Archive for February, 2011

February 21, 2011

Vintage Sideboard Revamp

I went through a serious Danish/ Mid Century modern phase a couple years back. I scoured craigslist hoping to find some incredible treasures that someone didn’t want anymore for a great price (aka- had no idea that their grandma’s piece of furniture was an iconic piece of design history). It took some time, but boy did I score! Although my vintage-hunt has slowed, some of the pieces I acquired during that phase are still some of my favourites to this day. And because sometimes you shouldn’t save the best for last, here’s my fave.

I found this Danish tulip sideboard on CL for $40. Really, just $40! I later found the EXACT same sideboard on a website for vintage furniture listed at $800. Yup, it’s  a winner. I feel kinda bad that I defaced its’ (teak?) wood surface, but I’m a sucker for all things white, so white it went. After using a power sander to sand the surface down (who am I kidding? The hubs did the sanding), we painted it completely wrong using who knows what kind of paint that required close to 10 coats to prevent some weird orange streaks from bleeding through. In the end though, baby turned out like this:

Please excuse the rando vignette on the sideboard. It was purely temporary and has since changed, but this was the best pic I could find that showed our sideboard in all its glory. And frankly, I’ve got a wiener dog sleeping on my lap, so getting up to take a picture of it now just wasn’t an option.

February 19, 2011

Gone be the Gallery

I’ve been working on a picture gallery wall for our dining room for weeks now. Despite loads of inspiring pictures out there, I just haven’t been able to come up with the right collection of images to frame. This is the wall that is screaming for some lovin’.


A few inspiring photos?

There’s just something so curious about picture gallery walls. I love how no two are the same, and you can really be creative with what you use. I take art seriously, and because I absolutely HATE hanging art, I want to make sure I know exactly where I want before that nail hits the drywall. That’s why I did this:

Yes, I made a rendering. I used approximate sized frames and filled them with art and oddities that interested me. But not all of it interests me. In fact, some of them I just plain don’t like- but I didn’t know what else to put in there. That FABULOUS woven hanging art that adorned the wall in Carrie’s Apartment in the SATC movie looked incredible in it’s massive, original state. Shrunk down to a teeny print just didn’t work the way I was hoping. The others? Well, they’re alright I guess. They just feel so forced to me. And a collection should be just that, a collection. Not an “I slapped these photos together because I was anxious to get my dining room decorated” moment. A collection takes time, time to find things you fall in love with, things that are worth collecting. So I’ve decided to keep my little graphic rendering project on the go, and as I fall in love with art/sculptures/trinkets, I will slowly add to my gallery art collection. Maybe one day I’ll have a really stellar collection that won;t keep me stressing about what to put on the walls. And oddly enough, as soon as I gave up my gallery wall dreams, my eyes fell upon this great big canvas I bought months ago with no purpose in mind. It’s been sitting in my guest room, protective packaging still on, just waiting for a place to call home. And I think I’ve found the perfect place for it…

February 18, 2011

The Elephants in the Room

Ok, they’re not quite elephants, but our new couches are certainly on the heavy set side. With a textured greige fabric (for those that don’t know, greige is beigey grey…and no, I did not make that word up…the fashion world did), and chunky arms, one could say that our couches have a good case of elephantiasis going on. I actually never would have picked a set like this on my own. We sort of happened upon them after my mom bought them from a trendy danish modern decor store only to find out my father wasn’t too thrilled with them. Being the great mom she is, she swapped us her never-been-used couch with ottomon set for the proceeds we got from craigslisting our old sofas. To say we got the deal of a lifetime is an understatement (Thanks mom!!).

Not only did this work out perfectly as I have been DYING to get new couches for a long time now, but I’m really happy that I didn’t have to toil about what style to buy. I do have serious design ADD and given the opportunity to choose from so many sofa styles would have probably taken a year. Last summer, I fell in LOVE with this beauty (ironically I bought it at the same time at the same store when my mom but my little ellies- who’d have known they’d be mine half a year later!)

Isn’t she purty? Oh yes she is. Her name was Pearl and we had an affair. I didn’t tell the Hubs that I bought her, and although he was somewhat supportive of our illicit relationship, I was the one who actually ended it. I found Pearl very difficult. She didn’t play very well with others, so she was quite hard to find friends to go with her. I hunted down occasional chairs, but she didn’t really like them. I tried to match a loveseat to her, but things just didn’t work out. In the end, Pearl found a new home via some online dating website (craigslist), and she is now very happy and likely not sharing the spotlight with any other upholstered lovers.

In the end, I am over the moon happy about our new set. It’s a style I might never have chosen out for myself, but the chunky lines break up a lot of the feminine touches I’ve showcased around our home. I think it’s good to have a piece or two that grounds the whole space and neutralizes some of the girly stuff for my hubby. So in love with Ellie and Ella! And because we need a good before and after to understand the impact, here we go:

Before: Blah Blah Big Box Store Furniture

And After: Ellie and Ella in all their glory!

February 16, 2011

No more SocialHome?

No no, I’m not yet ready to give up on this lil blog o mine (although considering it’s been a month or so since I last posted perhaps I already have?). What is really happening is that I’m looking, hoping, and dreaming, that one day, hopefully soonish, I’ll have to rename this blog to “Not-so-Social, More of a Solitary Home”. Okay, that really doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, now does it? Not so much. I’ll think of a better name. But the point is- we have now started to look at buying our very first single family home! Tres exciting!

After doing some very elementary calculations, the Hubs and I figured that with the rental income of a basement suite below, we could very easily afford a SFH. Not only could we actually afford a SFH, but we would actually be paying LESS on a monthly basis. It seems like a no brainer, no? It’s really not something we’re going to jump on right away, but knowing that the possibility is even there is just… thrilling!