Unravelling 2 Living in My World started last week. It’s so lovely to be back with an Unravelling community full-time. This past week Susannah has had us thinking about home. As I was taking pictures around the house I realize that not only have I not had the post-reno/redeco party I promised but I haven’t even really shared the space as it is now.
The collage above brings together a few of my favourite vignettes and pieces. First is my spot on the new sofa. I love that the room is big enough to hold this sofa and that I finally have my chaise. The second image is my favourite view from my spot on the chaise. My entire design sensibility is pretty much encapsulated in that little vignette — modern, pretty, quirky, vintage-y, and sparkly/shiny. Speaking of quirky, meet Bucky. He’s my cardboard deer head and he hangs over my TV. I love him. Interestingly as well, every man who has come to my house also loves him. The last image is, of course my Keep Calm poster. I love having this in my home.
My dining room table was the only piece of furniture on the main floor that didn’t get sold or given away. Frankly, I think that someone is going to have to pry this from my cold, dead hand. I love it. I love that it’s made of old barn board so any wear and tear that I could give it only makes it better. I love that it seats 8. I mostly love when the people I love are sitting around it (now in new modern, Eames-style chairs).
Upstairs I made a few changes in the bedroom. First I had it painted. Inspired by AB Chao’s bedroom I swapped out the chocolate brown for grey in Farrow and Ball’s Down Pipe. Love. Between the artwork and the new duvet cover, this room fully embraces “put a bird on it” decor (if you have not seen the clip at that link, do yourself a favour and click).
All in all I couldn’t be more happier with my “new” home. It really feels like me right now. Inspired by so many great decor blogs I found some great artists on Etsy and elsewhere and I’ve been able to add some great little touches around the place. I feel like I’ve “curated” my home, which is not to say that it feels like a museum, just that everything here is something that I find to be interesting and beautiful. I’m a lucky girl. I really should have that party.
If anyone is interested, here are some of the stores/artists, etc. where I sourced my stuff:
– Sofa, Jane by Gus Modern, bought at Blueprint Home (sofa pillows from Blueprint as well)
– “Ghost” chair from Mikaza Home (also TV cabinet, cow-skin rug, coffee table, dining chairs). Clearly I love their stock. We’re on a first name basis.
– Lamp, Pottery Barn, who very kindly shipped it up from the Toronto Store, sans hassle
– Bucky, Cardboard Safari (I painted him black)
– “Keep Calm” poster, SFGirlbybay
– “EAT” linen napkins, Emmerson Made
– Duvet cover, “Hedgerow” by Dwell Studio from Modern Karibou
Also, not pictured but I feel lucky to own a piece of artwork by Toronto Artist Neil Young (Rise and Shine 3). I first saw Neil Young’s work a couple of years ago at Art in the Park here in Ottawa. It was a good thing that I didn’t have my chequebook with me that day because I would’t have been able to stop myself from buying (I also wouldn’t have been able to pay bail for writing a bad cheque). His work stayed with me and I’m glad that I was able to get a piece this year. It’s beautiful and I love it.