Name: Terra Loire
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Size: 700 square feet
Years lived in: 8 months, renting
After living in nine different spaces over the past eight years, Terra finally feels like she has found a home in her mid-town Toronto apartment. She's definitely had her tour of living all over the city—east to west, centrally and along the lakeshore—experiencing many of Toronto's diverse neighborhoods. Though there is a certain appeal to living in a trendy or a more centrally located area, the reality of high rent prices and basement apartments just wasn't cutting it for her emotionally anymore. Home to her 30 plus plants and curious Siamese cat, Pyewacket, Terra has cultivated a deep sense of comfort and peace within her new space.
Having a sense of pride in her home is change that Terra is grateful for. She is excited to have space where she can openly and comfortably host her friends and community. She even finds herself spending more time at home — from extended morning routines, spiritual rituals and working from home a couple of days a week. Terra has taken pleasure in cultivating a space full of creativity, good cosmic energy and one that is a honest reflection of her personal style and taste.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Feminist Witch Cottage
Inspiration: My home is inspired very much by nature and our connection to it. There is also influence leftover from when I went to design school.
Favorite Element: Closet space! After years of using Apartment Therapy small space hacks, I don't really need to any more!
Biggest Challenge: Styling everything the way I want with a small budget
What Friends Say: I like to host a lot and people feel at home here, which is wonderful. I'm also told that my place is a great reflection of my personality.
Biggest Embarrassment: That I secretly hope that the neighbours across the windows stay there — they keep their blinds closed 24/7, which allows me to walk around with the blinds open and not worry about people seeing me in my jammies.
Proudest DIY: All of my plant pots. The majority of them were painted by yours truly!
Biggest Indulgence: So. Many. Plants.
Best Advice: You don't have to break the bank to get the style you want. I have sourced so much of my furniture from Craigslist and bunz, and I DIY items with dollar store materials.
Dream Sources: If I had a truck and people to help me carry things up four flights of stairs, I'd love to go to flea markets and search all over bunz and Craigslist for unique vintage furniture and deals on large plants.
PAINT & COLORS
Bedroom — Para Paint Enigmatic Triton
Mounted drawers — Left by the last tenant!
Umbrella Painting — Claude Theberge, a Quebec artist
Moon Print — Crywolf
Grey sofa — Craigslist
Patterned sofa — Wayfair, Briley Armless Loveseat
Banana Leaf pillow cover — H&M home
Heart Pillow — Indigo
Orange throw blanket — Bunz
Vintage Trunks — Craigslist
Tapestry — Society6 artist Smuug
Pink/Turquoise/Gold Plant Pots and Animals — DIY by me using items from the dollar store
Wall Hanging — Etsy
Computer Chair — Ikea (I used to have the blue seat but I kept an eye out for months and found someone on bunz trading just the white seat without the chair which is all I needed.)
Computer Desk — Ikea
Large Mirror — Bunz trade
Altar items — various places, but a huge shout out to Witches Brew and The Occult Shop down the street (no website)
Side Table — Ikea
Cart — Ikea
Photo — Man Ray's Le Violin D'Ingres
Stained Glass — Made by my mother
Bed frame — original frame don't remember, but it is currently being held up by surplus Harry Potter and Margaret Atwood books I had
Tray — Urban Barn
Clothes Rack — My ex's mom
Bedspread — Society6
Side Table — Ikea, but no longer listed
Lavender Moon Pillow — Wild Nocturna
Flamingo Snow globe — West Elm
Virgo Candle — The Occult Shop
Table Lamp — eq3
Macrame hangers — Plant World
Plant Pots — Willbe Bloomin
Cart — Ikea
Shower Curtain — bunz trade