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3:15 PM

Coffee Table and Crooked Floor

Posted by Terri |

The Man is currently in the hoarder dining room, searching for a cord that may or may not be in a box, all the while cleaning the box out. He's coming into the back room every few minutes to show me something he's found or ask if I want to keep something. I've told him to just make one of the boxes for me and toss all my crap in there but, oh, here he comes again to show me something else...silly guy.

I'm sitting on my butt avoiding what must be done. The shimming of the floor.

Last week I had some flooring guys in the give me some quotes on the back room floor. I also asked them, hoping and praying that they had some miraculous magic thing that would make our floor level without us having to put any effort into it. Gah. Life would be too easy. There's no such thing.

Half of our floor is fine. It's pretty level. But then right in the middle of the room, there's a bump and it all goes downhill from there. Literally. What do you do when your floor needs to be leveled? You shim it. What does that require? Lots of painstaking perfectionist nitpicky work. I'm not looking forward to it. Neither of us are. Hence the cleaning and avoiding.

Some other exciting thing happened to me. Well, exciting to me. I'm a kijiji furniture addict. That's when I check kijiji every day just in case there's some amazing deal that the people of Peterborough or Lindsay have tossed out into the interwebs for me to covet. Not like I need any furniture. I need to get rid of some...anyone want a china cabinet and buffet? It's going to go on kijiji.

(Not the ones that I spotted on kijiji)
I love the hunt. You never know when there will be some awesome treasure on there! A few weeks ago, there was 4 'wire chairs' up for $50.00. Wire chairs that looked exactly like Bertoia Side Chairs. Exactly. I called him up, said I'll come and get them.  He said, they're at my dads, he's gone for a few days, I'll let you know when to come. He took the ad off kijiji and I was soo excited. A few days later, I have a truck lined up, I texted and asked when I could come and get them. Oh, they're sold. Grr.

So the other day, I saw this coffee table. It looked just like a Noguchi Coffee table. For 30 bucks. I'm okay with reproductions. 30 bucks is reasonable. Maybe it's real, maybe it's not. So, I went for a little drive and now I have one. It's a little banged up, but what I really love about it is how it fits with my couch. Yay!

I'm slowly, slowly making this house mine. Growing up, my mum was all about the Country look. When you get out onto your own, sometimes you retain what you were brought up with and it takes a while to shake that off and figure out what you love. I'm slowly realizing I love clean lines and that mid-century look with a bit of quirk. I took this awesome design test called Stylescope. I think it's pretty bang on for just picking 5 images that appeal to you. Try it! I made my mother do it - New Country with a touch of Traveler - my daughter do it - Sassy with a touch of Traveler - my husband do it - New Country with a touch of Set Sail and for me - Urban Funk with a touch of Boho.

I'm really loving the clean look of my living room. In comparison to my hoarder room, it's a haven! 

Part of making this house mine is getting that bloody floor level. I better get my feet off of this coffee table and get working...

10:56 AM


Posted by Terri |

I finally sold my two hunter green couches, couches that I had bought a week before my first kiddo was born. I had them on kijiji for months and didn't get a bite. So I took some new photos in front of my newly sandblasted wall and the next day I had two people after them! They were gone the next day - sweet!!

So now I'm currently on an internet hunt for a sectional. Preferably not the kind with the chaise. That doesn't feel like a true sectional to me. One of my many pet peeves. I realize it comes in sections, but I want to be able to sit anywhere and have something holding up my back.

What I'm looking for:

  • It's going to go in a fairly small space. The maximum length it can be is 100" and the depth is around 65-70". That makes it kind of tough since sectionals can be ginormous.
  • Thin arms to allow for more butt space.
  • Dark grey fabric. If it has slip covers, even better.
  • I'm torn as to whether it should have pillow backs or not. They're aren't my favourite. I often see after a few years they look all slumpy and messy. So I would prefer for it to have a sturdy, solid back.
  • I love the mid century modern look. I like a bit of a plain look too so that it will last for another 18 years. I'm cheap. I don't like having to buy expensive furniture.
  • Not so expensive that I need to sell a kid.
Here's what I found so far:

This is the Lure Sectional from Urban Barn. It comes in different configurations. The one that I like and that would fit in my house is the One Arm Sofa Return with a One Arm Half Chair. Price: $2360 plus tax.

The next on is the Ikea Karlstad sectional in Sivik Dark Grey. It's too big though. I wish Ikea would let us buy the corner piece separately so that I could buy the couch, corner and armchair to create my own sectional...do you hear me Ikea?! I want to a 'create your own sectional' option!! Price: $999 plus tax.

This is part of the Steven and Chris Collection. It comes in a bunch of configurations. One that would work for me is to purchase a corner, two chairs (which become the ends of the sectional) and an armless chair. I'm also not quite sure what fabric it comes in, but it seems that you can choose if you come into the store. Price: too afraid to ask.

So, that's where I'm at in my search. I'm just avoiding levelling the floor and doing some fun stuff that takes little effort.