Our Projects: A Teenage Bedroom Revamp

Admittedly, it’s been a while since either of us have been ‘hip with the kids’ or had any semblance of what’s ‘cool’.. though it seems I totally should have saved my Filas, CK One and lace up fronted tops as apparently the cycle of old is new is getting smaller and smaller and we are only 20 years behind right now. I don’t think anyone thought they’d see florals or duty rose back in effect (or maybe we were just hoping) in our lifetime, but you can’t seem to go anywhere without a little pink on the aesthetic menu. So why fight it? Especially if it’s what the kids want. So we decided to full on just make out with pink and pretend like we didn’t ever break up and that that whole mid aughts dark wood furniture thing was a total misunderstanding and we now know that back in the white and pink embrace of Belinda Carlisle is where we should be.

And on to updating a teen girls bedroom with a modern twist on the Hollywood glam brass and pink combo a la Dana Barrett from Ghostbusters.

There is no Dana… only Zhoul… and that unbelievable upholstered headboard

Don’t front like you didn’t slam your fridge shut while screaming a few times as a kid pretending you’d just seen a ghost dog ‘writhing and snarling’. Allow us to introduce our Dana 1.0 meets modern scandi ‘Teenage Dream’ bedroom inspiration board!

– 1. Marble and Brass Shelf CB2.com – 2. Art Deco Brass Shelf Bracket Anthropologie.com – 3. Marble Look Self Adhesive Vinyl Rona.ca  – 4. Rose Quartz Drawer Pulls Etsy.com  – 5.  Pastel paint colours from Behr.com (available at Home Depot)  – 6. Masking Tape Wall Design from Pinterest.com  – 7. Grey Duvet set from Ikea.ca  – 8. DIY Hollywood Vanity from DecorSnob.com

It remains to be seen what the touch customer will think of our little decor suggestions, but there’s fairly inexpensive ways to do the whole Hollywood glam look with a modern twist, as long as you have a handy person to make a vanity, a painty person to help with your feature wall… and a… sticky person to make your plain wall shelves into ‘marble look’ with some contact paper from Rona (if you don’t have the ability to do the real thing… A Lack floating shelf from Ikea is the easiest to cover in our opinion as it’s as right angled as it gets, and decidedly less heavy than the real thing (which would need super strong walls and anchors)

The finished product is coming soon… along with the kitchen reno reveal, which is 98% finished. Which. Is. So. Close. #weknow #ugh

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Craigslist Finds: Canada 150 Edition

Wish it could be said that every piece featured here is fabulously Canadian and old tyme and cool, but as anyone who lives in Canada knows, a good part of our style comes from other parts of the world via all the different people who live here. So like ya we got our own Canadian stuff, but you know, stuff from other countries is cool too.  Seems like a lot of people took the opportunity of nothing being open, and it at least not raining the way everyone said it would (till 3:30 anyway) and posted a whole bunch of  stuff on the interwebs. Some seriously affordable table time, guys.

1960’s Solid Wood coffee table – $100 from Craigslist.ca 

There’s no way this is worth just a $100, and if we didn’t have 5 already, we’d totally get this one for ourselves. Everyone needs 6 coffee tables right? RIGHT?

Vintage French Provincial Arm Chair – $255 from Craigslist.ca 

This French Provincial chair has been completely redone, and we love, love, love the contrasting burlap on the back with the olive stripe on the front.Very deconstructed, Restoration Hardware style except each chair doesn’t cost $1,5000. This will definitely make anywhere you are adding it at least 15-17% fancier on average.

Mid Century Modern Sideboard $300 from Craigslist.ca 

Another freaky find that is definitely worth at least twice what is being asked. This piece is in gorgeous condition and would be perfect for a study or den, even as a console at the front of the house for keys, flowers and junkmail. You have no idea how tortuous it is that so many people have decided to draw the line at July 1st and get rid of the things they’ve been holding on to all this time and not using. And we have to just sit and watch the show. Kind of like Escape to the Country when the couple gets distracted by the paint colour in the living room on a beautiful 16th century thatched cottage a decide not to make an offer and you’re like whyeeeeeeeeeee. But in a sideboard.

