Name: Leticia and Daniel
Size: 900 square feet
Years lived in: 1
Months after Brazilian ex-pats Leticia and Daniel decided they were staying in Toronto for good, they still didn't feel quite settled. They'd made new friends, had great jobs and spoke the language, but something was missing: a sense of home.
Like most new immigrants just starting out, the two arrived with whatever fit in their suitcases. The furnishings in their first rental were sparse and charmless. After experiencing their first grim Toronto winter, they realized a cheery and comfortable apartment was a must. The two vowed to do what they could to transform their temporary-feeling flat into a welcoming and warm place they could call home when any bouts of homesickness struck.
Between retrieving pieces from home on trips to Brazil and a few nice local splurges, they managed to achieve just that. Leticia and Daniel's discerning eyes, playful sense of color, and appreciation for their national and familial vintage pieces are evident throughout their home. Decades-old family photos and mementos live next to modern graphic prints made by friends or collected on trips abroad. Mid-century furniture sits atop typical Brazilian crocheted rugs. Together it forms a rich mosaic of happy domesticity.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My/Our style: Second-hand eclectic with an ethnic touch.
Inspiration: Other people's homes.
Favorite Element: Everything tells our story - from the view to the key rack in the entrance, to the pictures on the staircase wall.
Biggest Challenge: Making it feel like home...
What Friends Say: Usually that it's warm, but my fave was "It's so balanced!"
Biggest Embarrassment: The carpet upstairs.
Proudest DIY: Making everything fit just right and the functionality of every nook.
Biggest Indulgence: The rent ;-)
Best advice: Move things around - the best spot is not always where you initially think.
Dream source: Space (as in sq ft).
Resources: Craigslist, Vintage stores, thrift shops and Garage Sales.
(Thanks, Leticia and Daniel!)
Images: Abby Cook