More Is Merrier In This Small Family Home
Janine Morrison and her husband, Jon Beer, never planned on living in less than 1,000 square feet, especially with two teenage sons. But when they found this 1920s-era home in Toronto’s east end, they were drawn to its good bones and up-and-coming locale. “I always tell people it was the last freestanding home in Toronto for under $300,000,” jokes Janine. The three-bedroom house, which came complete with green shag carpeting and matching drapery, was a little behind the times, though, and needed updating. Over the next 10 years, Janine slowly transformed it into the warm family home it is today, using the cheerful fabrics and accessories she sells at her shop, Tonic Living, and an adventurous try-anything approach. Click through for a look inside the charming small space.
“The armchairs in my living room were a ‘Start the car!’ moment,” says Janine of finding the pair at a thrift store. Like the sofa, which is a decades-old piece, the chairs were reupholstered in Tonic Living fabric.
“For me, the ability to stay comfortable and casual in my home is a priority,” says Janine. Mismatched dining chairs and a mid-century lampshade carry the home’s relaxed aesthetic through the dining room.
The kitchen’s bridge faucet provides a link to the home’s original 1920s character while white counters and cabinetry add modern contrast.
The couple renovated to create a spacious kitchen. Hexagonal tile adds interest without being obtrusive while a vibrant runner softens the hardworking space.
Janine and Jon don’t shy away from bright colors and prints in a small space.
A vintage bar cart makes entertaining a breeze. “I can roll it to wherever it’s most convenient, store extra cocktail glasses or wineglasses, and set a vase of fresh flowers on top if there’s space,” says Janine.
The headboard in the principal bedroom was made from a salvaged door, which Janine covered with batting and a neutral fabric from Tonic Living. A vintage Turkish kilim draped over it offers variety. “I change out the rug when I want to switch up the feel of the room,” she says.
Fun patterns and details, such as a striped blind and graphic floor tiles, energize the tiny bathroom. A vanity with storage is essential for keeping the space sleek and functional.