15.9.09

small home improvements


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!

16 comments:

  1. Beautiful, beautiful things you've added. Your home looks so lovely and peaceful.

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  2. loving the beautiful shelf..
    Lino is awful. I once had an apartment that had what the (Excited) landlord called "marbleonium" - lino made to look like marble. it was a bright plummy color and it was... strange. *chuckle*

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  3. It looks lovely! I bet there's hardwood beneath that lino for sure!

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  4. Making a place into a home IS a long process. I think that found objects and handmade items certainly add the right character and sentiment. Your apartment looks absolutely lovely to me. Are those his and hers shirts on the doorknobs? Lovely!

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  5. Thank you! We didn't bother to tidy up before these pictures, because I don't care for staged photos! Erica, I think those are both Geoff's shirts but my Lena Corwin / Mociun tote! I had just washed it so it's all wrinkled.

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  6. What a great find that mirror is! I loved weathered old mirrors. And how fab to have a bookcase specially made for you :)

    There are always a million and one diy things to do around flats... I know that's how ours is and everything does happen very slowly! I've got my fingers crossed there's pretty boards under your lino – I say paint them regardless. A pot of paint can cover up many sins ;)

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  7. Oh, it looks so nice and cozy!

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  8. I'm getting to the point where everything in my home should have a story or it needs to be donated. There are, of course, a few exceptions for some essentials...I mean why should a toothbrush have a story? If it does, it's been around too long.

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  9. LOVE the book stacks. I always forget to do that.

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  10. one of my favorite things in a home is books & books & books, so over-flowing, & i'm loving the books against the wall!
    looks fabulous!
    ps, happy belated anniversary

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  11. i really love the mirror. although i'v always been afraid of putting one up in my apartment due to my little superstitions! :P

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  12. lovely additions. i need a bookshelf just like that!

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  13. Oh! I wish I had someone to build me furniture! Lucky ducks!
    I love that photo of your chandelier reflected in the mirror! Super dreamy!

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  14. i love that mirror and would love to know more about the chandelier and the color name of that creamy white on the walls.

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  15. Thanks, everyone! We actually shelved the stacks of books for now although I do quite like they way they looked on the floor. And yes, it is very nice to have someone to build stuff for us! It was an easy job and Geoff's dad has all the fancy equipment -- Geoff was supposed to help but his dad decided one day to just do it!

    Nancy, that chandelier is from Urban Outfitters! Yikes! I bought it on clearance in May. Parts of it were broken but nothing a little wood glue couldn't fix. As for the wall colour, I don't know! We haven't repainted. It's just an off-white, probably whatever dregs of paint the contractor had lying around, haha.

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  16. It looks lovely. And the mirror--it makes me think of how so many things involved at least a facade of luxury--that even flying used to be something you dressed up to do. So different from today!

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