A Young Family Makes their Mark on a Recently Reno’d Toronto Home

updated Apr 30, 2019

A Young Family Makes their Mark on a Recently Reno’d Toronto Home

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Name: Erin and Mike and their two kids (ages 6 and 3)
Location: Riverdale — Toronto, Ontario
Size: 2,000 square feet
Years lived in: 2.5 years, owned

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This three-story, century home in Toronto is filled to the brim with stylish thrift hauls, DIY projects, and chic details. The combination of all those fixings make this house a pleasure to visit. It’s clear that Erin and Mike have put their hearts into making this the perfect luxurious family home for their small family.

Mike and Erin bought their home fully renovated two and a half years ago but the finishings weren’t quite their style. Thankfully, Erin is a strong believer in up-cycling, and through mid-century furnishings and clean natural lines, made a generic house into a stylish home with a ton of natural character. Erin has diagnosed herself with a “Thrift and Curbside Obsession” and can’t help herself when she sees a unique piece of furniture in a local thrift store. Together, her family has created a space that is both family-friendly and totally functional.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Eclectic! Love the warmth and sleekness of mid-century teak and rosewood furniture pieces, the history and nostalgia of vintage items, the textures and colour of bohemian decor, as well as the weight and roughness of combining industrial and rustic elements.

Inspiration: Pinterest offers an endless list of DIY projects. Instagram profiles: Apartment Therapy, Domino Mag., Emily Henderson, Home Polish, Home Sense, One Kings Lane, Rue Magazine, The Citizenry…this list is just a few of many. Our home and neighboring houses are over a century old so walking through our community is immensely inspiring. Our kids inspire us; their minds are very creative…and funny!

Favorite Element: High ceilings and open concept main floor. The “Master-Retreat” on the third level — complete with a deck that has a view towards the city landscape. Our neighborhood — there is a strong sense of community.

Biggest Challenge: Having no garage for storage or DIY projects has proven pretty challenging.

What Friends Say: “It just keeps going…another set of stairs!?!”

Biggest Embarrassment: Bathrooms — we haven’t done any work to any of the bathrooms. All the bathrooms were renovated prior to our purchasing the home, and although the finishes aren’t what we would have chosen, it seems crazy to re-do what has recently been reno’d…for now at least.

Proudest DIY: (Happy to say it’s a long list) Entryway bench (solid ash slab with steal legs), under sofa Lego trundle, painted/upcycled Art Deco buffet (found in the trash, now resides in our spare-room), barn board wall installation in our basement. Thrift Store vintage teak Desk restore — now my sewing/craft table. Pallet Wall Art – World Map.

Biggest Indulgence: Our EQ3 Reverie Leather Sofa in our living room. We’ve had it for almost two years, and we still love it and it’s held up really well.

Best Advice: Make your house a home and fill it with items that make it your happy place.

Dream Sources: Erin’s Dream Sources – To rent an RV with some of my girlfriends and spend a long weekend in the summer touring yard sales/thrift stores in Ontario, searching for new treasures. That is seriously our dream road trip!

Mike’s Dream Sources – Best Buy! He would like to equip the back-deck with a flat-screen tv and have an outdoor space to enjoy the hot Toronto summer, while watching all the sports he enjoys!


Benjamin Moore — Silver Satin – majority of the house
Benjamin Moore – Cloud White (All Trim, Crown, Ceiling, railing and wainscot detail, kitchen cabinetry)
Benjamin Moore – Silver Cloud – son’s bedroom
Benjamin Moore – Whitewater Bay – daughter’s bedroom
Benjamin Moore – Stonington Grey – master and spare bedrooms
Benjamin Moore – Kendall Charcoal – accent wall in dinning room

Solid Ash and Steal Leg Bench – DIY
Jute Storage Baskets – HomeSense
Metal Storage Basket – HomeSense
Moose Painting- HomeSense
Start Burst Mirror – Sillogy
Grey Rug – Home Depot

Reverie 92″ Carnival Penny Leather Sofa – EQ3
Throw Pillows – IKEA, CB2, Dollarama
Charcoal Tweed Accent Chair – AllModern.com
TV/Media Console – IKEA
Jute Area Rug – HomeSense
Teal Metal Lamp – HomeSense
Curtains – IKEA
Area Rug – HomeSense
Vintage Rosewood Hutch (behind Sofa) – Guff Furniture, Toronto.
Under Sofa Lego Trundle – DIY by Mike
Built In – Books – Mostly Value Village/HomeSense
Built In – Russian Nesting Doll – Erin’s aunt
Built In – Painting – “unknown” by: Julie Walsh
Built In – Decorative Tray – The Nook, Toronto
Built In – Air Pants – FLOX Florist on the Danforth

