Seating Options for Ms. Indecisive

"That looks like old lady fabric". That's what my boyfriend said to me when I showed him my fabric of choice for our sectional. It was the first piece of furniture that we purchased as a couple and the entire process was definitely challenging but also a learning experience. We had it custom made and had no idea there were so many choices: which fabric?, piping or no piping?, overstuffed or understuffed? Also, since I'm the most indecisive person EVER I'm pretty sure he wanted to kill me at some point during this process but after a lot of convincing and last minute phone calls to the furniture maker, everything turned out just perfect.

So you can imagine my dilemma when trying to choose a sofa for my Living Room Project. The client, wink, wink loves mid-century modern as well as french eclectic so what would be the perfect sofa for this gal?

sofa styles

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I haven't decided if I want to go all out girly or be somewhat realistic and choose something that's comfy and streamlined. I always tend to go the safe route. A valuable lesson I've learned when making decisions for the home: always go with your gut. If you feel like something just isn't right, keep researching until you are completely happy with your decision. Definitely don't lose any sleep over it (hello, first world problems) but pick something that makes you both happy.

Do you love any of the above seating options or have anything similar in your own home?

Thrifted Thursday with Lesley Metcalfe

I love connecting with local bloggers especially the ones that love thrifting and decorating so I was both excited and flattered when Lesley contacted me to take part in #ThriftedThursday. This girl loves antiquing and is also studying interior decorating so I couldn't be happier to have her here today. Take it away, Lesley!...

Hi there, Love On Sunday readers! I'm Lesley and I'm delighted to be featured on Amy's Thrifted Thursday series. I'm a big fan of Amy's style, and I love reading about and seeing her projects and the images that inspire her. I've stopped by today to share my favourite thrifted piece of furniture with you.

FAVE THRIFTED FIND:

My favourite thrifted item is this marble-topped antique cabinet

This piece was given to me from my boyfriend. It's an antique that had been in his family for years. I love browsing thrift shops for great furniture, but I was lucky in this case to have received a piece that comes with a traceable history.

What drew you to the piece:

The grey-veined white marble top on this cabinet is definitely its best feature. It's complimented by intricate carved detailing in the wood below.

Describe any work you did to give it new life:

This cabinet was in rough shape from years of use - one of the back legs was missing and it needed freshening up overall. I appreciated the classic, elegant features of the piece and I wanted to maintain them, but I also wanted to make it a little more modern. There were two large corbels at the front of the cabinet on either side of the doors that I removed (they were just a little too ornate for my liking) and I filled the holes they left with a wood filler. After giving the surface a light sand, I painted it with four cans of Krylon Gloss Black spray paint. I then applied a couple of coats of acrylic polyurethane so that it resembles a lacquer finish.

how you use/display it:

This marble-topped cabinet is the bar area in my living room. It's large enough to offer both display space and functional space. I can display my frequently served bottles on top with some glasses, and extras in the cupboard underneath (I especially love the new antique silver tray I purchased, it works perfectly with this bar). Bar tools are kept in the drawer. There's enough space on the counter for pouring drinks and cutting up limes, with room to spare for a vase of flowers, or a lamp, or with whatever else I'm in the mood for styling my bar with!

I hope you enjoyed reading about my favourite piece of furniture as much as I enjoyed sharing it with you! Please feel free to stop by my blog anytime at www.LesleyMetcalfe.com. Thanks very much Amy, for having me as a guest!

thrifted thursday, lesley metcalfe

If you haven't already done so, make sure to check out Lesley's blog to see her latest and greatest decor inspirations and projects.

You can see more of the Thrifted Thursday Series here.

Louis Got A Paint Job

I know I promised no more updates until Louis is done but this is one long project and my weekend progress is definitely worth sharing. So let me start off by saying that this paint is the SH*T. Pardon my french but it's incredible. I honestly saved days of work by using it.

