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Just Outside of Toronto, A Condo Filled With Things Loved

by Sabrina Smelko

Defining what my home style is is something I find very difficult (and I think many people do). I don’t follow a specific trend and, other than using Pinterest to compile inspiration, I find it hard to pin down (pun intended) how to describe it other than a smorgasbord of things I love and things I need, simply put together in a way I enjoy. And I think it’s that way for many people — at least it was for graphic designer and blogger Amy Carrillo.

Neighboring Toronto in the suburbs of Mississauga, this 850-square-foot personality-filled condo is home to Amy and her husband and business developer, David Carrillo. It’s close enough to the hustle and bustle of the city where they both work, but tucked away enough in the suburbs of Mississauga, close to Amy’s family. Their home doesn’t follow a specific style, but rather is filled with things they love. For two years Amy tried to decorate their space in a specific style only to be left confused: “After two years, I still didn’t love how our space looked or felt,” says Amy, “I realized there really are no rules. If I just stick to what I truly love, without sacrificing function, then everything will work out… In the end, if it makes sense to you and makes you happy, that’s all that matters.” Together, they’ve managed to transform a cookie-cutter condo into a home with plenty of personality and personal touches. Most of their wall art is paintings they created and photographs from their travels, and a majority of their furniture is either thrifted, hand-me-downs or DIY, all with a story behind them. Sabrina

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Amy and David's bedroom is the epitome of calm and relaxing, right down to the photo above their bed taken by David from a recent trip they took to Hawaii. Amy had it blown up and framed it in an IKEA RIBBA frame, which she painted an antique gold. The two throw pillows were designed by Amy and handmade by the women of Spun Studio.
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Amy used a marble plant stand as her bedside table, which offers just enough room for a small plant, a good book and a candle.
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Opposite Amy and David's bed is a dresser where Amy keeps her jewelry. The typographic framed piece is actually a printed napkin Amy brought home with her from her last trip to NYC. I love the contrast between the wood pieces against the white, modern elements.
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Amy couldn't resist the pattern on this cute little ring tray which is the perfect size for watches and bracelets and matches nicely with the framed napkin.
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Their chandelier was a vintage, find as was their dining chairs, which they recovered with black fabric. I love how the canvas painting visually bleeds into the wall.
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On the other side of the dining table is a solid wood bench they found on Kijiji for $24 which was stripped and refinished to its natural color. "I love its versatility," says Amy. "It's great for when we have guests over and need more seating and also serves as the perfect stand for my portable record player."
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The painting was created by Amy, inspired by a photograph she took in St. Thomas, capturing the quintessential. vibrant pink rooftops.
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The framed photograph is another shot Amy took of graffiti she stumbled upon in an alley while strolling in downtown Toronto.
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Though their space is small, the 6-seater dining table was a must for entertaining and doing projects. It may have a large footprint, but it was worth it to them to have a space friends and family can spread out in and feel comfortable. It's all about compromise!
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The small bookshelf beside the dining table was another thrift store find. "It was in rough shape but we painted it a light grey and left the original top for some contrast," says Amy. The "rap names" poster was one of the first things Amy and David purchased when they first moved in together. What an awesome conversation piece!
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Amy and David's entryway console table is Amy's most favorite piece in their entire home. It was constructed from wood Amy found at a garage sale that her dad attached metal legs to and torched, giving it a more industrial look. And what's a Canadian home without a pair of antlers?!
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What a lovely shot from Amy and David's wedding!
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Believe it or not, the kitchen cart is a dumpster save! After a quick coat of white paint to the legs and re-staining the top, it's been given a second life. The black and white framed photo is of the ceiling of the Guggenheim Museum, which Amy shot on their very first trip to NYC.
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The kitchen cart holds Amy's favorite thrifted finds and gifted ceramic housewares.
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Off of the kitchen is Amy and David's living room. The coffee table was Amy's parents', which they've had since she was a child. "I will never let that piece go, the craftsmanship is amazing and I love the wood," she says. Can I get an "amen" for those massive windows?
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The gallery wall above their couch features photos from everywhere Amy and David have traveled together. It's such a beautiful reminder of all of the places they've seen together.
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Amy spends some of her evenings doing freelance design work, so having a second bedroom she could use as an office was on her must-have list. Her clipboard changes frequently, depending on her to-do list. The "love what you do" piece is another piece Amy created for a Thriftstore Challenge she participated in for the Marliyn Denis Show!
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A detail shot of the books in their office with one of my favorites, The Art Book.
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The other side of Amy's office is a little more chaotic and a lot more colorful! Amy likes to call it her "real life Pinterest board" and it features constantly changing inspiration photos for projects she's working on.
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The small antique chair was found at an estate sale and helps feed Amy's chair obsession! She just couldn't resist the detail on the back.

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