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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CraigsList Finds: Spring is Sprung 2018 Edition

First, a formatting update: we’ve noticed that when the CraigsList posts come down, the image also comes down, and makes these entries look like crap. So from now on we are putting screenshots of items in as well as clickable links so a) historic posts aren’t a mess of images no longer available and b) so we have a record of the fantabulous recommendations we’ve made over the years and readers can pick up (or put down) the aesthetic vibe. Now… on to our regularly scheduled program.

This is the BEST time of year for finds thanks to spring cleaning, so it’s more of a challenge for us to choose things to include, vs struggling to find things to populate a post. No shortage of awesome this week, folks. So let’s get er done, eh?

These are on Kijiji as well, and we won’t be surprised if they are gone before the weekend is out given their architectural flair. The chairs are made of plastic and wood and are like, totally designer (though this designer does also have pieces at Ikea, because Scandinavia). Would be great as accent chairs in a living room that can double for dining if you’re space challenged. Ot if you want 2 new chairs at the heads of the dining table, here’s a cheap and cheerful solution!

 

 

Not bad if you need a simple piece that doesn’t cost much, has a bit of structure to it and will be able to integrate nicely with existing furniture and throw pillows you may already have. You literally can never go wrong with a grey couch. Except if you already have like 3 grey couches… then maybe consider something in a not grey? (cause ya, that’s boring)

 

 

 

 

Even if you just pick this set up for the imitation Eames chairs, which can go from $75-$100 ea, this is a great deal! Admittedly the photo quality is not the best, but it’s pretty clear that this is a modern set that will fit in to most established styles and profiles. You can’t see it from this photo but the table is actually on wheels, so it could do that condo table doubling as an island type thang if you’re taxed for space.

 

 

MCM Glass Coffee Table $150

Vintage teak coffee table $150

They put it out there right away that this is so reasonably priced because there’s a small chip in the glass, but it’s hardly noticeable, and this is a gorgeous piece for the price. A steal of a deal! A once in a lifetime opportunity… Ok well maybe not ONCE, but it’s fab. And MCM. And better than laminate.

Or if you’re feeling a little more modern, a little less woodsy, and all about the smoked glass, might I suggest something in a chrome round coffee table? Again, a steal of a deal, and we love the furniture it’s pictured with, actually, but as a stand alone piece, this would integrate seamlessly into pretty much any living room, except maybe not one with little little people…Maybe keep this one for the 10+ year olds.

Calling all Sarahs!!!! This bar stool is indeed a part of pop culture history, it MAY even be from the era of Much Music ACTUALLY playing music videos ( at all, or least 50% of the time) . All of you who still find yourself tapping in channel 29 on the remote when it’s time for a commercial know exactly what we are talking about. As mentioned, the major caveat with this find is that it has the name Sarah on it. Which you can paint over I guess, or give it as a gift to a Sarah. Which was indeed a very popular name for women of a certain age and generation who… Miss Speaker’s Corner and are all about the channel 29 reflex.

 

Anyone who spends any time on Craigslist is well familiar with the significant selection of ‘shabby chic’ and repurposed furniture available… and the % of said furniture that has not been improved by the repainting/refinishing efforts of the person posting. So rarely is an MCM piece updated nicely, in fact, that the number of times a piece like this has been included on the Craigslist Find posts can probably be counted on 1 hand.. or maybe 2 fingers? This is a fresh, fun piece that has retained its stylistic integrity while at the same time being fresh, clean and a perfect addition to a kitchen or dining area in need of a small display area… and an enclosed space to store your precious placemat collection… and those plates your mother in law bought you that you have to ‘use’ on ‘special occasions’.

 

Happy hunting, y’all! Spring has…. (aside form those daily flurries that will not %&*# off) sprung?

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Weekend DIY Project: A Laundry Room Revamp

The only thing worse than having to do laundry, and there are definitely weeks I think we can all agree we’ve been tempted to just set the whole pile on fire and live in burlap sacks for the foreseeable, is having to do laundry in a basement laundry area that is full of detritus that naturally accumulates in the nether regions of the basement-land. I regularly had to trip over tools, bags, extra furniture and other unknown piles of crap to fluff and fold the sundries of the family… however.. NO MORE! We’ve pretty much run out of other interesting house projects to do that don’t require hideous sums of money, so it was finally the laundry room’s turn!

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100% Pure blech (and we tidied up the shot for posterity… a bit)

This is what the basically original laundry room looked like at the beginning of the reno. That door and missing wall beside said door belong to the utility room that used to be the laundry room. The issue with having the laundry room where it was, however, was that it was sharing space with the indoor workshop/Keith’s inner sanctum, and there was no room to fold anything, store anything, or keep stuff from getting covered in wood chips/drywall dust/etc when project around the house had things being created beside the washing machine. So we moved the washer and dryer outside, moved the original door way, and started framing up the new wall, which filled in where the door was to make room for a new, barn-style sliding door.

