Monday, May 18, 2009

Pulling It All Together: Updated

It's been a whirlwind week.  We went from 1200 square feet of century-old, row house-living to 613 square feet on the 26th floor of a downtown condominium.  Just tonight (at 12:30AM) I ventured out into the city to fetch some Liz Lemon-style night cheese.  Convenience dot com.  It's awfully exciting. 

The move went really well - Jeff and Nick did all the heavy lifting while I hung back to organize, clean, and prepare for rapid-fire unpacking.  I can't live out of boxes, I can't function in a mess.  So, in a matter of 48 hours, I have more-or-less set up the entire apartment.  

The shelves in the photo below were an exceptional find on Craigslist.  They're something you'd find in an elementary school library - powder-coated steel, a mushroomy brown, totally adjustable.  They were a mere $150.  6 feet wide, 7 feet tall.  They are just the right hit of commercial-industrial: masculine and nerdy all at once.  They give the room much-needed height and are balanced by a gorgeous round mirror, placed off-centre above the couch.  We have lots of textures (velvet, wool, tweed, leather, wood, marble) and the steel is a perfect addition.  

More pictures will follow, but while on the subject of amazing Craigslist finds, you can see a round table in the foreground of the after photo below.  A local restaurant was refurnishing and sold their marble-topped, wooden-based bistro tables for a ridiculous $25.  It is the perfect size and easily seats four for a light brunch or a buffet-style dinner.  It's also a great place to work at a computer or jot a grocery list.  While we won't be able to host six for dinner, we can certainly enjoy a meal or a drunken board game with friends.  (Just today, Nick and Natasha came bearing flank steak sandwiches dressed with steamed rapini and an amazing gorgonzola spread, courtesy of her remarkable culinary skills.)  Its edges have a few chips and a worn quality - In a new building with little character, aged and interesting pieces like this lend a sense of history.

We await our drapes, which will really seal the deal for me.  While I love an unobstructed view of the city skyline and the Toronto islands beyond, I can't stand a bare window.  Stay tuned for a drapery update.

Also to come, a How To on those tone-on-tone stripes and a look at our bedroom and kitchen!  


  1. !!!

    I look forward to more. Love the stripes, big-time.

  2. Oh that's just devastatingly beautiful. Sigh.

  3. oh my gosh! love love love! you must show more pictures and close ups - i'm loving all of the details - and those shelves? score! the cage thingy on the counter...the globe collection...ahhh love it all.

    i also need to see that table close up - sounds divine!

  4. wow, so good! love those shelves.

  5. I love that the hanging bird cage light has been reinvented as a table lamp.

    The place looks great -well done!

  6. Ughh -- SO GOOD! Those shelves are genius and the colors look perfect!

    I just picked up the latest issue of Dwell mag and thought of you guys!

  7. Thanks, everyone!
    Your feedback is fantastic.