home tour with local filmmaker

Sometimes I come across spaces that are so spectacular and so realized that they blow my mind. Rob Pilichowski’s home, in a converted car repair shop in my neighbourhood, is one of those places. When I saw his place I knew I had to share it with a wider audience than just here on my blog. I contacted Toronto Life magazine and they agreed that it would make a perfect story for one of their Great Spaces pieces. The full article is available on newsstands now but I thought I would share with you a few photographs of the space today.

About three years ago, Rob, a documentary filmmaker who also dabbles in interior design (he’s currently working on a restaurant in Brooklyn) and his father started stripping this four storey loft of all its generic and commonplace features. Out went the pre-fab kitchens and bathrooms (there are four) and in its place went fixtures and furnishing that are full of character and history. There’s a definitely a cinematic quality to his loft.

Inspired by the work of Lindsey Adelman, Pilichowski and his father made three of these asymmetrical light fixtures for the loft with the help of glass blower David Thai.

Throughout Rob’s loft are family photographs and artifacts of his family’s life in Poland before they moved to Canada. He has a collector’s eye. Walking into his loft is like opening the door to a large cabinet of curiosities.

All of the walnut furniture in Rob’s bedroom was made by his father Roman. Rob says, “he’s old school and could build an entire house from scratch.”

While I was visiting Rob he told me that he actually has big renovation plans for the loft including moving the kitchen to the second floor and possibly adding an all glass extension to the roof. We’ll definitely have to go back for another visit then.



Image credits:
1, 4 and 6 – Michael Graydon
2,3,5 and 7 – Rob Pilichowski
Filed under hello! neighbor, in the press


  1. Posted April 26, 2012 at 10:36 AM | Permalink

    Fantastic space! You were right to want to share with more people!

  2. Posted April 26, 2012 at 11:03 AM | Permalink

    I love the creativity and out of the box thinking , that anything can have potential. Awesome space.

  3. Andrea
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 11:15 AM | Permalink

    I am imagining ripping my own house apart and starting all over again thanks to these images. I love this space much more than I thought I would when I started reading the article.

  4. Posted April 26, 2012 at 11:57 AM | Permalink

    So many unique elements! I esp. liked the bedroom design w/gray, dark blue, and wood tones! NICE!!!

  5. Posted April 26, 2012 at 12:15 PM | Permalink

    Loving this space and especially the furniture!

  6. Kristen S
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 5:01 PM | Permalink

    Well no you’ve done it. I am going to have to go repaint my house 3 shades darker after seeing this.
    It’s great!

  7. Posted April 27, 2012 at 5:26 PM | Permalink

    Hello Emma!
    This space is amazing and has such charisma & edge.
    I die over that two-coloured brick wall (staircase), and just love the lamps – like DNA structures. Just fab!

    It is wonderful to enter genuine spaces like these where heart, soul, and hard work come together.

    Thank you for sharing. I look forward to an update in the future.

    x Charlotta

  8. PhillyLass
    Posted April 28, 2012 at 9:27 AM | Permalink

    Everything about this space is amazing. Just perfect.

  9. Posted May 2, 2012 at 9:07 PM | Permalink

    Whoa. This space is fantastic. Would love to see it in person.

  10. Erick
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 11:46 PM | Permalink

    What brand is the bedding? I need that blue plaid comforter.

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