Location: Historic Distillery District — Toronto, Canada
Like many of my fellow Apartment Therapy readers, I lead a very busy metropolitan life in the city. Working in the marketing industry, I'm always on the go. I generally work hard and play even harder. Because of this, I need to have a sanctuary where I can take a few minutes to recharge my batteries. As with most major cities, the price of real estate in Toronto is astronomical. The skyline of Toronto is littered with new condo developments; many offering great amenities. Two years ago, I chose to purchase a new soft loft that has just been build right in the historic Distillery District of Toronto.
The area has very charming brick-lined streets and amazing restored Victorian Industrial buildings. There are great restaurants, cafes, shops and theatres. The area is almost always alive and vibrant. I chose the building because of the area and the great amenities, which included a large outdoor pool deck, perfect for summer barbecues, pool parties and entertaining!
When I took occupancy of my unit two years ago, I was completely shocked how much smaller it was than I had imagined. Even though my 550 square foot unit has a great layout, it was still a challenge to incorporate all the different functions into the space. It was important for me to be able to incorporate separate dining, entertaining, sleeping and working functions, while still maintaining the openness that first attracted me to the unit. The unit also has a large 60 square foot balcony overlooking the distillery district. It's a perfect outdoor space for enjoying a latte and watching the bustle of Distillery while reading a magazine with my dog, Hunter!
Inside, I chose to use warm orange and cream as the main colour palate for the space which complemented the chocolate brown floors very nicely. The exposed concrete ceiling and floor-to-ceiling windows helped to create an industrial feeling which really makes the space fit nicely into the Distillery District community. Knowing that this space would be my home for the next 2-3 years, I chose to invest in some good quality pieces while using some other inexpensive pieces from IKEA and other big-box retailers. I've used stainless steel and other "vintage looking" accents to maintain the industrial feeling.
I'm not sure that I will ever completely "finish" working on this space. It serves as a canvas for me to constantly play with, serving as my creative outlet. This space, though not perfect, is a great environment for me to relax, entertain and work in. Until I decide to leap into a bigger place and start the whole process again, this is my home, and I am very proud of it.
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