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;

bench in progress

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.

new table decor

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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Mr Content – Passion for Purple

Why are men so afraid of colour? I assure you that executive or not, no matter what industry you work in, you don’t have to be afraid of colour! I highly encourage having a ‘signature’ colour, it makes wardrobe building so much easier and eventually makes outfit creativity so much easier.

OOTD Purple power

And of course, the details;

OOTD Purple Details

 

By now you’ve noticed Mr Content’s passion for purple, it’s a great colour to work with all your basics – Navy, Greys, Black, Brown, etc. When you have a variety of accessories that have your ‘signature colour’ mixed in, or in varieties of that particular colour it really makes wardrobe assembly easy in the mornings, and you always look polished.

Home Content – A Big ‘Ol Clock

We’ve been wondering how to tackle our kitchen, we’ve got this great big brick wall in it and it’s begging for the right furnishings. The previous owner had a series of mirrors across it, not overly inspiring but it did add both space and light. We knew for sure we didn’t want to go that route so we’ve left it as a blank canvas until now.

We have finally decided on a theme of old Canadiana, Newfoundland, and Dutch paraphanelia. My dutch tiles and plates for sure will find a home there, and we’ve got a number of items from Mr. Content’s father who was a lobster fisherman in Newfoundland. But we’ve got a number of little items and a big wide canvas and have been waiting for inspiration to strike us on how to anchor everything together…. And then inspiration hit when I saw this in CB2;

Kitchen Clock 1

Originally I thought I’d put this above the door in the kitchen that leads to outside but alas it was too big! So we scratched our heads, pondered, turned about 45 degrees to our left and thought – ‘what if?’. And lo and behold, it’s the exact perfect item to centre on the brick wall and act as an anchor for the rest of our trinkets.

Kitchen Clock 2

More posts to come as our heritage paraphernalia starts to join the clock.

Home Content – Plates Aren’t Just For Eating!

I grew up in a house that had plates and tiles hanging on the wall in the kitchen, and it’s something that’s always stuck with me. I have some of my mom’s old Dutch tiles and plates and they are going up in my kitchen, but in the Fall I fell upon these Rob Ryan plates at The Bay and fell in love I bought them immediately knowing I’d find the perfect spot for them in our new house (which were weren’t moving in to until January).

So now the time has come! I indeed found the ‘perfect’ place for them in our dining room, right near the entrance to the kitchen. I am not a fan of everything being perfectly symmetrical, neither is Mr Content so we opted for an untraditional layout that still looked balanced.

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I might need to tweak the hook on the back of the ‘Summer’ plate (second from the top, they are in seasons Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter) it looks slightly skewed. And of course our dining room will look even better once our dining room table arrives next month;
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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.