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There is no lie that pretty much everyone loves to hate IKEA. The personal assembly could break up a relationship let alone a friendship! Ha! But…there are just some things we love too. And when done right, boy oh boy, it makes all the yelling and screaming and assembling of those flat packed boxes and ambiguous instructions seem at least in pictures, absolutely worth it!

Enjoy, and please don’t hurt anyone (or yourself) in this wonderful process!

xo

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Let’s get back to this whole blogging thing. I know you all love Interior of the day, but I have wanted to switch things up for awhile. Although I am in interior design, I find inspiration from almost anywhere: Pinterest, magazines, blogs, Tumblr pages, homes, restaurants, food – you name it. So there is going to be a change, some new features (creative titles/names have yet to come), and some old ones (Let’s Get Real seems to be an oldie but a goodie).

I want to share more things, and more beauty in all things design.

Would love to hear some feedback if you care to share your opinions. It should be a good mix of everything that inspires me. Less of a schedule more of a journal of sorts, a collection of ideas – back to good old blogging.

Thanks for sticking with me, and for all the love.

xo N

Subway tiled kitchen. Boyfriend jeans & white. Fedora & sundress. Gnocci & stripes. Home office. 

Let’s get real…

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Hey friends… It has really been awhile – huh. A lot has happened in my life the past few months. And I really only started to feel like myself recently. From family drama, to being sick with the stomach flu, to having our pup running into our garden fencing and going to the animal emergency, laser eye surgery which took much longer to heal than usual.

A lot. And that entire string of events was a mouthful.

When I’ve spoken to people about things, I have heard that on a psychological scale if it were measured in points positive things/exciting things/happy things hit just as hard as negative things. And if this is true well then my bells were definitely ringing loud and clear. Almost as if one won the lottery (and nope, no jackpot).

But with that said good things have happened…the bf and I are engaged! My amazingly talented sister designed my ring and it is gorgeous! So excited, and happy and overwhelmed a bit. Because you see we have dated for 7 years (I know that’s long), and I knew it would happen eventually…but I just didn’t know when. So in the middle of a winter wonderland, at his grandmothers place “the Hill”, it happened. It was picture perfect, a little chilly, and I was just getting over the stomach flu…but I had no idea. So a true surprise- perfect!

These past few months have been up and down, and when I begin to reflect on what has happened it brings me to a time where I was just broken up with (don’t worry not from the bf/fiancé) and sad, and school sucked and life sucked (psh and I thought it could never get worse). And I decided to try something new, yoga. So I dragged my sister, to our first class. We had a lovely teacher, her voice was so soothing, and we all got mini neck/shoulder massages it seemed just wonderful. Well after class, she gave us these power cards. They were cards of empowerment with a sentence meant to give some sort of meaning/clarity in ones life. So as I continued to breathe, I read:

“Every storm brings a fresh new beginning.” 

And it is true.

xo N

Nest lately…

 

 

nestlately.feb27A vacation in AZ to see the family. Snuggle times with Buns. A new photoshoot with my photographer for my portfolio.

Thanks January, it was a great month!

Follow along @lovenataliechong

xoxo

A serious festive party!

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Well we threw a little party! We did!

The BF has a birthday every year just about that time around Christmas when people come back. When people are in the mood for some serious parties. That wonderful time of year where everyone is filled with love and cheer.

So being…well me. I had to throw him a party. I kept it simple. Canadian and casual. Festive Casual I called it. Using some of the few details I had from last years party…I had gold votives, pine branches, and log candle holders and personally calligraphed names on each persons birch coaster! It was awesome!

Apparently the sister and I were the epitome of “festive casual”…which was wonderful!

We had lovely food, about 40 people and everyone came out to celebrate that guy – which is more then I could ask for!

Have a lovely day, thanks for following!

xoxo