Name: Juliana Ciccarelli
Location: Toronto, Canada
Size: 715 square feet
Years lived in: Owned 2 years
Within moments of first entering her loft, Juliana knew this space would be her first home. Conveniently located within a part of the city where she works and plays, Juliana has spent the past two years slowly and consciously designing her home. Undoubtedly, its selling feature is the over-20-foot windows that pour light into the space and offer a view of the city.
Juliana is perhaps best known as a gracious and welcoming host who wants all her guests to feel at home. She has built her professional career working at start-up companies that focus on technology, design and the environment. Her innovative nature is incorporated throughout her space's decor, such as the "smart" neon light above her standing desk (which also doubles as a dining table) or the remote-controlled lighting and music systems. Offsetting the modern design flare are family heirlooms, a few vintage pieces and bold textiles.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Simple and modern with subtle mid-century vibes.
Inspiration: Symmetry. Nature. Textures. Sustainability. Technology.
Favorite Element: Lighting — it's so important. The natural lighting I get from the two-story windows and my smart lights from NanoLeaf are particularly my favourite. I can change up the mood of my place by changing the colours of the panels installation.
Biggest Challenge: Only keeping what is necessary. With minimal design and limited storage options, it's an ongoing effort to only buy and keep what I need.
What Friends Say: People always comment on the high ceilings first when they see my place... Followed by a "how do you get to sleep in with all the windows?" or "how do you clean up there?"
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Biggest Embarrassment: I wouldn't call it an embarrassment but my recycling bins. It's something I take seriously clearly since I have a compost, recycling, and garbage for only one person. It stems from my mom and now even more working at Usful. Being environmentally sustainable is something that's embodied in everything we do from projects to office culture.
Proudest DIY: Restoring my Nonno and Nonna's wooden chest. It carried all of their belongings from Italy to Canada by boat in the 1950s. That will always travel with me from now on.
Biggest Indulgence: Food and wine for sure. I like to use quality local ingredients as often as possible so it's where a fair chunk of my money goes. My Dyson and espresso machine are a close second though.
Best Advice: Only keep the items and things that bring you happiness. If it doesn't make you happy when you see it, you should probably pass it on or donate it.
Dream Sources: The Line Hotel in LA, COS stores, and Usful's Smart House (so I could take the Urban Cultivator and Saarinen Marble Table).