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When people find out I’m the editor-in-chief of Style at Home, their response is almost invariably, “I love the High or Low column – it’s such a great guessing game!” The statement is also usually followed by a tally of how often they get it right. Whether readers challenge themselves or compete with friends to guess which of the almost-identical rooms is (sometimes) thousands of dollars more expensive than the other, it’s a testament to the column’s enduring popularity. Can you believe we’ve produced High or Low more than 100 times? A monthly mainstay since it was first introduced in 1997, it’s seen the creative genius of talented designers like Andrea McCrindle, Margot Austin, Jessica Waks, Madeleine Wong, Ann Marie Favot, Morgan Lindsay, Samantha Pynn, Stacy Begg and Christine Hanlon, among many others. And, trust me, devising two rooms with up to 15 elements that match visually but boast steep price variations is not an easy task. When I took the helm of Style at Home in 2010, the column was just two pages, with the High clearly indicated on one side and Low given away on the other. But where’s the fun in that? That’s why we turned the column into a guessing game and added more pages to explain price differences – to celebrate the fact that great style isn’t always contingent on cost. In fact, many of the most talented designers we feature employ a mix of saves and splurges in their interiors. Take the living room on the cover of this issue, for instance (see “Forever Young,” page 78): The space features an incredible mix of iconic investment pieces and smart big-box-store finds. So, naturally, we created a “Get the Cover Look” (opposite) and made it into – your favourite! – a game. Can you guess which products are high and which are low?

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BARELY BLUSH 98RR 80/078, CIL Paint, cil.ca.

Beauti-Tone NOVEMBER STORMS D37-1-0543-3, Home Hardware, homehardware.ca.

Behr PLANETARY SILVER N460-2, The Home Depot, homedepot.ca.

In edgy black and white, the oversized floral wallpaper in this powder room by Margie Doyle White is anything but dated. With other complementary neutral elements and just a hint of pink, the space reads as chic and current.

monochrome magic PHOTOGRAPHY, STACEY VAN BERKEL; DESIGN, DOYLE DESIGN GROUP, 416-317-6344

WEVET 273, Farrow & Ball, farrow-ball.com.

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Polished aluminum and wool Helsinki SPEAKER with leather carrying strap in Misty Blue, $579, Vifa, vifa.dk.

WELL SPOKEN

Modern Scandinavia’s answer to the ’90s boom box, THIS PORTABLE BLUETOOTH-ENABLED SPEAKER BOASTS FUNCTIONALITY WITHOUT BULK. And it’s got shout-it-from-the-rooftops style, featuring the region’s finest materials, including fabric by Kvadrat and leather from Tärnsjö Garveri.

STUCK ON YOU SOLD IN AN EASY-TO-APPLY REUSABLE TILE FORMAT, THESE NATURE-INSPIRED WALLPAPERS WILL STICK AROUND FOR JUST AS LONG AS YOU LIKE.

Polyester Daydream in Blue, Nana in Pink and Aja in Teal WALLPAPER TILES, 24" x 32", $58 US per set of 2 each, Hygge & West, hyggeandwest.com.

DANCING LIGHT Calling to mind a ballerina’s tutu, this playful steel-rod pendant light sends our heads atwirl with whimsical decorating ideas. Dainolite steel wire Chime PENDANT LIGHT in White, 29", $900, Universal Lamp, greatlighting.com.

PRETTY IN PINK BLUSH – WHICH RECENTLY ESTABLISHED ITSELF AS THE NEUTRAL DU JOUR – IS GETTING ROSIER, AND WE’RE NOT COMPLAINING. THE SOFT TONE IS ESPECIALLY FETCHING ON THIS SLEEK SOFA.

Travertine COFFEE TABLE in Sand, $3,750, stone inlay TRAY, $375, alabaster ACCESSORIES, from $150, WilliamsSonoma, williamssonoma.com.

SET ON STONE MARBLE IS HERE TO STAY, BUT IT’S NOW SHARING Polyester velvet Aubrey SOFA in Velvet Blush with ash base, $2,450, Gus Modern, gusmodern.com.

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2017 COLOUR TRENDS INSPIRATION

INSPIRATION Call it forest or hunter, this green packs a punch.

PAINTS

green

purple

A saturated purple makes a bewitching backdrop.

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SHADOW 2117-30, Benjamin Moore, benjaminmoore.ca.

Behr BALANCED T17-07, The Home Depot, homedepot.ca.

STARRY SKY 70BB 21/147, Dulux Paints, dulux.ca.

CASCADES SW 7623, SherwinWilliams, sherwin-williams.com.

Premier Infinity LILAC FEATHER PR16T38, Canadian Tire, canadiantire.ca.

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Avec SOFA with Banks polyester velvet fabric in Emerald and brass-finished steel legs, $2,299, CB2, cb2.com.

Small frosted glass Sansa TRAY, $145, Elte, elte.com.

Porta Romana forged steel and glass Salvatore SIDE TABLE in French Brass with Purple shelves, $6,935, South Hill Home, southhillhome.com.

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STUDIO GREEN 93, Farrow & Ball, farrow-ball.com.

Maple Greenport NIGHTSTAND in Forest Green, $1,499, Ethan Allen, ethanallen.ca.


This year’s top hues are deep and sultry. An enchanting purple, a lush green, a smooth caramel and a lavish navy: These fantastic four possess a cocooning quality, whether you opt to paint a whole room or accent it with a piece of furniture or an accessory.

INSPIRATION

INSPIRATION A perfectly inky blue is sure to bring the drama.

PAINTS

navy

caramel

This soothing tan is a balm for sore eyes.

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Behr MIDNIGHT SHOW T17-17, The Home Depot, homedepot.ca.

Premier Infinity CARAMEL GELATO PR16P13, Canadian Tire, canadiantire.ca.

ANCHORS AWEIGH SW 9179, Sherwin-Williams, sherwin-williams.com.

BEECHWOOD 6192-53, Sico Paint, sico.ca.

GRANDFATHER CLOCK BROWN 2096-30, Benjamin Moore, benjaminmoore.ca.

CHINESE PORCELAIN PPG1160-6, PPG Paints, ppgvoiceofcolor.com.

PRODUCTS

PRODUCTS Hand-glazed porcelain Hue SERVING BOWLS in Navy, $30 each, Crate and Barrel, crateandbarrel.com.

Muuto wooden Cover CHAIR with wool blend seat in Tan, $888, Urban Mode, urbanmode.com.

Leather Fringe TOSS CUSHION with down-alternative insert in Saddle, $199, CB2, cb2.com.

Elliot lacquered MDF BAR CABINET in Blue with walnut-veneered interior, $1,599, Mobilia, mobilia.ca.

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FOOD NEWS

kitchen cravings Presenting the latest and greatest kitchen must-haves, from of-the-moment ingredients to gadgets we’re drooling over. PRODUCER SARA CATION

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SECRET SMOOTHIES Your morning boost now comes without the risk of waking up your household thanks to Hamilton Beach’s new restaurant-quality blender, which features an enclosure to help mute its powerful motor. Professional 1,500-watt Peak Power Quiet BLENDER, $199, Hamilton Beach, hamiltonbeach.ca.

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TAKE STOCK Bone broths, vegetable stocks and hearty stews are among winter’s greatest comfort foods, and we’ll be cooking ours in this sculptural stovetop piece. With its new locking lid and helper handle, the pot is as functional as it is stunning. Stainless steel Pouring STOCKPOT, $480, All-Clad, all-clad.ca.

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Made by aging common garlic cloves, black garlic is a trendy jellylike ingredient top chefs and restaurateurs are using to infuse dishes with an earthy-sweet caramelized flavour. Try spreading it over pizza dough, adding it to dips or stirring it into creamy pasta dishes. PC Black Label BLACK GARLIC, $10, Loblaws, Real Canadian Superstore, superstore.ca.

YOUR NEW DAILY GRIND Figuratively spice up your tablescape while literally spicing up your supper. Canadian pepper peddlers Nigel and Louise Biggar have not only sourced some of the world’s finest pepper from Kampot, Cambodia – they’ve designed the world’s most gorgeous grinders, too. Rubberized plastic and ceramic PEPPER MILLS with peppercorns, $100 per 2-piece set, Drøm Pepper, drompepper.com.

THERMOS. STAT! If Indiana Jones were to carry a thermos on his archaeological expeditions, it would be one of these. With their masculine oldworld appeal, these handstitched leather stunners could make any academic look more adventuresome, whether he or she is studying in an artifactfilled office or outrunning a giant boulder with a matching whip in hand.

IMPRESS GUESTS FOR LESS

Leather-bound THERMOS in Brown, from $120 US, Jayson Home, jaysonhome.com.

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MIX MASTER Who needs bartending school when you can buy glasses that measure everything for you? Each highball here features four recipes – simply pour your ingredients to the indicated lines, serve and sip! Tall Bartending GLASSES, $31 per 4-piece set, Kikkerland, kikkerland.com.

This set comes with 16 cocktail recipes so easy to follow that your fifth drink will be just as well made as your first!

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OH-EM-GHEE! This is not your average butter – it’s better! Ghee (a.k.a. clarified butter) is nutrient-rich, lactose-free and perfect for everything, from making stir-fries to topping popcorn. The latest from Lee’s Provisions, Za’atar Star is an easy favourite, flavoured with sumac, wild thyme, oregano and sea salt.

THE GOOD KIND OF FAT Among our top indulgences is dipping a bite of freshly baked baguette into an exceptional extra-virgin olive oil – no balsamic needed. This one, from the former chef of a Michelin-starred restaurant in Valence, France, fits our foodie bill. And the country-style Provence bottle (which maintains temperature and flavour) boasts a graphic modern label that satisfies the style lovers in us.

Za’atar Star GHEE, 200 g, $22, Lee’s Provisions, leesprovisions.com.

PROSECCO, $17, Ruffino, ruffino.com.

Did you know? The fizziness level is up to you! Spumante is the bubbliest Prosecco, while frizzante is the most mild.

Nicolas Vahé extra-virgin OLIVE OIL, 500 ml, $35, Drake General Store, drakegeneralstore.ca.

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COFFEE & COLOUR

From renowned Italian coffee roasting company Illy comes a fresh limited-edition espresso machine. Complete with the standard features like a steam wand for frothing milk and easy auto descaling, this covetable machine is offered in a new range of colours that echo a stunning sunrise – a perfect pairing for your morning cuppa. X7.1 iperEspresso Sunrise ESPRESSO MACHINE in Pink, $329, Illy, illy.com.

CAUGHT BY THE FIZZ We don’t like bursting bubbles; we prefer sipping them...lots of them! That’s why Prosecco – like this ultra-affordable bright and citrusy Ruffino – is always on our party shopping list. It’s a luxe-forless celebration staple that tastes great and tickles the throat. STYLEATHOME.COM JANUARY 2017

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DESSERTS OF THE MONTH

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upper crusts There’s nothing wrong with borrowing from the old while ushering in the new year, especially when it’s these luscious pastry recipes from the Style at Home archives that we return to again and again.

RECIPE & FOOD STYLING TANYA ENG

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Make your new year’s resolution simple.

Chicken & Vegetable Stir Fry

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A DECADENT TAKE ON A

Maple Butter Tart PIE

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Canadian classic


Apple Cranberry Crisp | 11 g of fibre

Chicken Parmesan | 5 g of fibre

Good things come from

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MINI PEACH PIES With Bourbon Cream

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Centring tea with natural ingredients.

