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|Jennifer has shaped her one bedroom apartment in New Edinburgh into a space that surrounds her with everything she loves and a space that operates smoothly. Speakers are connected to one source and installed into every room so she can listen to her favorite radio station (CBC Radio 2) wherever she is;||Name: Jennifer CovertNeighborhood: New EdinburghWhat inspires your style? Bright colours because of the statements they make.|
original paintings by her grandfather and late uncle decorate her walls; a large stash of tourist floaty pens organized by location proudly sit on a beautiful wooden cottage desk; and all of her belongings have a place of their own.
After a few glasses of Australian red and some tasty snacks, Jennifer shared with me the secret of eliminating clutter from your mind and your home: Feng Shui. She incorporated an adapted, modern Feng Shui system into her life years ago with help of a friend, which involved following a special chart that correlates different areas of your life to different places in your house. For example, in one area of her apartment there is a knowledge corner, an improvement corner, a career corner, a relationship corner, etc. Adopting the Feng Shui system into her life allowed Jennifer to feed positive energy and thought into the things she wants in life, which soon led her to getting a raise at work and finding a sweet boyfriend.
Now that you have the secret, perhaps you’ll notice the strong connection between Jennifer and her warm, colourful home.
Apt613: What’s the history of this apartment?
Jennifer: What I do know is that there is a sign on the top of this building that says 1925, so I’m guessing that’s when the building was constructed. I always thought this building was built for apartments, but I have recently realized there are funny angles and strange nooks, making me think this place was originally a house converted into apartments.
Apt613: What are your favorite places in the neighborhood?
Jennifer: I’m very spoiled… The Fraser Café is a block away, their brunches are excellent; two blocks from my front door is the Scone Witch; and right next door to that is a bookstore I love called Books on Beechwood. It’s a great neighborhood bookstore that is independently run with very friendly staff.
Apt 613: Which room is your favorite?
Jennifer: The kitchen is my favorite room, because I love the exciting culinary adventures you can get up to in there, the creation, the warmth of the food, and overall necessity that comes out of the kitchen.
Apt613: What your best advice for creating a personalized space?
Jennifer: Surrounding yourself with things that make you feel happy and comfortable is the way to do it. People get hung up if things are not designer or if it’s not the latest trend. Most of my belongings are from St. Vincent de Paul or the Salvation Army, so there is a lot you can do with some imagination and cleaning out corners.
Apt613: What are the downfalls to this place?
Jennifer: The downfalls of this place are the details that come with old homes, such as drafts through windows in the wintertime, small closets and old toilets.