Instagraming March!


Apparently, March turned into April ten days ago. You’d never know it by how cold it’s been lately. It’s still below zero most days. Sigh.

Anyway, here’s what I was up to in March:

Kitchen is completely painted red! // Carrot cake pancakes were so good! recipe via smitten kitchen  // More snow! It never ends. 😦 // First Seasonsbox – post here // My tweet was mentioned in Style at Home magazine! // Could not stop drinking this tea even though I’ve had it for months // Marvelled the retro checkout at the nearby Safeway  // Became a bit obsessed with my mom’s issue of Redbook. I actually wanted to pick up my own copy. Great rebrand! // Sprinkles is sleeping and is adorable x // Green ombre-ish NOTD – post here// Discovered my favourite PBS Euro travel show host Rick Steves has a podcast // Shamrock plant! // What can I say? I love the snow? // Bunny! // Loved this memoir by Grace Coddington. Two thumbs up! // More Sprinkles x 2 //

What have you been up to this March? Follow me on instagram @Lesleylu and I’ll be sure to follow back! x


Pretty Things: Retro Dining Table & Chairs

For the past few months, I’ve been trying to find a retro chrome table (preferably in red) around town. On Sunday, I found these on kijiji! The table is grey and the chairs are red but I still think it’s perfect for my dining area.


Awesome, isn’t it? I was so excited when I went to pick them up because I loved them in person even more than I thought I would. They also go perfect with my poppy wallpaper.

Here’s a close up of the table top:


Once I finally paint my kitchen cherry red, it’s really going to pull everything together. I already love the pop of colour that the chairs bring.

Everything together came to $125. You just can’t beat that. For the locals, these were picked up at the Candle Co. Antiques in West St. Paul.

Have you found any thrifting treasures lately?

5 Minute Fix : Futon

Hello Hello!

As you know, I moved into a condo this summer. It has to be said that all the decorating is taking waaaayyyy longer than I originally anticipated. I think when creating my critical path for home decor, I forgot to include things like breaks and recovery from exhaustion. lol.

I was very lucky that my parents bought me a new bed to celebrate purchasing my new home. It really couldn’t come soon enough! After 4 years, my futon was turning back to a full-time couch instead of a full-time bed.

However, once all the blankets and pillows were taken off, I realized that the futon was not that cute. It really didn’t go with newly painted and wallpapered living room.

It’s the worst right? It just looks sad. Originally, I thought I would purchase a new cover or knit a big blanket or something. After a couple of weeks of staring at it, I came up with an idea. A quick temporary fix to make it a bit more chic.

I decided to purchase a plain black fitted sheet. I thought it would at least mke the room more cohesive.

It turned out better than I thought. Even though black is so much darker than the maroon mattress cover, adding the black sheet seems to have brightened things up. It’s still really only a temporary solution since the back is not covered but as long as it’s against the wall, who’s going to care?

What do you think? What’s your best 5 minute home decor tip?

Ready for the Weekend : February 24 Edition

Today completely flew by! I accomplished a lot although not as much as I’d hope. Still feelng very productive though! Aren’t those the best Fridays? We’ve had a few days of snow here so I have a feeling I’ll be holed up all weekend if it keeps up. Sometimes, it’s just nice to be all warm and cozy indoors with some tea and a book than head out, clear off your car while covering yourself in snow in the process. But hey, that’s just me.

In other news, I really can’t get this song out of my head. It’s not a new song but it popped in yesterday afternoon and it keeps spinning around in there. I love Lily Allen. I can’t wait until she releases new music even though I’m sure it’ll be awhile.

1.  Cooking something stodgy
I’m not sure if it’ll be veggie chili or a shepherdess pie but I want to make something warm and filling that’ll last me until Monday.

2.  Cleaning my bedroom
I keep the claddagh ring I got in Ireland on my desk when I’m not using it. Usually, I stick it on the end of a bottle of nail polish. Yesterday, I knocked the nail polish bottle off the desk and the ring flew off into a pile of work boxes and papers. I couldn’t find it and it’s stressing me out. I know it’s here somewhere. I think I have to take it as a sign to get organized.

3.  Finishing my taxes
What an exciting life I lead! I’m just waiting on one more form which I should get today or tomorrow. I really enjoy finishing my taxes early and getting them off my plate. Thank god for those computer programs. Easy peasy.

4. Purchasing a laundry basket
Mine is broken and it’s more of a hindrance than a help at this point.

5. Avoiding the Oscars
I used to be all over the Oscars and all award shows in general. I really did. One day, (I must have been particularly bitter), I just snapped and I couldn’t take it anymore. Everything about them irritates me now. Maybe I take it too seriously and get disappointed. Maybe it’s because I’m haven’t been attached to any of the films nominated in the past couple of years. I really don’t know. Anyway, so chances are I won’t be watching or will just be flipping back and forth. I will say that there are two parts of the Oscars I genuinely really love – the red carpet & movie montages. I LOVE MONTAGES! You know, when they’ll have two minutes on Film Noir or Westerns or whatever they want to showcase this year. I really think that’s the best part of it. That’s the wonderful thing about the blogging world. I know that I’ll be able to see all the fashions online and if anything interesting or funny occurs, I know it’ll be on ONTD by the end of the night. Perfect!

What are your plans for the weekend?