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Cooling tea with natural ingredients.

Vigour

Kapha

Uplifting tea with natural ingredients.

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1 ½ 1 1½ ½ 2 1 3

box (397 g) puff pastry cup melted dark chocolate egg yolk, whisked cups mascarpone cheese cup soft cream cheese tbsp granulated sugar tsp freshly grated orange zest oranges (blood, navel and clementine), peeled and thinly sliced crosswise ½ cup toasted sliced almonds ⅓ cup pure maple syrup

DIRECTIONS ON A FLOURED SURFACE, roll out the pastry into two 9" x 13" sheets that are each 1/8" thick. Trim each to form a rectangle and discard the excess. Place 1 pastry sheet on a baking sheet and prick all over using a fork; set aside. Cut the second pastry sheet lengthwise into 3 even strips; spread the melted chocolate evenly over 2 of the strips. Place one chocolate strip on top of the other and top with the third clean strip. Slice lengthwise into 8 long strips. Carefully twist 2 strips together to form a spiral shape. Repeat with the remaining 6 strips to make 4 twists in total. BRUSH THE OUTSIDE EDGES of the reserved pastry sheet with some of the egg yolk. Carefully lay the twists on the outside edges of the pastry while pressing gently to adhere. Place the tart in the fridge to firm up for 10 to 15 minutes. IN A BOWL, whisk together the mascarpone, cream cheese, sugar and orange zest. Spread the mixture evenly over the pastry. Arrange the orange slices neatly overtop. Brush the chocolate twist edges with the remaining egg yolk. PREHEAT THE OVEN TO 400°F. Bake the tart on the centre rack for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. SERVE THE TART sprinkled with the toasted almonds and drizzle with maple syrup.

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maple butter tart pie

citrus mascarpone tart

tip THIS TART IS EASY TO MODIFY. TRY TOPPING IT WITH TOASTED HAZELNUTS INSTEAD OF ALMONDS, OR HONEY INSTEAD OF MAPLE SYRUP.

INGREDIENTS SERVES 8 TO 10

2⅓ 1 1 ½ ½ 4 2 1½ ½ ½ 2

cups all-purpose flour tbsp granulated sugar tsp salt cup cold unsalted butter, cubed cup lard or shortening eggs, divided tbsp ice cold water cups pure maple syrup cup light brown sugar cup unsalted butter, melted tsp white vinegar

tip WHICH SIDE DO YOU TAKE IN THE RAISIN DEBATE? IF YOU’RE IN FAVOUR, GO AHEAD AND ADD ½ CUP RAISINS TO THE FILLING BEFORE BAKING.

DIRECTIONS IN A FOOD PROCESSOR, pulse the flour, sugar and salt. Add the butter and lard, and pulse to a fine crumble. Add 1 egg and the water. Process the mixture to a loose, crumbly meal. Work the pastry into a 1"-thick round disc, wrap tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. ON A LIGHTLY FLOURED SURFACE, roll the pastry into a ¼"-thick, 12"-round disc. Roll the pastry around a rolling pin and unroll over a 9½" springform pan. Work the pastry into the bottom and up the sides of the pan, forming a loose, wavy crust. Chill for 10 minutes. TO BLIND BAKE THE PASTRY SHELL, line the pastry with parchment paper and cover the bottom with pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 15 minutes in an oven preheated to 350ºF; remove the parchment paper and pie weights. TO MAKE THE FILLING, whisk together the maple syrup, brown sugar, melted butter, remaining eggs and vinegar in a bowl. Pour the mixture into the baked shell and place the pie on a baking sheet. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour on the centre rack of the preheated oven. The pie is done when the top is golden brown but the centre is still wobbly. Let cool before serving.


mini peach pies

INGREDIENTS MAKES 6 MINI PIES

FOR PIES 1 cup unsalted butter 2 cups + 1½ tbsp all-purpose flour ¾ cup + 2 tbsp lightly packed brown sugar ½ tsp sea salt, divided 4 cups sliced peaches 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary 1 egg, whisked Coarse sugar for sprinkling

tip IF FRESH PEACHES AREN’T AVAILABLE, USE FROZEN ONES. BE SURE TO THAW AND DRAIN WELL BEFORE DRESSING THEM.

FOR BOURBON CREAM 1 cup 35% whipping cream 2 tbsp brown sugar ½ vanilla bean, seeds scraped out and reserved 1 tbsp bourbon

DIRECTIONS IN A FOOD PROCESSOR, pulse the butter, 2 cups flour, 2 tablespoons brown sugar and ¼ teaspoon sea salt until coarsely crumbled. Add ¼ cup of ice-cold water while pulsing for 5 seconds. Scrape the mixture onto a lightly floured board and knead to form a ball. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes. ROLL OUT THE PASTRY into a ¼"-thick sheet. Using a round cookie cutter, cut out six 6" circles. With a paring knife, make ½" diagonal cuts around the edges of the circles. IN A BOWL, combine 1½ tablespoons flour, ¾ cup brown sugar, ¼ teaspoon sea salt, the peaches, lemon juice and rosemary. Divide the filling evenly among the pastry rounds. Working with 2 adjacent cut sections at a time, pull 1 into the centre and the other across it; repeat with the remaining strips to form a crown shape around the filling. Press the outer edge of the circle down to seal in the juices during baking. BRUSH THE PASTRY WITH THE EGG and sprinkle generously with the coarse sugar. Bake in a preheated oven at 375°F for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown. MEANWHILE, WHISK TOGETHER the whipping cream, brown sugar, vanilla bean seeds and bourbon until lightly thickened but not fully whipped; serve with the warm pies.


INSIDE DESIGN

Founder of DwellStudio, author of Undecorate, former executive creative director of Wayfair and inimitable designer extraordinaire, Canadian Christiane Lemieux tells us all about the latest trends, her signature style and the highlights of putting together her brand new decorating tome. PRODUCER SARA CATION

christiane lemieux TREND 1:

The Finer Things by Christiane Lemieux (Clarkson Potter, $79).

PHOTOGRAPHY, ANDREW SOUTHAM (PORTRAIT), SCOTT FRANCES/OTTO; ONE KINGS LANE; DESIGN, STEVEN HARRIS ARCHITECTS/REES ROBERTS + PARTNERS (ÜBER-MINIMALISM)

überminimalism


stark & striking Of the trends designer Christiane Lemieux thinks we’ll see in 2017, über-minimalism appeals to her the most. “My personal style is minimalist luxe,” says Christiane. “I like clean lines and high-quality materials. My rugs are solid, but made of silk. My upholstery is in varying shades of taupe, but I’ve used beautiful linens. All day long I look at, write about and design stuff, so I want my home to be a respite from that world.”

editor's pick

TREND WATCH: 2017 “There are two major trends I’m drawn to for 2017,” says Christiane. “One is this über-minimalism coming from Parisian designers like Pierre Yovanovitch and Joseph Dirand. The other is the exact opposite: pattern, saturated colour and statement chandeliers. Dimore Studio in Italy is doing lots of that, with plenty of Gio Ponti references. Both trends are at opposite ends of the spectrum, but they’re equally impacting interior design right now.”

Hey, now - that’s editor-inchief Erin McLaughlin’s kitchen (featured in our February 2012 issue). “It’s a beautiful example of engineered-wood flooring,” says Christiane. “It’s warm, but it also picks up on the cool marble herringbone backsplash.”

TREND 2:

luscious luxe

sexy & saturated Dark, sultry and striking, Christiane’s office is a departure from the muted, minimalist style she lives with, but it’s an excellent example of the luscious luxe trend she sees emerging.

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salon style IT MAY NOW BE MORE COMMONLY CALLED A GALLERY WALL, BUT IN THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY, A CASUAL COLLECTION OF ARTWORK HUNG ON ONE WALL WAS KNOWN AS A SALON WALL. EITHER WAY, IT’S ALWAYS BEEN A CONVERSATION STARTER.

De Gournay’s whimsical Chinoiserie collection wallpapers, such as the Jardinieres Citrus Trees shown here, are said to have been inspired by the 18th-century Chinese wallpaper in Pauline de Rothschild’s bedroom.

THE FINER THINGS When we asked Christiane what inspired her latest book, The Finer Things, her answer was simple, but the work she put into it was not. “I wanted to explore quality – what makes something good and beautiful – so I started talking to experts, people who’ve put 10,000 hours into their craft, such as professional wallpaper hangers. It was so fascinating that I went down all these rabbit holes of investigation,” she says. “It started as a coffee table book, but eventually my editor said, ‘Let’s just make this an encyclopedia!’”

into the archives “Writing this book was one thing, but finding the right images was the real adventure!” says Christiane. “Condé Nast gave me access to their archives, and I sat by myself, with gloves on, going through all of these old dustcovered magazines. I saw, for example, Truman Capote’s Hamptons, N.Y., house, with its cobalt blue floor. But my favourite image is of writer and fashion designer Pauline de Rothschild peeking into her Parisian bedroom, shot by the iconic Horst P. Horst [from Vogue’s April 1969 issue].”

PHOTOGRAPHY, MARC AND SUNNA VON PRAGG, HORST P. HORST/VOGUE/OTTO/CONDÉ NAST, ROGER DAVIES/ ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST, ANDREW SOUTHAM(3); DESIGN, KELLY WEARSTLER (SALON WALL)

INSIDE DESIGN


DID YOU KNOW?

THEN & NOW

The years of tireless research Christiane did for The Finer Things were all the more worthwhile when she made discoveries like this: “The mother of the modern salon wall was Gertrude Stein, a writer! She had a salon in her house in Paris, which was visited by the likes of Picasso and Cézanne, who would thank her for hosting by giving her their works, which she displayed on a wall,” says Christiane. “We think of the salon wall as a decorating trick, but it’s really a moment in history.”

1999 The former fashion designer (who got her start working for Isaac Mizrahi) turned housewares creator started her own decor company, DwellStudio. The fabric at left shows one of the firm’s most popular prints. DwellStudio Vintage Blossom FABRIC in Citrine, Wayfair.ca.

2016 In fall 2016, Christiane co-founded her latest venture, a bespoke home furnishings brand called Cloth & Company (which sells its handmade-inAmerica pieces through websites like Wayfair.ca and One Kings Lane).

have a seat! The covetable Carson accent chair covered in one of Cloth & Company’s many fresh contemporary prints!

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We designed a moody true-to-trends sitting room on both a high tea and a cup of joe budget. Can you tell the difference? PRODUCERS CHRISTINE HANLON & MORGAN LINDSAY TEXT MARY LEVITSKI PHOTOGRAPHY MICHAEL NANGREAVES


HIGH OR LOW

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HIGH $

3

25,124

2 4

$258

$695

6 Cotton-backed leather Loki Blush LUMBAR CUSHIONS with down-alternative inserts, 12" x 18", $129 each, CB2, cb2.com.

1 Faux polyester silk fiddle-leaf fig TREE, Elte, elte.com.

$2,545

$3,899

5

2 Aged brass 12-light Bari CHANDELIER, Elte, elte.com.

$560

7 Cynthia Rowley onyx and gold-leafed metal Jade COFFEE TABLE, Art Shoppe, theartshoppe.com.

6

10

$8,505

3 Menswear Resource grasscloth Sachon Basket WALLPAPER in Navy, $280 per single roll, through designers, Thibaut at Kravet Canada, thibautdesign.com.

