Name: Sarah Amarica, my cat Margo, and 27 plants!
Location: Montreal, Canada
Type of home: Apartment
Size: 352 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, renting
Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: I’ve been in my apartment for only a year, and share it with my cat, Margo, and a seasoned collection of flora. While small in size, it fits us perfectly. We are located in the vibrant Plateau neighborhood in Montreal, Canada.
Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Mid-century, with tons of color!
What is your favorite room and why? My bedroom is probably my favorite room of my apartment simply because it’s the coziest; small, but bursting with flora. It includes two of my prized plants: a giant African Milk cactus and a Monstera I’ve had for years.
I am also especially fond of my bedspread, bright green vintage Italian silk, found at a Montreal flea market. Lying in bed, cat nearby, sun bursting through the windows, through the leaves, feels pretty special.
What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? I recently built and installed a new shelf in my kitchen (to house some plant clippings, of course.) My most recent furniture purchase was two Marcel Breuer cane chairs, to accompany my tiny teak dining table, which I bought from someone who was moving, around the corner from my house!
Any advice for creating a home you love? I am most proud that the majority of the decor and the furniture I have collected over the years are secondhand, not only because they are unique, but because it attests to what can be done on a budget. I find it infinitely more satisfying to look hard for special pieces — online, in consignment or vintage shops, or flea markets — rather than buy them off the shelf (if I can help it) and would encourage others to take the time to do the same. There are so many great vintage objects out in the world, with interesting histories and lives.
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