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painting door trim black + finding the right wing chairs

18th March 2015

So when I gave you guys a look at our new moroccan rug, you must’ve spied a few other updates going on in the living room. I’ll fill you in on those today: finding some fabulous wing chairs and painting our door trim black.

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Let’s back up a sec to what the room was looking like just a little while ago. The layout came pretty naturally once we had the built-in’s done. We used to have two sofas in our old living room, but knew that they wouldn’t both work in this space as one would cover the patio door leading to the backyard. Here we are (pre-built in’s), but see what I mean about the couches? Not working.

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So it made sense to have our better couch stay in the space, facing the fireplace, and get two new chairs to flank it on either side. The only chair we had ever really had was an IKEA Poang back in the day (didn’t everyone?!), so we were starting fresh.

Our chair requirements: comfort (we didn’t want any “aww-sucks-that-you-got-stuck-sitting-in-the-chair” mentality in our living room), stylish, and something timeless.  I don’t want to be thinking about changing these chairs in two years time because I bought something that was too trendy, you know? Budget was also a factor. We didn’t have $800+ to spend per chair, which is often what they cost. I find big chairs to be quite expensive a lot of the time — like what you might pay for a couch.

Anyway, we looked around at various stores and came up with a couple of options. I liked the look of the IKEA Karlstad chairs, but then figured that the squared, low profile was too similar to our couch. I wanted something a little different to add some interest to the room.

I went shopping at Structube one day and as soon as I sat in this beauty – the “Polo” – I was sold.

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It’s a modern version of the wingback chair, with a rounded back and high head rest that makes it SUPER comfy. The curved lines, tapered wood legs, and buttons on the back brought it home for me. Oh and the $399 price tag was pretty darn great, too. Especially considering they are a Canadian company and you can tell that the quality is excellent.

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Initially I had thought the charcoal grey version would be the best option, but then changed my mind at the last minute to black. We have other black elements going on in the room and I figured these would be a great way to tie it all together.

I got in touch with Structube to tell them about my love for the chairs, and they graciously offered to collaborate with me on the living room. Please know though that although this post is now in partnership with them, I was going to be getting these chairs whether they wanted to work with me or not!

I roped my Mum into helping me pick them up. Of course it was one of the coldest days of the winter – roughly minus 40 degrees Celcius – on the day that we went to get them with my parents truck. Pretty sure it took several hours for our hands to de-thaw. BUT…. it was so worth it as soon as we got them in the living room. Talk about swanky, hey?

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The chairs almost look grey in these photos, but in real life they definitely read as a soft black.

As I have been chipping away at painting the trim in our house (along with all the walls, doors, etc.. ugh SO MUCH PAINTING), I decided to paint the trim of the patio door black. I had initially dreamed about having a black accordian door there, but budget won out and we went with the more wallet-friendly white sliding patio door. I figured I could try and get some of the same impact by painting the trim black, and I think it kinda works?! I like the way it brings your eye there, to a view of the backyard. Of course right now the view includes a barricade as we don’t have our deck built yet, but you know, you can envision a deck where we can open up the door and have an indoor-outdoor vibe going in the summer.

The paint I used was PARA Paint “Forge Black”, door & trim paint, in matte finish. It was the perfect paint – the matte finish helping to cover any imperfections in the trim.

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It’s coming together, eh? The built-ins have a lot going on, so I’m trying to keep it a little more “quiet” in the rest of the space. I haven’t figured out the perfect pillows yet… but I’m getting there. I also think the rug is a little space for the space so eventually I’ll move that one to another room and bring something else in here.

For more living room posts check out: laying out the spacebuilding the built-ins, styling the fireplace built-ins, and a review of the moroccan rug.

A big thank you to Structube for partnering with us on this project. Be sure to go check out their beautiful stuff! I already have my eye on a few other things for the house… !!

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a budget friendly moroccan rug & giveaway

4th March 2015

You probably noticed in the post about the fireplace built-in’s earlier this week the new rug we have in our living room. Let me back up and tell you a little about it, m’kay?