8 Hand-knotted wool and bamboo silk Gob RUG in Blue & Grey, 9' x 12', Elte, elte.com.

7

$2,745

$1,998

9 Polyester velvet and gold-

4 Silver-leafed iron Douglas ÉTAGÈRE with glass shelves, Art Shoppe, theartshoppe.com.

painted stainless steel Alto ARMCHAIR, Elte, elte.com.

9

$2,999

$920

8

5 Polyfoam- and down-filled waxed top-grain leather Diego SOFA in Ox Tan, Urban Barn, urbanbarn.com.

10 Glass-topped gold-leafed metal Mitchell SIDE TABLE, Barrymore Furniture, barrymorefurniture.com.

HIGH & LOW Gold-patterned TOSS CUSHIONS, Anthropologie, anthropologie.com; blue TRAY (on coffee table), CB2, cb2.com; large brass BOWL (on étagère), Elte, elte.com; panther-print WALLPAPER (used on books), through designers, Thibaut at Kravet Canada, thibautdesign.com.

LOW $

3 1 2

$295

4

$40

1 Real fiddle-leaf fig TREE, Crown Flora Studio, crownflorastudio.com.

6 Cotton velvet LUMBAR CUSHION COVERS in Light Pink, 12" x 20", $13 each, and feather-filled INSERTS, $7 each, H&M Home, hm.com.

$2,085

$1,895

2 Aged brass and metal 10-light Abrams CHANDELIER, Elte, elte.com.

$358 3 Texture Resource 5 embossed vinyl Chameleon WALLPAPER in Teal, $179 per single roll, through designers, Thibaut at Kravet Canada, thibautdesign.com.

7 Marble and brass Sutton COFFEE TABLE, Elte, elte.com.

5 10 6

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8 Hand-knotted wool Roubaix RUG, 9' x 12', Elte, elte.com.

9 Polyester velvet and brassfinished stainless steel ARMCHAIR, HomeSense, homesense.ca.

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4 Gold-painted stainless steel ÉTAGÈRE, HomeSense, homesense.ca.

5 Polyfoam-filled full-grain Seglora leather Stockholm SOFA in Natural, IKEA, ikea.ca.

14,231

$395 10 Gold-leafed iron and marble hexagonal SIDE TABLE, Universal Lamp, greatlighting.com.

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©2 6 P&G ©20 ©201 P&G

FRAGRANCE with every

touch-activated freshness

DOWNY INFUSIONS


HIGH OR LOW

’s the rub e r e th

high

Polyester velvet and gold-painted stainless steel Alto ARMCHAIR, $2,745, Elte, elte.com.

Certainly the stars of the rooms, the gold-based velvet armchairs are working all the angles. Both boast arresting shapes and undeniable presence, but the High has superior staying power. Upholstery fabric is categorized by its double rub count – a measure of how well it stands up to wear over time – and our High comes in on top with a commercial-grade fabric that’s rated at one hundred thousand double rubs.

low

Polyester velvet and brassfinished stainless steel ARMCHAIR, $500, HomeSense, homesense.ca.

ÉTAGÈRE WARE

TREND ALERT

more is more From decor to fashion, leather on leather is everywhere we look. The lavish layered trend lends itself well to a dramatic aesthetic, and our posh High vignette proved the ideal place to give it a try.

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An étagère grants the opportunity to create an eye-catching display. So arm yourself with books, boxes, vases, bowls and all manner of objets and play around. “For a really striking result, seek pieces with one-of-a-kind shapes,” recommends Style at Home associate design editor Morgan Lindsay, who shares some unique accessories currently on her want list here. Small porcelain Horn SCULPTURE with marble base, $78 US, Jonathan Adler, jonathanadler.com; ceramic Fluted VASE, $35, The Cross Decor & Design, thecrossdesign.com; steel Starburst BOWL with brass details, $229, Crate and Barrel, crateandbarrel.com.


animal instinct Traditional elements are key for tempering those new and now pieces. That’s

SWEET SPOT

Whether you’re looking to splurge or save on a leather sofa, opt for one in a caramel shade. A happy medium between handsome brown and delicate cream, the sumptuous hue promises to satisfy any taste.

HIGH

why we wrapped some of the books on display in this totally timeless animal-print wallpaper. Bridgehampton Panthera WALLPAPER in Navy, $92 per single roll, through designers, Thibaut at Kravet Canada, thibautdesign.com.

$

5,995 US

Foam- and polyfiber-filled top-grain Italian Brompton leather Belgian Track Arm in Chestnut, 108" x 43" x 34", Restoration Hardware, rh.com.

prized palette Blue is not new, but it feels fresh when paired with au courant colours like pale pink and caramel. To ensure the space remains stylish as years pass, we used navy as our base and layered in the other two

Behr Infinite Deep Sea S500-7, The Home Depot, homedepot.ca.

5,999

$ Maple Toffee 6119-73, Sico Paint, sico.ca.

hues with accents, but this trio – in any combination – is a clear winner.

Polyfoam- and down-filled full-grain leather Trevor in Camel, 81" x 35" x 34", Crate and Barrel, crateandbarrel.com.

Gentle Blush 208470, Benjamin Moore, benjaminmoore.ca.

GAME CHANGER

2,999

$

Polyfoam- and down-filled waxed top-grain leather Diego in Ox Tan, 90" x 36" x 28", Urban Barn, urbanbarn.com.

Want to push this dramatic sitting room one step further? Replace the navy wallcovering with a saturated cranberry wallpaper like this laminated raw silk one. “The colour is so hot these days,” says contributing design editor Christine Hanlon, “and it would add an interesting dimension to the space.” Phillip Jeffries laminated raw silk Amalfi Silk WALLPAPER in 4361 Carmine, $279 per yard, through designers, Crown Wallpaper & Fabrics, crownwallpaper.com.

2,199

$ LOW

Polyfoam-filled full-grain Seglora leather Stockholm in Natural, 83" x 35" x 32", IKEA, ikea.ca.


DECORATING 101

Double Vision TEXT BRITTANY DEVENYI

This month, we bring you not one but two covetable dining room looks. In a low-budget makeover, homeowner and contributing design editor Christine Hanlon swapped a soft traditional aesthetic for a bolder one, but both are worth recreating.

1

soft & traditional

Shelf Life

A STATELY HUTCH WITH GLASS DOORS IS THE BEST PLACE TO SHOW OFF PRIZED DISHWARE. TO LEND CONTRAST AND CHARACTER TO HER DISPLAY, CONTRIBUTING DESIGN EDITOR CHRISTINE HANLON TRADED IN SIMPLE WHITE CERAMICS FOR AN OFFBEAT COLLECTION OF SMALLER ITEMS, SUCH AS AN ENAMELWARE JUG AND TINTED STEMWARE.

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PHOTOGRAPHY, STACEY VAN BERKEL (LOOK 1), ROBIN STUBBERT (LOOK 2)

LOOK


LOOK

2

bold & contemporary

Palette Play

WHILE KEEPING MUCH OF THE FURNITURE THE SAME, THE STYLIST TOOK HER DINING ROOM FROM LIGHT AND COZY TO DARK AND DREAMY BY FORGOING HER NEUTRAL PALETTE AND ADDING BOLD HITS OF BLACK, INTRODUCED THROUGH THE CHAIRS AND WALL COLOUR.

Table Talk

SIMPLE ADDITIONS LIKE A STRIPED TABLECLOTH AND TRENDY SERVING PIECES GIVE THE FAUX BAMBOO DINING TABLE A FRESH LOOK. THE STYLISH SETUP ALSO UNDERSCORES THE ROOM’S BLACK AND WHITE PALETTE AND IMPARTS A CASUAL FEEL.

Detailed Eye A SPACE ENVELOPED IN A DARK MOODY HUE RUNS THE RISK OF LOOKING TOO SEVERE. KEEPING THIS IN MIND, CHRISTINE TEMPERED THE NEW, DARING SCHEME WITH WARM RUSTIC ACCENTS, FROM A VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPH SET IN A GOLD FRAME TO HER EXISTING TEXTURED JUTE RUG.


DECORATING 101

UP CLOSE:

We break down the details that bring each room to life.

Pavilion Gray 242 WALL PAINT, Farrow & Ball; DINING TABLE, HUTCH, Vintage Fine Objects; TABLE SPRAY PAINTING, Beresford; DINING CHAIRS, Elte; DRAPERY FABRIC, Designer Fabrics; DRAPERY SEWING, Gail Leger; RUG, PENDANT LIGHT, IKEA; URNS, HomeSense.

VINTAGE PINK MILK BOTTLES DOUBLE AS CHARMING FLOWER VASES AND EMPHASIZE THE SPACE’S FARMHOUSE FEEL.

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LOOK

1

WHILE A HUTCH OFTEN SERVES AS A PLACE TO EXHIBIT STATEMENT ACCESSORIES, THERE’S SOMETHING TO BE SAID FOR PARING BACK THE LOOK WITH UNDERSTATED PIECES. IN THIS CASE, AN ALL-WHITE GROUPING HIGHLIGHTS THE VARIOUS SHAPES AND TEXTURES AT PLAY.

NOT ONE TO BE CONSTRAINED BY THE IDEA OF STICKING TO ONE STYLE, CHRISTINE GAVE HER TRADITIONAL DINING ROOM A MODERN TWIST BY HANGING A DECORATIVE AND AIRY PENDANT LIGHT. THE FIXTURE IS SO VERSATILE THAT IT’S JUST AS STRIKING IN THE UPDATED SPACE.


LOOK

2 Baby Seal Black 2119-30 WALL PAINT, Benjamin Moore; DINING CHAIRS, SHELVING UNIT, black woven BASKETS, IKEA; FABRIC (used as tablecloth), Designer Fabrics.

IN STYLING THE AREA’S OPEN SHELVING UNIT, CHRISTINE OPTED FOR A COLLECTED LOOK, STRATEGICALLY STACKING VARIED DISHWARE INSTEAD OF CREATING REGIMENTED ROWS. THE UNIT’S WHITE FRAME ALSO MAKES IT A FOCAL POINT IN THE SPACE, DRAWING THE EYE TOWARD THE MANY VINTAGE FINDS ON DISPLAY.

AN ARTFULLY ARRANGED VIGNETTE OF FRESH BLOOMS, GOLD-TONED FLATWARE AND GRAPHIC PATTERNS AMOUNTS TO AN ELEGANT AND ECLECTIC TABLESCAPE.

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DECORATING

bedside MANNERS A beautifully made bed calls for a well-appointed nightstand. Read on for three vignettes to inspire sweet dreams. TEXT AMANDA ETTY | PHOTOGRAPHY MICHAEL NANGREAVES | STYLING ANDREA MCCRINDLE

The Style at Home Collection’s latest, a dreamy watercolourinspired duvet set featuring a pretty hyacinth print, coordinates with the serene surrounding, enhanced by artful styling. Style at Home Collection queen/double cotton 4-piece Delphine SHEET SET, $130, 3-piece Delphine DUVET SET, $200, and polyester blend TOSS CUSHION, Sears, sears.ca.

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1. SIMPLE MODERN

2. EASY ORGANIC

Mid-Century Modern-style Nightstand + Round Mirror + Sleek Candlesticks + Loose Flowers

Barely-there Nightstand + Layered Artwork + Geometric Pendant Light + Simple Greenery

TOP 5 nightstand styling essentials HERE’S ALL YOU NEED TO CREATE A PRETTY AND PURPOSEFUL BEDSIDE VIGNETTE.

