Over a year ago I blogged a really cool idea I saw on The Selby – a vintage safe as a side table.
Low and behold, I recently came across one on Kijiji and my husband nearly lost his marbles. Turns out he is a huge fan of vintage safes too! Yesterday we drove for what seemed like hours to some little town out in the middle of nowhere and arrived at the home of a really nice man who sold us a very similar safe for $250 (I’m thinking this was a steal based on what little I’ve seen via some quick googling). It took 3 men to heave the 300 lb (or so) safe into our vehicule and somehow my husband and I managed to carry it into the house last night. Now it takes pride of place in the corner of my living room. The previous owner does not remember the combination (he’s had it for over 40 years – when he was younger while drinking with his buddies they’d see who could lift it) so we’ll have to figure out how to open it or find someone who can. In the meantime, I think it makes a sweet side table. 🙂
I spent the day at my sister’s cottage yesterday (trying to enjoy every last bit of summer while I can) so I had no idea what to blog today. I decided to simply take some photos around my house – inside and out. Hope you like. 🙂
First up, some photos in my kitchen.
I have a wall-mount Tolomeo on either side of my stove. Still one of my favourite lights of all time.
Branches from a tree at the cottage ended up on top of the fridge (less cats can eat them up there).
Antlers from Alberta that I adore and some baskets on top of my pantry.
There are always cheap herbs from the grocery store sitting on my kitchen window sill. Oregano is one of the cutest plants.
I am obsessed with avocados. I could eat them at every meal. I just bought a whole bunch so they’re sitting in a stack of Green Light District pasta bowls (next to one of their vases) on my dining table.
A few photos in my living room (we still adore the new sofa, just wish I had more time to spend on it)…
My favourite vintage fan ended up on the floor in the corner.
The same corner with spiky plant to fill the space, DIY light fixture and busroll art from Homesense.
I love the colours of fall flowers. Picked these up at the grocery store. Milo is enjoying the view out front.
Couple of shots from my bedroom…
I love collecting blankets. It’s not easy to display them in a house with many cats. Right now they’re in a basket on top of shelving – a cat-free zone until winter comes.
I bought this coat rack at least a year ago and it’s been sitting in a heap of crap in the basement since. I was worried it would warp/break/etc. so it’s now hanging on a wall next to the bed.
Here is my office at the back of the house…
My Frye moto boots at the backdoor next to a shelving unit my husband built to store his shoes.
Phoebe watching birds from the Ikea hacked baby changetable turned cat perch. Behind her is a tall branch that is nice and straight that I found at the cottage – perfect for a curtain rod.
That’s it for inside. Here are some around the yard.
Formerly a field of weeds, my view out the front of the house is now a bunch of these 3 story townhomes. Awesome. At least they somewhat block the noise of the highway (just beyond that metal fence you can see to the left).
Lucky losing his mind in the living room window because I was on the porch snapping pics and he was stuck inside.
Some chrysanthemums to decorate the front porch and help me forget summer is almost done (stupid brown pots).
I only went to the plant section of Home Depot for those baskets above, but had to bring home this massive rosemary plant for $5. I’ll plant it in a decent pot and bring it indoors when it gets too cold. Of course, that means it won’t last long. LOVE the smell and will take what I can get.
My husband was bored one day so he took some wood from the DIY couch we tore apart and made this BBQ utensil holder next to the shed. AWESOME because I those utensils are huge and annoying and I don’t want them in the kitchen.
Despite the fact that I am not taking care of any of the plants in the yard since I will likely have to replace them all when we do real landscaping after new house is built, this bamboo has survived and looks adorable. It makes me think we’re in the tropics. HA!
Another quick project the husband came up with out of boredom. A cute little table for the back deck.
And a little extra I had to add…we finally created a sign for the pontoon boat at the cottage to put its name. The S.S. Shapoopie. A favourite Family Guy word we all love.
A couple of weeks ago I mentioned on my page that I bought a new sofa, because my husband and I were sick and tired of the DIY sofa he built that we’ve been using for the last few years. I think the new sofa is pretty funky and will go with the theme I want for the new house we are hoping to build next year. Here is the photo I snapped at the store.
