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KITCHEN TRENDS WHAT’S HOT FOR

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Miele. For everything you really love. Precision for culinary perfection Trust your treasured family recipes to the revolutionary Miele Range Series – from delicate pastries and artisan breads to tender roasts and succulent poultry. miele.ca

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A TIME. A PLACE. A MOVEMENT.

New York Reimagine the Golden Era Movement. Discover the entire luxurious collection of kitchen and bathroom products at dxv.com.

DXV presents the Fresno ® Collection Faucets, Hillside™ Collection Sinks and Contemporary Pot Filler.

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FEBRUARY 2017 43 A modern wire basket is an ideal place to store (and showcase!) extra toss cushions and throws.

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HOMES 72 SPACE COWBOYS

Two Vancouver homeowners take the reins of the modern design of their new home

The hottest kitchen trends we’re coveting right now

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New and noteworthy culinary products, kitchen gadgets and more

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80 FROM PAST TO PRESENT

DESSERT OF THE MONTH Swirled cranberry chocolate cakes

86 BRIGHTER DAYS AHEAD

HIGH OR LOW A Scandi-inspired dining room designed on two different budgets. Can you tell the spaces apart?

A century home gets a makeover with vibrant colours and contrasting styles

One designer updates her charming Toronto rowhouse to make it feel roomier

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86 Brighten up a muted space with colourful blooms, a welcome accent that will always be on trend.

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BEST OF BOTH WORLDS A couple’s differing styles come together in a modern-meets-traditional home

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SMALL VICTORIES This bright and au courant kitchen serves as a lesson in making the most of the space you have

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THE NEW CLASSICS Three kitchens that prove time-honoured style just keeps getting better and better

58 TRIAL WITHOUT ERROR

How do you know if a home is right for you? Try it before you buy it

64 CITY SLEEK

A modern living room with dated countrystyle decor is transformed into a chic space

FOOD 92 ALL YOU NEED IS CHOCOLATE

Three mouth-watering chocolate recipes from Donna Hay’s new cookbook, Life in Balance

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KITCHEN TRENDS WHAT’S HOT FOR

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FROM OUR EDITOR

ALL IN THE

details

Designing a fabulous kitchen is about more than simply conceiving the perfect layout or finding the right appliances. What make a cooking space special are the small decorative details. It’s those subtleties that decor unenthusiasts might dub unimportant – such as choosing polished over brushed brass pulls or opting for a square-edged countertop instead of a rounded one – that make all the difference. Here, we focus on thoughtful touches that take this issue’s featured kitchens to the next level.

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Combining reflective surfaces brightens and visually enlarges a kitchen. This space, devised by designer Shirley Meisels, is a case in point. It’s also a great design trick for spaces with few windows.

White + whitewashed-oak-look cabinets White is typically the go-to colour in small kitchens, but I love how designer Veronica Martin brings in visual texture with recessed faux-oak cabinetry without overwhelming the space.

Matte black fixtures + coordinating grout I’m a fan of matte black faucets and regret not using them in my own kitchen renovation. The designers behind Qummunicate also had the brilliant idea to use a dark-coloured grout (which coordinates with the taps) to enhance the offset pattern of the tiles.

Glass cabinet doors + glossy white tiles This combination is another great way to reflect light to create the illusion of a larger kitchen. It’s also a bonus when you have stylish dishware to display in the cabinets.

Marble + wood There’s no better juxtaposition than rustic wood floating shelves paired with an elegant marble chevronpatterned backsplash. Eclecticism at its finest!

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Perhaps the greatest counterpoint to sombre grey skies, look-at-me brights have a way of energizing a space, no matter the season. Punched up with citrus hues and brilliant blues, this crisp white kitchen has been given a well-deserved wake-up call this winter.

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TRENDSETTER

Culinary Adventure

Often termed “the hub of the home,” the kitchen is the place to take our culinary skills for a spin. But whatever our expertise, surrounding ourselves with innovative elements makes it easier to become true master chefs. Read on for eight trends we’re coveting right now.

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Don’t shy away from white! Quartz is naturally nonporous and stainresistant, making it easy to clean and keep pristine.

trend L I G H T- H U E D C O U N T E RT O P S

MARBLE PLAY INSPIRED BY THE SOUGHT-AFTER LOOK OF MARBLE, THIS WHITE QUARTZ SURFACE WITH ELEGANT GREY VEINING WILL BRING THE

SURFACE TALK

SAME TIMELESS, LUXURIOUS

PAY TRIBUTE TO THE GREAT

QUALITY TO YOUR COOKING

OUTDOORS WITH THIS PALE

QUARTERS FOR A FRACTION

GREY QUARTZ COUNTERTOP,

OF THE COST.

WHICH TAKES ON THE APPEAR-

Cosentino polished quartz COUNTERTOP in White Arabesque, from $49 per sq. ft., Silestone, ca.silestone.com.

ANCE OF STONE BUT REQUIRES FAR LESS MAINTENANCE. Supernatural Series polished quartz COUNTERTOP in Noble Grey, $80 per sq. ft., Caesarstone Canada, caesarstone.ca.

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SAFETY FIRST THERE’S PLENTY MORE TO THIS INDUCTION COOKTOP THAN ITS

Although induction cooking isn’t new, the technology (which uses magnetic forces to create heat instead of relying on a f lame) is growing in popularity thanks in part to innovative products like these.

ULTRA-SHARP LOOKS. NAMELY, IT ONLY GENERATES HEAT WHERE IT DETECTS A PAN, WHILE THE COOKING SURFACE ITSELF REMAINS COOL. YOU CAN ALSO CONTROL THE APPLIANCE REMOTELY FROM YOUR SMARTPHONE FOR PEACE OF MIND. Stainless steel built-in INDUCTION COOKTOP in Black, 30", $3,100, Samsung, samsung.ca.

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EASY BAKE THE UBIQUITOUS MICROWAVE HAS

trend

INDUCTION OVEN IS THE FIRST OF

INDUCTION COOKING

ENABLES IT TO COOK EVERYTHING

MET ITS MATCH. THIS INNOVATIVE

ITS KIND, BOASTING HIGH-SPEED HEATING TECHNOLOGY THAT

FROM FRESH FISH TO FROZEN PIZZA IN 20 MINUTES OR LESS. Steel countertop INDUCTION OVEN, 20", $700, Panasonic, panasonic.com.

KEEN COOK COLD WEATHER CALLS FOR HEARTY SLOW-COOKED MEALS.

PEEK IN TO ENSURE YOUR DISH STAYS AT A PERFECT SIMMER WITHOUT LETTING THE FLAVOUR AND HEAT ESCAPE.

Stainless steel Sensuell POT with lid, 6 l, $55, IKEA, ikea.ca.

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WITH ITS PARTIALLY TRANSPARENT LID, THIS POT LETS YOU

3. trend SEE-THROUGH S U R FA C E S LOOKING GLASS

Stainless steel 44 dBA DISHWASHER with window and lit interior, 24", $1,650, KitchenAid, kitchenaid.ca.

CAN’T RECALL IF A LOAD OF DISHES IS DIRTY OR CLEAN? THIS FANCY MACHINE HAS A WINDOW AND AN INTERIOR LIGHT SO YOU CAN INSPECT YOUR TABLEWARE WITHOUT OPENING THE DOOR.

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FRIENDLY FAUCET A CONVIVIAL WAVE IS ALWAYS A WELCOME GESTURE, AND THIS WISE FAUCET CONCURS. SIMPLY MOVE YOUR HAND NEAR THE SPOUT’S SENSOR TO SWITCH THE

For a more handson experience, take advantage of this high-end faucet's spray feature and adjustable hose.

WATER ON AND OFF. THERE’S ALSO A MANUAL OPTION IF NEEDED. Stainless steel pull-down Beale FAUCET with Selectronic handsfree technology, $875, American Standard, americanstandard.ca.

4. ALLOWS YOU TO THINK ON YOUR FEET. ACTIVATE THE DEVICE BY TAPPING A SEN-

D O W N S P RAYE

TAP DANCE INTRODUCING A NEXT-GEN FAUCET THAT

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SOR INSTALLED IN YOUR CABINET’S TOE SPACE WITH YOUR FOOT TO AVOID GERMS AND KEEP THE FINISH IN MINT CONDITION.

