Lofty goals

How mu­sic, Cal­i­for­nia and mid-cen­tury style in­spired the vibe of this cou­ple’s first condo.

The Coast - Homes Halifax - - Decor - PHO­TOS RACHEL MCGRATH

“It lit­er­ally looks as much like a blank slate as pos­si­ble, which is kind of in­tim­i­dat­ing at first, but luck­ily I kind of had a vi­sion of what I wanted,” says Jil­lian Tonet of the north end loft she and her part­ner Crissy Good­win bought about a year-and-ahalf ago. The first-time home-own­ers were al­ready sold on (and rent­ing in) the neigh­bour­hood thanks to its walk­a­bil­ity and strong ties to the city’s mu­sic scene, but the ap­peal of the sleek, sunny, Leed-cer­ti­fied sealed the deal.

With their bright white blank slate in mind, Tonet and Good­win started their new home from scratch—as two of the build­ing’s first res­i­dents, they made the move with very lit­tle so they could piece to­gether the per­fect space.

“We’re to­tal dorks about ’60s and ’70s mu­sic so that was re­ally key to the in­spi­ra­tion, and I wanted the ma­jor pieces we brought in to have a more mid-cen­tury feel and the ac­cents to feel more in­dus­trial,” says Tonet, a self-pro­claimed ever-stu­dent, study­ing a mas­ter’s in or­ga­ni­za­tional psy­chol­ogy. Metal­lic and con­crete ac­ces­sories helped pull that look to­gether, as did a fu­tur­is­tic all-white pat­terned wall­pa­per and the star of the show—their “one ma­jor splurge item”—a retro-vibe cre­denza that acts as their TV stand.

“I live my life in monochro­matic colours, but Crissy re­ally brought in the pops of colours like the red in the rug or the har­vest gold,” says Tonet, whose time liv­ing in south­ern Cal­i­for­nia in­spired some of the south­west­ern style tex­tiles and ac­ces­sories that bring warmth to the open space.

“In Hal­i­fax it’s all about the hunt. We had to look ev­ery­where to find the pieces that fit with our vi­sion, from box stores to an­tique shops to Ki­jiji,” she adds, cred­it­ing the in­ter­net for her wall­pa­per se­lec­tion, At­tica for the splurge and a DIY pro­ject for the poster gallery. “The cool thing about hav­ing smaller space is it forces you to be cre­ative and step out­side your box.”

But re­ally, she says, though it clocks in at 953 square feet, the space is more than enough. “For us it’s big, mov­ing from the places that we were. It feels like the per­fect space for the two of us—but we’re also very com­pat­i­ble so liv­ing to­gether is easy.”

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