Anna | Lived Spaces | Habitat Series | Montréal, QC

I met Anna a little over year ago but it's one of those friendships where you feel like you've known the other person for ages. One of the keys to our hearts is food- talking about it, cooking it, perusing food blogs for new recipes, discovering new restaurants and cafes and of course, eating it. Anna moved to Montréal last summer and I couldn't resist being a bit biased while helping her apartment hunt. It sort of went something like this... "move to my neighbourhood! There's a grocery store around the corner with the best and cheapest cheese selection you've ever seen!" And well, she did! I'm looking forward to more food-inspired gatherings in this cozy space. 

ps. How magical is the light on the wall?

Habitat Series #3

City: Montréal
Neighbourhood: Mile End

Who: Anna Côté
People who you share(d) this space with: It’s a space built for one, but I love to share it with visiting friends and family. And an occasional canine visitor.

In three words how would you describe the design, atmosphere/mood of your space?
Cozy, antique, open

What is your favourite room? Why?
My office nook. It’s perfect for distracting me from my work and keeping my plants happy in the big windows.

What is the best decorating "find"/DIY in your space?
The old street sign from the street where I grew up.

Most treasured item(s) in your space?
The globe of the world that my mother ordered from National Geographic decades ago; the old sketch of a French fisherman found at a yard sale; and the hand-me-down kitchen table that’s the location of a lot of great meals and conversations.

What elements are essential to you in creating a space that feels like home?
A space where others want to come hang out. And having lots of tea on hand.

What is your best memory from this space?
Any time spent on my back balcony in the late summer.

Weekends are for...
Big breakfasts, books, parks, long dinners with wine and friends, dancing.

Your favourite Montréal coffee spot is...
Sardine. They make my favourite “why bother” cappuccino: decaf + soy milk.

The best thing about the neighbourhood you live in is...
Besides its renown for its proximity to PA, I love the access to Mont Royal for running.

A perfect day in Montréal goes like...
Sleeping in, going to a yoga class, brunch at Arts Café, spending a few hours picking up groceries at Jean Talon then cooking a big dinner for a group at my house.

If you could travel anywhere next, where would it be...
Trekking in Bolivia or a food and tea adventure in Japan.


Lauren Kolyn is a lifestyle photographer based in Toronto, Canada.

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