Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A premature announcement + Adventures in Canadian furniture shopping

So my new job (this is a bit cocky to say, it hasn't yet been officially offered to me) is in St. John's, Newfoundland. Random, yes, I know.

Kyle and I are beyond excited for it, though. We really think this move is not only going to be a fun adventure for us, but moving to a place where the cost of living is so much lower than here is going to help us get ahead financially in ways we could never accomplish on the west coast.

We are planning on selling nearly all of our worldly possessions here in preparation for this move, since moving furniture is pricey, especially for things of such low quality as we've accumulated here.  This presents challenges, of course: we are going to have to start anew when (if) we get to our new home. St. John's is not very big, certainly smaller than here, and I am not familiar with the shops there AT ALL. All I know is that the nearest IKEA (they who bringeth good design to us peasant people) is very, VERY far away. In fact, every retailer I know of is very, very far away from St. John's.

So I've been doing some searching on the internet, and it looks like my design options will be..... well, lacking, with the exception of a couple of small and pricey shops.

Enter Modern Karibou, which is an online Canadian store with all the modern design I've been drooling over for the past.... wait, when was the internet invented?... let's just say, forever (and whose website i just spent a completely indecent amount of time drooling over).

Including this sofa from Gus* Modern, which I have subsequently nicknamed 'the sexiest sofa ever in the history of the universe':

Yeah, so, it's $3500. But we are talking about forever peices here, no? (Bonus: Gus* is also a Canadian company who is beginning to construct their furnishings from sustainable woods and fabrics)

and this just-right coffee table from OFFI:
Scando Table, $649-799 CAD

I've created a wishlist to show Kyle when he gets home, which includes a lot of bed and table linens from Dwell and Amenity, as well as a Fatboy. (Side note: looking at my wishlist, my choices are much more strong-lined and masculine than I would ever have guessed.)

So, in short, I can't afford any of this. But you bet I can save my pennies and make splurges one at a time until I have the furniture collection I've always lusted over.
And, In the meantime, I can always go fantasy-shopping.


  1. Great idea! Love seeing a creative mind work and gain success!!!!!! Hope it continues to grow!


  2. Anna your awesome! Um btw, what are you getting rid of? I'm moving to Powell to the River (As you probably know from FB) and have an awesome art deco apartment with an ocean view and no money to decorate it :( let me know if your having a garage sale!