Christmas Lights 101: How Soon… Is Too Soon?

Although we hold ourselves to the highest of aesthetic standards and integrity for the majority of the year… when it comes to the holidays (and Christmas lights) we are unabashedly NOT tasteful or restrained. Not even a little bit. Although we don’t completely cover our own house with lights and inflatables (as we are also very stingy when it comes to electricity bills) we 100% support everyone around us going absolutely ape sh*t with the lights.

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As a wise man (Karl Pilkington to be exact) once said:

But how soon is TOO soon to get the lights out and put the tree up? We are already woefully late to the party in terms of lights as ours are up as of today, but the other side of the street has been aglow for almost a week already. Again, no skin off our nose really as that is what we are looking AT, and it’s still pretty dark on our side of the street, which we don’t have to look at, but STILL. Given the amount of deals available care of Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales, it’s safe to say that putting the exterior decor up on the house over American Thanksgiving weekend is a good place to start. Everyone has sales going on.

NOMA Outdoor Christmas Fairy Lights, 50-ft ON SALE $39.99 at CanadianTire.ca 

Loving these indoor looking, but outdoor acting, delicate, wire fairy lights. Excellent for wrapping around spires and railings on your front porch, or some artfully arranged birch limbs, perhaps?

Loving the nouveau vintage vibe of these indoor flickering lights. Great for intertwining in a garland on the mantle, or framing an apartment window, and accompanied by some mulled wine.

Being mindful of that whole warm white/cool white divide is also super important, as there’s nothing worse than just looking for ‘white’ outdoor lights and realizing too late that what you have already doesn’t match what you got because you didn’t realize you had to specify. Cause you do. We currently have cool white to go with the dripping icicles we have that hang from the ceiling of the porch, but are also major fans of the classic warm, which is what we have on the inside. These cool white lights would be great if you got 3 or 4 strands and jut went nuts on a front yard tree or some bushes for the full starry night effect.

Supertek Window Wonderland LED Projector with 12 Movies ON SALE $69.99 from BedBathAndBeyond.ca 

This rear projection display comes with 6 Christmas and 6 Halloween movies that you can project on a window in your house…. But the listing doesn’t show what the other ones are, just this one… If there’s a timer it would be pretty funny to have your 6 holiday scenes interrupted by a screaming ghost for 1 second.. To entertain the dog walkers and passers by. And then insist when people point out that you’ve got ghosts in your lights… that you have no idea what they are talking about. For some entertainment WITHIN your entertainment. 😉

This thing is not remotely on sale, but look at it. It’s ridiculous and awesome at the same time. Because only in Canada would you have a Buckingham Palace styled guard complete with moose face. In lights. That’s 6 feet tall. Maybe you can automate it to try to attack people when they walk up to your front door. For some holiday sh%ts and gigs.

And now, if you’ll excuse me… They only have 10 sets of these left at my local Canadian Tire, so yeah… Just need to nip out for a bit. As you were… Putting up your lights! DO IT.

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Shops We Love: Element de Base

This post is actually an endorsement for the effectiveness of online advertising, as we had not heard of this shop before some of their divine pink velvet creations were served up to us in our BFD Instagram feed earlier this week, and OMG. Why are you NOT shopping from these guys? Canadian, reasonably priced and fabulous, never mind the plethora of velvet options. Cause in case you weren’t aware, we are and always have been absolutely obsessed with velvet. Because Jonathan Adler and Scarlett O’Hara glam.

CHARADE CAPSULE DAYBED $2,750 USD from JonathanAdler.com 

Yeah, we’ll take 5. One for every corner we regularly like to faint in at home, and one for the car for those ‘in transit’ faints.

Curtain dress can do no wrong… Scarlett O’Hara from Gone With the Wind via SouthernThings.web   

When we were served up this couch from EDB’s latest collection in an Instagram ad, it was a marriage in drool heaven that was meant to be. I mean, LOOK at this couch. How could you not LOVE???