PRINT PROOF CONSTRUCTED FROM STAINLESS STEEL THAT’S RESISTANT TO FINGERPRINTS, THIS GAS RANGE WILL APPEASE EVEN Stainless steel GAS RANGE with fan convection and max capacity rack, 30", $2,250, Maytag, maytag.ca.

THE TIDIEST OF CHEFS. JUST AS IMPRESSIVE IS THE APPLIANCE’S EXTRA-FAST PREHEAT FUNCTION, WHICH SPEEDS UP THE COOKING PROCESS.

5. trend DURABLE APPLIANCES

Chrome-finished brass K7 Semi-Pro FAUCET with foot control in Starlight Chrome, $1,499, Grohe, grohe.com.

Neoroc undermount Cairn SINK in Matte Black with basin rack, 34" x 19" x 10", $985 each, Kohler, kohler.ca.


6.

ICE BREAKER WHEN YOUR FRIDGE HAS

trend

AN APP-ACTIVATED PARTY MODE THAT MAKES ICE FASTER WHEN GUESTS

S M A RT FRIDGES

ARRIVE AND EVEN LOWERS TEMPERATURES TO PREPARE FOR THE DOORS OPENING MORE FREQUENTLY, CELEBRATING BECOMES MANDATORY. Stainless steel French door REFRIGERATOR with InямБnity Slide Shelf, 36" x 39" x 71", $4,900, Whirlpool, whirlpool.ca.

FAMILY AFFAIR WITH FEATURES SUCH AS BUILT-IN CAMERAS THAT SNAP A PHOTO EVERY TIME YOU CLOSE THE DOOR TO HELP KEEP TRACK OF STOCK, AND A TOUCH SCREEN THAT SYNCS CALENDARS, DISPLAYS NOTES AND PLAYS MUSIC, THIS REVOLUTIONARY FRIDGE MAY AS WELL HAVE SUPERPOWERS.

Stainless steel standard-depth Family Hub REFRIGERATOR, 36" x 29" x 72", $6,999, Samsung, samsung.ca.

ROCK SOLID GOOD LUCK SCUFFING UP THIS SINK. MADE FROM A COMPOSITE MATERIAL CALLED NEOROC, THE PRODUCT IS SCRATCH-, STAIN- AND FADERESISTANT. IT ALSO STANDS UP WELL TO HEAT. NOT TO MENTION, ITS MATTE BLACK FINISH IS SIMPLY STRIKING.

7. trend SEAMLESS DESIGN

SMOOTH OPERATOR NO MATTER HOW MODERN A KITCHEN, A BULKY COOKTOP CAN SEVERELY CRAMP ITS STYLE. BUT THIS MODEL, WHICH SITS FLUSH TO THE COUNTERTOP AND HAS CONTROL KNOBS THAT CAN BE MOUNTED ON A CABINET PANEL, IS TURNING UP THE HEAT. Enamelled cast iron Contemporary GAS COOKTOP, 36", $3,999, Sub-Zero and Wolf, subzero-wolf.com.

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8. trend S PA C E S AV E R S

S

SL UPER I M!

24"

M Series stainless steel built-in Contemporary DOUBLE OVEN, 30", $12,399, Sub-Zero and Wolf, subzero-wolf.com.

DOUBLE DOWN WHETHER YOU’RE A SEASONED CHEF OR A KITCHEN NOVICE, THIS BUILT-IN OVEN WILL MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE A TRUE GOURMAND. SET THE APPLIANCE TO ONE OF 10 COOKING MODES (SUCH AS ROAST, DEHYDRATE OR WARM) TO PREPARE A MEAL TO PERFECTION – NO MATTER HOW AMBITIOUS THE FARE. THE STACKED DESIGN CAN HANDLE MULTIPLE DISHES AT ONCE, SAVING ON TIME AND SPACE.

SLIM DOWN SHORT ON SQUARE FOOTAGE? THIS ULTRA-

This hood rises 19 inches to effectively ventilate your cooking area.

NARROW FRIDGE IS HERE TO SAVE THE DAY. AT OVER SIX FEET TALL, IT DOESN’T SKIMP ON STORAGE SPACE (IT’S EVEN EQUIPPED WITH ITS OWN WINE RACK). IT DOESN’T GET MORE ACCOMMODATING THAN THAT! 800 Series tempered-glassclad stainless steel counterdepth bottom-freezer REFRIGERATOR, 24" x 25" x 73", $3,399, Bosch, bosch-home.ca.

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OUT OF SIGHT IN A PERFECT WORLD, ALL LARGE KITCHEN APPLIANCES WOULD DISAPPEAR FROM VIEW AT THE TOUCH OF A BUTTON TO CREATE A MORE SEAMLESS AESTHETIC. LUCKILY, THIS SLEEK VENT DOES JUST THAT BY DISAPPEARING BEHIND THE RANGE. Polished stainless steel Downdraft Accolade VENTILATION SYSTEM, 36", $9,800, Jenn-Air, jennair.ca.


Calibowl silicone and polypropylene nesting MIXING BOWLS, $60 per 5-piece set, Crate and Barrel, crateandbarrel.com.

SURF’S UP DESIGNED BY A CALIFORNIA SURFER, THESE CHEERFUL BOWLS ARE SPILL-PROOF THANKS TO THEIR WAVE-INSPIRED ANGLED RIMS. THEY ALSO TUCK INTO ONE ANOTHER FOR EASY STORAGE.

KEEP COOL

MIXED MAGIC

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR CONDO’S TEENY KITCHEN

VITAMIX’S PERSONAL BLENDER

WITH A SEAMLESSLY INTEGRATED UNDER-COUNTER

IS A TINY POWERHOUSE. USE IT

FRIDGE THAT BOASTS TWO SPACIOUS DRAWERS.

TO WHIP UP NUTRITIOUS SMOOTH-

Stainless steel under-counter double-drawer REFRIGERATOR, 24" x 24" x 35", $5,459, Thermador, thermador.ca.

IES OR SOUPS FOR ONE. THE MACHINE ALSO COMES WITH TWO MIXING CONTAINERS, ONE OF WHICH IS 20 OUNCES AND DOUBLES AS A TRAVEL CUP. S-Series S55 BLENDER in Brushed Stainless, $539, Vitamix, vitamix.ca.

PINT

-SIZE D !

18"

LEAN MACHINE NO MATTER YOUR LAYOUT, THIS EXTRA-SLIM DISHWASHER WILL SQUEEZE INTO JUST ABOUT ANY SPACE. BONUS:

PERFECT PACKAGE DESPERATE FOR AN APPLIANCE DO-OVER? LOOK NO FURTHER THAN MIELE’S FOUR-PIECE COOKING SUITE, WHICH FEATURES PIECES JUST AS SLEEK AS THEY ARE SLIM, SUCH AS A NARROW STAINLESS STEEL FRIDGE, A COMPACT CONVECTION OVEN AND AN ELECTRIC COOKTOP. COMPACT COOKING SUITE*, from $8,995, Miele, miele.ca.

IT’S BUDGET-FRIENDLY, TOO!

Opt for a full appliance package to lend your kitchen a cohesive feel.

Euro-Style Collection stainless steel built-in DISHWASHER with stainless steel interior, 18", $749, GE Appliances, geappliances.ca.

*Package includes RANGE, 24", stainless steel free-standing REFRIGERATOR, 24", stainless steel Classic DISHWASHER, 24", Built-Under RANGE HOOD, 30".

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FOOD NEWS PRODUCER SARA CATION

kitchen cravings We present the latest kitchen covetables, from a revamped culinary classic to a sweet Valentine’s Day gift sure to make you very popular.

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Simple Storage!

cocktkail pic

These cookie cutters snap together when not in use.

VODKA, 750 ml, $27, Wyborowa Wódka, wybo.com.

TEA-BRAINED

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BETTER BAKING

Sweetness and spice and all things nice: This madein-Canada Indian specialty is a cozy antidote to winter’s chill. The fragrant, robust blend of cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper, ginger and honey is as comforting as a warm slice of pumpkin pie – but with more antioxidants and fewer calories.

Whipping up a batch of freshly baked goods just got a little more convenient thanks to these new tools from Trudeau. The circular cookie cutters offer both smooth- and scallop-edged options, while the two-in-one spatula lets you scrape a bowl clean with one end and artfully ice a cake with the other. The bright colours are just an added bonus.

Chai TEA STARTER KIT with Original Masala Chai, $35, Chaiwala, chaiwalachai.com.

Plastic COOKIE CUTTERS, $10 per 5-piece set, large silicone 2-in-1 SPATULA, $13, Trudeau, trudeau.com.

