8.10.10

this is where i live


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.

56 comments:

  1. I love the peek into your home. The colors are all so soft and relaxed. That print that you got is amazing. what a find!

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  2. yah, so glad you did this post!
    i've loved all these posts, you're a genuis.
    i want everything in your home.

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  3. Ooh, I love your apartment! It's full of such unique finds. This post makes me wish I could go shopping with you!

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  4. Ok girl, I'm moving into your apartment. Let's trade :) It's such a lovely home fill with kitten soft treats!

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  5. i love all the details, so glad you did your home! this is such a wonderful series, can't wait to see more!

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  6. Thank you for sharing your pad with us Anabela and for a week of very inspiring and nosey posts!

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  7. this is a great series and I love these photos of your home. it's always interesting to see things similar to mine in other people's homes...the milk glass, cameras and doilies are so lovely!

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  8. I love the lace light cover. Our walls are plaster and lathe and we're having the hardest time hanging shelves up. Any suggestions? Yours look beautiful!

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  9. I loved this peek into your home! so pretty.

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  10. So great! I love seeing a little more of your home Anabela - it's so perfectly you and perfectly lovely in every way.

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  11. Oh man, the peacock wallpaper in your dining room? Absolutely perfect. Wherever did you find it?? It looks so elegant and peaceful, I want to paper my whole house with it!

    Your apartment is lovely, so many whites and pastel pinks...very pretty.

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  12. I've been peeking at your series and getting ideas! I have a hard time 'decorating' and I have no idea where to begin.

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  13. I have loved this series. I hope you'll run these features again!

    x

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  14. your home is lovely!

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  15. yes, will you please come decorate my house?

    also, i want a carly waito print in every room of my house!

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  16. Such a wonderful series...and your apt is so light and fresh...such a happy feel!

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  17. Thanks for sharing! It's so fun to peek at all the objects and artwork around your home.

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  18. I've been craving arrows like that. From what Etsy shop did you get them?

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  19. I'm very jealous of your home! Where I live can only be described as a basement with a good view. This holidays I'm going to try and find some nice pictures/things/decorate within an inch of it's life, since I'm settled now. I will def be taking inspiration from your excellent blog :D

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  20. your home looks absolutely gorgeous! it's full of such little charming things and details and it's so white and crisp, i love it!

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  21. such a stunning home!
    beautiful inspiration. :)

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  22. Thanks for sharing your home - these photos are not in any way repeats of what's already been shown. The Finnish textiles poster is a sweet find - we've been wanting some graphic artek posters for some time. I love how lovingly lived in your place is. Actually all the places you feature. I guess that's one of the concessions I have to make with our minimalist tendencies. But I really appreciate it in other people's personal style.

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  23. Hi everyone- Geoff here, Anabela's other half. I just wanted to say how much I also love this series, both from a stylistic and voyeuristic perspective!

    I think 'lived in' is a great description. It's funny because the flip-side of that is that on a day-to-day level, Anabela and I make decorating choices based more on intuition and working with what we have/find than any specific conscious choice to make our home look a certain way. We're more used to absorbing ideas than being a model of inspiration to others- everything in these photos is really a slow development of us finding ways to be happy with where we live, and we often do get bored/restless and want to try new things. It's great to hear how closely this feeling seems to be echoed in the other guest posts from this week!

    -Geoff

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  24. I loved this post, it's wonderful! Everything is so nicely organized and pretty! And that blue typewriter is amazing!

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  25. I absolutely loved getting an insight into all those details about your home. It's such a lovely place!

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  26. Your ceiling beams are so cool! I also saw those arrows at Robber and thought they made such a great accent.

    P.S. I went to Proudest Pony yesterday on your recommendation and I'm very happy with my haircut. The stylist was very lovely and she got what I wanted.

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  27. I loved coming all week long to see Julia, Kate, Siri and Reanna's places. Each so different and so wonderful. I loved getting a peek into their homes and build ideas for making my own just as special.

    As always, I think your place looks amazing, Anabela! You and Geoff have a wonderful home.

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  28. i loved this serious and i love your home. i love seeing all the pieces you've chose and each of them seem to be completely fitting. your intuitions are lovely and i love the blog.
    i'm completely gushing.

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  29. I need need need those arrows! Please can you tell us which etsy store they're from?

    Your home is lovely :)

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  30. Lovely place! I could live here pretty easily. I REALLY love the blue lamp. What a find!

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  31. You have a really lovely appartment:>

    I'm so amazed by crocheted lamp!! I want them all over my house!!!

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  32. I adore your place, Anabela.
    Everything is beautiful, thanks for sharing and thanks for the shout out ;)

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  33. I have thouroughly enjoyed this series of posts - please, keep more coming! A weekly feature perhaps?
    I wish that my home was as beautiful as yours and the others from the previous posts
    xx

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  34. i love where you live, anabela. love.

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  35. Your place is beautiful! I think we live on the same street!!?
    I too live near the Dufferin Grove & I smell the Cadbury Factory.

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  36. your space is so beautiful, i'm especially fond of your camping themed mantle :)

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  37. i love your place, anabela (and geoff, haha)! so bright and comfy..so pretty. that milkglass lamp is to die for!!! seriously! i've never seen anything like it! totally in love. man.

    and this is the first time i've seen the light shade up and hanging i think?? makes my heart melt a bit.. <3

    also the sconces about the fireplace, so cute!

    i know what you mean about book shelves..we just painted one from ikea that we've had forever..it's not AWFUL but it's not ideal.
    also i think we need a picture rail..always forget to look into one at ikea. very handy i think!

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  38. All the lovely cat prints, the button card, the arrows, the vintage blankets print - sooo many great details to pour over! Loved it. What a superb apartment! xo

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  39. you have such an amazing place..i love all the details here and there..so wonderful, so much taste

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  40. beautiful details of your home, Anabela. Any stories you can share about the swanky typewriter? I love me some typewriters.

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  41. can i come live with you guys?

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  42. Anabela, I love love love your place. Love the personality of your heavenly home and I'm so determine to make my own as great as yours. Thanks!

    hugs and kisses from Malaysia~~

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  43. love the clean lines
    xx

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  44. so beautiful!!! :D

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  45. I love everything about your apartment. the details, the colours, the light. so inspiring. :)

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  46. I love everything about your apartment. the details, the colours, the light. so inspiring. :)

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  47. This is very inspiring! Also, I'm in love with the kitty print!

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  48. Anonymous19.10.10

    may I ask where you work? or what you do?

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  49. Hi,
    I'm Portuguese, from Viana do Castelo, but I lived for 7 years on Brock avenue, in Toronto!! I have just discovered your blog and I love it! Parabéns
    beijinho, Isabel

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  50. It's funny I went back to this post cause I linked to your interior feature on my blog and now I see that there is an issue of The Gentlewomen on your bed. I bought that same issue and have just reviewed it. I thought it was pretty good, great interviews with fresh topics, the best ethnic and age representation I have ever seen in a magazine and blissfully free of all the fluff that can really wear me down when I read to many glossys. Would have loved less minimalistic fashion, but apart from that I really have not much complaints. I am curious if you enjoyed it too?

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  51. Oh I love the holga cat-camera :) as well as my cat hehe

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  52. Is there room for one more?!
    Lol! Loooooovely home, the "candy" sign is awesome!

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  53. You "light up my life" today with this delightful post.

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