Toronto designer Montana Labelle has just completed one of her favorite projects to date: a teeny tiny loft project that just happens to be the designer’s own live/work space. Working within a tight budget for the narrow loft, she created an environment that embodies her own personal style, as well as the epitome of recycled chic. The 650-square-foot loft boasts amazingly high ceilings, which have been decorated with as much artwork as possible, including the designer’s own paintings and prints.

Montana scoured vintage markets for great pieces, and revamped hand-me-downs from friends and family to decorate the loft for less than $500, with an aesthetic style inspired by her “pet” papier mâché zebra, Ralph. Fabric was re-dyed and re-purposed for the sofa cover and curtains, and many furniture pieces were found at local antique stores. All the furniture was selected for maximum versatility: the media unit also holds client binders, catalogues, and marble samples, while the cabinets hold clothing as well as dishware!

A graduate of Parsons The New School for Design in New York City, Montana has established herself as “one to watch” in the Toronto design scene since opening her own firm in 2013.

+ Montana Labelle

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