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Aug262014

Progress in my dining room (and some new goodies)

I have been trying to enjoy summer, especially since it is winding down and frigid temperatures are right around the corner (it makes me nauseous typing that). Funny, my younger sister and her family, my husband and I and our parents were hanging out in my parents pool on the weekend talking about maybe going to Hawaii, and our typical trip to Puerto Vallarta in February...and we started laughing because it was 35 C out and we are already talking about what we plan to do to survive another Ottawa winter. Anyway, I have been spending time at their pool instead of getting much done around the house but given how much we love this place, I think we will be here a while and will have tons of time. We did venture to Montreal one day a couple of weeks ago and managed to score the coolest credenza/sideboard and light fixture for our dining room. Gawd I love them both!

The night before we went to Montreal I mentioned on Instagram that if anyone had any tips for Mtrl shopping to shoot them my way. Jennifer, my saviour, suggested checking out Benjamin Curran's wares. Am I ever glad I gave him a call to check out his storage space! We scored this amazing vintage walnut credenza with a Brutalist pattern for an awesome price, along with a matching highboy for my husband's dressing room. Good bye craptastic metro shelving! I am so excited to finally have a dining room again with proper storage for dishes and whatever else I don't want in the kitchen. 

I pimped out the top of the credenza in a white and black colour scheme...for now. I always change things up. 

Vintage West German vases, Green Light District Wonki Ware dessert bowls, platter and pasta bowls (my favourite dishes of all time), small bowl bowl by Don Cormier from General Fine Craft, Catherine Holm bowl from Samantha Howard Vintage, Tillandsia plant from blumenstudio, short candleholder by Normann Copenhagen from The Modern Shop, tall candleholder by John Ward from General Fine Craft

More vintage West German vases, Menu salt and pepper grinders from Greyhorne Interiors (highly recommend these grinders!!!), more Wonki Ware, pot by Hay from The Modern Shop, vintage hand-forged metal rose from the Gore St. flea market in Perth

Say hello to our new funky light fixture! Damn I love this thing! We found it at Phil'z 20th Century Furniture. We had to fold it all up to get it in our car, so when we went to install it, it took us about 20 minutes of fiddling to figure out how all the lights should be aligned. 

It's so hot. I even went and stood out on the sidewalk the night we installed it to see how it looks to passerby. *dork*

We need a bar cart. I'm over the crate filled with booze. And jeezus this room needs paint desperately. I still don't know what colour.....

Before heading into Montreal we stopped at the flea market in LaChute. It was pretty much a waste of time - which is a disappointment because there are NO decent flea markets within several hours of Ottawa. WTF?!?! We did find a few measly items. Like this fireplace screen for $30. We haven't had a fireplace in 7.5 years so I am determined to use this one every now and then this winter. (Gawd that brown tiles is GROSS)

A few small things - a glass serving bowl, a preserved butterfly/moth/whatever it is, a shaving brush (says GERMANY on the end of the handle) and an iron bug that I figured might be meant as a door stopper. 

Bug in action under my bedroom door. 

New dish for the cats' water. 

Found this super cute hanging pot at Galerie CO. What a fabulous store. I was drooling over the NLXL wallpaper sample books. 

My birthday was Sunday, and my husband took me to The White Monkey, one of my favourite retro furniture stores around. Sadly, all I picked up was this mirror. 

This vintage wooden toolbox from Highjinx has been on my dining table for some time, but now with a busy credenza I thought it needed a new home in my kitchen. I love it here. I just need to get some scrap wood from the hubs to line the bottom so the contents are raised up a bit. 

Reader Comments (28)

I think the metal bug is not a doorstoppoer but meant to be used to take off boots?
The house looks lovely, especially tye funky credenza. I am not so keen on the corner cupboard though...

26 Aug 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline Y

That credenza is fabulous!!!

26 Aug 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpeggy

Love the light!
Love everything, really...you have great style!!
Don't rush it!

Ps. When it's hot out, I cant think about snow - it's as if the snow has never happened, and will never happen again. Same thing happens in the winter, summer becomes remote and impossible to fathom.

26 Aug 2014 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

Looking GOOD!!! It already looks like you've lived there for a while. Nice work!
Whoa, that is a crazy--fantastic fit with the credenza in the niche. Amazing when when that happens. Almost like you conjured it up in your mind and there it was!
I would love to score a light fixture like that. It is spectacular.
Don't knock the wood booze crate. Mine looks just like it and I love it! Good way to sneak that Tolix chair in.

26 Aug 2014 | Unregistered Commenterd of dogland

Yep, the "bug" was made for removing boots. But hey, I rarely object to finding multiple purposes for anything!