For a long while now I have lusted after those Moroccan style rugs that we’ve all been spotting all over design magazines, blogs, websites, etc. You know, the ones that are a bit shaggy, are creamy coloured, and have some dark diamond style pattern on them? Gorgeous, right? I nearly pulled the trigger on more than one occasion when I saw a good deal, but knew that I really needed to wait to see how our living room panned out. Maybe the size would be wrong, or the whole style wouldn’t work as I thought it would.

As our living room started to come together with the white and gray built-ins, brass accents, and our gray couch (our EQ3 Reverie), I knew that the Moroccan style rug would work. I wanted something with some interest and pattern, but nothing too colourful or distracting. I didn’t really want to go with anything gray as we already have a lot of it on this main floor. And I knew that the soft shagginess underfoot would add to the cozy factor in the space.

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In looking around, I spotted this rug from Mohawk Home. The colours were just right (I liked that the darker detail was in black, not brown) and the price was great too. You have probably come across Mohawk Home rugs in a bunch of places but may not have realized it — Target, Walmart, Overstock, etc.

Once it arrived, a certain little somebody was seriously digging the shag…morrocan rug from Mohawk Home - via the sweetest digs

This beauty was around $65 for the 5×7 and $140 for the 8×10. Seriously low prices, hey? Made me wonder a bit about quality. We got it home and have lived with it for a few weeks now, and I’m happy to report that I have been really pleased with the quality. It took a minute to flatten out from being all rolled up, but once it did it feels plush and thick, and it doesn’t shed like some of my previous wool rugs have done. Couldn’t be more pleased, really.

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It has a cool mellow vibe, and actually I feel like could fit into just about any style of room. Sort of like persian rugs, doesn’t really matter what colour scheme or design style you are going for, it just somehow works. morrocan rug from Mohawk Home - via the sweetest digs

I feel like I could’ve gone for a size up, as it only just barely slips under the furniture. Potentially down the rug I might move this rug to another room and get a bigger one for the living room – we’ll see. morrocan rug from Mohawk Home - via the sweetest digs

Now for the fun stuff! I’m guessing you would be up for winning a rug from Mohawk Home? The prize up for grabs is any rug of your choice up to 5×8 in size and under $150. Open to residents of the USA and Canada.

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Good luck!

**CANADIANS –> Sadly, the Moroccan style rug isn’t available through the Canadian Walmart, and so anyone in Canada looking for it would need to ship from the States. 

A big thanks to Mohawk Home for partnering with us on this project! You can check out their new ‘Still Made in America’ video here, and follow along with the hastag #ilovemymohawkrug to check out how other folks are styling their rugs.

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how to style built in shelves

2nd March 2015

I took you through the more nitty-gritty of building the fireplace built-in’s, and now it’s time for the pretty. Getting to pull my decor stuff out of the boxes they were packed in and get my styling on was SO FUN. Hello, beauties that I haven’t seen in almost a year! This is my happy place, guys. For reals.

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A reminder of where we left off with the built-ins…

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And what it looks like today.

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So after Dan installed the shelves (we made them evenly spaced at roughly 12 inches apart), styling them took me a while. I would put a few things up, move them around into 15 different spots stepping back each time to get a good idea of how it was all looking, removed, added, and hummed and hawed throughout the whole thing. I’m happy where I ended up, but have no doubt that I will switch things up many, many times over the coming years.

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I am definitely no expert, but just was learning as I went. I tried to keep to general themes so that it would all be cohesive: brass, white, books, some art, and a mixture of tall and short. I also wanted to have little groupings – like the candlesticks or vintage blue bottles – and then have some larger stand alone pieces like the bowls or elephant.styling built in shelves around fireplace; integrating brass details, artwork, books, and vintage wares (via the sweetest digs)

I really struggled with the bottom shelves – the ones that are the top of the cabinet sections. Lots of books there didn’t look right (too heavy), but smaller scale items looked too insignificant. Nothing was really working. I threw the artwork in there and think it’s okay for now, but they aren’t permanent.

styling built in shelves around fireplace; integrating brass details, artwork, books, and vintage wares (via the sweetest digs) styling built in shelves around fireplace; integrating brass details, artwork, books, and vintage wares (via the sweetest digs)

Fireplace Built-In’s Source List:

