sunday in the junction

I had a very relaxing and fun weekend where I ignored every single one of my chores except groceries and a tiny bit of laundry.

On Saturday, I hit up a few street sales in my neighbourhood, and watched Moonrise Kingdom.

On Sunday, I set my alarm to be up to catch the first ever Junction Flea Market. I was afraid I would get lost since I don’t usually visit this area of the city, but it was very easy to spot with the signage and some white bunting strung along a chain link fence outlining the lot.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was mostly vintage wares, delicious snacks, and a few new things as well including some beautiful textiles and terrariums from Toronto favourite Bookhou, letterpress cards from Snap + Tumble and some interesting jewellery from Big Tinsel.

As for the vintage vendors, the items were more expensive than what you would expect to pay at a flea market or thrift shop, but there were some exceptions of course. Overall, the items were very good quality, and there was something for every budget. There were even a few $5 and under bins. I bought a couple of things that I haven’t had a chance to photograph yet.

If you’re interested in going to the next one, it happens on the second Sunday in July. Maybe I’ll see you there!

Photos, left to right: On the bus to the flea market with an iced americano in hand; one of my favourite four-letter words; a lunch and beer on my patio at home after a long morning of exploring the Junction; and a bracelet I made using Omiyage neon twine and a bead from the Beau & Bauble using this tutorial. 

the only easter decor you need

These vintage crepe paper globes, from Italy circa 1930, would make the most stunning Easter decor. I’m envisioning them hung from pretty ribbons ever so delicately in the centre of a table – although far away from food or flame. They appear to be in great shape, too. Most of the paper decorations I see at flea markets have holes from moths and mice after being improperly stored. How would you use these paper decorations? I think the combination of watercolour and pastel could translate to virtually any spring or summertime event.

Photos via Etsy shop ethanollie

time

This Friday is extra special in that I am taking a whole week off from work next week. It has been about six months since my last vacation and I am feeling like I need a refresher, especially before the snow sets in. I love this time of year for the crisp temperatures and am excited to do some projects around the apartment, and a bit of walking around the city. I cringe when I hear the word staycation but I suppose that is what I am taking. Anyway, I am planning to be posting during that time so keep checking back. Have a great weekend!

Clock from belmodo on Etsy

local and edgy design

How perfectly fall-like is this Kensington loft space designed by Emma Reddington? I’m not usually drawn to such dark, moody colours, but this space just oozes the kind of comfort that is perfect for the upcoming season. I love the walls, the couch, the art, the stools, the mirrored side table…OK, I love a lot of this space. Anyway,  what are your plans this weekend? I think I’m going to roast a chicken, make some squash soup and generally relax.

Photo by Ashley Capp

pastel patterns

I saw the wallpaper as a backdrop to a photograph by Austin Gros and would love it in a craft studio.

I don’t have the ability to tile anything in my apartment since I’m a renter, but a mix of colours like this really appeals to me. I know tiles are a big investment, but when they’re done carefully and with some kind of creativity in terms of colour and layout they make such a statement.

And this dress. Ah, this dress. Neutral and neon, I will never tire of this colour combo.

a space for me

This house, owned by a woman and her young daughter, exemplifies my style. I love art, patterns and textiles, and a touch of vintage. Of course, above all, any space has to be comfortable and nurture my creativity. That’s exactly what this space does. If you haven’t seen the full house tour, I implore you to head to Apartment Therapy right now and see for yourself.

Painting by Mel Shimkovitz; couch found here

functional and turquoise

I always seem to be drawn to things in this turquoise hue – especially in the summer. As soon as I came across this baking pan from Ikea while doing some research on bedroom storage (I got a little distracted) I remembered this desktop paper shredder from Poketo. Then I recalled when I was browsing Kitsch Cafe on Etsy and found these utensils. They all have two things in common: they’re functional and turquoise.

I wouldn’t necessarily do these things in this order.

trend: paint by numbers revisited

I’ve seen vintage paint-by-number art in many house tours, but I am now seeing it in more unexpected places like this nursery mural and this DIY wall art.

Seriously! How amazing is this for an outdoorsy nursery?

Song lyric quote artSuch a great project – cheap and easy too!

I picked up this $2 paint-by-numbers to try my hand at Elsie‘s project. 

trend: garden gnomes

I love the way gnomes seem to pop-up. The curious garden creatures say summer no matter your style.

The gnome peaking out of the corner is the “gnome suspension system” for this tea towel from Wannekes.

Gnome garden marker from sunshineceramics Etsy shop.

Garden gnome and poppies from LaurajeanLaurajean Etsy shop.

Porcelain gnome lamp from selterstudios.

Vintage gnome from shavingkitsupplies Etsy shop.

come on get appy

In case you missed it over the weekend, I did a guest blog on yard sale apps over at Covet Garden. Toronto-based Covet Garden is a great online design magazine that focuses on one house at a time. I think this approach is much more tangible and less overwhelming than the typical online magazine that runs 400+ pages and has too many product round-ups. The attention to detail allows the reader to focus on the special features of each home. If you have a chance, check it out and let me know what you think!

I’m curious, what kind of tools do you use to keep track of yard sales in your neighbourhood? Did you find any treasures this weekend?

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