ABOUT

Oh hey there! Welcome to THE SWEETEST DIGS. I’m Gemma Bonham-Carter, and I’m pumped that you landed here on my blog. So, what’s it all about?

Well, I want to help you create a home and business you absolutely LOVE. I want you to walk through the front door of your pad and smile, because it looks so good and makes you so damn happy. I want you to be able to say to your friends that you DIY’d that shit, instead of shelling out major bucks at the store for something similar. I want you to pursue your dreams and run a successful online creative biz. I want you to get excited about working because it’s what you were meant to be doing.

Basically, if you are a creative, crafty person and entrepreneur (or think you might be one), you’re in the right place.

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I can’t get enough of DIY projects and am creating the home of my dreams, but on a budget yo! Head on over to the Project Gallery to see what I’ve been up to, including room makeovers and some of these all-time faves:

DIY projects

You also need to check out Blogging Biz collection. There are tons of posts there to binge on, from social media tips, to how to monetize your blog, to fave tools and resources.

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Then I want you sign on up for my Resource Library. Once you’re in, you’re going to be able to get your hands on all of the downloads, cheatsheets, workbooks, art printables, guides, and anything else I have ever made. For reals. It’s a sweet little ticket to get in there.

Once you’re signed up, you’ll receive weekly emails from me with latest insider scoop, freebies, and VIP stuff. Seriously… you’re my people.

And if you want to take that blogging biz knowledge one step further, check out my courses over at THE SWEETEST DIGS school. I meant it when I said I want to help you create the business you’re dreaming about! You’ve got this, girlboss.

Wanna know a little bit more about me? Well, there I am with my hubby Dan and daughter Maya (this is back in 2014).

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And in February of 2016, we added our son James to the mix.

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Those two tiny humans are pretty much my whole world.

We call Ottawa, Canada home. Back 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. Holy moly, a lot of those early posts are EMBARRASSING, y’all. But nevertheless, that bungalow helped me figure out how to decorate and find my style. You can check out the bungalow tour here.

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.

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Head on over here for the full house tour.

When I’m not decorating or DIY’ing something, you can find me designing and selling prints, pillows, and other accessories in my online shop, THE SWEETEST DIGS CO. I love to create fun and pretty things to make your home and life just a little sweeter.

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More fun 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 my first Americano of the day.
2 // My very first room makeover was at the age of 13 when I sponge-painted my bedroom yellow. Remember sponge painting? Thank god that’s out, amiright?!
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 then hanging at the park with my kids, 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 DIY workshops which are always a great time. Plus, you get to go home with something you made yourself. Holla!

And don’t forget –> To stay in touch with everything going on, blogging biz tips, exclusive content, freebies and shop sales, sign up for the newsletter. I promise not to be too spammy. Want me to sweeten the deal even more? Throw in your email and you’ll get this super cute art print as a free instant download – print and hang up in your pad!

 

Chat soon, babes!

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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!

    Gwendy

  • 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

  • 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
    corlisslearningsystems@yahoo.com
    http://www.homeinformationguru.com

  • 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!

    Rachel

    • gemma

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

      xo,
      gem

  • deborah

    Gemma;

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

    http://thewoolacorn.blogspot.ca/2011/10/magic-fence-with-marbles.html

    love your blog!

    deborah

    • gemma

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

      xo,
      gem

  • Genie

    Hi,

    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, =)
    Genie

  • 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.

  • Adriane Jungues

    Just saw your daughter sweet nursery on Apartment therapy and through the reading I realized you are here in Ottawa! Nice!! Super duper blog! Mine is likeanewhome.com
    Have an awesome day,
    Adriane