Am­ple space for ‘ca­reers’

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Afriendly dog, Freddy, greets me at the land­ing of a steep indoor stair- case.

In­side, the lay­out is typ­i­cal of a Mon­treal triplex apart­ment, with a long hall­way di­vid­ing the kitchen at the back from the bed­rooms at the front.

But Trine Veiss Mikkelsen’s top-floor Outremont unit is about twice the usual width.

For Mikkelsen, 37, the am­ple space means she can ex­pand her three ca­reers at home — as a yoga in­struc­tor, pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher and life coach.

Ques­tion: How big is this place?

An­swer: Peo­ple keep ask­ing me that all the time, and I have no idea in ac­tual square feet. I just say, big!

I had looked at 30 dif­fer­ent apart­ments try­ing to find some­thing, and I had never seen a place this big — and so un­like all these long Mon­treal apart­ments with no win­dows in the mid­dle.

(Mikkel­son takes me through the liv­ing room, past the bal­cony, and part way down the hall to her bed­room. There are dozens of pho­to­graphs clus­tered on one wall fac­ing the bed.)

Ques­tion: What’s the story be­hind the disco ball?

An­swer: We had a disco party and bor­rowed the disco ball from one of (her room­mate’s) friends.

We hung up the en­gine the wrong way, so when it started, it turned it­self out of the hook in the ceil­ing ... We couldn’t give it back be­cause we had ru­ined it, so we de­cided to keep it for our­selves, so we have it hang­ing here al­ways.

It’s good for dance par­ties.

Ques­tion: What else do you use the space for?

An­swer: So this was meant to be a din­ing room. It’s an open space and it’s con­nected to the kitchen and the end of the room has curved walls — isn’t that amaz­ing?

But we use the kitchen (to dine in), so I call this the play­room. I like to use the word

WIN­DOW ON CON­CEPT

Trine Veiss Mikkelsen with her dog Freddy in the room that she uses for yoga, pho­tog­ra­phy and per­sonal coach­ing.

The top-floor unit is about twice the usual width.

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