1. STORAGE If you have a lot of stuff, choose a nightstand with ample drawer space, freeing the top surface for decorative flourishes.

2. LIGHTING Include a statement light fixture – whether it’s a table lamp, a pendant light or candlesticks – to add drama.

3. BOOKS

3. STRUCTURED MONOCHROMATIC

Clean-lined Nightstand + Framed Print + Simple Table Lamp + Textured Accessories

Even if you don’t read in bed, books are stellar styling tools. Use a stack

as a platform for other decorative items, such as fresh flowers.

4. WALL DECOR Hang artwork or a mirror above the nightstand for dimension and to contribute to the vignette’s overall look.

5. BOXES & BOWLS Eliminate clutter by using small vessels to conceal your bedside essentials, such as smartphones, chargers and jewellery.


DECORATING TEXT SARA CATION | PHOTOGRAPHY ASHLEY CAPP STYLING CHRISTINE DOVEY

Room to Grow Five ways to fashion a space that will easily suit your daughter as she grows into her 20s.

1

2

DESIGN, Heirloom & Knot, heirloomandknot.com; Simply White OC-117 WALL PAINT, Benjamin Moore; WALLPAPER (on feature wall), WALLPAPER (on desktop), STOOL FABRIC, Heirloom & Knot; DESK (customized), RUG, TASK LAMP (on nightstand), pink TOSS CUSHIONS, IKEA; reupholstered DESK CHAIR, Hollie Cooper Interiors; DESK LAMP, Elte; shoes PRINT, pink faux sheepskin THROW, HomeSense; faux fur TOSS CUSHION (on desk chair), Urban OutямБtters.

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3 ▼ #OOTD: Fashion Flat Lay COLOURING BOOK by Laura Hickman, $21, Indigo, indigo.ca.

4 ▲ Cotton velvet Bianca

TOSS CUSHION with down alternative insert, 20", $70, Tonic Living, tonicliving.com.

get the look girly & glamorous

▶ Heirloom & Knot

Regency WALLPAPER in Neapolitan, from $5 US per sq. ft., Spoonflower, spoonflower.com.

5

◀ Heirloom & Knot

Rorschach WALLPAPER in Noir, from $5 US per sq. ft., Spoonflower, spoonflower.com.

1. PICK A PALETTE WITH STAYING POWER

▶ Kate Spade New York crystal Hampton Street ROSE BOWL, $90, Hudson’s Bay, thebay.com.

Pink isn’t only for youngsters and bubble gum. Designer Matthew Meisner made the “it’s a girl” hue more grown-up in his stepdaughter Milena Bettencourt’s room by combining it with black and gold. He also ensured the pink items were easy to swap should the 16-year-old ever tire of them.

2. MAKE IT SPECIAL

Custom pieces don’t have to be pricey. Matthew upgraded a big-box-store desk with funky geometricprint vinyl wallpaper for added charm.

3. GIVE A LITTLE PUSH “Persuade your kids to try looks that will mature with them,” says Matthew, noting that the Rorschachinspired wallpaper that resembles a haute French damask wasn’t an easy sell. “I don’t think Milena would have chosen this wallpaper on her own, but she loves it now.”

4. KNOW WHERE TO SPLURGE “Invest in neutral pieces that have longevity, such as an

upholstered bed frame,” says Matthew. “And have fun with pieces like toss cushions, which are inexpensive to replace.”

◀ Ceramic antique-look medium Staffordshire dog FIGURINE, $95 US, Jayson Home, jaysonhome.com.

5. ADD MEANING

Establish an eclectic aesthetic that looks collected over time by grouping items that have personal significance. Take, for example, the pinkundertoned artwork on Milena’s desk: Many of the pieces reference her dad, Rick Bettencourt, from the photo of a Missoni fashion show he attended to a print of Jimmy Choo shoes that nods to his work as the vice-president of shoe empire Nine West Canada.

FOR SOURCES, SEE OUR WORKBOOK

▶ Polypropylene

Sillerup RUG, 7' x 10', $159, IKEA, ikea.ca.


DECORATING

trend-

SETTER

A PR maven updates her Toronto kitchen to create a chic space with staying power.

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HRISTINE FAULHABER IS NO STRANGER TO TRENDS. “It’s my job to be on the pulse of what’s new and now,” says the head of Faulhaber Communications, a PR and marketing firm in Toronto. When this in-the-know gal’s kitchen got an update last year, it was destined to have a covetable current look. But first, the 420-square-foot space – which hadn’t seen more than a coat of paint since the ’80s – needed to be brought into this decade. Seeking help to gut the room and start over, the well-connected homeowner pulled out her loaded Rolodex and called in designer Amy Dillon of AyA Kitchens and Baths. “For the most part, we kept the layout pretty similar,” says Amy. “But we tweaked things to improve usability.” The upgrades included replacing cabinets with space-saving pullouts, swapping bulky appliances for sleek, well-integrated options and supplanting the old island with a longer narrower one that accommodates seating without impeding flow. With function taken care of, Amy focused on the finishes, opting for elements befitting this fashion-forward professional. She cites the sleek two-tone cabinetry, open storage and a feature wall sans uppers as examples. “Trends can date themselves down the line,” says Amy, “so I incorporated them in a subtle way, using a neutral palette.” The überpopular encaustic-look backsplash tiles are case in point. “The slew of

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TEXT MARY LEVITSKI PHOTOGRAPHY STACEY BRANDFORD STYLING MORGAN LINDSAY & STACY BEGG

Designer Amy Dillon grounded the white cabinetry with dark grey accents – but only a few. “I wanted the space to age gracefully, not look like that typical two-tone kitchen you see so much,” she says. Marble-look Caesarstone countertops, which flow into a waterfall edge on the island, help achieve that goal.


DECORATING

TIMELESS TREND Copper is having a moment, but the finish has a longstanding history.

TIMELESS TREND Iconic Mid-Century Modern seating in a fun colour boasts youthful flair.


prints is a bit aggressive,” admits Christine. “But they’re monotone, so it’s a safe choice.” Time-tested additions, such as Mid-Century Modern-style seating, grasscloth accent wallpaper and copper accessories round out the room, cementing its staying power. The space is now both totally trendy and tastefully timeless – a far cry from its ’80s days. We don’t expect it will require another update any time soon!

TIMELESS TREND Contrasting cabinetry and open storage energize a white kitchen.

OPPOSITE Though they’re all the rage, Eames chairs have held iconic status since the ’50s. That’s why homeowner Christine Faulhaber didn’t hesitate to buy a few for her eating area six months before the project even began. “I love their dur-

ability,” she says. “My kids won’t break them, the cat won’t scratch them – they’re genius.” ABOVE Though Amy chose minimal modern flat-panelled cabinetry, she varied the look by incorporating some open storage. “Display space is

important to me,” says Christine (pictured), who showcases cookbooks and collectibles, such as her grandmother’s porcelain teacups. “These types of pieces give the space character and make it feel more like the rest of the rooms in the house.”


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TIMELESS TREND Omitting uppers lets statement backsplash tiles – like this modern take on the encaustic tradition – shine.

Christine fell for the bold encaustic-look backsplash tiles immediately. “The prints – there are 33 in total – are mostly traditional, so they have long legs,” she says. For a slightly more current effect, she had her contractor double up on the watery pattern, the only contemporary motif in the bunch. “The backsplash is a safe place to try a trend,” she advises. “Worst-case scenario, I tire of it in 10 years. I’d probably want to change my kitchen by then anyway!”

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BELOW Christine incorporated touches of copper, the metal du jour, starting with a Tom Dixon pendant light in the eatin area. The zone received the same space-smart treatment

as the rest of the kitchen with dual-tone built-ins.

ago to mark the 10th anniver-

RIGHT The whimsical artwork printed on Plexiglas is actually an image from a photo shoot Christine produced ďŹ ve years

agency, Faulhaber Communi-

sary of her PR and marketing cations. She used classic grasscloth wallpaper as a backdrop to amplify the piece.

DESIGN, AyA Kitchens and Baths, ayakitchens.com; Barren Plain 2111-60 WALL PAINT (throughout), Benjamin Moore; FLOOR TILES (throughout), Stone Tile International. KITCHEN: Grasscloth WALLPAPER, Thibaut at Kravet Canada; CABINETRY, AyA Kitchens and Baths; Frosty Carrina COUNTERTOPS, Caesarstone Canada; BACKSPLASH TILES, Mettro Source; REFRIGERATOR, WALL OVEN, COOKTOP, RANGE HOOD, Monogram; FAUCET, The Home Depot; CEILING FAN, Union Lighting and Furnishings; Philippe Starck STOOLS, Design Within Reach; perimeter CABINETRY HARDWARE, Richelieu Hardware; island CABINETRY HARDWARE, Restoration Hardware; marble BOWL (on island), GLASSWARE (on open shelf), Elte. EAT-IN AREA: DINING TABLE, Eames DINING CHAIRS, RUG, EQ3; Fornasetti PLATES (on wall), Studio Pazo; Tom Dixon PENDANT LIGHT, Klaus; TABLE LAMP, Pablo; blue VASES (on shelves), white NAPKINS, Elte.

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Modern meets traditional in this couple’s quietly vibrant light-filled semi.


LEFT The wood-burning fireplace originally had a tiny opening and a huge surround. Designers Ryan Martin and Amy Kent tweaked the unit by expanding the opening and framing it with dark marble and fresh white plaster. The ethereal landscape artwork above adds moody softness to the otherwise austere vignette. DESIGN, Croma Design, cromadesign.com; CONTRACTING, Vaughan Construction Management; hardwood FLOORING (throughout), Relative Space; Decorator’s White CC-20 WALL PAINT (throughout), Benjamin Moore; SOFA, Crate and Barrel; ARMCHAIRS, SIDE TABLES, Avenue Road; COFFEE TABLE, CANDLESTICKS, CB2; custom FIREPLACE MANTEL, Parsiena Design; FIREPLACE SURROUND SLABS, Ciot; DRAPERY FABRIC (throughout), solid TOSS CUSHION FABRICS, Threadcount Textile & Design; custom ROLLER SHADES & DRAPERY SEWING (throughout), Alleen’s Custom Window Treatments; RUG, TRAYS, BOWL, Elte; Memory 36 ARTWORK by Melanie Day, Art Interiors; FLOOR LAMP, Lambert & Fils;

BELOW The moulded ceiling frames the dining area and subtly sets it apart from the rest of the open-concept space. “Delineating the room this way makes it feel larger and more special,” says Amy. DINING TABLE, Avenue Road; DINING CHAIRS, Kiosk Design; PENDANT LIGHT, TABLE RUNNER, Elte.

