Change Change Chaaaaange

Oh, hi reader! I wanted to give you a heads up that GGSS is going to undergo a teensy little transformation soon. It's possible you've noticed that for over a year, I've been posting 5 days a week. That's a lot of work. Don't get me wrong - I absolutely 100% completely totally head-over-heels love it. This blog started as a creative outlet and escape from my grad school life but has evolved into one of my favourite parts of the day. I seriously get so much fulfillment from this little corner of the internet and the feedback I get from all of you. But I also have a full-time (paying) job. And a boyfriend. And a family. And a social life. AND a burgeoning design career.  And life over here has been pretty awesome of late. Several new and exciting ventures have popped up and to be honest - there just isn't enough time in the day to do it all. (Who knew?!) So, I've decided to cut back a little. Instead of posting 5 days a week, I've decided to post only when I have something awesome and new and exciting to share. That means that one week, I may post 4 times and the next week only once. I promise I won't disappear though! I'm not going anywhere - I'm just going to ensure that the content I do share is the rich, real-life stuff. I may still pop in with a new favourite artist, a recap of some fun life event, or a mood board when the mood strikes - but most of my posts will be projects and home decor and real original photographical pin-able content. No half-assed posts here. Pinky swear.

So that's my little update! I apologize if you tuned in for something design-related and totally don't care about this change. I get it - but I know that there are a few people who expect daily posts and I didn't want anyone to worry! Things are good. SO so good. Thanks for being here through it all! xo


Just Another Mood Board Monday...

Saturated Shapes

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Clare Caulfield's work can be found here.



it's converse season!  /  scheming for an exciting new project  /
wedding plans at our alma mater with my bestie  /  someone forgot to tell mother nature it's spring #deadgrass


This place is VERY cool... but does it remind anyone else of a spruced up version of that Venezuelan high rise in Homeland? 

I will definitely be making use of Emily's bookshelf styling tips when we finally get our office bookshelf... (coming soon!)

Well, this is epic. 


Five I Fancy

My initial obsession with Michelle Tavares' work came after spotting her gorgeous Frida Kahlo piece on the Etsy main page. From there, it was a head-first tumble into her beautiful watercolour prints. 

Here are five pieces I fancy from Michelle Tavares' Luna Reef:
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A Whiter Shade of Pale

I feel like the last couple of weeks, all I do is post about art. I swear, I do have other projects on the go… just none I’m ready to share quite yet. So, in keeping with the current theme, I thought I’d share a little framing mishap. As you might have noticed yesterday (if you pay attention to details like me…) one of those mattes is DEFINITELY a different shade of white than the rest. I mean, it’s pretty much full-on cream. I know I may sound crazy, but it’s driving me NUTS. All of the other mattes are much cooler and this super warm cream matte totally sticks out.
I think I’m going to have to just suck it up and have another matte cut… which means I’m out $20. Not the most exorbitant expense or anything, but frustrating nonetheless, given that I just had that one made 2 weeks ago!
This is kind of a persistent problem with me. I feel relatively confident in many other areas of design and colour selection, but when it comes to picking the right white, or whites that complement each other, I always seem to get it wrong. Does anyone have any advice or tricks they use? I mean, maybe no one notices the discrepancy but me… but it makes me CRAZY.

*Please note that I am aware that this is a minor issue in the grand scheme of… well, everything. xo


Adventures in Framing

As mentioned here and here, I’ve been working on our dining room gallery wall. In addition to the pieces I’ve already shared, we also have two photographs I picked up from Wall Blank years ago (which used to be awesome but no longer exists in the same capacity), a print from The Black Apple, a small floral print from Ontario-artist, Janet Hill, a bun print from Elizabeth Mayville, and a piece by BC-artist Benjamin Chee Chee that belongs to the boyfriend. 
I’m still working on layout, using the method I shared here, but it will go on the wall in the dining room opposite my painted & stained dresser DIY.
I still need to pick up a frame for our Flight of the Ocean print. I brought a black one home, thinking I wanted to do all black frames. But that print looked TERRIBLE in a black frame... so I decided to do a variety of frames instead. I may spray a few of the existing frames gold to mix things up. We shall see!

I’m hoping to get the whole wall finished this weekend, so check back next week for an update!


Just Another Mood Board Monday...

Sea Glass

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