Saturday, October 24, 2009

Family Room

This weekend we finally had some time to finish up our family room. In addition to adding crown moulding and re-painting the room, we added an sunburst mirror over mantle, roll down area rug, mirror and floor lamps to pull the room together. Black mirror with gold-leaf trim: add some weight to the left-side of the room to balance off the black couch on the opposite side. I made all the cushions myself! The whole room has a fresh but muted gold tone.

It took me a long time to find this faux bamboo tripod lamp, which looks much like a chrome floor lamp from Meurice Collection by Robert Abbey - Jonathan Adler. The Meurice easily costs $500, and how much did I pay? A mere $115!

Friday, October 23, 2009

The Investor Itch

It doesn't take us seven years to feel the itch. Shortly after we moved into our new house, with a couple of rooms still yet to be filled with furniture on order, we've picked up another investment property in the Leaside neighbourhood. Just when the thrill of new home owner starts to taper off, the sense of loss called for this type of behaviour.

Over the past two years we've been contemplating the idea of buying a few investment properties: either for long-term rental or flip at time of closing. Similar to all other major life events of ours, it didn't take us long (over a weekend, to be exact) to decide on
Scenic on Eglinton. We've committed ourselves to a 876 sq ft corner unit with 1 bedroom + den + a humongous balcony. You must be laughing...yes, the entire unit is only the size of our current kitchen! The unit faces north where Sunnybrook Park is. The closing date is slated to be Sept 2011, but will very likely be delayed to the following year.

View looking North where Sunnybrook Park is.
View looking Northeast where Leslie & DVP is.
Salt-water Pool: how many condo buildings in Toronto have salt-water pool?
Bathroom with standard features
Bedroom with standard features, all suites have 9' ceiling.
Kitchen with standard features (except for the lights over island)
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