Name: Julia Black
Profession: Stylist and host of the CTV web series Get Fresh.
Lives: In a ground-floor apartment of a 1920s semi-detached home with her husband, Andrew, a contractor, and her dog, Parker.
Favourite part: “I love how we managed to marry our styles-the industrial look reflects Andrew, and the design elements and feminine pieces are more me.”
Julia and her husband, Andrew, are first-time homeowners who took a hands-on approach. They were keen to lose the original gloomy woodwork, but also to save money by salvaging as much as they could. The cupboards got a coat of grey paint, the wood-laminate floor was covered with a trendy bouclé rug, and simple open shelving added a modern industrial feel. To make the galley kitchen seem larger, they stashed away their appliances-even their prized wedding-present toaster. It gives more space for prep and keeps the room from feeling crowded.