I’m really excited to introduce you to one of my favourite new online retailers, Furniture Maison…
Furniture Maison is a Canadian company whose mission is to showcase a curated collection of beautifully crafted furnishings items, all available at a reasonable price point. In their words, “We share a humble vision as connoisseurs of craftsmanship and composition to make top quality home furnishings more accessible and uniquely affordable. That’s why we are eliminating the middleman and sharing the savings with you…Where some see a home, we see a sanctuary, a place to escape the stresses and strains of today. Through clean design, and a simple aesthetic, we seek to inspire a calm and comfortable environment. One of intimate sophistication and culture that is completely unique to you.”
Their selection of chairs, tables, casegoods, sofas reflects a modern aesthetic where pieces are sculptural, well made, and beautiful in their simplicty.
Of the current inventory, I was probably most drawn to their concrete pieces and was so happy to receive this beautiful Vega Cube…
Here she is sitting pretty in my lounge room…
I love how the clean lines of the table juxtipose with the traditional settee and wall mouldings. This table is the perfect little modern addition to any space, in my humble opinion:)
To see more of Furniture Maison’s beautiful collection, click HERE. Oh and quick bonus fyi…free shipping is offered within Canada and the US…happy, happy days!
My household is feeling pretty fresh as a daisy lately because we’re the lucky new owners of the Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link .
This multi-functional product first and foremost, works as a three-in-one machine…it’s a personal cool fan in the warm months, heater in the cool ones and on top of all that, an all-year air purifier that captures gases and removes 99.97% of allergens and pollutants. Before having the Dyson, I had no idea that our indoor air can be 5X worse than the outdoor quality and with a pile of kids, a total lack of a green thumb (i.e. very few living plants in the house,) and a new puppy in the mix, I’m pretty sure ours was probably even more terrible. Thankfully, the Dyson has come to the rescue and with its beautifully sleek and modern design, has also become a stylish addition to our space.
Here she is doing a little tour of the main floor, just so you can see how well she fits in the mix…
Clearly she’s not lacking on the form side of things and in terms of function, there are some key features I’d feel remise if I didn’t review…
1. 360˚ Glass HEPA filter: captures gases and removes 99.97% of allergens and pollutants as small as 0.3 microns, including pollen, bacteria and pet dander, trapping them in the filter and eliminating them from the air you breathe.
2. Intelligently purifies, heats and cools you: fast even room heating in winter, powerful personal cooling in summer and intelligent purification all year round.
3. Automatically monitors, reacts and purifies: automatically purifies the pollutants it detects in your home, while simultaneously reporting the live indoor and outdoor air quality to the Dyson Link App.
4.Captures smells: an activated carbon layer in the filter captures odours and potentially harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs), like paint fumes.
Seeing as I paint walls/rooms more often then I probably should and because of our sweet puppy isn’t quite trained yet, the Dyson’s ability to capture odors is a feature we’re definitely very happy to have. And with allergy season wrapping up, I can attest to how much Benadryl this machine saved me from taking. The personal cooling feature has saved us from having to turn on the air-conditioning during the past few weeks of summer in fall and we’re sure the same will be true when things cool down and we’re able to take advantage of the Dyson’s fast room heating.
All in all, the Dyson Pure Hot and Cool Link is a clearly a super pretty machine, that also packs a whole lot of function…a definite winner in my books.
As well, my amazing contractor Andrew Burke ( a huge thank you to my friend Vanessa Francis for the referral!) spent a lot of time at Home Depot Canada buying up all the lumbar, oak sheeting, oak veneer, plywood, mdf and concrete needed to that he could work triple time to:
1. construct my open box bookcase that will go in the hall…
2. make me a ply box to use for my DIY daybed…more on that later in the post…
3. pour the fireplace ledge…
4. router out some letters for another little DIY project I have in the works (a separate post on this one will be introduced in a post tomorrow:)…
5. paint the entire basement
6. remediate a little 911 flood emergency we had Tuesday morning when our sump pump was accidentally disconnected the night before, which resulted in me waking up to an inch of water sitting on the entire main room floor…holy god…terrifying. Thankfully, contractor managed to shop vac up all the water and used dyers the rest of the day to soak up any wall dampness. We were so lucky that our floors were concrete, the wallpaper still wet as it had just been installed and that no furniture was yet in place…things could have been a whole whole lot worse.
And that’s the construction nitty girtty for this week…all good but still a ways to go as it were.
In other news, I put my ‘put things together’ belt on and did a whole lot of IKEA building and DIYing. I gave some sneak peeks of a few projects on my Insta page and a bunch of people asked for full tutorials so here we go on that front.
