screen time design: 18 to life

CBC‘s relatively new comedy, 18 to Life ,has me looking forward to Mondays. What kind of design-fiend wouldn’t be into a show that uses “hanging pictures” as a euphemism for sex? 

Shot in Montreal, the show is about two neighbours/childhood sweethearts who marry each other on a dare. The 18-year-old newlyweds live in Tom’s (Michael Seater) parent’s attic. Jessie (Stacey Farber) plays a design student who has a knack for making the mismatched flow seamlessly in their open space, and like me, is drawn to bright colours. Join me on a mini-tour of their spot. 


In the latest episode, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, their bright kitchen was in the spotlight. And for good reason. Turquoise cupboards, with chalkboard painted faces, are the backbone of their kitchen. Open shelves display an eclectic collection of dishes. A rounded countertop bar allows generous room for more colourful knick-knacks and industrial stools. 






Want the look? Start here: 1) These adjustable industrial stools from Crate and Barrel, 2) these glasses from Ikea, 3)these coffee cups and saucers from Ikea, 4) A personalized apron from, and 5) one of these blue paints from Pantone 



This is where the magic happens. Even dressed as a cheerleader in the episode Hanging Pictures, Jessie can’t distract from the pretty floral quilt, key lime wooden headboard and stenciled drawers that make for a very cozy bedroom. 



Want the look? Start here: 1) This patchwork quilt from Urban Outfitters is more funky than floral, 2) These curtains from Ikea are only $6.99 for two panels (!), 3) These drawers from Ikea are ready to be stenciled, 4) This mirror from Urban Outfitters is flowery and bright blue, and 5) one of these green paints from Pantone for the headboard 



This area may have limited seating, storage, and a TV with bunny ears, but there is ample tabletop space. The fun artwork and pillows keep the space comfy, and create a perfect alternative to the garage for Jessie’s dad, Phil (Alain Goulem), to sleep in during the episode Phil’er Up




Want the look? Start here: 1) This mid-century inspired rocker from Urban Outfitters, 2) This accordian side table from Urban Outfitters, 3) These simple and colourful flower silhouettes from nevedobson at, 4) This purple cushion from Ikea, 5) These globes from Crate and Barrel can be displayed together to replace the traditional (and pricier) rotating globe. 

Even if you aren’t 18, or don’t call an attic home, you should start looking forward to Mondays too. Trust me, 18 to Life makes them a little bit better.

Watch 18 to Life on CBC Monday at 8 p.m.

Images of the show are stills taken from Episode 7 – Hanging Pictures, Episode 8 – Phil’er Up and Episode 10 – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner all on


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