Oh hey stranger! Welcome to my little corner of the internet. My name is Gemma Bonham-Carter, and I’m the author and creator of THE SWEETEST DIGS – a lifestyle and design blog about all things DIY, interior decorating, showing your home some love (but always on a budget!), parenting, food, and sometimes a little fashion and travel. Basically all the stuff that I love doing and talking about.

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That’s me, my hubby Dan, and our daughter Maya – a silly and sweet toddler who keeps us on our toes. Oh, and we’re adding another little member to our family in February 2016 – a boy this time! We call Ottawa, Canada home.


I have always loved design and decorating, and so in 2009 when Dan and I found our perfect first home – a sweet little fixer upper bungalow – I started writing this blog about transforming our house into a place we loved on a budget. Man those early posts are EMBARRASSING, y’all. I have been spending the last 5+ years figuring out how to decorate and finding my style. You can check out the bungalow tour here.

front yard before

Once our daughter came along, we quickly ran out of space in our 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom bungalow. Instead of buying something bigger, we wanted to stay where we were and build up. Plus, then we would get to be a part of the build process, make all of the decisions ourselves, and beef up our DIY skills. Were we a little crazy? Yep. Definitely.

So in late 2014, we undertook a massive renovation to transform that small bungalow into a three story (!!) family home. We are still in the midst of finishing the transformation and hope you’ll join us for the ride. You have no idea how ridiculously giddy I am about all the new rooms I have to decorate.
building the house

Stick around for project tutorials, room makeovers, craft ideas, shopping/gift guides, and posts about this crazy thing called parenthood. Oh and sometimes I’ll throw in a recipe, latest fashion find, or travel guide, too. If you are new to the blog, you might want to check out the “Be Inspired” tab above, which has a huge collection of DIY projects and room makeovers that I have done over the years.

A few snapshots of where we are headed with the new-old pad…

house in progress

grey and white kitchen with white subway tile



If I’m not decorating, styling, or playing with our daughter, you can find me designing and selling prints, pillows, and other accessories in my online shop, the sweetest digs co.

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It’s pretty fun, and full of sweet finds like this ‘good things come to those who hustle’ print. Because you guys, everyday I’m hustlin my butt off.

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Other notable facts? Here are 5 things you might not know about me.

1 // I’m a coffee snob, and will accept only a few select brands. Warning: Don’t talk to me unless I’ve had her first Americano of the day.
2 // My first room makeover was at the age of 13 when I sponge-painted her bedroom yellow. Remember sponge painting? Thank god that’s out.
3 // I can say the alphabet backwards as quickly as I can say it forwards. This skill sadly has not come in useful so far in my lifetime.
4 // I was born in Ottawa, went away to University and spent some time abroad, but ended up back in my hometown despite thinking I would never come back. I LOVE everything about Ottawa now. Funny how life turns out.
5 // My idea of heaven is a Saturday morning road trip (with coffee in hand) out to the flea markets and garage sales. Follow that up with lunch on a patio somewhere and life is officially made.

If you happen to be an Ottawa local, go check out The DIY Style Co. My business partner (slash super amazing girlfriend), Caroline, and I run monthly DIY workshops which are always a great time and you get to go home with something you made yourself. People will give you major props.

I would love to hear from you. If you’d like to drop me a line, email thesweetestdigs@gmail.com, or find me on social media: facebook, twitter, pinterest, and instagram. Can’t wait to chat, you guys!