A Painter’s Modern Loft Is Light-Filled and Dreamy

updated Apr 29, 2019

A Painter’s Modern Loft Is Light-Filled and Dreamy

updated Apr 29, 2019
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Name: Lysa Jordan, Sergio Castano and dog Walter
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Size: 1,100 square feet
Years lived in: 6 months, renting

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Artist Lysa Jordan and architect Sergio Castano live with their dog Walter in a working and living loft nestled in the Saint Henri neighborhood. Quite unconventional from typical Montreal apartments, their pad is a modern, minimal, and creative space for both of them. “It’s a stimulating and inspiring place. The light is abundant throughout the day and I’ve got all I need at hand to paint at any time. I can relax as much as concentrate for work.” Her abstract paintings are made with a selection of acrylics, oil pastels, and inks, expressing a balance between fullness and emptiness and directed by an emotion of tranquility. With the impressive windows and soothing artwork carefully displayed, one feels easily at home here.

A graduate in visual arts, Lysa’s work has been exhibited in West Elm stores, both in Montreal and New York. Now represented by Galerie 33 (Ottawa/Gatineau) and West Elm (Montreal), Lysa shares her time between her studies in the history of art, teaching watercolor, and painting. The high ceilings and brick wall, the proximity of the Atwater Market, and the bike lane near the building that follows Lachine canal are some of the couple’s favorite aspects of the loft.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: I think our place does not really have a style. It’s a functional and fun place to live. It’s a frame for life.

Favorite Element: We both love the high ceilings and the large windows.

Biggest Challenge: I think our biggest challenge is to make the space feel lighter. We work and live in the same space so if we are not careful it can become very cluttered. We both love to read and collect objects so we really have to be careful not to bring in too much stuff.

What Friends Say: They love how different it is from conventional homes. We have lots of comments regarding the mezzanine, the high ceiling, and our windows.

Biggest Embarrassment: The bathroom. It’s just really ugly.

Proudest DIY: Our shelves.

Biggest Indulgence: Our green reading chair from West Elm.

Best Advice: Create a space that feels good, that brings you joy, comfort, and memories.


Art — Lysa Jordan
Shelves — IKEA LACK wall shelves
Bench — IKEA kitchen cabinet
Throw — West Elm

Carlo Mid-Century Chair — West Elm
Flourish Rug — West Elm
Marble Round Nesting Side Table – West Elm
Side Table — campfire personal table — Steelcase
Photos — Sergio Castano
Phil l’animal —
Lysa Jordan
Hugo Castano
Sofa — Sears

Chairs — Thrifted
Table — DIY

Table — DIY
Chair (Lysa) — Steelcase – series 1
Bookcases — IKEA KALLAX
Chair (Sergio) — leap Steelcase

Shelves — DIY
Island — IKEA
Coffee Machine — Profitec Pro 700

Bed — DIY
Bed Sheets — Simons (not available anymore)
Chair — Trifted
Art — Elisabeth Gravel
Photos — Sergio Castano
Light — IKEA
Nightstand GLADOM Tray Table in Green — IKEA

Thanks, Lysa!

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