STARCK CRAVING Only the inimitable Philippe Starck could add both style and whimsy to unassuming everyday objects like kitchen utensils. Originally designed in 1996, but unavailable for the past 20 years, the chic collection returns to the Alessi catalogue just as fabulous, but with minor functional upgrades.

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SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED

What better way to make someone you’re sweet on say, “I’m yours!” than with a box of treats they can personally select? Send your sweetheart an e-card through Sugarwish, a service that lets the recipient choose their favourite confections (from a long list that includes nuts and dried fruits) and then delivers the love right to their front door. The Petite CANDY BOX, $25, Sugarwish, sugarwish.com.

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Faitoo Collection stainless steel KITCHEN UTENSILS, from $56 each, Alessi, alessi.com.

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WTB (WYBO TONIC BITTERS) 1 part Wyborowa Wódka vodka 3 parts tonic water 1 dash bitters Lemon wedge, for garnish Orange wedge, for garnish

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DESSERT OF THE MONTH

swirled cranberry

chocolate cakes We love the pairing of chocolate and fruit, so when this

combination of sweet chocolate and slightly tart cranberry came together in the form of these adorable two-bite cakes, we knew it was a dessert bound to set hearts aflutter.

RECIPE JENNIFER BARTOLI PHOTOGRAPHY MAYA VISNYEI FOOD STYLING CLAIRE STUBBS PROP STYLING ANN MARIE FAVOT

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INGREDIENTS MAKES 8 MINI HEART CAKES

Cranberry Swirl 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries ¼ cup water ¼ cup granulated sugar 3 tbsp cream cheese, softened 1 tbsp all-purpose flour

½ cup unsalted butter 1 cup granulated sugar 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 2 eggs 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 tbsp cocoa powder Pinch salt

Mini-chocolate Cakes 6 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped

Topping 2 oz semi-sweet chocolate, melted

Give these petite cakes a

COLOURFUL CONTRAST DIRECTIONS

with a drizzle of white chocolate.

For the cranberry swirl, bring the cranberries, water and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries pop and the mixture thickens to resemble jam, about 15 minutes. Let cool completely. In a bowl, beat together the cranberry mixture, cream cheese and flour until smooth; set aside. For the mini-chocolate cakes, preheat the oven to 350ºF. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the chocolate and butter until smooth. Let cool for 10 minutes. Whisk in the sugar and vanilla, followed by the eggs, one at a time, until combined. Stir in the flour, cocoa powder and salt. Scrape ¹∕³ cup of the batter into each of eight greased 3"-wide mini-heart-shaped pans. Drop small spoonfuls of the cranberry mixture in the batter, gently swirling it with a skewer. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean. Let cool completely before drizzling with melted chocolate.

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HIGH OR LOW

high ORlow?


This eclectic Scandi-inspired dining room was crafted on budgets beямБtting a snug cabin and a luxe chalet. Can you tell the difference?

PRODUCER CHRISTINE HANLON TEXT BRITTANY DEVENYI PHOTOGRAPHY MICHAEL NANGREAVES

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HIGH OR LOW

HIGH $

2 1

$995

11,170

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1 German silver Mira Quatrafoil MIRROR, Elte, elte.com.

$1,195 7 Linen and lambswool Cecil OTTOMAN in White, Elte, elte.com.

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$252 2 Greenwood Daintree WALLPAPER in Grey, $126 per single roll, through designers, Thibaut at Kravet Canada, thibautdesign.com.

$150 3 Powder-coated metal Dome PENDANT LIGHT in Matte Black, Union Lighting and Furnishings, unionlf.com.

$1,682

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8 Trent Austin Design cowhide Glendale RUG, Wayfair.ca.

$1,100 9 Sealed walnut Caitlan DINING CHAIR with top-grain leather seat, Casalife, casalife.com.

11 10

$585

$90

5

4 Avenue Lighting Doheny Ave. painted aluminum PENDANT LIGHT in White, Universal Lamp, greatlighting.com.

10 Linen Glynn TABLECLOTH FABRIC in Gustave Grey, $45 per yard, Designer Fabrics, designerfabrics.ca.

6

$999

$1,795

9

11 Large embossed shagreen BOX in Cream with brass trim, Elte, elte.com.

5 Walnut-veneered MDF Sareen DINING TABLE with beech legs and antique brass caps, Mobilia, mobilia.ca.

$1,497

$830

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6 Wire-brushed oak Hadley DINING CHAIRS, $499 each, Art Shoppe, theartshoppe.com.

12 Jonathan Adler Carrara marble and brass Canaan TABLE LAMP with linen shade in Oyster, Universal Lamp, greatlighting.com.

8 HIGH & LOW White textured VASE, FLATWARE, Crate and Barrel, crateandbarrel.com; white TRAY, grey CUPS, Elte, elte.com; CANDLESTICKS, CB2, cb2.com.

$525 1 Silver-plated metal Imogene MIRROR, Elte, elte.com.

LOW $

2

1

4,851

7 Faux fur Fester OTTOMAN, Elte, elte.com.

4

$194

$299

3

2 Enchantment Luzon WALLPAPER in Grey & Black, $97 per single roll, through designers, Thibaut at Kravet Canada, thibautdesign.com.

$70

8 Cowhide Koldby RUG in Black, IKEA, ikea.ca.

$484

12

9 Stained ash Elbow DINING CHAIR with polyurethane seat, Casalife, casalife.com.

3 Canvas powder-coated steel Winstone PENDANT LIGHT, Canadian Tire, canadiantire.ca.

$450

11

$18

10

4 Powder-coated steel PENDANT LIGHT in White with gold-painted steel detail, Union Lighting and Furnishings, unionlf.com.

$599 5 Stained acacia Kacia DINING TABLE, EQ3, eq3.com.

5 6 9

$825 $315

6 PS 2012 wood-plastic-composite DINING CHAIRS, $99 each, IKEA, ikea.ca.

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10 Cotton and linen Whitney TABLECLOTH FABRIC in Graphite, $9 per yard, Designer Fabrics, designerfabrics.ca.

11 Large embossed shagreen BOX in Cream with brass clasp, Elte, elte.com.

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$775

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12 Renwil Carrara marble and gold-plated aluminum TABLE LAMP with cotton shade, Universal Lamp, greatlighting.com.


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Crush Cravings To ensure this product is right for you, always read and follow the label © Procter & Gamble, Inc. 2016


HIGH OR LOW Powder-coated metal Dome PENDANT LIGHT in Matte Black, $150, Union Lighting and Furnishings, unionlf.com; Avenue Lighting Doheny Ave. painted aluminum PENDANT LIGHT in White, $585, Universal Lamp, greatlighting.com.

Bring a dose of drama to your dining table by hanging a duo of contrasting pendant lights in the Scandi-style palette of black and white.

out of sorts

When modernism meets minimalism, a chic Scandi look is born. But don’t be fooled – this design aesthetic is far from predictable. Take cues from the sought-after style, as we have in our High and Low rooms, by mixing and matching furnishings, pairing sculptural black chairs with a sleek wooden one of similar build and then tossing in an über-plush ottoman for an unexpected touch of texture. Staggering light fixtures that vary in hue and scale strikes the ultimate stylish cord.

BRASS ACT

Glam brass accents will never fall out of fashion. It’s a notion contributing design editor Christine Hanlon stands behind: “I’ve purchased beautiful vintage brass pieces over the years, and I always have them on hand to add warmth and character to a display,” she says. She suggests scouring flea markets for hidden gems that do double duty, such as her footed bowl that also serves as a planter (above). Glazed stoneware Kora VASE, $85, Crate and Barrel, crateandbarrel.com.

Master the art of mixing seating by sticking to the same colour family (in this case, neutrals). If you have a small space, opt for lowprofile chairs that keep sightlines open.

PS 2012 wood-plastic-composite DINING CHAIR, $99, IKEA, ikea.ca; sealed walnut Caitlan DINING CHAIR with top-grain leather seat, $1,100, Casalife, casalife.com; linen and lambswool Cecil OTTOMAN in White, $1,195, Elte, elte.com.

