Sunday, December 27, 2009

Holiday Brunch

I've been meaning to do a blog entry about our open concept living and dining room for a long time, in fact it was one of the first projects we tackled. But i have to confess these rooms are rarely in presentable shape to be photographed, since the large open space often makes it an ideal staging area for our on going renovations. With the holiday season upon us and company coming over for brunch however we were motivated to finally whip our living and dining room into presentable shape.

Our living and dining room had most of the original trim and plaster medallions intact, however the floors were tired and the old owners simply used primer as their top coat. So we patched all the cracks and blemishes, sanded all the trim, re-primed, and painted everything. We also changed the light fixtures with some fixtures from Union Lighting and we put in a new hardwood floor. Then went on a mini shopping spree in Leslieville. We had Hardware Interiors build us the dining table and storage bench out of reclaimed wood and cold-rolled steel. Across the street from Hardware Interiors, we found our vintage mid-century rosewood dining chairs at Studio Pazo.

So here are some festive finished shots of the dining room:

Beautiful arrangement by Coriander Girl

Our dining room and Christmas tree

Monday, December 21, 2009

The Artist Project 2010

The Artist Project is one of Toronto's best show and sales for original pieces of art from some of Canada's leading artist. And i had been anxiously waiting for the Artist Directory to finally be published so that i can spend the next few months perusing the artist's websites and drooling and dreaming of the works that i'll get to see. And with any luck, maybe even get to own. Well they've finally published the Artist Directory. I'm saving my pennies until March 4th, in the off chance that i find something there in my snack bracket.

Here are a few of my favourites from the website directory:

Sunny Choi (above) paints incredibly stunning yet haunting images of beautiful women.

Lindsay Chambers (left)

Elizabeth Dyer (above)

Brian Harvey (left)

Stewart Jones

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

Tonight we’re expecting a “Colorado Low” to bring in our first big snow storm of this winter. Environment Canada is predicting 15 centimeters of the white stuff in the Toronto area. That’s just a little bit more than ankle deep. Usually I’m not a big fan of snow, but the first really big snow fall of the year always brings out the kid in me. Last weekend we put out our Christmas lights, and this weekend we’re going to drag home a tree. So a blanket of fluffy white stuff will just add to the cheer. The other thing about a thick layer of snow is it really makes everything look pretty. What were once dead, naked tree branches suddenly become graceful sculptures and each of the bay-n-gable style houses in our little section of the street transforms into a real-life John Kasyn painting.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Don’t Know What to Get Your Favourite Renovator For Christmas?

I received an email recently from the folks at Artefacts, a favourite architectural salvage store of mine. They’re having a sale for the month of December. Not only is Artefacts a great source for incredible raw building materials (doors, windows, grates, wrought iron, corbels, brackets, door knobs, mantles, you name it), they also re-build old salvage pieces into new furniture, endowing the new pieces with all the charm and patina of the ancient materials that went into them. And that’s why they’re having a sale to make room for more pieces.

So if you or anyone you know is looking for just the right item to fit perfectly into an old home or even if you’re just looking for a little diversion, it’s worth the drive to check out downtown St Jacobs Country, which has all the picturesque charm of a Victorian Christmas card.