Spark Some Joy: Craigslist Finds 2019 Is Here!!

We know, it’s been months. We took a hiatus. Plus Christmas. And Netflix.  We totally are taking advantage of the latest fad in home organization by mentioning the Tidying Up phenom that is Marie Kondo. Don’t hold these pieces of furniture up to your face to see if they spark joy as they might crush you or at least some bruises.

Couch + Chair – Brand new! Mint!! – $800

Unless sitting on these is like needles or something that aren’t evident in the photo, why wouldn’t you for $800? Loving the modern silhouette of that couch and matching chairs  =  a reason to get some new throw pillows!!!

A beautiful piece and you can hide your beanie babies in that there hidey shelf on the bottom left!!! So no, you DON’T have to get rid of them just yet because they will increase in value one day and then who will be sorry when they don’t get to retire in Costa Rica on the money from your limited edition rainbow bear proceeds? Ya, thought so.

Mid Century Teak Bar Cabinet – Scandinavian Modern Design – $399

You could easily spend this buying new, and how efficient is it that the top folds out and creates extra drink serving surface area??? Extra space for no extra cost!

LOUIS POULSEN PH 5 PENDANT CEILING LIGHT FIXTURE – $495

Blue West Elm mid century modern chair – $100

The real deal brand new is going to run you north of $1,000, so why don’t you save yourself a bit of cash, tidy this one up and then invite all your friends over to gawk at your very architecturally impressive light fixture? No touching. Just looking. It’s vintage.

If this lovely little number doesn’t spark some joy then you need to get yourself to (Instagram photos of) a beach STAT! This will easily fit in to all the rooms AND it’s already newly reupholstered so you can just pretend it was totally you who did that last weekend in a whim and aren’t you just the craftiest? Flamingo: a classic that’s always on trend. AND THERE’S PIPING!!!!

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It’s A New… Bee-DAY… Upping Your Toilet Game With Bidets

Somewhat of a touchy subject for some, and yes there is going to be a sh&* load of double entendres here given we are talking about the very best of humours.. that of the toilet persuasion, we have recently gifted our upstairs bathroom with a washlet/bidet toilet seat, and could not be happier with the outcome. Complete with oscillating front and back spouts, heated water, deodorizer and adjustable temperature dryer, toilet paper use has decreased significantly, and the first visit of the day to the cold, cold bathroom is slightly less painful now as least our butts are warm. North America is actually pretty.. behind… when it comes to posterior cleanliness and washing properly when finished our number two’s — rather ironic given our reputation as germ-o-phobes. The first exposure to the bidet/toilet combo, as opposed to the stand alone bidet/looks like a short water fountain thingie, was at a friends who had the ultimate in toilets: a Toto. See below. (this is the creme de la creme, not exact representation of initial toilet experience)

Or for… the most of us who can’t so much afford the $3,500 option…

Toto Washlet C100 Toilet Seat Bidet $559.99 from Wayfair.ca

I must have spent 3x as long on the toilet, and I didn’t even need the targeted cleansing option to know I had found a gadget whose eco-friendly and mega-comfortable ethos I could totally buy into. Did you know that the way we currently use toilet is super wasteful, kind of bad for our tender parts and not particularly clean? Ya. And no, wet wipes, which are mostly not flushable even if they say flushable, do not count. There’s loads of research and articles online that discuss how wrong the toilet paper only approach is, and how much easier it could be if we just got over the disposability/flushing the dirt away point of view. We’ve chosen a few faves to highlight here, and the cost doesn’t usually reflect the $5,000 gold standard. You could actually have a system for less than $100.

Ours cost approx $500, so not something you could necessarily buy on a whim, BUTT a very worthy investment whose cost is easily offset by the sharp decrease in toilet paper usage and cost you will notice once you start using one of these bad boys. Now for some other options at a lower price point – Mind, the fewer bells and whistles, the lower the cost, so if you are good with cold water and some Scandinavian inspired functional minimalism…

Tushy Spa Warm Water Bidet in White and Gold $99 USD from HelloTushy.com (Tushy.com is a COMPLETELY different experience… So pay attention!)

