|Having just returned after a month of travel (many apologies for the lull in posts), I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of home. What is that unidentifiable quality that makes a house or apartment feel like a home, even to a stranger? Whatever it is, Mélanie & Steven have managed to harness that quality in their fresh, cheerful, and above all, homey-feeling New Edinburgh abode. Favoring a clean and simple design vibe, Mélanie and Steven resist falling into minimalist starkness by peppering their place with mementos from their travels and fun little DIY projects, like a shutter-door headboard here and a vibrant cluster of framed artworks there. Thanks again to Mélanie & Steven whose warmth and love of company is genuinely reflected in their home.
…and many a scone and artisanal jam were enjoyed that day.
|Name: Mélanie and Steven
Neighborhood: New Edinburgh
Size (# of bedrooms): Small (less than 1000 sq ft), 2 bedrooms
Your style in 3 words: Cosmopolitan, eclectic and cozy
What do you love about your apartment: Location, location, location! The neighbourhood is wonderful, our backyard is adjacent to the Rideau River and NCC bike paths and we can take advantage of the local shops and businesses nearby (Fraser Café, Farbs, Jacobsons, The Clocktower, Epicuria, Bridgehead, etc.).
The house itself: it’s bright and sunny during the day, old and full of character, small enough to be low-maintenance and isn’t cookie-cutter in appearance. It’s got all sorts of interesting architectural features like a vestibule, a nook in the master bedroom and sloped ceilings on the upper level. Original hardwood floors throughout, and lots of windows. We’ve turned it into a home that is representative of who we are.
What, if anything, do you dislike about your place: No complaints generally – the only things we can think of are the lack of space/plumbing in the kitchen for a dishwasher and the lack of a laundry tub in the basement. Oh, and the small closets. But we are really stretching it here!!
Best DIY Project: A headboard for the master bedroom out of old shutters/louvered doors from ReStore.
Biggest indulgence in your place: A small indulgence? A fridge and cupboards full of fine cheeses, chutneys, breads and crackers, ready to be served to guests at a moment’s notice. Our biggest? Living in New Edinburgh.
Biggest challenge: We adore our place, and do like the size of the house when comes time to clean it. However, if anything, the size of the dining room is sometimes challenging. We like to host friends and family for dinner and fitting more than four people requires some creative thinking and strategic seating arrangements.
Best compliment you have ever received about your place: That it feels veLory warm and welcoming. Most people say this about our home when they first visit. This makes us happy
Big THANK YOU to Mélanie & Steven!!!
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