26 Aug 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSparky

I agree! The credenza and light fixture are amazing. Thanks for reminding me about the brutal winter we're going to face here in Montreal again- I need to start vacation planning too.

26 Aug 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

That fixture is fantabulous! Wowza! Yes, bug is a bootjack. Wedge your riding boot into the antenna and pull your foot out.

26 Aug 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

the display on top of the credenza is beautifully composed and at the same time it draws attention to the window feature. So cool!

26 Aug 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSally

Can I suggest a paint color for your dining room? An earthy red-brown - Benjamin Moore's Warm Earth is lovely - would work beautifully, with the added advantage of de-emphasizing your not-so-loved dark wood trim.

Love your new sideboard, by the way!

26 Aug 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJess

Thanks everyone!
This house is such a step up from our last house, we still can't believe it's ours. And I am SO STOKED to really get going with redecorating. Now that we actually have more than 11' width of space there's so much more potential.
As for the bug, I had no idea there was such a thing as a boot remover dohickey. I don't need help getting my boots off so door stopper it is!

Caroline, the corner unit is built-in, original to the house and has lovely leaded glass in the door. So it has to stay. I may consider lopping off the detail along the top.
Shannon - I totally agree!!!
Jess - I really dislike the colour red but I will check that colour out. Could be interesting with the trim as you suggest.

26 Aug 2014 | Registered Commenterkim

very nice credenza kim! good score.

26 Aug 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjane

Haha, a bootjack! Under your door! And I love your finds. That lamp-thingie is amazing.

I still think, if you're not completely happy with the wood work, start by painting it white or black or something you actually like, and then consider which colours you'd like for the walls

27 Aug 2014 | Unregistered Commenteratma

yep, Very nice :)

27 Aug 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbüro mobilyaları

sorry to say but i fail to see any cohesion in this dining room. i can see what you are trying to do but the lamp is too much for such a small space
the different chairs and the sheepskin simply draw the eye to those measly curtains. curtains are the crown jewels and unfortunately yours are a big fail. the floor colour says rental because an owner would have painted it a long time ago and same for the corner unit. sorry for my honesty but your cat is the most gorgeous creature. love the waterbowl. is it milkglass? stunning utensil tray.

27 Aug 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdeon marais

This post was just about my new sideboard and light fixture. I need to get new chairs but can't afford to right now. A new table too. The curtains were a quick purchase so everyone driving by doesn't watch me eat dinner (I want velvet I think). I haven't come up with a wall colour so curtains are to come. And there are 5 cats here so restaining the floors/woodwork is a feat I am not sure when/if I can manage.
Yes, it is milkglass.

27 Aug 2014 | Registered Commenterkim

New furniture fits perfectly in this house! This credenza was meant to be yours! It fits that corner as it is custom made. And the cut under the table awwww!
Menu salt and pepper grinders are so cool.
I love water bowl for cats. Amazing it is working with so many cats. My cat would sit in the bowl or at least try to do so and we had 24/7 wet floor and no water to drink. I had to buy http://www.lucky-kitty.de/images/cms/katzen-trinken-lucky-kitty-b.jpg

Your chandelier remindes me of Dear Ingo Spider Chandelier.
http://www.droold.com/postImages/dear_ingo_chandelier-normal.jpg
http://www.nest.co.uk/media/documents/Dear-Ingo-suspension-light.jpg

I am horrified of your bug thing. I would screem most of the days and would try to kill this creature with my slipper. Or vase. Whatever.

" especially since it is winding down and frigid temperatures are right around the corner (it makes me nauseous typing that)"

Yes!!! :-( I am also thinking how I will miss sun and sitting outside, eating outside and become really panic when thinking on winter.
And, it is good that you enjoyed your free time near the pool. We all need time to regenerate.
And - late happy birthday wishes!

27 Aug 2014 | Unregistered CommenterOmbia

i just love seeing your home progress....more....more! i love the wood caddy used in your kitchen, it's such a fun detail. and your new lamp and credenza are wonderful...the perfect proportions of the credenza for that nook make it look like it was custom designed. fantastic job! keep sharing!

