Peek-a-View 2

College Street / Little Italy

Oh My!

Getting the final finishing details executed at my Movie House Loft Renovation has slowed to a tortoise crawl. It’s taking forever for the glass railings, the mirror backsplash, and some of the custom built-in add-ons to be installed. Sigh.

Once that’s done I’ve got to get the painter in to do touch-ups, the floor refinisher to re-varathane the wood floors due to a couple of nasty scratches, and a stainless steel art rail attached to the living room wall.

It’s a Details Derail! Ugh!

I’m faring ok now that my place has a kitchen. Though ironically, after living five weeks without one I can’t seem to muster my inner chef to cook! However, now that almost everything has been unpacked and in its appropriate place, I am feeling much more grounded.

Here’s a POST just over a month ago when I was rather frayed! The pic below shows the state my place (and my mind) was at that moment!

Now it’s almost an Oasis of Calm!

Here’s this week’s Peak-A-View!

A paneled wall with elegant trim detail unified in a pale grey paint adds architectural interest to the former builder-box interior. The clean-lined custom oak built-ins by the common hall entrance and kitchen offer a contemporary contrast to the traditional moldings. Stained dark with a light wash of silver and blue, the built-ins are a modern nod to the patina of weathered barn board. Providing ample storage for coats, outer gear, and the accoutrements required for entertaining, my favourite detail are the six generous shoe drawers. LOVE!

I’ve always been a fan of Art Rails and spot lighting. It makes rotating and lighting my ever-changing (and surprisingly extensive) collection easy-peasey. Above, a delicate watercolour landscape painted by my father, set in an elegant gold gilt frame, offers an intriguing contrast to the metal letter ‘A’ that I found in a salvage shop for $10. Below, a quick change puts the letter ‘A’ centre-stage with a stunning piece of Talavera Pottery from Puebla, Mexico…a gift from my dear friend Elinor Melville, an amazing scholar who introduced me to her life in Mexico. I cherish this piece for its beauty and our friendship.

The Movie House is coming together!

Stay tuned for more Renovating The Movie House Loft!

~ Steven and the urbaneer team

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