Chapters Indigo Fall Preview 2014

I was lucky enough to be invited to drop by the Chapters Indigo Fall Preview yesterday afternoon. Today is a bit of a relaxing day for me so I thought I'd put on the Camera Obscura, sit down, and write out a proper blog post about it. 

   The preview setup. I thought the leaves dangling from the ceiling were a nice decorative element. It definitely felt like fall in here. There weren't actually too many people so I had a good opportunity to look at things closely.

 

The preview setup. I thought the leaves dangling from the ceiling were a nice decorative element. It definitely felt like fall in here. There weren't actually too many people so I had a good opportunity to look at things closely.

   The table setup. I was in love with all the copper elements, and I think the textures here are working well together (between the copper, wood, and fabric, and bread, it feels rustic, as it should.)

 

The table setup. I was in love with all the copper elements, and I think the textures here are working well together (between the copper, wood, and fabric, and bread, it feels rustic, as it should.)

   I'm a sucker for anything gold/black. It's probably my favorite combo of "colors" imaginable. I might even buy one of these candles just because of the packaging, but they also happened to be my favorite scent among the options. The  Voluspa  website describes it as a "warm, exotic mixture of light amber, vanilla benzoin, and Indonesian patchouli." Hey... I know some of those words!

 

I'm a sucker for anything gold/black. It's probably my favorite combo of "colors" imaginable. I might even buy one of these candles just because of the packaging, but they also happened to be my favorite scent among the options. The Voluspa website describes it as a "warm, exotic mixture of light amber, vanilla benzoin, and Indonesian patchouli." Hey... I know some of those words!

   Again with the black and gold. I am a big fan of "plain" purses... in other words, things are aren't embellished to oblivion, which is why I loved these little wristlets. Excellent for a day about town.

 

Again with the black and gold. I am a big fan of "plain" purses... in other words, things are aren't embellished to oblivion, which is why I loved these little wristlets. Excellent for a day about town.

   OK. This is the worst photo ever BUT check. out. these. mason jar. shot glasses. Shot glasses. Whaaaaaaat. May have audibly gasped when I saw them. So stinkin' cute. 

 

OK. This is the worst photo ever BUT check. out. these. mason jar. shot glasses. Shot glasses. Whaaaaaaat. May have audibly gasped when I saw them. So stinkin' cute. 

   These  Pluck teas  caught my eye as well. Check out these flavors. Niagara Icewine. Is this a joke? I need this. Right now. The one behind it is "Smoky Maple" which sounds the perfect "windows-open-reading-a-book-fall-time" tea. But seriously... Niagara Icewine. I need this.

 

These Pluck teas caught my eye as well. Check out these flavors. Niagara Icewine. Is this a joke? I need this. Right now. The one behind it is "Smoky Maple" which sounds the perfect "windows-open-reading-a-book-fall-time" tea. But seriously... Niagara Icewine. I need this.

   Last on my Indigo Faves list was this "Today is a good day" pillow (which I'm pretty sure that all of us who attended the preview took the exact same photo.) It just demands attention... and to be honest, I'm not usually one for "words on objects", I think it can easily drift into the realm of cliché, but this pillow is kind of neat. It might be the use of the bold, plain font that helps it's design, now that I think about it, but it works. If anything, it at least inspires me to want to take up embroidery or something. 

 

Last on my Indigo Faves list was this "Today is a good day" pillow (which I'm pretty sure that all of us who attended the preview took the exact same photo.) It just demands attention... and to be honest, I'm not usually one for "words on objects", I think it can easily drift into the realm of cliché, but this pillow is kind of neat. It might be the use of the bold, plain font that helps it's design, now that I think about it, but it works. If anything, it at least inspires me to want to take up embroidery or something. 

