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Colorful Minimalism in a Canadian Townhouse

by Shannon Grant

Just six months ago, Jag Nagra and Agata Matyszczuk moved into this brand new townhouse in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, just outside of Vancouver. They both love color so they decided to leave the walls bright white and add pops of color through several second hand pieces they have collected over the years. Most of their finds come from Craigslist. Jag says it’s like winning the lottery every time they find a cool piece – especially if its free! In addition to Craigslist, they love building things from scratch and and are always thinking about their next project. They believe it’s the handmade touches that make their house feel like a home. Jag is a graphic designer turned illustrator. She describes her work as colorful minimalism and it’s obvious that their home reflects that aesthetic. Thank you Jag and Agata! –Shannon

Image above: The giant pull-down school map from 1967 is the star of the living room. We wanted a map that showed both India and Poland (I’m of Indian origin, and Agata is Polish)…this worked out perfectly. We found it at Stepback in Vancouver.



See more of this Canadian home after the jump…

Image above: My office desk was a free Craiglist find. It’s a solid-wood desk from the 1960s that belonged to a doctor, and we swooped it up before it ended up in the landfill. The donkey canvas is one of my own illustrations from my 365-day illustration project.

Image above: Agata found this school chair from a movie set sale, and the fan was a house-warming gift from my aunt.

Image above: Just off the living room and dining room, we have this shelf — another free Craigslist score. The wooden ampersand is made by the talented Jeff Sheldon of Ugmonk.

Image above: I’ve wanted a large marquee arrow for years now, but never quite found a large one that fit my budget. So I decided to make my own out of a piece of plywood that had been collecting dust in the garage. With the help of my dad, we managed to create, and wire, this 4-foot marquee that creates a bold pop of color when you walk in through the front door.


Image above: The red bed-side table was found on Craigslist and houses a collection of garage sale and Craigslist finds.

Image above: This South Bend croquet set is another recent Craigslist find and is at least 50 years old. We can’t wait to break it out next summer.

Image above: The X-Ray vision glasses are courtesy of Vancouver-based designer Cade Cran and I found the Varathane thinner and oil tin amongst the tools in my parents’ garage.

Image above: These kitchen shelves are my favorite piece in the house. We made them, again, with the help of my handyman dad. The shelves were made from a combination of wood found in my parents garden, and from a pile of wood from someone’s backyard (free on Craigslist). We sanded and stained the wood, and spray-painted the brackets to his beautiful bright green color. Agata is a bus driver, so I found this Vancouver destination bus roll from the 1980’s for her. She has driven each of those routes, so it has a personal connection.


Image above: This shelf was another free Craigslist score. Since I don’t have a record collection, the bottom of the shelf now houses a collection of my photography and design books.

Image above: The two dinosaurs have belonged to my brother and I since we were kids.

Image above: My friend Ellen brought back this colorful string of lights from a street vendor in Bangkok.


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