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Coastal Casual

I can’t believe we have only lived here for a year and are already moving!  Putting the finishing touches, as best as I could, on our little cloud in the sky (I call it this because for us we live very “north” in the city, far, far from all the excitement of downtown Toronto). Finding out we were moving was a big surprise and I wanted to make sure we took some photos of the space we lived in, even if it wasn’t %100 camera ready (is it ever when you’re a designer?!).

I definitely worked to make this little apartment a “home”, and imagined us staying here for many years while we saved to buy our dream home. Well, when you make plans…life always throws you a curve ball, right?

We are so happy with the way everything turned out in our rental apartment. Even showing our place, currently full of boxes, to potential new renters, has us so proud.  I really hope that whoever lives here next loves it as much as we did.

From the entry way, which we painted out a shade darker than the living and dining room, in an off white from Para Paint, in Chrysler White. With the fabulous built ins, previously in a creamy yellow, it really added an extra elegance to the space for us. Having a little landing is always a blessing, especially in Canada, where you can tuck all your winter warrior wardrobes away at the door.

As soon as we saw our space, I was inspired (see previous posts) to create a symmetrical cottage vibe treat, using coastal hues and blues.

Painting out the trim and walls in the living space allowed me to envision styling the built-in bookcases, and inspired me to use a grass cloth accent behind each of the shelves. I will do a little post about this later to show you how you can get this look for less and install without an installer (or tools!). It really helped to tie in the simple French blue used throughout the rest of the living space.

Ralph Lauren Home, Acacia Grass Cloth in colour French Blue

Ralph Lauren Home, Acacia Grass Cloth in colour French Blue

I also wanted to customize an ottoman that was essentially a cloud. Using the Sarah Richardson Design collection, I customized (ever so slightly) the Chelsea Ottoman, and worked with our upholsterer to add a little stripe and pipe detail on the sides.

One-of-a-kind artwork is always the icing on the cake for me. If you can afford to invest, I think it is the perfect place to help make your space feel like home, and it also invites you to make an adventure out of finding your special pieces. I love working with Canvas Gallery Toronto to find the perfect piece, and wanted to incorporate some more florals into our coastal inspired space. This piece is by Stephanie FehrenbachSpringtime Showers, oil on canvas, 36"x36", and is still available for $1500.

For our pillow party I combined high and low, and chose a fabric I had long been coveting from Y & Co, with an Etsy find (needed to save time, and actually had a difficult time finding this exact velvet in a French Blue), which arrived super quickly so I could shoot.

I also loved combining the vintage finds I had been gathering over the years (thanks to Vintage Fine Objects for this gold bamboo tray that millions of people have asked about!). It’s so nice to have pieces that are unique and sentimental, and really helps to elevate the space to a one-of-a-kind status.

Ultimately this little cloud in the north sky of Toronto kept us warm in the winters and fresh in the summer. But…we’re ready for the next chapter…off to the next cloud!

Sunshine Dreams

Sunshine Dreams

Let There Be Light

Let There Be Light