Contender No. 1 is a beautiful bungalow professionally decorated from top to bottom. Cedar shingles, a romantic front porch with string lights for a magical starry sky, and say hello to the cobalt blue door. It is a place I fell in love with even before stepping inside the house, and I totally forgot the rule I set for Chris: look beyond the decoration!
But really, can you blame me for having a crush on this house? After walking pass the cobalt blue front door, we were greeted by a cozy and chic living room with rustic coffee table, artful vignettes displaying the owner's vintage camera collection, captivating black & white gallery wall, and my list goes on and on.
Stepping into the dining room, I am crazy about the vintage lighting fixture for instant drama. The custom reclaimed boards turned dining table, a set of charming preloved chairs painted raspberry red, and please peek into the mudroom at the back! Love the tumbled marble for their color variation (not to mention practicality) and the bead board panels on the walls. This mudroom screams a seaside beach house vibe.
If kitchen and bedrooms sell houses, here is why I was ready to buy this house:
The only draw back of this place is that it has only 1 bathroom and an unfinished basement with super low ceiling. Turning an unfinished attic into a master bedroom is doable but not sure if I can get the pumping up the attic to create an ensuite bathroom without taking apart the finished ground floor (especially the tin ceiling). Digging deep in the basement is a whole of of work and I don't think we are cut out for it.
So that leads us to Contender No. 2: a historic loft right downtown. This building used to be a factory and it comes with the original polished concrete floor and lots of hip industrial details (too bad there is no exposed wood beams at the ceiling). Before I take you to the unit, here is a quick snap shot of the stately facade of the loft, the breathtaking grand entrance, and a rooftop oasis for summer entertaining.
We toured an unit owned by the grand daughter of the original owner of the building (how cool is that?), and the treasures and collectibles in the unit had me at hello. Did I mention the impeccable styling of the space? BRAVO!
The unit we are interested in is actually on the top floor and with a decent balcony. We weren't able to see it over the weekend but it is on Chris' must-see list for TODAY! Can you feel my excitement?
You all know I like a good old fixer-upper where everything is structurally sound and I get to have fun turning it into a timeless classic. Contender No. 3 is a supersized 1,200 square feet condo in a 25 year-old building. It has great potentials and it comes with lots of storage. In the living/ dining space, there is an electric fireplace and a huge bay window overlooking the quiet, tree lined neighbourhood.
The kitchen is a little narrow but it features yet another bay window. I immediately thought of Lindsay's serene and elegant kitchen. If Chris goes for this dated condo, Lindsay's kitchen will be our blueprint for the makeover!
|inspiration image via little house blog|
A couple of fun items I spotted during the hunt this weekend and I am sure the million dollar question popping in Chris' mind is: