When Amanda Schuler and Dave Podsiadlo of Gus* chose Mimico, an old neighborhood in the West End of Toronto, as the perfect spot to raise a family, they were attracted to its proximity to downtown, the lakefront and the growing new group of professionals revitalizing the area. (Fun fact: The name Mimico is derived from the Mississauga word meaning “abundant with wild pigeons” and refers to the now extinct Passenger Pigeon.) The home has an equally interesting history. In the 1930s, it was a dry goods store. It was turned into a duplex in the 1980s, and Amanda and Dave transformed it into a single-family home. When it comes to decorating, there’s really nothing more helpful than owning your own store and furniture design company — oh, and it doesn’t hurt to have an amazingly handy husband. Thanks, Amanda & Dave! And a big thanks to Jon Isaak for the lovely photos! — Amy A.
Image above: This is our living room where we hang out and play with the kids or watch TV. We had the frosted windows installed. One of the mirrors is from my mom’s old showroom, and the other was found and painted white. Dave made this wood veneer lamp. We have a lot of Gus*Modern designs in the space — the Richmond bi-sectional sofa, the Henry ottoman and the yellow pillow. The faux bois pillow is from Hold it Home. The basket is from West Elm, and the crocheted blanket was made by my Grannie A.
See more of Amanda & Dave’s Toronto home after the jump. . .
Image above: My bird collection that is comprised of garage sale finds, antiques and presents from friends and family, and my Herman Miller rocking chair, which was a baby shower gift from my girlfriends.
Image above: This is a picture of the main living area. Dave had the stainless steel island made to cover up white Ikea cabinets. We really like the exposed electrical conduit, which is on a dimmer. Counter stools are Gus* Modern Church stools.
Image above: This is from our store Stylegarage. I planted it with succulents and gravel from a local nursery.
Image above: These are Truss chairs by Gus* in a great green felted wool, and the ladder is from our next-door neighbor (and junk collector!) that Dave painted white.
Image above: This is the basement playroom, where Ricky and Sloane like to hang out. The prints are from a church bazaar down the street that we go to every year. The bench is an old gym bench Dave found at Queen West Antiques.
Image above: The view from the playroom looking up to the kitchen. The bookshelves are Ikea, and the Truss chair is by Gus* Modern.
Image above: Dave made these cage lamps. I like the imperfect look of the knotted black cording.
Image above: Dave made these stairs. We actually had this frosted door installed very recently and wish we did it a long time ago because it lets in so much more light on that side of the house. The pantry shelving is from Ikea, and the wood slats on the left are actually a baby gate that Dave made.