How sweet it is to be greeting the new year in my new home. Never mind the chaos of clutter and boxes lurking at the edges of the frame below, I’ll get to that soon enough. The important thing is that my move went off with nary a hitch on Friday thanks to the amazing Tome brothers, John and Joe who I’ve used for my past five moves. Lightning fast, the Tomes and their two young assistants showed up at 7:30 am and were on their way to their next job at 11:15 am. If you’re in the Toronto area and you need a mover I cannot recommend these guys more highly — totally reliable, totally professional (Tome Moving & Cartage, 416.802.8266).
One thing that helped a little this time around were the heavy duty casters my decorating buddy Kevin helped me install under my 1940s chinoiserie breakfront cabinet, below. Designed to hold up to 4,000 lbs, the wheels have made a formerly cumbersome one-piece unit into a smooth, swiveling dream. Thanks Kevin!
So how is the new apartment so far? Sad to say I’m having reservations already. The main living space is large and open if not bright but there’s some infuriating click/clack/bang noise in the bedroom that goes on all day and night. It sounds like pipe noise and if it wasn’t for my custom earplugs I wouldn’t have slept a wink. The good news is that this unit may be temporary: I’m in a dark, ground floor apartment and have asked to move upstairs into the first higher, brighter unit that becomes available. My fingers are crossed and I greet 2012 with hope and positivity.
The good news is that I’m in a great building in a fantastic neighbourhood — Toronto’s Annex — and I’m really looking forward to having so many amazing shops and restaurants on my doorstep. The buzz of Bloor Street West is half a block away and Kensington Market (vegetarian heaven!) is less than 15 minutes on foot.
I wish each of you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2012! I may find myself with a bit more time on my hands this year and I hope that will allow me to devote more of myself to styleNorth. In the meantime, happy decorating!