Ample space for ‘careers’
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.