Couch Surfing on a Sunday

Just when you think winter has given us the go ahead…. Surprise! You started to believe, didn’t you?!?! Just like a Toronto Maple Leafs fan, the minute you start to say, ‘Well maybe this year..’ you’re done for. It’s not spring yet, you fool! SIT DOWN! On a couch. With some tea and Netflix. We got another week of this at least. In case you forgot: it’s Canada. Hooray? Well at least we have the internet, and couches. As in new couches, cause why not?

HOWE SOFA $1,260.00 from ElteMarket.com

A Iittle more on the expensive side for sure, but the “lower” expensive side… Just a little of the on trend brass leg, but it’s delicate and smoky all at the same time. Like the couch equivalent of a London Fog tea in a yummy mug.

But while we are fantasizing… What about a little of this?!?!? It’s like quilted marshmallow.

 

GUS* MODERN AUBREY SOFA $2,450.00 – $2,658.25 (CAD) from ModernKaribou.com 

And this is a cotton candy dream smoothie. Velvet and everything.

GRAMERCY 3-seater sofa $499 from structube.com 

And then I saw this and was like sorry, how much? Great for a little sunshine-y book nook!!

CIRRUS sofa $1099 from article.com 

And for a velvet sofa that is as glam as it is fresh front lawn? Not a bad price. You can’t go much lower than this in price point with design like that.

COOL 3-seater sofa $499 from Structube.com 

And one more from Structube for good measure, this one is also super ‘cool’. Love the piping, and that price, obvs. A bit difficult these days to find sofas not from the usual suspects to be honest we need more online selection in Canada!

Last but definitely not least, this was our fave from Ikea’s new PS 2017 collection which hit stores in February. Washable covers, and a light and airy design with substantial cushions, you could have this as part of your backyard lounge scene or in your living room, and it would be perfectly at home in either setting.

Happy Surfing Afternoon!

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Happy IKEA Hack Friday!

Just came across this article in the old Facebook newsfeed and it’s the first one we’ve seen in a while that actually has some new updates besides the old spray paint your lack table (ok that ones still in there) suggestions we’ve seen going around for the past few years.

A few of our faves:

For more weekend DIY suggests, check out BuzzFeed’s latest list! 

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For Sale: Reclaimed Wood Tabletop With Adjustable Trestle Legs

We have a custom made (condo sized) table for sale featuring stainless steel, adjustable trestle legs and a custom made reclaimed wood top measuring 60″x26″. What’s great about this table is it works both as a dining table or a bar top. It’s also super light and easy to move and could easily serve as a portable kitchen island.

Interested? Check it out on Kijiji or Craigslist and send us a note!

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Craigslist Finds: Family Day 2017 Edition

Holy crap peeps, it’s a bumper crop this week. A plethora of possibility! Seems like the gorgeous weather over the past 3 days has been impetus enough for people to open up their garages and attics and get photographing to clear out all of those treasures you didn’t know you needed yet! Don’t worry, we’re on it.

A good price for the pair and easily coordinates with any decor style, if you’re looking for some extra living room seating but can’t really really commit, these are a great transitional option, that would be awesome with some graphic throw pillows for extra zuuusje. (from the verb zuuusjing, as in this plain white bathroom sure could use some zuuusjing up! Alternative recos for spelling welcome)

Knowing how redonkulously expensive RH is normally, this is a pretty sweet steal of a deal for a home office, and you know this thing is going to last through whatever wear and tear you can throw at is based on the fact that it’s built like a metal (brick) sh&*house. A little on the pricey side in terms of the type of things we normally feature, but this is a good opp to get a high quality, sturdy piece of furniture for a fraction of its normal price.

LOVE LAMP. MAKE BUYING OF LAMP. This lamp urgently needs to be a part of your home because it is so unbelievably badass and would be perfect in you living room, on a bedside table or in a reading nook. Your other furniture will be jealous, but don’t worry, they’ll get over it in time… as long as the lamp invites everyone to play on its spaceship every once in a while.

Nice for some dips n nibbles when entertaining. Love the 70’s vintage vibe and these would go well with a plain white china set as a colourful accent.

Something about this plate is just crying out for you to paint or decoupage a dinosaur into the scenery. Add a little joie de vivre to make this seemingly non-descript plate on the wall a bit more fun for those who take the extra minute to find your cheeky artistic surprise! Tee hee.

 

These are a few years old but still a favourite style of ours from the more style-infused pieces that Ikea has come out with over the past 5 years. At this price for two, these are also a great option for CRAFTING!!!  Try out repainting, sticking an accent piece of wallpaper on the doors or maybe even a marble faux finish. Bonus: They also look stylish the way the are, and those little ceramic pulls are still totally adorbs without going shabby chic overload (vom).

Not sure how this is still available, but the price for just the chairs alone is a steal, so get on this one before it’s gone! Pretty sure it’s only a matter of days if not hours. Can you say re upholstery dream project?!?!

