After I posted pictures of Tara-Lynn's apartment, she asked me when I was going to write a similar post with pictures of my apartment. My first reaction was that it was unnecessary, since there are so many pictures of it here and on my Flickr account. It seems only fair that I contribute to my own series, although I feel a bit shy about it, which is silly.
Geoff & I live on the second floor of a house in the Dufferin Grove area of Toronto. There are a few things I don't like about this apartment: the walls are uninsulated plaster & lath, the windows are drafty, the boiler is inefficient (we're responsible for the heating bills). The floors are old linoleum in most rooms. They aren't pretty. We keep meaning to paint them white but it seems like such a daunting task that we haven't done it yet (we also want to repaint all the rooms while we're at it). There are, however, so many wonderful things about this apartment that will keep us here until they kick us out. The rent is reasonable -- even inexpensive -- for this part of town and for an apartment with two bedrooms as well as two smaller extra rooms (extra rooms?). The neighbourhood keeps getting better & better, it's a 35 minute walk to work, we live on the subway line, and occasionally our neighbourhood smells of chocolate because we're close to the Cadbury factory. We have southern exposure, a skylight, and a window in every room. We have a shared backyard but we never use it because we're so close to a public park, a park that allows people to have campfires and a park that has a weekly farmer's market. Our downstairs neighbours are lovely; 91 year old Louisa tells me that I look great every time I see her on their porch. And the beams (above) in our dining room are pretty cool.
Left to right: artwork by Aprile Elcich, vintage boats photo, print from isphotography. I somehow got into the habit of hanging my necklaces from this shelf in the bedroom.
Silk, vintage fur, antique beads.
Yes, these are my own photographs, but I like them. The print on the end is from Abby. This is a picture rail above the sofa that we change around once every so often.
For a while we had a bookcase in this corner but it drove me crazy. I prefer open shelving, the bookcase was always overcrowded, and the one we had wasn't a very good use of space. Geoff has wanted to build an open shelving system for a long time (we researched Elfa in 2007, but it was expensive). Since we already had these shelves, he put them up. There are stacks of magazines and books on the floor. His dad built us a really nice low bookcase for the bedroom, and we're hoping to get more at some point. Our book collection is out of control and hidden away in the spare room.
We keep some cameras handy on these shelves. The button card was sent to me from Paris by my friend Annie, and the feather is by Lizzy Stewart.
I need a wider angle lens.
We rearrange the mantle quite often, and this summer we found ourselves laughing while putting together this ridiculous camp/heritage number. The print on the left in need of a frame is by Erin, the one on the right by Abby. Erin also made the Ontario embroidery. I bought those arrows one day while chatting with Erin (another Erin); she said that she wanted one from Maryam Nassir Zadeh, and after I told her that vintage arrows were available for a lot less money on Etsy we ended up ordering a dozen and splitting them up. Hers are on display at Robber. Mine sat in the box for a few months. There are rocks & drfitwood from the shores of Lake Ontario on the mantle, and our beloved radio is topped by a broken owl lamp from Coe & Waito.
The milk glass lamp was one of my favourite-ever finds at the Newmarket Antiques Mall (RIP).
I try not to get the fridge too cluttered, but it's hard. Polaroid of magnolias, a vintage postcard, postcards for two group shows that Carly was in, funny postcard.
We're pretty lazy gardeners around here, but it's nice to have real herbs for cooking.
That little cabinet was found on the side of the road in Parkdale. That stack of fabric haunts my dreams.
Bunny print from Sonja.
We have two of these teak side tables by the sofa, where I do most of my hand stitching. I bought the doilies (which were starched) for another purpose but really they make the best coasters.
I'm kind of over that "welcome" sign on the wall but at least it's functional. We hang our bicycle helmets from it. Conifers poster from Lovely Design.
This lamp is from Caitlin, the candy sign is from Southworks Antique Market. This is my tiny sewing room.
Even though I have a dedicated sewing room, my sewing machine lives on the dining room table these days. We like to spend most of our time in the living/dining room.
I like a messy bed. Here I was trying to get reading material together for my trip.
We found this in a thrift store the other day for $10. It was a nice surprise. It's from a Finnish textiles exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in 1969.
I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank Julia, Siri, Kate, and Reanna again. They really understood what I am trying to do with this series. I would happily move right in to any of their homes! I hope all of you enjoyed these posts.