A photo canvas of New York City paired with Eames-style dining chairs lend this dining area a stylish look.
In her light-filled Toronto apartment, Style at Home associate design editor Morgan Lindsay cleverly combines old and new with her own crafty creations.
While most people in their 20s are cobbling together their first apartment from leftover student furnishings and dubious hand-me-downs, Style at Home's associate design editor, Morgan Lindsay, has managed to assemble a sweet and stylish look that would make most 40-somethings envious. And she's done it all on a small decorating budget, with a clever mix of new, thrifted and heirloom pieces, plus a good dose of DIY decor.
The 850-square-foot, two-bedroom Toronto apartment has an enviable uptown location with a distant view of the CN Tower from big south-facing windows. Morgan's brother already lived in the building, so she rented this top-floor unit as soon as it became available. The next step was to successfully woo her friend Lauren Hanna into being her roommate - an easy feat, as they've been tight since meeting in their first year of university. Once the pair moved in, Morgan set to workmaking the basic space into a reflection of their youthful style. "Lauren is not that into decorating, but thankfully she trusts my taste," says Morgan. "She's always happy to help, too!"
The girls' family members pitched in as well. "Lauren's dad is our handyman. He hung all the drapery rods, the heavy vintage mirror above the desk and the shelf in the kitchen," says Morgan. "And my mom sewed most of the toss cushions." This being a rental, major modifications obviously weren't feasible, but clever Morgan found ways around the no-permanent-changes rule. A feature wall just inside the entryway was treated with graphic wallpaper - hung with double-sided tape so it's easy to take down when the time comes. The same paper creates a low-commitment yet dynamic kitchen backsplash. Luckily, the white walls were in line with Morgan's clean and simple aesthetic, so her bedroom was the only room she painted - pale grey, her favourite shade.
In her spare time, Morgan can also be found getting crafty with paint, glue and glitter, making art pieces to frame and add to the galleries above her bed and the sofa. Happily, her friends eschewed the typical bottles of wine for a housewarming gift. After spotting a certain bar cart on Morgan's Pinterest board, her closest pals chipped in and bought it. Now it sits in one corner of the dining area, ready for entertaining her generous friends and family. We're guessing she'll still have it when she's 40-something.
Bold Marimekko wallpaper provides a graphic punch to the entryway wall. The pink bench gets pressed into service as extra seating when friends and family drop in.
Morgan added colour (in a scheme of course) to her entrance using stacked books, a flower arrangement and a fitting stock card that says "hello".
The so-out-it’s-in room divider is original to the ’70s-era apartment. The white slipcovered sofa is one of the few brand new items Morgan bought to furnish her first place. Her love of white, grey and pink is evident throughout the space.
Inspired by a favourite blogger, Morgan crafted this genius gallery wall with a label maker and cardboard.
Homeowner and Style at Home associate design editor Morgan Lindsay enlisted her mom to sew most of the toss cushions in the space.
The open-concept living area included a small office nook, where Morgan gets creative with her DIY projects. She scored the hanging mirror for $20 and transformed its beat-up frame with grey paint.
Morgan's DIY decor tools are always at an arms-length (and looking pretty!) just in case she's inspired to get crafty.
Morgan’s parents bought her the giant photo canvas of New York City. In it you can see Parsons the New School for Design, where Morgan attended a summer program. In this cozy space, Morgan loves her Earnes-style dining chairs.
It was a happy accident that the kitchen had basic white cabinetry and grey countertops and flooring. Morgan updated things by changing the hardware and using leftover wallpaper from the entryway as a makeshift backsplash.
Morgan added charm to her bedroom with vintage and heirloom pieces. There's an antique toile-covered sidechair and pine dresser (both passed down from her grandparents) commingle with the clean-lined bed and modern linens. The giant “M” came from the Christie Antique Show, which Morgan attends every year.
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Shiitake and butternut squash soup.
Find warm comfort in this butternut squash and shiitake mushroom soup ladled over soba noodles.
1 Preheat the oven to 375°F. Cut the butternut squash into 1" slices. Peel to remove the skin and then cut the flesh into 1" cubes, discarding the seeds. Toss the cubes with the vegetable oil and roast on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet for 30 to 35 minutes, until the squash is tender and lightly caramelized.
2 Heat the sesame oil and butter together in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and ginger and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the mushrooms and saute until most of the moisture has evaporated and the mushrooms are beginning to brown, about 8 minutes.
3 Add the mushroom broth, hoisin and soy sauces and rice wine and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the roasted squash, green onions and edamame and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes more.
4 Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Drop the soba noodles into the water and stir to prevent them from sticking together. Cook according to the package directions or until just tender. Drain the noodles in a colander and rinse under warm water.
5 To serve, divide the noodles among four deep serving bowls. Ladle the soup over the noodles and serve piping hot.
Prep & cook time: 1 hour.
Add this sweet apricot-glaze to tonights pork tenderloin dinner.
Add this sweet apricot-glaze to tonights pork tenderloin dinner.
Give your usual pork tenderloin dinner an update by adding a sweet and savoury apricot-glaze.
1 In a small saucepan, stir together the jam, mustard and maple syrup.
2 Bring to a boil; reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring often, until the mixture coats the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes.
3 Remove 3 tablespoons of the glaze to a small bowl and set aside.
4 Sprinkle the pork with the salt and pepper; brush all over with the glaze.
5 Place the pork on a greased grill over medium-high heat; cook, turning occasionally and brushing with some of the reserved glaze during the last minute of cooking time, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat reads 160 ̊F, about 18 minutes.
6 Meanwhile, add the apricots to the grill, cut side down; cook, turning frequently and brushing with the remaining reserved glaze, until the fruit is softened and caramelized, about 5 minutes.
7 Remove the pork and apricots from the grill; let the pork stand for 5 minutes before slicing.
8 Sprinkle with the basil and sage and serve.