I have discovered the most beautiful, mind boggling, life-altering and HEART-STOPPING lighting!

Honestly guys, I never thought I would feel so strongly about lights and stuff. But as I perused this website, every single light fixture I saw made me stop and be like “WOW! That’s gorgeous!” And then the next light was even prettier, and then the next EVEN BETTER! I got so overwhelmed with them all that my Pinterest page crashed. I figured that I should just POST about it, because then I look less crazy than pinning 20 light fixtures.  So I have done a little round-up of my favorites to highlight the show-stopping craftsmanship of OneFortyThree’s lighting.

Isn’t that seafoam green wall lamp just gorgeous? How beautiful would it look in a nursery or a white on white office? And that Brass pendant light is, like, my dream. I really need to find an excuse to own one. Or three. And the Otis white light would look perfect in my bedroom! LOVE IT!

Anyhoo, I’m glad to be able to share my love affair with you, hope you rush out and buy some OneFortyThree goodies!


A new (OLD) Sidetable

I bought these new side tables for our bedroom last summer.  Of course, I meant to revamp them immediately! But then life got in the way and they have been sitting in our bedroom for about 6 months now. In their dirty little birthday suits. 

They came with a glass top, but I got rid of those. SOOOO 90s to have glass on top of every table.… I got them off of Craislist (Montreal) for $60 for the pair…a pretty good deal if I do say so myself. They are solid wood, SUPER heavy to squeeze into our little car, and all the hardware was falling off.   But I loved them, negotiated the price down and them jumped on them before the weird cat lady could change her mind.  

I do think they have gorgeous lines, and once they are painted in a high gloss dark indigo paint, they will really pop against our bedrooms dark grey walls and will bring a little antique into our masculine bedroom.

This is my oober-creative tabletop styling…Emily Henderson-I’m trying to learn, I swear! And please don’t judge my Sylvia Day reading material. I know I’m not the only one who reads that uterus-clenching prose.  

And check out the pretty details of this hardware! I plan to clean it up with some Brasso, see what kind of metal is under all that grime, and perhaps touch them up with a gold-leaf pen. Who knows?

Arent they fabulous?!?

Sources for the above items: Sidetables; Craiglist Montreal, Nautical brass box; (Maejean Vintage), Brass reading lamp;, Woven paper bowl, vintage urbanoutfitters.

Projects, project, projects! III just have to hold off a little longer until we move into our new place before undertaking this one. 

If you have any ideas for me, share away! I’m all ears.




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SO.  I have been meaning to put together a series of blog posts about our epic DIY wedding, but I have SUCH a hard time getting my ass in gear. So here it is-at least the start of it.

Like every other awesome and original couple out there, Dave and I wanted a small, simple wedding that completely reflected our personalities and would be totally unique to us... and to everyone else on Pinterest. :)

While we do live in the big (ish) and awesome city of Montreal, QC, we are actually country bumpkins at heart (from the far away Laurentians).  Therefore we wanted a beautiful, sweet wedding ceremony outdoors and near a lake somewhere up north, followed by a super fun dance party style reception.
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Of course, being that I am obsessed with all things design/ DIY and with my Interior Design education and a job in construction project management, I was pretty confident that I could handle one teeny wedding. It almost broke my spirit, actually-but we will get back to that.

Before I start this whole series of wedding posts, I will tell you a little something about Dave and I’s story.  Basically, we met in high school at the tender age of 15. My Dave is a little unique...meaning he is hilarious, sarcastic, annoying and has an uncanny resemblance to Tom Green (check out Dave’s old blog-you’ll see just what I’m talking about.) So who could blame me when I didn’t immediately fall in love with this guy? But we did become friends. And over the course of the ten years to follow, Dave and I became closer-he was my most trusted (male) confidant, my Go-To-guy and the all around constant in my life as I went through high school, college, new boyfriends, breakups, old boyfriends, breakups, job layoffs and much more.  Throughout all of this, Dave was obviously in love with me (Duh-who could resist all this?) and though he was always hanging around me, I far too dense to realize it or to see him for who he really was to me.
So it was a revelation to me when after all this time-and finally single- I started to develop feelings for Dave in more than a platonic way. WAYYY more.  It totally freaked me out. And it really freaked out my girlfriends as well.  We shared the same group of extremely close friends, so for me to take a leap of faith and see how things went with Dave was monumental. Seriously HUGE.
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But it actually went well. Really well, seeing as I went into our first date already loving the person I was about to date. There’s a lot that you learn about someone in 10 years that you can’t unlearn when you start dating them. [Sidebar]-I highly suggest marrying someone you have known for 10 years. It’s pretty awesome. Also, NO SURPRISES. [End Sidebar] I had been dating Dave for about 2 weeks before I knew that I wanted to marry him. I was totally, down for the count, in LOVE with this guy who had been among my best friends for 10 years. Who knew?

We adapted to this big change quite quickly, our friends adapted quickly and I moved in with Dave and his roommates almost immediately.  After talking about marriage for a long time (about 2 years), we got engaged on Thanksgiving of 2011 (Canadian Thanksgiving, eh?) and got married in July of 2012. Whoohoo! WIN.

So that’s our little story, and that’s about it for this post.

If you would like to check out our love story from both of our perspectives, we each wrote our “side” of it on our wedding website:

In the next wedding post, I will get more into the details of the actual day. EXCITING!

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Thanks for checkin’ this out!



This week is by far the coldest, COLDEST, most freezing week of the winter thus far.  Being a Canadian, I take pride in the fact that I can survive -35 degree weather and look cute doing it.


This morning my hair was frozen into little pieces after a short 5 minute walk to work and my thighs were burning with numbness. 

Oh well winterz...I'll just have to go skiing.

Good luck surviving everyone!