Oh, hey there! I’m Gemma and that’s my hubby, Dan. We call Ottawa, Canada home. In 2009, after visiting over 20 houses and browsing countless real estate listings, we finally found our perfect fit: a 3-bed, 2-bath brick bungalow with tons of potential, in a great neighbourhood. Ever since we have been transforming that house from super boring to super sweet, learning as we go. In 2011 we got married (check that out here), and in 2013 welcomed our daughter Maya to our family.

In late 2014 and into 2015, we have undertaken a large addition and renovation to that small bungalow – and will be transforming it into a three story (!) family home. I’m ridiculously giddy at the thought of all of the new rooms I will be able to decorate.

Join me, as we DIY, renovate and decorate our home, all on a budget, with our sweet daughter in tow. There are project tutorials, room makeovers, craft ideas, shopping/gift guides, and posts about this crazy thing called parenthood.

If I’m not decorating my own pad or playing with my daughter, you can find me selling art prints in my online shop, the sweetest digs co. doing freelance decorating and styling work, or consulting as a project manager in public health (you know, what I went to graduate school for!).

I’d love to hear from you! If you’d like to drop me a line, please email thesweetestdigs@gmail.com. Or, get in touch via social media on facebook, twitter, pinterest, and instagram. Can’t wait to chat!

Thanks for stopping by!



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  • Gwendy

    Great start Gem, having been showing this to Mary B-C here in France. I don’t know how you find the time! Looking forward to seeing the after shots of the basement later on.

    Will stop by often!


  • Irene Gonneau

    Love your blog. My sis told me about it and now i can’t stop reading it. Your a great writer and i love your style.

    • gemma

      thanks irene!!

      gem xo

  • http://www.homeinformationguru.com Tom Corliss

    Hello Gemma,

    My name is Tom Corliss and I am a new blog author with a blog in the home design and improvement field, http://www.homeinformationguru.com . I am new to this whole area of communication so please forgive me if this is not real clear. I looked through over 100 home design and improvement blogs recently for ideas of what I like and for information on how some people are sharing information with their readers.
    I just want to say that you blog is in my top ten blogs to follow and put on my blog roll. If you do not mind I would like to write an article about your blog to share with my readers to show my appreciation for great content and blog design. I would be sure to include information from your about page about you and of course a link to your blog.
    If this would be fine with you please e-mail me back to confirm that you are aware of my intention and that you are either good or not good with this idea.
    Please visit my blog and give any suggestions that you want to, again I am really new to this whole thing and I am just starting to learn the ropes.

    Thank You So Much,

    Tom Corliss
    Corliss Learning Systems

  • http://thelivedinroom.wordpress.com Rachel

    Hi! Are you in Ottawa? I just started blogging from Ottawa and I was hoping I would stumble across some locals. I love your house tour. I am amazed at what you did with your kitchen!Well done!


    • gemma

      Hi Rachel – yep, I’m in Ottawa! Great to meet another fellow Ottawa blogger. Good luck! :)


  • deborah


    A cool idea… thought of you when I saw it….


    love your blog!


    • gemma

      How cute!! Maybe we should do that between our backyards! :)


  • Genie


    I am also in Ottawa and also a vintage and interior design lover. I found here from your post in ApartmentTherapy’s small space contest. Love your ideas and works. I am curious which neighborhood are you in.

    Cheers, =)

  • http://www.one21design.com Elaine Rushlow

    cool your in Ottawa I’m in Newcastle I have a little blog on e blogger called “The House Nut” don’t get on there as much as I would like but you can check it out…I love love your little house great work. You’ve got the “NACK” girlie.