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hen these newlyweds ditched their condo for a house – as so many do – they set their sights upon Toronto’s leafy Summerhill neighbourhood, which they admired for its older homes. The couple found a 2,290-square-foot four-bedroom semi built in the 1930s that fit the bill in terms of age and locale, but it hadn’t been touched since the ’80s. “It was so dark,” says one of the homeowners, referring to the interior, which was coated in dowdy browns and suffering from tiny rooms and windows, as well as a gloomy kitchen partitioned from the rest of the house. “We needed more light and a large kitchen for my husband, who loves to cook,” she says. Simply put, the house was hardly what you’d call a love nest. So the homeowners enlisted Croma Design’s Ryan Martin and Amy Kent to give their starter house a style transfusion. “We wanted to create a classically inspired backdrop with clean-lined furnishings and art,” says Amy. The homeowners didn’t want to go too stark or too stuffy, so they settled on a transitional look with bold lashes of black and modern furnishings boasting traditional details. And, of course, they addressed the cramped spaces and lack of light. To that end, the designers reworked the layout, removing the powder room, relocating the kitchen and expanding the


DECORATING windows at the front and back of the house. “We opened everything up so the light emanating from the new windows and existing skylight would stretch further,” says Ryan. He notes that, while the house was once so boxed in that it didn’t seem like it was three storeys, the 15-foot-wide building now feels huge. As for the finer details, near-black accents add striking drama against the palette of soothing greys, blues, browns and whites. “The colours in this home are very subtle, tone-on-tone and easy to live with,” says Amy. “We wanted

the house to make an impact as a whole – not for any particular wall or accent to stand out above the rest.” Whether the homeowners are upstairs lounging in the relaxed media room or downstairs sipping tea in the more formal living area, there is indeed a clear sense of cohesion, which is a hallmark of this home – and what makes it a far cry from its gloomy beginnings. “I loved being able to customize the house to our needs,” says one of the homeowners. “My husband really loves the new kitchen.” It now has all the right ingredients to cook up a great life together.

LEFT & BELOW Watery blues and greys lend a serene painterly feel to the tranquil secondfloor family room. The long and linear print of birch trees (with hand-applied copper leaf) echoes the shape of the low-slung sofa, which is clean-lined to suit the quiet space. Custom, BUILT-INS, Gibson Greenwood; SOFA, RUG, TRAY, Elte; SIDECHAIR, SIDE TABLE (beside sofa), OTTOMAN, Poliform; birch tree PRINT, Art Squared; FLOOR LAMP, TABLE LAMP, Lambert & Fils; TOSS CUSHIONS, Tonic Living.

ABOVE A dynamic explosion of hexagonal and subway tiles gives the thirdfloor bathroom edge. The contrasting grout as well as the blackened metal fittings, chair rail and sconces look sharp against the white backdrop. WALL & FLOOR TILES, Ceragres; WASHSTAND, MIRROR, SCONCES, Restoration Hardware; FAUCET, Roman Bath Centre.


A two-toned stunner, the kitchen is elevated to elegance thanks to details like the extra streaky Calacatta marble on the island and the striking oak-veneer cabinetry in a brushed finish.

Custom CABINETRY, Gibson Greenwood; PERIMETER COUNTERTOP, Caesarstone Canada; BACKSPLASH TILE, Antica Tile & Stone; APPLIANCES, Appliance Canada; FAUCET, Roman Bath Centre; STOOLS, Poliform; RUNNER, Elte; custom PENDANT LIGHTS, Lambert & Fils.

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small spender A Toronto designer saves a lot of money and time when creating an elegant yet approachable living room for her young family.

LOW Prints found online are affordable alternatives to original watercolours.

LOW A few toss cushions replace the sofa’s back ones for a whole new look.

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HIGH A pro upholstery job totally transforms a secondhand bench.


They say time is money, and former Style TEXT LAURA MUIR PHOTOGRAPHY ANGUS FERGUSSON

HIGH Quality grasscloth wallpaper lends elegance.

at Home design editor Stacy Begg was keen to conserve both when she endeavoured to beautify her living room. The busy mom of three and her husband, Don Saynor, had recently renovated the main floor of their 2,000-square-foot Toronto home, netting the room a crisp envelope of fresh white walls, black-framed windows and wide-plank hardwood floors. The decor, however, left much to be desired. “We had our dog crate in there and our TV on this little side table,” says Stacy. “The room had a sad university student vibe.” The space needed a decorative growth spurt, so Stacy began by splurging on a designer drapery fabric that echoed the monochromaticplus-yellow palette of the adjacent kitchen (featured in Style at Home’s June 2014 issue). To further elevate the room, she sourced a high-end grasscloth wallpaper and accented the fireplace wall with it. “Once you have a couple of investment pieces, you can play with lower-cost elements,” says the designer, who applied the principle here: While some of the furnishings – including the velvet swivel chair and statuesque side table – are affordable new purchases, others, such as the celestial-patterned bench and glam gold coffee table, are actually inexpensive secondhand items Stacy had updated. And the chic William Birchstyle sofa? It’s an existing piece the designer updated LEFT In a low-budget few-week makeover, homeowner and designer Stacy Begg gave her living room a California-cool look. Against a neutral backdrop, elements like floral drapery, a goldpainted bamboo coffee table and a funky celestial-inspired bench offer a sunny, relaxed vibe.

LOW The chic bar cart was an on-sale buy and the landscape photograph above an existing piece.

HIGH Custom drapery made from vibrant designer fabric enlivens the room.


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the palette Stacy opted for a floral drapery fabric in white, black and yellow that echoes the palette of her adjacent kitchen. “That was my jumping-off point,” she says. “I really love the yellow.” Other elements like the grasscloth wallpaper, berber-style rug and hits of brass add texture and warmth. The graphic black and white print provides contrast, and the faux encaustic hearth tiles evoke the popular Tuscan trend.

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The original fireplace, which juts out past the chimney breast on either side, precluded custom built-in storage. “It was for the best,” says Stacy, who opted to hang floating shelves instead. “They were a fraction of the cost and went up in no time!” Accessorized with pieces from the designer’s stash of styling gear, the substitutes look no worse than the built-ins would have.

LOW The lavish-looking velvet swivel chair is actually from a big-box store.


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HIGH Splurge-worthy picture lights elevate the artwork.

LEFT & BELOW The fireplace, which got a crisp drywall job during a recent reno, needed some character, stat. Stacy highlighted it by covering the surrounding wall with a rich taupe sisal grasscloth – a project she and a friend completed in less than a day.

LOW Simple floating shelves stand in for built-ins.

by replacing the back cushions with some throw pillows. Budget-friendly artwork and other accessories, ranging from high to low, finish the room. Sporting a chic California-cool look, the resulting space seems like a tall order, but it only took a couple of weeks to pull together – proof that style need not suffer if you’re strapped for time and cash.

RIGHT Stacy found the bamboo coffee table at a consignment store. Previously a drab green, the piece got a new lease on life via professional spray-painting. “Calling upon experts gave beautiful results and helped me stay on schedule,” says Stacy.

DESIGN, Stacy Begg Design, 416-898-0435; Cloud White CC-40 WALL & MILLWORK PAINT, Benjamin Moore; WALLPAPER, Thibaut at Kravet Canada; SOFA, IKEA; SWIVEL CHAIR, SIDE TABLE, BASKETS, West Elm; COFFEE TABLE SPRAY-PAINTING, Beresford; BAR CART, Hudson’s Bay; BENCH FABRIC, TOSS CUSHIONS (except yellow), Tonic Living; BENCH UPHOLSTERY, Master Upholstery; Gastón y Daniela DRAPERY FABRIC, Lee Jofa; DRAPERY SEWING, Q. Design Perfect Drapery and Shades; HEARTH TILES, Mettro Source; FLOORING, Moncer Specialty Flooring; RUG, white CANISTERS, brass BOWLS & TRAY, faux potted olive TREE (on shelf), Elte; PRINTS, Minted; custom MIRROR, Canada Glass & Mirror Co.; PICTURE LIGHTS, Robert Abbey; DRAPERY HARDWARE, Designer Fabrics.

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LOW A consignment shop purchase goes glam with a gold spraypaint job.


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Tight on time but big on creativity, a talented designer refreshes her home’s main floor to achieve a space that fuses classic style with fashionable flair.

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Flanked by Mid-Century Modern armchairs, the stunning living room sideboard is actually a dresser, which homeowner and designer Sarah Walker chose in order to maximize storage space for her sons’ toys and books. “I love how the flower artwork above it really pulls everything together and acts as a beautiful focal point for the room,” she says.

TIMELESS TREND Fun hits of brass add warmth and keep a space from looking too precious.

“Madness!” That’s what designer Sarah Walker says drove her to expand her living room makeover into the nearby dining room and kitchen.

OPPOSITE It may look

The ambitious project is one she took on as part of a One Room Challenge, a biannual online design event that involves transforming an entire room within a strict six-week timeline. “The living room is open to these spaces, so they really read as one,” she says. “I wanted the finished product to feel cohesive everywhere you looked.” It was this realization that led the intrepid designer to extend the scope of the update to the entire main floor. Luckily, the dining room and kitchen required relatively minor finessing, as they had recently been redone.

tive artwork is actually

like a million bucks, but the kitchen bookcase’s styling is a lesson in creative DIYing. The evocaan inexpensive print that Sarah (pictured) augmented with black paint and had framed. The resourceful designer also covered her collection of cookbooks in graphic wallpaper for a unified look.


DECORATING Sarah has been slowly transforming her 1,800-square-foot home in Oakville, Ont. – which she shares with husband Graham and their two boys, Noah, 13, and Tate, 3 – over the last six years, all while documenting the journey on her well-loved design blog, The Curated House. Having already converted two rooms in her house as part of the popular decorating challenge, Sarah was familiar with the process. So she cleared her calendar and implemented some efficient design strategies, which included finding a way to incorporate fashion-forward elements that have staying power. “I prefer a curated look to a perfectly decorated one,” says Sarah. “I wanted to infuse enough interest and eclecticism to keep it from feeling ‘so 2016’ in just a few years.” Her solution? The right mix of proportions for the space and lots of trendy yet timeless finishes.

RIGHT Placed atop the piano (a must-have for this musical family), the abstract painting makes a grand statement. The artwork is the only piece from the living room’s original decor that Sarah carried into the updated space. BELOW While all different in scale, the patterns of the Berber-style rug, drapery and toss cushions echo one another and lend cohesion.

TIMELESS TREND Used sparingly, leopard print pieces like this toss cushion energize a room without overwhelming it.

THIS PAGE & PREVIOUS: DESIGN, The Curated House by Sarah Walker, thecuratedhouse.com; Creamy SW 7012 WALL PAINT, Sherwin-Williams; MOULDINGS (throughout), Metrie; SOFA, Emily Quinn; cream leather ARMCHAIRS, Whittington & Co.; taupe ARMCHAIR, SIDE TABLE, Avenue Road; COFFEE TABLE, DRESSER (customized), Bernhardt; DRUM TABLE, Bellacor; Kelly Wearstler DRAPERY FABRIC, Lee Jofa; RUG, West Elm; Kawai PIANO & BENCH, Merriam Pianos; Fringe ARTWORK (above dresser) by Ashley Woodson Bailey, Citizen Atelier; abstract PRINT (above taupe armchair), Minted; Saugeen Walk #7 ARTWORK (on piano) by David Gillanders, Art Interiors; legs PRINT (on piano), ArtStar; FLOOR LAMPS, Lamps Plus; geometric black and taupe TOSS CUSHIONS, Stone Textile; geometric TOSS CUSHIONS, leopard print TOSS CUSHION, Arianna Belle; faux fur TOSS CUSHIONS, Indigo; DRESSER HARDWARE, Upper Canada Specialty Hardware.