-White paint: “Whitewash White” by PARA Paints (paint code P2089-00)
-Dark gray paint behind built ins: “Weathervane” by PARA Paints (paint code P2139-03)
-Gold hardware: Lee Valley Tools (product code 00W5640)
-Ledgestone used around fireplace: Glacier Ledge Stone Flat in 6×24 (couldn’t find a product link, but locally purchased at Euro Tile & Stone)
-Hearth tile: polished marble 12×12 tile from The Home Depot
-Accessories and art: personal collection (brass bowls and vases from Target)

I’m in love with these built ins – they totally anchor the room. I feel like they have a grown up, eclectic vibe about them. Plus, the fireplace is all kinds of cozy. #HappyGirl

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the living room: a fireplace built-in

23rd February 2015

Now that you have seen how we re-worked the space in our new open concept main floor, let’s get to that living room. We knew we wanted a fireplace, and I had always dreamed of having some kind of mantle and built-in’s to help anchor the room and give it some traditional character.

We went with a natural gas fireplace and after browsing around on Pinterest (inspiration here, here, and here) I did up a basic sketch for our contractor. He seemed pretty confident that he could translate my drawing into reality, so we just let him run with it.

I don’t have any instructions or DIY tutorials for you on this, as we didn’t do it ourselves, but here is the play-by-play in photographs of how it all came together.

The fireplace installed in a basic frame that our contractor put up ahead of time…

fireplace built in shelving 1 - via the sweetest digsYou can see the cabinets starting to take shape here, and the back of the wall that would run up from the mantle.
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I know that TVs over the fireplace can be a design no-no, but I don’t love the look of them off to the side of a built in (the symmetry just isn’t right for me), and there was literally no other wall to put a TV against in this room. I’d love to say that we just don’t watch TV, but we do. We just finished the Good Wife and are now onto Mr. Selfridge (LOVE Netflix – anyone have any other shows to recommend?). So anyway, after looking up tons of inspiration to make sure I wasn’t making a huge mistake, we went for it. That’s why you see the cords running through that wall – so that we could mount the TV and not have any wires showing. fireplace built in shelving 3 - via the sweetest digs

Here is when the detail work started to take shape. I had sketched out this very square design with in-lays, and our contractor built it out of MDF (medium density fiberboard – a cheaper alternative to wood).  He beveled the in-lays to give them a traditional look, and copied the lines where two pieces of wood meet to mimic the kitchen cabinets. Oh, and our tiler had laid the tile for the hearth by this point too. I grabbed some basic 12×12 carrara marble tile from the Home Depot – classic. fireplace built in shelving 4 - via the sweetest digs

I wanted it to go all the way to the ceiling to really make the most of the height and bring the eye up. fireplace built in shelving 5 - via the sweetest digs

Now you can see how the box was built for the TV. Our contractor built the box to leave enough room for our TV and sound bar — but this way it would be inset. I wanted to tuck the TV in as much as we could so as to not draw attention to it. fireplace built in shelving 6 - via the sweetest digs Then it was time to fill in all the nail holes and smooth out any rough surfaces. We used Dap for the filler and just regular sanding blocks to get it all smooth.fireplace built in shelving 7 - via the sweetest digs

Tiling the surround was up next. I went with a ledge stone that our tiler had seen at a local tile store (Euro Tile & Stone). It’s mostly white with a mixture of greys and beiges, and I love the stone look – you can actually use this stuff on exterior surfaces. I didn’t want anything too smooth, so this was perfect. Because we didn’t need too much of it, the price was pretty good. Maya supervising the work…. fireplace built in shelving 8 - via the sweetest digs

Quick tip is to paint anywhere that your tile will be butting up next to before the tile goes on. I didn’t want to have to tape out the tile or be super careful cutting in, so I gave the mantle area a couple coats of primer and then the final white beforehand. You can also see here that we put the TV up to make sure it was all fitting appropriately, and crown moulding went up around the top of the built-in. We aren’t putting crown moulding throughout the house yet (saving that for a project down the road when we have some time and funds again…), but we picked some up from the hardware store for this area.fireplace built in shelving 9 - via the sweetest digs Then it was my turn to get painting. MDF is a great budget-friendly choice, but I find that it takes soooo many coats of paint (and sanding in between) to get good coverage. I gave this two coats of primer, and then two coats of the top coat. The top coat I used is PARA paint’s off the shelf white in their door & trim paint in a semi-gloss finish. I wanted to be able to wipe the whole built-in down easily, so the semi-gloss is great for that. Then I tested out a few different colours for the back wall – I wanted something dark. I almost went with black, but then decided on a slightly warmer grey/navy. fireplace built in shelving 10 - via the sweetest digs