For a flatscreen low profile living room vibe? You’re not going to get anything this good from Ikea tomorrow, and this is actual real wood. Yes, if you still have CDs they will totally fit in there… but so will you collection of salt and pepper shakers from around the world. So, you’re welcome.

Obviously this blue storage locker dude is getting rid of a bunch of awesome stuff today. So combine and save even more if you can.. Seeing as they’re not offering delivery, they’d probably be pretty excited to get a few pieces off their hands in one go.  For an extra $150, vs the other piece, you’re getting 9 drawers for DVDs and CDs and Action Figures and the hideous plates your aunt gave you for ‘the holidays’ that you only cart out once a year but have to because everyone will ask where they are if you don’t and judge you. #famguilt #decorpressure #theylljudgeyouwithouttheplatestoo

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This one’s short but sweet, content designed to fit in just right…. between showers.

Happy Canada Day, everyone!

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Shops We Love: Simons.ca HAS FURNITURE NOW

Seriously you guys. We were just checking out the homewares sections as per usual, but then something new popped up in the menu: furniture and furnishing! Wha whaaaaaa? Don’t mind if we do. Couldn’t be better suited given how awesome their sheets and home accessories are so let’s go (and it’s free delivery right now too, so hop to it!)

It’s gold, you can easily pick it up and throw it (aka it’s lightweight, so maybe don’t get this if your kids like to throw stuff, or DO get it if they like to throw stuff and this is a good alternative to the type of damage you’re used to). And it looks and feels like paper, which is futuristic and great for a nice patina.

Toddler stool $90.00 from Simons.ca 

Ok yes technically a toddler stool, for stylish toddlersBut could also be a cute footstool or side table for the non toddler contingent too. Who says kids get the to have all the stylish fun at affordable prices?

Have always loved this style of chair but until this version, I had a very hard time finding a decent reproduction of the Jacobson Drop chair that didn’t cost an arm and a leg to ship to Canada. And didn’t cost an arm and a leg period ($437 USD/chair at DWR.com). Not that I have any more room for chairs, cause we really really need to get rid of some…. So YOU buy these please. And send (taunt us with) photos.

LOVE LOVE LOVE three of these instead of one giant coffee table. Then you can move them around if you have parties so everyone has somewhere to put their drink, forget it there, and then get a new one. You could probably sit on them too, so double functionality AND they look rugged AF!

This is also a nice play on the rugged wood trend, but with an architectural vibe that is over and above the look ‘I put a bunch of wood pieces together and am calling it a table’ approach. Which we;ve totally done, btw. Cause the wood was free. This is decidedly not so free, but also no more than you would pay for similarly stylish end table at a bigger, non Canadian chain decor store. So go Canadian and support la style Quebecoise!

Vive la Simons!

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Tile Tuesday: A BFD Kitchen Update

Anyone who says picking tile is easy either isn’t picking tile for their own house, or they can afford any tile they want so they can get the good stuff right off the bat without having to do any digging. Thankfully we have picked some, but it wasn’t before we spent a week looking online and in store for tile. HINT: most good tile stores don’t have great sites, cause you know, they want you to go to the store, so you have to get off your ass and go look at them.  Which is exciting and overwhelming and exactly the kind of adult experience where you find yourself saying. ” I cannot believe this is what I’m spending my time doing and that I care about this.” Because how could you not? Tile is fab. Look what we found at Ciot.com in the Castlefield design district:

And then we went to Surfaces & Co. Where tile dreams come true. Le sigh x a million. Featuring the only place in Toronto to get Mosaique Surface tiles from Montreal, brace yourself. And your wallet.

And they also had these….

You can hear the angel music when you look at this one, can’t you? (via mosaiquesurface.com)

Oh yeah, and THAT was just  Saturday. We went to The Tile Store and Ceramic Tile World in the east end of Toronto near O’Connor and St Clair on Sunday…

BUT WHICH ONE DID WE CHOOSE???? Did we go graphic, mosaic, blow the bank or keep it colourful??? Not done yet. We’re installing the backsplash this weekend, so stay tuned. The big reveal is NIGH! (well, almost night, give or take a weekend)

Tee hee!

kitchen ninjas out

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BFD’s Craigslist Finds: Week of April 24th

Lots of spring cleaning means lots of finds. So many good things. Lots of project pieces this week with lower price tags which is nice, though obvs the full monty is also a nice surprise too.