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DIY napkins

fringe benefit Give a soft, organic feel to a modern tablescape with DIY frayed napkins. Cut your

TABLE TALK

Streamlined and slender, these Scandinavianinfluenced dining tables are striking in their simplicity. Any one will bring raw and rustic appeal to your dining room, whatever your budget. Whether you fancy their slim silhouettes or subtle grains, it’s time to pull up a chair.

preferred size from a piece of linen and run the fabric through the washer to naturally fray the edges. Once it’s dry, pull at the ends with your

HIGH

fingers to emphasize the worn appearance. Juxtapose the look with sleek, bold flatware.

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Linen Sanfor Airo FABRIC in Corn Silk (customized), $56 per yard, Designer Fabrics, designerfabrics.ca; PVD-coated stainless steel Jett FLATWARE, $430 per 20-piece set, Crate and Barrel, crateandbarrel.com.

$

Sealed walnut Catalina, 60" x 40" x 30", Casalife, casalife.com.

roll call

With a pared-back, monochromatic design as our starting point, adding a hit of flavour in the form of this chinoiserie wallpaper came easy. Though the two styles don’t typically go hand in hand, the room’s clean-lined aesthetic lets us get away with it.

999

$

Walnut-veneered MDF Sareen with beech legs and antique brass caps, 71" x 36" x 30", Mobilia, mobilia.ca.

Enchantment Luzon WALLPAPER in Grey & Black, $97 per single roll, through designers, Thibaut at Kravet Canada, thibautdesign.com.

$

599

Stained acacia Kacia, 71" x 36" x 30", EQ3, eq3.com.

249

$

Walnut-veneered MDF Thao with rubberwood legs, 63" x 36" x 30", Structube, structube.com.

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DECORATING

TEXT LAURA MUIR PHOTOGRAPHY TRACEY AYTON

A couple’s differing styles come together in a modern-meets-traditional Vancouver home – no compromises necessary.

The living area’s fireplace was replaced with a timeless cleanlined version featuring a marble herringbone-tiled surround. DESIGN, Chrissy & Co. Design Savvy, chrissyco.com; CONTRACTING, Square One Contracting; Steam AF-15 WALL PAINT (throughout, except powder room), Benjamin Moore; FLOORING (throughout), Pravada Floors; OTTOMAN, Country Furniture; FIREPLACE SURROUND TILES, Creekside Tile; CHANDELIER, PRINT (on mantel), Curated Home by Chrissy & Co.

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The dining area’s gallery wall was actually created to conceal a TV. “It’s hidden behind the photograph of the horse, which slides up when you press a button on a remote control,” says designer Chrissy Cottrell. ARMCHAIRS, DINING TABLE, DINING CHAIRS, Good Boy ARTWORK (covering TV) by Julan Hindy, dock PRINT, Curated Home by Chrissy & Co.; SIDE TABLE, West Elm; custom SLIDING DOORS, Square One Contracting; Laura Prints ARTWORK (top left), That Bowtie I Like ARTWORK (bottom right), Michelle Armas; Feather I ARTWORK, Anthony Tahlier.

BEFORE


It

all started with the bar. “The homeowners hired me to renovate a little bar area in their family room,” says designer Chrissy Cottrell of Chrissy & Co. Design Savvy. “And I said, ‘Well, if you do that, your kitchen is going to be very jealous!’” The couple took note, and last summer, the small project turned into a full-scale two-month overhaul of their cramped main floor. Chrissy opened up the space, added storage and updated the aesthetic. Here’s how this home was given the grand treatment.

THE BEFORE The dark and dated main level of this 3,000-square-foot home suffered from a chopped-up layout and a look that could best be characterized as nondescript. “It was very fragmented,” says Chrissy. “For such a big place, it only made sense that it have an open-concept floor plan.” In addition to poor flow, the space had a cluttered feel due to insufficient storage. The ho-hum house was also in need of some architectural interest.


BEFORE

THE VISION A bit of Pinterest surfing indicated the homeowners’ differing styles – she gravitates toward traditional pieces; he likes modern, clean lines. Armed with this information, Chrissy sought to create a space that suited not only their aesthetic preferences but also their lifestyle. “I know they’re planning on having a family,” she says, “so I came up with a design that features kid-friendly finishes and durable furnishings while incorporating both of their styles.”

OPPOSITE, BOTTOM A table with a honed black marble top and stainless steel base lends the dining area a pared-back look.

OVEN, RANGE HOOD, Sub-Zero and Wolf; FAUCETS, Delta Faucet; STOOLS, PENDANT LIGHTS, Curated Home by Chrissy & Co.

LEFT The kitchen cabinetry’s soft cream colour is a classic choice that also offers warmth and depth. The exteriors of the brass pendant lights were painted cream to complement the space’s palette.

ABOVE Hand-pressed ceramic subway tiles cover the kitchen walls. With a rippled, slightly imperfect look, they provide intriguing texture and a bit of sparkle. “They have this organic feel to them and subtly reflect the light,” says Chrissy.

COUNTERTOPS, Caesarstone Canada; BACKSPLASH TILES, Creekside Tile;

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THE EXECUTION Tearing down the wall between the kitchen and living room and installing sliding glass doors made all the difference: On top of creating a brighter and more open space, it allowed Chrissy to double the kitchen’s size, supplant its eat-in area with a more formal dining spot, and provide better functionality and overall flow. Architectural elements like wire-brushed French white oak floors, fireplaces with marble surrounds and substantial built-ins, inject character. The palette of crisp whites and contrasting neutrals was livened up with a few pops of colour to make the space come alive.

THE FINAL PRODUCT With a style that Chrissy dubs “eclectic transitional,” the house boasts a bright, organized look that’s both sophisticated and fresh. Juxtapositions of old and new, masculine and feminine, and sleek and ornate create a fine balance. For example, a curvaceous Dutch-style chandelier and ornate gilded mirror offset contemporary furnishings in the living space. And in the family area, the sofa’s masculine vibe is countered by a pair of smaller-scaled Louis XVI-inspired armchairs. “The only piece of furniture the homeowners wouldn’t part with was the old leather sofa,” says Chrissy. “But it worked out really well!”

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ABOVE The gas fireplace in the family room was given a facelift with a surround made of 12-by24-inch Calacatta marble tiles. “They nicely offset the built-ins, so the wall doesn’t feel too dark,” says the designer. ARMCHAIRS, COFFEE TABLE, TOSS CUSHIONS, The Cross Decor & Design; FIREPLACE SURROUND TILES, Creekside Tile.

RIGHT, BOTTOM Chrissy painted the entire powder room black. “If you paint a ceiling white in a black room, the eye goes straight to the ceiling before noticing how striking the space is,” she says. Luxurious elements like the marblelook floor and brass-toned faucet enhance the elegant jewel box vibe. Onyx 2133-10 WALL PAINT, Benjamin Moore; PEDESTAL SINK, FAUCET, Kohler.


The family area’s built-ins offer much-needed closed storage and room for display. Painting them a rich charcoal adds handsome contrast, visually differentiates the space from the adjacent kitchen and is a practical choice. “It’s a more livable option than black because all-black surfaces show too much dust,” says Chrissy.

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BEFORE

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small

victories

Thanks to a designer’s masterful eye, this modest modern kitchen serves as a lesson in making the most of the space you have. TEXT BRITTANY DEVENYI | PHOTOGRAPHY DONNA GRIFFITH | STYLING MORGAN LINDSAY

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If not precisely planned, a tiny kitchen can lead to chaos of all sorts: appliances dominating countertops, overstuffed cabinets that barely shut, even cookware stashed in the oven. The trouble with this Toronto couple’s 235-square-foot cooking quarters came down to its awkward U-shaped layout, which divided the kitchen into two distinct zones: a prep area and an eating nook. Desperate for a revamp, the pair called on interior designer Veronica Martin to conceive a refreshingly bright and modern space with hard-working elements. “The homeowners wanted to take back their kitchen and set it up to suit their everyday lifestyle,” says Veronica. So she worked her magic and made it happen. Here, we reveal eight designer-approved tricks for making a small kitchen thrive.

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1. Extend the Cabinetry Height

2. Conceal a Bump-Out Wall

To maximize the kitchen’s storage capacity, Veronica traded in awkwardly positioned uppers for glossy white and oak-look cabinetry that extends to the ceiling. “The original cupboards left all this untouched space above them, so it was important to reclaim that and take advantage of the 10-foothigh ceiling,” she says. The homeowners now use the extra storage to stow away off-season items and other specialty kitchenware.

