friday finds

I know, I know.. you’ve seen my table a gazillion times already (let me milk it a little longer, k?!), but did you happen to notice that plush little gray thing underneath in all of the ‘reveal’ photos? Yep, a new rug! I knew from the moment I started building my rustic farmhouse table that I was going to need a rug to go underneath to break up all of that wood. Wood table on wood floor with a wood cupboard right behind it. Wood, wood, wood (which is surprising for a painted furniture lover like me).

I wanted something casual, durable, easy to clean, non-patterned, and in a gray, so when I came across IKEA’s Morum rug I felt like I hit the jackpot. Not only was it the right size and the right price ($99), it’s a flat woven rug that is “suitable for use in the dining room because it is easy to keep clean and chairs can easily slide in and out”. Cha-ching!

I was a little worried about the colour of the rug when we were in the store. It looked really beige with almost a pink undertone, and I worried that it wasn’t going to be gray enough to go with the rest of the gray and blue vibe in the dining and attached living room. We took a chance though, since we knew we wouldn’t beat the price elsewhere. Luckily when we got it home and laid it out, it was perfect. The colour seemed so different than it had in the store, and fit our room perfectly. Don’t you love it when stuff like that works out? I have definitely had my fair share of bad luck with buying the slightly wrong shade of something and being super disappointed after getting home (case in point: I still don’t have shams or throw pillows on our bed since I can’t find the ‘right’ gray and yellow… ugh).

We are super pleased with the rug so far. The texture is great and it doesn’t seem to be attracting dust or piling in any way (I guess it wouldn’t since it’s not wool..?!). I am really happy with the way it grounds the room and lets the table shine.

And the other ‘friday find’? Picture me totally squealing over here… we bought new dining room chairs! I have been lusting after the rustic table + modern white chairs combination forever — I have saved and pinned tons of photos like these ones for years. Here are a few from my collection…

via Designer Vincente Wolf

Via Coastal Living, Photographer: Lisa Romerein, Writer: Brett Bralley

I find the combination so fresh, and the juxtoposition between the rough table and slick chairs is the bees knees for me. My favourite chairs are the Eames Eiffel chair. They are ridiculously comfortable, easy to maintain (no upholstery to worry about), and I just love the design. The story of Ray and Charles Eames is so sweet.

I had been pricing out different options for months and the cheapest I had found in Ottawa was $115 a chair (these are of course knock-offs and not the real deal, which can run $350/chair and up). The hubby and I had talked it over and since we have both been working like crazy over the last few months and saving our pennies, and since the table and rug had been so affordable (under $300 for both), we decided that we could spring for the chairs. I still couldn’t quite pull the trigger though (over $100 a chair just seemed like too much).. so imagine my delight when I found out that HomeSav had some of my dream chairs for $88 a piece! If you haven’t heard of HomeSav before, they are a flash sale site that have great, new products daily (you can become a member here).

Clearly it was a sign. Hubby agreed, and so after checking that the height and dimensions of the chairs would work with our table, I quickly hit the “order” button. It cost $596 bones for 6 chairs, squeaking just under the $100 a chair mark. It’s still a ton of money for us (the only time I remember spending that much on one thing – other than reno stuff – was our bed and mattress), but they are ultimately a great deal and will last for ages. And down the line they don’t have to just be dining room chairs – these are great for a desk, on their own, at a smaller table, whatever. The design is an absolute classic.

┬áThe sale for the chairs is still on (and there are other mid-century modern styles), so head on over to HomeSav if you want to check ’em out. It has only been a day since I ordered and clearly I’m dying for them to arrive already. Patience is not my middle name.

Any great finds for you guys recently? Got any fun weekend plans? I am heading to Toronto (sans hubby) to see some family members and one of my best gal pals, and then going to see John and Sherry (the duo behind Young House Love) at their book signing on Monday night. So. Excited. Anyone else going to be there?

**Just in case you’re wondering, this post was in no way sponsored by HomeSav. I was just super stoked by my recent find on their site!

  • Jessica

    Woohoo!!! I love websites that ship for free to Canada and only charge our 13% tax!!

    Thanks Gemma!!

    • gemma

      Hahha – I know .. so good, right? Have fun browsing/shopping!!


  • Daniela

    I’ll be at the YHL book signing! Literally a five minute walk from my condo. Maybe I will see you there!

    • gemma

      Oooh so jealous that it’s so close to you!! I love those condos in that area. I remember a really fabulous coffee shop nearby?! Come say hello if you recognize me and I’ll do the same :)


  • Kimberly

    great choice on the chairs!…Thanks for the link to HomeSav…if only I had a house…

  • Stephanie

    Thanks so much for posting about HomeSav! I’m always looking for great online deals, but the shipping costs are usually horrendous! What I’ve done is order from American companies, have them ship to Ogdensburg, then pick them up there. Kind of a pain in the tuckus, so I’ll definitely give that site a look see.

    • gemma

      So glad to pass on the info, Stephanie!! I usually ship to the States too (luckily my hubby’s fam has a cottage down in the adirondacks so we usually pick it up there)… but having a company that actually ships to Canada is amazing (and for free?! even better!). Happy shopping!