Spark Some Joy: Craigslist Finds 2019 Is Here!!

We know, it’s been months. We took a hiatus. Plus Christmas. And Netflix.  We totally are taking advantage of the latest fad in home organization by mentioning the Tidying Up phenom that is Marie Kondo. Don’t hold these pieces of furniture up to your face to see if they spark joy as they might crush you or at least some bruises.

Couch + Chair – Brand new! Mint!! – $800

Unless sitting on these is like needles or something that aren’t evident in the photo, why wouldn’t you for $800? Loving the modern silhouette of that couch and matching chairs  =  a reason to get some new throw pillows!!!

A beautiful piece and you can hide your beanie babies in that there hidey shelf on the bottom left!!! So no, you DON’T have to get rid of them just yet because they will increase in value one day and then who will be sorry when they don’t get to retire in Costa Rica on the money from your limited edition rainbow bear proceeds? Ya, thought so.

Mid Century Teak Bar Cabinet – Scandinavian Modern Design – $399

You could easily spend this buying new, and how efficient is it that the top folds out and creates extra drink serving surface area??? Extra space for no extra cost!

LOUIS POULSEN PH 5 PENDANT CEILING LIGHT FIXTURE – $495

Blue West Elm mid century modern chair – $100

The real deal brand new is going to run you north of $1,000, so why don’t you save yourself a bit of cash, tidy this one up and then invite all your friends over to gawk at your very architecturally impressive light fixture? No touching. Just looking. It’s vintage.

If this lovely little number doesn’t spark some joy then you need to get yourself to (Instagram photos of) a beach STAT! This will easily fit in to all the rooms AND it’s already newly reupholstered so you can just pretend it was totally you who did that last weekend in a whim and aren’t you just the craftiest? Flamingo: a classic that’s always on trend. AND THERE’S PIPING!!!!

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A Long Overdue Reveal: BFD’s Stairway to Heaven (aka the second floor)

We’ve had just regular stairs with crappy grey runners we got off the roll at Home Depot for a while, and the whole leek was a little worse for wear, tbh. We put the tread on their originally for our aging dogs who needed the grip to get up the stairs, but as both of them passed last year, and the stairs were already kind of busted looking, we though hey, why not do it like grownups, with some nice looking carpet??? We went to the Carpet Mill at Gerrard Square in Toronto and luckily it was the first and last place we needed to go!

The above carpet was one of our immediate yes let’s do it…. and then the price tag was revealed ($6k+ for two sets of stairs)…. and we needed to reevaluate our options. And the styles we could afford were… fine. But that’s about it. So then we asked, well what about using a giant area rug instead and cutting it to fit?

A lot of the ones we liked were either not available in the number of rugs we would need, or the patterns was too big, meaning when they tried to sew multiple rugs together we would see the seam, which is obvs not stylish. The pile also had to be low enough that the carpet could bend nicely over each stair, so ya, even with our new vista of choice, the choice was somewhat limited.

We settled on the above rug and had to buy 3 of them in order to have enough to cover the main to second and main to basement stairs. From when we placed our order it was about 4-6 weeks for the carpet to be ready to install. And we had some readying to do of our own….

Cause these stairs were seriously busted. Originally the stairs were painted black, as was the railing, but with the new carpet, we decided to freshen things up a bit so the design in the carpet could pop. White paint over errrrrr-thing!!!

Because of scheduling and literally waiting for paint to dry, the coats of paint happened at different intervals across the two floors.

There may have been canine assistance, that luckily we were able to limit to the kitchen.

We also added some paintable wallpaper to the sides of the stairs in the basement as the wall cut in on one side and left uneven exposure. We decided why not put some more pattern on there, cause one’s not enough, and voila.

The under padding. In an artful pile.

The carpet is brought in, cut to measure for both sets of stairs.

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L’installation care of the folks at Carpet Mill.

Almost done! this is the steps looking down to the basement and washer/dryer.  Artfully placed duvet.

The stairs from the second floor looking down to the main floor. And…

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Ta Dah! Overall the project cost around $3,000 and the installation was done in an afternoon. The rug itself required 3 weeks or so to be made, so ideally, you could schedule a project like this in to be completed in a month, depending on the availability of the carpet you choose.

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Stuff We Love: Our Faves From the Jysk Patio Sale!

We are as surprised as you are at the treasure trove of finds… There are a handful of Jysks around Toronto, however all of the above can also be delivered. There was actually a few more pieces on this here list that were already gone in the time it took to make this list — apologies for the 2 reproduction Acapulco style chairs that we could not add. They had them in blue and black for $79.99, and they were pretty suh-weet.

Given there are so few options out there for affordable and stylish patio furniture, we simply had to share. And we’d totally be buying if there was ANY room left in our backyard for furniture, but we are already at capacity for chairs with a running total right now at 7 plus a loveseat…  So just in case you needed any more impetus to get outside and enjoy the backyard, and we know it’s hot as balls, so that may indeed be more challenging these hazy lazy days of summer, this stuff will also look great at NIGHT! With a cold booze/iced tea/whatever you drink to keep sane.

Happy Long Weekend!

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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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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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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.

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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!!!

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