Leslieville couple’s inventive and handyman expertise create a reno that’s lovely and private

When Lidija Jerant and her household sit down at their eating desk, it’s underneath the nice and cozy glow of rooster wire adorned with 3,000 zip ties.

Jerant made the overhead mild fixture again in 2003 when she and her husband renovated the principle ground of the Leslieville home that they had simply bought for $200,000.

Whereas the sharp edges of the cable ties wreaked havoc on her fingernails throughout meeting, she “beloved the end result.” Not surprisingly, “it’s a particular dialog piece” for company, she provides.

“Our house decor is 80 per cent thrifted, discovered on the curb or DIYed,” Jerant says.

Textile artist Lidija Jerant's studio/home office on her home's remodelled third floor is "a happy place for me."

Frugality paid off throughout a second renovation of their century-old house six years later, in 2009. Her “tremendous, tremendous useful” husband, Nathan Buckwalter, labored alongside their accommodating contractor, contributing his labour because the second ground was gutted and reconfigured, the chimney eliminated, and a 3rd storey added.

Not solely did they acquire 600 sq. ft of dwelling area however Buckwalter’s efforts helped hold the overall value of the seven-month mission to underneath $200,000, says Jerant, including her associate helps deliver her concepts to life.

“We had been primarily a common contractor” for the reno, she says, explaining they discovered the mandatory tradespeople to work on the mission.

Their house boasts a formidable array of discounted and repurposed objects sourced from thrift retailers and Ikea’s “as is” room. As an illustration, hutches retrofitted to change into toilet vanities and built-in bookcases on both facet of the fireside are Ikea hacks. For the built-ins, the couple purchased three models and dissected one to high off the opposite two in order that they’d attain the ceiling, Jerant explains.

Floor-to-ceiling bookcases are rebuilt Ikea units and the old brick fireplace surround was covered with parging cement in an "experiment (that) turned out quite nicely," says Jerant.

The principle-floor ceiling is rough-cut knotty pine to create a “rustic farmhouse look” within the large dwelling area they created by opening up the unique ground plan of separate rooms. They coated the outdated brick hearth encompass with parging cement tinted a heat brown in an “experiment (that) turned out fairly properly,” she says.

“Our important ground is the place all of us collect collectively to eat, play video games, watch a film or simply hang around,” says Jerant.

Up on the third ground, and adjoining their bed room, is the den with a TV that “gives an area to be, when wanted, like when the youngsters have mates over,” says Jerant of her 13-year-old son and 16-year-old daughter.

Separated by barn doorways Buckwalter constructed, her studio/house workplace is “a contented place for me … the place I really feel happy and impressed.”

Jerant, a textile artist, longtime discount hunter and artistic whiz, describes her household of 4’s house as “heat, cosy and welcoming.”

Jerant DIY'ed her dining room light fixture using chicken wire and 3,000 cable ties.

A number of the contents have had earlier lives. “It’s rubbish day, I’m going for a stroll and I actually see one thing by the facet of the street,” she explains, citing a chair she reupholstered and an outdated hutch she refinished to accommodate their stereo and video games.

Jerant, the maker behind Indie Boho Studio, creates up to date textile artwork with macramé, weaving and basket-making in her third-floor house studio. She additionally teaches these crafts off-site at workshops in east-end Toronto. Her pieces, sold on Etsy, incorporate new and classic fibres, rope, jute and beads so as to add texture.

In style within the Sixties and ’70s, macramé is evolving into extra sculpture-like, geometric types since having fun with a resurgence seven or eight years in the past, in response to Jerant, whose workshops embrace supplies and step-by-step directions.

All through the household’s home, the furnishings and equipment made or discovered by the self-taught artist add a “visually pleasing (and) private” dimension, she says.

The new third-floor includes the principal bedroom where walls, like the rest of the house, are white to maximize light and provide a backdrop for Jerant's artwork.

A favorite framed print she purchased for $19.99 on the Salvation Military — “a giant spend for a thrift retailer” — is each soothing and galvanizing. “I adore it a lot that it impressed a weaving I made,” she says of the image that features colors of peach, navy and gold. “It’s eye sweet to me.”

After years of gathering, Jerant has scaled again to maintain solely issues “I actually, actually love.

“There’s one thing satisfying … about giving one thing a brand new life.”


Carola Vyhnak is a Cobourg-based author masking private finance, house and real-estate tales. She is a contributor for the Star. Attain her through e-mail: cvyhnak@gmail.com

The numbers

Buy worth in 2003 $200,000

Reno value underneath $200,000

Dimension 1,800 sq. ft of dwelling area

Bedrooms 4 + 1

Loos 3


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