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OUR LIVING AREA IN OUR NEW CONDO | home

December 5, 2018

 

Bryon and moved into our new condo at the beginning of November and have SLOWLY been getting settled. We need a two bedroom to make room for our little guy (ps. if you don't follow me on Instagram, we are having a boy). If you're not familiar with Toronto, the cost of living here is VERY expensive. Similar to Vancouver, and maybe in the States it could be compared to Seattle and San Francisco. Basically in the downtown core, a two bedroom runs around $3,000 a month to rent and for a one bedroom anywhere from $2,000-2,700 a month. While we lived really close to the hospitals, which was perfect for Bryon, it was too difficult to justify moving into a two-bedroom at the cost just to be within walking distance to work. Just a 3 minute subway ride and 10 minute drive north to midtown Toronto (think Yonge and Eglinton area) rent gets significantly cheaper for a two-bedroom. So that's where we went. We live on the subway line, which is perfect for both of us, since we both take the subway to work and our place is beautiful. We have ultra-high ceilings, which is really rare for a condo. It makes the space feel bigger!

 

I will slowly reveal the rest of our place, but I wanted to share one of our most-used areas of the condo we have somewhat completed so far: the living area. I feel weird calling it a living room because it's a not a room haha. We have an open concept condo.

 

Previously we had this really bulky glass coffee table. It originally belonged to me when I was single, but I was getting bored of it. While Bryon (and most others) really liked it, I found it really large for the space. We were constantly banging our shins on it and it just wasn't functional at all. So that needed to be replaced. I also wanted to space to feel new and different so we swapped out area rugs. We bought this area rug from Wayfair. It's a little large but we tucked and rolled it under the couch. I really loved the faded look and the grey really ties in with the rest of the décor and paint in the condo. Some of the décor remained the same. Including part of our "gallery wall" which is not yet complete. I want to save space for family photos with the bambino. We also have our Christmas décor up as well, so things will change when that goes away. 

 

Below are photos of the rest of the space, including more information on the pieces in this space.

 

 

 

AREA RUG, COUCH/CHAIR (it's from IKEA, but I couldn't find it!!) , COFFEE TABLE, PILLOW CASES (IKEA), HUDSON'S BAY THROW BLANKET, BLACK AND WHITE THROW BLANKET (IKEA) , FLOOR LAMP (SIMILAR), SHELF, RECORD PLAYER (SIMILAR), BAR CART (MY DAD MADE IT!), FAIRY LIGHTS, ART WORK - CUSTOM AND TRAVEL PHOTOS WE PRINTED, PLANTS ARE FROM PARLOUR STUDIO IN WELLINGTON, PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY.

 

 

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(love how this coffee table has drawers to hide remote controls, magazine and other loose items!) The other side has hideaway shelves too!)

 

 The Prince Edward County print is a nod to my hometown. My family lives there and we visit often)

 

 

(my dad is a retired teacher and he now makes custom furniture pieces. I had him make this bar cart for me and Bryon painted it white.)

 

 

 

 (The skull print is from NYC, we bought it on our first trip together in Central Park. The other images: A photo I took of Bryon sailing in New Zealand - one of my favourite travel photos, and myself in San Francisco.)

 

 

(This chair isn't staying there, as it blocks access to the balcony - we had to move it over to make room for our little tree)

 

 (One of our cats, Lucca. She wasn't sure what was going on with all the photos and arranging)

 

 

(Bryon and I are buy these hand blown ornaments from the Toronto Christmas Market each year)

 

 

 (Classic IKEA shelf  - we needed something so Bryon could store his medical books without it looking overly ugly) The brown box hides the overflow of our alcohol collection)

 

 

 

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Caitlin Melvin lives in Toronto with her boyfriend Bryon and two cats Finnigan and Lucca. A marketing manager by day, blogger on the side, freelance social media specialist and a lover of travel and new experiences