Sunday, 15 November 2015
Last Sunday, I held my mothers hand as she took her last breaths. My heart is heavy but I am so grateful for the time I’ve had her. She was and always will be my rock. Today we say goodbye, but I know that one day we will be together again.
Here are some other things that have been going on in my world:
I finally broke down and bought some real Chalk Paint. Compared to my diy version, it was much easier to work with. I’ve had these nightstands for a couple of years now, which are originally from Bombay and Co. The best part is that I painted them right in my bedroom!
In early September I took a vacation by myself. The first time ever and I really liked it.
I said goodbye to my ektorp sofa and hello to an apartment sized Kincaid sofa (used, but in pristine condition). It’s down filled and has a very subtle houndstooth pattern. I have to tell you, I miss my Ektorp and a new one may make it’s way back soon.
A couple of new coffee tables too. I bought one of these LaBarge brass hoof footed tables a couple of years ago, and regretted selling it. I was lucky enough to find another one!
And the rug is new too. The photo on the website does not do it justice. It’s so much prettier in real life
That’s about it for now. I hope you have a great Sunday!
Sunday, 14 June 2015
I’m talking about interesting plates, full of pattern or colour or design, like these Anthropologie plates that I found and framed
I had a credit for Ikea so I only had to pay for one more frame, making the entire purchase more doable.
The set is Anthropologie’s From The Deep dinnerware, each side plate is $14(US), my set of four for $14.99(CDN)!
I used Ribba frames and flipped the matting over as it is a bright white rather than a creamy white. I used 12x12 scrapbook paper, taped in the opening, then double sided tape to adhere the entire thing to the frame backing
Finally, I glued the plate to the scrapbook paper using Gorilla glue.
Aligning the frames to have equal distance from one another was a bit of job for this math challenged ding dong
Looking at Anthropologies site, I think these would also be fun and colourful.
Or use plates that have a great shape, like this fish plate that I posted about here
Off to see what treasure awaits for me and the thrift store today.
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Sunday, 24 May 2015
Another faux bamboo Chippendale chair. There are two, but I’ve only managed to get one finished so far.
This chair required a new tool; a pneumatic stapler. Oh my, what a world of difference it makes in getting fabric stapled to wood. I thought that it would be out of my price range, so I never bothered to buy one, but it was very reasonable and I will have it for a long time to come.
This is the one I bought. Home Depot and Canadian Tire have them for $39.99. It easily fits on my small air compressor.
Because I had to staple the fabric to the exposed wood, I had to cover up the staples some how.
This was my second attempt at double welting and I’m learning the ropes (pardon the pun).
While at HD I found a bag of huge glue sticks. Oh my word, heaven! No longer will I have to stop what I’m doing to get just one more of those puny glue sticks as you run out at the very end of a job. These babies are 10” long.
The fabric I used is Robert Allen, Ming Dragon, purchased at Tonic Living. It’s so lovely
Here is a before and After
Saturday, 16 May 2015
I’m back with another version of high/low, this time it’s a vintage brass bar cart.
this one, exactly like mine, at 1st dibs has sold and I bet it was for a whole lot of money
590 British Pounds is equivalent to $1,114 Canadian, similar
Fits in this spot perfectly. I have to say, I was surprised at how petite these carts are. Not ever having seen one, I had assumed they were massive.
This one is in very good condition except for one of the smaller wheels will come off if there is not enough downward pressure. Meaning, I must keep it stocked.
Strange story; a few days after I had bought it, the original owner called to say that he is continuing to receive phone calls and emails (even though he removed the ad), offering him $300 or more. He wanted me to know that he was ok with me selling it if I wanted to. Um, yes, I may one day, but I don’t need your permission, thankyouverymuch.
I love my kids. This Mother’s Day, my son made me dinner and my daughter made me some water colour pictures. She even framed them. Water colour is a new medium to her, and I think she did a great job.
