Thursday, 5 March 2015

A Little Co-Lab

 I have long thought about one of my fabrics upholstered but have not had the opportunity until now. 

A few weeks ago Jodie from J&J Made approached me & commissioned some of my hand painted fabric for an upholstery project. Since I can paint any colour onto any fabric we settled on Navy with Metallic Rose Gold.

Isn't she a stunner??? 

I love the juxtaposition - antique vs. contemporary, textured vs. metallic.
She is also FOR SALE!

If you aren't familiar with J&J Made, here's a quick little summary. J&J Made is an upholstery shop in Toronto specializing in vintage, antique & mid century furniture. Here's a taste of what they offer.

To see all that J&J Made has to offer click here & follow them on Instagram & Facebook.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

The budget breakdown....

Let's just cut to the chase. I had a budget of $2000 to create Oakley's bedroom & at the end you will see how much I actually spent & on what.

The walls, ceiling & trim work were painted Benjamin Moore Pure White. The desk area walls & ceiling was wallpapered in Cole & Son Woods. A pair of Ranarp wall sconces from IKEA were added, to give lots of light to this important spot, as was piece of butcher block from the As Is section. For a modern element I opted for a black & chrome chair from Structube.

I painted the drapery fabric & added a cobalt blue banding & black gross grain ribbon. 

I made the tartan pillow & hand painted the graffiti pattern pillow. The lumbar is from IKEA & the tiny blue polka dot sheets are from Target.

We reused the white bookshelf he had in his old room & added colour coded storage boxes for the Lego & the Owl canvas storage bag for all of the dinky cars. This makes for easy clean up.

With the closet now gone, I chose to use the awkward space in the alcove to become the new closet. I used the same black rod as the drapery, added a white shelf above with little storage boxes to house his bow ties & suspenders. An additional shelf at the bottom, keeps his shoes neat & tidy.  We kept the red locker, it not only is his bedside table, but his dresser too. I'm all about double duty.

The buffalo water colour above the desk is from The Aestate.

The photo over the bed called "The Road Trip" is by Irene Suchocki & from her easy shop Eye Poetry.

As for the finishing pieces the funky molecule sculpture is from Black Rooster. The cable knit pouf & orr blanket are both Beaver Canoe from Target. The metal & leather camping boxes & deer riding a bike print are both are IKEA. 

Last but not least, the bed. What do I even say about the bed? My Grandfather custom made the bed. I had originally thought about a very simple platform bed with drawers, but it evolved into this amazing piece that he will have forever & I love the fact that the drawers below are huge = lots of storage!

How the Budget played out:

Paint & wallpaper:                         520
Drapery, bedding & Pillows:         470
Art, frames & accessories:             360
Desk chair:                                       89
Sconces:                                           40
Pouf:                                                 70
Storage containers:                          25
Marquee Light                                 24
Butcher block counter top:              60
Labour for painter & electrician:   720
                                                  $ 2378   

Well I went over a bit, but I'm going to chalk it up to having to have an electrician! 

Have a great day! 


Monday, 2 March 2015

My Little Guy's Bedroom Reveal

It's finally done & I could not be happier! 
More importantly O loves his new bedroom, so that makes this designer & Mommy very pleased.

I'm not going to bore you with a bunch of before photos, but if you want to see them you can click here. You will also catch a glimpse of the inspirational images.

This was my design plan = woodsman meets ski lodge on an adventure.

And after 7 weeks, a few tweaks & great grandpa making the bed here is where we have ended up.
I hope to have the space professionally photographed soon but for now these images will have to do!

I'll be back tomorrow with how this all came together & how it played out on the budget.

Friday, 6 February 2015

Being Patient. It's worth the wait.

As many you you recall we put our house on the market last April. It didn't sell & that's OK. 
The Mr & I had very strong ideas on what style of home we wanted & it had to be in a specific area. We had become slaves to the MLS listings, with nothing turning up. Frankly to leave our current home, there were going to be no compromises on style & location.

Well my, friends one of the homes we had longingly had eyes for HAS JUST GONE ON THE MARKET!!! 
The location is perfection, the property is huge & it has the mid-century modern design we have been craving. 

The listing reads as a renovators dream, so we're going to go look at it & see if all the dreams we have in our mind can actually be set in stone. 

In the meantime my "designing my new home in a completely different style" wheels have been spinning for the last 24 hours. Here is an home that I feel really represents what I am looking for. Calm colour pallet, lots of built in furniture, lots of windows, texture & very organic!

Photos by: Matthew Williams

I found this L.A. home on Martha Stewart online but it did not give an credit to the designer. So If anyone knows please share so I can give credit where credit is due.

Happy Weekend!