A Couple's Bright Toronto Loft Oozes Cool

A Couple's Bright Toronto Loft Oozes Cool

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Lauren Kolyn
Apr 5, 2017

Name: Roxy and Daniel
Location: Kensington Market, Toronto, Canada
Size: 1,400 square feet
Years lived in: Owned since August 2016

The architecture of this loft is impressive from the moment you step in. Extremely high ceilings partner with a wide open, airy interior. South-facing windows and a large balcony provide a stunning view of the CN Tower and give the home cool downtown vibes. But it's what fills Roxy and Daniel's home — bold colors, electrifying patterns and vintage pieces from the '60s and '70s — that makes it feel inviting and chic.

Though Roxy and Daniel did get some professional help decorating this space — Roxy's mom is an interior decorator — it's filled with pieces that are extremely meaningful to the couple. Virtually all the art has a story, from artist friends in New York (where Roxy lived for five years) to nudes sketched by Roxy's mom in the 1970s, to paintings by her grandfather. The eye-catching original striped settee and the graffiti mural in the upstairs den were both found at the Chelsea Flea Market.

It's not just what's in the loft that has meaning to the couple: It turns out that Daniel's father lived in Kensington Market as a child (see photo on the fridge), so even the neighborhood has significance to them.

Along with all the cool design elements (like a jaw-dropping butterfly bedroom wall), the couple also values sensible design, as the kitchen showcases. What used to be a very closed-in, dark space was transformed when the couple removed all the cupboards, added open stainless steel shelves, opted for fresh white subway tile and incorporated LED lighting. The inspiration? The layout of a chef's kitchen — where everything you need is visible and easily accessible.

They certainly have a great space to work with, but Roxy and Daniel have truly cultivated a home that is both design-forward and that reflects their warmth and generosity as people.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: I love mixing vintage pieces mostly from the '50s,'60s and '70s with modern pieces. I also enjoy being surrounded by things that have meaning — whether it's art made by a childhood friend or a sketch my mom drew while sitting at the kitchen table. I have to say my style is definitely influenced by my mom who is an extremely talented interior decorator. This whole apartment was her passion project and she continues to help me layer it with great pieces.

Inspiration: My goal was to create a loft space that was both industrial and homey. For example, the original kitchen was closed-in with upper and lower cabinets — so we pulled out the uppers and replaced them with stainless steel open shelves that had a tech-y feel. I was inspired by Kensington Market itself and its boho-hippie vibe and didn't want everything to feel too staged, but rather flow naturally and have a laid-back quality. I've lived in many apartments from New York City to Queen Street, so certain well-loved pieces have to find a place in my new home.

Favorite Element: The double-vaulted ceiling and windows with a prime view of downtown Toronto.

Biggest Challenge: Trying to configure the furniture to make the main floor appear larger than it actually is.

What Friends Say: The inconspicuous lobby versus the grand apartment space gives the space that real "wow" factor. When they walk in they're always surprised at the high ceilings and big view that immediately meets the eye.

Biggest Embarrassment: I still haven't read the manual for my fridge on how to set up the water dispenser that's on the door — which I insisted on having. Shame, I know.

Proudest DIY: Still working on the fridge bit, DIY projects to come

Biggest Indulgence: Double shower heads. It's life changing!

Best Advice: Spend your money where it counts, like on the kitchen and bathrooms — furnishings can be quirkier and less important. Don't be afraid to mix patterns and textures. Design should be fun! Do what's unexpected. Fill your home with things that make you feel good. Most of my art comes from friends and family — from Brooklyn to my grandfather's painting studio in his basement.

Resources:

KITCHEN
Gray bar stools - Morba
Colorful bowls - Anthropologie
"Do your Best" platter & striped bowl - Anthropologie
Orange plates - Fishs Eddy in NYC
Blue cups and lighter blue Mason jar cups - Blue Banana in Kensington Market
Fridge - Tasco Appliances

LIVING ROOM
Gray couch - Elte
Carpet - Elte
Coffee table - C2B
Pillows on the couch - Quasi Modo Modern Furniture
Brown blanket on the couch - Indigo
Console - West Elm
TV - Best Buy
Speakers - SONOS
Vase on coffee table - Vintage, Flea market in Chelsea, NYC
Pink Buddha - somewhere on Queen Street
Yellow Lamp - Gracious Home in NYC
Lamp bulb in alcove - Vintage Lighting by Architectural Antiques

DOWNSTAIRS BATHROOM
Hand towels - Drake General Store
Edison bulb lighting - Vintage Lighting by Architectural Antiques
Saul Steinberg print - was originally my parents', they put it in their first home together and I had it in my first apartment in Montreal when I went to McGill for undergrad
Taps & faucets - Gingers

BEDROOM
Console - West Elm
Rug - from my parents' house
Ceiling light - Vintage Lighting by Architectural Antiques
Futon - Kates and Company
Bed - West Elm
Wallpaper - Matthew Williamson "Narissa Butterfly"
Side tables - Pottery Barn
Lamps on the side tables - West Elm
Standing White Lamp - universal
Scorpio pillow on yellow chair - Jonathan Adler
Bedding - West Elm and Elte
Yellow Chair - INabstracto

UPSTAIRS BATHROOM
Mirrors - custom made
Lighting - Universal Lighting

UPSTAIRS DEN
Anthropologie off the floor, Dhurrie Occasional Chair – pink chair
West Elm – Sofa
Urban Mode – Turquoise Acapulco chairs
Graffiti mural – Chelsea flea market circa 2009

Thanks, Roxy and Daniel!


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