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!

bfd

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!!!

bfd

 

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.

188 Brock Ave in West End Toronto (for more visit blogto.com)

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.

bfd

 

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!

bfd

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.

bfd.

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!

bfd

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!!!

bfd