DIVE SOFA in Pink Velvet $1,695.00 (and free shipping) from elementdebase.com 

And this is the tip of the proverbial iceberg here, folks. Cause there’s also pieces in blue, green and mustard velvet….. How can you even choose just one?!?!

Love this for the seating area outside your home theatre? Or your dressing room, perhaps? And that price PLUS free shipping? This is an exercise in restraint here, people….

PING club chair $450 from elementdebase.com 

And this little green velvet number for a reading nook, your home office or adding a splash of colour to your grey living room? All of the above. At this price you really can get 3. Sorry Jonathan Adler, I’ll need to cut back my original chaise order to make room for these little babies… They are very adorable and stylish and need good homes urgently.

PERPLEXE-AZURE Acrylic Table $135 from elementdebase.com 

Oh, and did we mention there is also a sizeable selection of tables and side tables too? Able to be put on its side or on its legs, the PERPLEXE table is a versatile piece that delivers style and function at an unbelievably reasonable price point. You can’t even really tell with this which way is up, which is what makes it so appealing! Plus, you know, it’s made of our other material of choice, lucite (perspex, acrylic, etc). If there was a photo of these tables beside a velvet couch that we had to look at for any extended period of time, heads would definitely explode. Did we mention it also comes in smoke and pink? #dying

This coffee table, which pairs nicely with their INSIDER side table is available with different tops, similar to the Coffee and Console tables from this line, though you can also buy just the base if you want for $175 and get your own piece of stone, wood, whatever to fit if you prefer a more custom look.

MAJUSCULE – BLUE throw pillow cover $10.95 (filling sold separately, for $5) from elementdebase.com 

Finally, if all of that wasn’t enough, they also have modern geometric throw pillows in a selection of colours for $11. Seriously. That’s all. So there’s no reason you cant have one of each colour for your living room update, thank you very much. You are supporting a Canadian company and can’t be expected to pick JUST ONE when the selection is so on point.

Happy rainy Sunday Funday!

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Stuff We Love: Storage Boxes to Get Excited About (Seriously)

Another one of those moment in life when you find yourself being an old fart cause you’re getting excited about things like storage baskets. But the need arose recently for us to switch up some storage in the bedroom, and we found ourselves wanting… So the journey began to find baskets anew! Here were a few faves:

Great for makeup and change table bits and bobs, plus cute and stylish!

How gorgeous are these? Perfect for throws, magazines, 5-8 golden retriever puppies… Can easily do living room or beside the bed storage and look perfectly suitable to both aesthetics.

These would be great, 3 in a row on a kitchen shelf or island with lemons or apples as a floral display alternative. Fresh and clean! (or a fancy garbage can, that could work too, but try the lemon thing first)

Cause why not have some glitter in your laundry area? Fancy and yet utilitatiran. IF they had these with sequins, we’d prob lust over those too.

And now for the ones we chose….

Cannot tell you how much we love these. Gold hardware, grey felt, and they literally take one minute to put together. Maybe a minute and a half if you’ve had a glass of wine or 2 before attempting. We started off with 3, but will be going back for more.

Happy Sunday y’all. It’s felty fall.

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BFD Update: Teenage Room Revamp

So it’s not completely done yet, but the room that we have started, and has drawn inspo from the board we put together in this post is getting there… We still need to paint a bunch of the furniture, and you know, make the bed on a regular basis (because #teenager) but here’s the progress so far:

So we started out with some Ikea LACK shelves and a dream… Which was to put this marble paper on the shelves and make em look like marble. Easy right? WRONG. NOT EASY.

Marble Paper Mess Post First Application Attempt

Air bubbles are the biggest bastard pain in the a$$. Smugly we were all, oh ya, 3 rolls? Please we’ll only need 1! Ya, no. Not so much. Luckily we figure it out in 3. The key is pushing the air out at the same rate you are attaching the paper to the surface, and to not try to line up the corners of the paper with the corners of the shelf, even though technically there are a lot of 90 degree angles you can be taking advantage of cause guess what? You won’t get it straight. Not even on the 10th try. So just don’t. Give yourself some room off of all 4 sides for it not to be straight and focus on getting the bubbles out.