Stylized Chinese scenes, which I hung up on the wall that you face as you leave my house. I couldn’t get great shots because of the reflection in the glass, but here they are. I will cherish them forever.
Some of the detail; love the pagoda building
Maybe it’s a mythical space, only found in her mind.
Saturday, 2 May 2015
Last fall I picked up this chair for a few dollars. It was in desperate need of a makeover, but I had never upholstered the back of a chair; I knew it was possible I just didn’t know how. I used a couple of sites to help me figure it all out and now I have a much nicer chair.
Hard to believe, but I put a lot of time into this make over, mostly because of the learning curve to get the back done. I wasn’t thinking ahead when cutting my fabric, and didn’t have enough left to make the welting. Instead I used white to blend in to the painted wood. I did learn how to make double welt, though not perfectly, this time.
The fabric was purchased at Tonic Living and is Ashbury Ikat, ink.
The faux bamboo goes perfectly with my thrifted Thomasville Allegro desk. A match made in heaven.
The gold casters are just perfect. Squeal.
Monday, 27 April 2015
This past weekend I finally got around to installing new flooring in the living room. At 12’ x 22’, it was a bit of a task, just ask my muscles.
As I laid the new floor, I thought about how to arrange such an awkward space. I hate walking around things, probably because I’ve always felt like a bull in a china shop, so there had to be a path that would lead from the entry to the back sliding doors. It meant giving up my rustic bench, but I recently purchased a Thomasville Allegro desk that is just right for behind the sofa.
I have painted one of the knobs gold to see if I like it, and I do.
Of course one thing leads to another and since I found the tv too high when above the mantel, I have to find a spot for it. Otherwise, I’m really liking this layout.
I can’t tell you how happy I am to finally be rid of the disgusting parquet. Yippee!
I still need to spiff up the place with some accessories, and hang the artwork. I have a chair for the desk in the makeover stage that will be finished shortly.
Sunday, 19 April 2015
One of my favourite features of Style At Home Magazine, is their monthly High/Low column.
As someone that loves a great deal, I test myself to see if I can pick out the which is which. Sadly, even their low items are outside of my comfort zone. Instead, I cruise the resell classifieds.
I get such a thrill when I find something that is a phenomenal deal. Clearly I can’t buy everything that I see, as much as I would like to, especially when I think it is something that I can make a few bucks on.
Here is my version of High/Low, with a Pagoda Mirror, but unlike Style at Home, I am going to list the high and then the low…
1st Dibs (crazy pricing)
CircaWho (better, but still pricey)
Bombay & Co (not exactly the same, but the same look, currently at 50% off – Canadian dollars)
Mine, found in online classifieds
The real McCoy my friends. Same as the 1st dibs and Circa Who version. I was so excited when I found it. It requires some repairs which are underway…stay tuned to see what I do with it.
Sunday, 29 March 2015
Winter is not my favourite time to search and bring home good finds, but sometimes I see something that I can’t pass up. In this instance it’s these two fabulous Bergere chairs that I picked up off of Kijiji for $175. They are in excellent condition but require a good steam cleaning (this week).
The fabric is very traditional but is very pretty. If I don’t tire of the chairs within a year, they will be worth it to have them reupholstered in a more contemporary fabric. As they are, the embroidery is in great condition.
I also picked up this little gold side table for $50 at a store that I had never been to before but will definitely keep an eye on; Wicker Emporium. Apparently they’ve been around for a while and I’m not sure why I had not heard of them before. Their clearance items are a good price.
Last weekend I found a pair of Lexington side tables. They were in great condition until I tried squeezing both of them in to my hatchback and scratched, no make that gouged the top of one. So now it seems a paint job and mirrored tops are in their future.
I have this week off of work and debated going south for a week, but then decided that I’ll stay home and replace the living room floor. And wouldn’t you know it, my first cold in more than a year, knocked me out on Friday morning and I’m still feeling awful. Just my luck:) Oh, and I have a root canal scheduled for Tuesday morning. Some days you’re the statue, some days you’re the pigeon.