Oh hey there! 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!), being an online biz owner (what up, girlbosses!), motherhood, and sometimes a little fashion and travel. I’m all about creating a home and life you LOVE.
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. Holy moly, a lot of 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.
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.
There are DIY project tutorials, room makeovers, craft ideas, and posts about this crazy thing called parenthood. If you are new to the blog, you might want to check out the “Be Inspired” tab above, which has an ever-growing collection of projects that I have done over the years.
A few snapshots of where we are headed with the new-old pad…
If I’m not decorating or styling, you can find me designing and selling prints, pillows, and other accessories in my online Etsy shop, the sweetest digs co. I’m on a mission to create beautiful things for home and life that I can share with all of you! I’m hustlin’ everyday to make this online biz thrive and love to connect with other girlbosses out there.
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 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 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!
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