Or a similar but less good looking option under $55…

Or feel free to stop by next time your in the hood to use ours… You can bet your behind you’ll never look… back? Make number two comfort your number one toilet criteria? I could go on…

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Craigslist Finds: Week of September 17th, 2018

There was so much and not enough to choose from this weekend: people went nuts posting yesterday so it took longer than usual before we even got through everything listed just from the 15th! Here’s our faves in no particular order.

With vinyl sales continuing steadily, care of audiophiles, hipsters and musical purists, why not extend that vintage love to the piece you use to play your records, man?? Yes, there are other players you could get, for far more or less money, but if you have the space and aesthetic inclination, this piece really is the way to go.And it’s less than $500!

If we didn’t have dogs (that we let on the furniture, all the time) this would already be in our living room, legit. A gorgeous piece that is built to last in a timeless style that can fit in to a plethora of decor environments for under $1,000. DO IT.

And this coffee table would actually be totally perfect with the couch above. Can you believe it’s only $150? We like this piece because it’s already kind of dinged and messed up so even you continue to ding or mess it up, that’ll be part of the look instead of a blight on your living room scenery that you will forever notice and never forgive your cousin Dave for causing. Avoid the passive aggressive family get togethers and embrace a table that just gets better with every red wine stain it accumulates!

Cheap and cheerful, we love this for its portable size and versatile lewk. Perfect size for a condo, and perfect price for not breaking the bank!

Even though they aren’t the real thing, at two for $100, you’re still laughing. These Le Corbusier-inspired classics never go out of style, and are an excellent accent for any living room or sitting area!

Yes, we know this style isn’t for everyone. Especially if  this is giving you flashback of your mom’s 1980’s balloon drapes. BUT, that being said, you could easily mix this piece up with some glass nesting tables and a modern chandelier and be the envy of all your ‘contemporary/transitional/beige-style’ friends (zzzzz). THIS. SOFA. IS. EFFIN. FABULOUS.

But just in case the floral explosion is too much, this is a great option that afford you the chance to still go to town with the throw pillows. Perfect for a pop of colour, and at not even half the cost of what this piece would normally cost! Would actually go really well with that condo sized coffee table! New living room for less than $400. Not bad for a Sunday shop.

6 chairs AND the table for under $1,000 is an absolute STEAL. This find will not last long, and even if the upholstery isn’t to your taste, these are some of the easiest chairs out there for you to try your hand at some DIY upholstery (though we quite like the stripe/weave combo, tbh). A super find with a design pedigree like this is the reason we spend so much time looking through all this stuff for you: too good to be true exists sometimes, so get er done!

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A Long Overdue Reveal: BFD’s Stairway to Heaven (aka the second floor)

We’ve had just regular stairs with crappy grey runners we got off the roll at Home Depot for a while, and the whole leek was a little worse for wear, tbh. We put the tread on their originally for our aging dogs who needed the grip to get up the stairs, but as both of them passed last year, and the stairs were already kind of busted looking, we though hey, why not do it like grownups, with some nice looking carpet??? We went to the Carpet Mill at Gerrard Square in Toronto and luckily it was the first and last place we needed to go!

The above carpet was one of our immediate yes let’s do it…. and then the price tag was revealed ($6k+ for two sets of stairs)…. and we needed to reevaluate our options. And the styles we could afford were… fine. But that’s about it. So then we asked, well what about using a giant area rug instead and cutting it to fit?

A lot of the ones we liked were either not available in the number of rugs we would need, or the patterns was too big, meaning when they tried to sew multiple rugs together we would see the seam, which is obvs not stylish. The pile also had to be low enough that the carpet could bend nicely over each stair, so ya, even with our new vista of choice, the choice was somewhat limited.

We settled on the above rug and had to buy 3 of them in order to have enough to cover the main to second and main to basement stairs. From when we placed our order it was about 4-6 weeks for the carpet to be ready to install. And we had some readying to do of our own….