What started off looking like this:

Needed something like this:

To end up looking like this (once I completed an upholstery course):

I decided I wanted a whitewash look on the frame, something that looked a little more rustic which brought out the wood grain. Besides removing the staples, stripping this chair of it's terrible green paint was one of the most laborious parts. Louis has so much detail and tiny crevices that the stripping needed to be done very slowly and the whitewashing done in layers to achieve that weathered look. The process went something like this: strip, strip, sand, strip, sand, clean, whitewash, whitewash again, and again (all this X 4). Honestly, I was running out of patience. AND THEN...I discovered this paint:

And it changed my life. I tried it on a piece of the chair and I love how crisp and white it looked. And the best part, I didn't have to strip the chair beforehand! So we just went off and decided to give all 4 chairs a nice first coat of paint. Here's my boyfriend helping out, he's now an expert spray painter:

And here is what it looks like now with the first coat of Rustoleum Paint and Primer:

LOVING IT. I was afraid a bright white would take away the beautiful detail of the chair but I don't think it does. I think it actually gives it a more modern look. So happy with the progress on #ProjectLouis. What do you think of Louis and his new paint job?

My Canada Day

I celebrated Canada's birthday. On a friggin' boat! Had a great time with some close friends and managed to snap this photo during the fireworks display. I'm still amazed at the photo quality, seriously loving my iPhone :)

We spent Monday with my boyfriends Dad and I'm always happy to visit him because not only does he share some fascinating stories, we love a few of the same things like food and thrifting! Let me tell you, this man can find the craziest stuff for little to nothing. I will never forget the first time I walked into his apartment and spotted some teak chairs with nubuck seats. I almost died.

Being from El Salvador, a popular dish would be something like Pupusas but it doesn't mean he can't cook some mean tacos:

We were in a seriHe also has a green thumb. How charming is this little outdoor oasis? It's just so natural, rustic and beautiful. I wish I could grow all these plants on my balcony!

And to save the best for last, check out these fabulous wicker cantilever chairs we're getting! Someone from his building was looking to get rid of them (there's a pair) and since he has no room for them, they're ours for the taking! I just love the mixture of wicker and chrome.

I'm not even sure if I want to leave these outside, they're just so pretty. But they would be perfect for our balcony and would look so cute with our little bistro table. I'm not really sure if I want to paint them or leave them as is and just replace the pillow like this one from One Kings Lane:

via One Kings Lane

What do you think? Paint it or leave it? If so, what colour? I'm beyond excited about this, eek!!!

How was your Canada Day? and to my non-Canadian readers, how was your weekend? Would love to know your thoughts and/or suggestions on the chair situation. Have a good one! xoxo

Thrifted Thursday with Pam of Cherish Toronto

I had the pleasure of meeting Pam at the Christie Antique Show in May and I've been a loyal follower of her blog ever since. The first image that grabbed my attention on her blog was this beautiful campaign dresser so I was so ecstatic when she told me that she had chosen this piece for #ThriftedThursday! So without further ado, take it away Pam...

Thank you so much for inviting me to participate in your Thrifted Thursdays series. Thrifting is one of my favourite past times, and I have found a lot of great things over the past couple of years, but one item really stands out as my BEST find.

Fave Thrifted Find: Dixie Campaigner 7 Drawer Campaign Dresser

Where is this piece from? I found this dresser at Value Village, specifically at my favourite location not far from my office. I just happened to pop in one day during the lunch hour and it turned out to be my lucky day!

What drew you to this piece? At first I didn’t recognize this piece as being a great score. Although the dresser had the telltale brass accents, all of the handles were missing. Imagine how excited I got after opening the top drawer to find the manufacturer’s original hang tag and a brown paper bag containing all 12 handles neatly wrapped in tissue paper. This piece was brand new!! I ran to the nearest employee and told them not to sell the dresser to anyone else, it was SOLD.

Describe any work you did to give it new life: I didn’t do any work on the dresser for 9 months because I was in limbo about what colour I wanted to paint it. Once I settled on a rug for the living room, I was finally able to choose a paint colour by pulling inspiration from the rug’s pattern. I went with Blue Box from Para Paints, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. I lightly sanded the dresser, primed it, gave it two coats of paint and finished up with five coats of Minwax Polycrylic gloss to protect the finish.

