Cool Studio in the Falls of B.C.

Cool Studio in the Falls of B.C.

Squamish, British Columbia is nestled in the Hills of Howe Sound between Vancouver and Whistler. Known as the outdoor-recreation capital of Canada, it attracts every sort of outdoor enthusiast: kite surfers, whitewater kayakers, rock paths — and May McMahon and Olivia Farley, enthusiastic hikers, skiers and mountain bikers that call this studio residence.

The two draw layout inspiration in the nearby mountains and rivers. They wanted to present their 450-square-foot home hot West Canadian character on a very small budget. “We did the math,” Farley says,”and it turns out we’ve spent roughly $300 on almost everything you see in our flat.”

at a Glance
Who lives here:
Can McMahon and Olivia Farley
Size: 450 square feet, 1 bedroom, 1 bath open-concept studio flat
Location: Squamish, B.C., Canada

The two love cooking, so they maintain their small kitchen free of mess and therefore are resourceful with the way they use it. The large cutting board adds work space, and the kitchen table occasionally fills in for a island.

A Japanese batik printing serves as covering for an easy Ikea table located on Craigslist. The lamp is one of a set — the other placed in the living area — giving off a warm, patterned glow. The seats have been salvaged from a house down the road.

The living area functions as a place to socialize, play music, work on projects and unwind. Every piece was purchased at a garage sale, a thrift shop , off Craigslist or contributed to the bunch. The 1970s stereo serves as speakers and as a focal point to offset the size of the piano.

Sofa: Ikea

Picture clustering has ever been a trademark everywhere they have lived, Farley says. The screen grows and changes depending on how she feels and what she finds or creates. Both of them are fans of Bob Dylan, therefore when they discovered the Dylan print at a record shop and a perfect frame at a charity shop, they knew it had to take centre stage in their living area.

Squamish is home to the world’s second largest granite monolith massif. This is the view of the Stawamus Chief dome in the flat.

A vignette of thrift shop containers reveals Farley’s curiosity about textures and shapes.

Contrasting patterns, colors and textures at the flat are plentiful. The wall hanging was supplied to the couple in their buddy’s travels, while the quilt is homemade. Draping the dividers are just two sets of panels on different levels, one a sheer maroon place for when the couple wants to let light in, and the second is a batik place for if they want it a little darker.

Plants grouped near windows at the front part of the apartment supply a living component into the located objects in the area.

The hooked rug with a stag is usually the conversation piece from the living area. “People either love it or despise it,” McMahon says. “I really like it. It reminds me of desserts on my family’s farm at the cold interior of British Columbia where I grew up.”

Old Polaroid cameras and classic movie cameras are a small part component of McMahon’s camera collection. He describes himself as an amateur photographer with a lot of pure inspiration to work from. “How can you not enjoy this coast?” McMahon asks as he looks out his window. “Our location may be small and easy, but it’s home, and it seems right.”

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