27 Aug 2014 | Unregistered Commenteremily

cut under the table = cat under the table

27 Aug 2014 | Unregistered CommenterOmbia

Two gorgeous purchases for sure and they will need to stand out. Must find some cohesiveness, unity. I would place the two white chairs in another room. And take out the rugs on floor, chairs. I would try to make the credenza space as a niche; cozy; texture; maybe grasscloth wallpaper. I agree for taking out the thing on top of the built-in armoire, would immediately make it more modern. Maybe I would line the back of it with same grasscloth wallpaper to create cohesion. Also, the wood of the window above credenza is kind of clashing; I would paint the window wood in a dark neutral - charcoal? navy? depending on wallpaper chosen. Maybe the wallpaper should recall the metallic of the stupendous light?
I really love your new house. Funny, I sold my house last week and contrary to you will be learning to live in a smaller space. Lots of editing in the future weeks.... not easy!

27 Aug 2014 | Unregistered Commenterloulou ste-adele

Of course you make yourself vulnurable when showing a house in progress.... But I agree with Deon ....
Perhaps iT is wise to enlist one of your favourite interior designers. I would certainly consider iT myself! Ideal, to have a professional sparringpartner .

Groetjes , Elisabeth , Leiden the Netherlands

27 Aug 2014 | Unregistered CommenterElisabeth

I love your new credenza! And I love the West German pottery on it. I'd like to see the top of the credenza edited a bit - but you know that's just me. Can't wait to see what you come up with for a new table and chairs.

27 Aug 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpeggy

I'd like to add that I enjoy seeing your house IN PROGRESS. It takes time - and, of course, money! - to change/add finishes and furniture, and it's a difficult process to nudge a house in a different design direction while respecting its own existing style. Please don't let the critics keep you from sharing these interesting steps with your readers!

27 Aug 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJess

Kim, Please don't get bullied into painting your woodwork by the paint brigade. I have spent many hours, days, weeks and months removing paint in old houses. It's a horrible job. Once painted, there's no easy way, if any, way back.
I have found there to be FAR LESS MAINTENANCE with unpainted woodwork. Seems like painted millwork needs constant cleaning and paint touch-ups. The same with most wood floors. I have NEVER seen newer paint wear to a perfectly, imperfect worn paint patina. That beautifully worn paint look occurs when milk paints or other old-school finishes were used and through the passage of time. It usually looks just looks it needs work and a new paint job. I can tell you my dogs nail scratches look FAR WORSE IN PAINT than on the unpainted wood.
You have a stately old home. The woodwork remained unpainted this long and there's something to be said for that. I see so much crappy painted millwork in newer homes because it's MDF, plastic or some other craptastic faux wood and must be painted. I've seen a so many homes where the real woodwork was ripped out and replaced with the painted faux stuff. UGH.
You're doing it the right way...living with it a while, work on the things that make it YOUR functional, livable, lovely, happy home. It's looking SO GOOD ALREADY! If down the road you decide to paint, okay. Around here, painting millwork is something peeps do as a fast freshen up before listing a house for sale...because the realtor (not designer, not architect, not artist or potential buyer) told them to.
Long live ECLECTIC, COMFORTABLE, TRULY LIVED IN, homes. There's a fine line between cohesiveness and matchy, matchy poo-poo.
I know there are some people want there homes to look like "model homes" that show no originality or personality. That's fine for them, they can have it. But, not everyone has to join.
It reminds me of those people who come to YOUR house to CON/CONVERT you to their religion.
It's as if they know what's BEST or RIGHT FOR YOU and WORSE STILL...they are so convinced that if you're not doing what they are do, that you are wrong. Wha huh???
By the way, there is something freakin' fantastic about the way the chandelier looks in your lovely old home than it would it a matchy "model" home.

27 Aug 2014 | Unregistered Commenterd of dogland

Why am I suddenly thinking of the 'turtle table' from 'Regarding Henry'?

27 Aug 2014 | Unregistered Commenteroregonbird

Thank you all for your comments/thoughts/advice. I have no problems with people not liking my design decisions. I just wanted to point out that I am nowhere near done so commenting on temporary items is sort of pointless.
@Ombia - thx for the bday wishes! Your cat likes to sit in water??? How unlike a cat.
@loulou - take out the rug? I'd maybe switch it but I think a rug in there makes it so much cozier. and my husband won't wreck the floor dragging his chair back as he always does. Grasscloth is a cool idea - I've never used it before. I'll keep that in mind. And painting that window frame.
@d of dogland - I mentioned in one of my first posts about this house that I am not interested in painting the wood work. Sanding and leaving it be maybe. Restaining it maybe. Painting it will look cheap, and I will only do that if I have to as a last resort. The house next door is the same, with similar woodwork and it's painted white/cream and looks blah. (see here and here)
@oregonbird - now I have to go watch that movie.

And for the record, I am not really a supporter of "cohesion". Cohesion to me means predictable, and boring.

27 Aug 2014 | Registered Commenterkim

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