Nautical Scandinavian Style in a Bright White Toronto Loft

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Name: Jil and Jeff
Location: Leslieville — Toronto, Canada
Size: 1,250 square feet
Years lived in: Owned 2 years

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Originally from the Canada’s East Coast, Jil and Jeff moved to Toronto in pursuit of career opportunities. They brought along not only their friendly character and Maritime hospitality but also many treasures, such as old barn ladders, driftwood and antiques. Though their loft feels quite expansive—over 1,250 square feet with 14-foot ceilings—Jil and Jeff have made it feel warm and inviting with a touch of East Coast/nautical charm.

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Originally from the Canada’s East Coast, Jil and Jeff moved to Toronto in pursuit of career opportunities. (Image credit: Lauren Kolyn)

One of the main things that drew Jil in particular to the space is the old loft windows and mushroom pillars. These original details give the vast space character and structural focal points. The couple built a bedroom in the back of the loft by installing a dividing wall and large armoires as closets. Contrary to the main living space, this part of the loft doesn’t get as much natural light so acts as a perfect sleeping nook.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Scandinavian, Beach House

Inspiration: Old Nova Scotia (everything from antiques, greenery, raw woods/metals, warm and welcoming) mixed with cleaner lines, grand molding, contrasting colours, etc. I actually take inspiration from my favourite store, Club Monaco. I find they put a lot of effort into how they make people feel when they are shopping in their stores, very strong attention to detail. They have ever changing store themes that always provide inspiration.

Favorite Element: The windows. It’s what sold us on the place. We’ve been told they are the oldest windows in Toronto.

Biggest Challenge: The biggest challenge was learning how to decorate for such a big space. We had to get rid of all our previous furniture and buy all new when we moved in because everything we had looked too small within the space. It’s also challenging to have 14-foot ceilings, what to do with that additional space.

What Friends Say: Our friends are always blown away (no matter how many times they visit) with the open space. Most love the windows and view of Toronto, but also how warm and cozy it feels. We are always tinkering with new ideas and changing things around so everyone always likes to see “what’s new” in our place every time they visit.

Proudest DIY: The art piece over the bed. I designed and had it hand made for Jeff’s birthday this year.

Biggest Indulgence: Plants, plants and more plants.

Best Advice: Overgaard & Dyrman – Love their chairs and furnishings—Club Monaco Toronto Flagship Store at 157 Bloor St West—I would love to just move into that store and live there.

Dream Sources: Know and define your style. I constantly am looking for things at antique markets, when we travel, etc. It makes it easier to pick pieces individually versus furnishing a room all at once. That way you to don’t have a mix match of things that don’t look like they belong together.

Thanks, Jil & Jeff!

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