Thursday, June 28, 2012

A new antique table

 Oh my gosh, I don't know about you but ever since the beautiful summer weather and Emma have arrived I have been enjoying a lot of outdoor time and it has been heaven. I've also been battling a tooth infection and any infection in the body taxes the immune system so it has challenged my energy levels as well. 
And as a result all things reno wise have been pushed aside but I have a long list I hope to tackle this long weekend finishing up some painting that is long overdue along with enjoying a night at the drive-in movies and some nice bbq'd dinners outside. 

 Like a proud mom though, I have to squeeze in  another photo of our little Emmie.
She is just so sweet and we can't believe how lucky we are.
Couldn't you just kiss that cute face.

And since we moved our dining room  parsons table into the kitchen in place of our island I have been on the look out for a pedestal table that has charm and character for our almost square dining room.
I'm hoping that this weekend I can bend Todd's arm to add to his very long to do list, trimming the new bamboo window blinds I bought for all the downstairs windows from the Restore for an amazing $20.00 a piece and then I will take some photos of the kitchen for you to see how the table looks. 
It's just so darn practical and I recall reading that there is a new kitchen design trend happening to bring the table back in the kitchen in place of the island as it feels more inviting, and, I agree, at least for our space it is.

I had previously posted about wanting a pedestal table for our dining room and loved the style of this one from Pier 1 Imports but it was made partly of MDF and was $500.00 or so and it did not have leaves to expand it so I never considered it.

 Here is another similar table in white that I also loved.

and a smaller version in an Empire style table

and here is the stunning antique empire pedestal table that I found on Kijiji!
What do you think!!! I love it!

It's 48"in diameter and opens to 6' long with the leaves so that is perfect when we want to entertain.
I know the table looks crooked but I took this picture after I had cleaned it up and lugged the base and top separately from our front porch to the dining room all by myself instead of waiting for Todd. It wasn't easy but I just couldn't wait. I managed to barely get the top on and didn't  want to move it anymore in fear of moving the base and having the casters scratch the floor.

and I sadly parted with my beloved coffee table as well since it would look funny having two round tables in adjacent rooms.  I have loved this pretty table and had it for years but it also took up a little too much space in our living room so I sold it on Kijiji and put the money towards our new table which was a steal for under $200.00.
It was a great drive to Burlington and we met up with the coffee table  buyers and then picked up our new table that was coincidently only one minute around the corner from there so it worked out perfect for everyone.

I'm not sure if it is maple or not and will check on it's value  before considering painting it.

I really love the empire style detail on the legs and the old wood casters.

and the opportunity to seat more people for dinner.

I also spotted this incredible new wallpaper on one of my favourite wallpaper sites Thibaut
and am absolutely gaga over it.

However, Thibaut is not a budget friendly wallpaper  and I believe there is a 3 roll minimum so it might not be an option unless I win the lotto!
Maybe I will luck out and find a stencil that is similar
which will be a lot cheaper and I won't feel so bad to paint over it if I get tired of it down the road.

Our Canada Day long weekend starts tomorrow and 
if your celebrating,  Happy Canada Day to you and I hope everyone has a safe and happy weekend!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Kitchen change

It's been nothing short of a fantastic week to take vacation. I have been doing basically nothing to just relax and recharge along with spending time with Emma. She has been simply amazing and we can't believe how much we love her already. 

Reno wise Todd has been working on the fence outside and I have been doing absolutely 
We did make a recent change though.
After a little experiment I have decided to replace our island with our dining room table and chairs.

I know, I know, many people dream of having an island but ours was only seating for two which wasn't great when we had company over and it was higher than our window ledge which didn't feel right for the space visually. When I didn't feel well before, we never socialized and so that was ok but now that I am better and someone comes over, we are always in the kitchen.  Now we have seating for 4 for everyday use and 6 for entertaining and it actually makes the kitchen feel bigger even though the table is longer than the island was. I  lost storage but  after a thorough cleaning of my pantry and other cabinets, I  managed to relocate my pots and pans and other containers I kept in the island. The microwave is now on the counter next to the fridge which is not a perfect as you can see it from the front door so I will figure out something new for that.

I do just love how the texture of the wicker chairs and wood table warms up the kitchen and contrasts with the stone counters and marble backsplash. It's the beachy touch I was looking for all along.

I have scored some great new blinds for the windows too from the Restore for just $20.00 each and when I get them up and get the walls and trim repainted I will share it all with you.

Hope you have a great week and are able to stay cool.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Emma's Home!

Full of anticipation and excitement we made the 3 1/2 hour drive to Kingston yesterday to get Emma. 
She even laid down and slept part of the way.
The Fergusons are truly wonderful people as well as extremely responsible rottweiler breeder's. 
She sure needed a bath though and when we got back to our town we gave the dog wash station at the car wash a try. Although we were both nervous how she would react, she was such a good girl and seemed to even enjoy it and I bet she even felt better too.

 A soft sweet muzzle ever so gently woke me at 6:30 this morning after a night of snoring (her not me) and after her breakfast we went outside to play with her Kong toy.
She will be in heat for another week so walks have to wait until that is finished.

I'm so happy that she is already feeling comfortable enough to play.

Isn't that the cutest bum!

And then down for a snooze while we waited for Todd to get up. 
Yes that's the fridge in the back porch. We are waiting for the floor to cure a little more before we attempt to move it back in.

and boy does she love to cuddle

I've taken the week off to help her adjust to her new home.
Really I can't believe that she is actually here and it feels so surreal .
We are so very very blessed to have found her and to have been chosen  to be her new forever home.
Thank you Randy and Luanne!