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California Meets Sweden in This 1950s Hamilton Bungalow

Freelance graphic designer Rachelle Letain and her fiance, general contractor Mat Sewerynek, were renting a condo in Toronto’s Queen West in 2015 when they decided to start house shopping. They set a budget of $450,000, before they quickly realized they couldn’t afford a home anywhere near their favourite west-end spots. On a friend’s recommendation, they checked out Hamilton. They immediately fell in love with Locke Street, a trendy area dotted with antique shops and cute restaurants, and bought a two-bedroom bungalow for nearly $100,000 under budget. With an eye for Scandinavian minimalism and midcentury Californian design, the couple updated the 1950s house into a place of their own.

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