A Laidback Montreal Studio Apartment

updated Apr 30, 2019

A Laidback Montreal Studio Apartment

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Name: Lisa Martin
Location: Ville-Marie, Montreal
Size: 540 square feet
Years lived in: 1.5 years, rented

Her travels in South America — seeing the colorful culture and world-renowned traditional crafts — have heavily influenced Lisa Martin’s Montreal apartment. Though small (just under 550 square feet), the space feels light and airy, thanks to clean white walls and a minimal aesthetic (and the small bits of color sprinkled throughout). Perhaps most impressively, she’s fit very distinctive living areas in her space, including two separate work zones!

Lisa works at the Canadian Cancer Society and is the founder and designer of Alibi Lingerie, a tiny company that makes beautiful and delicate pieces of lingerie in Montreal. Her home is a translation of her recent collection, delicate and minimal. And it’s decorated with travel finds and colorful handmade elements.

For her, it is important in a home to take the time to find items that are meaningful. “It’s always a better compromise to wait until you find that perfect piece than try and hurry to furnish your space all at once.” Details matter!

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Bohemian minimalist

Inspiration: My travels in South America, traditional crafts.

Favorite Element: I have many! I particularly like the hammock,
the bench, my Peruvian rug and my sofa.

Biggest Challenge: Create a functional sewing space and it works pretty amazingly now! The amount of light coming in is just remarkable.

What Friends Say: Your place is so nice, luminous and pleasant! Each space is well delimited. We almost forget that we are in a loft.

Biggest Embarrassment: No balcony or exterior space

Proudest DIY: The jewelry holder made from driftwood.

Biggest Indulgence: My Peruvian rug — though it’s a great travel find!

Best Advice: Take the time to find items you really like. Don’t try to furnish and decorate your space all at once. Details matter.

Dream Sources: Travel blogs, Apartment Therapy and Etsy.


Wood and tin jewelry — Carmin (handmade in Montreal)
Leather jewelry — Miss cocotte (handmade in Montreal)
Chest of drawers — Kijiji
Wooden jewelry holder — DIY
Jewelry box — L’autre atelier Montreal

Sofa — Kijiji
Hammock — La Redoute
Coffee table — Garage sale
Rug — Market in Cusco (Peru)
Screen-printed illustration — Julie Avé

Kitchen island — Kijiji
Stools — Canadian Tire
Shelf — Ikea
Carpet — Urban Outfitters

Shelves — Kallax Ikea

Office chair — HomeSense
Desk — Ikea
Bench — Garage sale
Lingerie — Alibi lingerie (handmade in Montreal)

Thanks, Lisa!

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