To start, I spent the weekend building some IKEA goodies:
…pretty impressed with myself on the ‘follow directions and actually build things’ front lol.
In addition to these items, I also spent pretty much ALL day yesterday on probably my favourite IKEA piece of all time…that also PS,took me most of the afternoon to put together…the PS 2017 loveseat, that I refer to as both ‘a most magical unicorn cloud of a sofa’ and ‘that which murdered all of my fingers and made me never want to see a bungee cord of any type again as long as I live’…re: the later title…this thing was not a cake walk to put together…the bungees are small and my hands must be a little weak because, man, it was HARD. I’ve only done one of the two armchairs and have a whole other one to finish to make a loveseat. Seriously and very honestly having to psych myself up to do it.
In any event, it’s pretty special now that it’s put together. The sofa is made to work with the accompanying PS 2017 cushions. Part of made mine so hard to put together probably, is that I decided to add something to the intended configuration by putting Vigdis linen covers on each pillow…all 38 of them;)
The linen adds a hit of texture and luxe to the whole thing that I really wanted…unfortunately, it also probably adds fabric/dimension to each pillow, which of course, makes the bungees even tighter…anyhoo…at the end of the day it came together and looks freaking PRETTY…effort definitely worth it!
So that was my IKEA for the week…I built some things and pseudo hacked another…super excited to see all of these goodies installed in the basement this week.
And as far as the other DIYs on my list, I’m super excited about all of them. In last week’s post, I introduced the four I’m doing and I’ve knocked three of them off the list…the IKEA cloud (well I guess I’m only half done that but still,) my teddy bear chair and the fringe daybed.
1. Teddy Bear Chair
I’m so so happy with this little chair. I got the idea from my fabulously creative friend Nicole Cohen…
And the DIY could not be easier.
To start you will need:
a. a bunch of old teddy bears
b. plastic zip ties…I used the longest ones available in black
c. an armchair that is nice and open so that you have something to attach the teddys too…I used IKEAs Stockholm 2017 rattan chair…
And to do:
Theres just one instruction…place each teddy where you want it and zip tie it to the chair…
And then bang…teddy bear chair
I decided to stick to mostly brown, white/cream and black but you could do in any range of colours…Super easy and super fun!!!!
2. Fringe Daybed
When I saw this inspiration photo from Domino, I knew immediately that I wanted to try and make my own version…
To make this you will need:
a. a ply box cut to the dimension of the mattress you are using…in my case, 39″W x 80″ long
b. paint…I used Farrow and Ball Slipper Satin
c. hot glue/gun
d. fabric tape…I used Fringe Markets 3″ Santorini tape
e. bullion fringe…I used 12″ cotton natural bullion from Fringe Market
f. a mattress…I used an old french mattress I had from the daybed I had in Jaspers nursery, purchased at Black Rooster Decor
a. construct your ply base…my contractor did this part using ply sheeting from Home Depot Canada
b. paint box in a colour that mimics your tape/fringe…
…make sure you also paint the top in by about 4/5″ so that any gaps between base and the mattress won’t expsose raw ply.
c. glue the tape to the top edge of the daybed base on the three sides so that it overlaps onto the top…
I used the D300 glue for the tape but really, you could stick with the hot glue for everything.
d. once the tape is dry, use a hot glue gun to attach the fringe on to the tape, at a level that allows it to just skim the ground…
e. place mattress on top and voila!
So thats the DIY stuff:)
To finish off for this week, here’s a quick peek at some pretty furniture, accessories and art that arrived this week and that I’m so excited to be able to really showcase soon!
Welcome to week four…otherwise know as the week when shiz gets real real real…
…the ORC anticipated/dreaded deadline is fast approaching and for me, that means I have 12 sort days to pull this business off.
As a reminder of the progress on my #bijoubasementblitz, you can catch up on where things have been and gone during week one, two and three, which brings us to where business is today.
When we last spoke, I was working on some custom wallpaper situations and showed you my upholstery/fabric, paint and rug plans…for this week, I want to bring you up to speed on construction, and also showcase the furniture selections I’ve made to date. And then, I hope to finish things off with some DIY project fun that I’ll outline in hopes that putting it such things out to the universe will force me to put my big girl panties on and make some do it yourself happen;)
So first, construction. Here’s the nitty gritty on that…
To sum things up…drywall, drywall and more drywall. It’s, I’d say, 90% complete as of now so hopefully by EOD today, all the mudding will be finito and dried by tomorrow…then the real fun starts because my hallway doors, cabinets and woodwork can start to go in.
