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At Home: Our City Apartment
At Home: Our City Apartment

Photographed by Cameron St. Photography

You may remember about a year ago we bought a second property, a petite penthouse apartment in The Thompson Hotel & Residences. Back in Hamilton, we have a character filled century home, so it was quite the challenge to make this modern abode feel like home. With an open floor plan, raw concrete ceilings and a pared back aesthetic, I channeled my inner minimalist when it came to designing it. But I also decided to infuse a bit of warmth and texture to create a cozy, contemporary space. 

At Home: Our City Apartment
At Home: Our City Apartment

Over the next few weeks I'll be sharing the different spaces in our city apartment, to show you how I styled each room, the furniture I bought, and how to best maximize small square footage when it comes to city living.

Which really just stems from me refusing to compromise on having a king size bed, a studio space, and dining room all in 650 square feet!

At Home: Our City Apartment

Many, many thanks to Courtney, the talented gal behind Cameron St. Photography who photographed our space for this post! After seeing her work for Wieske Design, Ambitious Realty and some of my favourite Hamilton spots, I knew she would perfectly capture our space. And we had so much fun collaborating. She even snuck in a photo of Phoenix posing all pretty.

At Home: Our City Apartment

Check back next week for the first part of this series, featuring our bedroom. You can see where it all began here!

Local Strawberry, Basil and Gin Cocktail
Local Strawberry, Basil and Gin Cocktail

Strawberry picking has always been one of my favourite activities to do at the beginning of each summer; there's something so sweet and sincere about heading out into a field on a scorching hot day to pick fresh strawberries, and of course, devouring a few pints in the process. I ventured out to Josmar Acres in Lynden this past weekend and I couldn't resist creating a refreshing cocktail with my gorgeous little bounty.


  • 4-5 strawberries
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup (equal parts sugar and hot water)
  • 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1.5 oz gin (we used Tanqueray, but choose your preference)
  • 2-3 fresh basil leaves
  • soda
  • ice cubes

1.  Slice strawberries and place in bottom of cocktail shaker.
2. Add simple syrup and lemon juice to shaker and muddle all together.
3. Add gin and top with ice. Shake until chilled.
4. Gently muddle basil leaves in a rocks glass. (Gently muddling will release the natural oils without bruising the basil.)
5. Fill rocks glass with ice and double strain cocktail into glass. (Use a cocktail strainer and a fine mesh strainer.)
6. Top with soda. Finish by garnishing with more basil and half a strawberry. Enjoy!


WORDS and photography BY HEATHER PEAT