This Small Toronto Rental Mixes Some Wild Shapes and Patterns, But It Works

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Name: Jacquie Nedohin
Location: Toronto, Canada
Type of home: Apartment
Size: 1,000 square feet
Years lived in: 5 months, renting

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: This apartment symbolizes independence for me. Not only is it the first space I’ve had all to myself but the timing of my move was also in the wake of a breakup. The process of rediscovering and rebuilding myself was poured into the walls of this mid-century unit. It’s become a sanctuary of my personal expression and a place where anything goes.

Credit: Jacquie Nedohin
Sideways wall paper, a DIY chandelier, and a Cesca chair found in the garbage make for the perfect kitchen.

I didn’t follow any rules in this space. I set caution to the wind when it came to choosing timeless pieces and honored my free spirit in selecting items that are as outspoken as I am.

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Funky, girly, colorful, fun, eclectic

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What is your favorite room and why? My favorite room is the living room because it makes me feel happy every single time I walk in. It offers a smorgasbord of tastes, textures, and styles. The juxtaposition of my wild leopard chaise lounge that I got from an old man on Kijiji and my most expensive piece — a green checkered rug from Etsy — bring the space together in the most unexpected way. Everyone told me not to buy the things I bought until they saw it all come together, which makes me love it that much more.

Credit: Jacquie Nedohin

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? All my favorite pieces were found in garbage piles on the side of the road. The last thing I found was a front hall table that I squeezed into my Fiat and carried up three flights of stairs, painted purple, and turned into the star of my foyer.

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Any advice for creating a home you love? I’ve learned that decorating is a marathon, not a sprint, so take your time. The other thing I’ve learned is that you don’t need to spend a fortune. To build a unique place you need to do some digging and DIYing so patience is key.

This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length and clarity.