A few months ago on a brisk Sunday afternoon, my condo had a sort of meet-and-greet on the rooftop patio. There have been a few units change hands in the past year and it was an opportunity to meet the new people (including yours truly), and hopefully put names to the faces I see in the halls.
While all the residents didn’t turn out, I did learn some very interesting things about the neighbourhood, some of the neighbours, the building, and my unit.
Interesting fact #1: The living room ceiling in my unit fell down about three owners ago. This explains the drywall in that room vs. the plaster in the rest of the unit.
Interesting fact #2: My unit is famous!!! In 2002 the then resident was featured on an episode of Peter Fallico’s ‘Home to Go’ which aired on HGTV in Canada. Appearing in the second season the episode is entitled ‘Tres Thai’.
I haven’t yet figured out how to add video to a blog, so here’s the link:
Some things have changed a lot since the show was filmed, and some not so much:
The kitchen floor is the same
The countertop Peter Fallico put in is still here, but the cabinets are different
The door molding is all different, and there are now doors between the foyer and living room, and living room and dining room
The fake fireplace is gone
There is no air-conditioning unit
They don’t show the bedroom, which is too bad – it would have been interesting to see if my theory about the closet is true. Oh well – how often do you get to see what your home looks like 8 years before you move in!!
I wonder if I could convince him to come back and redo my unit – a kind of follow-up if you will
I love HGTV Canada, and even though I don’t have cable I can follow some of my favorite shows by watching the videos they post on their website. They also have a blog which I read on a fairly regular basis, where they post everything from info on upcoming shows, great home spaces, project ideas and interesting products that you’d probably never know about otherwise.
On occasion they also have contests where you can win, as they call it ‘HGTV swag’, and in January I found out I won the quiz from December. Woohoo! I never win anything!
Here’s what I answered correctly – Can you name the decade in which these occasional chairs were produced?
How old are these chairs? Photo credit: HGTV Canada
Late 19th century
For an additional chance to win they also asked what the name of the King of France for which the style of chair is named.
A quick Google search told me the style of chair is named after Louis XV, but the decade in which they were made was harder to figure out. The style of chair is one that keeps popping up – the detailing changes from decade to decade, but the basic style is the same. I thought it was a toss-up between the 1930′s and 1970′s, and luckily I chose right – the chairs were made in the 1930′s. I love this style of chair, and this pair in particular. I love them so much I even emailed HGTV.ca to ask where they found them – unfortunately I didn’t get an answer to the question.
Here’s what I won:
HGTV Swag Photo credit: HGTV.ca
So far I’m using the handy-dandy measuring tape on a surprisingly regular basis. Because it’s so small and compact I just leave it in my purse – just think about how many times you’ve been out and unexpectedly see something you like and wonder if it will fit in your space – now I never need to wonder – I just pull out the tape and unfortunately usually determine it’s either too big, or too small.