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May 18, 2023

Expat Anna Church’s Toronto Home Is A Studio And Gallery For Her Art

Every morning, artist Anna Church goes for a walk. It first became a ritual during lockdowns: she listens to audiobooks or podcasts, researching and thinking, always accompanied by Jack, her wire-haired Jack Russell terrier. Then, after returning to her home in Toronto’s east end, she steals herself away in the second-floor studio to create art.

Anna and her husband, who works in software development, relocated to Toronto with their two kids in 2012 for her husband’s job. Three years and two homes later, they bought this 1895 Victorian in Riverdale. It felt stuck in the 1980s — which was exactly what Anna wanted. “So many of the houses we looked at had been renovated or flipped,” says Anna. “Then we found this beautiful, totally unspoiled house that had lots of weird yellow and red tones. I don’t think a lot of people could see the vision of what it could be, but I could.”

Scroll down to see the New Zealand expats’s beautiful Toronto home and art!

Author: Alexandra Whyte

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