The pre-reno space featured a pantry that protruded into the nearby hallway. “It resembled a front hall closet and felt very removed from the kitchen,” says Veronica. So the designer got creative. To better incorporate a new pantry into the room, she had custom floor-toceiling cabinetry installed in the same spot and then had matching fake doors added to the bump-out wall directly beside it. The clever addition looks like a large unit that was always part of the kitchen.

FLOOR PLAN

3. Experiment With Cabinet Depths

235 SQ. FT.

Though 24-inch-deep cabinets constitute the majority of this kitchen’s storage, Veronica chose to recess the doors above one countertop to add depth and function, ensuring the prep surface is accessible. Incorporating whitewashed-wood-look doors also lends warmth to the predominately white space. “All-white kitchens can come off as cold,” she says. “Introducing wooden elements is one of the best and easiest ways to increase interest.” STYLEATHOME.COM FEBRUARY 2017

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4

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4. Have Countertops Work Double Duty

5. Maximize the Eat-In Area

Instead of limiting counter space to the kitchen’s cooking zone, the designer had sleek quartz countertops installed along an entire wall, extending into the eat-in area. “This design choice reinforces the idea that it’s one integrated space,” she says. The shallow countertop underneath the TV also acts as a sideboard thanks to the built-in cupboards below, where the homeowners store everything from formal dishware to electronics.

The kitchen’s eating nook is one of the most well-loved spots in the home. It’s where the couple sips coffee every morning and retreats after a long day. Keeping this in mind, the designer didn’t want to be constrained by choosing only compact furniture. She instead used large cushioned dining chairs that “encourage the homeowners to stay longer,” she says. The round aged-elm dining table balances the look and is easy to navigate around.


6. Embrace a Free-Standing Island The original U-shaped kitchen layout impeded traffic flow and separated the cooking hub from the eat-in area. The new linear layout boasts a modern free-standing island equipped with an undermount sink, which allows the couple to move around and entertain guests with ease while cooking.

7. Get Repetitive While outfitting the small space, Veronica was careful to create cohesion. The existing maple flooring was swapped out for the same stained oak that’s carried throughout the rest of the main floor. The new accent cabinetry mimics the look of the dining table. Even the cabinetry hardware mirrors the chandelier’s black framework. These repeated decorative details ultimately tie the room together.

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8. Accessorize Thoughtfully “I wanted there to be huge visual impact when you entered the kitchen, but I also didn’t want to compromise the view to the backyard garden,” says the designer of her decision to add the stick-like chandelier to the eat-in area. “It was important for the light fixture to bring something unexpected to the space,” she adds. “A drum shade, for instance, would have fallen flat. It would’ve been too predictable.”

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DESIGN, Veronica Martin Design Studio, veronicamartindesignstudio.com; CONTRACTING, Domain Design; Oxford White CC-30 WALL PAINT, Benjamin Moore; white CABINETRY, IKEA; oaklook CABINETRY DOORS, Semihandmade; CABINETRY INSTALLATION, BML; Calacatta Nuvo quartz COUNTERTOPS & BACKSPLASH, Caesarstone Canada; KitchenAid REFRIGERATOR, DISHWASHER & RANGE, Panasonic MICROWAVE, Appliance Canada; SINK, FAUCET, Ginger’s; DINING TABLE, Restoration Hardware; DINING CHAIRS, Structube; STOOLS, CB2; Dash & Albert RUNNER, Elte; custom CHANDELIER, Lampcage; CABINETRY HARDWARE, Upper Canada Specialty Hardware; earthenware VASES, Crate and Barrel.

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THE new

K

CLASSICS Three impeccable kitchens that prove timehonoured style just keeps getting better and better!


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Vintage schoolhouse-style pendant lights contribute to the kitchen’s bistro feel.

PHOTOGRAPHY XXXXXXXXXX

By tearing down the wall between the kitchen and living-dining area, designer Rebecca Hay created the large open space this couple desired. “We entertain a lot, and my husband is a big cook,” says homeowner Jackie VanDerMeulen. “Now he can be part of the action when company’s over.”


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BISTRO CLASSIC HIGH-CONTRAST PALETTE + CHEVRON-TILED BACKSPLASH + YELLOW & BRASS ACCENTS + VINTAGE TOUCHES LEFT & BELOW The mosaic marble backsplash, made of Thassos and Carrara marbles, creates a luxurious setting and adds interest with its timeless chevron pattern. “It matches the sleek quartz countertops and seamless white sink,” says Rebecca, who’s a big fan of running a backsplash all the way to the ceiling. “It creates the illusion that the whole wall behind the cabinetry is tiled.” The contrasting colour scheme of indigo blue and warm whites, with hits of yellow and brass, helps establish an airy and inviting aesthetic.

TEXT LAURA MUIR PHOTOGRAPHY STEPHANI BUCHMAN STYLING ANN MARIE FAVOT

Jackie VanDerMeulen

and Stewart Thom lived in their semidetached east Toronto home for three years before it was time for their scruffy, storage-challenged kitchen to go. Stuck in a ’90s time warp and suffering from lots of wasted space, it featured shabby maple cabinetry and a terracotta-tiled backsplash, countertop and floor. The busy couple – both lawyers and parents to Arthur, 2, and Graeme, 9 months – sought a more STYLEATHOME.COM FEBRUARY 2017

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functional, open-concept kitchen suitable for raising their children and entertaining friends, a common request by young families. But thanks to designer Rebecca Hay, the warm and eclectic results are decidedly unique. A mix of traditional and clean-lined elements, a high-contrast colour palette, vintage touches and hits of wood create an inviting kitchen with covetable character that’s a far cry from its dated start.

ABOVE, LEFT The brass cabinetry hardware echoes other elements, such as the vintage pendant lights and the detailing on the walnut stools, which all lend a trendy yet timeless appeal. ABOVE An empty wall provided an unexpected opportunity to build a hardworking pantry complete with a broom closet, pullout shelves, cupboards for small appliances and lesser-used items, as well as a spot for the fridge. “But we discovered there was space between the exterior wall and interior framing,” says Rebecca. “So we moved some ductwork and consolidated the HVAC where the plumbing is and gained about 10 inches of extra space, which allowed us to create ample storage.”

LEFT Integrated into the new pantry wall, a small nook with a bench and coat hooks serves as a mini-mud room. “We needed this nook for jackets and boots and things because we have alley parking and often enter through the back door,” says Jackie, whose mom made the bench and coat rack, as well as the floating shelves (pictured opposite). “My mom took up carpentry in her retirement,” she says. OPPOSITE The floating shelves enhance the kitchen’s airiness and tie in with the other wooden elements in the room, adding an industrial note. “They have that nice raw edge,” says Jackie. The Roman shade complements the colour scheme and presents some playful pattern alongside the chevron-tiled backsplash.


BEFORE

FLOOR PLAN 200 SQ. FT.

BUDGET ELEMENT

The bench, coat rack and open shelves WERE DIY PIECES CONSTRUCTED BY JACKIE’S MOM.

DESIGN, Rebecca Hay Designs, rebeccahaydesigns.com; CONTRACTING, FLOORING, TriMatrix Construction; 2125-60 Marilyn’s Dress WALL PAINT, HC-155 Newburyport Blue CABINETRY & ISLAND BASE PAINT, CC-40 Cloud White UPPER CABINETRY PAINT, Benjamin Moore; COUNTERTOPS, Caesarstone Canada; BACKSPLASH TILES, Marble Granite Depot; REFRIGERATOR, OVEN, RANGE, Jenn-Air; DISHWASHER, Whirlpool; FAUCET, Amazon.ca; STOOL FABRIC, Designer Fabrics; custom STOOLS, Urban Reclaimed; ROMAN SHADE, Tonic Living; PENDANT LIGHTS, The Door Store; CABINETRY HARDWARE, Upper Canada Specialty Hardware; BOWL, Elte.

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KITCHEN SPECIAL This kitchen overhaul included reconfiguring rooms (the laundry space was moved to the second floor and the powder room was relocated on the first) and adding an extension that replaced a covered porch at the back of the house. The resulting 22-by-20-foot kitchen is bright, expansive and full of character.

OPPOSITE With practicality in mind, designer Shirley Meisels outfitted the kitchen with two types of countertop material. “Marble can be a little temperamental,” she says. “So we chose more durable composite quartz for the cooking areas and used marble on the island, which has no sink and won’t be used as a prep station.”

Fresh greenery provides low-commitment colour in the all-white kitchen.