Cause these stairs were seriously busted. Originally the stairs were painted black, as was the railing, but with the new carpet, we decided to freshen things up a bit so the design in the carpet could pop. White paint over errrrrr-thing!!!

Because of scheduling and literally waiting for paint to dry, the coats of paint happened at different intervals across the two floors.

There may have been canine assistance, that luckily we were able to limit to the kitchen.

We also added some paintable wallpaper to the sides of the stairs in the basement as the wall cut in on one side and left uneven exposure. We decided why not put some more pattern on there, cause one’s not enough, and voila.

The under padding. In an artful pile.

The carpet is brought in, cut to measure for both sets of stairs.

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L’installation care of the folks at Carpet Mill.

Almost done! this is the steps looking down to the basement and washer/dryer.  Artfully placed duvet.

The stairs from the second floor looking down to the main floor. And…

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Ta Dah! Overall the project cost around $3,000 and the installation was done in an afternoon. The rug itself required 3 weeks or so to be made, so ideally, you could schedule a project like this in to be completed in a month, depending on the availability of the carpet you choose.

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Stuff We Love: Our Faves From the Jysk Patio Sale!

We are as surprised as you are at the treasure trove of finds… There are a handful of Jysks around Toronto, however all of the above can also be delivered. There was actually a few more pieces on this here list that were already gone in the time it took to make this list — apologies for the 2 reproduction Acapulco style chairs that we could not add. They had them in blue and black for $79.99, and they were pretty suh-weet.

Given there are so few options out there for affordable and stylish patio furniture, we simply had to share. And we’d totally be buying if there was ANY room left in our backyard for furniture, but we are already at capacity for chairs with a running total right now at 7 plus a loveseat…  So just in case you needed any more impetus to get outside and enjoy the backyard, and we know it’s hot as balls, so that may indeed be more challenging these hazy lazy days of summer, this stuff will also look great at NIGHT! With a cold booze/iced tea/whatever you drink to keep sane.

Happy Long Weekend!

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BFD Reveal: It’s Backyard 2.0

So even though redoing the backyard was not the initial intent of spring outdoor chore time… it quickly evolved into it.

See? Pebbles. Pretty pretty no berry mess pebbles with old gross flagstone 

The layout we had before was great, but we have a giant Mulberry tree that hangs over 50% of the backyard… and rains berries all over the whole garden and is a GIANT pain in the a$$ to clean up, especially with the pebbles. Cause the berries get in with the pebbles and you try to sweep things up and you just end up getting big piles of pebbled berries, plus dogs and their contribution and it’s just ga-rossssss. And then you have to replace the pebbles, and it becomes a whole thing… The Planter boxes also had to be revisited as we didn’t have enough sun on both sides for the grass we planted to grow to the same size… and the backyard was looking as lopsided AF. We also had some flagstone we sort of put in between the nice patio stones and the deck which was a little worse for wear, so Keith extended the deck from the stairs and added on a platform so we didn’t have so many surfaces competing for aesthetic dominance (plus the flagstones looked pretty sparse and yuck).

Good bye planters! We hardly knew ye! 

So the planters on either side were the first to go… And you can see from picture 1 to picture 2 the difference already in how many pebbles we started out with vs how many we had a few years later… They got into everything.

New wood frame for the patio stones… Add sandy under stuff and stir… 

As you can see, the dogs were big fans of helping out. Or not….

Ya so like, we’ll just sit here k? 

Especially Peanut (the brown one). SUPER helpful.

Time for the flattening! 

In order to redistribute the height of the area, we flattened the paver base sand/gravel mixture (approx 7 bags for a 10 x 10 area) with that there cinder block. Technically there are actual flattening tools that people use.. but we already had to buy brand new patio stones as the ones we already had were an off size from a custom order and of course nobody had any more of them. So we had to start all over again. The new patio stones we ended up getting didn’t cost more than $200 BUT we certainly weren’t planning on having to get all new ones, so cinder block flattening it was!!

