Shops We Love: Biron et Fils, Quebec City QC

We first came across this shop a few years ago when we visited Quebec City on our honeymoon. Located in the heart of tourist town/Virus Quebec, the shop is just off the beaten path and may not even be on radar were it not for the restaurants right beside it that offer a constant flow of looky loos. Lucky for us, most tourists aren’t looking for metal hooks, nails, cabinet hardware and pulls or else we’d surely be elbowing people in the face to get to the cash register. Something about ‘luggage weight restrictions’ that probably works in our favour. Anyway, back to the point: forget Restoration Hardware and ridiculous shipping from US costs, this shop has the most affordable reproduction vintage hardware we have ever come across, nevermind their grate covers and hairpin metal legs which are $14.99 A LEG. #forserious

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4 of these and a hunk of old wood: dining room table for under $100. You’re welcome.

And here’s the rest. The prices are so good this is pornographic, BFD cannot be held responsible for the damage this may inflict on your bank account.

The owner also takes custom orders and has worked with a number of clients to help them create designs that they now sell. Although the whole site is in French, you’ll figure it out by looking at the photos, and if you have questions the owner can answer in English. The company itself has been part of the hardware manufacturing landscape since the early 20th Century as a family business. So not only will you be buying Canadian and saving money, you’ll be supporting a local small business. Which is nice.

https://quincaillerievieuxquebec.com/

Bonne Chance!

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Places we LOVE: PEI (and Charlottetown)

So sad to have left this gorgeous little island. We didn’t get a lot of time here, we would have definitely appreciated more, but now we know for next time… The shopping? Fab. The houses? Picture book perfect. The people? Friendliest Canadians ever. The weather in the winter which is keeping us from upping sticks and buying out here to live? Heartbreaking. We did run into a few city folk like us who said eff it, and moved out East and not one of them looked remotely like they cared they were missing out on anything. Lots of suspicious ‘smiling’ and looking relaxed …. If downtown Charlottetown can have a kick ass sneaker shop, then maybe there’s hope for us yet. Go to PEI. Go to Charlottetown. It’s worth the drive, could not have been a nicer place. (There’s enough filament bulbs and real Neapolitan pizza for everyone, don’t fret)

 

 

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Shops we Love: Spoutnik of Montreal

Holy effing sh&@ you guys this shop is unreal. Like we are legit reconsidering the retinal portion of our trip to come back through Montreal so we can bring a bunch of the things she has in her shop home with us a) because the owner has FABULOUS taste and b) we literally cannot handle how reasonably priced everything in this shop is. As much as we want to keep this a secret and not share, well, you’re gonna die when you see all this stuff and since when did we keep any of this to ourselves, really…? Wouldn’t have a blog if we did that so… Here’s a few of the bits that we were able to capture in between my exclamations of SHUT UP. Which is what we are renaming this store. You can’t help it.

NOTE: We may be buying some of these pieces so don’t hate if you go and they’re gone… We have 100% confidence that the voids will be filled by other pieces just as faboosh and jaw droppingly affordable. And now for the piece de resistance…

See we told you. This place may as well be called Shut Up.

Bonne journee!

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Bunz Finds: If you don’t know, now you know!

Bunz is our new fave app, and we are totally addicted. It’s basically a barter app. I have this thing, willing to trade my things for other things like a,b and c. You have that thing that I want, can I trade you x for it. That’s how it goes. From food, to books, to furniture, to clothing, to shoes, to krazy glue, to tealights and half used bottles of perfume, if you can think it then it’s probably there. For more of a background on the founder (she’s a Torontonian, folks) and why she created the whole thing in the first place (it started as a FB group and grew rapidly from there) check out this article from SheDoesTheCity.com. We have already gotten a few awesome pieces for the house in exchange for wine and tokens (the go to currencies of choice, as bunz is based in trading, not money transactions) including this lamp, price: 2 tall cans of decent beer (be nice, no PBR unless people specifically ask you for it).

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Modern lamp, $two tall cans from bunz.com 

Bunz is all about perceived value, so ou are going to come across a lot of random stuff that people have attached a certain $ value to or are asking for giftcards for of a certain amount… The best way to successfully bunz, if you do have piles of clothes, books, shoes, whatever, sitting around that you know you should do something with, and you’re not, is consider what good it is doing for you now, and how much good(er) it could be doing you if you exchanged it for something you could really use. Like film, tokens or a coffee table. It’s all about perceived value, so it’s entirely reasonable to expect some deals that make no monetary sense, but make literal sense in that each person is getting things they need/covet. Like when I traded 6 tokens for Tory Burch winter boots last week. Yes. 6 tokens.

photo c/o BlogTO.com

photo c/o BlogTO.com 

This post marks our first Bunz Finds list, so it’s gonna be home decor themed, obvs. Get out there and get bunzing!

