this somewhat gross looking ratan light fixture that I thought had a lot of potential to be a much more attractive light. There was a very dirty ceramic piece inside the ratan cage that held the old lightbulb. I threw it out before taking photos. In the end I only saved the cage and the metal piece that attaches in the ceiling. We've replaced a few of the light fixtures that came standard with our condo. They were just too boring and modern for our liking. My last DIY for our office was to replace the "boob" light and when I found this vintage ratan fixture I knew it would be perfect for the office.

Grant bought a new ceiling plate (called a brass canopy kit at the hardware store), new socket and wire, an Edison bulb, and marrettes. He spent $10 on the supplies + $10 on the lightbulb. Click through the gallery for a step-by-step description of how he rewired the vintage fixture.

I'm so happy with the end result. It's definitely more my style and looks awesome lit up at night. I especially love the Edison bulb. It feels awesome to have an entire room checked off as complete. Speaking of which, I'll be sharing the rest of the room in a tour tomorrow!

A Vintage Light DIY

What do you think of the "new" light? Have you rewired a light fixture from scratch before? Don't forget to check back tomorrow for the office tour!

xo Allison