Doesn’t the dark colour add so much more dimension and contrast to the built-in?! I love it. I used PARA paint’s “weathervane” in an eggshell finish (wall paint). I painted behind where the TV will go as well – again to try and distract from the big black box of a TV.fireplace built in shelving 11 - via the sweetest digsHere is Dan getting the shelves up, again with a little supervisor watching every move from her chair. Ha.

(oh, and before anyone comments, don’t worry – that light fixture above the dining room table got lowered)
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Oh and it took our contractor about 3 days to get it all built, and our tiler about 1 full day to tile the hearth and fireplace surround. God knows it would have taken us waaaaay longer to figure it out ourselves. We probably would’ve tried to use IKEA components to build it, so going with the MDF definitely kept our material costs down and helped to balance against the labour cost.

A photo collage to end things off. Gotta always do something Pinterest-friendly, right?

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Do you guys have a fireplace at home? This is the first time I have since I moved out of my parents’ home, and it feels like such a luxury. Especially with these chilly winters we have in Ontario, it’s such a nice feature to have. We actually had an electric fireplace down in our basement, and although it doesn’t kick out as much heat as a gas or wood burning fireplace, it was still super cozy – definitely a great, more budget-friendly option.  

 

sofas, chaises, couches, oh my!

23rd September 2013

Do you guys remember the Reverie couch I won from EQ3 last year? Well, I thought I would give you a bit of a status update after living with it for over a year. The short story: We love it. The colour hasn’t faded, it’s become a little bit softer (which we like), the cushions have remained really plump so they aren’t doing that sagging thing that happens over time, and the “body” of the couch is still in great shape. Basically, it still seems like we just got it yesterday. And we use it – a lot. We are dinner-on-our-laps kind of people, and so I sit and eat on this couch every night of the week. It’s definitely a resilient beauty.

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The one problem we have had pretty recently is that one of the buttons came off. I had noticed in general that the buttons (which create that tufted look) were always a bit on the loose side, so I sort of expected this to happen. I called up EQ3 and was sort of ready for a long wait on hold, multiple calls, and lots of back-and-forth before I could get anything fixed. Well let me tell you – their customer service was fabulous. They didn’t ask anything about when I got the couch or require a receipt or anything, just setup an appointment right away for one of their contracted furniture fixers to come over to our house. A few weeks later, a very experienced furniture guy came out and not only fixed the one button, but reinforced every single one (all in about 45 minutes). Such great service!

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Do you guys love your sofa? Are you currently looking for a new one? Ever received a great hand-me-down? Before winning our Reverie, we had always had a cheap futon and our IKEA Karlstad. We still have our Karlstad and love it for its clean lines, comfy factor, and reasonable price point, but I have definitely come to appreciate a really well-made sofa.

Habitat, a UK based company, reached out about their latest lines of sofas and chaise longues. I used to pop into Habitat really often when I was living in London to check out their latest stuff (their stores are always beautifully laid out!), so I was happy to take a look at their new lines.

They have a huge selection of sofas and armchairs, and also a ton of chaise longue style sofas.


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I definitely veer towards a couch that has clean modern lines, fewer seat and back cushions, and slim legs. I find that a couch that sits entirely on the ground can look heavy in a room. And although I think a neutral sofa is a smart investment, I do love the idea of a brightly coloured couch. Bright turquoise, mustard yellow, or a poppy red? I’m digging it.

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I also have always defaulted to fabric sofas and chairs, but leather is inching its way up on my love list. A well-worn warm brown leather sofa, especially in a room with white walls, kilim rugs and throw pillows, mixed metals, and other global flare, is my idea of a good time.

