Although fashion is my main passion, I also love home decor a lot. I actually have a BA in interior design. Although my interior design career was very short, I still love to furnish and decorate a space and play around with the furniture.
Today, I’m sharing with you a close up look at our condo in downtown Toronto and how I decorate it, whilst giving you some tips along the way. If you want to see a home tour, make sure you check out my recent video where I show you and take you around our condo.
Our condo is basically a big glass box. We have floor to ceiling glass surrounding the apartment. The south side is a little blocked by skyscrapers but the west side is all open, giving us a fantastic view on the west side of Toronto all the way to Mississauga, and a view of the lake too! The blue of the lake really inspired us to bring that element into our home. With teal & blue elements spread around the house, from paintings to cushions.
As our style is kind of scandi, we opted from grey and natural wood as main colors with white and teal as accents.
As we live in a smaller space, we had to be careful picking up the furniture. We need to optimize seating while not choking up the space. To decorate a smaller space, make sure you stay clear from bulky furniture and opt for “airy” options. This chair was a perfect choice. It’s comfy and provides seating while keeping the space open as you can see through it. Although it’s not wooden it ties together beautifully with all the wood elements of the room.
Another great example of pieces to add to a small space for extra seating are ottomans. Adding this ottoman, not only added a touch of color to the space but also an extra seating without blocking up the view behind it. Ottomans can also be used for extra storage if they open up.
To add an extra earthy and rustic touch to the room, we ditch the traditional plotter for a wicker basket. We kept the plant in the plastic pot it came with, added a plate for drainage and put everything inside a wicker basket.
Playing with different lighting elements not only will it obviously add light but also it will give the space more character. Illuminating behind the bar and TV stand with hue strips added much-needed light to the space as we lacked ceiling lights, but also it made the furniture look customized. The bottles shining on the bar at night add such a nice touch to the space.
Instead of a traditional wall gallery, I mixed mirrors and frames. Mirrors are one of the easiest tricks to open up a smaller space. They create the illusion of a bigger more open space.
The wooden touch is continuous throughout the house, small touches here and there. In the bathroom, bedroom an office too. In bigger homes, having separate concepts for different rooms is highly recommended. But in smaller spaces, especially apartments with an open concept, I personally prefer to have a continuous theme.
You can change it up a little but make sure there are still some cohesive parts. That way the space feels more fluid and also that means you can rearrange bits and pieces from one room to another. I can move things around easily from one room to another without them clashing.
If you’re decorating a new space, my advice is to take your time. Don’t rush it. We’ve been living in this space for about 9 months now and it still not 100% complete. I took my time picking the furniture and decorating. I wanted to find the perfect pieces instead of settling for something I’m not completely in love with. Although it’s still missing a few elements, it finally came together beautifully.
Don’t forget to watch the full house tour here on my channel.