John and Juli are the owners of Mjölk, a contemporary design store in Toronto specializing in Scandinavian style. Their 1-bedroom apartment above their design store was recently featured on HGTV Canada, and it's a veritable ode to a minimalist, pared down style that values iconic heirloom pieces and clean, simple and thoughtful design—which struck me as being very "green" indeed. See more below:
For example, their favorite pieces in their home are a 1960s Borge Mogensen sofa ("designed for generational use"), a Paul Cadovious wall unit that Juli's mom bought in the 70s ("still very practical"), and the PH5 pendant light, a design that's been around since the 1930s. The 100% wool Crux blanket on the bed in the top photo is made by Pia Wallén. Only 100-150 are produced a year, and the blankets are made start to finish on a family farm in Sweden
What's the secret to their pared-down style?
We moved from a larger home to a small apartment, and in the process you have to really take a look at your possessions and decide if they are really necessary in your life. We're surprised with how satisfied we really are with the amount of things we have, and we've become increasingly particular with what we invite into our home.
And regarding purchases:
I encourage people instead of just trying to find the most value, find something that you absolutely love and are willing to invest in.
See more photos and read the full interview at HGTV.ca.