To date, all of the building materials you can see were supplied by my friends at Home Depot Canada…the lumbar, tape, mud, drywall etc…in my next update, I’m going to hopefully (please god,) show you how much of what we’re doing down there can be created from simple oak plywood, also supplied from your local Home Depot…one stop shop for reno and cabinetry as it were:)
All in all, it’s safe to say I’m VERY excited to move on from heavy duty construction and on to the finishing details…i.e. the wood business to start…on that note, no space of mine would be able to be done without some loveliness from my favourite resource for interior finishings, Metrie…for my basement, I’ve decided against wall trim but will be using Metrie’s 1″x 6′ oak flat stock to create stair cladding and the flooring at the landing. As well, the same stock will be used to make the hallway cubbie bookcase and shelving over the sump pump.
Can’t wait for all of that to commence…hoping Thursday. And speaking of Thursday…it’s a big one in general because along with the start of millwork, the wallpaper will also be getting under way with the delivery of my Drop it Modern custom goodness. The end of the week will also see my Karastan carpet getting installed in the nook and playroom, thanks to installers from my favourite Alexanian…all such good things:)
So that’s construction/building…this little vid recaps current situations…
…it might still look like a bit of a disaster down there but just you wait…I have big faith that this sucker is going to look a lot different come this time next week…mostly because of all the cabinetry and paper etc., but soon, also in part to the amazing pieces that are going to fill it up and very hopefully, make it a cozy little cool retreat our family will actually like going down to.
The furniture selections I’ve made will hopefully really make this space come alive…it’s been challenging to say the least to puzzle together 4 rooms worth of stuff in such a short time frame, but with the help of some incredible ORC sponsors, I think I maybe pulled it off. The proof will be in the pudding of design cohesion I suppose, but for now, I’m very pleased with the plans.
Here’s a preview of what’s to come down there on the furniture front…
I was introduced to Altea (Montreal based,) a few months ago and have fallen hard for the way they hand select and bring back to life such an incredible array of stunning antiques…they also design and create a line of beautiful furniture and I’m ecstatic to be using their iron coffee table in the main room…
Candelabra is where I go when I want a huge selection of really special, curated decor pieces..I was so excited when I say they were a sponsor for the One Room Challenge and can’t wait to see their Pansy Dining table in the bedroom/office and Noir Dixon side table in the nook…
In the playroom, as you know, I’m dealing with 6′ walls so to get a sofa in there is a bit of a challenge…not to mention the narrow staircase situation…enter Restoration Hardware Teen and these amazing loungers…I’m going to line 3 of them together to make a super squishy/cosy place for the kiddos to relax..
Of course, it’s impossible to think of any room not having a little of everyone’s favourite store IKEA in it, and this one is no different. For the basement, all of my selections share natural, wood tones and a sort of paired back elegance. I’ll be using their Lisabo Table in the bedroom,3 Norraker dining chairs, Stockholm 2017 chair and IVAR cabinets (3 floating on the wall,)in the playroom, and Stockholm 2017 coffee table (I’ll be using as bench,) somewhere or another.
Next up my Canadian based absolute favourite for modern classics, Rove Concepts…their selection of mid-century iconic furniture is amazing and I’m BEYOND thrilled to be incorporating their Walnut Tulip Dining Table with matching armchairs (with chartreuse cushions…be still my heart,) annnndddd my favourite chair of all time, the Flag Halyard…all will go in the main room and I can.not.wait to see them in place!!!
When shopping for decor locally, I often make a stop at Bouclair to pick up side tables, rugs and small furnishings…their new Atelier collection is so good and I am super happy to be using two of their Scandinavian Tree Trunk side tables in the space.
And that my friends is the furniture situations…I’m so happy with every pick and can’t wait to see them all in place.
In additions to purchases from retailers, I’m also hoping to add in some vintage (more on that next week,) and a few DIY creations as well. I’m not usually a crafter per say but I figure the basement is a place I can try my hand at a few things and see what sticks.
I’ve got 4 project plans and all of them have to get done before Week Five…so wish me luck as it were;)
I’ll go into greater details with instructions and steps (assuming they work,) next week but for now, here’s a little visual on what’s what. The last one is the one I’m probably most excited about…my friend Nicole suggested the idea and I’ve never been so excited about a DIY ever…I mean how can you not want to make a chair out of teddy bears!?!?!?!?!?!
And with that, I think I’m done for today…I’ll leave you with some shots I snapped this week of the furniture arrivals so far…
And a little vid on what all of this is currently doing to the state of my living room…
Oh and make sure you link over and see what my friends are up to for this week…
Welcome back to my #bijoubasementblitz One Room Challenge.
If you’re new here, thanks so much for dropping by and to catch up, here is what I got up to during week one and week two.
For this week’s update, I wanted to focus on all the texture…all those pretty bits that are going to layer together to form warmth and coziness in what was before, a very unloved and cold space.
