Love/Hate

Posted on July 4, 2012 and tagged Personal with comments

So it's only 54 days now until we get the keys to our new house. Not that I'm counting or anything! Moving to the new house also means leaving Toronto, which I have mixed feelings about. We've lived here for about 4 years now and it's definitely been a great experience. I thought I'd make a list of the things I'll miss about living here and the things I won't miss.

Five things I'll miss about Toronto:

  1. It's really pretty.
    The skyline is beautiful, it looks amazing lit up at night and there's never a shortage of interesting things to take photos of. I will definitely miss our amazing view. It's always the first thing people comment on when they walk into our apartment.

  2. Being so close to theatres and concerts.
    It's awesome being a local and going out to see a show. You can go on a random Wednesday night because it's a just short cab ride away. I could fill my calendar and empty my wallet with all the amazing theatre right in my backyard.

  3. Walkability.
    We don't own a car or a MetroPass, so walking is how we mostly get around. I love to walk! I love walking when the traffic is so heavy that you're going faster than the cars. It's free, good for you, and I don't have to worry about things like car repairs or parking.

  4. Shopping.
    You can find anything in Toronto. The shopping is amazing and I could go bankrupt easily. I'll miss you Anthropologie, West Elm, The Paper Place and Woolfits!

  5. Living on the water.
    I would never actually go in the lake, oh god no, but it's lovely to take a walk at the Harbourfront! It's fun to check out all the gorgeous yachts and watch the waves.

Five things I won't miss about Toronto:

  1. Teeny tiny living spaces and sky high rent.
    This is the number one reason we're moving. I guess it's the same issue with every big city and you're certainly paying a premium for reason, but when it comes to buying a place I just can't get over the thought of spending all that money for a tiny shoe box of an apartment with neighbours on every side.

  2. The noise.
    This didn't seem to bother us when we first moved, but after 4 years of never having a moment of silence I think I'm going a little crazy. We can constantly hear our neighbours, traffic, construction, screaming, dogs barking, horns honking and trains going by. I'm so looking forward to waking up to birds chirping instead of to a scuffle on the street.

  3. The crowds.
    There is just too many people everywhere you go. The little neighbourhood we live in now is pretty packed already, and construction is almost done on six new condo buildings all within 1 block of each other.

  4. Having to rely on public transit.
    When it's too far to walk, sometimes you're forced to take public transit. Anyone can imagine the terrible things that happen on a crowded streetcar in the middle of summer. I think this might be part of the reason I like walking so much.

  5. The crime.
    One night my husband woke up to gun shots right outside our bedroom window. I didn't wake up because I wear ear plugs at night for exactly that reason.

The View from my Phone: Week 26

Posted on July 2, 2012 and tagged Art & Photography with comments

This week consisted of graffiti spotting, constant summer construction, painting strange creatures, vegan diner food, coffee cups as big as my head, and city lights. It's also week 26, which means I'm officially half-way through this little project. Yay me!

Out for a Walk

Posted on June 29, 2012 and tagged Art & Photography, Personal with comments

The other day I went out for a long walk around the city. Nevermind that it was one of the hottest days of the year! My first stop was The Paper Place, which is such a fun store! I could easily spend hundreds of dollars in that store on notebooks, paper, books and pretty little paper treats. I restrained myself and left with a set of 3 beautiful notebooks.

Here are a few photos I snapped on my way.

Etsy Artists

Posted on June 27, 2012 and tagged Stuff I Like with comments

Updated: Now includes photo of the honeymoon art!

I have a fair amount of art up on my walls for someone in their 20s and I'm constantly on the lookout for new pieces. I think when I'm older I think my house won't have a bare wall in sight. My favourite time to buy art is on vacation. It gives the piece automatic history but can be hard to get home sometimes.

When my husband and I were on our honeymoon in NYC we picked up 2 paintings done by an artist we found there. I guess they're not actually paintings, they are oxidized metal on canvas. They remain one of my favourite things in our home. Every time I look at them I think about our amazing honeymoon and how fun it was to meet the artist. He even gave us a tour of his studio when we told him we were newlyweds. They weren't cheap, especially after framing, but it was totally worth it.

Since it's not always practical to buy only originals, prints are the obvious choice for adding art to your home. There are so many websites where you can buy directly from the artist, which I love. Supporting the artist directly gives you the same warm fuzzy feeling that buying an original does without the hit to your wallet. Here are a few of my faves from Etsy:

Sources:

  1. Abstract Landscape by Yangyang Pan
  2. O is for Owl by Rebekka Seale
  3. Iceberg by Tabitha Brown
  4. Glimpse by Yellena James

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