Reupholstery project hello! This would be fab in a graphic black and white printed fabric, like Marimekko style…

Yes. Exactly. Paint the wood red or maybe green…

If this is light pink, this is fabulous. If this is beige… less fabulous. BUT with some kick ass colourful cushions it’s a cool chair that only costs $50. Looks very comfortable. Good for cookie eating.

That table is awesome, and hey, this is a pretty stylin set up for $200. Will be surprised if this one hangs around for very long, esp now that it’s getting warmer out and people are being all gardeny n stuff.

This is a basic dining set. But it’s also a good BASE. For a paint project. Paint it all white and add a graphic colour splash to the table, or maybe something like this with triangles…

Just get crafty with the paint tape like this design from Nine Red’s DIY blog post.

I dare say this is fabulous. It’s covered with stuff, so it’s not the best picture, but it’s $20 and it’s 80’s chic with the white and metal mix. It’s pretty obviously a good idea to buy this table.

Just get some new seat cushions for this and you’ve got a conversation corner in an awkwardly sized kitchen. You could paint this table top too!!

Get some of these and you’re golden. And velvet.

And while we are doing 80’s chic, we might as well throw this lamp into the mix. Iconic but totally would work as a bedside table or at a mirrored desk where you make very important 1980’s decisions on your swatch phone.

 

You can have one now. And call waiting. All for yourself.

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Spring Has Sprung: Time to Get Refreshing!

Realizing that we are tempting fate by writing these words (it snowed inToronto on Friday am, but it’s apparently spring now and is going to be 20 today), it’s finally beginning to look a lot like nicer, warmer weather? We’ve already started getting things spruced up now that light has come back into our lives and we are no longer inside 100% of the time. Which means chores. Which can be… a chore. But what are the absolute must have things you can easily do that will get your abode back into shape and reinvigorate your cynical winter soul? Allow me.

BFD’s TOP 5 SPRING CLEAN MUST DO’S

Purple Irish Mohair Throw from Avoca.com, Black & White rug from Ikea.ca

  1. AIR, AIR, AIR:  Cannot stress enough the importance of taking all those blankets and pillows and airing them out! Whether you take everything and create a bohemian den of sunshine inequity in your backyard or your balcony, there’s a lot of dust and smells that have been hanging around all winter inside that stick to your fabrics and textiles and need to be exorcised! We also suggest using a fabric refresher like this one by Canadian eco-friendly brand ATTITUDE to help level the playing field and get things fresh-i-fied. If you don’t have a specifically outdoor space, laying cushions on chairs in front of open windows is a good alternative. Wherever possible, take cushions out of their covers and air out the actual pillows themselves. It also goes without saying that you should open up as many windows in your house as you can to get a breeze going, disrupt stale air take advantage of the fact that you ACTUALLY can open your windows now and don’t need to be dictator about the thermostat.

    ALL CLEAN! Footstool cover from Bemz.com, Pink cushion from heavenly chair we bought on Kijiji, Palm Print bolsters from ThreeDesign.com and Salmon Velvet pillow cover from WestElm.com

  2. WASH ALL THE THINGS: Seriously. Anything that has a cover, take it off and wash it. And sometimes even things that don’t have removable covers but will fit in a washer/dryer anyway, like pillow inserts. We are lucky that we also have a couch with removable covers, but apparently the one we have (which we were going to feature)  isn’t made with removable covers anymore! As a household with pets, kids or messy eaters, being able to wash the upholstery is SUPER helpful and necessary if you really want your furniture to stick around for more than a few seasons and not require dry cleaning that costs an arm and a leg.

    And if this is too Ikea-y for you, check out Bemz.com where they sell custom covers for Ikea couches that are a delicious departure from the standard colours/designs on offer.

