Making our apartment a home has been a slow process. We still have so many little improvements to make. For example, you'll note our floor: linoleum. Hideous! We are thinking of painting the floors white (DIY here). At some point. Although I wouldn't be surprised if we found beautiful hardwood under the linoleum, knowing this apartment. Most of the walls are covered in painted-over wallpaper, it seems.
For now, we have added a low bookcase and a mirror to our bedroom. Geoff's dad built the bookcase out of fir plywood (total cost: $60). The measurements match the bed frame; Geoff designed it, inspired by a photo in Apartamento magazine. I am thrilled with it, and Geoff's dad enjoyed making it, which is nice.
The mirror came from underneath the cottage! It had been lying there for years and years and is wonderfully weathered now. The gilt has rotted away. It probably came from a bank; Geoff's grandfather was an architect with the Bank of Nova Scotia and was able to fill his home with cast-offs from bank branches. This was in the 1950s, when each bank was a special project, adorned with beautiful objects. Imagine!