Category Archives: rental properties

a London flat

For lack of teaching jobs in Southern Ontario, my sister heads back to the UK on Tuesday night. The brave lass sets sail across the Atlantic (ok, boards a plane), in search of teaching experience and a roof to put over her head. The good big sister that I am, has done a little interweb browsing and came up with a smashing flat for her to let.

A few hits of the Union Jack  – a reminder of her whereabouts…

A modern, sleek galley kitchen. Perfect for serving up tea and biscuits when I visit…

A modern rustic dining room with old world character…

A bright and airy bedroom with an eclectic mix of furniture (I’m hoping the wonky bed is due to a wide-angle lens and not from too much use)…

And after a day teaching, a spa-like bathroom with a deep-soaker tub…

Divine isn’t it?

The only obstacle I foresee is the cost.  At £1,250/week methinks it’s a bit out of range for a teacher’s salary.  Oh wait. I just did the calculation.  £1 GBP = $1.61 CAD so 1 month would be approximately $8,000.

Ouch!  Time to head back to the want ads.

(images: all Domus Nova)

montreal: creative flats


Happy Canada Day!

Tomorrow morning I’m headed to Montreal for a girl’s weekend away, but I wanted to leave you with a few images from Creative Flats, an innovative collection of rental properties in  the lovely ville de Montréal. These rental units offer luxe accommodations to discerning renters looking for high-style and unique surroundings.

I wish I could say my hotel accommodations this weekend will be just as chic, but for 5 girls traveling on a budget I don’t think the McGill residences-turned-hotel-in-summer will offer up quite the same experience.

À la prochaine!


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(images: all via creative flats)


decorating a small rental bedroom – reveal part 1

Since posting about my decorating plans for our small bedroom, I’ve received a number of requests to share some updated photos.  Though it is still a work in progress, here is a sneak preview of our bedroom thus far.

If you recall  this post from a few weeks ago, here is the inspiration board I put together:

I’m on track with the overall look, however I’ve decided to forgo the parsons desk since it’ll be a tight squeeze.  Although working from my kitchen table isn’t ideal, I do like the walking space we currently have around the bed.  Your bedroom is supposed to be your sanctuary to relax and be comfortable, right? So the desk is out.  In more exciting news, the most recent addition to our room are the fab LOVE pillows from Lush Designs in Greenwich Village.  Fresh off the plane from London (thanks Mom!!)

Since you can’t see it in the shot above, here is a shot of our Moroccan-style pendant:

I’m pretty happy with the results so far.  Especially since this is what we started with:

Next up on the bedroom to-do list:

  • Rug for next to the bed
  • Lined linen drapes to cover-up the vertical blinds (we aren’t allowed to take those down)
  • Decide on art for walls

Stay tuned for a final reveal!


UPDATE: Today I’m participating in the ROOMSPIRATION blog link party. For more inspiring master bedrooms, click HERE!


stunning rental transformation

You must see this stunning rental apartment transformation.  I repeat RENTAL apartment! The Before and After photos speak for themselves:

Amazing isn’t it? A little cooperation from a landlord and a whole lot of style can go a long way. These photographs really highlight how a simple scheme of black and white can really make a big impact.  Notice that though the finishes are builder basics (i.e. black laminate counter top in the kitchen, white subway tile, etc.), the overall look of the apartment is anything but!  The tenant and very talented designer is Jessica of  The World According to Jessica Claire who is now a Design Editor at Style at Home magazine. Her apartment will be featured in the upcoming June 2011 issue and I can’t wait to see more. Congratulations to a fellow George Brown Interior Decorating student!

(design by Jessica Wak, photography by Stacey Brandford, images via Style at Home)