grey ikea pinterest living rom


I still (4 months later) get gitty when I walk in the door to our new apartment. I can’t believe how lucky we were to find this place just a few days after we moved back from London. It was one of those things that really felt meant to be. Everything fell into place. I’ve taken a good long time decorating it (and am still passively working on it) but I’ve finally got it %95 of the way there. We recently hung a few photos on the wall behind the couch and it has made all the difference to the feel of the room. Not only does it bring a smile to face to see a few of our engagement photos on the wall, but it also makes the room feel much more cozy and bigger!

Aside from the living area, there are a few other bits and pieces in our place that make my heart happy.

heritage building in vancouver with marble floors and persian carpet


I’m pretty sure I gasped out loud when we viewed the apartment and I laid eyes on this marble floor in the bathroom. It feels like we have a sliver of our London flat here in Vancouver. The persian carpet also adds a cool, casual look that I love. It was a craiglist find that cost me a whopping $30.

heritage building and french doors


Nothing says charming more loudly that an apartment full of french doors. The building we live in has done an amazing job maintaining the integrity of the building.  When something breaks, they do their best to replace it with something very similar, even if it doesn’t work as well as a new fancy one, which I absolutely love. For example, almost none of the doors in the place actually latch and shut. After years and years of repainting, things just don’t line up anymore.

how to style a bookshelf


When we first moved in, we had nothing. Literally all we kept from our last Vancouver apartment (we didn’t ship any furniture from London), was an old bench and a few carpets. And since this new place is about double the size of anything we’ve ever lived in, I wasn’t really sure how the heck we were gonna fill the space. But I did know I wanted something simple and inexpensive. These shelves from Ikea were the perfect solution. I filled it with nicknacks from HomeSense I picked up over the past few months and I really love the end result. Everything I picked is in a muted tone, gold or wooden. I wanted to keep the colours pretty streamlined to ensure it wasn’t going to look too messy.

letter from 1949


I don’t know why I love this so much, but I do. The pervious tenants actually found this very old envelope stuffed in the back of a closet in the apartment. It’s dated Decemeber 8th, 1949, at 11pm, to a single women that lived in the apartment, all those years ago.

how to style a bar cart


I’ll have to credit our wedding planners for this one (Smitten Events). We visited their office for a meeting and I fell in love with this brush gold bar cart from Walmart! Yes, Walmart! It’s the perfect mid century modern piece and fits perfectly in a corner of our dinning room. It’s not totally styled the way I want it, but it works for now. I love the idea of a bar cart in any space really. An office, a dinning room, the living room! It adds a cool, inviting vibe.

how to decorate a bar cart

wet cat picture

I hope you love our new place as much as we do! It’s still a work in progress, but that’s the fun in it! I think once it’s “done” I would start redecorating all over again, haha!

Have a good week!

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Xo, Andrea 



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