As much as I'd love living in New York City, it would be tough knowing I'd never be able to get a footing on the property ladder. I'm still reading House Lust, (it's takes awhile when you read three books at once) and just read that the difference between a two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartment in Manhattan is roughly $2 million. Ouch. A website they reference summarizes the price discrepancy with the quote, 'your guests will have to sleep on the couch.' The website is Curbed.com and is a great voyeuristic look inside some of NY's real estate.
That's what I love about Ottawa. It's not too big, not too small, and it's still affordable to buy a place downtown provided you're comfortable living in a smaller space.
When you have a small space to furnish, you really think about everything you own and what you might be able to live without. Every now and then I see something on our bookshelf or in my closet and have to ask if I really love it and if I would still buy it today if I saw it in a shop. If the answer is no, I donate it. I read a great quote in House & Home the other day, "Buy once and buy well." I'm going to try living by this motto. Less quantity, more quality.
I've been dreaming about one quality item for some time now but have yet to find it in Ottawa - the Barcelona chair.
Phillip Van Leeuwan had one in red for $1000 but I'm holding out for white and hoping I can find a better deal as a set would be nice. I love the style and the fact that it's been around since 1929 shows that it's a classic.
*Side note: due to delays in receiving our cabinets, renos are at a standstill at the moment. We'll post more pictures ASAP!*