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That chipboard table you can see there was custom made for about $60 at Lowes out of… you guessed it, chipboard. We didn’t want to go custom cabinetry as a) that would require more $ than we had and b) more time to measure and configure, never mind the likelihood we’d get something that fit out machines and space exactly. So why bother? Firmly encased, the machines make far less noise than they did when they had free reign to tumble themselves out of position, they stay in the same place now and we can put stuff on top of the machines without it falling off due to aftereffects of said tumbling action.

We used an existing door from the house that we kept after our living/dining room doorway enlargements as the new door attached by black barn door hardware we got from Home Depot (on sale for $100 normally $146) and painted it black, for a more now/less old wood look. This may make some wood feature purists cringe, we understand, but the door was scratched up from the previous reno and being moved around for the past few years in the outdoor Love Shack that houses all warm weather projects (and backyard furniture). And the dark shade it was didn’t look right in the light wood/white of the basement and its bathroom, so it was for the best. Free door = good!

For additional storage above the machine area, we bought two pine shelves from Lowes ($25), painted them rose quartz and installed metal tubing with flanges as brackets to rest them on. The only thing that had to be modified was the original length of the metal tubes as they stuck out way too far from the wall and would have eaten into precious counter space, so Keith used a hacksaw to saw them down. Which, if you have watched Monty Python and the Holy Grail, sounds exactly like the construction noises from when they make the Trojan Rabbit to infiltrate the French castle. Or at least, that’s what we pretended it was in order to not go crazy with the sound of metal cutting metal being similar to other scratchy sounds we don’t like.

All in , it was about 2.5 days work, save the time it took for paint to dry, and the area is SOOOOO much better. We are going to be putting a little table on wheels in that can slide over that laundry organizer and provide an additional folding space, and we are also thinking of changing the stair configuration so that it turns left 90 degrees before getting to the laundry area, so we can truly contain that area to itself and have more separation between that and the entertaining part of the basement. But those projects, my friends, are stories for other blog posts.

Hope everyone is enjoying their Family Day long weekends thoroughly!

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New Year, New Kitchen! (FINALLY)

We know, we know. This reveal has been far too long in the making, and it’s because, as with most construction projects, unless you have a House & Home shoot on the books that means you simply MUST be done by a certain date, it’s taken for bloody ever to get it done. There were 2 little pieces of countertop that we didn’t anticipate needing that it took 6 months to getting around to getting, because $%^*, ain’t nobody got time for that… Especially when it means driving out to the burbs for a teeny piece of counter that doesn’t REALLY make a difference to using the kitchen, it just looks unfinished… But all of that aside, it’s DONE. And we are never redoing the kitchen again, until the next time… We redo the kitchen. For those of you unfamiliar, let us refresh the memories with the progress of where we started, and where we were a year ago, before the big revamphttps://bothwellfarringtondesign.wordpress.com/2017/03/26/our-projects-kitchen-reno-phase-1/.

Ye Olde Kitchen Circa 2012 (or 1992, either or)

This was what we bought. That is a 100% fridge, no freezer. Those are display drawers you’d find in a bulk barn or craft shop where you display what is in the actual drawer… but with nothing displayed in them. That is a laminate countertop. Black appliances. Corner sink with a nice high lip that caught all sorts of mould worthy food stank. AND. THAT. FLOOR.

Semi “staged” old kitchen and we kept the fridge and sink

We painted the whole damn thing (including floor) white, got a white dishwasher off Kijiji, ripped out that countertop and put in concrete slabs Keith made himself from fast setting concrete (less than an hour to dry, FOR REAL), put in a subway tile backsplash, replaced the cabinet hardware and installed our fab fridge (a wedding gift). It was livable, but a bandaid, and come 2017, it was time to say goodbye to teenage kitchen and do a grown up, fully committing to a new kitchen… kitchen.

Then there was the tile. So much penny round tile.

When I closed my eyes it was grey tile. With grey grout. Originally wanted to go white like above, but then we went back to that whole too many white competing thing and thought why do that to yourself? Also, if you’re doing the tile yourself, for only your second time, don’t choose mosaic tile with a grout darker than the tile because if you don’t line that stuff up straight it looks patchy. And you can see the squares of tile if they aren’t interconnected properly. Which, once you’ve done mosaic tile,  you will also now notice the correct seams in every mosaic tile wall from now until eternity. Which is great as a conversation starter. Nice tile, dude.

Once that was all done and cleaned up, we were finally DONE! *drumroll*

Here it is, peeps!

So basically the same layout you are used to… But better. And cleaner. And less dusty space at the top of cupboards for collecting crap we don’t need.

And for those of you wondering where it all came from, a selection of links for your shopping pleasure….

