My First Apartment in Vancouver

When I first moved to Vancouver, I didn’t realize it could be tough to find a place to live. I planned to sublet an apartment for the first month and see how things went, but luckily just ended up staying put! It was very simple but also very cozy for a slightly broke resident :-). Here is a little tour of that first home in the wild (pacific north) west.

The apartment was a ~450 sq ft (40 sq m!) studio, and the door essentially opened into a corner of the kitchen. I had to get a little creative about fitting things in, but I still have my favourite patterned anthropologie dishes! To this day they remind me of the feeling of a new adventure.

If you can believe it, I bought the fiddle leaf fig from someone on Craigslist for 30$ and nursed it somewhat back to health. I also had an aloe plant (hiding on the left of the TV) and great big peonies for extra green. Coffee table, IKEA. Pineapple pillow, Anthropologie.

I put a tiny outdoor table from West Elm (similar) in the corner, and it’s actually on our patio these days! I also added two cheerful IKEA chairs (because, budget) (similar). The beautiful recipe artwork is from a local artist at the Hamilton Farmer’s Market, near where I went to university. The frames are from HomeSense. The little kitchen cart is from IKEA as well, and I bought myself the espresso machine as a celebration after I finished my longest-ever triathlon (a 2+120+30 km event in Sweden!)

I loved having a wall of windows, because so much light can be rare during the Vancouver winter! Being so high up also meant I didn’t worry as much about closing the blinds during the day. I tried to use a lot of white to keep the space feeling bright. Couch and ottoman (which doubles as storage!) both IKEA.

Being in a studio also made me better about making my bed! This daybed from IKEA felt like it fit in the space without being too tiny and could seat extra friends in pinch. The dresser helped with overflow from my closet, and I’ve always loved a house full of books. Frames thrifted/found/gifted. Ceramic birds from a tiny shop in Waterloo- I think this one!

And that’s about it- tiny but very well loved. Jan took these photos so that I could list the apartment when we moved in together, which was also a really lovely time. What was your first place like? xo

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