Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Restoration Hardware Pit Stop

Made a pit stop at Restoration Hardware - nothing here is affordable but you get some great ideas for styling and recreating. When I am rolling in millions all my furniture will be from here, until then I will just pose and take out pics of everything !
Loved the light colored round tables as I am looking for one big round one right now for my living room but D has assured me he is making me one out of skateboards ! Don't ask me more - its all happening in his head !

The girls absolutely bored and lounging in the sofa section

This chain link chandelier.............incredibly cool and different

Eeek ! I spot a Swedish mirror ! and a Venetian one too ! 

Pining for a wood chandelier - they lend so much organic texture to a space

D in a Faberge it not the coolest chair ever ! 
Their furniture is designed so well with the utmost workmanship and quality. By far some of the best furniture in the market. Those are all the pics guys, now I'm off to dream of my millions and how I will spend it !


Monday, April 27, 2015

One Man's Junk is Truly Another Man's Junk!!!

This Sunday truly lived up to it's name. It was still a little bit cooler, but the sun was out and goaded by the promise of rising temps by afternoon, we decided a drive into the country was in order. Not one to miss an opportunity I hit up and found some Estate Sales in North Brampton and some in Caledon.

The first sale did not yield much with the exception of an 18" concave mirror, of the security variant found in small stores. I have grand plans for this and I hope my plan does not end up costing me a grand.

After that we hit the real countryside all the while looking out for the house numbers that would lead us to the next sale. We gave up after we found that the house number in question did not seem to exist. Ditto with the second one.... We settled in and decided to just enjoy the drive instead with the girls educating us on the latest Indie music and how they hated it when the mainstream radio stations started playing them. Elitists, me thinks.

Soon after, we spotted a sign for an Estate Sale. Seats up. Hopes up. Wallet at the ready...

We actually walked out without buying a thing. The Estate Sale turned out to be a junk sale of sorts. Nothing was itemized or categorized. More importantly, nothing seemed to be clean and everything was most certainly overpriced. One Garage, actually a Grand Hall, was filled with the remnants of what was once, I hope, a thriving restaurant or catering business. While, we did see beautiful Stainless Steel prep tables that could have doubled as industrial themed console tables and Butcher Block topped tables that could serve as Kitchen Islands, they were priced out of our reach and the items were too far away from Loft Living Torontonians who might have actually entertained the purchase. The sale was being managed by a professional company, that did not seem to have done it's homework too well. Cleaned up, and sold on Queen St. W., some of these tables would've easily fetched their asking price and then some.

The next unit, for want of a better word, was where the real junk truly was. And yet we ventured in, looked around, poked at stuff and took a few pictures. And so we left, feeling a little bit better about the stuff that we've amassed over the years and thankful - oh so thankful for Hand Sanitizer and Wet Wipes.........

There seemed to be a lot of wood. So many board feet. I bet some of my Instagrammers would have popped a woody...

More wood - more woody.... 

Woody!!!??? Whatcha doing there. Is it over between you and Andy???? 

Take a seat???? I'll pass. Thank you very much..... 

 No. Really. I'll stand.

There must be something good that we could find here. That Nate Berkus Turtle shell maybe?? That I hesitated to buy and sold out... What's that about being haunted by the stuff we did not buy????

 I did find a radius gauge and a planer. The radius gauge was bent and I could not get the planer's lift mechanism to work. I really want a planer. Maybe indiegogo. Nah. Too much trouble.

 This space was large. I imagined it to be my workshop. Ah. The joy!!!!!

 More wood. And plastic bottles......

Oddly enough, This was the one good piece. But I was too afraid to open the drawers or the doors. 

 Still more wood.

And then some more.

I'm quite convinced that the b in garage sale was an erroneous omission. I'll have the Hand Sanitizer now please and thankyouverymuch.

Thrift On!!! - Dhiraj D'Souza

Thursday, April 23, 2015

We Be Chillin'

As a follow up to my last post on Outdoor Decor inspiration, I had the girlfriends over for drinks last weekend and we got the front patio all dressed up for them. I had a bench and two ceramic stools for seating but was desperate for a coffee table. D to the rescue. He found a tree stump which was lying in our side yard. He quickly made me some legs out of iron pipe and fit them on to make me a coffee table............... all in time for my partay. I was clapping my hands like a two year old ! He is a mad genius ! 

The shell is a thrift find and the cushions are all years old and faded, probably time for me to get new ones. Target why have you left us and gone ? just when I needed new cushions ! 

The Engine order telegraph is from D's ship repair company when we were living in Dubai

D made this bench about 2 years ago and it is my favorite place to read in the afternoons.

We found this champagne bucket at our local goodwill and thought it would look great with our boxwood

My hurricane lamps are perfect for this setting......sometimes I wish I could bring everything from inside outdoors.

I'm still pining for an outdoor rug but with the amount of rain we get I think I might just have to paint one on the pine boards. And lastly to find some pretty fairy lights to string up on that big bush behind the bench.

And with this lovely space we are all set for the warmer weather.........whenever it decides to come ! 

Check out our Pinterest boards for more outdoor ideas.

Big hugs

Monday, April 20, 2015

How to add color to your outdoor spaces

With the arrival of April I am dreaming of sitting out on my front patio which I call my 'Summer Heaven' and chilling with my favorite book and some iced tea. While trolling Domaine I found some pretty cool spaces that inspire me to add more color into my patio decor. Here are two spaces that I completely fell for.........

Home of Jen Atkin celebrity Stylist which was decorated by Domaine creative director Mat Sanders and Interior Designer Brandon Quattrone:

Those patterned cement tiles......

Always thought art on the exterior walls is uber cool !

Really liked how they have created different zones in one space

This rug and that moroccan table....

The green foliage on the vertical walls is a pretty unique idea

You can see the full article here.

The other outdoor space that inspired me was the home of Diana Agron from the TV series Glee. It's bohemian vibe and bright colors make the space so inviting and cozy. This home too was decorated by Mat Sanders of Domaine

The blue of these cushions is so eye catching


Love the idea of a shelving stand holding pottery as opposed to plants

These peacock chairs..............I have always wanted one

You can see the full article here.

Well yesterday I did dress up my front patio as I had some girlfriends over. I was desperate for a coffee table on the patio and you have to see what D made for the next post !

Check out our PINTEREST Boards for more outdoor inspiration.


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