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Condo tour: Eclectic fashion-forward loft

Condo tour: Eclectic fashion-forward loft

Designer Montana Labelle's loft Author: Donna Griffith

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Condo tour: Eclectic fashion-forward loft

Designer Montana Labelle decorates her loft with a fashion-forward eclectic aesthetic that fits her personal style to a T.

 

It’s often said that interior design follows fashion, and this certainly holds true in the Toronto loft of designer Montana Labelle. In fact, she takes this idea one step further by using her enviable collection of fashion accessories as part of the decor.

In the 700-square-foot condo, Montana spun her storage issues into something positive. “Since there’s a lack of closet space, I made the loft feel like a retail environment by displaying my clothing,” she says. “I bought an antique chinoiserie style armoire from Craigslist and filled it with my favourite vintage T-shirts, designer handbags and heels.” The result is like waking up and getting dressed in a high-end boutique every morning.

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Condo tour: Eclectic fashion-forward loft

Floor plan: 700 sq. ft.

Homeowner and designer Montana Labelle used stylish vignettes to delineate the different areas in her narrow open-concept condo.

Image by: Style at Home By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Donna Griffith

Condo tour: Eclectic fashion-forward loft

Montana Labelle

Montana hangs out in the living area of her Toronto loft.

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Condo tour: Eclectic fashion-forward loft

Retro living room decor

Retro finds like the coffee table and media console lend a collected and personal look to the living area. Pops of bright colour come from Montana’s collection of orange Hermes boxes. A hide rug layered over a vintage rabbit fur rug gives the space a luxe comfort.

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Condo tour: Eclectic fashion-forward loft

Exotic accents

Now that her loft is furnished and decorated, she finds that it’s truly a reflection of her personal style. “My uniform consists of ripped jeans and basic T-shirts, layered with a leather motorcycle jacket and some great accessories,” Montana explains. “I totally relate this to my home’s mostly neutral palette with exotic accents and unexpected textures, which impart a sense of casual cool.”

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Condo tour: Eclectic fashion-forward loft

Eclectic artwork

An eclectic grouping of artwork – including a skull print by Jenna Snyder-Phillips, papier mache zebra bust and prized Hermes scarf – hangs above the sofa in the living area.

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Condo tour: Eclectic fashion-forward loft

Vintage storage unit

The vintage storage unit and artwork made by homeowner and designer Montana Labelle greet guests in the loft’s entryway. Antique books and other eclectic objects hint at the quirky style in the rest of the space.

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Condo tour: Eclectic fashion-forward loft

Antique cabinet

An antique cabinet placed across from the kitchen offers plenty of storage (and display space) for Montana’s favourite designer fashion accessories.

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Condo tour: Eclectic fashion-forward loft

Galley kitchen

The long, narrow loft includes an entryway, galley kitchen and living area.

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Condo tour: Eclectic fashion-forward loft

Home office

The brightly lit sunroom acts as Montana’s home office, where she does a lot of work for her design business. The super-slim desk takes up minimal square footage in the small room. A bold red vintage “M” was a lucky find at one of her favourite Toronto shops. She made the edgy artwork by blacking out half of an antique portrait.

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Condo tour: Eclectic fashion-forward loft

Art Deco bar cart

The vintage Art Deco bar cart in the office gets pressed into service during cocktail parties and offers extra storage the rest of the time. The antique leather hide on the floor was purchased from the Christie Antique Show.

Image by: Style at Home By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Donna Griffith

 

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