I Love Me Some Chairs.

mid-century teak dining chairs Back in October, I posted about my how my style was evolving and how I really wanted my home to be a reflection of me.  After having our Louis chairs for several months, I started to feel like the dining area was feeling a little too formal for my taste.  The truth is, I've been looking for a  great set of mid-century modern dining chairs for years now but have never been able to score the style I wanted off Craigslist or afford the ones they sell on Queen street.  I'm not the type of girl to drop a paycheck on some chairs.

Enter my Mother.  Serial thrifter; can find just about anything you're looking for.  She came through once again and found these beautiful teak chairs which are just perfect.  I'm pretty sure the neighbours heard me scream when I saw them.

mid-century teak dining chairs

mid-century teak dining chairs

mid-century teak dining chairs

mid-century teak dining chairs

Can you believe these were $12 each? I'm pretty sure the frame is solid teak and the back is a veneer.  I'm loving the curved low back and the modern lines of this chair.  All it needs is a good cleaning and some new upholstery.  I can't wait to get these done, they are going to look great with my dining table!  I'm feeling a little sad to let go of my Louis chairs but I will be keeping one of them and the rest will go to a good home :)

Now here is my question: the previous owner added cushions to the seats.  Do I leave them on, or remove it in order to enhance the original floating seat as seen here?  I'd love to get your input on this, especially if you have similar chairs at home.  And I know some of you do!

Happy almost Friday :)

My West Elm Faves

It's not often that I post about one specific brand on here, but if you follow me on Instragram you probably notice that I have a love for West Elm.  I love their brand and products, as well as their support for collaboration and independent artists.  In fact, if you haven't read about the recent kerfuffle with Cody Foster Inc.  I suggest you read it here.  Kudos to West Elm for nipping that in the bud right away.  It's so refreshing to see a company with so much integrity. West Elm has also introduced a slew of new products and I love their take on mid-century modern pieces.  I've pulled together a few of my favourites:

west elm favourites, mid-century modern

Are you a West Elm fan?  Do you have any favourites from the above?

Shopping List/Sources:

1.  Mid-century Buffet / 2. Felt Square Pillow Cover / 3. Dot Inlay Side Table / 4. Corlandt Dining Table / 5. Geo Metal Cage Shade / 6. Marble Oval Coffee Table / 7. Minted For West Elm - Mineral / 8. Rustic Storage Console - Cafe

*this is not a sponsored post.  I am just a brand-loyal, die-hard fan.*

A Style Progression

my living room If you're looking at this photo thinking, 'does she really have her xmas tree up?!' the answer is NO.  I love Christmas, but definitely not in October.  This photo was taken last December, when I posted about my living room progress.  Which has always been VERY SLOW.  I get that it's a progression but I'm talking snails pace..  I enjoy helping other people decorate and I tend to neglect my own home.  Reasons being: my indecisiveness and budget.  I'm always going back and forth on style and we don't like spending beyond our means so we like to save for certain items or sell something we no longer want or need in order to buy something new.

But I'm always up for a good challenge and guys,  I'm on a mission.  To be honest, I've been holding back a little because of the chance we may move in the near future so I didn't want to invest any time or money in painting or re-decorating.  But after a good convo with the hubs-to-be, we made the decision that we're not going anywhere any time soon.  And we've made one simple plan which we are going to stick to:  We're only going to surround ourselves with what we truly need and love and we're going to work harder at making this 800 sq. foot box more of a home that reflects us.  

loveonsunday dining room

We recently finished a couple of projects in our home and then realized it's just not us.  For example, if I take a look at the board (above) which I posted last October, some of the elements don't feel like us anymore.  It's crazy how your style can evolve so much in just one year.  I guess a slow decorating process really helps you learn about yourself and what you truly love.  Below are some images that really appeal to both David and I.  I've always loved mid-century modern and vintage furniture (and David has also learned to appreciate it) so I feel like incorporating more of these elements in our home makes sense.  I also have a lot of thrifted pieces that I've collected over the years which I truly love and will always be incorporated into our interior.

Just like my wardrobe, I tend to veer towards an understated ensemble, never over-the-top or too formal.  I'm more of a jeans and white tee kind of gal so I feel like my home needs to reflect that.  I would say both of us are pretty laid back and we dislike rooms that look too perfect.  When I showed him the images above he really loved them (bonus! hehe):

So I ask you, do you feel like your home really reflects you?  Do you find that your style has progressed over the last couple of years?  I'd love to know!

Last four images via: Stadshem