A Former Dark, Dated 632-Square-Foot Ontario Condo Is Now Fresh and Bright

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Bedrooms
Square feet
632
Sq ft
632
living room with white walls, gray sofa, orange midcentury armchair, art, small black and white area rug
Credit: Selma Santos

Name: Selma Santos, and husband
Location: Thornhill, Ontario, Canada
Type of home: Apartment
Square footage: 632 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years; owned

Credit: Selma Santos

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there. We bought our condo two years ago, downsizing from a large bungalow. The place was a rental, so very plain and simple — popcorn ceilings, old appliances, dark kitchen, and bathroom cabinets. I love renovations and I can do a lot myself. The popcorn ceilings I had a professional do it. The kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanity I painted myself, added a kitchen island, and had new quartz countertops installed in the kitchen and bathroom vanity. We bought new appliances. I painted the walls throughout. Changed all the lighting. Brought some pieces of furniture from the other house and decorated myself, added some artwork to give it some color. I just love decorating.

Credit: Selma Santos

I like everything simple tucked in, light colors on the walls, but I think adding artwork to a home feels warm and inviting and “alive.”

Credit: Selma Santos

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or fewer: Fresh, bright, simple.

Credit: Selma Santos

What is your favorite room and why? My kitchen is my favorite because I love cooking.

Credit: Selma Santos

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? The last piece of furniture I bought was a console at the entrance, which I got from the disposal room in my building. It was in great condition so I painted it and displayed it. I love it.

Credit: Selma Santos

Any advice for creating a home you love? My advice is just follow your instincts and be yourself.

Credit: Selma Santos

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