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 :)

The Bobby Berk Home Collection

Bobby Berk HomePhoto credit: Who Do You Love Photography I loooove mid-century modern furniture.  So I was super stoked to attend the Bobby Berk Home Canadian launch a couple of weeks ago at Urban Mode.

Bobby Berk Home furniture

I had a chance to chat with Bobby who is by the way, so cool and such an inspiration to me.  He's an entrepreneur, guest personality on HGTV and now the designer of his own furniture line.  And, he's only 31.  AH-mazing.

Bobby Berk

I definitely felt a sense of nostalgia as he spoke about his inspirations.  He gives credit to his parents and grandmother, who have heavily influenced his aesthetic.  It was so interesting to hear about his thoughts behind each piece and how they reminded him of his childhood.  In fact, all pieces in his line are named after shows and characters from the 70’s.  Awesome, right?

This sofa here is one of his most popular pieces, The Charlie.  And if you don't know which 70's sitcom had a Charlie in it, then I am sorry we cannot be friends.

bobby berk home, charlie sofa

Bobby Berk Home, Charlie sofa

I love the sleek lines of each piece and the bright colours are so fresh and cheerful.  A great focal point for the living room!  Each piece is also scaled smaller to accommodate for small space living.  I'm down with that.  My condo is tiny and we're actually thinking of replacing our sofa.  Hrmmm.....

Bobby Berk Home, colours

I also learned that each piece of furniture is handmade and that one person touches it from start to finish.  And after taking an in-depth upholstery course, I have more appreciation for furniture that is handcrafted and also a  better sense of what kind of work goes into making a piece of furniture last.  The quality is just on another level and I like the fact that BBH is focusing on that.  “I want to compete with China and bring the manufacturing back to America.  I want to make good quality American furniture”

Bobby Berk Home Presentation

bobby berk home at Urban Mode

And here is my favourite piece from the collection.  These gorgeous and comfortable Mork and Mindy cubes!  Aren't they fun?   As some people say, animal print is a neutral and I couldn't agree more.  These are delicious.

Bobby Berk Home, Mork and Mindy cubes

Overall, I had a great time at the event.  It was awesome meeting Bobby as well as the lovely ladies over at Urban Mode who were so welcoming and just great to talk to.  I even got introduced to some new blogger friends that night.  Love all around.

And speaking of love, this pendant stole my heart right away:

chandelier at Urban Mode

Me likey.  If you guys want to check out more of Bobby's furniture or drool over other pieces currently available at Urban Mode, you can visit their site here.

Urban Mode

Thrifted Thursday with Charmaine of My Best Friend Craig

my best friend craig, thrifted thursday, cantilever chairs Today I am SO excited to feature the queen of Craigslist, Charmaine of My Best Friend Craig.  This lady has serious style.  I mean, take me to Wisconsin and move me in NOW.  I love every one of her pieces and her Instagram feed has me drooling on the regular.

Your favourite thrifted item:

It was seriously hard to pick a favorite since I have a lot but I ended up choosing these chrome cantilever chairs.

my best friend craig, cantilever chairs, thrifted thursday

Where you bought the piece from:

I purchased the set of 6 chairs on Craigslist for $60!! That's $10/chair. Major score.

What drew you to the piece:

I'm addicted to chairs and am partial to mid century modern furniture. I also love the navy blue velvet fabric.

my best friend craig, thrifted thursday, cantilever chairs

Describe any work you did to give it new life:

I bought them in mint condition so some minor cleaning and polishing are all that's needed.

How you use/display it:

They sit in my dining room and I and am currently on the hunt for a wooden dining table to perfectly match my chairs.

my best friend craig, thrifted thursday, cantilever chairs

my best friend craig, thrifted thursday, cantilever chairs

Thanks so much for sharing today, Charmaine.  These chairs are to die for and I still can't get over that ridiculous price, what a steal!   The navy velvet is so delicious, I'm going to have to re-consider navy for my Louis chairs, eek!

If you haven't already done so, make sure to check out Charmaine's Blog and her Apartment Therapy Tour.  Then right after that, open a new tab and pay Craig a visit...I know you want to!

Thrifted Thursday, Love On Sunday

Want to see more fab finds? You can see the entire Thrifted Thursday Series here.

The Big Project

living room concept Remember that Living Room Project I posted about?  And my dilemma with the seating options?  Well, it's finally done!  I told you I was indecisive; I didn't even pick any of the seating options I posted about.  Because my client likes to entertain, I decided to go with a sectional for extra seating :)

Sadly, all I have left to share are these in-progress shots of my concept boards.  I really wish I took photos of the final product because I spent so many hours drafting and crafting away.  It was a nice change to work with my hands instead of a computer however, I did find myself thinking "ctrl-z" when I made a boo-boo.  I guess my brain is really hardwired with shortcuts and code!

drafting floorplan and elevations

I haven't drafted in over 10 years so I'm a little rusty.  I had so much fun with the dining area because I included my Louis chairs in the design.  And of course I included the table of all tables, my fave, the iconic Saarinen tulip table.  Ahhh.... so pretty and so darn expensive.  I then topped it off with a pretty chandy, the Meurice from Jonathan Adler to be exact.  What can I say, my client had a pretty big budget!

Have any of you taken design or drafting courses?  What are your favourite parts?

Have a blessed day everyone! xo

 

 

 

Living and Dining Room

I'm gearing up for my largest and most important school project to date and the subject is Living Room Design. I'll be drafting the floor plan and elevations as well as providing concept boards for the furniture, finishes and all that good stuff. I'm so excited about this project and have decided to use my own living and dining room as a starting point. Who knows, maybe I'll follow through with some design decisions!

One of the first challenges I need to address is my love for so many different styles. I love mid-century modern, french, rustic, beachy and a little bit of hollywood glam so this will be a tough one. I also love thrift shopping so a layered, collected look appeals to me as well. I've put together some of my favourite living and dining areas here:

via Fantastic Frank

via Fantastic Frank

via Fantastic Frank

via Fantastic Frank

via Fantastic Frank

via Planete Deco

via Nate Berkus

via Stadshem

via Lonny

via Nate Berkus

via Nate Berkus

via Modern Furniture Design

via Amber Interior Design

via Style at Home

I've already ripped out tons of pages from magazines, and pinned some of my favourite spaces and I'm still not sure what kind of mish mash of styles I will come up with. I'm trying really hard not to over think things because I'm so guilty of that. This will definitely be a challenge and I'm already loving the entire process!