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Hi, my name is Emily-Jane and I'm the blogger behind Not A House, But A Home. I'm a huge fan of DIY and craft projects, interior decor, and design - the main subjects of my blog. I write from Toronto. I've been reading blogs for several years and have been blogging at this site since 2011.

Pet Hair Management

Authors: EJ @ Not A House, But A Home

I'm a self-proclaimed cat lady... I admit it! But what I'm not so fond of is cat hair all over the place. I wanted to dedicate a post to how I keep the pet hair to a minimum in my home and on my clothes, because as much as I love my little fuzzball, I don't want to wear her to work.


1. Brush her daily... or...

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Condo Progress: Choosing the Finishes

Authors: EJ @ Not A House, But A Home

I haven't updated you about the construction progress because it's going incredibly slow....painfully slow if you ask me! We're not really much further along than we were when I last posted in March.
In June, we had our last appointment with the designer. We (um, I) had a list of demands requests for things we...

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Condo News: Choosing the Finishes

Authors: EJ @ Not A House, But A Home

I haven't updated you about the construction progress because it's going incredibly slow....painfully slow if you ask me! We're not really much further along than we were when I last posted in March.
In June, we had our last appointment with the designer. We (um, I) had a list of demands requests for things we...

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Photography Challenge - Day 9: Someone You Love

Authors: EJ @ Not A House, But A Home

Taking a photo of Kevin is hard. He does not like having his photo taken…so I have to be sneaky! Well, he calls it sneaky - I call it capturing the moment.

Anyway, here’s my handsome man reading at my parents’ house. We’ve been spending a lot of time at my parents’ house lately, as my cousins are visiting from E...

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Shower Power

Authors: EJ @ Not A House, But A Home

A little while ago, I tried to angle the shower head down when I was taking a shower. I prefer the stream to hit me more in the chest than the head and I can’t move back in my shower because it’s very narrow. It’s the kind of shower I picture on a space ship. I barely have enough room to bend to shave my legs. B...

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What I’ve Been Up To

Authors: EJ @ Not A House, But A Home

When I fall off the blogging bandwagon, I fall off HARD! I’ve been really slacking lately because this summer has been craaaazy busy! Kevin and I went to Boston two weeks ago. Had a blast, but I have yet to sort through all of my photos.. One of my best friends, Kerry, got married up north this weekend and I w...

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My New Camera: Nikon D5100

Authors: EJ @ Not A House, But A Home

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you may have already seen that I bought a new camera… and I’m SO FREAKING EXCITED ABOUT IT!!! I bought the NikonD5100. I’d been tossing and turning between Nikon and Canon, but honestly it was price that ultimately won out in the end. I don’t think I’ve ever been this ex...

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The Perils of Living Alone

Authors: EJ @ Not A House, But A Home

I’ve been living on my own since April of this year and it’s been awesome so far. A lot of people were/are shocked to hear Kevin and I aren’t living together*.

Honestly, I’ve found very few downsides to living alone. It’s so freeing!! But there are some downsides…here are my biggest issues:

  1. Dishes.
  2. ...

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Weekend Getaway to Chicago

Authors: EJ @ Not A House, But A Home

Over the July long weekend, Kevin and I took a road trip to Chicago, Illinois. He’d visited once, years ago, and it was my first time. We loved it. We’re trying to make this the Summer of Road Trips because I still have 25,000 KM left on my car lease and only five months to use as much as I can. May as well! T...

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Craigslist Find: Storage Ottoman

Authors: EJ @ Not A House, But A Home

A little while ago I was on the hunt for a coffee table for my apartment. My search led to a pretty sweet, custom-made ottoman with built in storage. Score! $50 later and it was mine.


What I love most about it is how versatile it is. The top is hinged, and has a very spacious storage space inside – I use it for...

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