Hi all! It’s been a while since I’ve been here. You know how life is – I won’t bother explaining myself. This blog is going to undergo some major revamping, including a new url, in the next few weeks so be sure to stay tuned. If you need me I’ll be in my newly decorated “office” so just holler
One of the gifts the husband, I mean Santa, purchased for me this year for Christmas was a grown up coffee table book – The Things that Matter by Nate Berkus. Who else remembers falling in love with him on Oprah several years ago?! Such a dreamy man! Anyways, that is one of my goals for this year, only keep what matters. Why keep stuff I don’t love or collect junk that I don’t need? Our apartment has slowly been evolving to what I envisioned it to be however, our darn dining area is still not doing it for me. No matter how much I try to convince myself that our dining table and chairs are just fine, I just can’t live with it and I find myself daydreaming when I should be doing homework.
When I’m sitting on the couch all I see are legs, legs, legs. 20 legs to be precise. And then you seat four people on those chairs and you’ve got 28 legs (get it? hardy har har…)
The set is too matchy matchy for my liking and although it was the right price at the thrift store a few years ago I’d be willing to keep the table (that can always be painted) and part with the chairs.
Then, I was perusing Craigslist, and found this beaut.
Four chairs (and a table that I could do without) for $50. The price was soooo hard to resist. I have been searching and searching for some classically modern chairs without paying a ridiculous price. You know I love an Eiffel chair but there’s no way I can justify spending over $100 on a chair right now.
This chair, which screams 80s to my parents era, is actually styled after the ‘Cesca’ chair designed in 1928 by Marcel Breuer. I love the cane back and the tubular legs. The upholstered seat could easily be recovered in something that resembles leather the colour of cognac. Can’t you just picture it?
Here’s how I envisioned our dining space looking…
These chairs paired with a beautiful rug and a tulip table. Heck, I’d be willing to make do without the tulip table and just paint our table white.
BUT (there’s always a but) after some careful measuring there was no way we would be able to comfortably get four chairs in our tight dining space. And the tubular legs just wouldn’t do too well gliding over the metal transition strip between the vinyl kitchen floor and the carpet.
Sending an email to the Craigslist buyer was probably the hardest thing I have ever had to do (this is where the husband calls me out and accuses me of being soooo melodramatic) but I really hope these chairs go to a good home to someone that appreciates good chair design.
Alas, I will not give up. As you know, I am always a woman on a mission searching for the perfect chair.
So, if anybody out there has some ‘Cesca’ style chairs please hold onto them just a little longer for me. Or, I’m sure my parents would be happy to store them in their crawlspace…
Life has been busy. Very busy. Christmas came and went, it was all such a blur, then we went on a quick jaunt to Portland over New Years which forced me to relax but I’m back into the full swing of things with only a week left of the school semester only to start the final semester just a few days after.
One day I’ll post about Portland (the picture is a sneak peek of it) but right now my only focus is school. I have really pushed myself this semester and I’m so close that I’m not about to give up now. I miss blogging but blogging will always be here. And so will you, right? RIGHT?! After April I’m hoping things get back to “normal.”
But since the New Year is always a good time to set some plans and goals for the next 365 days I thought I’d share mine with you.
Here are my hopes for 2014:
* find a career that I love
* travel more
* organize and organize more
* blog more (I’m pretty sure I said this last year but in my defense that was before I knew I was going back to school)
* find a hobby. We’ve only got 700 square to decorate so I need another creative outlet. You know, other than interior decorating and graphic design as if that isn’t enough already.
* take a photography course
* play squash and get fit. Ya ya, everyone says this but I really mean it.
* come up with a game plan for 2015
How was your Christmas? New Years? Have any big plans for the next year?
This post is more or less for the husband but you are more than welcome to have a browse. I love the dear guy but I think I have enough candles, soap, and cheese graters :)…Don’t ask. So dear, here’s some inspiration for you. (Just forget about #7…I may or I may not have purchased that already on #cybermonday…)
1. The husband and I call each other “Dear.” It actually feels funny when I hear him call me by my name and I feel funny when I have to call him by his real name. So, this print is very fitting for us.
2. I’m really liking red checkered button up shirts right now. Pair it with a chunky gold necklace, a pair of jeans, and some booties and we’ve got ourselves a killer holiday outfit.
3. It’s rosey, it’s gold, it’s sparkly, and it’s a scarf. One can never have too many scarves.
4. I have been eyeing this little guy from West Elm forever – it’s just so midcentury modern so what’s not to love about it.
5. My jewelry box just isn’t doing it anymore for all of my chunky necklaces. It would be nice to have them out and displayed so that I don’t keep wearing the same one over and over again.
6. I have been wanting a white pair of Converse sneakers for a long time. I’ve had a pair of black, grey, and blue and I think this is going to be the year of white.
7. The end of school is in sight for me and I’m going to be going to a lot of job interviews (*cross fingers* anybody out there looking to hire a graphic designer?! ) so a classy tote is a must.
8. & 9. Metallic napkins and geometric napkin holders. How gorgeous.
10. More plaid. I love this infinity scarf from the bloggers over at Sew Midwestern on Etsy – the same gals that made the quilt for our little niece’s nursery.
11. Eiffel chairs. Need I say more. I’ll take two now, two for the husbands birthday, and two for my birthday – 6 – a complete set.
12. Are you like me and HATE the sound of your alarm in the morning?! I would love this alarm clock that wakes you up naturally with light.
13. Nate Berkus brass tapered candleholders. They would look gorgeous on my dining table paired with my eiffel chairs AND it’s on clearance right now!
So what’s on your wishlist this year?
As you may have noticed from the photo in the new header, I installed some antlers above our sofa.
We moved the artwork that was originally above the sofa into the dining area against the black wall as the colours look a lot more vivid against such a dark wall.
