house tour: a picture-perfect pad

8th March 2011

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.

  • Mary

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