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How Kijiji Finds and Unconventional Art Elevated a Toronto Rental to the Next Level

Elaine Gaito

likes when things are just a little off. As an art school grad and card-carrying member of Toronto’s art community, she admires quirky interior design choices that make you stop and think. When Elaine and her partner, Mike, who manages the Canadian band Sloan, went shopping for a rental house to share with Mike’s kids, 14-year-old Ana and 10-year-old Rex, they wanted a space big enough to suit their needs, but they didn’t want to sacrifice square footage for character. They fell for a house at Bloor and Dovercourt that had been a university crash pad for years. Elaine and Mike weren’t crazy about the steely blue walls or the honey oak kitchen cabinets, but they saw the place’s potential. With Elaine’s artful eye and Mike’s handyman skills, they revitalized the space into a warm abode perfect for spinning records and curling up with a good book.



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