Home Content – Reclaimed Wood Dining Room Table

When my parents got married, their parents bought them their Dining Room set – table & chairs etc. To this day we still have most family dinners/meals/gatherings at that table. So when we got married my parents wanted to do the same for us. I knew we were going to need something large and special to suit the space. Added to that we really wanted to go with reclaimed wood, but also have something that wasn’t so rustic it would look odd amongst our more modern & contemporary furnishings. And to throw one more ball into the juggle, my parents were paying for it so I didn’t want it to be outrageous in cost.

I searched high and low all over the city, the internet, word of mouth leads, etc. There’s no shortage of companies in Toronto that will make you a reclaimed wood table but their pricing was just out of the question. And then I stumbled upon HD Threshing. Their showroom and work shop are out in Cambridge, which helps them keep overhead down, it’s a family business, and they deal direct with the wreckers who take down old barns all over the country. We went to visit them in January and fell in love with their product. They don’t stain the wood but they do an epoxy finish that protects your table for life (I swear this thing will outlive my husband and I). This also adds a smooth surface which is helpful for kids doing homework, cleaning up crumbs and spills, etc. The colour of your finished product is based on how much sanding they do – the more sanding, the lighter the final colour. Everything is custom made and you can choose from a couple of different wood options, plus a variety of styles of shapes/sizes/legs/etc. We also opted for a bench to coordinate in style for the one side.

Last week they sent us photos of our table pre-epoxy;

table in progress 3 Table in progress side profile

And our bench;

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And today they delivered the finished product! 8.5 foot Reclaimed Hemlock Barn Board, 100% amazing.

new table set up

To keep it feeling modern we opted for really clean lines with the legs, and to seat enough people we opted for a Trestle Table as opposed to a Harvest style so the legs don’t get in the way. Also the bench they designed to be in the same style as the table. The bench came out a little darker than the table which is kind of the brilliance of their process, i love it. I don’t like things to be too ‘matchy matchy’. And we opted for clear resin chairs on the opposite side thus keeping the beauty of the table top as the focal point as well as maintaining a lighter and modern feel in the room. We have two velvet upholstered chairs being made for the ends, they should be ready in a few weeks. I’ll post photos when they arrive.

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And to top off our new table, some fruit and fresh tulips. Can’t wait to host our first family dinner!

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Home Content – The Wallpaper Diaries

Ok so I admit I put the whole wallpaper search on hold for a while. I did order the mural for the family room, which just came in. And was debating just painting the hallway instead of wallpapering it, mostly because the cost of awesome wallpaper was just so high! (seriously – it’s an investment!). But I really didn’t like the idea of a plain hallway, i wanted impact and life, some creativity! It’s tough with a hallway, there’s no direct sunlight and i have really awkward light fixtures (they came with the house, see below).

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So I took the time while I was waiting for the mural to arrive (meanwhile we did the baby’s room and our bedroom) to brainstorm solutions for the hallway. Should I just do the one wall? (but then would the impact be there?) Should I try one of those stencils like you see on Pinterest? (seriously, at 30+ weeks pregnant I can’t exactly get up on a ladder and my husband is not really the ideal candidate for this job) Should I just say ‘eff it’ and do plain jane paint for the entire hallway until i have the money and inclination to do it right? And then I was watching Candice Tells All and discovered paintable wallpaper. Oh. My. God. Could this be the solution?

As it turns out doing the hallway in Paintable Wallpaper is going to cost less than half of what it would cost for any of the cool graphic print wallpapers that we were looking at. And there are a lot of options, you can get anything from just a really cool texture, to a geo repeat, and plenty of traditional options as well. Including an option that would be awesome for a ceiling to mimic tin tiles.

Geo:

PW geo diamonds

Texture:PW texture

Tin Ceiling:PW tin roof

And the winner for us is this guy, i just love the traditional pattern and the scale of it. Also the fact that the texture is on the raised pattern really adds dimension:

PW raised relief

So the plan is to leave it white (the ceilings are going to be painted white as well, this grey has GOT to go) and then when it starts to look a little dingy we can just put a fresh coat of white paint on it. It’s highly durable and designed for high traffic areas. Can’t wait to show you the ‘After’ photos.

Baby Content – Bee Decisions

Ok folks, those brilliant folks at Bugaboo have gone and done it again. This time they are offering limited edition Andy Warhol prints on their canopies for all stroller models. But which one to choose??? Let me know your vote!

Flowers?

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or Cars?

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Home Content – Inspiration is Everywhere

Our bedroom is the last room to tackle in our home decor rampage. It also happens to be the most mismatched room in the house during our ‘make-do’ stage, and awkwardly laid out. As a first time expectant mom I’ve never ever been more motivated to turn our bedroom into a sanctuary, knowing that rest is of the utmost of importance both now and in the months to come. So where does one even begin to start? We don’t have one single piece to start with.

I’ve showed countless online images of headboards and duvet covers to Mr Content but he just couldn’t give me any direction from ‘a picture’. So I thought I’d take it a step back and dropped by the paint store to pick up some potential paint swatches, but instead of showing him one at a time, i put two potential palettes together and presented them that way. Bingo!

