personal life

toronto, toronto

my peeps!

just want to share some photos of my city with y’all. all images are mine.


Toronto skyline



Hockey Hall of Fame (and the CN Tower in the background)



Cocina Economica (Corktown)



Cocina Economica (exterior)


Brookfield Place



Hearn Generating Station — Fun fact, Pacific Rim was filmed here



Fairmont Royal York Hotel



Neighborhood off of Danforth, in the East End



Gooderham Building — Toronto’s flatiron building, and yes CN tower lurking in the background once again



Dominion Public Building — built between 1926 and 1935



And of course, the CN Tower deserves a photo of its own.


What city are you from? What buildings are you most proud of?



instagram, personal life, social media

views from echo


Views from echo 📷: @ceelobeck

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last week I went to a halsey concert. I think it was the whitest concert I’ve ever been to– I turned to my friend and asked: you think we’re the only ethnic people here? it was a great performance. you guys wanna see pics?

what concerts gave you the buzziest memories? let me know in the comments!

instagram, personal life, social media

@darlingchay / work day wind-down

Maximum chillin

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this is me in my natural habitat, letting all the happenings of the day roll off me. I have to say, this might be one of the little moments I enjoy most in my day-to-day; just coming home, kicking off my shoes and checking my social media. what’s your wind-down after a long day at work? leave it in the comments below! 

architecture,, personal life, writing

A New Writing Job Awaits!

Hello my darlings–

I have some very exciting news to tell you! Well, I’m excited, and I hope you’ll be excited for me too.  I wrote a post late last year expressing the happiness I felt upon finding a little corner of the internet that was passionate about making stuff- whether it be designing t-shirts, writing poetry, making vinyl record art, composing music or authoring books and short stories. For a lot of us, these are the hobbies that fit in the in-betweens of work, school and the minutiae of everyday life. As a result, when life gets busy, these creative pursuits are often the first to tumble




However, we always seem to come back to it. We always pick up that brush again, sit down at the keyboard again, open that sketchbook again. In those moments when inspiration strikes and we create something that makes us feel like we birthed a large, ungainly child and now we’re shouting from the rooftops of every local theater/bar/gallery dying to show the world-

Hold on. Let me catch my breath.

Dying to show the world what we made, it’s those moments that help us remember why it was worth the time, energy and emotion. And this is why we come back to it. Because when you’re a maker, you need to make in order to live a life that is full and rewarding.

Of course, there’s also the slight inconvenience of having to make money to pay the bills. And as we all know, sometimes Art and Money don’t play on the same playground. Which is why I’m so excited to tell you my news–

I was recently hired to write for!

In the words of Steven Fudge, the creator of the website, “invites the curious and the collective to explore what ‘domestic ‘Canadiana’ is, when explored within the fields of architecture, landscape, design, product and real estate. It creates a genuine opportunity to promote Canada’s historical and contemporary vernacular, our own homegrown talent and showcase how our diverse and distinctive landscape shapes our domestic environments.”

I’m going to be a busy worker bee, coming up with fresh new content here for my personal blog, my other writing platform at YOUeffect, and for houseporn. Thank you for coming along for the ride and caring, and I will be sure to keep you apprised of my latest news. Until then, a round of applause (aka beer. Or shots, if that’s more your thing) for everyone and their personal passion projects!

What’s new in your lives? Keep me updated in the comments below!

personal life

hello friends!

hello friends;

how is everybody doing?

sadly, i’ve let this little darling blog of mine fall to the wayside a bit

but i’m coming back–

i promise!

the semester is winding down

I’m afraid I might be

jumping the gun,

but i’ll be back,


new poems

new stories

with regularity.

until then,

i remain


your darling chay


*that girl is walking towards you, not away from you i promise

architecture, personal life, school

1 Darling Avenue

I’ve been hard at work and it’s so gratifying to see the fruits of my labors! This is the first major project of the semester. The assignment was to design a single-family residence in Toronto, from the ground up. The house is to include sustainable architectural elements as well as meet city zoning/lot requirements and restrictions. My house and drawings aren’t flawless, but I’m very proud of my very first house. Included below are several floor plans, labeled, dimensioned, hatched and furnished just for y’all. Exterior elevations follow, and last is the site plan. Larger images can be viewed by clicking through. Welcome to 1 Darling Avenue.