Thursday, November 24, 2011

Getting ready for Christmas

With 32 days left until Christmas I thought it might help get me in the mood if i started decorating the house. All of our Christmas decorations are in storage in Ontario so I picked up a few last year and have been looking for more for this year. Most of the thrift stores have all of their decorations out so I have been scouring the stores for some good deals. I have been trying to stay with the white colour scheme of the living room and have been looking for vintage looking decorations. I found some great deals on candle holders and adorable white and beige santa's. The quilted stockings I found last year look great on the distressed dresser that I have the TV sitting on. I have not put the tree up yet because i like to have real trees and it is too soon for them. I have been on the look out for unique ornaments for the tree but have had no luck yet finding any. I have found some cute table ornaments and candle holders to make the room look more festive. I wish we were decorating our home in ontario because it would be a more enjoyable Christmas if we could spend it with family. But we are still in BC and trying to make the most of it, by decorating and shopping for loved ones. I am almost finished my Christmas shopping and will be shipping everything off to Ontario in the next couple of weeks.
I have been slowing down on my furniture purchasing because items are not reselling right now because everyone is focusing on christmas. So I will be working on the items i already have and will be posting them for sale after Christmas. I did pick up a vintage door push the other day, I have been eyeing them at antique sales, but they were always for sale for 200.00 or more, so when I saw one for sale on kijiji for 20 dollars I jumped on it. It is a little rusted but that just makes it more unique, the owner told me he bought it in Manitoba 35 years ago, i wonder where it originally from, if it was on a store door. If only some of these items could talk and tell me their history, it would be great to know their history. I will definetly be installing this on my screen door when we move back to Ontario, for now i will just keep it on the wall and admire it.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Time to add more of my vintage taste to the house

When we first moved here it was supposed to be only for 6 months, so I bought a bunch of cheap furniture online that I figured we would sell when the 6 month contract was up. Well we have been here a year now and looks like we will be here a little longer and I just can't look at this crappy livingroom anymore. I have been picking up the odd piece here and there, still not going too expensive because we are saving for our home and move back to Ontario. But I am now decorating the livingroom with stuff that is a little more my style. I am leary to buy a livingroom set because that is a large item to move and I worry about it getting wrecked in the move, but not sure how much longer I can stand this ugly set we have now. I have tried to add pieces to the livingroom and it does look good but the couch and love seat still stick out. I can't put slip covers on them because they have wood trim, so not sure what I will do there. Might have to look for a set that I can live with and buy my ideal set when we move.
I picked up a very cheap cabinet to store all of my precious Tobey jugs and bulldogs, I think the cabinet would make a great display cabinet for my store when we move back to ontario. I have new handles for it as the ones on it are too modern for me. I picked up the white candle stands for 2 bucks do you believe that. On the hunt for candles to fit them, can't not believe how expensive candles are, looking for a deal.Got rid of the bulky coffee tables and end tables and cheap TV Stand, by adding a few distressed items and white furniture it has really brightened up the room. Found a cool trunk to use as a coffee table, took hubby a while to get used to it. He is used to the traditional livingroom look and does not have my vision or my passion for junk and old discarded items but he is slowly coming around. I have updated my bedroom as well a piece at a time, the room is so small I decided to decorate with mostly white in the room and it has really opened it up. I found an amazing deal on a coverlet and shams and pillows but am going to wait till the winter is over to use it, because little miss maggie sometimes runs in from playing outside in the wet snow and heads right for the bed. And because the coverlet is mostly white i don't think I want her little paw prints all over it. With my limited space now because the garage is full and hubbys precious motorcycle is in there now too. i have a very small space in the basement to work, I can only work on small projects over the winter. I have to clear out some room in the basement as well and a few trips to the flea market to sell some items is definetly needed. The indoor flea market just started up last weekend, so I am going to wait a bit to see how busy it gets. Loading everything up and hauling it there to only bring it all back if it does not sell is not fun. I have some large items on kijiji so we will see how that goes. check out the items at the bottom of the blog to see my items for sale.