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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BFD Gifting: Our faves from local shops you can buy too! And last minute!

There is nothing that this person who is typing right now loves more than buying presents. As such, she now has a reputation as a bit of a gift advisor, which would also be a kick ass dream job, but currently is a talent that goes unpaid and requires a fair amount of ground work to get her name out there as a reference. She is also speaking of herself in the third person which will stop… now.

The holidays crept up on people in Toronto a bit this year as it only really started getting cold and snowing this past week, so there are going to be a lot of ‘Oh sh$%’ shoppers oot and aboot trying to get organized but not panic but still find cool stuff beyond 3 for 2 deals on socks. Not to knock socks, but there’s still plenty of places and things available in our fair city (and shippable across the country). AND BFD IS HERE WITH OUR GIFT GUIDE!

If you can’t figure out what to get someone, but you got them in the Secret Santa draw, or you’ve been invited to a little holiday soiree, you can’t got wrong with a funny food or animal decoration like these from Outer Layer in Toronto.  Film buff? Godfather nightmare x 3. Food lover? Tacos. Duh. Animal lover? If they don’t lose their s%& over a pug in a hat, they’re not a real animal lover. Or worthy of your friendship.

REINDEER DIY CRACKERS Kit $26.95 from The Paper Place (Queen West at Trinity Bellwoods)

REINDEER DIY CRACKERS Kit $26.95 from The Paper Place (Queen West at Trinity Bellwoods)

Combine with wine as a dinner party thank you so the kids can go and do this in the basement while you do wine in the upstairs. Everyone wins!

BTW you are loved. #youareloved #bestgiftever #beaded #love

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A favourite shop of ours that has everything from snarky cards to scented candles and even a Tiny Record Shop, Token at Queen and Boulton (just before Degrassi) is sure to have some hilarious pop culture relevant stocking stuffers if not a gorgeous piece of beading or handmade jewelry…. That could also fit in a stocking.

Kate Beaton 2016 Tea Towel - Pony! $18.00 from PageAndPanel.com (located at Toronto Reference Library)

Kate Beaton 2016 Tea Towel – Pony! $18.00 from PageAndPanel.com (located at Toronto Reference Library)

If you haven’t been to this shop at the main level of the Toronto Reference Library, you GOTTA go. Books, comics (from local and international authors), paper goods, designer dishware, textiles, all sorts of gifty treats abound, though another cannot go wrong gift idea is a tea towel like the above, for those who would prefer to wipe dishes with 2016 instead of acknowledge where humanity is from a development/doom perspective.

Storage Basket $20 by luuee for sale this weekend till the 23rd at Evergreen Brickworks Winter Market

Storage Basket $20 by luuee for sale this weekend till the 23rd at Evergreen Brickworks Holiday Market and at Etsy,com

Or maybe go to the Brick Works and check out the Holiday market they have going on till Xmas… Somewhere the kids can go run around at while you peruse the locally made wares like this adorbs little catch all by Canadian artist Luuee… Good for clothespins, keys, treasures and maybe even a little pine tree! (combo eco gift alert!!!!)

Mugtails Designed in Japan by Kinto. Porcelain – Animals available include Moose, Bear, Fox, Squirrel, Hedgehog, Cat, Rabbit $17 – $26/each from Len Studio (at Coxwell and Danforth)

Porcelain Mugtails Designed in Japan by Kinto. $17 – $26/each from Len Studio (at Coxwell and Danforth)

Fancy a mug? But like a nicer one that someone may not buy themselves but you will cause its time for cute mugs with tails from this adorable giftshop on the Danforh in the east end… Things are better with tails and ears. That’s #fact

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CANVAS Geometric Cut-Out Wreath, 20-in $34.99 from CanadianTire.com and in your local store

I had 3 people stop me in the store today asking while aisle I got this in (there’s 3 left at the Leslie and Lakeshore one, Aisle 12). This is a kick ass gift cause it’s Scandi chic on its own OR you can fill it with stuff OR clip stuff to it. Weave a garland or some copper wire lights perhaps? Or use it on a grand holiday table with some chunky candles in the middle. SO. MANY. POSSIBILITIES.

SKEEM CANDLES, SWEET BALSAM 50hrs $36 at ZiggysAtHome.com and in store (just east of College and Ossington)

SKEEM CANDLES, SWEET BALSAM 50hrs $36 at ZiggysAtHome.com and in store (just east of College and Ossington)

And for the never fails, will please everyone, nobody can talk trash because it’s always useful (Well unless the person is allergic to scents… then look for an unscented one, derp) gift, a scented candle in a gorgeous container that can be reused with a tealight when the candle runs out. Mic drop.

Happy Holiday shopping!

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Shops we love: Cabin Pop Up Shop (Queen and Church)

OMG this place. Come here and shop. That’s all we can say.

 

Craigslist Finds: The Christmas Countdown is On!

So it’s officially less than a month away from the most magical time of the year for light lovers, tree smell sniffers and gag gift givers… Nevermind the decor judgers and grudge holders, they all come out of the woodwork at this time of the year, whether we like it or not. But not to worry, the list of Craig’s got your back, of that you can be sure. And that fabulous new set of chairs you got for the dining room? Oh yes, very expensive, got them at a pop up shop on Queen that’s gone now, can’t believe you didn’t see it. *wink*

They seem repro, but not bad for some outdoor furniture, or even indoor if you’re so inclined. Easy to add to pretty much any style of room except French Provincial. Which, if that’s what you’re still going with and you don’t live in Provence, you’re going to need more than a few chairs to sort out….

MCM, Viscol, Double Bed Frame with 2 Matching Night Tables - $425

MCM, Viscol, Double Bed Frame with 2 Matching Night Tables – $425 

Not bad for a matching set! Yes it’s a double, but where are you going to find stylish MCM furniture for your guest/kids room at a comparable price? You’d spend this much buying new and then some. Perfect for a smaller sized space that you want to use, but don’t want the harmonica song loneliness of a twin bed…

Can we first just point out how nicely this piece is staged? You don’t get quality pieces like this at this price looking this cool very often, so 11/10 for curb appeal. This could be a fabulous addition to a bedroom set or dining area, maybe even a hallway console? It’s not the cheapest piece we have ever featured, this is true, but it’s still very competitively priced for MCM walnut and an excellent starting point if you’re wanting to spend some money adding some more permanent pieces to the home collection. Just make sure you have coasters. Cause you KNOW Uncle Steve is going to put his drinks on this and walk away.

Again, great styling… Seems to be the same person selling multiple pieces, and having excellent taste! This is a genuine Scandinavian piece so you can’t go wrong when it comes to quality and reputation. This could easily be in a bedroom or living room depending on your storage needs. And easy to vacuum under. Yes, I just wrote that.

Sofa / Day bed - $200

Sofa / Day bed – $200 

Love this with the bent wood arm rest and legs, but the arm rest also moves to become the pillow when you remove the back pillows to convert this into a bed. Good for a multifunctional room that needs to be an office by day but a potential someone’s too festive to drive home crash pad/ snore escape locale. Would be easy to make or have covers made for the cushions too! A nice palm leaf print, perhaps????

Need extra guest chairs? Got some extra red, orange or yellow paint? Maybe even some Scandi inspired light pink or mint paint to switch up the everyday home palette?The world is your DIY decor oyster, for $30. Uncle Steve can put his glasses all over these and who gives a sh&* about the rings? Wipe em right off your shiny upcycled chairs an focus on more important things, like finding out who has been feeding the dog tinsel.

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