The room is small, so a light bright colour was the only way to go for the walls, but i added in some more saturated hues to show how some accent colours could really compliment the light. (think bedding, pillows, curtains, etc.)

Proposed Palette #1; Blues with a little Seafoam Green action

Blue Palette

Proposed Palette #2; Purples with a little Rose and Neutral action

Purple Palette

As it turns out Mr Content is not a fan of anything green, (not even seafoam!) so those were quickly eliminted from the blue palette. And although purple is his favourite colour he thought the light colour options for purple too grey toned, and anything else was too feminine for the walls. So we chose the lightest brightest blue in the palette and then started playing with accents, we ended up with an array of blues but i still felt like we were missing something to kick it up a notch. That little hit of the unexpected. And then I saw one of my scarves sitting on the dresser and it all came together in an instant!

Bedroom 1

The very light blue is going on the walls – ‘Sheer Bliss’ from Benjamin Moore, and the rest will serve as direction for bedding, accent pillows, headboard/bedframe, etc. Before and After photos to come hopefully in about a month.

Style Content – Filling Empty Spaces, Before & After

It’s no secret we’re in love with our new-old-home. Now that we’ve been in our space for a couple of months and have some painting done, some art purchased, and some storage planned we’re getting into the detail work. Or at least for the first floor we are – the second is just getting ready for a full on makeover.

Working around radiators is one of the biggest obstacles, as well as the fact that as tall as the house is, it’s also skinny. So we’re carefully planning furnishings with these ‘obstacles’ in mind. We clearly needed something at our entrance, as much as we love our exposed brick and we’re thrilled with how our massive mirror looks hanging on the brick – the entrance still needed a little something.

Before:

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The rest of the room has a very modern industrial feel to it’s furnishings. Clean lines, mixed metals, concrete, etc. So it couldn’t be just ‘any’ console table that would work. We found this at CB2 and are thrilled with the final outcome.

After:ImageThe glass and metal are a perfect compliment to the space. And now I have somewhere to put all those glass vases I’ve apparently accumulated over the years, plus it’s the perfect spot for that ‘change tray’ that Mr. Content likes to empty his pockets into.

Baby Content – Top Three City Strollers

So I’ve spent weeks, maybe almost two months of weeks truth be told, deciding which stroller was best for me.  ‘Me’ is in bold because everyone under the sun wants to be helpful and offer their advice but at the end of the day only you can decide what the perfect stroller is for you. I had originally been looking at options that will be adaptable to a second child in a few years whenever #2 comes along, but quickly realized they are just too big for my lifestyle right now. So what is the point of spending money on something I’m not going to be able to, or enjoy using? There is NO such thing as the Perfect stroller, just what is most suitable to your personal needs. I made a list of my top 5 requirements and went from there;

1. Something light that I can take on and off the ttc on my own, from birth! And ideally eliminates the need for a second stroller (umbrella stroller). I don’t want a ton of ‘stuff’!

2. Forward and rear facing capabilities, as well as the ability to snap on our car seat. I want versatility.

3. Stylish! Of course i want it to look appealing, It’s an accessory that I’ll have with me all the time, after all.

4. Well made. My husband was really focused on wheels and treads and concerned about the winter months (more on that later too)

5. Not insanely expensive!

So I narrowed it down to these three brands/models, they all hit most of, if not all my top requirements;

1. Bugaboo, Bee – the lightest of the bunch weighing in at a mild 18.5 pounds. The easiest one handed closing I’ve EVER seen! It’s narrow – great for city sidewalks and inside stores. And hit every single item on my list, and it also has 4 wheel suspension – to my husband’s delight. The only thing I didn’t love about it was that the cocoon (bassinet) is soft so it’s only good inside the stroller, I can’t use it outside as I was hoping to so I’ll have to pick up a moses basket or bassinet for the baby to sleep in the first few months. Not the end of the world. Base unit price runs around $699 plus accessories (cup holder, parasol, cocoon, etc) at Moms to Be and More

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2. Mamas and Papas, Urbo – this guy weighs in at just under 20 pounds (9kgs), looks very cool, has the front/rear facing capabilities, and works with top brand car seats. My hesitations with this (and at one point I was leaning towards this as my top pick) are that it didn’t seem to be the same quality as the Bugaboo, and also the wheels were only so-so, and it took a bit  more effort to collapse and definitely required both hands. This guy retails for $579.99 at Babies R Us.

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3. Uppababy, Cruz – this cool guy weighs in at 22pds, works from birth (with an insert to cradle your peanut’s head of course), has an easy one hand fold, a large storage basket, adjustable canopy height to grow with your babe – and the canopy has a 50+ UPF rating. Also like the Bee it has the option of adding a kickboard for your toddler to cruz on when you have baby #2 in the seat. And this bad boy comes in at a comfortable $499.99 at Moms to Be and More

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For me and my lifestyle the Bugaboo Bee was the most suited, so that’s what I’ve decided on. I went ahead and put all the accessories on our registry including the sun parasol, the cocoon, and the sun canopy (summer baby), among others. Of course I don’t have a baby to put in it yet but I like to think that when he/she arrives I’ll be excited to get out and about in our bee.  Also one thing I didn’t mention – this stroller was SO easy to maneuver, like a really high end sports car. I can easily move it around with one hand and hold the baby in the other if needed.