Wednesday, May 28, 2014

New Coffee Tables

Remember the coffee table conundrum?


I ended up with two coffee tables.


To be fair, we did start with two - so maybe it makes sense if I think of it that way?

One was a Goodwill find (courtesy of Shannon) for $30:

And one was a Kijii find ($35 but I had to drive to Keswick):

That's right - it is a Coco Chanel inspired wheat sheaf table!! I think J thought I was nuts when I said I was going to drive to Keswick to purchase a table that looks like wheat...but I had to have it. I mean...if it works for Sarah Richardson:

...then it will work for me :-)

No joke - I think it is the exact same table. EEK!

Anyway - I'm not sure what I'll do now that I have two tables. Wheat is awesome, but it has some 'bounce' to it if Luca were to lean on it (which he loves to do). The Goodwill table is definitely sturdier.

I don't think the wheat will be a permanent fixture outside, but it does look pretty awesome out there IMO.

So what do you think - wheatsheaf or goodwill find in the family room?


Monday, April 14, 2014

While I Was Away...

...on holiday, the fireplace was featured on Apartment Therapy!!!


Crazy-town, right?!

Click over here to check it out!


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Coffee Table Options

So ever since the waterfall table broke (sad) we've been 'suffering' through having just one tiny table. J and I are both the type who put our feet on the table (judge away) so it has become increasingly obvious that we need to get on this new table thing.

So as a reminder, here is the room (this is an old pic - but you get the idea):

The table needs to be narrow and not too high as the couch is quite low. Those turquoise lamps are gone (need side tables too now, since we got rid of the old ones).

So here are some options:

1. DIY a table.

I'm not super keen on this because I'm kind of tired of DIY but we did think of buying a nice piece of exotic wood, cutting it into an oval and adding some legs.

Legs like this:

or this:

2. Buy New.

Now this isn't our style usually. But I've scoured Craigslist and Kijiji and so far no luck. So here are some new ones that I like, though I'm not sure style-wise.

You can see my preference is oval. I figure no sharp edges for the kid (or my shins) and will give us the narrowness we need.

Colour wise - I'm not sure. I feel like because the chairs are black/whiteish-cream and the rug is the same, that brown probably won't work, and maybe even the marble tops would be too white.

Thoughts? DIY? Purchase new? Hold out for Craigslist?


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Fancy Bathroom Pics

Guys - I know it has been a while, but there are finally some decent photos of the bathroom!!

The super-awesome Carol Reed (who designed the bathroom for us) came by this past summer and took some photos for her website.

I know I've gone on and on before about how hiring Carol was the best decision we made, but after looking at these lovely photos (and meeting her in person) I'm even more convinced. My combo bathroom/laundry room with Costco vanity would have been...well....much less nice.

So click on over to Carol's blog and check it out!!


Monday, March 10, 2014

Guess I Need a Coffee Table

This weekend we went to the Science Centre with the kid, and it was pretty fun! However...right before we left, after having an excellent family nap, I noticed this:

That's right. One of our glass waterfall tables spontaneously combusted. Nothing happened to it. I remember hearing a POP the night before, but I have no clue why it POPPED and when the crack actually appeared. Sigh.

Some people thought having a glass table in the family room with Luca was crazy, but the waterfall table was used to be surprisingly sturdy and had no sharp edges. Curved "corners" and no pointy bits.

Except for the point shards of glass when it broke.

Yeah - those weren't super kid-friendly. Well, they were kid-sized, but no friendly :-)

Anyways ...yeah. Need a new table. And a home for the lone waterfall table.

Suggestions? We are working with a 16" max height (low couch) and between the side chairs, the rug, and the couch, white white is not an option.