Small Spaces
Aug 11, 2011

Small space: Treetop modern

By: Bethany Lyttle

Small space: Treetop modern Author: Style At Home

Small Spaces
Aug 11, 2011

Small space: Treetop modern

By: Bethany Lyttle
When homeowner Tamar Rosenberg opens a window, she can all but touch the leaves that rustle on the cherry tree branches outside. But even when the windows are closed, a witty version of nature flourishes inside this mod Vancouver dwelling. Woodsy wallpaper and a quirky menagerie of animal themed art and display pieces play to the outdoors. And there’s a warm feeling thanks to the wooden Mid-Century Modern pieces, which are placed throughout the space. Think that’s all? Think again. Overhead are skylights to watch the weather, a feature that Tamar loves equally on both sunny and rainy days.

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The perfect Vancouver home
The woodsy wallpaper was a bit of a splurge, but well worth it as it acts as a starting point for the nature-inspired decor seen throughout this Vancouver apartment. An inexpensive IKEA table looks great with vintage white bucket chairs purchased from a movie prop house. The seat cushions were made from old woollen army blankets. The trophy and matte black vase punctuate the mostly white scheme. 11-TREE-hens.jpg
A touch of nature
Hens-and-chicks sprout from a vintage yellow planter, adding a vibrant touch to the space. TREE-teak.jpg
Beautiful bookcase
Teak has a warmth and simplicity that’s attractive to Tamar. In bookcase form, it provides vertical interest and plenty of storage, and its colour-coded contents transform it into a style statement. On top, the collection of glass vases is full of thrift store finds. TREE-dresser.jpg
Hidden storage
A teak dresser provides hidden storage in the living room. Grouping red objects together unites this amusing collection. TREE-records.jpg
Displaying records
To choose objects and furnishings for her home, Tamar relies on her appreciation for clean lines and one-of-a-kind items. Thrift shops, vintage stores and things made by friends are her go-to sources. “The key to good design is to understand why a piece that you love is lovable,” she says. “Don’t just think with your head – pay attention to your heart.”

This inexpensive bookshelf is the perfect place to house Tamar's collection of LP's and it adds to the overall vintage-inspired allure of the space. TREE-office.jpg
An inspiring office
Tamar’s studio is also her office, so she wanted it to inspire. A large surface area leaves plenty of room to work. TREE-bedroom.jpg
A cozy bedroom
“I love my bedroom,” says Tamar. “It’s almost too cozy, though. I don’t want to leave it in the morning!” In keeping with the nature theme, there’s a sculpted dogwood branch hanging above the bed. It’s paired with a winged heart Tamar picked up in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Purple and grey bed linens are restful and tranquil, while still adding a hit of colour to the space.

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A little whimsy
By grouping cream bottles, jars and bowls with a fun papier mâché clown and blue owl, Tamar created a playful display that’s anything but boring.

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