How do you use or display the item: I use the dresser as an entertainment and storage unit in my living room. The tv sits on top while the DVD player and Wii are hidden in the top drawer (I cut a hole in the back to run the wires). With so many drawers I am also able to stash away all of my DVD’s, CD’s, games, camera equipment and extra candles.

Bonus: The small table to the left of the dresser was also thrifted from Value Village, I just sprayed it gold to freshen it up! Also, the brass candlesticks in the photo were found at the Salvation Army Thrift Store. So many great finds!!

cherish toronto, thrifted thursday

What do you think folks? I say this is a pretty amazing find! I love how Pam went with a bold colour, it really makes the dresser a nice focal point in the room. I'm also in love with her rug, the colours are beautiful and it ties everything together so nicely! And lastly, those bonus items? I love how she threw those into the mix as well - those brass candlesticks are perfection. I want a pair!

If you haven't already, make sure to check out Pam's Blog, Cherish Toronto. She also has a cool DIY for faux bamboo bedside tables. Check it!

Thrifted Thursday Series

It's time for a new series, peeps! I've been an avid thrifter since my teenage years (Mamarazzi taught me well) so naturally, this series is very exciting for me. I will be sharing the fabulous thrifty finds of some of my favourite bloggers. Pieces from good ol' thrift stores, flea markets, even Kijiji and Craigslist. So make sure you follow along every Thursday to see the unique items that have found a new life in these bloggers homes!

I’m going to kick things off with Laura Collins, a decorator and stylist from Toronto. Her and her partner share a beautiful 1920’s townhouse in Cabbagetown which is totally magazine worthy. After you check out these photos you will quickly see why. Beautiful colours which are all on trend right now and a mixture of modern and vintage style which I love.

Fave Thrifted Find: Vintage Glass Table with Brass & Lucite Legs

Where is this piece from? I purchased this piece from Kijiji, I had my eye on it for several months however it was located really far away (who knew brass and lucite could be found in the countryside!) I finally kept at the opportunity as the price decreased- and it fit seamlessly into our living space.

What drew you to this piece? I am a HUGE fan of retro pieces that incorporate modern elements into their design. I knew I wanted a glass top table, that was of this scale- the bonus was finding an original custom made brass capped lucite leg piece. Looks incredible with the Moroccan shag rug. It really tied our space together, it grounds all of the other pieces.

How do you use this piece in your home? I use it to display my coffee table books (I have a collection), and pieces I have thrifted over the years. I love vintage ashtrays, brass figures, and sea inspired decorative objects.

What an amazing find Laura! Thanks so much for sharing your favourite piece with us. Be sure to check out Laura's blog here to see what other loveliness she cooks up on the regular.

Decorating My Teak Dresser

Okay, maybe not decorating. More like organizing. This poor piece has been used and abused. I've had this dresser for a long time now. In fact, it's followed me to 4 different homes. It was a friend of a friends that would have otherwise been left at the curb if I didn't snag it for myself. When I was living with roomies we used it in the living room to store housewares and cds. I also used it as a media console with a TV on top. So I just love the versatility of this piece. I currently use this in my bedroom as a dresser, which sits in front of a large window. I've always wanted to try and decorate this area a little nicer but could never decide on anything. Maybe because it's such a wide space, or because it sits in front of a window? I don't know. So this is my first crack at making it look a little nicer but still comfortable.

You can't see it in the photos but it's pretty beat up. It has cup marks that won't come off, scratches, broken pieces- it's definitely seen better days. But I LOVE it. I guess you can say I'm 'embracing Wabi-Sabi'. (Thanks Kisha for introducing this term to me. You can read more about Wabi-Sabi on her post here). According to Wikipedia: "The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete"

I love jewelry and have lots of it. Lately I've been trying to clean out my drawers and only keep the ones that I absolutely love and wear on a daily basis. Other items like that pretty cylinder jewelry case was a gift which I LOVE, the wooden bust was a thrifty find and the carved box was from a trip to Cuba.