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MODERN CLASSIC ALL-WHITE PALETTE + GLASS BACKSPLASH + TRADITIONAL ARCHITECTURE + CONTEMPORARY FURNISHINGS

TEXT LAURA MUIR | PHOTOGRAPHY STACEY BRANDFORD STYLING ANN MARIE FAVOT

As far

as design overhauls go, this kitchen takes the cake. Once dark, narrow and tired, with basic fittings and worn-down finishes, it’s now light, bright and expansive – a contemporary design with serious wow factor, thanks to designer Shirley Meisels of MHouse. After living in this midtown Toronto Georgian-style house for 31 years, the homeowners were ready for a change. They wanted something youthful, fresh and modern, with ample room to host large family gatherings for their kids and grandchildren. Inspired by the European trend of marrying STYLEATHOME.COM FEBRUARY 2017

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A glass backsplash emphasizes the modern kitchen’s sleek, seamless aesthetic.

traditional architecture with modern design, the couple chose a mix of ultra-sleek details, such as minimalistic all-white cabinetry and a glass backsplash, and old-world elements like a coffered ceiling and sash windows. The result is not only a fresh youthful space where the family loves to hang out when they visit, but also one of the homeowners’ favourite spots in the house when they’re solo.

ABOVE, LEFT A small shelf keeps cooking essentials within easy reach of the range. It’s raised off the countertop to avoid a cluttered look.

creating an intriguing juxtaposition with the kitchen’s contemporary aesthetic. The artwork adds bright colour to the otherwise muted space.

ABOVE The über-modern brass pendant lights, with their simple geometric design, as well as the iconic Louis Ghost stools, are sculptural focal points that add modern edge. The light oak floors were a happy accident. “Originally, they were going to be re-stained in a dark finish,” says Shirley. “But when the existing stain was stripped from the floor, the homeowners loved the lighter look and decided to keep it.”

OPPOSITE Defined by a mix of old and new, the eat-in area features a MidCentury Modern Saarinen dining table surrounded by Louis XVI-style dining chairs with wipeable white vinyl seats. “Those chairs used to be in my dining room,” says one of the homeowners. “They’re probably 36 years old and have been re-covered several times.” The windows and French doors lead to the backyard and let in lots of natural light.

LEFT Structural elements, such as the wall panelling (shown here), sash windows and coffered ceiling, lend traditional character that suits the architectural style of the house,


FLOOR PLAN 440 SQ. FT.

BUDGET ELEMENT

MANY OF THE furnishings are

items the homeowner already had, SUCH AS THE

EAT-IN AREA’S DINING CHAIRS.

DESIGN, MHouse, mhouseinc.com; CONTRACTING, LW Build; Oxford White CC-30 WALL PAINT, Benjamin Moore; CABINETRY, quartz composite COUNTERTOP, ISLAND, BACKSPLASH, hanging SHELF, CABINETRY HARDWARE, Bulthaup; ISLAND COUNTERTOP, Crystal Tile & Marble; APPLIANCES, hot water FAUCET, Appliance Canada; Moen FAUCET, Taps Bath Centre; Saarinen DINING TABLE, Hollace Cluny; DINING CHAIRS, Art Shoppe; DINING CHAIR FABRIC, Threadcount Textile & Design; CABINET, Elte; STOOLS, Suite 22 Interiors; FLOORING, Capital Hardwood Flooring; PENDANT LIGHTS, Lambert & Fils; Suspended #6 ARTWORK (above cabinet) by Bobbie Burgers, Bau-Xi Gallery.

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Thonet-style stools lend the kitchen an elegance befitting a French restaurant.


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CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC BLACK & WHITE PALETTE + SQUARE-TILED BACKSPLASH + SHAKER-STYLE CABINETRY + ICONIC FURNISHINGS

OPPOSITE Opening up the 11-by18-foot kitchen to the rest of the main floor and replacing the back wall with a glass-panelled door and sidelights were the first steps in creating a more airy and light-filled space. The kitchen has a timeless aesthetic, with Shaker-style cabinetry, classic architectural details and a neutral palette, while a few of-themoment touches, such as the brass hardware and pendant lights, keep it hip. “It’s a brick house with traditional details like beams and mouldings at the front, and we wanted to carry that essence into the kitchen,” says designer Vanessa Kwan. LEFT A banquette serves as part of the casual eat-in area for the couple and their children, Sadie, 6, and Spencer, 2. It features storage in the form of legal-sized filing cabinets, with flush brass pulls that don’t get in the way of dangling feet. Finding a table that fit the space proved challenging, so homeowner Mike Shannon built the base himself and had a piece of glass cut for the top. The Eames chairs are a classic pick, and the chandelier provides sparkle and blends in with all the brass. TEXT LAURA MUIR | PHOTOGRAPHY DONNA GRIFFITH | STYLING ANN MARIE FAVOT

Armed with a wishlist

a mile long, Toronto homeowners Meghan Mann and Mike Shannon took the renovation plunge last year. With the help of designers Vanessa Kwan and Ingrid Oomen of Qummunicate, they transformed their dysfunctional, dowdy kitchen into a stylish dream and fit everything they wanted into STYLEATHOME.COM FEBRUARY 2017

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its compact 198-square-foot space. The open-concept design now features a work station, an eat-in nook and a peninsula that overlooks the dining area. Its classic-chic look with a contemporary edge not only complements the young couple’s style but also suits the 1910 house’s traditional architecture and its up-and-coming west Toronto neighbourhood’s trendy vibe.

Cork f looring and a cowhide rug warm up the stark black and white palette.

ABOVE The kitchen was designed with family-friendly functionality top of mind: The white quartzite countertops are aesthetically similar to marble but are more durable and require less maintenance; the six-inch-square ceramic tiled backsplash, with its grey grout, is easy to keep clean; and the cork floors are great for kids because they’re soft underfoot and don’t scratch easily. For homeowner Meghan Mann, who works in software sales from home, the desk area (with a lower counter and two pencil drawers) was a must. LEFT A white-painted corkboard displaying colourful children’s artwork gives the eat-in area a healthy dose of personality and fun. “Pin boards are a common trick I like to use in the kitchens I design,” says Vanessa. “Not only do parents love to display their kids’ art, but forms that need

signing and schedules should be easy to spot. Since these boards can be visually busy, I try to tuck them somewhere less noticeable.” OPPOSITE The black faucets and window frame above the sink create contrast yet establish continuity with the blackpainted door at the back of the room. The dark elements, offering the kitchen a slightly industrial edge, are also a nod to the neighbourhood’s commercial architecture. “The area has a lot of old factory buildings, some converted into lofts or artists’ spaces,” says Meghan. “And they have those steel windows, so we wanted to echo that look in the kitchen.”


BEFORE

FLOOR PLAN 198 SQ. FT.

BUDGET ELEMENT

Meghan found an inexpensive cowhide rug and cut it down to size INSTEAD OF BUYING ONE THAT FIT FOR $800.

DESIGN, Qummunicate, qummunicate.com; CONTRACTING, Vano & Sons Contracting; Pure White OC-64 CABINETRY PAINT, Benjamin Moore; Iron Ore SW 7069 DOOR & WINDOW FRAME PAINT, Sherwin-Williams; Super White quartzite COUNTERTOPS, SINK, Asia Marbles; BACKSPLASH TILES, Lowe’s; Bosch REFRIGERATOR, Best Buy; Bosch RANGE, Faulkner’s Appliance Centre; Ancona RANGE HOOD, Costco; Bosch DISHWASHER, Hudson’s Bay; FAUCETS, Taps Bath Centre; Eames DINING CHAIRS, Morba; BANQUETTE CUSHION FABRIC, Designer Fabrics; BANQUETTE CUSHION SEWING, New Hope Upholstering; STOOLS, Artefac; DESK CHAIR, Elte; FLOORING, Alliance Floor Source; cowhide RUG, sheepskin THROWS, IKEA; PENDANT LIGHTS, Union Lighting and Furnishings; CHANDELIER, Sam the Chandelier Man; CABINETRY & BANQUETTE HARDWARE, Upper Canada Specialty Hardware; yellow TOSS CUSHION, Elte Market; BOWL (on counter), Elte.

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bistro classic

KitchenAid 2-quart KETTLE in Citrus Sun, $60, Hudson’s Bay, thebay.com.

get the look

Sunny yellow and brass accents complement the warm white and deep blue palette of this personalitypacked kitchen.

Rose City brass and glass PENDANT LIGHT in Lacquered Polish Brass with Classic Schoolhouse Shade in Opal, 14", $290 US, Rejuvenation, rejuvenation.com.

