We are so happy to welcome Catherine Cachia to the blog as she shares her lovely home with us! We found Catherine's home via #ABMathome on Instagram and fell in love with this bright yellow door and cute chalkboard wall. We had to see more! 🙂
"We live in Toronto, Canada where the real estate market is pretty tough! When we decided to take the plunge and go from renting to owning, we looked at approximately 50 homes in a few different areas and got into several bidding wars before coming across this semi-detached house that we now own. It didn’t have the greatest kitchen and so we were hopeful that it wouldn’t get too many offers. And it didn’t! We were surprised and thrilled to actually come in slightly under budget on the house and in a position to fully renovate the kitchen. The week we moved in, we began knocking out a large opening in the wall that separates the kitchen from the living space to create a sort of ‘breakfast bar’ and let as much light flow throughout the main floor as possible.
"My favourite space in our home is definitely the main floor living area. It’s not a huge space, but it is definitely the heart of the home where my husband, pooch and I spend the majority of our time together. It is also where we hang out with friends and family. I love that they can sit and have a drink on our stools at the ‘breakfast bar’ and chat with me while I’m preparing food in the kitchen. The four-person midcentury sofa is great because it provides a decent amount of seating without cluttering up the limited space with a lot of furniture pieces. The living space has gone through endless furniture arrangements and I’m happy to say that I think I’ve finally got it right. Well, at least for now!
"My current favourite item in our home is the vintage peacock chair I found at a garage sale on my street for $10, which my Dad cleaned up and repainted for me in my favourite colour. I also love my Judy dress form, which used to be my Great Aunt Dorothy’s. I collect and sell vintage clothing, so she is the perfect place to display some of my favourite pieces.
"Our décor is basically an eclectic mix of vintage and thrifted pieces, with some DIY projects and a handful of new things. I don’t like to rush pulling a space together but rather like to let it evolve over time, slowly removing things that feel tired or cluttered and adding things that feel fresh or energizing.
"Perhaps my greatest thrifting achievement is the vintage king-size Hudson’s Bay blanket I found at the Salvation Army for $15. I examined that thing top to bottom, assuming something had to be wrong with it, but there were absolutely no stains or imperfections to be found!
"With our first little babe on the way, I look forward to seeing my studio get transformed into a nursery, and generally love seeing all of our spaces continue to evolve!"
Thanks so much for sharing, Catherine! You can find more of Catherine on her blog and on Instagram. xo.
Credits://Author and Photography: Catherine Cachia.
I love the yellow door. What color paint did you use?
Such a pretty home!
Love all the little Canadian touches and the breakfast bar. That HBC blanket is the find of the century! Go you! And congrats on the baby too!
As much as $100 sounds like a lot, I must tell you that you are far under estimating. A blanket that size goes for closer to $500!
I have to know–is the CD storage custom? My husband and I have too many to count.
What a cheerful space!
I absolutely love this home! 🙂 There’s so much colour and personality in everything they’ve chosen and displayed. It’s really lovely and I’d love to create a space this warm and cheerful one day…totally nabbing the yellow door idea!!
Hi Melissa! It’s an ongoing feature, so we would love to see it! You can send photos to submit AT abeautifulmess DOT com. 🙂 -Jacki
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Hi!! Are you guys going to do the “at home with” contest again? I have a friend who’s apartment is AMAZING. You guys would love it!
Beautiful home! I love the Bay blankets. I need to find one for my home, too.
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Your place is gorgeous! And it’s exciting to see a fellow Torontonian on here. That HBC blanket is the thrift find of the decade! I’ll definitely be checking out your blog. And Go Jays!
Ditto – such an awesome home. LOVE your kitchen, esp the stove. Thanks for sharing!
beautiful couple and beautiful home!
Wow!! Their home is incredible!
Thanks, Jacki! I’ve been using that, too, but I totally prefer it right on the photos so when I see a photo I want to keep (not just the link to the page), I can choose that specific photo right then and there.
Catherine, thanks for letting me know! So cute!
They have a great mix of styles in their home. I really like the yellow door in the house, its fun to have such a bright color inside.
Hi Wendy! It’s at the bottom of the post, and also in the left hand corner if you’re viewing from your computer. 🙂 -Jacki