JYSK Tiny Room Makeover I failed here and forgot to take a before picture of just how awful it was. We had a queen size bed taking up most of the room which had piles of junk on it because there was no space to hang out in there anyway. It was essentially a useless space. My main focus […] OPEN POST Grandmas Ravioli These images are as close to our hearts as it gets. Nat and I come from Italian parents, and grandparents on both sides of our family.  We grew up living near our mom’s mom, Josephine, who occupies an impeccably clean home always filled with the scent of something delicious. Her garden is bigger than my […] OPEN POST Galentine’s Day Love Letter Brunch There is something so charming and romantic about a love letter.  How fun would it be to give one to a friend, telling her how incredible you think she is?! We created this Galentine’s Day Brunch to inspire you to invite some of your favourites over and show them some love.  My friend Sarah, lucky […] OPEN POST The Riley Bungalow Projects are finally picking up again over here at The Riley Bungalow. TJ is back in Toronto, and we are in reno/organization/let’s figure out what to do next mode. But hold up. Let me start from the beginning. On July 18th 2016 we sold our condo bought this little house in Toronto.  Cute, right? It […] OPEN POST Bridal Showers Brunch with HomeSense Here’s a little peek of the bridal shower we created for them using HomeSense EVERYTHING! xo Mercedes & Nat *This is a sponsored post OPEN POST WIll You Marry Me? Did you guys know we are the creators and hosts of a wedding trade show called Lovestruck Expo?  What is Lovestruck? Lovestruck is a traditional tradeshow disguised as an authentic (Faux) Wedding. Our carefully picked vendors will collaborate to create a beautiful, one-of-a-kind experience for our “wedding guests” to be truly inspired by a romantic […] OPEN POST The Riley Bungalow Christmas TJ and I have had the most exciting year together yet. We sold our condo, bought a house, shot a series TJ wrote, traveled, worked our butts off with The Party Parade projects and as actors, and got engaged!  In 2017 we will be sharing all the details on how we are renovating and furnishing our […] OPEN POST Modern Christmas Village My Favorite thing to do over the holidays since I was a kid was setting up my mom’s Christmas village. All those miniature trees and light up houses are just the best.   I loved to turn boxes upside down and cover them with sheets of fake snow. This year I am going with a simplistic, […] OPEN POST What is Build-A-Cake?! On August 25th 2015 I went to my friends birthday party and made a cake.  Nat and I used to run a cake business, but it was mostly sculpted fondant cakes, which were all the rage at the time.  This one was different than any I had ever made.  The bottom layer was a peanut […] OPEN POST Sudio Wireless Earphones So Mercedes and I LOVE music. Like, love. Our Daddy used to play the drums and piano every night for us, and we grew up having dance parties with our Mom and other sister Bianca on the daily. Mercedes would be the more sophisticated music listener, who likes and knows most genres of music. Mercedes […] OPEN POST Spooky Glam Halloween Mantle  I love Halloween. This year, despite being in the midst of house renos and traveling to Ottawa this weekend For Elle’s birthday, we are having a party on Monday. Crazy, right?  Of course I had to do a bit of decorating. I collaborated with my girl Sarah who is A brilliant artist to bring you […] OPEN POST #MercedesAndTJInLove Engagement Party   Things have been as crazy as usual over here. TJ and I were working and training in the studio in NYC for the last 11 days. We were living with a bunch of actors in Brooklyn, and I’m feeling all sorts of inspiration from the trip. Let’s backtrack to a few day before we […] OPEN POST Wanna Be My Bridesmaid? I didn’t think I wanted a bridal party. It seems strange to pick my favorite women to be a prominent part of our wedding day and leave others out. Then I thought it would be great to have my closest 15 girls as part of our bridal party. In hindsight, not my best idea. So […] OPEN POST I’m getting married! Let’s start from the beginning. My first memory of TJ is when he hosted a stand up comedy and live music fundraiser for a play that I sang, and did attempted comedy for the first time at. He introduced me on stage as Melanie. My name is Mercedes. After my set I sat down in […] OPEN POST Christina’s 30th Styled Shoot Christina is hands down one of our favorite clients. This is her second styled shoot with us, and she’s all about them build-a-cakes. She asked Nat and I to create a fun concept for her 30th birthday photos. With help from the boys we made this free standing 6′ wall styled with a balloon arch […] OPEN POST
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