How long have you been living in your current space?
Almost 5 years
When did you decide to turn your living room/dining room into Second Cousin Vintage?
It happened sort of gradually over the last year and a half. I kept buying more clothes, people wanted to come see them so I had to make room for racks. Now, it’s just always set up like a store so if someone wants to come shopping, I am ready.
How do you find a work/life balance when you live in your work?
It is not easy to stop working but luckily I love what I do so it doesn’t bother me.
What’s been the biggest adjustment?
Starting your own business is really really hard, especially when you’re doing it alone. Learning to trust my own instincts and trying to only seek approval from myself is a constant struggle.
What’s your best styling tip fashion and space?
I guess my tips are the same for both. Don’t worry about trends, be as weird as you want, wear and buy things that bring you joy and vintage is always better!
You live with your husband, how did the two of you mesh your style?
He doesn’t have much of a style so I got to do pretty much what I wanted. As long as he has a comfortable chair and his mini basketball hoop on the wall he’s happy.
How do you like to make a statement with your space?
I like to buy weird offbeat chachkas, paint everything pink, love me a good lamp… sadly I don’t have much space for furniture anymore now that there is a store in my house. But one day hopefully I’ll have the space to really go nuts.
Best furniture find? Best fashion find?
I found these two 70s really low tub chairs on kijiji for $100 and had them recovered in orange velvet. Love em so much. Also I have a giant cactus lamp I found at VV for $15. It’s a beaut. Soooo many amazing fashion finds it’s hard to choose. Possibly my orange Gaultier ski jacket, found at VV for $20. People are always trying to buy it off my back and I’m like NO get away from me!
How often do you change up your vibe?
I’m usually running around by myself in jeans and whatever sweater. It’s not too glamorous. When I go out, my outfit usually revolves around my shoes. It’s either a Margiela vibe or a pointy toe Ursina Gysi vibe etc etc…I spend too much money on shoes don’t judge me.
What are you listening to now?
Who are you listening to right now?
It’s pretty all over the place but currently on my playlist: Robyn, Lykki Li, Ralph, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, The Internet and a bit of Sam Cooke.
How does your space reflect your personal style?
I think it’s about having your core staple items in your space to act as a pillar for the home that you want. Over the years I’m fortunate to have met friends who are carpenters and have been able to make a few custom furniture pieces that I know I will have for the rest of my life. I remember the first time I’ve ever felt like I’m ‘adult-ing’ was when a friend had made me a beautifully crafted wooden coffee table for my new apartment. Obviously I can’t justify spending $ on everything customized but similar to my personal style, it’s all about finding a balance mixing the highs and lows. I just put up some new IKEA shelves in my room and now I have a place to put up some hanging plants that’s high enough so my cat won’t try to knock it off!
Was it hard merging both of your vibes into one home?
No I think it was pretty easy when Andrew and I decided to move in together to our current apartment. I think our individual styles complement each other very well. While I like to have modern and contemporary designed pieces in our apartment, he likes to add his vintage finds from VV, his guitars and his love for persian rugs in the house to add warmth and colour in the room. We’ve got a great bookshelf made with alder wood by a friend – it’s great spot to keep little reminders from the places that we’ve traveled together and also practical to put all his never ending record collection. Plus – we are both plant lovers.
What’s your latest home purchase?
We recently bought a new bed frame and a mattress – it was pricey but definitely worth the investment as we have officially moved into the bedroom for winter hibernation mode, as we don’t have the most efficient heating in our apartment in a century-old Parkdale home.
Where is your dream locale to live?
I think it will still have to be in a metropolitan city – I crave having a plethora of options for take out spots and local coffee shops that are steps away from my home. Someplace like Austin, Texas or Baja California with year round sunshine and amazing cheap tacos & barbecue would be ideal. Or New York City, just because.
How would you describe your style in one word?
OldCéline-esque, in a slipdress
How does your personal style reflect the aesthetic in your house?
I would have to say my style is best reflected in both the creativity and comfort I’ve brought into my house. I wanted the space I spend the most amount of time to be warm and inviting, with something to always look at. My style is pretty neutral with a hint of industrial masculinity, a lot of the smaller trinkets around my place reflect that aesthetic.
What’s a decorating hack for your home?
Accessorize your home as you would your outfit. I’ve covered my walls with art that either inspires me or that I’ve created. I’ve also built up a collection of plants that bring more life into a room than you’d think – and despite what everyone thinks, it’s not that hard to keep them all alive.
How would you sum up your personal style in one word?
Technical-Chic OR Tastefully-Living-In-2025 (You Choose)
Since you live and work in your space, how do you separate the two?
First moving into this space it took me a while to figure out how I was going to make it work. I strategically positioned my desk in a way where I am able to look outside (which is essential for me) but also be surrounded by the office feel it’s created. Having a proper work space definitely helps me stay focused, but I’m also a sucker for working on my couch late at night.
As a full time freelancer what motivates you to get up and kill it?
I’ve always had the mindset of making each day better than the day before – and I think that translates with my design and work. I am motivated to get up and transform the things in front of me into something better than they once were. Setting goals, writing lists and being able to cross stuff off motivates me to keep going… Along with paying the bills.
If you weren’t in graphic design what’s your other dream job?
Something revolving around fashion. That’s what first drew me to the world of design.
You’ve done tons of work with us as a brand (shout out to the lighters and papers) – What’s a dream brand you’d love to work with?
You have a pretty solid collection of candles. If you were a candle, what scent would you be?
Teakwood (specifically with a wood wick)
What are you listening to right now?
Current rotation: The Blaze, Smino, A Tribe Called Quest, A.Chal
Best styling tip?
Shop vintage and give it your own story.
Splurge on that one item you’ve kept in your online cart for years. Don’t ever stop wearing black.