A couple of years ago, a friend and I decided to invest in a home that we could fix up, and flip in a year or two. I also needed a place to live. I took on the role of general contractor, landlord and designer. I also took over one of the units on the second floor of this 4-plex. We found the perfect house in Roncesvalles, near shops, waterfront, highway and crown jewel, High Park. My unit was in a pretty rough state but I could see the potential.
The first thing I did was to re-do all of the floors, installing bamboo hard flooring and painted all the walls white.
I am a graphic designer and I run my own business out of a home office, so being comfortable in my space was essential for me. I also wanted the design of the space to reflect my interests and background as a designer, photographer and also bring in some of the modern Italian aesthetic that I have seen in my numerous trips back to the homeland. I wanted to have elements of type throughout the house and you see that in the wood type collection on the bookshelf, the vintage posters from Cuba, the old typewriter, the old signs. I am also a documentary photographer and many of my photographs are handing on my walls.
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(Images: Richard Marazzi)