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A unifying black and white theme used throughout all three rooms provides a harmonious feel while also allowing Sarah’s bolder accents – a touch of leopard print here, a dash of brass there – to really shine. While the whole ordeal definitely wasn’t free of setbacks (there was a made-to-order fabric from Holland that got lost in transit), by using her creative problem solving and design prowess, Sarah pulled the whole thing off with grace, ultimately creating a sophisticated space well worth the stress of the endeavour. We don’t call that madness – we call it genius.

TIMELESS TREND Chic sheepskin throws used as seat covers deliver cozy texture and luxe appeal. The dining room proves elegance and comfort can coexist. Sleek Ghost-style chairs outfitted with sheepskin throws provide cozy seating for drawn-out family dinners, while the soft cream drapery, refined pendant light and one-of-a-kind artwork add sophistication. DINING TABLE, Crate and Barrel; linen DRAPERY FABRIC, DRAPERY TRIM, Kravet Canada; Open Water ARTWORK by Kathleen Weich, Art Interiors; PENDANT LIGHT, Restoration Hardware; MARTINI GLASSES, fine bone china DINNERWARE, Emily Quinn; VASE, Wayfair.ca.


LEFT, TOP A playful tablescape of organically shaped white dishes, grey-blue glassware and warm wood imbues a casual vibe. LEFT A new Bosch panelled dishwasher and touch-activated Brizo faucet make the kitchen more functional. Sarah also had the Roman blind made from the same fabric as the living room drapery

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to link the two spaces; added touches of brass and copper lend warmth to the scheme. ABOVE Sarah transformed the kitchen’s built-in bookcase from eyesore to eye candy by lining it in a luxe faux-alligator wallpaper. Now the area feels more connected to the room’s black granite countertops and clean white cabinetry.

KITCHEN: Granite COUNTERTOPS, Crystal Tile & Marble; Carrara marble BACKSPLASH TILES, Saltillo Imports; SINK, Mekal; FAUCET, Brizo; STOOLS, Design Within Reach; Kelly Wearstler ROMAN BLIND FABRIC, Lee Jofa; RUNNER, Kaarma; PRINT (customized), Anewall; PENDANT LIGHTS, Lamps Plus; WALLPAPER (on bookcase), leopard-print WALLPAPER (covering books), Thibaut at Kravet Canada; CABINETRY HARDWARE, Lee Valley.

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NEW BEGINNINGS Some trends stay; some go. Certain furniture we call forever pieces, while others are just temporary. But when a cheap flea market find bought on a whim becomes a beloved family heirloom, it’s a testament to the power of personal style, which, at the end of the day, trumps all else.


HISTORIC GLAM

TEXT IRIS BENAROIA PHOTOGRAPHY NICOLE COHEN

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Beauty After a series of nips and tucks, a derelict brownstone in Brooklyn, N.Y., reaches its full potential – and then some.

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The sculptural fireplace in the eat-in area of this Brooklyn, N.Y., brownstone was in such rough shape, it had to be removed and rebuilt. Above it, the enormous antique filigree mirror that belonged to the previous owners lends romance to the space. “We loved it so much we negotiated it as part of the sale of the house,” says homeowner Nicole Stein. DESIGN, Christine Dovey Style, christinedovey.com, Natalie Kraiem Interiors, nataliekraiem.com; Silver Satin OC-26 WALL & TRIM PAINT, Benjamin Moore; Schumacher WALLPAPER, Bilbrough & Co.; DINING TABLE, BENCH, Restoration Hardware; DINING CHAIRS, Black Rooster Decor; CHANDELIER, Antique Elements; sheepskin THROWS, IKEA; Cameras ARTWORK, Nicole Cohen.

TREND Cage chairs keep sightlines open and lend the illusion of space.


Dripping with crystal beads, the antique brass basket chandelier was a splurge, but Nicole insists it’s a forever piece. “I’m crazy about it too,” says designer Christine Dovey. “I love how it contrasts the rough-hewn wooden table.” The bespoke kitchen peninsula, with its marble waterfall edge, was also pricey, but Nicole had the fabricator use the scraps to make luxurious window ledges. “Everyone comments on them,” she says. CABINETRY, KraftMaid Cabinetry; RANGE, RANGE HOOD, Thermador; BAR CART, West Elm; BACKSPLASH TILES, The Home Depot; FAUCET, POT FILLER, Moen; house ARTWORK by Emily Kirby, Texture Design Co.; PENDANT LIGHTS, Circa Lighting; CABINETRY HARDWARE, Kolson Korenge.


Four years ago, Nicole and Jordan Stein made the trip from the maelstrom of midtown Manhattan to a quiet, leafy street in Brooklyn that, compared with the city, felt downright pastoral.

TREND A luxe marble waterfall countertop offers a striking seamless look that’s well worth the splurge.

They had come to tour a brownstone as part of an estate sale, and immediately saw its potential despite certain drawbacks. Built in 1873, the house showed its age as soon as they stepped inside: The stairs dangerously strained away from the wall; pocket doors between the living room and kitchen were a palimpsest, coated with paint; and the hardwood floors were ravaged. But an 11-foot-high ceiling and two marble-clad fireplaces held promise. “I definitely had some trepidation because the house was in extremely rough shape,” says Nicole, who designs fine jewellery she sells through her online Etsy shop, ByNicoleAlexis. Conversely, Jordan, a Montreal-born business consultant and entrepreneur, was confident it could be brought back to life – after all, he had watched his parents successfully transform a beat-up Vermont ranch when he was younger. After Nicole was persuaded, the couple purchased the dwelling and forged ahead with a fresh design for the house, which includes a 1,600-square-foot second- and third-floor space and an 800-square-foot rental apartment on the ground floor (not shown). “Our goal was to marry classic architecture with a modern aesthetic,” says Nicole, who wanted the interior envelope to look original to the house. Though the idea of gutting the space and blasting out the walls was brought up, it didn’t get far. “We bought a brownstone, not a condo,” says Nicole cheekily. “Sure, we have a narrow hallway and a tiny powder room, and yes, it’s a little quirky, but it’s true to the original home.” So the small rooms remained intact and were slowly brought back to code over the course of a year under their contractor’s exacting eye. Next up? Christine Dovey, a designer based in Oakville, Ont., who has remotely kitted out homes STYLEATHOME.COM JANUARY 2017

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(via email) from America to Norway, stepped in to apply her signature style: ravishing rooms with traditional architectural details in a modern palette of black and white with bursts of pink; spaces in which provocative contemporary artwork often sits alongside antique furnishings. To deliver an authentic period look, Christine suggested the homeowners invest in crown mouldings. “Nicole wanted something that looked like it was there originally, so we went with big plaster mouldings as a splurge on the living room ceiling but regular crown throughout,” says Christine. Making sure the interior looked more downtown than

A blend of vintage- and modern-look furnishings gives the formal living room an eclectic, collected feel. Sculptural retro Alky chairs are a fun contrast to the stiff-backed caned settee. Heavyweightcotton curtains draw the eye up to the 11-foothigh ceiling. They were originally placeholders, but looked so fabulous that Nicole decided to keep them – proving that you don’t always need to spend a mint on custom drapery. Chantilly Lace OC-65 WALL PAINT, Silver Satin OC-26 TRIM PAINT, Benjamin Moore; SETTEE, Eloquence; SIDECHAIR FABRIC, Romo Fabrics & Wallcoverings; DRAPERY, Crate and Barrel; RUG, Mastour Galleries; FLOOR LAMP, West Elm; black & white TOSS CUSHION, Stone Textile; LUMBAR CUSHION, Park Blvd.

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Downton, the designer balanced the historic architectural elements with what she calls “a mixed bag of edgy yet elegant furnishings.” In need of some hand holding a little closer to home, Nicole also worked with local designer Natalie Kraiem, who helped achieve the look by choosing key pieces including the rugs and living room artwork. Dynamic as it is today, it’s amazing to think this brownstone beauty was once so neglected that walking to the second floor was deemed dangerous. “It was so gratifying to see it come together,” says Nicole, who was energized by the process. “We’d do another in a heartbeat.”

TREND Brass accents add covetable vintage elegance.


TOP Inspired by the iconoclastic Mexican painter, Frida is a punchy print that presides over this area of the living room, where a brass Sputnik lamp, oversized mirror and sculptural fireplace surround offer exciting diversions. Frida ARTWORK, Jonas Tucci.

ABOVE, LEFT Wild! This spotted antelope-print runner gives an unexpected punch, introducing a graphic pattern into the front hall. “It’s classic but edgy,” says Christine.

ABOVE, RIGHT A pleasantly weird concrete stool is functional yet artful and feels lifted from fantasy (the Many-Faced God’s crypt on Game of Thrones, anyone?). SIDE TABLE, Black Rooster Decor.

STAIR RUNNER, Boro Rug and Carpet Warehouse.

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TREND Antique accents strike the perfect juxtaposition in a modern setting.

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“Our goal was to MARRY

CLASSIC ARCHITECTURE WITH A MODERN AESTHETIC.” LEFT Show-stopping architectural details on the ceiling of the living room’s media area are period appropriate but were non-existent when the couple bought the brownstone. Nicole tracked down a plaster restoration specialist in Long Island, N.Y., and sent Christine samples to narrow down the options. The installation took a week and was definitely a splurge. “It’s a real art. There is literally someone there with a cotton swab and a fine blade forming everything by hand,” says Nicole.

SOFA, Perez Furniture; OTTOMANS, Outpost Original; patterned black TOSS CUSHION, Hollie Cooper Interiors; RUG, Mastour Galleries; abstract ARTWORK, Nicole Cohen; grey TOSS CUSHION, Park Blvd.

BELOW, LEFT TO RIGHT The Greek-key-detailed demilune table in the entryway was embellished with a slab of Nero Marquina marble; cherry blossom branches call spring to mind, even in the dead of winter; an antique glass candelabra – a gift from Nicole’s mother-in-law – offers a fresh juxtaposition to the

contemporary sideboard; the 10-foot-high arched solid oak doors are original to the house – coated in black paint, they make the foyer’s floral wallpaper really pop; a black and white toss cushion offers an elegant touch; Nicole created the foyer’s custom mosaic floor tile pattern on the Daltile website. Black 2132-10 DOOR PAINT, Benjamin Moore; WALLPAPER, Ellie Cashman Design; PENDANT LIGHT, IKEA; customized ENTRYWAY TILES, Daltile.

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TREND We have this thing with floors (who doesn’t!) and this customized mosaic is no exception.

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MODERN TRADITIONAL TEXT BETHANY LYTTLE PHOTOGRAPHY STACEY BRANDFORD STYLING CHRISTINE HANLON

LOW Gallery walls don’t have to break the bank. Here, travel souvenirs, framed concert photos and vintage finds form a striking display.

LOW Reduce, reuse, recycle: These secondhand-score dining chairs have been reupholstered more than once!

forever young


Nest maker, know thyself. Here’s how one designer used self-reflection and simplicity to do up her Toronto Victorian.

LOW At less than $100, this bar cart was a steal!