I LOVE brown leather that looks better with age, and this one I hope will age beautifully. We had it delivered a few days after purchasing it, and I had Friday off so I prettied up the living room and took some photos. Now, it’s a bit of a large sofa for our tiny living room but I don’t care, as we hope to not be in this house much longer, and it’s SO much more comfortable than the last one. I re-decorated the space with items I had around the house, because I don’t want to purchase any more stuff (I have too much crap!) until the new house. I thought the space above the sofa, while empty all this time, kind of looked bare (maybe I’m just tiring of my forest mural) so I found 2 pieces to hang there. Not ideal but the wall was making me crazy sans art. Eventually I’d love maybe some Australian aboriginal art (in black and white) above it. Anyhoo, here it is.
My dad emailed us kids the other day to say he wanted to get rid of his wine making paraphernalia and wanted to know if any of us were interested in some 10 gallon glass carboys/demijohns. HELLS YEAH! My little sister ended up with 2 clear/blue-ish ones which were gorgeous, and unfortunately all he had left were 2 green ones but hey, I’ll take what I can get (even with a dead mouse in it). I likely have to store it in the basement because again, I have too much crap and too small of a house but I’m sure I’ll find a place for it one day. (Felix approves).
I have been on holidays these past 2 weeks and dear gawd did I need this break (at least from one of my jobs). Since Tuesday I’ve been pretty much stuck at home during the day which I welcomed, because it meant getting lots of things done I have been putting off – including several tasks involving organzing something or other. Yesterday, after walking to the post office to pick up some hot boots, it was time to organize the bookshelves in my bedroom. I really don’t like having all this book storage in my bedroom (to me it’s like bad feng shui – too much visual stimulation for a room that’s supposed to give me tranquility), but it was the only free wall in my tiny house that could house my magazine collection and some books. I threw some of the older magazines out because holy smokes I have far too many, and made the piles neat again. Once the contents were organized (and shrunk down a bit) I went out to the storage shed and dug out some apple baskets and a couple wooden crates I had purchased some time ago at an antique shop out in the boonies. I am a FREAK for rustic/industrial storage options, and these, along with my vintage metal locker baskets, helped in the wrangling of my crap. I’m a happy camper now, and I think I can sleep a little better tonight knowing it’s not a disaster. (P.S. Before the hubby moved in, the shelves looked like this, and after when I de-feminized the space, the room looked more like this).
I was contacted recently by Canadian furniture and home decor company Urban Barn to partake in a blogger contest involving chairs, a competition, an auction and charities. I don’t think there’s much in the works publicly yet, although check it out on Twitter via the hashtag #customchairitycompetition. Due to this competition I had to pay my local Urban Barn store a visit last week. Of course, I could not leave empty handed (this is why I try and avoid home decor stores – I can’t stop myself). I picked up a few things, including one sale item I could NOT pass up…yet another freaking lamp (it was half price! 89!). This one is so cool I had to have it, even though I have to box it up and store in my basement until the new house materializes.
The shade is MASSIVE (2′ long and 2′ wide at the bottom) and drapey which I adore, and the tripod base is cool.
This crinkly STUFF basket came in 3 sizes. I snapped up the middle one for $14. I realize now I have a basket addiction.
My frame/pegboard jewelry holder has reached it’s capacity so I thought a new necklace/bracelet holder would be useful (by Umbra for $17).
Everytime I stop in at Urban Barn I always leave with some sort of vase-like object. They have really funky ones, and no I did not need another but they had 3 vases that looked like crushed cans or bottles so I picked up the little one that looked like a pop can for $6.
Those were my purchases. Now the fun with tape part. I was flipping through a magazine recently and saw a vase that looked like it was covered in shredded strips of black fabric. It suddenly came to me to try and wrap some cheapie dollar store vases in black hockey tape….I guess because hockey tape has a sort of fabric-like texture to it. I found a huge tub of ModPodge in my office the other day so I suppose I could have just tried gluing fabric strips but whatever, hockey tape seemed alot easier. I went to a really brutal dollar store near me yesterday and this was all I could find that would work.
My husband grabbed the first vase and a roll of tape and got to work while I taped up the second one. I think they turned out pretty good, but I have to admit I like my haphazard method better.