A Cozy "We Grab What We Like" Apartment in Toronto

A Cozy "We Grab What We Like" Apartment in Toronto

Lauren Kolyn
Feb 21, 2017

Name: Sara, Kyle, and Monty the dog
Location: Forest Hill, Toronto
Size: 750 square feet|
Years lived in: Renting 10 months. (They lived in the one-bedroom unit directly next door for 5 years.)

This space proves that we should never judge a home by its exterior. Built in the late 1960s by architect Uni Prii, this apartment building was described as "space age" by Spacing Toronto. However, Kyle and Sara have created a home that leans far more toward cozy vintage than futuristic. Their apartment is warm and welcoming with an airy, modern feel. With an appreciation for Scandinavian design and vintage pieces, Kyle and Sara have cultivated a space that is both fresh and personal.

Though living mid-town lacks the allure of having amenities steps away from your front door, Sara and Kyle don't mind making the trek further down the street. Kyle explained that it allows them to get out and explore their surroundings more. The quiet neighborhood has a lot of green space (a ravine directly across the street!), something that Monty definitely appreciates.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: We grab what we like. Scandi/modern/vintage.

Inspiration: Dwell, blogs (sfgirlbybay, Cup of Joe, Door Sixteen), Instagram (interiormilk, schoolhouse), Pinterest, Apartment Therapy.

Favorite Element: The big windows and the natural light.

Biggest Challenge: 1. The small galley kitchen. 2.The dust and dog hair seem never-ending.

What Friends Say: "You have air conditioning!?!"

Biggest Embarrassment: The kitchen cabinets. The bathroom cabinets. Probably all of the cabinets.

Proudest DIY: Turning our enclosed balcony into a garage-like storage space.

Biggest Indulgence: The custom blinds in the dining/living area.

Best Advice: Everything is a work in progress.

Dream Sources: Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.


Bench & hooks - made by Sara's brother
Storage Baskets - H&M home
Wall Clock - Ikea
Small Table - Homesense

Leaning Bookcase/Desk - Crate & Barrel
Hanging Cord Lamp - Amazon
Bracket for cord lamp - Ikea
Desk Chair - West Elm
Coffee Table- Wayfair
Wall Shelf - Crate & Barrel
Couch - Urban Barn
Cabinet - Kimberly Jackson (has since closed)
Teak Lounger - Vintage Home Boutique
Stool - West Elm
Rug - Homesense
Scully Print - Society6
Bear Print - Society6
Custom Sara/Kyle/Monty Illustration - Etsy: CheekyToons

Light Fixture - Home Depot
Athena Dining Table - Structube
Denmark Dining Chair - Structube
Bixby Bridge Photo - Unsplash
Cabinet - belonged to Sara's grandparents
Blue trunk - Lakeshore Antiques
Floating Shelf - Umbra
Kitchen Island - Crate and Barrel
Rug - Homesense
St Clair Streetcar 100th Anniversary Print - K9 Design Co. /Kid Icarus (no longer available)

Crates - antique store
Scotland map - Etsy: Bold & Noble
Arctic Explorer - taken from Sara's dad's collection

Cubist shelf - Umbra
Casa Tissue Box Cover - Umbra
Towel hook - vintage store
Hamilton Neighbourhood Map - Jelly Brothers

Knapper Standing Mirror - Ikea
Bed - No idea!
Rug - Homesense
Red dresser - Homesense
Denmark Dining Chair - Structube
Hemnes 8 Drawer Dresser - Ikea (Marcio knobs from Anthropologie)
Metal side table -Homesense
Coat hook - found in Sara's parents garage
Rocketship Print - Society 6
Beatles Song Prints - Popchart Labs

Couch - Urban Barn
Blanket - Hudson's Bay
Seattle / San Francisco / Toronto prints: Unsplash
Province flags - The Drake General Store
Blue Chair - Urban Barn
Bear Pillow - Society6
Carpet - Ikea
Metal drawers - Douglas and Sons

Thanks, Kyle and Sara!

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