Thursday, November 1, 2012

Living room - chair and coffee table

TGIT...didn't you know Thursdays are the new Fridays? {I wish}. How was your Halloween? Ours was pretty good - good "traffic" from 6:30-8ish...and then nothing! I was surprised, we started being stingy with the candy around 7:30 but now we just have some leftover (maybe that was all part of the master plan...mwahaha). I noticed from twitter and facebook that a LOT of people out there count exact numbers of trick or treaters! I just toss candy out but don't keep stats. You?

Soooo our living room is starting to come together, especially with the addition of the drapes I mentioned on Monday. A couple of weeks ago in this post I wrote about what to do with my living room, the consensus was to get a lighter coffee table, since our new sectional is quite solid. I agree 100% with this advice...but haven't had any luck finding a "light" coffee table! I'm contemplating building an upholstered one (but with light upholstery, it will get dirty...and I'm not sure i'm OK with that). I don't want a glass table (safety first!), so that knocks out most automatic "light" options. I came across this one on the weekend at GH Johnson:
It's not light in colour...but it is not as solid as my current coffee table. I would love to find a round version of this exact table...but haven't had any luck (even the maufacturer of this one doesn't make a round version). This table is the sister table to my side tables (too matchy - matchy)? What do you think?

I stumbled across a few other fun things at GH Johnson:
rugs

These soft baskets are perfect laundry hampers (or stylish storage)

The other thing I've been focused on this week is finding fabric to re-upholster our chair. I have my head set on a gray-on-gray herringbone right now, but am having a hard time finding it. I found a nice fabric at Designer Fabrics, but it reads as solid from far away. I saw this other one when I was there again this weekend, but it's a bit too creamy for my tastes:

I want subtle, but not too subtle. Is that too much to ask? Any suggestions as to where I can go (Toronto) for fabric (besides Designer Fabrics and FabricLand), or where I can look online (besides Tonic Living)?

9 comments:

Carol-Anne (Use the Good Dishes!) said...

Who knew GH Johnson had such cool rugs???? Nice!

Think that table is still not quite right.....thinking your instinct to go with round is probably best.

Michelle Seddon said...

Ha! I'm almost positive I picked up that creamier herringbone fabric at DF on Wednesday. I loved the look of it, but don't have anywhere to use it :(
Have you tried MacFab? I know it has a bit of a rep for being expensive, but I borrowed a couple of samples from there that were $25/yd so I think they've got some stuff that's similar in price to DF.
There's also Eurofab on Queen street.

Jen @ RamblingRenovators said...

Ooh, great stuff at GH Johnson. I really like the Dwell-esque rug. Can't think of any other fabric sources but Centsational Girl did a post a little while back on her favourite online fabric sources that might be worth checking out. I really like the herringbone on the right!

Ashley said...

What about this one? http://www.modernkaribou.ca/p-3968-gus-modern-root-coffee-table.aspx It's white, it's round, and it's a bit rusticish....

joy pol said...

Very cool refurnish. I agree, the furniture looks great in it's natural state. And it's a bonus that it was your furniture from your youth.
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Meagan, in house nester said...

I own a few soft hampers and they are the BOMB! They are great for storage, transporting soft things and pack up super small... Mine are from Umbra (I always buy them at the yearly Umbra warehouse sale!)...
Meagan

lisaroyhandbags said...

The table is better, although if it had a lighter-coloured top it would be better. I also love the idea of a round table. Finding fabrics is tough - other than DF, I used to drive to Ottawa Street in Hamilton where there are lots of shops to choose from. You could try Spoonflower online for fabrics too - designed by people and available in various thicknesses. :)

Carol@TheDesignPages said...

I like the table but if it's the same as your end tables I'd skip it. What about lucite? I used to love BB Bargoon's at Yonge & Lawrence. Not nearly as much selection as DF but really nice fabrics.

Dayna@Inspiration for Decor said...

Hey Heather - so my Comment is a little late since it sounds like you may have already found fabric. But if you are still looking for something and are looking for a little adventure, Ottawa St. in Hamilton is my go-to spot. Fabric shops, consignment stores, and antique shops. A sketchy street filled with so many hidden gems...

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