John’s at it again (thankfully)!
Anyone want some FREE laminate flooring? Get it outta here!!!!!!!
John started painting but he ran out pretty quickly and the paint store was already closed. More to come later!
I am not going to lie. Buying a toothbrush holder is as much fun as buying socks. But in a tiny little bathroom, you need such things to keep the peace. We just got a new shipment of Vipp products in so I decided to bust out the toothbrush holder to see what it was all about…and it promptly ended up in our bathroom with two new brushes and a new tube of toothpaste.
This is the atrocity before:
Ordinarily I would clean these up before presenting them to the world, but I am showing this to you so that I can easily demonstrate our current disdain for stainless steel. This set is from Restoration Hardware, and it wasn’t cheap. I bought it because it was the only thing that I could find that matched our old bathroom, which was beautiful but more classic in style. But seriously, who has time to clean this stuff? I clean it and it’s dirty again within three days. Ridiculous.
The Vipp should hold up longer, because it’s easier to wipe down, and the inside rubber part comes out so you can easily wash it. Plus I now have room for everything in one unit – space saver!
Well now seems likes a good time to lighten the mood a little. We did paint the kitchen last week but it took a long time to get it nice and clean after a few weeks of mess. Ideally, we would love to rip out all the cabinets, counter top and floor and replace the ugly bulky appliances but it doesn’t seem prudent when we will be making big changes over the next 2 years. So we’ve decided to just live with it (I cringe just saying it) and instead make those little changes through lighting (changed out the ugly UFO Home Depot light for the vintage snowball-inspired fixture we got awhile back, and added an under counter light for above the sink), a bit of paint, and new nobs. Makes a big difference!
Bagel trivets by Oji Masanori, they look so good all three in a row.
Kerstin Boulogner’s Surt sa raven tea towel, you can’t go wrong with olives and foxes!
As a house warming gift a family friend gave us these great vintage Norwegian plaques that we now have above our sink.
The one thing we did was install new hardware on all the cabinets, they are much cleaner looking now.
We found a few of these Aarikka tins which we actually are selling at the store, we kept one aside for ourselves.
Immediately we could see what kind of a difference the grey makes. Instantly calming.
This is what it looked like when we moved in.
Tonight, being Friday and all, we fancied things up a bit by heading over to The Stockyards Smokehouse & Larder to try their wood smoked BBQ before settling in at home to get our bedroom in order. I mention this only because we recommend you give it a try if you are craving amazing BBQ and fries (and for the moms, we accompanied our dinner with an order of brussel sprouts…with bacon).
We spent the last few nights sleeping on the floor in the living room and falling a sleep to the television to distract us from the noisy street. To be honest somehow it was some of the best sleeping we’ve had at this place. After all the painting all one really wants to do is see the fruits of their labour so we spent the last hour getting the bedroom tidy and put together, and we just couldn’t wait until Monday to share it with you.
Simple. We refuse to bring anything back into the bedroom which means the rest of the apartment is a disaster. We are calling this our oasis room.
Eero Aarnio baby rocket stool and clock by Riki Watanabe.
Isamu Noguchi beehive inspired light, pillaged from the cottage. I love his little legs.
Le Klint accordion light – a favourite classic of ours.
We were having a trouble finding a spot for this Joshua Jensen-Nagle piece in the apartment, but with the open space in the bedroom we can now enjoy it.
Grover snuggled right back into bed as soon as we set up. Poor little guy is sick…
You can find the rocket stool, clock, Le Klint and Crux blanket at mjolk.
Our house looks like a scene from TLC’s Hoarders right now. All the bedroom stuff is everywhere.
Right after John’s discovery, Isha inspects the scene, thinking, “jeeze louise, what now?”
This is the point where you are probably all thinking that we are crazy but this red floor has made decorating hard for 5 years now, and I’ll be a monkeys uncle if it is going to continue to rule our lives. Yes, it’s nice. No, it doesn’t go with our personal style, at all.
Last night John tore up the laminate floor. Most of it is in great shape, so we will donate it – anyone know any donations agencies that pick up used home materials?
Last night after 3 coats of Snowfall White (Benjamin Moore).
This afternoon after a fourth coat. Tonight we’ll try to tackle the walls – one side is dirty beige, the other a pretty but grungy blue.
John, you da man.
Our apartment is pretty drafty in the living room and it seems that we go to bed every day much to early just so we can get nice and warm under the sheets. This at times can make me a little anxious and start to putter around the bedroom. Last night I decided to rip up a bit of the floor. What do you think I found?
Now we’re getting excited! We thought it wouldn’t be another year or two before we started the reno, but I think if we take it slow and tear up the flooring room by room it will be a nice gradual transformation. Now we’re looking through our favorite blogs for some bedroom inspiration.
The above photo has an amazing black painted floor and simple pendant light. The nice white curtains would be great to hide our wardrobe until our HAY loop stands make it over from Denmark. Another thing! We probably aren’t going to do a headboard on the bed, but this one is just beautiful. It looks like a teak and white headboard which it might not be, but if it is it is just brilliant!
Again the black pendant lights look stunning along with the black built in book shelf.
I think we’d go with the A110 pendant light by Alvar Aalto. We should be getting a big Artek shipment very soon and I can’t wait to put one to the side for us. The matte black and the shiny brass just looks amazing!
This is a great photo, a nice cushy bed on the floor with a minimal side table, black pendant light, black and blue rug, and carafe.
Here are those gorgeous Snow cabinets! I think we’d be more into the lower cabinet so we could use it for clothing storage but have it low enough to make it look like a credenza.
Now in all likely hood we’ll probably have white floors and soft grey and white linen sheets.
It would be nice to do something interesting to a wall so it’s not too boring. This wall kind of reminds me of the charred cedar slats we have outside. I can’t image ever doing that again no matter how good it looks.
We’ll keep you posted!