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The New(ish) Apartment

Published August 16, 2012 - 2 Comments

Due to technical difficulties the pictures that were associated with this post are no longer available.

I moved into the new place back in the middle of May.  Since then people have been asking to see what it looks like, but it’s never truly been photo-worthy.  Well, after going out and buying a few things to give it a little homier (is that even a word?) feel I stepped out of the apartment long enough for Jess to make it look beautiful again, and take some pictures… before I came back and added my own personal touch to the place… ie socks on the floor, hoodie laying where it fell, dishes in the sink…  Has anyone seen my keys?


The apartment is one of those old style ones quite common in the uptown, with a large house essentially cut into 4 units – 2 up and 2 down.  When you come into our apartment, you immediately walk up a steep flight of narrow stairs to the main level.

At the top of the stairs you can see a long narrow hallway with rooms all branching off to the right.  The wall that runs to the left of the hallway would be our neighbours directly on the other side.  Amazingly, it’s very rare to hear anyone over there.  I don’t know what that wall is made of, but it works great.

Jess put a small table with a big ornamental bowl on it at the top of the stairs by the coat rack.  I’m supposed to drop my keys in there when I come in… I’m getting better, but I still find myself running around frantically some mornings.



All the floors are hardwood.  I’m no expert, but they look like real hardwood to me.


If you come to the top of the stairs, and turn 180 degrees you see a fairly large area that isn’t truly a room, but is a nice open space by a large window.. and conveniently has a ceiling lamp hanging there.  Makes the perfect spot for a small office, with room left over to place our little bistro set, which serves as our eating area.  The guys who lugged my furniture up those stairs seemed really impressed with the floors.

Notice the artsy thing on the wall over the table?  That’s from Spurs Imports.  I would never have thought that I would have an appreciation for something like that, but Jess picked it out, and I love it!




We have a good sized living room, with a large bay window.  You can see that the brand new couch set and coffee / end tables look right at home! After living in an old farm house for over 3 years, surrounded by my grandmother’s old furniture you can not imagine how refreshing it is to come home and collapse on a couch that doesn’t want to… well… collapse!






Look!  There’s another piece from Spurs!  And that couch… ooohhh.. that couch… I’m not a big fan of sleeping on couches (did waaaay too much of that when I was married) but THAT couch is comfortable!





Here’s where all the magic happens.  And by “magic” I mean snoring.  After sleeping on a mattress 6 inches off the floor for the last 3 years, I knew that I wanted to get a kickass bed.  The bed frame is made of reclaimed wood, which means that it was once a barn or something.  You can see nail holes and other marks on it.  It certainly gives the whole thing a rustic look.  And that sucker is heavy!  You cant’ see it in the picture, but there are two matching night stands, and a large dresser made of the same wood.  It’s a beautiful set, and I have Jess to thank for that, since I’d never even heard of that design before.

The mattress and box spring are amazing.  I feel like I’m floating on clouds.  Definitely a step up from what I’ve been used to!



If I had a single “complaint” about any of the rooms in the apartment, it would have to be the kitchen.  It’s a small kitchen, but what do you expect from an apartment?  I understand that it wouldn’t matter where I moved into… if it’s an apartment, then it comes with an apartment sized kitchen.  Counter space is definitely a premium, and I never seem to have enough of it.  We were able to extend it a little by finding a nice baker’s rack (something else that I’d never heard of until Jess).  My next house is going to have a giant kitchen island to work at!

I love the little decorative touches she made.  It really makes the space feel warmer.
The bathroom is pretty standard.  My only issue with it is that I didn’t have any room to place toiletries except for a tiny little shelf along the mirror.  Everything else was stuffed under the sink in a big mess that just fell out as soon as you opened the door.

One last thing about the bathroom, and it would seem like a very small thing to most people… but…  there’s a shower!  That was one of things that I missed the most when I was in the old farm house.  There, I had a large old claw-style tub… and it was awesome for soaking in… but miserable for those times when I just wanted to have a quick shower and get on with my day.  Now I have that option again, and trust me… it’s the little things that matter!

So that’s the new place!  I still spend some time looking through housing listings, and hopefully this time next year I’ll be posting pictures of a new(ish) home!