We're big fans of the industrial chic style of Canadian design group Gus*, so when picked up a copy of Canadian House & Home featuring their Toronto digs, we knew we were in for a treat. Gus* designer David Podsiadlo and marketing exec Amanda Schuler live in a three-bedroom duplex with their 18-month-old son. The house is full of great ideas, including some cheap solutions that appear as though they broke the bank...
Throughout the house, maple floors show off knots and patterns in the wood, adding warmth to the space. One of their tips for DIY projects: use raw lumber with galvanized steel for an industrial chic look.
In the eating area, they painted a chalkboard wall. The space-saving wine rack is available through Gus*.
For the large dining table, David covered a basic IKEA kitchen island with a sheet of stainless steel. David and Amanda also used exposed electrical tubing for lighting throughout the space, an inexpensive option for overhead lighting.
The kitchen cabinets were purchased at IKEA and retro-fitted to suit the space. David and Amanda installed a tile backsplash and under-cabinet lighting to dress it up.
In addition to this tour, The "Cheap and Chic" issue of Canadian House & Home includes four other homes that use smart money-saving strategies. They also have a video tour of David and Amanda's home online.
Photos: David Bagosy for Canadian House & Home