But my most favourite part of this dresser are these beautiful earrings that belonged to my grandmother. She loved jewelry and I remember being a teenager and loving the smell of all those wooden boxes she had filled with all kinds of baubles. After she passed, my Mom gave me these 2 pairs which I wear often and cherish with all my heart.

We also have his and hers watch boxes which house my boyfriends expanding watch collection and some favourite books of mine (and yes, I love to read about furniture history!).

This bell jar was another thrifty find. It has this gorgeous bronze top with an amazing patina on it. It did have a small plant inside but it outgrew the jar! Hmm....what to replace it with?

What favourite things do you have on your dresser? Do you have any ideas to spruce up mine?

The Carmona Family's Colourful Home

Today I am so excited to be sharing the home of my good friends, Luisa and Anthony. The first thing I noticed when I walked into their home was how colourful it was. With Pinterest and Homesense being some of Luisa's favourite inspiration sources, it's no surprise that creative projects make an appearance all over the house. From the front porch to the kids rooms, to the bathroom- there is no shortage of creativity. Complete with a nautical-themed room and a girly space fit for a ballerina, this home is bold, beautiful and perfect for their growing family.

Entrance ~ Foyer

Luca's Nautical Bedroom

Olivia's Girly Glam Bedroom

Imagine being a kid with one of those gorgeous bedrooms? So much fun!

Weekend Goodness

What a fun, jam packed weekend it was. I hit up a huge street sale in my cousins neighbourhood, spent some quality time with the fam, did a little photosshot, watched a couple of softball games and picked up a couple of items from an estate sale. There was definitely some Sunday love happening when I picked up these awesome chairs...

I scored these two chairs from an online auction. The first chair will most likely be going into #projectdressingroom and the second chair is mine all mine. I've always wanted a cute armchair for my bedroom or office and wouldn't it also look adorable in a nursery or little girls room? There's so many options! Even though this won't be too difficult to reupholster, it will have to wait until Project Louis is complete. I just adore the cane back; can't get enough of it...

The street sale was so much fun, I was delighted to see several lemonade stands and a cute cupcake stand with all proceeds going towards saving the polar bears. Too cute! I found this beautiful rustic shelf which will also be used for #projectdressingroom:

My client wanted to include a few rustic elements so this is perfect. I'm thinking the reclaimed wood will add some depth and character to the space and with a few accessories it will look so beautiful.

How was your weekend? Score any great finds?

Photos From The Christie Antique Show

Going to these shows is fun but also a little dangerous for me. I always seem to fall in love with something and there's so many different things to see. I decided to photograph my journey through the different vendors and booths. Below are some of the cool things I saw there:

Loved these bright lanterns. It's a great way to add colour and character to a kitchen or bedroom.

This buddha was amazing. Doesn't he look so jolly? You can't see it but the sticker read 'priceless'. Of course I didn't leave without rubbing his belly for good luck.

I loved these white ice cream chairs. I can picture this set on a cute balcony or patio.

Railroad crossing sign? Would love to put something cool like this on my living room wall but definitely out of my budget.

Okay, this would have creeped me out as a child. Now I think they're kinda cute.

There was tons of hobnail, depression glass and brass everywhere.

I must have spent 40 mins at this booth just touching and looking at all the letterpress blocks. I love the look and feel of letterpress on paper. I snagged a few blocks which I plan to use to create some custom cards.

I loved this chair, especially the cane back. And of course these large letters got my attention! This old drawer pull and bustform lampshade was also photo worthy...

And of course, more chairs...

And then I came across this beautifully styled booth by Eclectic Pelican Antiques. They had these cute business cards that had french words on one side and the translation on the other. LOVE!

Wayne, the gentleman at the booth was so sweet and even gave me one of their beautiful canvas bags.

And here are my purchases for the day. 2 pieces of depression glass for an upcoming photoshoot that I'm styling and four letterpress blocks for some custom cards I will be creating.

The next show is on Saturday September 7th but you can check out their website here for additonal info.

Happy Hump Day All!