2.17.2017

564. Renovations | Part 3

leftbanked renovations
Yesterday I went downtown to check on the progress of my renovations. At the moment, everything is ripped out already (except the washroom)..and they just did the painting yesterday. I had wanted my walls to be grey with white baseboards and accents (like the Dior stores colour palette)..I think mine turned out a bit more dark than I expected but that's ok. Seeing all the cement and everything made me so stressed out and anxious lol. I reallyyyyy can't wait until everything is completely done and I am fully moved back in again. At this point it feels like that day is so far away. I'm so impatient.

leftbanked renovations floors
Love my new German floors!

leftbanked renovations
1 King West salad
After that I stayed down at my lobby & lobby bar for lunch and to work for a few hours. I haven't hung out down there in years it seems. I should start going again..it was fun lol. Then I went out for a yoga session. Then went for dinner with my friend at Bar Verde in Nordstrom. Then came back to my building to meet a friend for awhile then left and came back to my mom's place uptown. Times like those makes me realize how I take living downtown for granted lol. The commute back and forth is so annoying. Well I just have to wait a few more weeks. My contractor said my floors should be done by middle of next week. Then I can start moving stuff back in. The bed I ordered should arrive the week after next. As for the rest of my furniture and appliances..hopefully I'll be able to finish buying everything next week.

Bar Verde Nordstrom
Miele appliances
Appliance shopping last week! Had a bit of an issue with my appliance requirements/specifications so I haven't purchased anything yet..but I have picked out a few things. Apparently I need to change some electrical wiring in my unit first so waiting now to get approval from management.

range
Liebherr
I really love that skinny Liebherr fridge..it has really nice handles. But so expensive :(

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2.14.2017

563. Renovations | Part 2

Decorium bed
The past couple of days has been very busy with furniture shopping, store after store! So much fun though yet equally as stressful. I LOVE interior decorating. I had a lot of fun going around getting new furniture back when we moved into our house many years ago..then when I moved to my current condo now I didn't get anything new as it came with everything (hotel style) and I was happy enough just having my own place. But now I am so excited to finally be giving it a complete makeover. I can't wait until it is all completed so I can have all my furniture that I ordered (and will be ordering) come together, and finally move back downtown. Here are some photos I took from the stores we visited. Some places didn't allow photos so I couldn't take them in there..and also I am not going to show anything I bought so far as I want it all to be a surprise. My colour scheme will be: grey, navy blue, white (marble effect), gold..and a pop of red ;)

So at first I wanted my kitchen to be the main focus and was planning to just get the best things for that area but now as I pick out every piece, I want everything to be unique. So many options. Also I realize I am very lucky to be able to do this (thanks to my parents helping out)!

At the moment, my place is being worked on and everything is ripped out. It's kind of hard to envision how the final result will be like as everything is completely new. I really hope it'll turn out as nice as I picture in my mind. I will head down to check up on the progress this week though..can't wait!

Here are some photos of the general style I'm going for, and just cool pieces I found in the stores.

faucets
washroom faucets
Suite 22
My favourite store so far where I loved almost EVERYTHING was Suite 22. But as expected it was also the most expensive. I didn't even start looking at the King East design stores yet (which I think are where the most unique designs are) but I know when I go..I will also want everything.

Suite 22
Kartell gnomes
Suite 22
Cool chair

Suite 22
Suite 22
If I didn't already pick out my rug, I'd probably want this one...

Suite 22
I want to get one of those huge mirrors..

Mobilia
Suite 22
Barrymores
Barrymores
Barrymores
blue velvet
Sneak peek of the first thing I ordered...

Some other random photos from this past week:

Daft Punk Bearbricks
Took these out to stage some shots when Snapchat released the Daft Punk filter.

green tea green smoothie
blueberry smoothie vitamix smoothie
Drinking excessive amounts of green tea and smoothies, in my mason jars

himalayan and pomeranian
My cat and dog getting along with each other. If you are new to my blog: my cat (Blueberry) is a Himalayan and lives at my dad's house. We've had him for about 15 years already! My dog (Hennessy) is a Pomeranian and lives with me. He would always bark at the cat when we came to visit but now they have learned to tolerate each other lol. After taking these photos I realized how I always seem to get super fluffy pets.

leftbanked snapchat leftbanked snapchat
I've been trying to keep up with doing yoga every day while here..hence the reason why I was wearing a sports bra here. Taking a selfie break. I love this filter! Wish I actually had cat eyes. (PS - feel free to add me on Snapchat: Leftbanked)

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2.11.2017

562. Shanghai | The Bund & Nanjing Road (+ Life Update)

The Bund Shanghai
It has only been about 3 days since I left my place (see here) and already I can't wait to go back! According to my contractor, my place is all ripped up now except the washroom. They will finish the demolition/disposals next week then start working on my floors. I'm going to start furniture and appliance shopping next week then visit my place to see the progress. I think by the end of next week my floors and walls should be ready so I can start moving stuff back again. I really hope everything will turn out the way I envision it in my mind..I'm so excited!!

Now in the suburbs I have a lot more time it seems since I just stay in all day. Besides work, I listen to Shape of You (by Ed Sheeran) literally non-stop, drink a lot of smoothies, green tea, do yoga and walk my dog. Actually not too different from my life downtown hahah. Except at my place, I am not home a lot as I'm always out in search of food (which I don't need to worry about here)..and I also go to a studio for yoga rather than doing it at home. & I have slightly more of a social life down there. So tomorrow I will stop being a hermit and will explore my mom's area a bit.

So the point of this post: I now have time to continue with my Asia trip posts!! Here are some photos from Shanghai when we visited The Bund and Nanjing Road. Out of all our days in Shanghai (while staying with my aunt and uncle at their place near the city), we only had one night when it didn't rain due to a typhoon. So we went to see The Bund and walk along Nanjing Road. As you can see, the skies were not clear and it was quite foggy.

Shanghai skyline
Shanghai The Bund
Shanghai
Nanjing Road Shanghai
Nanjing Road Shanghai
Nanjing Road Shanghai
Nanjing Road Shanghai
Nanjing Road Shanghai
Fairmont Peace Hotel
At the Fairmont Peace Hotel.

Fairmont Peace Hotel
Fairmont Shanghai
The Bund Shanghai

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