Our new cement 2’x2′ patio stones 

The thinking was that we still wanted something square with a bit of style, but we also needed to keep those seams small given the berry onslaught and wanting to spend less time this summer cleaning the patio and more time just sitting on it (you can see how good we are at sitting around and doing nothing, right?).

Patio Stones PLUS water = car commercial quality surface! 

The original plan was to have 5 stones x 5 stones as the backyard is “roughly” 10′ x 10′. Except that it’s not, nor is it “straight”. So what was 5 x 5 ended up being 4 x 5 with a border because we would not have been able to do an equal, right angle job given there was about a half a foot difference between the width at the back and the front of the patio area.

The finished patio project with mulch border TA DAH! 

The original plan was to try to get some larger pebbles around the perimeter in a contrasting colour because #art. But then we saw the price tag per bag of pebbles, vs the $15 of mulch required to fill in the border… And we decided mulch was a much more cost effective solution for now than another couple hundred bucks worth of stones. Once all the patio stones were laid, we used Oldcastle Polymeric Sand in Grey ($17.14/bag at Home Depot) between them to fill in the spaces which goes on like sand, and then hardens like cement when you add water! Yay science!

Just add BBQ and patio is G2G! 

We were able to tear up the old patio, level and place the new stones all under a week, and this was with both of us working 9-5 with only one evening of labour required in addition to the weekend. Total project time was about 25 hours!

Up next… Keith gets antsy and decides to start building stuff out of wood leftovers in our shack because he’s run out of outdoor projects but he CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT OUTDOOR PROJECTS!

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BFD Patio Time: Patio Furniture That Doesn’t Suck

As evidenced by recent postings on Instagram:

We are again redoing the garden… But like a totally different part of the garden? So ya, goodbye planters, hello wood platform that leads over to the BBQ area! (We used the wood from planters to build part of said area #recyclecycle)  And have no fear, the full update will be coming soon, after the new gate is done, and those patio stones get sorted as of course when we decided we wanted to get more of them we were told they are no longer being made and were part of a one off stone order the landscaping place doesn’t carry anymore. FML. Who needs some gently used patio stones? #jokingnotjoking

Now that that is underway, someone naturally got stuck in to looking at furniture.. As one does… When one is not allowed any more garden furniture. Lucky for YOU! Decor porn for me! (win/win) The List of Craig is actually rather unhelpful in this capacity as it’s pretty mch just furniture places in Woodbridge posting their wares, and not a lot of good second hand deals to be found. BUT what I did find was some affordable options that may not require a second mortgage (why the EFF is garden furniture so expensive?) AND aren’t ugly. Impossible you say? Check it!

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CANVAS Tofino Collection from CanadianTire.ca (YES, Canadian TIRE!) From $249.99 

Can you believe it’s really taken this long for an affordable Wicker-Look option to be available? Like the wicker look is literally BASED ON WICKER. So like, why the gross brown all the time? This is much more fresh and modern, and you can add to it as you configure so you don’t need to blow the entire budget right away.

The table is $249 and the chairs and sectional pieces increase from there to $350. So, again, not like the cheapest, but certainly not out of the ballpark either…

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Kelowna Collection by Canvas from CanadianTire.ca Starting at $150

FYI: the side table is $150, so REALLY the chairs etc start at $250, and the most expensive  piece is $450 which is the corner chair below . You don’t necessarily need the corner piece either, so again, buy in pieces and then see how you’re feeling. Unless you don’t like options, then get the whole thing and you’re still coming in at around $1,000…

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Glynn 4 Piece Sofa Set with Cushions from CAD $591.99 at Wayfair.ca

Cannot believe how good looking, well reviewed and affordable this set is! Like ya the cushions are not huge, but people it on Muskoka chairs for hours on end, so that’s not a deal breaker for some people. Made of acacia wood, this is an excellent starter set and would also work on a condo balcony with some nice greenery and hanging plants… Oooooh planters!

 

CB2 Zola Planters

zola planters from cad $20.76 at CB2.com 

We have 2 of the hanging version and they were less than $30 each. Hanging photos to come…

Have a very Happy Victoria Day Weekend!

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