Hubs and I have dreamt of having a nice big sectional at some point to really stretch out on. Our current small living room would get swallowed up by a sectional – but maybe with our second-storey addition down the road we will be able to put a sectional into our expanded living room. A gal can dream!

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What about you guys? What’s your sofa-style? Are you a fabric or leather lover? Like tufting? Into boxy lines, or more traditional rounded sofas? Light? Dark? Slipcovers? Have a sofa that has really standed the test of time? Ever re-upholstered? I want to hear about it!

**Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by Habitat. All opinions and text are my own.**

a new look

24th July 2013

Notice anything different around here? Yep, not only do I love to tweak my own pad, I like to switch up the look here on the blog every so often! I’m still working out some kinks, so bear with me over the next few days. I’m going for a super clean and fresh look, with better galleries for DIY projects, better general readability, and ability to navigate.

Back to the regular programming. With the changes and small upgrades we made to the living room recently, here are the latest photos of the room.

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With the sunny yellow and cornflower blue accents, it’s a bright and cheery room. Feels nice during the summertime for sure. And with all of the main pieces being neutral, it means that it’ll be really easy to switch out the accents to create a different vibe come fall. You know I have a slight pillow obsession, so digging into my personal home decor store (ie. linen closet) provides an easy way to change things up!

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The two poufs were ones that we brought back from our trip to Morocco a few years ago. They provide some extra seating, and will be great for when we’re hanging out on the floor with the kiddo. They are definitely one of my favourite things that we have brought back from our travels. Totally reminds me of walking around the medina (market) in Fez with the hubby – I can almost taste the mint tea and smell all of those crazy scents.

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There is definitely a little part of me that would love to do something entirely different in here (part of my constant house-tweaking nature!), but with our plans for an addition/reno next year, I don’t want to put in much effort or moula at this point.

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Ready for a little trip down memory lane? Here was the room one week after we moved in. It didn’t stay like this for long, but it’s pretty funny to look back at where we started from. So bad, right? Ha!

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 Are you guys constant house tweakers like I am? Making any changes in your living room? Spill the beans!

ch-ch-ch-changes in the living room

22nd July 2013

As we finish up the nursery around here (two more weeks until my due date!), I also wanted to make a few switcharoo’s to our living room.

Remember how I mentioned in my “before baby” post that I wanted to get the two small dressers on either side of the TV painted? They were two slightly different off-whites, and one was pretty badly banged up.

This one was very much a cream colour…

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And this one had loads of chips and had been painted with a really bad paint that wasn’t durable at all..DSC_0351

My super lovely mum wanted to give me a hand with getting things done around the house, so while I was working one day she came over and painted them! Seriously, how lucky am I? I’m also lucky that she is a re-finishing furniture pro and total perfectionist. She sanded down both of these pieces with my palm sander and gave them two coats of my fave Rustoleum medium gloss white paint (it’s available off the shelves at Home Depot).

Once they were all dry, I brought them back in to the space and threw the knobs back on.

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I’m always so pleased how a fresh coat of paint – even in a similar colour – can make a piece of furniture feel brand new. DSC_0391

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The one to the right of the TV needed a knob upgrade, so I grabbed these gorgeous glass minty ones. So pretty, right? They came from a small store where my parents live, but you can find similar ones from Anthropologie.

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We also said goodbye to hubby’s beloved Poang chair in the living room. Though it was super handy to have the chair, it was never my favourite and we knew we were going to need the floor space to let our little lady have tummy time and crawl around. Now we have this nice patch of free floor where we can play!

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The last change was to switch out the rug. We planned on using the green trellis rug in the nursery (more on that later this week), and wanted something neutral, non-shedding, and super budget friendly in the living room. With the possibility of our house addition next year, we knew we didn’t want to splurge now on a rug. So when I saw this bound taupe-y/grey area rug at Home Depot for $35, it quickly came home with us. With the $40 we got for our Poang chair off Kijiji, it was a break even move. My favourite!

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Yes it’s a little small for the space (it should really fit under the front legs of the couch), but the colour and how easy it is to keep clean made it a total winner.DSC_0424

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I didn’t have time to edit all of the photos this weekend, so I’ll post some before and afters of the living room later this week.