When my Opa passed away and my Oma moved out of their very large house into a much smaller apartment of course she had to purge so I took two antlers that used to hang in their garage and bar area. I took them 7 years ago never knowing what I would actually do with them but they definitely make the perfect focal point now.
I also didn’t want to purchase another large canvas to put above our sofa just for the heck of it when we already have one hanging in the dining area. I wanted to add some more dimension. For once in my life I didn’t rush into any decisions and I left the wall blank to really figure out what I wanted. I thought that maybe the antlers on their own might be a little plain so I thought about adding something else like a giant gold frame or maybe creating an off balance arrangement with a couple of smaller canvasses off to the side but in the end simplicity got the best of me and I’m so glad I actually went with my initial thoughts.
Like any major decision I make, I usually regret it right-a-ways but only for a moment. As soon as I put a big hole in our wall and hung up the antlers I wanted to cry. I hated it. Or so I thought. But then I stood back, looked away, looked again and I was in love. I can’t imagine my home without antlers as crazy as it sounds!
And to “winterize” things, I layered yet another rug on top of my rugs. The faux sheepskin from IKEA just adds a nice texture to the space.
So, for about $150 I took our space from this….
(The we-just-got-married-and-we-don’t-have-much-money-or-style look)
So what do you think of antlers in home decor? Are they a nay or yay for ya?
Warning: there’s a lot to read so grab yourself a cup of tea.
I have been thinking long and hard just what I want to do in our living area. I normally rush into decisions then totally regret them shortly afterwards so I promised myself that this time was going to be different. Our living area is a pretty large space – it takes up about 225 square feet of our 700 square foot apartment so plunking down a coffee table in the middle of the space just appears to float, but on the other hand, a rug on top of carpet doesn’t work so great either because it puckers and that drives me insane. So my dilemma: I needed something to ground the ottoman and yet it couldn’t be anything too large and plush because I did not want it to pucker.
My solution: three small rugs.
When we moved out of our parents houses and into our own place our home accessories were just a mish mash of things I had collected over the years. I actually still like whatever it was I bought but just not all used in the same room. One day when we have a house with multiple rooms all those pillows and throw blankets will come in handy. When we first got married and got our own place we rushed into buying a few things just because it was the right price and we needed it (apparently) but now that I’m older and wiser I’d rather wait for the perfect thing. My parents always waited and it drove me crazy…the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree now does it? So anyways, now I’d much rather think about things, explore some ideas, ponder, get inspiration, and then make the purchase. That’s probably why it took me about a year to find myself an area rug(s).
If you follow me on Pinterest then you may have noticed lately that I’ve been pinning rooms all with a similar look – white walls and texture upon texture. Because we live in a rental apartment there’s only so much we can really do, I mean I could paint the walls white but that’s a lot of wall to repaint when we move out so I’m working with the beige for now and I’m trying to get the vibe I want through some inexpensive accessories. Key word: inexpensive. We’re spending some big bucks on my graphic design courses right now and we’re down to virtually one income so decorating on a budget is super duper important right now.
Funny story about these. I was checking out A Home Full of Color’s blog and in her powder room re-do I spotted her rug – I loved the colours and the texture. She told me she got it from Marshall’s and since our one and only Marshall’s in Vancouver doesn’t sell rugs I made a special trip across the border. As I walked past the rug aisle there was another lady checking out these rugs but as soon as I saw them I knew they were mine. I wandered other aisles waiting for her to leave, hoping she wasn’t taking them home with her then I went back to the aisle and there they were…they were meant to be. I took a closer look at them, I felt them, I liked them, they came home with me. Best of all they were only $14.99 each. A grand total of just $45 for an area rug. Score!
I love the texture that these three small rugs create. They all have the same pattern but a different colour and it’s perfect because when we move they can be dispersed throughout our next home.
Although the rug is made from scraps of fabric and jute which is known to be a little rough on the feet, these rugs are surprisingly soft and even kinda massage the feet.
You may also have noticed that the faux leather brown ottoman got slipcovered. We used this fabric for a project at work and as I was exploring different ideas I threw it over the ottoman and I actually kinda liked it. I cheated and used no sew iron hem tape to put it together however it’s made for hemming curtains so one day I’m going to have to take out my sewing machine and learn how to use it.
The fabric is neutral enough but it has the texture I desired so when layered on top of the area rugs it creates some interest in the space that this otherwise 1970s rental does not have.
Now I just have to address the blank space above the sofa and this area will be set.
Last month the hubby and I made a day trip to a quaint little area just across the border in Bellingham, WA called Fairhaven. Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures because I didn’t feel like bringing my bulky camera and the phone always gets turned off because I’m afraid of being charged some ridiculous roaming fees. Anyways, the town is full of cute shops, restaurants, book stores, and an antique store. We were just about done for the day when the husband spotted this antique store and of course we had to pop in for a browse. There was a lot to drool over like chandeliers, globes, and textiles but what caught the husbands eye was the blue mason jar. I would’ve been alright leaving it behind since we have quite a few mason jars from our wedding still but this one was different in that it was blue and he just couldn’t pass it up.
He just couldn’t wait to fill it with our (his) collection of seashells from our travels. I have to admit that it makes for a great bookend however!
I on the other hand had my eyes set on something brass and shiny. Are you surprised?! I’ve been looking all over for a pharmacy lamp but was not about to pay whatever it was they wanted (upwards of at least $200) so when I came across this one for only $35 it was a deal I couldn’t refuse!
I love me a good thrift store find! What has been your best find?
Anybody have any suggests about what do with this faux leather stool?? It’s practical so I can’t get rid of it but it’s just so blaaaah…
BTW, I think I found an area rug for our living room. Can’t wait to show that to you!
Happy Hump Day y’all!