Kate’s Restyled Little Lost Gems

published Nov 18, 2013
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Name: Kate
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

I live on the second floor of an older character home in the west end of Toronto. When I moved in, four years ago, the apartment was painted a mishmash of vibrant colors. Going against my instincts to paint the entire space white, starting from a neutral palette, I decided to try to work with what was already there.

At first I found the robin’s egg blue in the living room to be a little overwhelming but after living with it for a bit I now find it restful and enjoy the mood it creates for the room.

One of the best features of the apartment is the original hardwood flooring, having recently been refinished a deep chocolate brown. When I moved in my landlords assumed that they would have to buy a new stove for the tenant. I imagine they were somewhat overjoyed to find out that I was really excited by the old Findlay model – it’s still cooking with gas and serves as a great addition to the 50‘s inspired kitchen.

The apartment has been a constant source of inspiration for me and has allowed me to grow artistically, serving as a great backdrop for several constantly growing vignettes. Mostly everything has been sourced from auction, thrift store or antique market. I have painted, refinished or reupholstered many of the pieces. This is something I really love – finding little lost gems and restyling them. I have mixed these ‘found objects” with some timeless newer pieces – sofa, rugs, window treatments.

All of the art and photography on the walls are original prints (many by artist friends) or have been thrifted. The result is a fairly eclectic modern-vintage style that seems to evolve daily.

Thanks, Kate! (Check out Kate’s blog, La Plume de ma Tante)

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