Vintage living room
Home of Karen Bertelson of The Art of Doing Stuff, Hamilton, ON. (Photography by Donna Griffith)
What do you use this room for?
It’s the living room – the room in which we live. Unless you're me, in which case you live in the kitchen and on occasion visit the living room.
What was your inspiration for the room?
This is the room that started the Great House Purge of 2008. I was sick of my house. The kind of sick where every night you move all of your furniture around in hopes that changing its placement by four feet will make you love it.
I moved furniture every night for about two years. We bought the couch, which led to me selling/giving away/donating every single thing in my house. I got rid of it all (aside from a select few antiques and sentimental items), painted my whole house all-white and started from scratch.
What’s your fave piece in the room?
A brass, tri-leg lamp from Crate and Barrel that’s sitting on an end table (not shown) – I'm pretty sure I'm going to love it forever. Though that sentiment didn't hold true for any of my 1980s haircuts …
Repurposing the clear glass lamps on the sofa table. They were actually painted red and I wanted clear-based ones so I just stripped them. Also, the huge gold mirror over the couch was $7 at a garage sale, the tree stump end table I made for about $20 and you can't see it in the picture, but I have an original gold, Florentine glass-top table I got at a garage sale for $3.
The Crate & Barrel lamp.
What are you looking to add next?
This is kind of embarrassing, but it’s a flat-screen television. We still have an old fashioned, 1,500 pound (approximately) TV. My boyfriend is the only man on this planet who couldn't care less about having a flat screen television. I, on the other hand, am dying for one.