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09 February 2012 @ 08:38 pm
So I posted a while ago, trying to get opinions about whether or not to move into a new unit. I live in a low-rise, 100 year old heritage building in Toronto with my wife, our 9 month old daughter and our two cats. We decided to go for it, and haven't looked back! We are absolutely loving the new space. Sure, we miss having closets and the fire escape doesn't have quite the same appeal as our old balcony (although since it's winter we haven't noticed that issue much), but the new space is so much bigger and brighter. We're still getting stuff on the walls and other small things (isn't it always a work in progress???) but it totally feels like home. We see ourselves staying here for a good long while!

here is the post with the floorplans and photos of our old apartment.

First, some before shots. These were taken before we moved in - the guy who lived here before just happened to also have a red couch.



And now!

Entrance. We are missing a front hall closet, so we splurged on an excellent coat rack.

Hall leading to the kitchen

Some folks think we should put this poster away when our daughter gets a bit older...on one hand, it's effin' rad. On the other hand, it's a poster of girls with big guns. Hmm.

Kitchen. The old floor and cupboards were in rough shape, so the building put in brand new floors and cupboards. Loving them!

We ended up using a lot of the same paint colours - because a) we like them and b) we didn't want to/can't afford to buy a lot of new stuff! This one is actually a slightly warmer, lighter orange than our old kitchen that still matches the curtain.

This rack used to be in our bathroom, but wouldn't fit in the new space. Now it's a kitchen rack instead!

Various tins from Amsterdam/Iceland

Bathroom. Same pink. We had half a can leftover so I squeezed every last drop out of it. We're both off work right now, so are on a relatively right budget.

We miss our clawfoot tub. But this shower curtain is pretty rad.

Living room/dining room/office. This space is HUGE. It gets a ton of light and feels awesome.

Living room now. We're ordering a small sofabed since we had to ditch our old futon (as the cats peed on it...sigh). Hopefully it will fit in well....it's a big enough space, so I think it should be ok.

OPINIONS SOUGHT: We need a rug for the living room. Any thoughts? Colour, size?

Sadie's room. I love this colour! It was inspired by the cover of a Charley Harper board book we have for her. We are planning on buying some birch tree decals for the walls once we're both working again. We were inspired by this room.

Mobile I made.

Our bedroom. This is 'November Skies' paint colour. We moved at the end of October and indeed, we saw this colour sky many, many times after we moved.

Coincidentally, we both inherited our grandfathers' typewriters after they died. The 'hands' are a jewellry holder my grandfather made, using my grandma's hands as a template.

We co-sleep, hence the toys.

Naked lady sketch we got at a flea market.

I just realized I don't have photos of the two walls where I was seeking opinions on what to do with them! Oops. Will post again once I have the photos taken.

Thanks for looking in the meantime!
Janelleavec_bonheur on February 10th, 2012 01:44 am (UTC)
Adorable and I love love love your reading nook omg

I have a potential-maybe-if the cards play out that way offer to move to Toronto in the fall and your pretty apartment really makes me want to!

Care to disclose which area of T-Dot you're in? PM is fine or here or not at all, haha.
allisonjayneallisonjayne on February 10th, 2012 01:54 am (UTC)
We're in cabbagetown. For whatever it's worth, I LOVE living here. There definitely are a lot of beautiful old buildings/houses in this city, if you like that look.

Janelleavec_bonheur on February 10th, 2012 02:05 am (UTC)
Neat! I think if I end up moving up it'll be up in North York. :)
Taraoneandonlytara on February 10th, 2012 01:51 am (UTC)
LOVE your place! Your daughter's room is to.die.for.

Also, I have the same shower curtain. I'm using it as a closet "door" though. I get a ton of "omg I love that, where did you get it?!"
helenatroy on February 10th, 2012 01:55 am (UTC)
You guys have a *way* with interiors!

Second the reading-nook window love - Win!
luminatedstarsluminatedstars on February 10th, 2012 01:59 am (UTC)
I will say that I absolutely love what you ended up doing with the space you've got! It's so cozy and comfortable, and has a great amount of character.
We also have a lot of the same Vegan cookbooks!
Congrats on an awesome space!
A New Healthy Me!zen_girl on February 10th, 2012 02:30 am (UTC)
I love your apartment!!! I'm uber jealous here in Edmonton:)
WhiteWulfewhitewulfe on February 10th, 2012 03:21 am (UTC)
Yeah, Edmonton seems to be... lacking in a number of nice loft-areas
A New Healthy Me!zen_girl on February 10th, 2012 03:47 am (UTC)
agreed or anything with character
slow_turning: many catsslow_turning on February 10th, 2012 09:08 am (UTC)
I'm so envious that you got to paint your walls... I can't do anything here. :(

Your place has lots of warmth and charm - I hope you'll be very happy there!
twilight_museazraelgrrl on February 11th, 2012 12:46 am (UTC)
very nice job!!
Someone looking to get by and to get through it.lyingsmiles on February 11th, 2012 04:49 pm (UTC)
LOVE the place! And don't you dare take that poster down for any reason!
Ashes: sherlock-sherlock&watsoncheeky_duckie on February 11th, 2012 07:27 pm (UTC)
Your apartment is amazing! I love the paint colors you chose, and the whole apartment looks super comfortable. <3
Adversity breeds creativityred_dragn on February 11th, 2012 10:42 pm (UTC)
your home is unbelievably gorgeous. I am in awe! It looks effortless. well done!

Annikannk0711 on February 17th, 2012 05:05 pm (UTC)
what a lovely home =)
lyndseycislunar on March 2nd, 2012 04:13 am (UTC)
I love the wood work through out the place! Excellent job on collaborating small (sometimes overlooked) details. Also, I must say the utensil rack in the kitchen is a wonderful idea and has definitely inspired some organization at our home.