Sunday, March 25, 2012

Out with the Old!

On Friday night, Matt picked up our brand new "Tall Bed Frame" from West Elm, and today we finally assembled it.  It is at least a few inches taller than our old Ikea Malm bed frame, and we already love how different the room feels with it in there.  It somehow feels classier and I might even go so far as to say more mature!  The headboard is still at Matt's parents, but we'll get that soon too.

Yesterday I posted our Malm headboard and night tables on Craigslist and Kijiji.  I was very honest, mentioning that we'd added bolts along one side where the rail was coming away from the bed frame, and that some of the veneer had split.  I even posted pictures of the problems.  But lo and behold, we still had TONS of interest, and tonight we had the buyers come and take it all away.  I almost thought it wasn't going to happen - the buyers showed up in a small little Kia, with a bunch of stuff in the trunk and 2 passengers plus the driver.  I don't know HOW they did it, but they got all the pieces in that little car!

I really love how great Craigslist and Kijiji are for getting rid of old things!  And I guess it goes both ways, since I bought our "new" night tables from Kijiji too.

On that note, I also sprayed the inside of the drawers this weekend.   It just felt way too personal using other people's night tables.  So I felt like we needed a fresh clean surface in the drawers before we start putting our own beloved books and keepsakes in the drawers.

I think I'm now finally ready for them to come inside!

Now I just have to find some pulls!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Feeling a little green today?

Last night we hosted a St. Patrick's Day party for our friends and family.  The last time St. Patrick's Day was on a Saturday was 2007, and we all went to the bar at 11:00 am to start with breakfast and stay all day.

We felt we might be getting a little old for that this time around, and also thought it would be nicer to have everyone over.  This way no one gets stuck in line, no one gets kicked out (I guess I shouldn't have ruled it out, but luckily it held true!), and people could come and go as they please - even those with young kids.

We had a GREAT time.  Matt and I cooked up an Irish stew in the morning, and had it simmering all day.  I decorated with a bunch of old shamrock garlands I'd had since university, along with some green Christmas lights, green dishes, green candies, green candle holders, etc.  Basically, anything I could find around the house that was green, was put to use!  We had green hats for everyone - even Elvis wore one!  And the rule was you had to wear green - and our guests all obliged quite willingly!

We set up a bar in the office, so that the living/dining room wouldn't get too crowded.  It helped to spread things out a bit.

Sadly, I don't have a ton of pictures of the decorating.... I guess I was having too much fun.  But here are a few detail shots of some of the highlights:

Those are MINT M&Ms!!  Has anyone else tried them?
They were AMAZING!  Found them at Target.
Now I need to make a trip back to the U.S. just to find those again!

Matt showed up with these about an hour before the guests arrived!

The green kettle was a wedding gift.

And of course it could be used to make...

Green Tea! 
Irish Flag made of vegetables

Guinness cupcake with Baileys icing made by my VERY talented friend!

Aren't they beautiful?

She made everything, even the shamrocks on top!
We had a really great time.  Some time around 3:00 am our living room was converted to a 1980's reggae dance hall and all the hangers-on were dancing.  We loved it though!   Thanks to everyone who made it out!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Spring is in the air!

Weather in Toronto has been unseasonably mild and snowless all winter this year.  Sunday was no exception.  The temperature got up to about 16 degrees Celsius and it was sunny all day, it was amazing!   Sunday also happened to be the day we switched the clocks forward, and lost an hour.  But Matt and I had a VERY productive day despite that.

We woke up early and had a nice brunch with about 16 of our closest friends and family members.  Most of them were headed to the St. Patrick's Day parade, but we had other ideas for how to spend the first warm, sunny day of the year.

On the way home from brunch, we stopped into West Elm and ordered our bed frame!  We should be in business with a new bed in about 2 weeks.  I can't wait to have our new headboard in place once and for all.

Then we came home and I got to work on our night tables that we bought off Kijiji back in December.  The spraypaint cans all specify that the temperature must be above 10 degrees outside in order for it to dry properly, so I've been waiting for a suitable day for months.

I decided to use spraypaint instead of regular paint for a few reasons: lower cost, faster, and a smoother finish.  I was able to complete both tables with just one can of primer and two cans of colour.

I am already happy with the results!

I have yet to choose drawer pulls.  And I'm now debating spraying the inside of the drawers too.  Is it just me, or is a night table a very personal thing?  I'm a bit uncomfortable using someone else's night table for my own personal items.  So I'm thinking that spraying them with a fresh coat on the inside might rectify that concern?

While we left them out to dry, Matt and I also went for our first bike ride of the year.  I thought it'd be just a nice leisurely ride around the neighbourhood.  But we ended up riding for 2 hours, and covered lots of territory: the lake, High Park, and Bloor Street West.  No matter where we went, there were tons of happy, smiley people enjoying the day and marvelling at the weather.

The waterfront in our end of town has a great view of the city skyline.

We ended the day with a nice dinner with family at a long-time favourite restaurant, Grazie.

It was a jam-packed, fulfilling 23-hour day!