Who are you, what do you do for a living?
We are Jory Graham and Aprile Elcich, currently students. Jory is in Computer Science and I’m in Graphic Design.
Inspiration for home?
I guess I took inspiration from the building (built in 1911). I aspire to a vintage and eclectic style, and the building features were pretty important to me. Things like the claw foot tub, dark wood trim, fireplace mantel and stained glass windows are what drew me to it. Jory likes it more clean and contemporary, so we have a nice mix of the two styles.
Most Cherished item/ Favorite Piece?
The letterpress type drawer turned mirror, from Jory for my birthday last year. I know it’s something I will hold on to (unlike a lot of our “it’ll make do” furniture). I’m obsessed with letterpress printing, and I WILL have my own press one day. We don’t have the room right now.
The set of animal portraits (squirrel and raccoon) dressed in suits from Berkley Illustration, I really love these, and they were only $15 each. They were a gift for Jory’s birthday after being framed.
The white shag rug? We didn’t really spend a lot of money on anything… Our bed and sofa were pretty big purchases, but they usually are!
Most Gratifying DIY?
Probably our kitchen chalkboard, which was kind of an unsightly column before I spray painted it with chalkboard paint. Now it looks like it serves a purpose, and it does—we use it for grocery lists. I also plan on making a giant vector image of a green apple to put up in our kitchen, because the walls are pretty bare.
What would you do differently?
Not spending all of our money in one place! It’s difficult when you start with nothing and need a lot of the basics.
Plans for future?
Now we can slowly replace our furniture for really good quality furniture we will keep forever. This way, we can choose carefully. Also we plan to collect more things we love!
Our bedroom, painted a daring chocolate brown! I love how warm it feels, and also how dark it gets at night. I put up these letters (just cut out paper) after seeing this show at harbourfront.
My favourite, the fireplace in our living room. The curtains are made from IKEA fabric, and the typecase mirror is a vintage find. The collage on the left was given to me by a friend, the right is my own. And I love that weird little bubbly vase, found at goodwill. The faux logs (which light up orange, so tacky!) were left here by the old tenants. They’ve grown on me, but I think I’d like to replace them with log pillows eventually.
I’m proud of this crooked little display… Most of these images actually came from magazines, which I framed, save for the large animal portraits by Berkley Illustration, the neon anatomical painting made by a friend, and the three square prints from Urban Outfitters.The ornate frames are actually plastic, each of which I paid $1 for and painted black.
Living room and hallway. We actually have two of those shelves, one on each side of the doorway so that it feels like built-in shelving. We have a lot of guitars in our living room but we aren’t really musicians—yet anyway! Yes, that’s a panda stuffed animal, one of us has a penchant for them, I won’t say who exactly…
Welcome! Hallway… change bowl, keys, pretty typical. The mirror frame has been painted and repainted countless times, and I can’t say it will be black forever.
The door to our office/studio has a glass window, which I think makes perfect sense. We have it split into two halves, his and hers. I make more of the messes on my half. Those pink metal mini-blinds were here when we moved here… Again, they’ve grown on me.
My desk and Fyodor (our cat). I bought these clipboards ($1 each), and they work as an organization system for different projects I’m working on.
More of my half. The plastic cabinet hanging on the wall was for garage storage. It was dark blue, I spray painted it white and it serves as storage for little things like safety pins.
Some of my current products and supplies.
In our kitchen, the black radiator was a bit of an eyesore, but I evened it out a little with the chalkboard. The curtain was actually a fabric shower curtain, believe it or not.
Our lovely green kitchen, all with open shelving so I can show off my small green glass collection. The leaf bowl I stole from my mom, and the slatted kitchen table (from IKEA) used to be our patio table. I love that it’s a bench seat on one side.
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