Richelieu metal Contemporary PULL in Satin Brass, 3", $5, The Home Depot, homedepot.ca.

modern classic

get the look

EDITORS’ PICK

Small hits of brass bring this sleek modern white kitchen to life.

Perchoir PENDANT LIGHT in Brass, 18", $945, Lambert & Fils, lambertetfils.com.

contemporary classic

get the look

Curvy iconic shapes and trendy accents make this kitchen downright covetable. Round wood and marble SERVING BOARD, $38, Indigo, indigo.ca.

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Michael Thonet beech Era STOOL in Black, $365, Design Within Reach, dwr.com.

MDF 2-door Luna SIDEBOARD in White, $299, Structube, structube.com.


Stoneware Silo CANISTERS with bamboo lids, 16 oz., $11, and 48 oz., $25, Crate and Barrel, crateandbarrel.com.

Le Creuset round FRENCH OVEN in Dune, 4 l, $485, Hudson’s Bay, thebay.com.

EDITORS’ PICK

Labell Canadian maple CUTTING BOARDS, $22 per 2-piece set, Walmart, walmart.ca.

Safavieh glazed ceramic Tao GARDEN STOOL, $126, O.co.

Oval marble-topped Marcel DINING TABLE, $2,975, Elte Market, eltemkt.com.

Philippe Starck for Kartell polycarbonate One More STOOL in Clear, $585, Design Within Reach, dwr.com.

Stoneware Cambria DINNER PLATE in Turquoise, $40 US per set of 4, Pottery Barn, potterybarn.com.

Brass and glass Luna PENDANT LIGHT with shade in Clear, 12", $269 US, Schoolhouse Electric, schoolhouseelectric.com.

EDITORS’ PICK Cotton Soiree TOSS CUSHION in Natural with feather-down INSERT, $63, CB2, cb2.com.

Jason Wu for Brizo mixed metal Solna FAUCET in Matte Black, $611, Masco Canada, mascocanada.com.

Cowhide Koldby RUG in Brown, $299, IKEA, ikea.ca.


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How do you know if a home is right for you? Try it before you buy it. TEXT BETHANY LYTTLE | PHOTOGRAPHY EMA PETER

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trial

without error


IN THE FAST-GROWING CITY OF VANCOUVER, NEW CONSTRUCTION HAS THRIVED IN RECENT YEARS, and in every direction, it seems, shiny residential towers reach toward the sky. But look a little closer, and you’ll find vestiges of the city’s original charm – hallmarks that hearken back to a different era. Take, for example, the city’s lawn bowling clubs. Since the early 1900s, Vancouverites – dressed in traditional white garb – have gathered in these park-like settings to compete on the grassy lanes. One of these storied clubs is nestled in the neighbourhood of South Granville, with two heritage homes standing guard nearby. A few years ago, these abodes caught the attention of Jacqueline and Matt Walker – both commercial real estate professionals – who happened to be on the hunt for a rental home. The good

The tailored upholstery with subtle piping on the sofa and Bergère chairs gives the living room of this Vancouver home its buttoned-down aesthetic. Flanking the heritage fireplace, sleek floating consoles keep clutter at bay and offer a striking contrast, as does the rug that calls to mind the night sky, riffing on all the white and light in the room. DESIGN, Mak Interiors, makinteriors.ca; CONTRACTING, Fifth Element Construction; Chantilly Lace OC-65 WALL PAINT (throughout), Benjamin Moore; FLOORING (throughout), Wiston Building Materials; BERGÈRE CHAIRS, Restoration Hardware; custom floating CONSOLE, Munro Woodworking; ROMAN SHADE SEWING, Layers & Layers Showroom; RUG, Salari Fine Carpet Collections; TOSS CUSHIONS, LUMBAR CUSHIONS, THROW, West Elm.


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Traditional Bergère chairs upholstered in pale grey linen are accented by graphite-grey toss cushions, which continue the night-and-day colour palette. Large windows allow for lots of light and offer views of the bowling green across the street.

and lovely stemware worthy of display.” Two-toned cabinetry (dark for the uppers, light for the base) gives the room a more furnished feel, as does the countertop, which continues up the wall as a backsplash.

SOFA, COFFEE TABLE, Country Furniture.

Woodworking; Flint AF-560 UPPER

BELOW “Not everyone can have glass-faced cabinetry,” says designer Amber Kingsnorth, “but this couple is super organized. Plus, they have beautiful white dishware

LOWER CABINETRY PAINT, Benjamin

news was the antiquated structures had been reconfigured in 2008 to create what are now four contemporary townhomes. “But they were backed by a towering skyscraper,” recalls Jacqueline. “We were pretty sure we’d feel overshadowed and miserable.” However, they took a chance, knowing a rental was low-commitment and they could always stay for just one year. That never happened – in fact, they fell in love with the place. “We didn’t even notice the tower,” says Jacqueline. “And it turned out the layout let in a lot of sunlight, which was fantastic.” About six months later, Matt was walking home from work when he noticed the neighbouring townhouse was empty. The couple quickly put in an offer, becoming the sudden owners of a 1,400-square-foot abode identical to the rental in which they were already living. Not only did they know what the space

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CABINETRY FABRICATION, Munro CABINETRY PAINT, Pewter 2121-30 Moore; DISHWASHER, KitchenAid; SINK, Franke; FAUCET, Brizo; UPPER CABINETRY HARDWARE, Anthropologie; LOWER CABINETRY HARDWARE, Bradford Decorative Hardware.


The coffered ceiling’s sculptural grid doubles as art and lends drama without overwhelming the small dining room. “It was pricey, but worth it,” says homeowner Jacqueline Walker. The industrial-chic bronze pendant lights, live-edge wooden table, Mid-Century Modern chairs and contemporary artwork may vary in style, but are unified by their neutral colours. Custom DINING TABLE, West Coast Wood Slabs; floral PRINT, Anewall.


DECORATING Geometry rules in the master bedroom, where the wroughtiron bed frame and the custom Shaker-style cabinetry with its square-edged hardware deliver a crisp, cohesive look. As for the storage space: “We spent more time planning the closet than the kitchen,” says Amber. The wardrobe wall even features a large “secret” dressing room. “To someone without a shopping problem like mine, it would look more like a nursery,” adds Jacqueline with a laugh. BED FRAME, NIGHTSTAND, RUG, Restoration Hardware; custom CABINETRY FABRICATION, Munro Woodworking; ROMAN SHADE SEWING, Layers & Layers Showroom; SCONCES, Hubbardton Forge; BEDDING, IKEA; CABINETRY HARDWARE, Bradford Decorative Hardware.


Now you see it! Hidden among the master bedroom’s built-in cabinetry is the door to a dressing room.

would be like, but they also knew exactly what they wanted to change – namely, the tawny-hued walls, a shimmering black and gold kitchen, builder-grade hollow doors and mismatched big-box-store cabinetry – so they hired Amber Kingsnorth of Mak Interiors to help. “The original space definitely wasn’t their style,” recalls Amber. “Jacqueline and Matt have a tailored aesthetic. They dress beautifully and pay a lot of attention to detail.” The pair desired a design that would retain the home’s antique elements, such as the fireplace, and feature a contemporary neutral colour scheme – the perfect blend of old and new. Conveniently, the couple was able to remain in the rental as Amber got to work. Her first task was to streamline the design: Amber opted to use only one wall colour, one floor type, one hardware type and one cabinetry style throughout the entire house. “Treating a small house as if it’s one room creates cohesion and flow,” she explains. Amber also commissioned custom millwork for architectural impact and scrapped an unnecessary breakfast nook to garner more counter space in the kitchen. The minimalist dining room got a style upgrade thanks to a new coffered ceiling, and the bedroom went big on function with a floor-to-ceiling wall of storage (featuring a hidden dressing room!). Even the master bath received a crisp makeover, going from builder basic to dynamic and storage-savvy. In the end, the “house next door” was transformed into a polished and curated space, just as well-suited to the modern tower behind it as it is to the historic bowling green across the street – and perfectly befitting the couple themselves. FOR SOURCES, SEE OUR WORKBOOK

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TEXT CHRISTY WRIGHT | PHOTOGRAPHY MIKE CHAJECKI

A modern living room with out-of-sync countrystyle decor and challenging architecture is transformed into a chic, sophisticated space.

