An Ottawa Apartment Has Earthy Tones, Secondhand Furniture Flips, and Cool Candles

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Credit: Tia Dumoulin

Name: Tia Dumoulin
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Type of home: Apartment
Size: 800 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years and 4 months, renting

Credit: Tia Dumoulin

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: I live here alone and moved a few months before the pandemic hit. Since I work from home, I’ve been curating pieces for this place to make me feel inspired, motivated, and at peace. I’m certainly attracted to warm earthy tones and clean lines.

Credit: Tia Dumoulin

I am constantly in a cycle of purging what no longer serves me in order to make space for more meaningful “things” in my life. I always look for ways to fine-tune and edit spaces so it brings me more harmony.

Credit: Tia Dumoulin

I try to create spaces where it’s not only aesthetically pleasing to the eye, but to every other sense as well. I want people to come into my space and have an immersive experience where they feel welcomed and at ease. I create moods with scents, colors, sounds, lighting, and so on.

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What is your favorite room and why? The living/dining room is where I entertain and where I make most memories with friends and family. When I moved in, this room was painted in a desert rose pink. I thought I could work with it, but after about a month, I decided to paint it green! It’s very soothing to me and grounds me when I paint, write, and listen to music. I also purchased this solid wood dining table off of Facebook Marketplace and refurbished it. Perfect for dinner parties with friends. Definitely one of my favorite pieces in my home!

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Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Warm, inspiring, romantic

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What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? I’ve recently purchased candles from Shy Wolf. Every candle has a detailed description of a scenario to help you imagine the scent. I’ve bought six so far, and they help elevate the mood in every room. You can’t go wrong!

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Any advice for creating a home you love? Live in the space for a little while and take your time to furnish it. You don’t need to buy everything at once. And don’t try to copy a room you’ve seen elsewhere, it won’t feel like yours. Every piece you bring into your home needs to bring you joy.

This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.