It worked! Check em out!

Start pressing the air out on one side while applying the sticky side to the surface of the shelf, and use a hardcover book or equivalent (not an edge type thing you’d use for real wallpaper, it makes creases and pushes down too specifically on the paper, not spreading the adhesive portion around enough to get an even cover.#trust) to push the air out. Stick and push along until you get to the end of the largest surface and then stick to the side. Cut off the extra bits that you will inevitably have with a very accurate pair of scissors or exacto knife. To cover the long sides in the front, you will need to cut into either side of the paper before you adhere to the shelf so you don’t have an extra external fold you’ll have to cut off later. This is basically like wrapping a very large book really nicely with sticky paper.

And here they are! VOILA!

Two things we discovered and totally didn’t anticipate.

1. You’ll need to cover the full top and sides of any shelf that is at eye level or below. The underside doesn’t matter that much if you run out of paper.

2. Any shelf surface you are covering that is eye level or above? Put the patterned paper on the underside of the shelf and the sides instead. Cause physics.

As this is all illusion based decor anyway, jus think about what parts of the shelves you are actually going to see, and don’t worry about those you can’t. Especially if you run out of paper cause this project ends up NOT BEING AS EASY AS YOU THOUGHT. Or so we’ve heard….

The progression of the DIY feature wall

The other main part of the room makeover was the feature wall, which was NOT as difficult as the shelves, but was time consuming as the surface area was significantly larger. All in the whole project took an afternoon between 2 people, so not an unreasonable task to accomplish on a weekend.

And here we are so far!

For a complete overview of how we put the wall together, you should check out this video, it’s got the whole process into less than 5 minutes!

All you need is painters tape, 3 colours and a ruthless eye for straight lines! The thing to remember is that just because tape is straight, that doesn’t mean your lines will be. The best way to try to keep your lines straight is by letting the tape dictate the line by flattening it out as you go instead of trying to stretch it according to where you think it should be going. That’s where the curves comes from that you’ll need to go back and fix.

Next stop on the journey: painting the furniture, that dark mid 2000’s wood bed frame included!

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Craigslist Finds: Labour Day 2017 Edition

Well if you can believe it, and I don’t think anyone can given the weather that we’ve had this summer and the fact that we’ve been able to not have our air conditioning on ALL WEEK in August… it’s that Back to School, Labour Day weekend time again. Which isn’t as sad as it used to be when you were a kid and had had just had 3 months off and now have to go back to actually doing things you don’t wanna do, learning and getting up on time. Not sure as an adult if we’d be able to handle the shock as well and those resilient children…Because every day is the closest you will ever be to shooting spitballs in class. Which is why you decorate your house with cool stuff instead. Allow us…

Washable covers means dogs and kids can coexist with this piped beauty. It has space enough for 3 and super easy to switch up the cushions for a Mediterranean vibe or an English country feel, whatever you’re in the mood for!

The stools with all white tile or marble. Or both.

Not bad for the real thing, especially if you can talk your kid into needing this for their desk and why this is super cool. 😉

This chair you probably can’t afford. Or maybe you can…? This would be super stylish for a child to get its head stuck in…. think of the photos!!!

Or this see through lucite beauty. Droooool.

White Bertoia style chairs. 2 for $50 and they are legit some of the most comfortable chairs we have in our house. Not that ours are exactly the same but they look pretty similar. Great for a small eat in kitchen or at a bistro table by a window. You know, in the Parisian corner of your house.

And is it possible that all you have to do is paint the wood on this couch and it’ll look cool? It’s $100, so it’s not like you’re going to be out major dollars if it doesn’t work out…

Spray paint this yellow or white. Sunnify your breakfast nook. Don’t forget to invite Blanche and Sophia.

These gorgeous MCM chairs are like less than $400 for the set. How can you NOT?

We are sure that there will be a bunch more that’s going to come through over the weekend, but why spend your time looking for the goods when it’s the last weekend of the summer and you’ve got the best right here already?? ENJOY!!!

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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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