what I've been up to

Hey, guess what? I’m not dead! Despite all evidence to the contrary, I haven't actually fallen victim to some sort of freak spraypaint + fire accident. I’ve just been ridiculously, ridiculously busy. 

Work (and trying to maintain some semblance of a social life) has pretty much been taking up every last inch of my brain lately, and unfortunately blogging has had to take a backseat. Hopefully someday my job and my blog can play a little nicer, but for now we soldier on. 

I did manage to fit in a few fun design-y things into the past few weeks though. Like finally setting foot inside a Target . . .

After years of seeing other bloggers post awesome Target swag I couldn't have, I have to admit I was pretty pumped to check it out now that it's finally in Canada! Montreal's version opened this month, and while I can't say I was blown away (a lot of people are saying the stock doesn't compare to the U.S. version) there are definitely some serious gems to be had. Especially anything gold, natural chunky wood, and - of course - Nate Berkus:

My favourite piece was far and away Nate's wood and resin hexagon tray. I have absolutely nowhere to put it, and I definitely don't need it, but I still feel like this is one I'm going to regret not hoarding . . .

I also had a chance to check out a gorgeous Chihuly exhibit with my mama, and this time I was blown away. His work is pure magic. Ethereal, awe-inspiring, magic. 

While the large pieces are incredibly impressive, as always, it's the details that get me . . .

So what about you guys? Been up to anything amazing, fun or inspiring over the last few weeks? I so miss hearing from you, and can't wait to again!

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  1. Hey Elyse, it's good to see you back! I've been hoping for your next post. I like that picture of you on the shelves at Target and the shots of other good stuff on the shelves.
    By-the-way, do you know if they have fabric that could be used to re-upholster a small entry way chair? I don't mean from rolls of fabric (which is generally too expensive and too hard to find),but perhaps curtains or something similar that could be durable enough to be used on a chair.
    Thanks, and welcome back!

  2. Welcome back! Real life is always more important than blogging, so keep on keepin' on. That tray is gorgeous… makes me want to do some sort of DIY knock-off on a tray that I DO have that could use a little refresh. Thanks for the inspiration! xoxo

  3. So glad to see you back! I can't believe the stuff you find where I only see discount crockpots. I recently took your advise on making a hanging light out of a vase and LOVE the results! Can't wait to try out other ideas. Cheers!

  4. Hurray! So glad to see you posting again! Also that glass exhibit looks amazing

  5. Yay you're back! I've been mentally hoarding that tray for our bathroom renovation that's currently just a pile of dust and tears. Might have to go get a little pick-me-up tray this weekend :)


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