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sneak peek: justin & michelle demers

by Amy Azzarito

justin and michelle demers (formerly of j’m now part of stillmotion) live just outside of toronto, canada. their home is a tiny 604 square foot space that houses the couple and their two kitties (stellar and guinness) and two dogs (emery and drift). their home is located on a quiet street the ends with fields and protected green space. the evergreens in front of the home are actually larger than the whole house! the space is filled with skylights, which help to make it feel bright and open. in the morning, the couple opens the skylights to listen to the birds chirp away as they eat breakfast. (fun for the cats too!) (see more images of their tiny house on flickr!) {thanks, justin & michelle!}amy a.

[our style is a mix of clean design (justin) and comfort (michelle).  with only 604 square feet, and essentially all of it being one big room, both of us really have to love what lives in our house, which results in a careful curation of what we display at any given time. previously owned by a carpenter, the ‘bones’ of our house were already outfitted with custom cedar woodworking, amazingly incorporated into every nook of our house.]

[photo above: because our house is so small, we’ve had to come up with many creative storage solutions.  one of which is this red (ikea) cabinet that stores our dishes, boardgames, and our dear puffin from grand manan island.]

[photo above: instant snaps of our adventures around the world.]

[photo above: originally we had drafted up a plan to create a custom staircase out of wood boxes that could then be used as book shelves, but we’ve grown to love our dangerously steep wood staircase.  our stump is from a company out of toronto called urban tree salvage, and is a salvaged tree that was cut down by the city.]

CLICK HERE for more of Justin & Michelle’s sneak peek!

[photo above: attila (gnome). guinness (kitty).  our sofa had to be comfortable enough to support many afternoon siesta’s, but still match the overall style of our house.]

[photo above: chalkboard pantry doors was our creative solution to solving the bland build in pantry doors.  they now serve as our place to write each other love notes + daily chores.]

[photo above: salt and pepper grinders.  a recent addition from the latest one of a kind show in toronto.]

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  • thanks everyone for your comments!

    it’s really neat for us to have our home on d*s, and to read the wonderful comments from everyone.

    our sectional is from style garage – http://stylegarage.com/products1/sofas-sectionals/jane_bisectional/jane-bisectional.shtml

    it’s a really large sectional, but for us it serves as a guest bed when our friends stay over (when the back cushions are removed, it’s really quite comfortable to sleep on)

    our poster is a simple pledge from lure design – http://www.luredesigninc.com/pledge/

    our red and yellow cabinets are from ikea – http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90134104

    we didn’t install the middle door on the yellow cabinet so that we could use it for our electronics.

    our dining room chairs are kartell dr. yes chairs – http://www.stylepark.com/en/kartell/dr-yes

    i believe our fridge is a ‘normal’ width. it’s actually quite wide and short (had to fit in a pre-determined space). it’s a samsung fridge.

    hope that helps!

    – justin & michelle

  • THANK YOU for the link to the poster source. I just noticed that that they have lines at the bottom of the pledge for signatures and witness signatures, too. Genius AND hilarious!

  • what about the dining room table? it’s so simple, and compliments the look of the chairs in a subtle way. where is it from?

  • I looooove the simple pledge poster!! thanks for the link I will be getting it for my new home office! yeah! :)

  • I have LOVED (as on obsessed over, talked about to anyone who will listen) Just Demers photography. Now that they have teamed up with StillMotion I am dying on the East coast!
    It is so inspiring to see the home of someone you professionally respect.
    Now seeing their design method, I’m thinking “Yeah, I could be friends with this great couple!”
    This post was very inviting, thank you!

  • Yay for Justin and Michelle!! Their home is beautifully well-designed and spacious. Definitely a great example of how you don’t need much space to have an amazing home.

  • thanks again everyone!

    paint is sherwin williams # SW 6954 – resonant blue

    dining table is a one of kind from a local metal-worker

    the paintings are also from a local artist, who we worked with many summers ago.

    – justin & michelle

  • Hi Michelle

    I lived in Toronto and would love to know who was the carpenter who did the wood work in your place. Just bougth a new house in Toronto and need someone to do that type of work.



  • I would have loved to see more of your charkboard kitchen cabinets!!! I think about painting mine…

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