Name: Yamine Gluchow
Location: Downtown Montreal
Size: 700 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year
From an Eastern European family, Yamine Gluchow moved into his very own apartment just over a year ago. For him, living on his own is an extremely liberating experience. You'll never feel as comfortable, nor will you ever have as much control over the decor, as when you live alone. Being surrounded by vintage finds, wood and art makes him as happy as he gets.
Yamine describes his place as vaguely industrial, combined with natural materials and street art. "I've been told that it's incredibly comfortable and welcoming thanks to the mixture of natural materials, lighting and art," he says. "Also, the bar helps when building new friendships!"
It was hard for him to leave the nest from his Eastern European family, so his Tryzub plaque, which is the name of the coat of arms of Ukraine, is a piece that his grandmother bought for him the last time they were in Ukraine, before all the political tension started. "It reminds me to make sure that I don't forget to call her regularly."
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Industrial, Rustic and Minimal
Inspiration: Rick Owens, Canon Seattle
Favorite Element: Living room area and my art, which I'm constantly trying to improve/increase.
Biggest Challenge: Dusting and keeping the bar stocked!
What Friends Say: "Your place is extremely warm and comfortable," followed by, "you're definitely living like a bachelor."
Biggest Embarrassment: I have a few IKEA pieces that I haven't had the chance to replace yet and I'd much rather have something made of real wood as opposed to particleboard. I've also been putting off making a second set of sliding barnwood doors for my laundry closet…there's kind of a "hole" there for now.
Proudest DIY: Pipe lamp in bedroom, my desk (it's an IKEA kitchen countertop with locally made hairpin legs), the wood wall in my living room and barnwood closet door. If I had more time, I would have tried to make my own coffee table and record console, among other things.
Biggest Indulgence: Real barnwood is pretty expensive…and having a giant barrel in my living room is probably unnecessary, but it's all about what makes you happy.
Best Advice: Natural materials and plants make everything feel more like home. Most importantly, get art that you love — it will transform the energy of your living space entirely!
Dream Sources: Restoration Hardware, vintage shops in Vermont especially, Station 16 Gallery for art/framing!