Rosewood Dining Table – Frontier Sales Used Furniture (since closed).
Dining Room Light – West Elm
6 Teak and Vinyl Dining Chairs – kijiji
Gallery Wall: Family Photos in Frames – IKEA
Print – “Fire Escape” – By: Julie Walsh
Print – “Rooster” – By: Julie Walsh
Glass Desk – IKEA
Teak Desk Chair – Value Village
Teal Metal Lamp – Home Sense
Gallery Wall – “Life Painting” – By: Amy Arnott

Cabinets Painted – Cloud White – Benjamin Moore
Kitchen Island Light – Joss & Main
Kitchen Clock – Canadian Tire
Kitchen Gallery Wall Print – “Coin Laundry” (Danforth/Pape) by: Julie Walsh
Kitchen Gallery Wall – Kids Art and Photos – Frames – IKEA

Bed Side Table – Unknown
Wool Area Carpet – Joss & Main
Reading Accent Chair – All Modern.com
Reading Nook Rug – Gift from Friends
Reading Nook Lamp – IKEA
Reading Nook Table – Frontier Sales Used Furniture (since closed).
Reading Nook Painting – “Rascals” By: Amy Arnott
Reading Nook Painting – “Penelope’s Protector” By: Amy Arnott
Dresser – IKEA
Dresser Lamp – IKEA
Storage Bench – Bouclair Painting – “Penelope on her Bicycle #3” by: Amy Arnott
Prints – DIY project by Erin

Painting – “Penelope in the Phone Booth #7” by: Amy Arnott
Desk – IKEA
Teak Desk Chair – Part of Dining Set – kijiji
Bed Side Table – IKEA
Art Deco Buffet/Dresser – Garbage – Painted Pewter – Benjamin Moore
Clay Jug – The Nook, Toronto
Tall Dresser – IKEA
Red Glass – Goodwill
Round Wood Mirror – HomeSense
Starburst Clock – HomeSense
Area Rug – IKEA
Floor Lamp – Structube
Teak Accent Chair – Habitat for Humanity – new upholstery and leather back straps.
Vintage Magazine Rack – Mike’s Mom
Bed Throw – HomeSense
Accent Pillow – IKEA

SON’S BEDROOM Painting – “Secret Mission” by: Amy Arnott
Twin Bed Frame – Erin’s sister’s childhood bed
Bed Side Table – Habitat for Humanity – painted Down Pour Blue – Benjamin Moore
Shelving Unit – IKEA
Closet Dresser – IKEA
Vinyl Footstool – Bouclair
Ride On Moose – IKEA
Area Rug – Pottery Barn
Green Wall Clock – HomeSense

Painting – “Gisele in the Cupcake Forest” By: Amy Arnott
Twin Bed Frame – Erin’s childhood bed
Bedside Table – Unknown
Shelving Unit – IKEA
Dresser – IKEA
Area Rug – Local Danforth Store
Kids Polka Rocker – HomeSense Rainbow
Wall Clock – HomeSense
Owl Wall Hanging – DIY – Erin and Mom

Teak Desk – Habitat for Humanity – Sanded and Refinished
Teak Chair – Part of Dining Set – Kijiji
Kids Playroom Storage – IKEA
Kid’s Kitchen – IKEA
Kid’s Table – IKEA
Kid’s Chairs – Found in Garbage – Painted – Down Pour Blue – Benjamin Moore
Area Rug – Target
Sofa and Chairs – Italsofa
TV Console – Seagull Classics Ltd. Toronto
Coffee Table – Seagull Classics Ltd. Toronto
Multi Drawer Dresser – Seagull Classics Ltd. Toronto
Area Rug – Home Depot
Throw Pillows – IKEA
Stripe Throw Blanket – Erin’s Grandmother’s
Knit Throw Blanket – DIY Erin’s Mom
Floor Throw Pillow – IKEA
Barn Board – Barnboardstore, Toronto
Vintage “A” Sign – Barnboardstore, Toronto
Print – “Woodland Waterfall” – By: Tom Thompson
Print – “Guelph Carousel” By: Ken Danby
Pallet Art – “World Map” Erin’s DIY project

Thanks, Erin and Mike!

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