A Small "Bohème Moderne" Condo with Vibrant Downtown Views

A Small "Bohème Moderne" Condo with Vibrant Downtown Views

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Craig Kellmann
Apr 5, 2018

Name: Andréa Crofts and Stefan Jovanović
Location: Toronto, Canada
Size: 700 square feet
Years lived in: 8 months, owned

Andréa and Stefan's home is a 700-square-foot unit in a modern condo overlooking the beautiful skyline of Toronto's downtown. The eastern view is what sold the couple on this particular unit, and you can't blame them. Even if the condo was completely empty, it would still be gorgeous with that view. Featuring modern furniture and a large collection of art and bohemian accents, it's clear the hardworking couple has prioritized creating a beautiful home.

One area of the space that Andréa and Stefan are particularly proud of is the bedroom; they DIYed a custom feature wall behind the bed. The bold patterned paper is rich in tone, but proved to be quite the challenge during installation. However, it was worth the pain of hand pasting it on the wall. It was finished with a gold molding around the corners, and now the bedroom looks extremely luxurious and rich. "All the hard work makes unwinding there at the end of the day a much sweeter experience," reports Andréa.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Bohème Moderne, AKA Modern Bohemian (because everything sounds classier in French)

Inspiration: Physical things: album art, vintage markets, and decorating books. Namely Rebecca Atwood's book, Living with Pattern (fun fact: Andréa designed her award-winning website!). Digital treasure troves: Home Polish, and anything Emily Henderson does.

Favorite Element: Stefan loves the luxurious velvets and deep jewel tones in the bedroom and living room. Andréa has a deep maternal love for all of their plant babies—10 in total.

Biggest Challenge: Finding little nooks for work and reflection in a small condo. We're both workaholics, which is why we have four surfaces in our small 700-square-foot space that inspire productivity. Creating nooks for creativity and personal introspection was a challenge, but we feel as though we've carved them out in the best way.

What Friends Say: "Your home looks like a West Elm catalogue." and "You two live in a magazine."

Biggest Embarrassment: The amount of tchotchkes we own. We both have hoarder tendencies, which makes storage very difficult in a condo. Every one of our (many) storage solutions is bursting at the seams. We bid adieu to any minimalist life aspirations a while ago.

Proudest DIY: Two of the four walls in the bedroom: We applied nonwoven wallpaper the traditional way with paste (which proved to be the ultimate test of our relationship). Once our relationship was back intact, we also mitered and pasted on the gold moulding, and sewed and lengthened the curtains. All the hard work makes unwinding there at the end of the day a much sweeter experience.

Biggest Indulgence: All. of. the. plants. and their respective "homes" (AKA decorative pots). And the couch…that was a big splurge for us; it was one of the biggest furniture purchases we've ever made together. We wanted something visually dramatic but very comfortable, and we couldn't be happier with it.

Best Advice: Don't rush! Fill your space with a combination of things that are deeply personal (like travel prints of life's pivotal moments) and things that move you from a purely aesthetic sense. These things accumulate with time and experiences, so take it slow and enjoy the process. That's how you'll find the best pieces for your space, and not break the bank. And if you're a hoarder like us—remember you can always get rid of things, too, by swapping them out for things you like even better.

Dream Sources: Article, West Elm, Design Republic, Design Within Reach, Lulu & Georgia, CB2, IKEA, Etsy

Resources:

PAINT & COLORS
Behr Silver Drop

ENTRYWAY
Strum Shelf (Brass) — Umbra
Pedestal Table — City of Angels
Rug — Dynasty Oriental Rugs
Tyssedal Wardrobe — IKEA
RIBBA Picture Frames — IKEA
Seafoam Ottoman — HomeSense
Helix Acacia Desk — CB2
Arc Copper Table Lamp — CB2
Books — Indigo
Contessa Venus Statue — Amazon
Blush Plant Pot — Dynasty
Copper Basket and Blanket — HomeSense
Aya Wall Hanging — Pom Pom at Home
Adelphi Metal Planter — Urban Outfitters

DINING ROOM
Live Edge Walnut Table — Design Republic
Bar Stools — Design Republic
Rens Sheepskins — IKEA
Framed Art — Minted
Live Edge Cutting Board — HomeSense
Suspend Media Console — CB2
Pure White Ceramic Vases — West Elm
Top Shelf Bar Tool Set — CB2

KITCHEN
Hamilton Beach Toaster — Home Depot
Basket — IKEA
Ceramic Teapot — Orono Antique Market
Chambord Teapot — The Linen Closet
Pulse Paper Towel Holder — Umbra
HYVLA Knife Block — IKEA
Rug — Dynasty Oriental Rugs

LIVING ROOM
Sven Cascadia Blue Sectional Sofa — Article
Mid-Century Pop-Up Storage Coffee Table — West Elm
Coffee Table Books — Indigo and Taschen
Rug — HomeSense
Knitted Pouf — HomeSense
Macrame Pillow — City of Angels
Misc. Pillow Covers — West Elm
Rens Sheepskin — IKEA
Candle Holder — H&M Home
Mosslanda Picture Ledges — IKEA
Brass Picture Frames — Minted
Art — Minted
Gallery Frames in Walnut and Copper — CB2
Mid-Century Console — West Elm
Record / Magazine Stand — Aberfoyle Antique Market
Modern Copper Watering Can — West Elm
Mid-Century Turned Leg Planter — West Elm
Blush and Bronze Pots — Dynasty
Terrace Side Table — West Elm
Vintage Typography Book — Orono Antique Market
Mod Metal Planter — Urban Outfitters
Klabb Floor Lamp — IKEA
Mustard Vase — HomeSense

BEDROOM
RITVA Drapes (White) — IKEA, with custom lace trim from Etsy
Twilight Room Darkening Curtains — Bed, Bath and Beyond (we extended them for our nine-foot ceilings)
Nonwoven Banana Tree Leaf Wallpaper — Etsy
Metal Angle Gold Moulding — Home Depot
Arc Table Lamps — CB2
Side Tables — West Elm
Gallery Frames with Linen Mat — CB2
Clothing Rack — Neat
Comforter — HomeSense
Round Velvet Pillow — Urban Outfitters
Pillows and Sheets — HomeSense
Wicker Laundry Basket — HomeSense
Vase, Vintage Books and Wood Box — Orono Antique Market
Faceted Terrarium — West Elm

BATHROOM
Ceramic Vase — H&M Home
Blue Vase — Firefly Antique Market
Towels — HomeSense
Rug — Dynasty Oriental Rugs
Shower Curtain — CB2
Bathroom Shelf Storage — IKEA
Baskets — IKEA
Soap Dispenser and Toothbrush holder — HomeSense

DEN
BEKANT Standup Desk — IKEA
BILLY / OXBERG Bookcase Shelving Unit — IKEA
URSHULT Cabinet Lights — IKEA
Baskets and Organizational Storage — IKEA
ALEX Drawer Units — IKEA
MARKUS Swivel Office Chair — IKEA
Salvador Dali Clock — AGO Gift Shop
Blue Glass Vase — Dana Glass
Art Floor Lamp — HomeSense
Gustav Klimt Print — HomeSense
Picasso Print — Value Village
Leonetto Cappiello Print — HomeSense

Thanks, Andréa and Stefan!


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