Hope you guys had a good weekend. Anything fun going on? Have you been switching things up in any parts of your house lately? Oh, and did you hear that Kate Middleton is in labour? I can’t wait to find out if it’s a boy or girl, and what they name him/her. Do you guys have any guesses?

new treasures

13th September 2012

Remember when I went and checked out IKEA’s new collection a few weeks ago (see that here)? Well, as you can tell from the photos of our updated living room yesterday, I came home with a few new goodies.

When you look back at our living room from a few months ago there are a few major things to notice. One is that white standing lamp beside the couch. It was something that I had carried from place to place since my University days and it finally bit the dust. The poor guy broke and we lived with it in a seriously crooked state for a couple months. The other big change was the pine hutch. We adore that pine hutch (it’s a family piece), but it was always too big for the living room. There isn’t an ideal spot for it in our wee house, but we have moved it over to the dining room which works a whole lot better.

First up from IKEA was their great new shelving unit – the Vittsjo. It was only $50 and really pretty easy to put together.

I love the glass shelves as they don’t take up too much visual space in the room. I would have probably preferred to just have a small sleek side table in that space, but we were in such desperate need for book storage, so I think this is the perfect solution. I’m totally loving this unit – it would even look super fab jazzed up with a coat of spray paint. Gold or a deep Navy? Yes, please.

I’m sure I’ll keep playing around with the accessorizing, but having somewhere to put a few dozen books is totally amazing.

Next up was a replacement for our crooked lamp. I wanted something slim and as non-overpowering as possible. We liked the Hektar floor lamp, but ultimately the Tertial won out for a ultra reasonable price point – $18.99.

It’s simple and sleek, with a nice brushed silver finish. The only thing I don’t love is the hanging cord, but it’s not a huge deal.

And then the Lappljung Fagel was a no-brainer. A pillow (one of my favourite things) in two of my favourite colours (turquoise and lime) for just $12.99? It was game over.

And the fact that this cute little bird is on the reverse side was just like icing on the pillow cake.

So those were my latest IKEA finds! I’m still drooling over some of their other new pieces (like that black and white rug I mentioned in my shopping post)… I feel like I need a second home to decorate. Or at least a few more rooms. A gal can dream.

What about you guys? Found any goodies lately at IKEA, or anywhere else? Got any sweet reversible pillows or sexy standing lamps? 

the living room, version 4

12th September 2012

I’ve been hinting that there have been some major changes to our living and dining rooms lately (like here, and here), and I finally got a chance to snap some photos. Carving out some time to take pics while it is still light out gets tricky when you’ve got a day job and are away on weekends. Sorry for the delay, guys!

But before we get to the latest pics, let’s take a look back at the evolution of the living room.

Here we are on moving day. Mis-matched, bare walls, and just plain bad.

This next one is how it looked for about the first 9 months. No rug, a very worn futon, and cheap-o coffee table.

And then after some upgrades (like a re-finished coffee table, a rug, and karlstad sofa). This is how it was looking until just a short while ago.

So, back to the upgrades. It all started with the couches. Remember how we got this fab slipcover from Comfort Works for our Karlstad, and then won the EQ3 couch? Well it was kind of like a chain reaction.

Once we knew the EQ3 couch was on its way, we threw up our Klippan two-seater (that white couch in the photo above) on Kijiji. We sold it, and its extra cover, right away for $200. Since I won the couch, hubby had no problem with me spending that $200 on whatever tickled my fancy.  And what had I been hankering after for soooooo long? A rug. A more colourful, geometric rug. There was nothing wrong with the gray $30 rug we had in the space, but it was never meant to be a permanent solution. So I started browsing. I fell hard for the dhurries at West Elm, but they ended up costing too much with shipping, and found a few on online flash sale sites like Joss & Main and One King’s Lane, but they too tipped over the price limit. Then I came across this guy on Overstock and it was game over.

Geometric, Moroccan-inspired, 5×8, 100% wool… and available in a fun olive green? My heart went pitter patter. I quickly popped it into my online shopping cart and checked out. I had a coupon for Overstock and so got $35 off my order, but with shipping/handling and an international fee, I squeaked over my $200 slightly (up to $225). Whoopsies. Don’t tell the hubby!

