Eryn's Modern, Boho-Jungle Space
Name: Eryn Irwin
Size: 400 square feet
Home type: Main floor apartment
Location: Toronto, Canada
What you're looking at:Gore is just waiting there for me to go into the kitchen to feed him. My living room flows into the kitchen. It's an odd layout, but I appreciate the quirkiness of it. (Image credit: Eryn Irwin)
Gore is just waiting there for me to go into the kitchen to feed him. My living room flows into the kitchen. It's an odd layout, but I appreciate the quirkiness of it.
My bedroom is one of the coziest rooms in the place, and I strive for that, and the plants are a peaceful addition. Although small, it is big in comfort.
Years lived in: A year and 2 months, rented
Household: Two cats, Leo and Gore, and my dog, Zeus
Have any design professionals worked on this space? No
Do you currently live in your Small/Cool space full-time? Yes
Describe your space:
Coming from a larger space, I learned how to be crafty with creating storage space and be able to create an open, airy, spacious environment with a lot of warmth and greenery. I love the cozy atmosphere of my small, cool place. It is inviting and has many organic details lending to the warmth of the place. I love to incorporate decor of old and new; some passed on and some newly acquired, which add to the beauty of my unique yet odd place.
Did you DIY anything in your space? And, if so, what's your favorite DIY?
When looking around the space, you will notice several DIYs; paintings, tapestries, sculptures, a DIY bench, plant pots, shelves, throw cushions, and a yarn wall hanging. My favourite being my tapestries. They are made by painting shapes and lines with acrylic paint on drop cloth canvas and then hung by simple pushpins. The large tapestry above the bed makes the room look larger by drawing your eyes upward.
How do you make your small space work for you and feel bigger than it really is?
In my small space, I utilized every nook and cranny that I have, including empty kitchen cupboards, under the couch, and a bookcase. In the empty kitchen cupboards, I use them for storing ceramics and plants supplies. Under the couch are my extra rugs and a storage bag with decorative picture frames. The bookcase in my bedroom is used to display plants, and underneath is storage for my "Star Trek" merchandise, plant supplies, and vintage games. I bought a platform bed with storage to be my dresser and a pantry that I painted and changed the handles to house my linens and craft supplies.
How does your home reflect you?
There’s definitely a connection to nature, with the plants and skulls. Growing up in the country and being outside all the time inspired me to bring in an earthy element. Some of my accessories, like vintage pots, macrame, and dried flower art, I have acquired from my mother, as well as my love for plants, crafting, and design in general. She passed five years ago; anything she had given me or that I have been inspired by, I will incorporate those pieces or ideas.