We’ve got an eclectic, super hip pad to crash today. Alana (one of my oldest and best friends!) has kindly let us peek into her one-bedroom Vancouver apartment.

We’ll start off in the heart of the apartment — the living room. It’s a really well put together room, made up mostly of neutral-coloured furniture and complemented by bright pops of colour from accessories and a picture gallery.

A lot of Alana’s things are from IKEA, HomeSense and Pier 1, but she mixes in her souvenirs from various travels to create a space that is totally her and far from cookie-cutter.

The photo gallery isn’t just a great way to bring colour and vibrancy into the space, but it is also affordable, personal, and a great conversation starter. All pictures are taken by Alana (isn’t she an incredible photographer?).

To do a photo wall yourself, choose your favourite pics, have them printed as 8×10′s, get some basic glass/clip frames (from the dollar store or similar) and then mount them up on the wall leaving little space between each frame. Best if you’ve got a big section of wall to work with.

Alana’s top 3 fave things in her pad:

  • the photo wall
  • her couch & bed – both good for lounging!
  • the buddha head – the most recent addition to the apartment, brought back from Nepal by her sister, Lauren

The living room opens up into the kitchen – not Alana’s favourite room of the apartment, but it’s functional and she’s added in a few things to make it a bit more cheerful.

The entry-way/hallway is great as there was enough room to put a little bench and some hooks for hanging up jackets, purses and scarves.

Aren’t these hooks from Anthropologie totally gorgeous? They were snagged at a sweet price from the discount bin. Totally jealous over here!

And lastly we’ve got the bedroom. Alana has cleverly used a curtain panel to cover up the closet area and has kept the whole room minimal and serene – perfect for a quiet read or good night’s sleep.

Alana’s design tips:

  • Travel the world and bring back as much as you can
  • Have plants in your space – they always make a room look and feel better
  • Make it personal (photos, favourite books, souvenirs, etc.)

A big thank you to my girl for letting us check out her place.

  • nadinethornhill

    That photo wall is incredible. I am totally stealing the idea for my own home.

  • http://jpmdesign.blogspot.com Mary

    I love that all the photography/artwork in the living room is her own! Great apartment!