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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Happy Canada Day, everyone!

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Shops We Love: Simons.ca HAS FURNITURE NOW

Seriously you guys. We were just checking out the homewares sections as per usual, but then something new popped up in the menu: furniture and furnishing! Wha whaaaaaa? Don’t mind if we do. Couldn’t be better suited given how awesome their sheets and home accessories are so let’s go (and it’s free delivery right now too, so hop to it!)

It’s gold, you can easily pick it up and throw it (aka it’s lightweight, so maybe don’t get this if your kids like to throw stuff, or DO get it if they like to throw stuff and this is a good alternative to the type of damage you’re used to). And it looks and feels like paper, which is futuristic and great for a nice patina.

Toddler stool $90.00 from Simons.ca 

Ok yes technically a toddler stool, for stylish toddlersBut could also be a cute footstool or side table for the non toddler contingent too. Who says kids get the to have all the stylish fun at affordable prices?

Have always loved this style of chair but until this version, I had a very hard time finding a decent reproduction of the Jacobson Drop chair that didn’t cost an arm and a leg to ship to Canada. And didn’t cost an arm and a leg period ($437 USD/chair at DWR.com). Not that I have any more room for chairs, cause we really really need to get rid of some…. So YOU buy these please. And send (taunt us with) photos.

LOVE LOVE LOVE three of these instead of one giant coffee table. Then you can move them around if you have parties so everyone has somewhere to put their drink, forget it there, and then get a new one. You could probably sit on them too, so double functionality AND they look rugged AF!

This is also a nice play on the rugged wood trend, but with an architectural vibe that is over and above the look ‘I put a bunch of wood pieces together and am calling it a table’ approach. Which we;ve totally done, btw. Cause the wood was free. This is decidedly not so free, but also no more than you would pay for similarly stylish end table at a bigger, non Canadian chain decor store. So go Canadian and support la style Quebecoise!

Vive la Simons!

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BFD’s Craigslist Finds: Week of April 24th

Lots of spring cleaning means lots of finds. So many good things. Lots of project pieces this week with lower price tags which is nice, though obvs the full monty is also a nice surprise too.

Reupholstery project hello! This would be fab in a graphic black and white printed fabric, like Marimekko style…

Yes. Exactly. Paint the wood red or maybe green…

If this is light pink, this is fabulous. If this is beige… less fabulous. BUT with some kick ass colourful cushions it’s a cool chair that only costs $50. Looks very comfortable. Good for cookie eating.

That table is awesome, and hey, this is a pretty stylin set up for $200. Will be surprised if this one hangs around for very long, esp now that it’s getting warmer out and people are being all gardeny n stuff.

This is a basic dining set. But it’s also a good BASE. For a paint project. Paint it all white and add a graphic colour splash to the table, or maybe something like this with triangles…

Just get crafty with the paint tape like this design from Nine Red’s DIY blog post.

I dare say this is fabulous. It’s covered with stuff, so it’s not the best picture, but it’s $20 and it’s 80’s chic with the white and metal mix. It’s pretty obviously a good idea to buy this table.

Just get some new seat cushions for this and you’ve got a conversation corner in an awkwardly sized kitchen. You could paint this table top too!!

Get some of these and you’re golden. And velvet.

And while we are doing 80’s chic, we might as well throw this lamp into the mix. Iconic but totally would work as a bedside table or at a mirrored desk where you make very important 1980’s decisions on your swatch phone.

 

You can have one now. And call waiting. All for yourself.

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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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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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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 Picks: Elte Sale Now On!!!

Just when you thought you couldn’t possibly buy another thing, Elte has a 25-50% off sale. Now is the time to take advantage of the holidays sales and treat your home to some fancy pieces from shops you drool over during the other 11 months of the year, and then impress your friends with the, ‘Oh that? Just a little something I picked up at Elte.’ Cause you’re #fancy. Here’s our top picks, all under $500!

AUSTIN WALL LIGHT BRASS on sale $270.00 from Elte.com

AUSTIN WALL LIGHT BRASS on sale $270.00 from Elte.com

Perfect for a hallway or get a set for either side of the bed? If you’ve been looking to dip your toe into the brass trend but can’t commit to the usually higher than normal price tag? Sorted.

BENNETT TABLE LAMP on sale $346.00 from Elte.com

BENNETT TABLE LAMP on sale $346.00 from Elte.com

Ok on a bit of a brass kick here, but combined with that crystal base this lamp is just to gorgeous to pass up. A nice addition to a corner reading nook or a formal living room, and at this price? How could you not?!?

CORTEZ PULL UP TABLE on sale $295.00 from Elte.com

CORTEZ PULL UP TABLE on sale $295.00 from Elte.com

So loving the architectural vibe of this silver leafed table. So sophisticated. You could have 2 on either side of a couch or push 2 of them together instead of a coffee table which is perfect if you like to sit and watch TV while eating a bit of dinner. Then you don’t need to fight anyone over the table being too close or far for snacks, food or easy access to the remote!

CAFE MAGAZINE RACK on sale $395.00 from Elte.com

CAFE MAGAZINE RACK on sale $395.00 from Elte.com

Finally somewhere to store your Vanity Fair/Vogue/RH Catalogue collection that you can put on a drink on! Could also be used to store toilet paper or rolled up hand towels if you have a larger than normal bathroom (jealous).

BOHEMIAN SIDE CHAIR on sale $395.00 from Elte.com

BOHEMIAN SIDE CHAIR on sale $395.00 from Elte.com

Is it bad if you like the extra guest chairs better than the ones you have with your dining set? Your regular chairs will be envious for sure. But these are so gorgeous you can easily have them out all year long as accent chairs in the living room or in a hallway nook. The highly reflective finish will make them seem barely there!

4'x6' GIBBARD DARK BLUE/IVORY on sale $417.50 from Elte.com

4’x6′ GIBBARD DARK BLUE/IVORY on sale $417.50 from Elte.com

When was the last time you saw a gorgeous rug from Elte that was perfect for your living room at this price? Exactly. Get on it. Modern, traditional, MCM or eclectic, this print is neutral and stylish enough to suit pretty much any decor theme. Unless you’re fully committed to leopard print. Then this probably won’t go.

Happy Shopping!

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