I was giddy when we got home to this huge package on the front door and quickly set her up in the living room. The whole room was transformed. It feels so cheerful and fun. The graphic pattern is bold but not totally overpowering. The green is a little more green than I was expecting (not as olive as I thought), but I still love it.

And it’s so cushy under our toes.

So that’s how the room is looking now. So much more colourful and sweet. The lighter couches really make the room feel brighter and bigger, too.

You’ll notice a few of my other new goodies (like that shelving unit and standing lamp), but I’ll give you more deets on those tomorrow. That poang chair is still not my favourite, but the hubby loves it and we don’t have any “new chair” money in the budget, so it stays for now. I would love to eventually get the matching EQ3 Reverie Chair, or something similar.

See those fun colourful pillows? The yellow chain-link ones and the turquoise chevron pair came from Festive Home Decor on etsy. Super well made, a great price point, and TONS of selection.

It’s fun to have such upbeat pillows on there for now while it’s still summery out (let me hold on to the hot weather for a few more weeks, k?), but changing them out for something moodier and warm will be an easy switch come fall/winter if I want to get a cozier vibe in here.

Here is the room for the other angle. You’ll notice that the dining room has been tweaked, so I’ll be back with the run down on it later this week, too.

Now that there is so much colour and pattern going on in the room, the thought of re-painting the gray/blue walls has crossed my mind. I love the colour, but I’m not sure if something a bit neutral and moodier wouldn’t be better. I’m going to leave it for a while and let the idea simmer.

So there it is – the updated living room. There are still things that a constant tweaker like me would like to tackle (like re-hanging the curtains higher and wider, adding a tray and accessories to our coffee table, possibly switching out the art above the sofa), but she’s getting there.

What about you guys? Tweaking things in your pad? Are you a constant updater like me, taking a loonggg time to get a room to exactly where you want it?  Any new rugs or pillows in your life lately? Do tell.

blogger love and a new couch

7th September 2012

So yesterday this happened, and totally made my day.

Yep, John and Sherry from the seriously popular blog, Young House Love, featured our bathroom reno in their reader redesign series. OUR bathroom! I think it took a good 10 minutes of just looking at the post before I even believed it was real. Not only have I been following YHL since 2008, but it was the very first blog I ever stumbled upon. The first blog that inspired me to think about starting one of my own. A huge thank you to J&S for posting about our bathroom, and a big hello to any new readers who have popped over!

To continue on with the “super lucky” theme, remember that EQ3 design contest that I won a few months ago at BlogPodium (see my moodboard entry here)? And the gorgeous 3-seater sofa that was the prize? Well, she’s here and she’s a beaut.

Readers, please meet Revy (the “Reverie” from EQ3). Ain’t she pretty?

We originally thought we’d go with a charcoal gray colour for the upholstery, like the one I used in the moodboard, but once we got into the store we fell in love with the lighter gray. The charcoal was super dark and had a lot of blue undertones, and so I worried that it would read as navy blue. This lighter gray is perfect for us and will carry through with just about any design and room for a long, long time (good for a house tweaker like me!).

I love the clean square lines and these nice cone-shaped wooden legs.

Oh and that classic tufting? To. Die. For. I’m so in love.

We’re feeling super lucky. We definitely wouldn’t have been able to afford a new couch anytime soon, so getting this swanky one from EQ3 was such a treat. A big thank you to EQ3 for sponsoring the contest, and to BlogPodium for hosting it!

So basically I want to marry this couch. Yep, sorry Danny, but it’s the truth. Oh, and did you see some of our snazzy new colourful pillows? Well, our new couch couldn’t just be naked now, could it?

As I hinted at last week, we bought a few other new goodies from IKEA and elsewhere recently, so I’ll be back next week with some shots of the rest of the living and dining rooms to see how they’re looking these days. Stay tuned!

Any new sofas in your life, lately? Love light gray and tufting as much as I do? Or maybe you’ve hit a lucky streak too and won a contest? I had never really won anything before this, so I was seriously pumped. Have a great weekend, guys!