I've been torn between wanting to get nice things vs. the practicality of said nice things. When it comes to furniture, there's no world like West Elm's. Eventhough in the States, West Elm is really a mid-range furniture company that you graduate to after IKEA, as the prices are a little expensive but nice. Pottery Barn & Crate Barrel on the upper end, and Restoration Hardware is at the top, and if you're really into spending the big bucks, 1stdibs. Unfortunately, Canadians have to contend with terrible exchange rates, so West Elm sits on the higher end of the budget. Hence if I were to pick something from that store, I'd have to be 110% sure that this is what I want.
Our bed broke a couple of months ago, and though it was a West Elm bed frame, when we moved, the movers partially broke the middle beam when they moved it out of my apartment and the tiny screw and lack of adjustment of the middle beam was just a recipe for disaster. I was very sad when it broke permanently and could not salvage anything, except the slats that came with (which are now used as garden beds that the hubby recycled, he's so crafty). So we're on the hunt for a new bed frame. I'm typically one who pours over hours on websites looking for the best deal, quality and style. But I always came back to West Elm, simply because I just want something simple but sturdy.
Of course, there's the dream bed frame.
You have no idea how much I LOVE this. Unfortunately it's an iron bed, meaning it's incredibly heavy, and practically unmovable (but gotta love the sturdiness!), and would definitely need a rug beneath so as not to scratch the floor. It weighs a whopping 130lbs. It would squeeze into our bedroom, but I'm too afraid of it damaging our door frame or any kind of wall if we maneuver it and it dents something. Also, it's $2600CAD vs. $1600USD, tax & shipping not included. Way too expensive and not practical for our small space living.
So we're looking to settle for one that was similar to the old West Elm frame, but without the upholstered sides (which they've run out of in the size we want, it's too bad because I'm super clumsy and knock my shins and knees on bed frames). And I think this one would fit us best.
The pic makes it seem like there's only 4 legs, but all beds have a middle beam with like 3 extra legs in the middle to support the slats. The hubby is tired of seeing white and I refuse to get chocolate anything, so this is a good middle ground. It retails at $660CAD + tax & shipping, so we're probably looking at $880 total. A much more affordable scale, not IKEA affordable but I'm looking for sturdiness and durability. Let's just hope the shippers don't mess up the frame when they deliver it.
Unfortunately, my beautiful dining chairs that I've bought from Structube are not holding up the weight of my husband's bum slamming down into the seat. He's already damaged both seats I have where the screw is so worn down, it doesn't screw in anymore, and the metal bends are so bent that the paint is chipping off and looks like it's on its last legs. 😣 I've thought about going authentic and get the real Herman Miller plastic molded Eames chairs, thinking perhaps the higher price tag would serve for better quality, but what if he damages those too?? The great thing about these molded chairs (as attested by my co-worker who has two small kids), they are childproof and easy to clean. I can't say the same for upholstered dining chairs (my cats will probably scratch them to death and spills are common in my household). Also, they're SUPER comfortable (except in the winter). I won't replace them until they're actually broken, but perhaps I will try to go for the metal frame rather than the wooden dowels. Knowing I'd be too paranoid in getting the originals damaged, I'd rather spend the money on Structube's version and see where that takes me. If I lose those two as well, then at least it would not be a total loss on the wallet.
I have the dining set on the left with the wooden dowels, but looking to get the metal frame instead. The Herman Miller originals are over $500 a pop, but with a much wider range of colors, style and materials. You can also choose the fiberglass version or the plastic version. They're beautiful but I can't afford to lose $1000 for daily use. The originals are said to hold up to 300lbs, but that's only if you gently sit in them, as in you ease into them, but I'd have to see them and test them in person if I'm going to be spending that much if I get them.
Some Not Good Decisions
I bought these plastic place mats from Simons last year, thinking that my blue IKEA place mats were old and dirty and needed something that was easier to clean. The thin plastic things I got were such a TERRIBLE idea. They stuck to the table and eventually the dirt an grime just made an ugly ring around them. Can we say worst decisions ever? I also couldn't move them freely because they were suctioned to the table. We recently visited Zone Maison, and I absolutely love their kitchenware this year! I found these super cute cloth place mats and had to have them. I'm much happier with these, and if they need cleaning I just throw them in the wash with the laundry.
This year's crop of dishware is very similar to Anthropologie's artsy, flowery, print covered wares. Zone went Japanese this season, with lots of rice bowls and sushi plates in cute Japanese motifs like cherry blossoms or traditional indigo ink art. I definitely like these a lot, but as it stands, we're low on cabinet space and there's nothing wrong with what we have now in terms of functionality. I know these won't be available in the future, but let's be practical for now, we don't need these right away. Le sigh!
As much as I have a penchant for greatly decorated rooms, there's just no way I can adhere to it living with my husband. We've been living together for a year and it's impossible, lol. I myself am pretty messy, so to keep our house tidy and clutter free is a constant battle. I don't know how these lifestyle bloggers who have children are able to keep everything so clutter free. Our kitchen counter and sink are always a hot mess, there's rolling hairballs, knick knacks and junk everywhere. I've tried in vain to get rid of stuff earlier this year, but it didn't make a dent. The best that I can do is buy storage furniture and boxes to hide everything because a cluttered house makes me feel disorganized and I hate that feeling. It doesn't help that whenever I try to get rid of something, he comes up with an idea of reusing what I'm trying to throw away. Eventually once we get back, I'm definitely getting rid of stuff, this is my main mission!