Decorating & Design

September 23, 2020

A Five-Year DIY Project Turned This Fixer Upper Into A Dream Home

In our new series, Following Now, we go inside the homes of cool Canadian creatives.

When Elena Lohse and her husband, Christoph, went shopping for a home in 2015, they knew that they would need to get a fixer-upper to live in their dream west Toronto neighborhood, The Junction. What followed was a gradual five-year-long renovation of a 1930s semi-detached home which the Lohses did almost entirely themselves. Elena shares an intimate look at their bohemian-meets-Scandi space on her Instagram account, @thishouse5000, which has grown to over 185,000 followers. You can find everything from tabletop inspiration to plant care tips and a snapshot or two of their cats, Kevin and Newman. The couple hopes to complete their final few projects — their central staircase and kitchen — by November.

Scroll down to take a peek inside their warm and cozy home and hear first-hand from Elena about the makeover!