Could be handy for a garden feature, or maybe even a few book ends? AND THEY’RE FREE.

Vintage Paris Monumnet Map

Map of Paris showing major landmarks 

Need art? This would be great above the couch, in a den or an upstairs hallway.  Add Ikea frame and stir.

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Projector, Works perfectly, has all the cords and the remote 

The owner is looking for something at the $100 equivalent, either as a gift card or booze… We have a projector in our basement, and #trust, there’s no way your gonna find a TV with a potential screen size this large for this price.

How cute is this? Reupholster and use it at the front door as a shoe put-er on-er chair/hold your bags of stuff before you get out the door in the morning table. Owner is looking for a giftcard (GC, for those in the know) so try your luck!

Black side/coffee table 

Got booze, a white board or some wall hooks? Then you done got yourself a table! We’d probably try to figure out a way to paint the legs..Maybe there’s a washi tape project in your future!!!!

Can’t see these two lasting long… they were only posted an hour ago and already people are messaging!!! Get on it, peeps!

Happy happy bunzing!

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Shops We Love: Retrodromme on Etsy.com

We had the opportunity to meet Stephano, the owner of Retrodromme, last summer at the Leslieville Flea, though we had been backing and forthing as Instagram fans before then… The thing that struck me about their stall, and still continues to blow my (and our collective) mind (s) is a) how awesome and varied the shop’s taste is, but also how unbelievably reasonably priced their goods are. Some pieces, especially the most collectible glass and china, are on the higher end of the under $400 affordability scale, however their furniture? Every time they post a new piece I’m always kicking myself because a) we have NO MORE ROOM FOR NEW FURNITURE and b) I WANT ALL THE FURNITURE.

Vintage Chair by Canadian Office & School Furniture / Preston Canada / pick-up or GTA delivery CA$75.00

This chair is $75. Yes, your read that right. I can’t capitalize numbers but if I could, I would have just done that. FOR EFFECT. This shop is legit one of the best hidden treasures for GTA vintage style seekers. And they deliver.

Mid Century Black & Gold glasses by Cutler / with matching tray! CA$165.00

Or you can get off your ass and go pick stuff up, though we warn you: we cannot be held responsible for the things you may come across while within their orbit in addition to the pieces that are worth the drive to Acton…(that’s a vintage Canadian commercial reference to TV advertising from the 80’s/90’s/early 2000’s, FYI).

Mid Century Bubble Glass Lamp/ chrome & glass / in the style of HELENA TYNELL CA$125.00 

Love LAMP. No more room for lamps. YOU should love lamp for us. Please. And all of these other pieces as well, we can’t pick just one. So here’s a few more. Cause supporting local business and buying vintage feels good and is good for you. Like granola.

Mid Century Starburst Clock/ Brass/ by Westclox/ Made in Canada/ model AS8-G/ “Bellevue” CA$175.00 

What time is it? STYLE O’CLOCK. Or 1:38pm. Either or is the correct answer.

Vintage 1980s Fujimori Clouds Collection/ Kato Kogei/ 4 cups-4 plates- creamer-sugar bowl CA$375.00

If you don’t have any fancy plates yet, because people don’t really buy fancy plates anymore, but want something to bring out when you have people over for dinner that can easily compliment a plain white set of china? Done. Cheese never looked so future-retro.

1980’s Round Sculpture Heavy Metal Lamp/ Brass base/ Heyco CA$165.00 

Another gorgeous lamp which could work with an MCM living room as much as a patterned wallpaper bedroom. Because you can’t have just one. You need at least 5. Or 10.

Milo Baughman Retro office/school club chairs / metal frame CA$150.00 

Yes you read that price right. see what we mean about how well priced their furniture finds are? house of chairs. House of lamps. Both of these things make total sense.

Mid Century teak ice bucket / Aluminum inside / 1960’s CA$75.00 

To get your MCM bar cart off to a good start… Start with the ice. Put it on ice. Ice Ice Baby. Ok that’s enough.

Retrodromme can also be found on Instagam here. Happy Labour Day Shopping!

