Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas Teaser




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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

I know that many of the followers on here (all 10 of you ;-) and the other blogs I read are first time home owners, so I would like to extend a special Merry Christmas to you guys - whether you are having a Christmas eve get together, or stupidly hosting both sides of the family for the first time, GOOD LUCK!!

I'm pretty darn grateful for my lovely husband and our wonderful home, so filling it with friends and family (and possibly stress and anxiety) is still pretty amazing.

Merry Christmas and I hope you enjoy the holidays!

(PS if anyone finds good boxing day deals, let me know!)

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Dining Room Furniture - Update

There are good people out there, and yes, you can find them on the internet.

So, as previously reported, our dining room furniture had been delayed by earthquakes and then Canadian customs (thanks, Canada).  ETA: December 24th.

Starting to panic, I wrote my last post and received recommendations on rentals. Gulp.

In comes Christine - the woman I found on craigslist who sold me the furniture. She sent me an email that basically went like this:

"Hi Janice - I have a solution. Why don't I send you a table and 10 chairs to use for the holidays and will then exchange them for your set after Christmas?"

And look at me now:



Yes, that's right. We have a table!! It is actually the same table we purchased (just wider). The chairs are brand new (we have to take the plastic off the cushions) and she sent 10 when we only ordered 8. Can you believe it?

That is what I call service - I am still in shock that she would do this - especially when the delays had nothing to do with her and are part of the 'buy direct from Indonesia' package.

Anyways - just an update to show that lovely trusting people (yes, we haven't paid for 3/4 of the set yet) are out there and can make the holiday season feel really special!

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

New Life for an Old Chair

A few weeks ago I posted that we were sending off our old chair to be spruced up. I was nervous about the fabric choice of course, as I always second guess my decisions. The chair was dropped off yesterday and all I can say is WOW! I love it!!!

Here is a before pic:



Well here are the glamour after shots!!! It is just in the living room temporarily. Eventually it will make it to its proper home in our master bedroom :-)




And up close:




The upholsterer did such a great job - we basically left it up to him how best to do it, and he said he'd use any fabric that was left over to do a pillow. I figured the throw pillow would be a bonus but not something that we'd use too much,but the way he made it looks like it was meant to be on the chair! He even made arm covers.

See how the fabric is lined up so the flowers continue under the seat cushion? Wow - we were really impressed. He also replaced all the foam in the chair so it is like it is brand new.





There is a close up of the pillow. I thought it was really neat how the piping on the edges is made out of the fabric itself. Even the buttons that he put on the seat are covered in the fabric! It is hard to see, but you can see one of the buttons in the black and white leaf below.



We shopped around to find the right person (read: cheapest) and ended up going with the person who my mother in law used.  We had a few quotes in the 500-600 range plus fabric, and this guy was 350 plus fabric!

Anyways - fear about the fabric is gone and now we can't wait to find something else to get reupholstered!


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Monday, December 14, 2009

Furniture Fiasco - Just in Time for the Holidays!

For those of you who remember, hubs and I went out on a bit of a limb and purchased our dining room furniture from a vendor who buys directly from the furniture maker in Indonesia (right near Bali - where we honeymooned!). We were able to look at the furniture prior to ordering and make some customizations to make it work for us, and placed our deposit. Delivery was slated for mid November.

However, after some holidays and a few earthquakes, the delivery date was pushed to mid-December. This was nerve wracking as we had just agreed to host a joint Christmas dinner for BOTH sides! Yep - 14 people. Our current table seats four. You heard me. FOUR.

We received news that the furniture has reached Canadian soil, but Canadian customs has decided to inspect it. If the inspection goes quickly, we *might* receive the furniture on the 23rd or 24th. It will be a Christmas miracle if we get it in time.

Gah.

Please cross your collective fingers for us! Otherwise it will be a cocktail style turkey dinner :-)

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Would You Paint it?

I have been hunting for a vanity for my dressing room for months now. I found one once that I loved on Craigslist and it sold before I could get to it (i.e. in 24 hours!). Who knew vanities were such hot commodities!

Anyways, last weekend I received a phone call from my dad offering me a desk from his mother's furniture set. This is a HUGE deal because my mom has been begging my dad to let her paint out the set but he has always refused (it is a gorgeous wood set). However, they are downsizing and he realized that he'd never have room for the whole set, so I could take the desk and (gasp) PAINT IT!

Having a white vanity (or off white) has always been the goal, but painting my grandmother's desk? Should I do it? My dad has given his full blessing but I'm kind of nervous!!

Here is a picture of it (from my bb, so not the best):



I was thinking of getting some glass cut to match the top to protect it, since I will be doing my hair/makeup there. I will also line the drawers (maybe in leftover wallpaper?).

Sooo...tell me...can I paint it?!

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Wallpaper - Options?

On the recommendation of some fellow bloggers, I took a trip to Home Depot this weekend to see if there were any instock wallpapers that worked for me. Unfortunately, I must have gone to the worst HD for selection, as they probably had 15 designs. Total.

We flipped through the books and came up empty handed. I will try Lowe's this weekend, however in the meantime I have some options that I wanted your opinion on (if you don't mind!).

1. Graham & Brown (Monsoon Collection) "Chrysanthemum". Here it is in what looks like grey, but they say gold, so I'd have to get a sample.




And here it is in purples - this would work well with the lavender walls but might be too much purple?


2. Next up is a suggestion of the lovely Wanderluster: Graham & Brown's D'Arcy



Seeing this version of it makes me rethink the lavender walls - stick with trusty grey and a pop of purple on the wall?

3. This is the long shot, but I love it!! Graham & Brown's "Birdcage" in Charcoal:


Isn't it lovely? However - do you think I would tire of it? Would visitors think I was cuckoo?

Anyways - I would love to hear your input!! I recently was gifted an incredible desk to become my vanity. It is so lovely but (uh oh) it is a gorgeous dark wood and I want to have a white-ish vanity!  I have my dad's blessing to paint it, but it is killing even me to do it!! I will grab a pic of it and post it tomorrow to see if you think I'm crazy to paint it!

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Friday, December 4, 2009

This is what I see from my office window


I am so jealous, I can't even call it envy!
Hubs and I started falling for each other on that skating rink. Sigh.
This is putting me in the holiday spirit - skating and listening to "all Christmas music, all the time" on the radio.
Have a good weekend everyone!
Sent from my BlackBerry device on the Rogers Wireless Network

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Wallpaper Help

Just wondering if any of you smart and savvy bloggers have any suggestions on where to get some cool wallpaper for my dressing room?  I'm open to purchasing online and really only have one wall to cover, so I don't think I'd need to order too much.

As mentioned in an earlier post, I'd love something bold and graphic, and it could be girly if that worked, and I'd like it to work with lavender walls.

Suggestions? I'd certainly appreciate it!!

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