What we bought:

NOTE: All Kitchen Aid appliances were bought on Black Friday 2016 (yes that’s right, it was THAT long ago) and then delivered to the house in March 2017. So we ended up getting the whole suite for under $5k. For a big investment like this, we HIGHLY recommend you do the same. Takes a bit of planning ahead, but the savings are worth it.

We chose this suite mainly because we liked the handles. No joke. We were hoping to be able to get this set in white, but they didn’t have the clean gas cooktop we wanted NOT in stainless steel…. So as much as we were trying to avoid stainless, and we WERE trying to not go there… We ended up with stainless, which in retrospect was probably the better option given we had white cabinets. Too much white, too much opportunity for white clashing. Which is a thing. That will make you roll your eyes, but yes, there’s 5 million different whites, so if you put em all together it may not look as good as you’d envisioned. So the stainless breaking up the whole look, again, was the better option.

Big Chill Retro Fridge in Jadeite Green $3,395 USD from BigChill.com

The actual dealer we got our fridge from is located in Toronto at KWA Appliances on Eglinton West and we ended up paying the same in CAD that the price is currently listed at in USD on the Big Chill site. NOTE: This was in 2014, so the price may have changed since then. We worked with Paul and he was excellent in answering all our questions and handling the order. Highly recommend if you are looking for a N American made, SMEG alternative. This fridge is completely new and modern on the inside FYI, so have no fear about the electricity usage. This is an Energy Star fridge. Just with a fancy outfit on.

Flooring and cabinets were bought from Lowes for approx $12k including installation (Floors were approx $5,500 of that). The floor tiles were not particularly expensive, as we went with a hard wearing ceramic in a concrete ‘look’,  but the installation was a little more as we went bigger rather than smaller, and they did have to re-level the floor. We also had to pay to get the underfloor tested for Asbestos as after the whole thing was smashed up, we discovered old linoleum tiles and the tile guys couldn’t be sure how safe it was to continue because our house is old. Hooray. That was another $150. We went with modern, flat faced, high gloss white because a) white goes with everything and b) flat faces are easy to clean. Even though shaker style is more ‘in’ at the moment, the cleaning in the little cracks you have to do is SO NOT. Eff that. And all the drawers are silent, so you can’t slam in anger (or look back… #oasisjoke #oldfarts).

Brushed Nickel Pull Ring from CB2.com (sold out, they were on sale for $1.97!!! down from $7.95 CAD)

The pulls we bought are no longer available, which is funnily enough how we ended choosing this style of pull in the first place… The ones we originally wanted were sold out (and of course they are NOW, 6 months later, totally back in stock) but we’ve actually come to really like the actual pull knobs, they are super functional and look way better than we ever thought they would.

So there you have it folks, we can now relax. About the kitchen anyway. Wait till you see what Keith’s working on in the laundry room!

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Craigslist Finds: The Holiday 2017 Edition

A ho ho ho! Who has two thumbs and is excited for another season of food, merriment, gift giving and judging the home decor choices of friends and family?!?!? Yeah, me too. No matter how hard you try to not judge, there’s a teeny tiny piece of you that always notices the new napkins on the Christmas table this year, the expensive, festive hand soap in the powder room and the re-gifted scented candle that is being currently sitting under your tree still in the same bag that you gave it to your cousin in last year. Time to fancy up the place with a new set of chairs or a lamp so that at least this holiday’s passive aggressions directed your way will be dripping with envy.

Big Steel Ceiling Pendant Light (Chandelier) – $200

Good for above a kitchen island or dining table, nobody will ever guess the steal of a deal you got on this gorgeous, Bistro/Nautical style pendant!

Love love love this table. Or giant desk. Architectural and light by design, you’d be hard pressed to find something this good looking at this price point brand new. BUY THIS!

Brand new chandelier – $20 ($60 with Edison bulbs) 

Ya, that no chandelier thing you have that’s not working for you? How about something stylish and modern for $20? Can’t understand how they are letting this go so easily and brand new like… But why ask why? ENJOY!

These babies will be easy enough to recover given how angular they are, but they are in excellent shape and you’re getting 6 of them for $100! So you’l finally have enough seating at the kids table and won’t need to use the old highchair and bathroom stools anymore!

Divine for a cozy corner or an occasional chair with attitude in the living room, this piece is comfy, stylish… thought definitely not for the neutral colour crowd. Whether original or redone, the upholstery is in excellent condition and can be plopped happily in to any setting to go to work.

How. Gorgeous. Is. This. Table. A slight chip on the corner gets you this fab piece at $175. This is truly envy inducing, so go on… Let the fam be jealous this Christmas of your to die for coffee table.

And because bar carts are all the rage, why not gift yourself one and imbibe in style this year? You’d pay just as much if not more for something new but decidedly less substantial, so why bother? MCM style at its finest.

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Holiday and New Year!!!

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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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