A Colorful, Globally Eclectic Toronto Apartment

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Name: Dana Haddad
Location: Corktown, Toronto
Size: 750 square feet
Years lived in: Owned 1 year

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For as long as she can remember, Dana has had a love for interiors and is known for decorating (and redecorating!) her space. Not expecting to move to Toronto’s East End or to purchase a condo, after walking into this space and seeing the trees in the distance she was sold! Originally from the Middle East, Dana’s global style is influenced by colour, ornate wares, layers of textiles and memories of travel. While growing up Dana and her mother would go shopping at local markets to hunt for beautiful rugs, textiles and home accessories and to this day, it remains their favorite pastime!

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Dana’s day job is far removed from the creative industry, but she’s found a way to incorporate her love of design into daily life, from decorating friends’ apartments to offering design advice. She is now pursuing a degree in interior design and recently opened an online store, called Ayadii, offering traditional handmade home accessories made by Jordanian craftsmen (and women).

Ayadii was born out of her love for traditional handmade goods made in Jordan. Whenever she travelled back to the Middle East she would visit the local craftsmen and stock up on those treasures, marvelling at the workmanship and the amount of time and patience it took to make each piece. Combining her love for beautiful spaces and handmade goods, Ayadii offers carefully curated pieces that will add depth and warmth to any room.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Eclectic/bohemian/mid-century

Inspiration: Growing up in the Middle East and travelling. I like handmade items which are unique and made from natural materials.

Favorite Element: The large windows overlooking trees; not easy to find in the city!

Biggest Challenge: Decorating a small space can be challenging; you need to make sure everything is functional, fits into the space and is aesthetically pleasing. Every item I bring in has to have a purpose and a place.

What Friends Say: They think it’s warm and inviting!

Biggest Embarrassment: None yet!

Proudest DIY: I’m not particularly handy, but I’ve managed to paint two walls and hang everything up myself, which for me is quite an accomplishment!

Biggest Indulgence: Rugs and vintage teak furniture

Best Advice: Keep the furniture neutral and play with accessories. You can change the feel and look of a room with rugs, cushions and fabrics.

Dream Sources: Sunny locales, warm relaxed vibes.

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