First up, let’s talk about the foundation of any room…paint and wallpaper.
For the basement, I decided early on that I really wanted a bright and airy space but that I wanted it to be warm and not too bright white. And I was of course super thrilled to discover that Farrow and Ball was a sponsor this round. After previewing their colours, I settled on Slipper Satin for the walls that aren’t being wallpapered…
So basically, lots of warm white…with the exception of some furniture and textile pops of colour…starting with a little hit of St Giles Blue in the playroom on my old geometric credenza.
…will be getting a little of this action…
Excited about that.
The whole palate in the playroom is sort of fun I think:)
…and will repeat in the other rooms, in a more muted way.
Back to the ‘regular colours’…after choosing the two FB taupey whites, I colour matched just about everything else that’s going up on the walls to these colours…which leads me to the wallpaper…oh man the wallpaper.
As I mentioned, last week, I’m so lucky to have partnered with three amazing paper companies on this renovation.
The pattern will bring a little bit of brighter white to this space, which I’m good with because it’s the very dark part of the basement…two tinsy little windows brighten the whole 23′ span so any light I can fake is good. I’ll warm it up in this zone with wood and whicker.
Wallpaper. The big story.
Aside from these two areas, I also have wallpaper going on on the walls in the main room and all the walls in the bedroom/office. And all this paper is coming from the incredibly talented, amazing Drop it Modern. I’ve been a huge fan of this company since forever and have partnered with them on great projects like the Elle Canada Closet and Best Buy Smart Home…along with a ton of client projects. What I love about Drop it Mod is that every print is customizable in terms of scale and colour…the patterns are fresh and current, without being trendy…they beat to their own amazing drum and I love that. Plus the owner Bree is just about the nicest most supportive person ever and goes SO out of her way to help with things like time crunches, design ideas, colour palates etc. I honestly can’t imagine being a designer and not having this beautiful shop as a resource.
So with that, when I started this round of the ORC, I knew I wanted something special from DIM…to start, I decided that I wanted something subtle but interesting and dynamic on the main walls…modern but also warm. Their Parisian Mural was a perfect fit…
…and when we spent a little time on the colour so it blended seamlessly with the FB Slipper Satin, this is where it ended up…
i.e. chalky old plaster wall heaven.
In L to the love.
Next up, the bedroom and here’s where things get really interesting.
Right off the bat, I decided I wanted granny ugly pretty chic in this space and knew that a chintz of sorts was in order. Playing with my palate of cream, green, yellow and brown, I went through a zillion colours and sent the brief over to Drop it Mod and what then ensued was a whole lot of graphic design. Floral pretty times a whole bunch of editions…
We started here…
…and then went to these places…
And are now very close to finalizing this in either the lighter or the darker option…
Designing wallpaper is hard lol…so many things to consider and so many little things that you can change over and over and over again.
Two things are for sure though…1. I love, love doing it and coming up with something brand new and your own is the most exciting thing in the universe. Stay tuned for more on that front;) 2. Drop it Modern is THE BEST and sooooo incredibly awesome to work with…the talent there is off the charts…feeling lucky to know/work with that place.
Next week, I will show you the official pattern and then the week after that, this prettiness will be up the walls…oh and ps, were printing fabric to match so that will be up re: curtains in the same room…like I said, old lady chic is going to happen up in here.
So thats the paint and wallpaper.
In terms of other textiles, the big story on that front is upholstery.
Thanks to fabulous sponsor Fabricut, I was able to piece together this sum of the prettiest of fabrics…
And with it, I plan on doing a whole lot of things.
Thankfully, I have the best upholsterer J and J Made, who is taking some older pieces of mine and breathing a lot of new life into them.
Next, my wee little mini Louis chair, which I sadly dont have a picture of because the orange was just so not my favourite and I never apparently took a photo of it. The important thing is the after anyways…here she is, all newly covered in Fabricut Box Fur, with About You on the back…
So much happy.
And finally on the upholstery front, my alky chairs and platner…
…are in process…the afters of those will be coming next week. For now, the hint is cobalt blue and floral:)
To wrap things up with all the texture goodness for today, I’ll leave you with some of the carpet fabulous that will be coming my way.
And their plush, delicious Exquisite Affair in warm Starlet to cover the nook behind the stairs…
My friends at Alexanian will be doing the install of both:)
On the area rug side of things, the most beautiful piece of plush wool fabulous arrived last week from Annie Selke and I had to put it down immediately…it’s waiting in my living room right now to find it’s home in the basement space but I’m honestly, going to have a hard time moving it…the colour is perfection with my living room walls…
Called the Hugo, this is the nicest rug I’ve ever owned…hands down. I’m obsessed with it.