Location: Plateau Mont Royal —Montreal, Canada
Size: 1,200 square feet
Years lived in: 4 years; Owned
Ivana likes simple things. She loves the sensation of an empty space. And her condo reflects that; the style is simple, modern and minimalist. Her advice to any new home buyers: "be patient, take your time and enjoy living in your empty space for as long as it takes you to find the right piece."
The condo itself is modern. Located in the heart of the Plateau, on Roy Street between St-Denis and St-Laurent, everything is easily accessible by foot. Along with the simplicity of the space, the large windows and natural light are Ivana's two favorite elements.
Ivana also enjoys encouraging young artists, so every time she has the possibility to invest in some artwork she jumps in! Her place is full of paintings made by students, like Isabelle Dufresne-Lienert, Eloïse Ptito–Echeverria, Veronica Santangelo, to name a few. The artwork not only personalizes the decor, it also brings a touch of colour to the mostly white space.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Simple, modern and minimalist
Favorite Element: The large windows and the natural light in my office. Also, the pink sofa by Gus and the art piece in my upper floor living room. And I looooove the tall doors. It makes my ceilings look taller than nine feet!
Biggest Challenge: Making this two-floor city apartment look inviting. Also, respecting my budget! This place is big with lots of space to fill. There are beautiful furniture and accessories boutiques in my area. I walk on St Denis and St Laurent Boulevard almost everyday so how can I say no to the beautiful furniture and home accessories staring at me?
What Friends Say: Your home is so nice and big
Biggest Embarrassment: My long second entrance not shown here because I haven’t done anything with it. In fact, I use it as a storage room sometimes and yet there is so much I can do with it.
Biggest Indulgence: Mirrors, paintings and lighting. I would go on to buy more if only I had the $.
Best Advice: New home buyers tend to buy furniture and accessories as soon as they move in a new place. I made a few costly mistakes. Be patient, take your time and enjoy living in your empty space for as long as it takes you to find the right piece. And don’t get attached to furniture, sell or give stuff away if it no longer fits in your new place.
Dream Sources: Magazines such as Homes & Gardens, Living Etc, Maison Montréal and Pinterest. Apartment Therapy is always great source! I even consult Duproprio real estate website on a regular basis to see how other home owners decorate.