I can’t believe I’m welcoming you into my home for the 3rd time in 4 years. Ever since I was little, I would change up my bedroom and Barbie house as often as my mood changed and that was a lot, let me tell you. Nothing’s changed as I’ve gotten older! I’m excited to bring you into my Vancouver condo and share a new home tour with design elements that I’ve very proud of. This tour is a little different than the other tours. I’m not going to be showing you the entire apartment as it isn’t completely done but I’m sharing the 2 most used areas of the home, the living room and dining room.
This home is very special to me because I share it with my boyfriend, Alex. I feel like this home is a healthy mix of both of our interests and aesthetics (maybe a little more of mine hehe) and we’ve chosen some of the bigger pieces together. Alex and I have a passion for antique and vintage furniture and are drawn to the 1950’s – 1970’s with modern and traditional elements. We enjoy searching for pieces that tell a story from another time that we can use to create new memories. It took us nearly 3 months to pull the trigger on our 1950’s antique credenza. I thought about it every day since seeing it for the first time and we may have discussed it about 2 times a week until we purchased it. It filled our need for storage, display and instead of purchasing a bar cart, we used one side as a bar.
Our dining table is just as special but has a more modern twist. The moment we saw this table we knew we had to have it and purchased it immediately. The tabletop is made from Vitrolite, an opaque pigmented glass that was heavily used in the US & UK in the 1930’s. A very large sheet of it was shipped from New York to Vancouver to be made into table tops for a local restaurant and now it’s made it’s way into our living room.
Besides an interest in antiques, I’ve recently taken on refurbishment projects. I purchased this dining table from Craigslist for $90 in the hopes of stripping it and staining it. This was the exact table that I was looking for but couldn’t find online in-stores. It has a 1950’s style with a middle leaf that turns from a 4 seater to a 6 seater. I’m going to share my process of how I refurbished it on the blog soon!
Besides the larger items, it’s the smaller, everyday pieces that make the home. Plants are an absolute must and Alex and I have recently purchased our first Bearbricks from Seattle that act as a reminder of our vacation. To compliment our hand-crafted furniture, we’ve found hand-crafted ceramic bowls & hand-woven baskets from Indigo that pull shades of cream and brown from the Persian rug. The ceramic dinnerware also came in a dusty robin’s egg blue that I have my eyes on… among other items. In fact, all Indigo items were purchased online and we were so surprised with the online exclusive home items that Indigo offers. We always thought they sold smaller decorative items like pillows and artwork but they actually carry Danish style furniture and a massive selection of dinnerware.
Below are more details on the items from our home. I’d love to know where you purchase your home decor from and if you know of any go-to antique shops in Vancouver!
Dining table – Craigslist for $90 and refurbished for $75
Dining chairs – Craigslist 6 for $40
Persian rug – Family heirloom
Ceramic dinnerware (serving bowls, soup bowls, salad plates and dinner plates – Indigo
Linen napkins – Indigo
Plant pots – London Drugs
Couch – Article
Accent chair – Craigslist for $35 and awaiting re-upholstery
Coffee table – Antique from Scott Landon with 1930’s glass top
Credenza Antique from Metroplitan Home from late 1950’s
Side table – L’Atelier Home
Faux cowhide rug – Rugs USA
Woven baskets – Indigo
Light fixture – Ikea
Moroccan Pouf – Authentic from Morocco
Wall art – Original photography by Paul Melo
Frames – Opus Art Supplies & Framing