    Airing out our ENDY Mattress; Bed from CB2.com

    3. SORT OUT THAT MATTRESS: Now if you’re like us and your mattress is in a relatively good state, it is recommended (according to the internet, which is always right) by multiple blogs/sites that you flip your mattress at least 4 times a year. We also like to freshen it up by shaking some Arm & Hammer baking soda on the mattress, massaging it in with a dishtowel, leaving it sit for 45-60 minutes, and then vacuuming it all up. This deodorizes and cleans the mattress, and vacuuming will also take care of any dust mites hanging out in there too. Some people also add essential oils (like lemon or lavender) to their baking soda mix for a nice fresh scent: just make sure you add it in to the box and shake it up good or else you’ll get clumps which are a pain to work with. If this is all blah blah blah cause you’ve been doing this for years and your mattress is getting harder and harder to freshen up, well maybe consider getting a new one? You’re supposed to replace your primary mattress every 8-10 years, so if you’ve been sleeping on the same mattress you’ve had since you used to be able to party all night and barely get a hangover? Time to get a new one.

    Having recently purchased an online mattress, we definitely think this is the way to go in terms of convenience and competitive pricing. Leesa is currently having a promo that saves you $130 CAD(enter code SPRING130 at check out) / $100 USD off the above price and they donate 1 mattress to a shelter for every 10 they sell and plant a tree for every single sale. AND they deliver (for free) right to your front door (shipping usually happens in 3-5 biz days)!

    This is the mattress we have, and we ordered a King size which was delivered within 5 days of us ordering it. We have honestly never slept better, but I think that’s because we are also sleeping in the biggest mattress we have ever had. We chose this for its firmness rating, and the fact that it’s made here in Toronto and we are impatient. ‘

    Dirty shower curtain from CB2.com (but from like 5-6 years ago)

    4. CLEAN YOUR SHOWER CURTAIN: Again, another relatively easy thing to do, but when was the last time you were bothered? Seriously? If you have a material liner, it’s easy enough to throw in the washing machine and boom, but if you’ve got a plastic one, like we do, I suggest laying it down somewhere you can spread it out as flat as possible and giving it a 5 minute scrub with some CLR. Easy peasy, and will make your next shower brighter and YOU a happier, more productive member of society.. .or something close.

    InterDesign Shower Curtain, Flamingo $19.99 from IQLiving.com

    But in case it’s time for a change, there’s always flamingos…

    Fabulous crap corner. Pink corner cabinet from Ikea.ca

    5. AND FINALLY, CLEAN OUT YOUR CRAP CORNER (or closet or whatever): This is mine. We all have it, and it piles up and takes over and before you know it… So whether it’s Craigslist, Bunz.com (we LOVE Bunz, but it is addictive, be forewarned) or a local Value Village, get it organized and get it out of there. We’ll try to do it too. Before the end of the week. Seriously.

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Our Projects: Kitchen Reno… Phase 1

As you may or may not be aware, we are redoing the kitchen. Various snaps at stages of undress have been posted on the socials already, but this is the definitive renovation part one instalment of the saga. Hoping sags won’t be toooooo long. Anyone who has renovated knows this above all is the mantra you repeat when crossing your fingers and signing on the dotted line. Originally, the kitchen looked like this:It was… interesting to say the least. So we painted all the cabinets, the floor, dumped that fridge, which was legit 100% fridge. With a separate freezer in the basement. Which, if you like ice in your drinks, is super convenient. 

We had to paint it all. The floor was so not us.  But we knew the white paint, while ok for now, wasn’t going to be the end of the kitchen’s transformation. New fridge, new hardware, new sink and concrete countertops definitely helped, but those cabinet fronts and awkward wasted storage space at the top? Had to be fixed.

Looks pretty good, eh?

Full bloom kitchen on a sunny day was nice and bright

But all those knick knack whatevers at the top of the cabinets were dumb and dusty and the cabinets were full of corners that collected dust and needed to be updated. In short, dust was the inspiration for the kitchen.

First in was the new appliances. We love them. Half of BFD does not cook, but 100% of BFD thinks these appliances are cool.

Then we had to figure out how this place was gonna look. Same layout but newer. Looking at it now actually makes it look pretty same-ish to now except a few upper cabinet modifications. And everything’s a different colour. So like still a change but not an OMG it’s not avocado anymore kitchen pre/post. We can do the old, OLD kitchen though in the final reveal. We just couldn’t stand to live with a kitchen that looked like that until we were able to reno it, like 5 years later…

So this was the new plan

And this is what we chose for the counter, floor and cabinets from Lowes.

…and here is the tile, counter and cabinet fronts we’ve picked from Lowe’s… stay tuned….

Next up… cabinets come out and the floor goes down. Oh yeah.

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