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Another BFD Reveal: Staging 1 Shaw

So we have a condo that we currently rent and are looking to sell, but it’s been a while since it’s been updated. Luckily,  the tenant was away on holiday and said it was fine for us to go in and spruce up the place for photos. Less luckily, the walls hadn’t been painted since Keith bought the place in his ‘bachelor days’.

What we did:

  1. Took down everything off the walls.
  2. Packed up everything from the furniture and kitchen counter surfaces into boxes, each labelled according to its requisite room.
  3. Moved out all the furniture from the living room and the clothes, dresser and tables from the bedroom (left the bed).
  4. Took down the light fixtures off the bedroom walls and kitchen ceiling (it was time for a Craigslist find!).
  5. All of the furniture fit in a panel van and we stored the extra pieces for a few months at a storage place. No stress, slightly less moving things in and out of places.
  6. Then we brought in new furniture (ours, from the basement with a few living room pieces you may recognize…)

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    The Bill Murray throw and throw pillow were actually gifts we registered for from our wedding! from Society6.com

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    Sherwin Williams Superpaint 2 in 1 Paint and Primer $36.24/gallon

    Then the painters started. It took them from 8am to 4pm. They used good paint. Which helped with the number of coats they had to do, cause we admit it, the grey was a pain in the ass to cover. It was 2-3 coats total (some walls took a bit more).  And now… the REVEAL…

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    The money shot

    The entire process of moving stuff out, painting, cleaning, moving the stuff back in and arranging it all… 2 days. 2 of us and 2 painters. By Sunday night? Absolutely knackered. Advice for next time? Make sure you have massages booked at the end. Lots of stuff is gonna be achy.

Need staging for your place or just some goddamn help already?

Get in touch!

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CraigsList Finds: Weekend of August 21

Some really good stuff on the old list of Craig at the moment. We have had to talk ourselves out of at least a few pieces already this week. Our life is very difficult.

How cool is this thing? Yes ok, the dryer part sort of negates it from being the main seating choice in your living room, but just push the thing back and you still have a pretty awesome chair. Or consider it a silence helmet for hiding from screaming children? Or next door neighbour bad music choices? So many uses.

These are actually quite pretty. Don’t let the price point put you off, there’s a lot of cool stuff that you could maybe add in to the piece to make it your own if the orig pieces are not your vibe. A photo of the dog? One of the kids in a canoe on the lake? There are loads of DIY tutorials out there to show you how to super impose your own images into existing landscapes, so wouldn’t be that hard… All you need is a photo of a sasquatch and some modge podge and you’re G2G!

This lamp rules. Obvs because #lucite but also because it’s $80 and will have pride of place in whatever room you put this in. Gorgeous and affordable? DONE.

You’d spend just as much on brand new, but why? These are so much cooler, and a steal of a deal as they could legit be selling these for at least 50% more. The upholstery may not be everyone’s taste, admittedly, but we like the cross decade 60’s meets 80’s vibe we got going on here. Would be perfect with an angular, plain white dining table or something in chrome and glass.

This is a great way to mix and match lightbulbs or go uniform matchy over the dining room table or perhaps in an entranceway. We’d probably get 8 different style of light bulb, to be honest, but that’s just cause we get bored of the same thing. For bargaining purposes, you’ll do better getting 8 of the same bulbs.

It’s probably this affordable because it’s in Pickering, but don’t let Oliver Jewellery’s latest POS TV ad scare you off, you could probably spend just as much time sitting in traffic on the Gardiner between Yonge and Spadina on a bad day, so make the trip! It’s all wood (good) in the hood!

This is definitely one of the more impressive Ikea hacks with this desk that we’ve ever seen (this is an Ikea desk btw). Your kid doesn’t know who Mondrian is? Well they will NOW! If we hadn’t already bought a new desk off Craigslist 2 weeks ago we’d deffo be checking this one.

It’s $50. You could pay 10x that for something like this that’s styled the way you want, but WHY? Paint it a high gloss white? Reupholster  it with some Kelly Green velvet? The world is literally your oyster with this piece. Make it happen. Do your dreams.

How are you still reading this having NOT clicked on the above link??? Steal of a deal and these two pieces are in mint condition and original Canadian vintage.

Not bad for $180. And even with a bit of wear, leather can take it where fabric absolutely cannot. Good for a den or second couch in a basement, maybe even an accent piece in a bedroom if your room is large enough!

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