Ella's Garment Factory Live/Work Loft

Ella's Garment Factory Live/Work Loft

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Janel Laban
Mar 11, 2010

Name: Ella
Location: Toronto

I always dreamed of living in a New York inspired space with high ceilings and fluted columns. The opportunity came in 2004 when mid-century Garment Factory was in the processes of development into the work/live lofts. I bought a two-bedroom unit from builder's plan praying that it would all turn out right.

After 3-year wait I was finally in my white bright space with a big terrace overlooking the quite residential street in the east-end neighbourhood of Leslieville, which is up and coming area of Toronto with lots of hip cafes and cool vintage shops. I didn't move any old furniture into my new space ( I literally slept and ate on the floor for the first few weeks). My first purchase was a vintage 50's bed from the local shop called Ethel. Next came an oversized floor architect's lamp that I ordered on internet from the States and a round Saarinen-inspired dining table.

The space evolved over three years that i've been living there. My daughter was born this July and the guest bedroon was transformed into a nursery. My boyfriend designed a beatiful terrace bench that turned our outdoor space into an extra room, pretty much.

I hope you enjoy the pictures.

Thanks, Ella!

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