All in all, the preview was a pretty neat experience! I think the set up was beautiful and now all I want is a hot cup of tea and something.... anything... that has maple in it. I think the great thing about Chapters is that it really does support independent businesses by opening up their product to a larger audience. Brands like Drip Maple, Studio Patro, Rifle Paper Co., Knot & Bow, Honeycomb Studio, among others (those are just the ones I can name off the top of my head) are all brands that I personally enjoy and love to see grow larger and become more successful. It's also a great way to make it much more accessible to the Canadian market. I think Chapters also focuses on finding and promoting products with good design which is so important to me! At the end of the preview, I walked away with a little gift bag that had a mug and candle and a copy of Covet Garden which I dove into immediately. (No Pluck Tea though... sad Andrea.) 

On another note, I realize I rarely write blog posts. It's something that I'd like to get into doing more, but I won't be promising it to anyone. I think when I first started writing, I worried about having to write about what other people cared about, and then never wrote anything. But really, this blog is for me, just to write about interesting things that happen.... to me. So the next post might be this weekend, maybe a week from now, or maybe longer than that. We'll see! Thanks for reading. 

A.

DIY: A 1960's Couch Reupholstery Project

This post has been a long time coming. And I mean a long time. After recently moving to Toronto, I realized.... I really needed something to sit on. Milk crates and the floor were just not going to cut it. But I wasn't about to take on any hand-me-down or ugly thrift store couch. Then I'd probably have it for years and it would sit in my living room and I would silently loathe it every time I saw it. 

I knew I wanted something modern, chic, something that would last me a long time and that would also be really versatile. So I started a project. I decided I wanted to reupholster a couch. Wooooow easier said than done, let me tell you. I'd be totally lying if I said I did it on my own too - I definitely got copious amounts of help from my mom and my neighbour. Check out these pictures of the transformation... 

Unfortunately this is the best picture I have of the couch from the front in its entire "before" mode. The fabric had this yellow, satiny paisley flower sort of pattern... very not cool. But the style? Hella fabulous. I needed this couch.

Unfortunately this is the best picture I have of the couch from the front in its entire "before" mode. The fabric had this yellow, satiny paisley flower sort of pattern... very not cool. But the style? Hella fabulous. I needed this couch.

From the side. You can see the color more clearly here. Still sitting in the thrift shop, just waiting to be bought by me.

After I bought it... the removing of staples began. So. many. staples. Enough staples to end me. I got through it.... barely. But it's important to pull them all out so that when you go to staple your new fabric in, your staples are less likely to bounce back and cause problems.

Obligatory instagram shot. We had to take the couch apart. Its held together literally by maybe 4 bolts. You can see the wood frame is still excellent. Benefits of buying an older couch.

When we took the cushions off, we saw this little tag on the fabric...

When we took the cushions off, we saw this little tag on the fabric...

...oh. Well that's kind of neat! So I know the couch is at least a couple years older than 1968.

Like I said, enlist the help of someone who SERIOUSLY knows how to sew, if you don't. (I don't.) My neighbour was kindly enough to help us out... As you can see, I chose a grey neutral fabric. I knew exactly what I had in mind before I even bought the couch.

Pokin' the holes for the buttons. Long strings get pulled through the back and pulled taut through a bit of batting so that the buttons don't get loose over time.

Recovering the cushions. Lots of batting. Cushions were probably the toughest part. The ends required a bunch of hand sewing.

Stapling on the dust cover. Easiest part of the whole process, and maybe most satisfying as its also the last part!

Putting it back together again. Kind of scary. Praying it'll be alright!

DONE. I forgot to take pictures of the cushions as they were being sewn. They're not perfect.... I sewed the piping... I know, I'm talentless. I think maybe I would get them done by a professional if I were to ever reupholster something again. It's really difficult to get the corners perfect. Props to people who can sew worth a dime.

How it looks actually in the apartment now. I think the entire process took maybe 12-15 hours, but all those hours happened over a couple busy months, so it feels really... REALLY good to have this couch now. I can see myself getting it redone again in the very far future, mainly because I love this style of couch so much and I think the frame will last a long time.

So glad to finally be done, but there's alway another project I have on my to-do list. Next: DIY wooden stump table? Maybe some pillow cushion covers for the new couch (argh, sewing!) Also my Etsy shop is still in the works so I'm working on that steadily. Excited about it! Thanks for reading! 

AZ