Name: Andrew Cardozo
Location: Downtown Toronto — Ontario, Canada
Size: about 700 square feet
Years lived in: 1 — rented
Q: What's black, white and fabulous all over?
A: Andrew's Toronto apartment!
Andrew has transformed his modest-sized, boxy apartment into a comfortable and stylish pad. He's filled it with his favorite things and stuck to a simple black and white (and sometimes gray) palette. The result is striking: a 21st-century Toronto space reminiscent of a Parisian flat.
I met Andrew while shooting his neighbor Patrick's place a few months back. Although the two have mirror-image floor plans, they couldn't be more different in style. Andrew's embrace of a strict black and white scheme grew out of his hesitance to introduce color and somehow get it wrong. Fearful as he was about color choices, Andrew set about the task of balancing a mixture of prints, textures, and the visual weight of his black and white furnishings and accessories, and did it with evident skill.
An air of elegance and luxury belies the eco- and wallet-friendly approach that Andrew takes in decorating. Most of his furniture is second hand, but Andrew has given it new life by thinking outside the box and putting in some elbow grease. The black and white striped sofa in the dining room was in a sad state before Andrew refinished and reupholstered it, and the stone table base in the dining room once lived in his parent's garden. Andrew's charming home packs a powerful punch in a small space!
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: My style is "collectic." I love to put old and new stuff together and make them work. I don't think there should be any rules in decorating, as long as it looks visually appealing.
Inspiration: Candice Olson and Nate Berkus. I love their style of decorating.
Favorite Element: My framed lamp prints. Also, I have a thing for pillows and lamps, which you will find everywhere in my space.
Biggest Challenge: I have a lot of stuff and not a ton of space, so finding a place for all of it can be a challenge.
What Friends Say: Hmmmm...my friends...some of them want to have an intervention for me, they think I have too much stuff. But I love everything I have!
Biggest Embarrassment: The oversized ceiling fixture in my dining room which is missing pieces. (Did you notice? Say no!)
Proudest DIY: My first DIY project was the focus wall where I put some trim moulding up. It was a challenge but fun and it added a great architectural feature to a boring wall. With the oversized mirror it just completely expanded the room.
I also made the pillows and wall hangings at the front door from old coffee sacks. I love reusing and recycling when possible in my home, and the coffee sacks are great for that and look beautiful, too. I'm selling them at Blue Banana Market in Kensington Market, under the name of L&A home.
Best Advice: Don't decorate your space in one weekend. Do it over time, it may take months. Buy stuff that reflects your lifestyle. Your home, most importantly, should make you HAPPY...
Love your home!!
Images: Abby Cook
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