(Welcome again to Jan, one of the finalists in our Blogger search. She's writing from Vancouver, B.C. Comment away!)
Name: John Booth and Arounna Khounnoraj Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada Size: 2 bedrooms - 2200 sq. ft. Years lived in: 1 year I was inspired recently when I saw a few snapshots of Canadian designers, Arounna Khounnoraj and John Booth's recently renovated loft home in Toronto. Owners and designers of Bookhou Design where they showcase their individual and collaborative works emphasizing handmade natural materials and small production pieces, they have combined their d.i.y. workmanship, craft and art to create a stunning space. Spending seven months on the renovation, John doing most of it aside from the electrical and plumbing, the place was a challenge according to Arounna where they live and work in this two-story loft with their one toddler, Lliam. tips (at) sf (dot) apartmenttherapy (dot) com Style: Modern with an appreciation for vintage (mostly mid-century) - John�s artwork is influenced by abstract expressionism and Arounna�s is influenced by minimalism. Inspiration: Scandinavian work � furniture and textiles � we wanted to keep the space open and somewhat rationalist in format � so that the objects and details stand out.
Favorite element: Western light that late in the day transform the entire space. Biggest challenge: Finishing the place � endless details. What friends say: The openness of the space and how high the ceilings � breathable space. Biggest embarrassment: Not finishing the place. Proudest DIY: The entire place is diy � hard to choose one in particular. Biggest indulgence: Having a place where we can work and live.
Best advice: Be prepared to take more time than you think (embrace the chaos). Dream source: Still searching. Resources: Accessories: Antique and consignment shops � trade from other artist friends, hand me downs are always good � mostly we made them - Lliam�s crib, chair, tables, etc. Lighting: Made a lot of our own � materials from hardware stores. Paint: Benjamin Moore Flooring: Concrete just clear coated Rugs/Carpets: W Studio Window treatments: Portfolio Artwork: Our own, friends and a few purchased on trips and on the web Thanks, John and Arounna! -jan