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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A Tribute. Stuff we love: delovely de dog beds

In a tribute to our beloved Buster who passed away this weekend, a repost of our fave dog beds for all you dog loving decor enthusiasts. Make sure you take every chance to love them, every day. Dogs are, in our opinion, the best people.

We have 2 furbabies, 5 dog beds, 3 dog jackets, poopie bag holders, all the stuff.

Canadian dogs in Christmas Jackets

Canadian dogs in Christmas jackets and *cough*  matching festive ribbon collars

So usually if ‘the dog needs a new…’ it’s more just us wanting to buy stuff for the dogs. Because dogs need decor. Like they need boots….. and sometimes rhinstones. And fabulous beds.

http://www.bowsers.com/ca/pet-beds/donut-beds/donut-beds-onyx-toile.html

Donut Bed Onyx Toile Onyx Toile Microvelvet starting at $76.99 bowsers.com

We have two of these washable, stuffable Molly Mutt dog beds, and it’s the second set. Washable is very key, and the fact that you can replace the insides (with old t shirts or even a store bought cushion) is awesome and much less smelly. Wash the outsides, insides, repeat!

Molly Mutt 100,000 Fireflies Outdoor Dog Duvet Starting at $32.99 petonly.ca

And then of course, you can never really go wrong with a little camo. Note: a LITTLE camo. Not entire rooms, outfits or car interiors.

P.L.A.Y. Original Camouflage Lounge Dog Sofa $77.31 wayfair.com

This is perfect for the cottage because duh, #pineneedles

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PINE Pet Bed By Lisa Argyropoulos $129 denydesign.com

Ok, seriously. It’s a hot dog bed. Hot. Dog. Bed.

Colorfulhouse® Hot Dog Sofa Pet Bed with Removable Washable Pet Mat Starting at $33.99 amazon.ca

 

And now for the dream drool bed. A nice little mid century addition. Sigh.

Modern Wood Dog Bed – The Joey High Back Bed $529 etsy.com

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Happy New Year! Craigslist Finds

Welcome, welcome to 2017! Hopefully everyone has stuck to their resolutions so far… 4 days in and we have not bought any chocolate! But we will be redoing the kitchen, designing material and wallpaper and taking the world by storm one throw pillow at a time… So there’s that.

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But in the meantime, in the midst of all this change, it’s nice to know that there’s always the good old list of Craig ready to share its recyclable, revampable or reusable treasures with the good people of the internet… and the Greater Toronto Area. Because now is the time to make that decision to forget that gym membership you’ve been putting off getting (for a reason?), and maybe learn to refinish a chest of drawers, upholster a chair or change a light bulb!

Love the contrast between the wood and black lacquer, and this could work in a tv room with kids that like to jump on/off the furniture, even though they’re not supposed to, and it’s cool, cause this cost $80 and looks stylish as &*$%.

Chairs. Table. Scandi awesome at its affordable-est. They’ll also do just the chairs for $600, but why split up a family? And the table is extendable, so you may actually have the room to have the family for Christmas dinner next year…. Or not!

Was initially drawn to the table which is brass-tastic, on trend and totally affordable, but that lamp isn’t too shabby either. Perfect for a boudoir revamp or as a cute friend in a reading nook. Goes well with a bottle of red wine.

Kinda digging the wood look of these chairs, but these would also be gorgeous painted a bright yellow with a marble bistro style table….

Like THIS one? BOOM. (those chairs are already sold, I know, I know).

Unusual Accent Chairs - $225 ($400 for both)

Unusual Accent Chairs – $225 ($400 for both) 

These would be super cool at the end of a bed or on either side of a piece of art… Maybe against a big kelly green or royal blue accent wall? There’s just something about them… Would also look fabulous recovered in velvet. Yummy, yummy green velvet.

Now you have all the  vintage teak room in the world for those socks you got. Maybe some underwear too. Or DVDs. Cause those are vintage too now. Sigh.

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BFD Reveal: We Got King Size Bed Style!

We posted a little preview on Instagram today, but we finally up and got a King Size bed AND bed frame. And it was totally not because the dogs take up all the space on the bed… Except that they totally take up less space now that we have a big ass bed!!!

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Welcome to our tropical pink velvet boudoir!

Some of you may be looking at the surface of the side tables, because it’s all scratched up. They’re vintage 1950’s from my grandparents and I refuse to have them refinished. They have always looked that way, so unless we are restoring to that exact stain? Not interested.

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From the left so you can see that sweet, sweet CB2.com bed detail

It took us forever to find a low profile bed (because dogs are old, can’t jump the way they used to) that we both liked until finally we saw this one online. It’s from CB2 and took us about 6 weeks from ordering to get it delivered and set up. It literally took them 5 minutes to deliver, put it together and boom. It cost an extra $160, but it was well worth it.

Drommen bed from cb2.com $1199 to $1499 CAD

Drommen bed from cb2.com $1199 to $1499 CAD

And the mattress? We got an Endy, which is the online, foam, orderable Casper equivalent, but Canadian. Ordered it on Saturday, delivered to our front porch by Wednesday. Double BOOM!

We use the mattress right on the wood slats of the bed. Mattress + bed. That’s it. And we love it. Not hard as a rock, but not smushy/bad for your back either. Very very recommend.

We tried to steam the wrinkles out as much as we could, but you can still see where the dogs like to launch on/off the bed. They are very excitable. We will get it right for our spread in Elle Decor, but until then… The sheets were sort of a fluke and we got them on sale when we were at West Elm a few weeks ago (not going to buy anything was the intent… We are liars) and some of the colours are on sale now online as well, so….

And finally those divine palm print cushions? We picked them up at a pop up shop  by 3 Design in Toronto a few weeks ago and they follow us from room to room because they’re lovely and we love them. And it’s winter so where the hell else are we going to get tropical?

Hope you enjoyed our bedroom redo as much as we did. Just wait till you see the sheets we got for Christmas!!!!

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