“There are thousands of inspiring ideas out there,” says designer Melanie Hay, referring to the wellspring of online home decor images, blogs and shops. “You can literally research for months. But in the end, the best design is born of self-discovery. The more you understand who you are and how you live, the better the odds that the rooms you create will be rooms that you love.” Melanie should know. When she and her husband, Andrew, an entrepreneur, purchased a tall, narrow Victorian in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood about four years ago, they were two people without a plan – but with about 3,000 square feet of empty space. Needless to say, to a designer like Melanie, this blank canvas meant instant inspiration overload. “My mind was swimming with decorating schemes,” she recalls. “Deep down, though, I knew Andrew and I are nesters, and when we walked in the door, we would want to come home to a space that echoes our life stories.” This is where her approach to decorating the house started. But it was not as easy as it sounds. “From the beginning, I had to acknowledge that Andrew and I don’t share the same taste,” she says. Melanie loves white; Andrew prefers dark wood. Something had to give. The house already had the towering black doors and high-gloss black banister they both liked, so the couple let these details inspire the look. “Plus, we already owned a black and white rug, a round table with a dark top and a black leather Eames chair, so why not use them?” adds Melanie. Red- and peach-painted walls were redone in shades of light and shadow. Such was the start of what is now the home’s signature black and white colour scheme. And a little self-reflection went a long way when it came to deciding what to hang on the walls. “Although we appreciate fine art, personal mementoes that connect us to our families matter more,” says Melanie. This realization became the inspiration for the dining room gallery wall. Gathering a few favourite prints,

OPPOSITE Homeowner and designer Melanie Hay paired her husband’s steel-topped dining table with chairs she bought on Craigslist. “I’ve reupholstered the seats two times already,” she says. Right now, they bear a sophisticated charcoal linen that accentuates the dark walls and striped rug.

ABOVE “It’s been a bedside table, an end table and a catchall,” says Melanie of the bar cart she purchased years ago. “Finally, it’s a bar!” The cart is low, however, and the home’s ceilings are very high. To draw the eye upward, she added a painting and a wall-mounted metal stag bust above it.

DESIGN, Melanie Hay Design, melaniehay.ca; Dove Wing OC-18 WALL PAINT (throughout), Black Panther 2125-10 FEATURE WALL PAINT (throughout main floor), Benjamin Moore; DINING TABLE, Hardware Interiors; RUG, IKEA.

GLASSWARE, SUGAR BOWL, CREAMER, William Ashley.

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LOW This big-box store find is as striking as it is affordable.

ABOVE Melanie scoured bigbox stores for large-scale artwork to act as stand-ins for the forever pieces that will eventually accent her living room. That way, she doesn’t have to live with blank walls while she searches for the perfect investments. ARMCHAIR, RUG, FLOOR LAMP, TOSS CUSHION, Elte; ARTWORK, HomeSense.

RIGHT, TOP The house was built in the early 1900s, but its contemporary fireplace mantel and furnishings achieve an eclectic mix that feels right at home in the space. “If you can’t afford to do a house all at once,” advises Melanie, “then do one room at a time. That way you can afford to invest in key pieces.”

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Eames LOUNGER & OTTOMAN, EQ3; FLOOR LAMP, CB2; ARTWORK, MIRROR, HomeSense; TABLE LAMP, TOSS CUSHIONS, gold BOWLS, Elte.

BOTTOM, FAR RIGHT To create a gallery wall that looks collected, not cluttered, Melanie focused on black and white. “Some time later, I felt like I wanted more pink in the mix, so I found one more print and added it in.” A striking gallery wall done on a dime, it features family heirlooms, inexpensive prints and precious gifts. FRAMING (painting of people on bench), Ritchie Frame Art Gallery.


HIGH This custom sofa was worth the splurge.


“Decorating one room completely and then carrying that look to the next allows you to really establish a cohesive aesthetic throughout the house,” says Melanie, who started with the living room and finished with the master bedroom, which echoes

LOW The mirror came from Melanie’s mother’s childhood home in Buenos Aires.

HIGH An Hermès throw adds instant luxury to the space.

the rest of the home’s lightmeets-dark and modernmeets-traditional themes. Marilyn’s Dress 2125-60 WALL PAINT, Anchor Gray 2126-30 ACCENT WALL PAINT, Benjamin Moore; BEDDING, HomeSense; BENCH, Elte; RUG, RugsUSA.com; SCONCES, Lowe’s; LUMBAR CUSHIONS, Restoration Hardware; BASKET, IKEA; THROW, Hermès.


posters and paintings, the designer created a dynamic visual mash-up. The result is a sophisticated yet personal design element. One added bonus? It was totally budgetfriendly. “I paired gold-framed heirloom pieces with newer prints in inexpensive white frames to unite the random collection,” explains Melanie. And since not many are forever pieces, she adds or subtracts on a whim. “There are a lot of nail holes in that wall!” she says with a laugh. In many ways, this ever-evolving approach is a reflection of Melanie’s creativity. “Unlike the homes I design for clients, which are done in one sweep, my house changes constantly. I’ve become incredibly good at moving furniture, which must drive Andrew crazy. This house will never be truly finished,” she says. “And if it ever is, I’ll probably just start over!”

ABOVE & LEFT, TOP “Rooms should reflect the people who live in them,” says Melanie (pictured), who decorated the master bedroom with meaningful keepsakes. Already owned – and loved – artwork was given a fresh look with a brand new frame; the contemporary lamp once belonged to the designer’s mother; and the mortgage sale announcement originally appeared in an 1885 newspaper from her husband’s hometown and lists one of his relatives as the property auctioneer. NESTING CONSOLES, Elte; straw BASKETS (on console), IKEA.

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EDGY COASTAL

TEXT LAURA MUIR PHOTOGRAPHY STACEY BRANDFORD

Bare necessities STYLING ANN MARIE FAVOT

Industrial chic meets California cool in a Toronto interior that puts comfort above all else.

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A cozy sectional defines this Toronto home’s family room and offers ample space for the family who lives here to cuddle up and watch TV. A Berber-style rug and patterned indigo toss cushions offer exotic flavour. “I love that well-travelled look,” says homeowner Lynne McEachern. DESIGN, Lark & Linen Interior Design, larkandlinen. com; SECTIONAL, Crate and Barrel; COFFEE TABLE, EQ3; MEDIA UNIT, Calligaris; HANGING CHAIR, Serena & Lily; RUG, West Elm; TOSS CUSHIONS, LUMBAR CUSHION, Amber Interiors.

OPPOSITE Family photos printed through an app called Impressed, of which Lynne is the CEO, are a clever personal touch on the coffee table.

TREND Using vintage-style outdoor-friendly suspended chairs inside offers a fresh vibe.


LEFT, BELOW “Originally, a four-by-eightfoot mirror hung from the ceiling and separated the entryway from the living room,” says designer Jacquelyn Clark. “But we removed it to open up the space.” Encaustic-look porcelain tiles, which supplanted dark green slate that had seen better days, are low-maintenance and durable in this high-traffic area. Onyx 2133-10 DOOR PAINT, Benjamin Moore; custom SHELVING UNIT, True Contractors; MIRROR, Elte Market; SIDE TABLE, Coolican & Company; FLOOR TILES, Mettro Source; BASKET, Elte.

TREND A black-painted door delivers high impact in any entryway.

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love being in the house barefoot,” says Lynne McEachern of her west-end Toronto home. “The rugs are plush to walk on, the sofas are comfy to cuddle up on and our bed is hard to get out of in the morning.” Lynne and her husband, Hamid Arabzadeh, purchased their 3,400square-foot turn-of-the-century house 11 years ago after transplanting from Boston. The Canadian couple – she grew up in Halifax, he’s from Montreal – work in the tech industry and their careers have taken them all over the world, including London, where they met. When it came time to settle back in Canada, they decided to try out Toronto. “We liked the layout of the city, which reminded us of London, with all the great neighbourhoods,” she says. When the couple found this house, they loved its trendy location as well as its open plan and move-in-ready status – the space had been given a distinctive loft-style look, featuring cherrywood, slate and concrete by its previous owner. “In Boston, we had just completed a painful two-year reno and really didn’t want to go through the process again,” says Lynne. But after living in this home for 10 years, the couple – who now share the house with their twin eight-year-old sons, Aidan and Camden – craved a change, wanting to give the dark, masculine interior a fresh pick-me-up. “We


White-painted walls throughout the main floor brighten the space and strike a gallery-like setting. “I wanted a blank slate so we could collect and showcase art,” says Lynne. The original too-yellow oak floors were bleached for a lighter look. Pure White OC-64 WALL PAINT, Benjamin Moore; custom SOFA, L’Atelier Home; ARMCHAIR, South Hill Home; COFFEE TABLE, Black Rooster Decor; DRAPERY FABRIC, Threadcount Textile & Design; DRAPERY SEWING, Tonic Living; RUG, Elte; White Sands Beach #1 ARTWORK by Julia Christe, Lumas; custom ARTWORK FRAMING, Dimensions Custom Framing & Gallery; SCONCES, Lambert & Fils; TOSS CUSHION, Amber Interiors; geometric BOWLS, Jayson Home; VASE, Elte.


The couple had already upgraded the kitchen by spray-painting the cherrywood cabinetry white, replacing the slate countertops with black soapstone and installing a grey back-painted glass backsplash. So to refresh the space, Jacquelyn swapped the existing cabinetry doors (which had seen better days) for a Shaker profile similar to the original and incorporated chrome pulls. Exposed brick, wooden stools and hardwood floors warm up the stark black and white space. Chantilly Lace OC-65 CABINETRY PAINT, Benjamin Moore; custom CABINETRY REFACING, True Contractors; STOOLS, Coolican & Company; PENDANT LIGHTS, Black Rooster Decor; CABINETRY HARDWARE, Restoration Hardware; grey BOWL, Artemano.

TREND Incorporate black accents into an all-white kitchen to update an old classic.

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had made a few updates over the years,” says Lynne. “We tweaked the kitchen, updated part of the basement, added a room upstairs and built a new garage. But then, the house needed more light and a look that better reflected our California coastal style.” To achieve an airy, beachy feel that still honoured the home’s loft-like urban character, the couple hired designer Jacquelyn Clark. As former editor of Style Me Pretty Living (the design arm of the popular wedding website Style Me Pretty) and the writer of her own lifestyle blog called Lark & Linen, Jacquelyn has gained a solid reputation for her savvy design sense. “I trusted her eye,” says Lynne. “I was familiar with her blog, and I like how she’s curated her look.” Jacquelyn brightened the space by refinishing certain architectural details, such as

RIGHT Lynne wanted dining chairs that were comfortable and offered a light, airy feel. “But I didn’t want to spend a ridiculous amount of money, because dining chairs often end up getting ruined,” she says. These ones were scored online from a New York store called France & Søn and required a road trip. “The store didn’t ship to Canada,” says Jacquelyn (pictured). “So we had the chairs shipped to Buffalo, rented a van and picked them up from there. It was still more cost-effective than buying something similar here!” Pure White OC-64 WALL PAINT, Benjamin Moore; Gray Valkyrie 19 and Charcoal Valkyrie 1 ARTWORK by Kal Mansur, Reference: Contemporary.

TREND Ultra-modern dining chairs are comfy yet sleek and suit the California-cool look.

bleaching the floors and painting the dark wood ceilings white, while leaving other features – the big beams, exposed brick and wrought-iron railing – striking a beautiful balance between coastal and industrial. “I wanted to showcase the existing structure,” she explains. “The hardwood and exposed brick add a bit of warmth.” Jacquelyn employed a neutral palette throughout the house, with a few hits of watery blue to achieve that coastal look, while clean-lined furnishings offer calming consistency and deliver comfort. “The more modern furniture plays off all the rustic architectural details,” says Jacquelyn. “They’re a young, busy family, and I really just wanted to create a space that felt simple, elegant and timeless.” The barefootfriendly comfort is an added bonus.


