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What’s Your Home Style?
December 1, 2009 at 2:13 pm 0




Recently I discovered this super fun quiz by Ethan Allen to help figure out my house style, and the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Since I’m getting married next Spring I’ve been trying to find a place to live that my future husband and I will both like. As a part of my magazine project I’ve been clipping my dream houses out and also one’s that I think my fiancé will like. But every house I’ve chosen for him has been dead wrong! So now we’re going back to basics to try and figure out what style “category” each of us likes. That way we can figure out how to appropriately mix our styles. Hopefully we have it all figured out before we move in together!
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Home Design Obsessions
November 25, 2009 at 11:12 am 0


I love home decor and designs. I could spend weeks browsing through stores looking at nick knacks, paint colours, home accessories and design elements. I could go to open houses every weekend. I could buy all the coffee table books and magazines on beautiful houses and homes. If I had it my way I'd be changing my apartment design every month. But, clearly that gets a little pricey. So, for now I'll stick to my pink 377 square foot apartment, and keep the plan to redecorate in my back pocket. But even then, the styles of homes I like are so varied. Stone and wood detached homes look cozy, deep red brick square homes look traditional, and I love modern townhouses too. I just can't decide! I think I'll have to be a house flipper in the future so I get to experiment with all these different styles! Photo Credit: Young House Love Blog
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Buying My First Place – On My Way to My Dream Life
August 20, 2009 at 2:53 pm 1

I’m a big believer in having life goals, and working towards those goals with solid plans. But one of the funny things about achieving a dream life, is that it takes a lot of work and determination to get there. For me, buying my first condo in 2007 was a dream come true. I bought my condo at a bit of a turbulent time in my life. I’d recently broken up with my long term boyfriend and it was a less than perfect ending, I was pulling crazy hours with a full time job and endless nights at university finishing my master’s thesis, and I was in a long distance rebound relationship. Needless to say there was a lot going on in my life, but I stayed on track so I could get that much closer to my dream life. When I bought my place I felt so accomplished. I’d dreamed of getting into the real estate market for so long, and scrimped and suffered to save up for my down payment. It was something that I had wanted to do for years, but my long term relationship was holding me back from doing this. While I sacrificed to save up to buy a place, without a supportive partner when you are in a relationship it’s almost impossible to make your dreams a reality. So when things ended I moved into a different phase in my life where I didn’t have to compromise my goals anymore. Finally I was able to buy my first place. I was filled with pride that I’d been able to succeed in one of my long term dreams…and best of all, it made me realize that I am able to achieve my dream life. Not only did I feel so proud for getting my first place, but it made me realize that relationships should bring out our better selves and make us closer to achieving our dreams. After I bought my place I was done with spending time in relationships that held me back, or didn’t enhance my life. And that’s one of the little changes in my life that has made a huge difference overall.
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Seven Ways I Survived the Economic Crisis
July 21, 2009 at 6:59 pm 0
Recently I had a chance to reflect on life over the past year. It has been a great year for me in my personal life (just a hint, but I met someone lovely), and it's also been a good year for me financially. I was able to get a better job and weather the economic crisis with a good chunk of savings. Here are some of the things that I did that made a difference to my bottom line. 1. I bought a condo that was affordable. Instead of being tempted to buy a larger 1bdrm apt that was over my budget I settled on my bachelor apt. Yes, it`s small, but so are my mortgage payments. Besides, I know I won`t be here forever, and I`ve been able to save a lot living in this very affordable space. 2. I switched to a cash budget. Every month I watched my money very carefully and made sure I never over-extended myself. With cash it is so much easier because you never get a surprise credit card bill in the mail. 3. I paid off my debt and saved like crazy. I needed to have a large safety savings account so that I could feel comfortable everyday, in case something bad happened. Now I know that if I lose my job I will be okay for a few months. 4. I socialized differently. I love going out to fancy restaurants and very much enjoy great wine, but I don`t need to indulge all the time. This past year I`ve had friends over for dinner more than ever, and I drink my fancy wine at home, too. If I do go out it`s for a special occasion, or I meet my friends for drinks after dinner. 5. I shopped for less expensive clothing alternatives. Instead of going for the pricey brand names I`d opt for the less expensive clothing lines. The funny thing is, people often ask me if I got my dresses at designer stores. I was at a wedding in Montreal and a girl at my table asked me if I got my dress at BCBG, but really I got it at Bedo. As long as you stick with decent quality you`ll be fine. 6. I second guessed purchases. When tempted by a purchase I`d step back and figure out if I really needed it. If the answer was maybe, or no, I just moved on. 7. I didn`t go into stores if I wasn`t looking for something specific. I avoided the temptation. If I didn`t need to go shopping I`d do something else that made me happy, like read a book in a coffee shop, or go for a walk outside. That way I didn`t feel like I was denying myself.
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