Inside Her Modern Vintage Home With Maurice The Frenchie
By The Get Leashed Doggy Style Team
Dreamy whites, vibrant greenery, and gorgeous shades of tan; including the dog. When it comes to her home and fashion, Allison Yeaton has an eye for detail and an oh-so-cool sense of style that makes you want to settle in and stay awhile. This is especially true when greeted by her statuesque (at 35 pounds!) French bulldog, appropriately named Maurice; talk about a welcome! We caught up with Allie in her East end Toronto home to see how she pulls it all together.
Please tell us about yourself, your profession, and what a typical work day is like.
I am originally from Nova Scotia and have lived in the East end of Toronto for the past 7 years. My husband, Mike, and I love it on this side of the city; it really has a small town vibe and all the green space at Withrow and Riverdale Parks is great for Maurice. Mike and I both work in the hospitality industry so we do not have typical work days and often work weird hours compared to most. My typical work day starts when most people are heading home for the day around 5 pm. I feel lucky that my job allows for most afternoons off to enjoy the sun, grab a yoga class and walk Maurice; he really is spoiled in that we don’t have much time apart most days.
Please tell us a bit about your dog. How did he come into your life? Is there a story behind the name or particular breed?
Maurice is a five year-old French bulldog that we got as a 12 week-old little nugget. I have always loved the look of French bulldogs and would fawn over them on the street whenever I would pass one. I was very specific on the color and name I wanted and so it was only a matter of time until he came into our lives. I was searching the web and researching breeders when a site popped up on my screen with the name and pictures describing Maurice (the breeder had named him Chickpea at the time) and I knew he was the one. We went and picked him up that week and it was love at first sight. We got Maurice from a wonderful in home breeder called Double Barrel Kennels. We would highly recommend them if anyone is looking for a French bulldog.
How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style is inspired by street style and pop culture. I often mix vintage with new and love mixing colors and prints. I am obsessed with accessories and believe that you can wear a $5 t-shirt with a great bag or shoes and elevate the entire look. My style spirit guide is Leandra Medine of Man Repeller; whenever I feel uninspired I know that endless ideas are just a click away.
How would you describe the look and feel of your home?
Our home is a mixture of vintage and modern; our goal was to make a space that was comfortable, functional and nice to look at. Too much vintage starts to look dated and too much modern can feel cold, so it was a fine balance of both with a heavy dose of potted and hanging plants to finish off the look.
What does your ideal weekend look like?
My ideal weekend happens at home with Mike and Maurice. We go for a morning walk to one of our local coffee shops and head to a park to sit and hang out. We have a nice lunch on our patio, watch a movie and then maybe head out for dinner and a cocktail. Because we put so much time and effort into our home we really love spending time here, and make it a priority when we do have rare weekends off together to spend as much time here as possible.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by art, travel and fashion. I would love to go to as many different countries and places as possible in my lifetime and hopefully soak up what each place has to offer as much as I can. I love learning about how other people live and I am inspired by the thought of places and people I have yet to meet and see.