It’s not every day that I get to present a sneak peek full of logs, but this one made me smile, as each log has its own story. When painter and senior designer at Bruce Mau Design, Amanda Happé, moved into this Brockton Village, Toronto, apartment six months ago, the only furniture she brought was her kitchen table, a credenza and a host of logs. She filled in her minimalist style with local vintage-shop finds to create a quiet and clean getaway from the frenetic energy of city life. Read on for the story behind each log. Thanks, Amanda! — Anne
Image above: Besides being somewhat minimal, I like to keep things low and wide and mix hits of bright colour in with the white and wood. My favourite pieces are the logs that I’ve managed to collect over the years. Each one came from friends or family, and I think they’re super beautiful.
I found this sideboard in an antique shop on Queen Street West. It houses my books, record player, some of my grandfather’s drafting tools and a lamp that I found on a “rust belt” road trip. The painting is one of mine. I was gifted the branch from someone who was trimming a maple tree a few streets over. It’s thirteen feet long. I dragged it home.
Amanda’s full home tour continues after the jump…
Image above: The whole apartment was painted in shades of brown when I moved in. I think that the white allows the beautiful, old, built elements of the apartment to speak for themselves. The log in the fireplace was a gift from up North from friends. The tree was hit by lightning, and this limb crushed a neighbouring cottage.
Image above: My sofa is a vintage Canadian design and was once airport waiting furniture. I love the wool tweed upholstery — it’s original and in great shape. I took the photographs (of graffiti cover-ups) during a trip to Santa Monica. These logs also have great stories . . . one was the axe chopping-block of a lumberjack friend, and the other came from a tree in my childhood backyard.
Image above: These cast fibreglass chairs were sitting on the sidewalk outside a vintage clothing store in Parkdale (the neighbourhood to the west of mine). They’re rough around the edges, and I really like their imperfections.
Image above: I really enjoy the contrast between the tree-stump seat and the white Panton chair in my kitchen. I happily relinquish the chair to my boyfriend at dinner time — I prefer the log. I’ve had this table since University, and it can fold out to be twice its current size.
Image above: Although I don’t have a lot of knick-knacks, I adore this squirrel and acorn salt & pepper set that I picked up at Sweet Lorain in Cleveland. The large plant on the floor came home with me as a tiny Ikea plant about seven years ago. I have no idea what it is.
Image above: This low, nine-drawer dresser is vintage Canadian maple. I found it in a shop in Kensington Market in Toronto. My favourite part is the bent-wood handles. The lower-case “t” is an old sign letter that has been retrofitted with LED lights by a Danish company. It doesn’t really produce enough light to fill the room, but it has a cool teal glow. My iPod dock is by Vers.
Image above: I decided to take a risk with the pocket door of the bedroom, especially since it remains tucked away into the wall most of the time. I thought it would be fun to have this graphic surprise when you roll it out. No regrets!