Ever since Lysanne Pepin moved into her 936-square-foot loft in Old Montreal 15 years ago, she’s been adapting the space to her somewhat quirky needs. The space functions as a studio, where she works on her large-scale paintings that hang on an expansive exposed brick wall. It also acts as the office, meeting room and photography studio for her popular design shop, Maison Pepin, which Lysanne opened in 2014 on the main floor of the same building, a former dry goods warehouse from the 1850s.
Since Lysanne and her DJ husband, Zo, are renters, she’s kept her updates low-cost and has mindfully maintained the loft’s rustic charm. The original sandblasted wood beams, pine flooring, and stone and brick walls have an authentic ruggedness that references the building’s industrial roots. “For us, this isn’t a small space,” she says. “When I walk in and see the huge windows and high ceilings, it brings me peace.”