People, I am proud to say that I’ve found an AWESOME deal. I happened to be browsing on kijiji for yes, another chair. And I came across a wingback chair that was selling for – get this – 80 dollars. Let me repeat – 80 dollars. To put this in perspective, new wingback chairs in a nice fabric usually cost over 1000 buckeroos. I went this morning to check it out, and it took about 5 seconds to see that it was in great condition and just needs to be reupholstered. So I offered to buy it for $70 and the deal was done.
I could dish out the cash and have it reupholstered professionally, but what would be the fun in that?? If I do it myself, I’m sure to make a few mistakes but at least I’ll learn a new skill. This chair is definitely going to be more challenging than covering a seat cushion.
So, without further ado, here she is – my next DIY project:
My goal is to transform it into something like any of these:
Bombay & Co
Next step: read up on complex upholstery projects and start thinking about fabric. I will most likely stick with a neutral color, use a nailhead trim, replace the legs, and then inject color + pattern with a decorative pillow.
So, I’ve been a little MIA from the blog lately, but with good reason. We’ve been running around like chickens with our heads cut off, in preparation for Sunday’s big move. Yes folks – the offer on the house was accepted!! But there’s a catch – we can only move in towards the end of September, so mom and pop graciously offered to provide food, shelter and (lotsa) love for us temporarily-homeless kids.
It’s unbelievable how much stuff we’ve accumulated over the years (Adam would correct me here and say that it’s all my stuff). 70 boxes done and another 15-20 to go. Thank goodness we’re moving to something bigger!
Have I also mentioned that Adam and I have hardly been sleeping for the last couple of weeks? We’re SOOO excited about the new house that we’ve already started planning the list of renos and which rooms to tackle first. So…very very soon, Velvet Toolbox is gonna be reno-land – are you ready for it??? Huh? Huh?
Peace out - and wish us luck for Sunday!!
So….after 223 days, 20+ visits, 2 agents, and 1 de-cluttering session – we have finally made it to the finish line. Yes folks, WE. ARE. MOVING!!!!
The last 2 weeks have been filled with butterflies in the stomach and sleepless nights, but the sale is finally a done deal and we’ll be officially handing over our keys to the new owner on July 25th. Although we will truly miss the city lifestyle and hipster neighborhood, both Adam and I are more than ready to start a new chapter in our lives. Much to our own surprise, there’s a 99.99% chance that we will be moving to… gulp… suburbia. After searching high and low in the city for a house that would meet our criteria, we realized that space had won the battle over location. We’ve found a beautiful home that will be perfect for us as well as Velvet Toolbox (ha!) – and we find out today if our offer will be accepted (ahhhh!!!)
Wish us luck, guys!
How are you all on this lovely Canada Day slash 4th of July weekend?
My dad celebrated his 65th birthday just a few short weeks ago, and as his birthday gift Adam and I arranged to take my parents to see the fireworks at La Ronde during the Canada Day long weekend. I’ve seen many fireworks displays over the years, but there’s nothing quite like being front-and-center for the show. The fireworks are perfectly coordinated with a classical music arrangement, making the experience all the more mesmerizing. And the use of color was amaaaazing! Purple and orange, rainbow flavored, green and white – you name it.
I was so inspired by the beautiful colors and patterns that I started thinking about ways to incorporate fireworks influences in home decor. Whether you inject bursts of color into a room or reference fireworks patterns in some of your accessories, there are plenty of ways to bring fireworks to your home (minus the fire hazard, of course).
Fireworks rug, available at Anthropologie
West Elm silk pillows
Red on White Fireworks Wallpaper, via House Beautiful
Jan Showers, via decorpad
Rainbow color coordinated bookshelf, via Luuux
Jonathan Adler dining room, via House Beautiful