RIGHT The master bathroom’s vanity takes advantage of the space’s relatively small footprint: The sink is placed to one side to increase counter space, and opting for drawers instead of cupboards maximizes storage. “The tall mirror covering half the wall emphasizes the ceiling height and makes an unexpected statement,” adds Jacquelyn.

REFACE OR

REPLACE?

Calm OC-22 WALL PAINT, Benjamin Moore; custom VANITY, MIRROR & COUNTERTOP, True Contractors; FAUCET, Kohler; FLOOR TILES, Stone Tile International; SCONCE, YLighting.

If your kitchen is in need of an update but you’re on a strict budget, know that refacing your cabinetry can save you up to half of the cost of replacing it. Designer Jacquelyn Clark covers the basics.

BELOW With its contemporary plush wingback chairs, the master bedroom’s sitting area is a perfect place for the couple to unwind in the evenings. The area is petite, so furniture serves double duty, like the dresser that also holds the TV.

What is it? Refacing involves keeping the original cabinet boxes and changing the drawer fronts, doors and hardware.

DRESSER, Crate and Barrel; DRAPERY FABRIC, Threadcount Textile & Design; DRAPERY SEWING, Tonic Living; RUG, Crate and Barrel; LIGHT FIXTURE, Union Lighting and Furnishings; SCONCE, Design Within Reach.

Who does it? “If it’s a custom kitchen to begin with, you have to go to a custom cabinetmaker or kitchen company,” says Jacquelyn. “They will gather all the measurements and build doors to fit the existing boxes.” If the kitchen has standard-sized cabinet boxes, replacement doors may be found at big-box stores.

TREND A long-armed articulating sconce frees up floor space in tight quarters.

When is it recommended? “It depends on the quality of the cabinets,” says Jacquelyn. “If they’re solid wood and in good shape, refacing not only cuts down on cost but also saves on the inconvenience and waste. If you’re not sure about the quality, ask your contractor.”

What if you’re changing the layout? “Using the same boxes in that case is called retrofitting a kitchen, and I’m always hesitant to do that,” says Jacquelyn. “It’s often not worth the cost of a contractor’s time to figure it all out. And when something inevitably breaks, you’ll have to replace certain pieces anyway.”


TREND Make a statement in a master bedroom with large abstract artwork.

The double-height master bedroom was brightened by painting the dark wood ceiling and beams a sophisticated greyish white. Watery blue elements and simple, clean-lined furnishings give the space a serene, subdued look that enhances its grandeur. Calm OC-22 WALL PAINT, Benjamin Moore; BED FRAME, Blu Dot; BEDDING, Restoration Hardware; RUG, West Elm; Blue Plateau One ARTWORK by Kal Mansur, Reference: Contemporary; SCONCES, Triple Seven Home; THROW, Elte.

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FOOD

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RECIPES DONNA HAY, HANNAH MEPPEM & JUSTINE POOLE PHOTOGRAPHY CHRIS COURT & WILLIAM MEPPEM STYLING JUSTINE POOLE

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Like the rest of the world, we’ve long been fans of Donna Hay’s simple, sumptuous style and delicious recipes. In fact, way back in 2009 we persuaded her to be Style at Home’s food editor for the year. So when we saw her new cookbook, Life in Balance, we knew we had to get a piece of the action. For the next three issues, we’ll be bringing you choice excerpts from the book, beginning with this month’s breakfast bowls, which raise the bar on ubiquitous oatmeal. Consider it a tasty start to the new year.


POWER SEED BIRCHER With Maple Vanilla Yogurt

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ESPRESSO GRANOLA PREP & COOK TIME 1 HOUR I SERVES 4

½ cup espresso or strong brewed coffee ½ cup hot water 2 cups rolled oats ⅔ cup raisins ⅓ cup maple syrup, plus extra for serving ⅔ cup sunflower seeds ⅔ cup sliced almonds 2% milk or almond milk, for serving Figs, halved, for serving

Preheat the oven to 250°F. Place the espresso and water in a medium bowl and stir to combine. Add the oats and raisins, mix to combine and allow to stand for 20 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed. Add the maple syrup, sunflower seeds and almonds and stir to combine. Spread the mixture onto two parchment paper-lined baking sheets and bake, tossing occasionally, for 45 minutes or until the oats are crisp. Allow the mixture to cool on the baking sheets before serving. Store the granola in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. To serve, divide among four bowls and top with the milk, figs and maple syrup.

Espresso GRANOLA

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AMARANTH OATS WITH CASHEWS PREP & COOK TIME 20 MINUTES I SERVES 4

1½ ½ 2 1 ½ 1 ½ 1

cups rolled oats tsp Maldon sea salt cups 2% milk, plus extra for serving cup water cup amaranth flakes tbsp honey, plus extra for serving tsp ground cinnamon apple, cored and cut into matchsticks, for garnish Chopped toasted cashews, for garnish

Place the oats, salt, milk and water in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the oats begin to soften, about 10 minutes. Add the amaranth and cook, stirring, for another 2 to 3 minutes, or until soft. Add the honey and cinnamon and stir to combine. Spoon the oats into four serving bowls and top with the extra milk and honey. Sprinkle with the apple and cashews just before serving.

AMARANTH OATS With Cashews

POWER SEED BIRCHER WITH MAPLE VANILLA YOGURT PREP & COOK TIME 4 HOURS I SERVES 4

⅓ cup sunflower seeds ⅓ cup pepitas ⅓ cup flaxseeds ½ cup rolled spelt 1½ cups 2% milk or almond milk ½ tsp ground cinnamon 1 tbsp honey 1 firm pear, grated Raspberries, for serving MAPLE VANILLA YOGURT

1 2 1

cup plain Greek yogurt tbsp maple syrup tsp vanilla bean paste

To make the bircher (overnight oats) place the sunflower seeds, pepitas, flaxseeds and spelt in a large bowl. Add the milk, cinnamon and honey, and stir to combine. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to overnight. Meanwhile, make the Maple Vanilla Yogurt by placing the yogurt, maple syrup and vanilla bean paste in a bowl and mixing to combine. Add the pear to the bircher and stir to combine. Spoon the bircher into four serving bowls and top with the flavoured yogurt and raspberries; serve.

Pick up our February issue (on sale January 2, 2017) for more recipes from Life in Balance (HarperCollins Publishers, $35).


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Alleen’s Custom Window Treatments alleen.com Amber Interiors amberinteriordesign.com Anewall anewall.com Antica Tile & Stone antica.ca Antique Elements antiqueelements.net Appliance Canada appliancecanada.com Arianna Belle ariannabelle.com Artemano artemano.ca Art Interiors artinteriors.ca ArtStar artstar.com Art Squared art-squared.com Avenue Road avenue-road.com AyA Kitchens and Baths ayakitchens.com

Lee Valley leevalley.com

Ceragres ceragres.ca

Heirloom & Knot heirloomandknot.com

Lowe’s lowes.ca

Christine Dovey Style christinedovey.com

Hermès hermes.com

Lumas lumas.com

Ciot ciot.com

Hollie Cooper Interiors holliecooperinteriors.com

Circa Lighting circalighting.com

The Home Depot homedepot.ca

Citizen Atelier citizenatelier.com

HomeSense homesense.ca

Mastour Galleries mastourgalleries.com

Coolican & Company coolicanandcompany.com

Hudson’s Bay thebay.com

Mekal mekal.ca

Crate and Barrel crateandbarrel.com Croma Design cromadesign.com Crystal Tile & Marble crystaltilemarble.com The Curated House by Sarah Walker thecuratedhouse.com

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Daltile daltile.com Design Within Reach dwr.com

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Bellacor bellacor.com

Designer Fabrics designerfabrics.ca

Benjamin Moore benjaminmoore.ca

Dimensions Custom Framing & Gallery dimensionsframing.com

Beresford beresfordinc.ca Bernhardt bernhardt.com Bilbrough & Co.* bilbroughs.com Black Rooster Decor blackroosterdecor.com Blu Dot bludot.com Brizo brizo.com Boro Rug and Carpet Warehouse bororug.com

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Caesarstone Canada caesarstone.ca Calligaris calligaristoronto.ca Canada Glass & Mirror Co. canadaglass.ca

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Hardware Interiors hardwareinteriors.com

CB2 cb2.com

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Ellie Cashman Design elliecashmandesign.com Eloquence eloquenceinc.com Elte elte.com Elte Market eltemkt.com Emily Quinn emilyquinn.ca EQ3 eq3.com

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Farrow & Ball farrow-ball.com

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Gibson Greenwood gibsongreenwoodinc.com

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Master Upholstery 416-524-8980

Melanie Hay Design melaniehay.ca

IKEA ikea.ca

Merriam Pianos merriammusic.com

Indigo indigo.ca

Metrie metrie.com

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Jayson Home jaysonhome.com Jonas Tucci jonastucci.com

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Kaarma kaarma.ca Kiosk Design kioskdesign.ca Klaus klausn.com Kohler kohler.ca Kolson Korenge kolson.com KraftMaid Cabinetry kraftmaid.com

Mettro Source mettro.ca

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Q. Design Perfect Drapery and Shades qdesigncentre.com

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Reference: Contemporary referencecontemporary. com Relative Space relativespace.com Restoration Hardware rh.com Richelieu Hardware* richelieu.com Ritchie Frame Art Gallery 416-544-8181 Robert Abbey robertabbey.com Roman Bath Centre romanbathcentre.com

Minted minted.com

Romo Fabrics & Wallcoverings* romo.com

Moen moen.ca

RugsUSA.com rugsusa.com

Moncer Specialty Flooring moncer.com Monogram monogram.ca

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Natalie Kraiem Interiors nataliekraiem.com Nicole Cohen nicolecohenart.com

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Saltillo Imports saltillo-tiles.com Serena & Lily serenaandlily.com Sherwin-Williams sherwin-williams.com South Hill Home southhillhome.com Stacy Begg Design 416-898-0435

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Outpost Original outpostoriginal.com

Kravet Canada* kravetcanada.com

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Pablo pablodesigns.com

Stone Textile stonetextilestudio.com Stone Tile International stone-tile.com Studio Pazo studiopazo.com

Lambert & Fils lambertetfils.com

Park Blvd parkblvd.ca

Lamps Plus lampsplus.com

Parsiena Design parsienadesign.com

Lark & Linen Interior Design larkandlinen.com

Perez Furniture perezfurniture.com

Thermador thermador.ca

Poliform poliformusa.com

Thibaut at Kravet Canada* thibautdesign.com

L’Atelier Home latelierhome.com

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Lee Jofa* leejofa.com

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Texture Design Co. texturedesignco.com

Threadcount Textile & Design* threadcountinc.com

Tonic Living tonicliving.com Triple Seven Home triplesevenhome.com True Contractors truecontractors.ca

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Union Lighting and Furnishings unionlf.com Upper Canada Speciality Hardware ucsh.com Urban Outfitters urbanoutfitters.com

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Vaughan Construction Management vaughanconstruction.ca Vintage Fine Objects vintagefineobjects.com

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Wayfair.ca wayfair.ca West Elm westelm.com Whittington & Co. whittingtonco.ca William Ashley williamashley.com

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YLighting ylighting.com

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