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Inside A Charming Small Home In Toronto

Hi there! I'm Adena, the Social Media and Digital Marketing Manager here at Tonic Living, and I'd like to welcome you into my home...

I live in a charming 100-year-old house in midtown Toronto with my husband (and a very large collection of throw pillows!). Over the past two years, we've slowly designed the space to reflect our personal style, without doing any major renos. With a bit of paint, a few small projects, carefully-considered furniture and a thoughtful layering of accessories, we were able to transform this bare-bones box into a space that truly feels like us. I talk a bit about how we did this on House & Home TV. Catch the segment below, if you'd like to see!

Here's more info about each space, along with the Tonic Living products I used to help you get the look in your own home, if you're interested...


Our main floor is entirely open-concept, so there is no true entryway separate from the rest of the space. I knew I didn't want our coats and shoes on full display, so that meant this space had to function like an entryway but look, essentially, like a pretty hallway. Closed storage was key! An armoire keeps outerwear tucked away, while a vintage stool that doubles as a side table in the living room holds a Handwoven Portuguese Basket, which is the perfect catchall for keys. A mirror, a wishbone chair (with a pillow of course) and a sturdy vintage rug finish off the look.

Adena Leigh's open-concept entryway with wishbone chair, round brass mirror and Tonic Living pillows


Valentina Velvet, Jade green pillow from Tonic Living

Living Room

A neutral shell in the living room means I can have fun switching up the decor and colour palette as I please. This is a must since I am constantly enticed by Tonic Living's latest pillows! I kept it bright and white; creamy drapes with a pencil pinch pleat and black hardware for definition, an oatmeal linen sofa (we have a similar fabric coming soon!), and an ivory rug provide a perfect backdrop for layering in colour. On the day of this shoot, I combined our Valentina Velvet, Jade Pillow with the Valentina Velvet, Cameo Pillow and the Margaux Pillow.  It really pops on set!

Adena Leigh's neutral living room with Tonic Living pillows, roll-arm sofa, ivory drapes and book nook


Valentina Velvet, Cameo pink pillow from Tonic Living


Striped pink and cream Margaux pillow with brass zipper from Tonic Living


Jameson, Cloud White drapery fabric from Tonic Living

Breakfast Nook

This little corner of our home off the kitchen stayed empty for about a year-and-a-half, until we decided it was time to transform it into usable space—and I'm so happy we did! A marble table, bistro chairs and floating shelves make this sunny corner our favourite place to dine. I styled it up with some of my favourite vintage pieces and plants to add some life. All of the plants and planters are from Tonic Living. We have a great selection of greenery in store!

Adena Leigh's breakfast nook with marble bistro table and floating shelves

Just off the breakfast nook is a built-in seat, which makes perfect use of what would have otherwise been dead space. It creates another opportunity for a decorating moment!


Handwoven Portuguese catchall baskets from Tonic Living


Simone round grey clay pot planter from Tonic Living


Beckwith woven planter from Tonic Living

The breakfast nook leads to a small built-in bench, which is the sunniest spot in our home thanks to the large window.

Breakfast nook with bistro chairs and built-in bench

All about the watery blues here, with striped Romans, a custom bench cushion and pillows from Tonic Living.

Built-in bench with blue and green pillows and custon foam bench cushion from Tonic Living


Mila Dot neutral ivory embroidered polka dot pillow from Tonic Living


Sunday Pillow, Pool aqua blue velvet pillow from Tonic Living


Hampton Stripe blue and white fabric from Tonic Living

I hope you enjoyed peeking into my small, open-concept Toronto home, and are leaving feeling inspired to use decorating to create your dream space!