Signy’s Well-Curated Condo

published Sep 29, 2015
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Name: Signy Roland
Location: Yorkville; Toronto, Canada
Size: 712 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years; Rented

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After spending nearly a decade living in the great cities of Montreal and New York, Signy recent returned home to Toronto. Condo development has skyrocketed in the city, making it one of the more popular residential options in Canada. At first hesitant to make the move, Signy came around to the idea and really enjoys living in her one-bedroom condo. The space was a clean slate and after a few personal touches were added, feels like home.

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The main living area (dining and living rooms) faces west and receives natural light all day long. (Image credit: Lauren Kolyn)
(Image credit: Lauren Kolyn)

Signy’s furniture is a mix of modern, modest, well-made, and handmade pieces. She’s not afraid to invest in furniture that she knows will last many years, if not decades, and style-wise, this certainly pays off. Signy’s style is adventurous yet minimal. Her decor is centered around her interest in modern art and her love of traveling. Many of the items, from small (neat art trinkets on the TV console) to large (giant mirror in the office), are gifts received over the years. It’s these elements that give the space its personality. It is easy to fall into the condo trap where everything looks the same as your neighbors’ places. However, with some careful curating and a good an eye for modern design, Signy has consciously created a space that reflects her personal style and interests.

(Image credit: Lauren Kolyn)

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Contemporary and minimalist with bits of quirkiness

Inspiration: Scandinavian design, contemporary art and architecture, my mom

Favorite Element: My first piece of artwork: a David Shrigley poster

Biggest Challenge: Storage space

What Friends Say: It’s white and bright!

Biggest Embarrassment: The kitchen (dark marble and dark brown wood)

Proudest DIY: I don’t have one! (unless you count my collage made of magnets and souvenirs collected from travels)

Biggest Indulgence: The Eames molded plywood and Eames plastic chairs

Best Advice: Buying good, classic pieces in neutral colors that last for years and work in any space

Dream Sources: Contemporary art fairs and shows for art; travel for unique pieces


(Image credit: Lauren Kolyn)


  • All white everywhere!
(Image credit: Lauren Kolyn)


  • Couch: Ikea
  • Coffee table: made by my boyfriend
  • TV console: West Elm
  • Floor lamp: Artemide
  • Dark wood chair: Eames molded plywood chair
  • Carpet: West Elm
  • Flower pot: West Elm
  • Blanket: Restoration Hardware
  • Wooden feather: The Great Lakes Goods
(Image credit: Lauren Kolyn)


  • Round table: CB2
  • White chairs: Eames molded plastic chairs
  • Marble trivet: Fort Standard
  • Light: George Nelson bubble light
  • Who’s the fairest of them all: fake, mini Barbara Kruger
  • I paid the light bill just to see your face: Steve Powers
(Image credit: Lauren Kolyn)


  • Sculptures: from a friend
  • Posters: collected from visits to various exhibitions
(Image credit: Lauren Kolyn)


  • Bed linens: Au Lit, Pottery Barn
  • Dresser: Ikea
  • Side table: Ikea
  • Red lamp: Artemide
  • Posters: Art Basel Miami
  • Framed animal prints: Sharon Montrose
(Image credit: Lauren Kolyn)


  • Desk: Unifor
  • Office chair: Aeron
  • White chair: Eames molded plastic chair
  • Light: George Nelson bubble light
  • Carpet: Restoration Hardware
  • Mirror: made by a friend
  • Art poster: David Shrigley

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