An Artist's "West Coast Grandma" Apartment

An Artist's "West Coast Grandma" Apartment

Lauren Kolyn
Sep 20, 2016

Name: Caitlyn Murphy
Location: Trinity Bellwoods — Toronto, Canada
Size: 600-ish square feet
Years lived in: Rented 6.5 years

Caitlyn is a visual artist living and working in Toronto. She moved to the city nearly a decade ago, landing herself a one-bedroom apartment within a short distance from the art school she was attending. Fast forward seven years, after a rapid wave of urban change, Caitlyn's apartment is situated in one of Toronto's most sought-after West End neighborhoods: Trinity Bellwoods.

Until recently Caitlyn used her living room as a studio. One of her favorite things about her apartment has always been the natural light. Keeping the furniture to a selected few key pieces gives the space an open, flowing and inspiring feeling. Much of Caitlyn's art is inspired by daily life and the immediate world around her. She is known for her window scenes of local markets and residential facades. Her work softly captures the beauty and subtleties of the every day, seen here.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My style: Scandinavian / West Coast grandma

Inspiration: Loved and lived in homes

Favorite element: Tall ceilings and natural light

Biggest challenge: No closets

What friends say: They like that it's around the corner from a 7/11

Biggest embarrassment: Dirty dishes?

Proudest DIY: Installing the shelves above my kitchen table by myself and only getting them slightly crooked.

Biggest indulgence: The patterned lamp in my living room and way too many glasses and vases.

Best advice: Make your bed every morning.

Dream sources: Marimekko, EQ3, Le Creuset, Mjolk, The Modern Shop

Thanks, Caitlyn!

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