An 860-sq.-ft. loft
The authentic one-bedroom loft conversion Trish Papadakos shares with her husband, Alan, in downtown Toronto also serves as the workspace for her fledgling housewares company, Trish & Co. The 10-foot-high north-facing windows provide gorgeous light for her product photography while the open concept space gives her freedom to move around. Each of her collections is inspired by a specific person. Her first, the Curious Gardener, was influenced by her great-grandmother-in-law and includes linen pillowcases hand embroidered with motifs based on vintage illustrations, and wooden cutting boards in the shapes of various plants.
Invest in quality, double-duty furniture
When pressed for space, buy pieces that can serve several purposes. A sturdy narrow coffee table could be used as a bench when more seating is required, while a side table also doubles as a floor light. These leather chairs are elegant and practical when you have guests over but also tilt back into full recliners when more comfort is needed.