Kitchen island or console table say whaaaaa? Portable and able to match pretty much any decor style, this is a practical work/eating/drinking addition to any kitchen/dining area, and a minimalist modern alternative to a chunky console table behind the couch or in a naked hallway that isn’t too obtrusive. Plus, hello? It’s $75.

Yeah, we don’t know how this is still available either at the price. We have something very similar at the bottom of our king sized bed and this is a great way to do the t shirts/socks and underwear thing without having the furniture in your bedroom obtrusively take over your space (cause it’s sort of like it’s part of the bed). Love love love those recessed handles. Faboosh!

Happy Family Day bargain hunting!

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Shops We Love: CalamityWare.com

Ok so full disclosure, we came across this site via Facebook ads. Whatever magical targeting they used in order to reach us, it worked. If you are on the lookout for some off the beaten path, subversive but traditional dishware, allow us to introduce you to Calamity Ware.

Two words: Zombie Poodles. Later Blue Willow, hello cheeky chinaware. And this is just the beginning!!

Mother effing dinosaurs, people. This is something even the snobbiest of children can get behind, am I right? The collection actualy began in 2016 as a Kickstarter project and there is no wonder that it’s been as successful as it has with its clever twist on one of the most recognizable china patterns in western culture (can’t say ‘the world’ cause we aren’t really sure about the whole world so that’s would be assumptive and maybe rude?). The brainchild of retired graphic designer Don Moyer, the success of his initial release of plates has turned into a full time website featuring items borne of his desire to work on projects that are fun. Isn’t that awesome? Like fun for every day???

The original posse: Four-Plate Combo: Calamityware.com 1, 2, 3, and 4 (Currently Out of Stock But Back in Spring 2017) $196.27 CAD

The original posse: Four-Plate Combo: Calamityware.com 1, 2, 3, and 4 (Currently Out of Stock But Back in Spring 2017) $196.27 CAD 

Flying Monkeys. Giant robot. Sea monster. UFO invasion. What more does a well dressed table need? Oh wait…

There’s mugs.

And bowls. Fly included.

And don’t get us started on the textiles. And the prints. And the pocket squares! Enough!

Honestly, if you haven’t, do yourself a solid and check this site out. Ships to Canada and the US. And there’s always more pieces being added so if you’ve not registered anywhere yet for your wedding or have a big birthday present ask coming up…. Just saying….

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BFD’s Top Picks: IDS 2017

We were lucky enough to attend the Interior Design Show over the weekend and were reminded at every turn how much we need at least 10 more houses with at least 50 more rooms to decorate. How people are able to make decisions sometimes with so many delicious options on offer is truly amazing. We can barely go a week without replanning one of our own rooms, hence blog and living vicariously through other people’s unfilled furniture space.

 

Here’s our faves from this year’s show (in no particular order):

GROHE

All of these Grohe Essence faucets are limited editions or prototypes at this point, but they did have a contest going for people to pick their favourite colour and actually win one. Hopefully our #tangerinedream submission is a ringer!

PARTISANS

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These custom light sculptures were part of a live fabrication exhibit called Partisans Factory. Each piece of woven light sculpture was auctioned off to support Habitat for Humanity.

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These are some of the artists creating light sculptures in an actual factory set up at the show complete with industrial sized heating and cooling elements… and stylish spacesuits. Actual retail pieces vary in price from $250 to $12,000 and can be ordered through their site: partisanprojects.com

HANNAH VAUGHAN

Hannah Vaughan’s DIY chair kit can be bought online from her site: hannahvaughan.com and retail for $75 each. We loved that rope seat and the simplicity of its design. Portable and clean, these would be great around a kitchen table or as a focal piece in your living room. And you can jazz up that rope if you want and add in any colour you can find (good reason for a trip to Mokuba on Queen West if you ask us)

SACHA GRACE

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You. Had. Us. At. Lucite.
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We couldn’t even either. These pieces are from design duo Sacha Grace (literally 2 women named Sacha and Grace) who get to spend their days working with our dream material. We aren’t jealous, just in awe. Love. Love. Love. Necklace pendants start at $195, but the above side tables start at $5,795 and are available at sachagrace.com

BLACK ROCK STUDIO

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This emerald beauty is from a selection of hand created tiles on display from Black Rock Studio. How could you not want to just jump into a pool of this colour… Or maybe recover a fireplace with it. #squadgoals

AyA KITCHENS

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This minimalist ‘Cubi’ mixed material kitchen was by far our fav in the whole show (DesignLines and IDS agreed: this actually won best booth at the show this year — 400 sq ft). This is an eco friendly design from AyA Kitchens in Mississauga but they have locations all over Ontario and throughout the country. Those are also our dream floor tiles…

CIOT TILE

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Ciot tile… One day your hexagonal magic will be mine. Oh yes. You WILL ALL be mine.

JACOB ANTONI

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This is the Transforma chandelier by designer and architect Jacob Antoni. This version expands from 2 feet to 4 feet depending on your mood and also comes in a triangular and circular version. Unreal, right!?!? To see a video of the light in action and other versions of the light check out his site at JacobAntoni.com 

And another IDS comes to an end! Think we missed anything? Let us know!!!

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