Monday, 29 April 2013


Want NEED this. Retail stores are one of my biggest sources of inspiration, so a few months ago when I was in a J Crew store I snapped a picture of what I thought was a really cool, simple, couch. Further aimless internet searching eventually led me to figure out exactly what this cool creation was: a couch designed by Stephen Kenn from his Inheritance Collection

The couch in question. This couch is so PUNK ROCK.

Basically Stephen Kenn is perfect - a really cool, young and handsome furniture designer from L.A. who probably spends most of his time making cool things and brooding. Check out his website for a cool glimpse into his philosophy behind the Inheritance Collection and to catch some dreamy scenes of him on his motorcycle. 

(*Note to self: get a motorcycle).

The couches are rugged and utilitarian, using basic welding for the frame, straps and harnesses for the support, and cushions covered in reclaimed WWII military material. 
The material is surprisingly soft to touch, and the grommets up close have this awesome quality as they are a bit beaten up and worn. Also, the material is blemished and imperfect, with some patches and spots which only adds to the look. 
When I originally took the picture of the J Crew couch, I thought to myself that this would be a pretty simply DIY. I still think so, and am strongly considering making this a summer project for myself. 

Naturally, these couches don't come cheap; the biggest sectional costs an even $5000. But I'm pretty confident I could throw together the loveseat for a fraction of that.

My hypothesis:

-Get a super basic frame professionally welded
-Pick up some army material from the local Army Surplus store
-Purchase some foam
-Get some harnessing strap
-Pick up some brown leather belts and SLAP 'ER ALL TOGETHER.

Probably, they won't turn out quite as beautiful as this:
...but in a video on the website Mr. Kenn explains that he is glad to reveal the process (although probably not so people can rip him off), and this picture also gives a few hints.  


What do you think? Can I do it?!

To infinity and beyond. 


Sunday, 21 April 2013


Don't ask why, but I decided to walk through Marshall's today. Basically a store full of clothes I wouldn't buy, but their "Home" section was actually pretty good! The prices were all very reasonable, and their offerings were actually desirable. (This, if you haven't noticed, is becoming increasingly rarer.)

Lots of great decorative pillows, a killer coffee table book section, and a nice selection of rugs.

Oh how I long for a new rug. I still (and hopefully always will) love my Persian rug that I bought when we first moved in, which I wrote about here

But the first picture from that post has always inspired me to move that rug into the dining area. For those of you who are too lazy to click the nicely provided link, here is the picture:


Also, notice the Eames chairs? Are we learning something? 
Alright, enough shamelessly plugging my own blog.

Please take time to enjoy the above image before subjecting yourself to a hideous picture of the dining room area of our apartment:


Sigh. Our apartment, like most in Toronto, is cursed with yellow parquet floors. So, if you can, why not cover them up with luxurious Persian rugs? Luxurious Persian rugs for everybody! We aren't total savages and we do actually own a dining set. As well this area has been pimped out with a recent new light acquisition and accompanying faux ceiling medallion (dammit I said I wouldn't do it again!) but I just know that the Persian rug would look and fit splendidly right on top of that nasty Jenga-piece floor!

Here is a picture of where the rug is currently residing. I love the rug here, but would prefer to see it migrate. 


The question is, what to replace it with? I don't think I would like to go the route of getting another Persian. Too many Persians in a room and... oh never mind. But back to Marshall's!

I was flipping through the rugs when a few of them caught my eye. I have been fawning over Morgan at The Brick House's Beni Ourian rug. For those of you out-of-the-know, here are some pictures of some Beni Ourain rugs in all their white fluffy, geometric glory:


(via Pinterest)

(via West Elm)

Hummina hummina. So when I was fanning through some rugs at ol' Marhsall's I was excited when I saw these:




Not Beni Ourain, but certainly an allusion thereto. Let me be clear in stating that $200 is not what I would like to spend, but then again looking at the prices of some authentic versions (we're talking thou$and$) $200 might not be so bad. They are both REALLY soft and a big size for the price. 

I've also been considering a cowhide rug. Ikea sells them, but they're even more expensive than these Marshall's ones. 
(Ikea KOLBY rug)

My only concern is that going to a more neutral rug will take all the colour out of the living room. The paintings, the couches, the table, are all brown or black (for now), so I'm not sure if a rug like any of these examples would make things just a little too down with the brown. 

What do you guys think? Which Marshall's rug did you like better? Or should I just screw it and keep looking?


Wednesday, 10 April 2013







(All images via Elle Decor)

Guess whose place this is. Just guess!

...Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi's. WTF?!

Like, what CAN'T this woman do. According to the article in Elle Decor, Ellen has quite a talent for interior decorating. And she's hilarious. And in the most beautiful lesbian relationship. And seems so genuinely benevolent. Ugh.

I have to admit, I am really surprised that Ellen's aesthetic is so edgy and ...good? The black and white, and caramel leather is just SO. RIGHT. ON. Granted, she did work with decorators Jay Holman and Cliff Fong. Who are they and why aren't they ME?

To be critical, I think it is a bit on the stark/cold side, but then again maybe you can afford to be in California. Also, a live horse near a parlour area? Whatever, Ellen. 

Ellen does what Ellen wants.


Monday, 8 April 2013



Not much has been happening around the apartment lately, but I did recently score this amazing tufted leather chair! How much you ask? A mere $100. 

Kijiji became my bitch once again.

(Sorry about the uninspired, unstyled photos - 
these pictures are the only ones I could take 
without revealing the disaster that currently is 
our apartment.)  

I mean COME ON. Look at this thing. It even came with a matching ottoman! Unfortunately, it just doesn't fit in the space without being awkward.

As always, it came with an eventful interaction with an unassuming seller, but this time was actually quite pleasant. The guy I bought it from offered to drive the chair over to my place, during which I learned that he owns a restaurant down the street from my work (which we all love - unreal lamb burger). We also chatted about Japanese culture.

Totally normal.

This chair goes great with my existing $30 distressed brown leather couch. 

Look how great the new chair sports the velvet 
American flag pillow! Someone's not having any 
problems fitting in around here!

Our living room is chillax central.