Elements like the dark, patterned rug and deep-toned toss cushions ground the light-filled living room. “The round coffee table is a welcome counterpoint to the room’s straight lines, which makes the space feel more comfortable,” explains decorator Laura Stein.

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“These drapery panels don’t close,” says Laura. “We added them to soften the hard lines of the windows.”

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THE PROBLEM Throughout most of this Toronto home’s living room, the ceiling is a standard height of nine feet, but at the back, it’s 20 feet tall with grand floor-to-ceiling windows.

THE SOLUTION Decorator Laura Stein needed to find furniture that was large enough for the area with the soaring ceiling and small enough for the average-height section of the space. “I had most of the pieces custom-made,” she says.

FLOOR PLAN 265 SQ. FT.


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“I love leaning art against the wall instead of hanging it. It creates a more casual look, and this way you avoid putting nail holes in the wall,” says Laura.

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Decorator Laura Stein’s signature fresh contemporary spin on traditional style is, above all else, curated, collected and chic. THE LOOK Sophisticated and warm, the room achieves a playful juxtaposition of contemporary and classic styles with curved forms and straight lines. “Many of the furnishings are modern and cleanlined but reference traditional shapes and details,” says Laura.

THE LAYOUT The sofa’s large scale and positioning downplay the varying ceiling heights. A face-to-face seating arrangement is perfect for hosting company, while the wingback chair is an ideal spot to watch the TV, which is tucked into a nook above the fireplace.

THE EXTRAS By flanking the fireplace with matching custom sideboards, Laura extended the line of furniture beyond where the ceiling height changes to keep the room from feeling disjointed.

THE MATERIALS In addition to her ample use of light upholstery and dark wood, Laura repeated metal and glass accents throughout to bounce light around and soften the overall aesthetic.

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Gold accents provide a glamorous foil to the casually styled bookcase. “They have a subtle finish but enough shine to add sparkle without being blingy,” says Laura.

DESIGN, Laura Stein Interiors, laurasteininteriors.com; Lychee AF-40 WALL PAINT, Benjamin Moore; custom SOFA, Silva Custom Furniture; ARMCHAIRS, Industrial Storm; custom WINGBACK CHAIR, Cooper Bros.; custom COFFEE TABLE & BISTRO TABLE, P. Custom Design; DINING CHAIRS, Gresham House Furniture; built-in BOOKCASE, Michael Black; antique blueprint ARTWORK, Ribbehege & Azevedo; TOSS CUSHION & LUMBAR CUSHION SEWING, Q. Design Perfect Drapery and Shades; shell DISH, Elte.

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MODERN MINIMAL

space cowboys TEXT JASMINE MILLER

PHOTOGRAPHY TRACEY AYTON

With a plan in hand and some professional guidance, these homeowners take the reins of the modern design of their spacious new home.

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Homeowners Wing Lau and Kevin Teo didn’t need designer Jamie Deck’s help in designing their gallery wall. Wing has been pinning favourite pieces for years and opted for a combination of personal photos and low-cost prints. Kevin was in charge of installation. “We had painters’ tape all over the floor and outlining the gallery wall to make sure the configuration was right,” says Wing of organizing the graphic black and white pieces in the dining room. DESIGN, Shift Interiors, shift-interiors.com; Chantilly Lace OC-65 WALL PAINT, Benjamin Moore; DINING TABLE, Room & Board; DINING CHAIRS, Amazon.ca; PENDANT LIGHT, Inform Interiors; PRINT (bottom left), PRINT (top right) Society6; PRINT (top centre), The Paris Print Shop.


LEFT & LEFT, BELOW Wing swapped the condo’s living and dining areas to create a larger and more functional living room. After all, it has to handle the couple’s two dogs and, at some point, kids. The carpet was chosen in part for its low, easy-toclean pile (so the battle against dog hair isn’t too taxing). Chenille SOFA, Room & Board; COFFEE TABLE, grey TOSS CUSHION, CB2; MEDIA CONSOLE, black TOSS CUSHIONS, black & white TOSS CUSHION, IKEA; RUG, RugsUSA. com; STOOL, Serena & Lily; PRINTS, HomeSense.

OPPOSITE, BOTTOM RIGHT For Wing, it was important to mix high and low pieces. The Parsons dining table, for example, was a total splurge. The couple saw the piece in Seattle, fell in love with it and returned to the city two months later to haul it home in the family van. It’s something Wing plans to hang on to for a long time: “My future kids will probably spill on the table,” says Wing with a laugh. “But we’re okay with that.”

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ing Lau and Kevin Teo bought their first Vancouver condo because of its easy access to work and the downtown amenities – charming restaurants, chic boutiques, art galleries and more. The problem? The one-bedroom-plus-den was a tight fit for the young couple and their two dogs. “We were barely ever home because it was so cramped,” remembers Wing. Add the fact that they were recently married and planning to expand the family, and 600 square feet wasn’t going to cut it. For these IT professionals, though, a house wasn’t the answer. “That’s too much maintenance,” says Wing. The solution was moving to a larger condo – a new build with panoramic views and breathing room thanks to a second bedroom and bathroom, as well as a den. Being a blank slate, however, it lacked character. “We found someone to inject some flair into the place,” says Wing, referring to designer Jamie Deck of Shift Interiors. After researching Jamie’s work online, Wing realized the company was a great fit – and not just because she liked her style. Wing is hands-on when it comes to her home. A decor enthusiast and avid DIYer, she needed a design partner, not a leader, and Jamie’s firm allows homeowners to buy blocks of time to customize the level of service, from light guidance to full execution. So Wing requested Jamie’s advice on layouts and furniture selection, and then chose her favourites. She did much of the shopping and implementation herself. Central to the 24th-floor condo are the living-dining area’s floor-to-ceiling windows, which showcase mountain views. They’re what sold the couple on the home and naturally became a central focus for the open-concept main living area. The STYLEATHOME.COM FEBRUARY 2017

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OPPOSITE & LEFT, CENTRE The kitchen is the literal and figurative centre of the apartment: It overlooks the living and dining room, benefits from the stunning view out the floor-toceiling windows and is a place Wing and Kevin spend a lot of time,

doing everything from cooking breakfast to entertaining company. BELOW Prior to purchasing any furniture, the couple brought home fabric swatches to ensure everything matched with the kitchen cabinetry.

“With its interesting grain, it almost plays the role of a feature wall,” says Wing. So it dictated what she and Kevin did with the rest of the space. “We couldn’t choose anything that competed with that.”


“I only ever wear BLACK, WHITE OR GREY.”

LEFT & LEFT, BOTTOM Jamie suggested multiple furniture configurations for the master bedroom, but they settled on a set-up that takes advantage of the mountain views. The space is a lesson in how to create a successful high-low mix: The headboard was custommade by Shift Interiors, but Kevin painted the concrete-look feature wall himself. The bedding and toss cushions are big-box-store finds. BED FRAME, large grey

TOSS CUSHION, IKEA; NIGHTSTANDS, Mobital; PRINT, Minted; LIGHT FIXTURE, OMG It’s Small by Ginger Jar; TABLE LAMPS, France & Søn; BEDDING, THROW, HomeSense; small grey TOSS CUSHION, Pill-O-Matic.

OPPOSITE, FAR LEFT & RIGHT With its simple mirror, metal console and wooden stool, the entryway announces the muted palette present throughout the space. Floating circular hooks offer a functional yet chic place to hang coats.

MIRROR, The Modern Shop; STOOL, Yew WoodShop; circular WALL HOOKS, Vancouver Special.

OPPOSITE, CENTRE The bathroom echoes the kitchen with the same seamless cabinetry, but the countertop adds another layer of pattern that the kitchen lacks, proving it’s easy to be more daring with design in closed-off spaces. His and hers sinks allow for stressfree mornings.

room’s muted colour scheme provides the perfect frame for the vista – and also reflects Wing’s personal palette. “I only ever wear black, white or grey,” she says. “So it was an easy choice.” Though Kevin had his heart set on a sectional for the room, Jamie advised the couple to stick to a sleek chenille sofa and a bent-wire Bertoia-style side chair to avoid blocking access to the balcony while maintaining the modern, uncluttered aesthetic they desired. The subdued furniture was also necessary to showcase the standout kitchen, which overlooks the main living area. With its seamless modern scheme, the kitchen was another selling point for Wing and Kevin, and required no design updates. “We got lucky that this kitchen already had a look we both love,” says Wing. The cabinet fronts and island base boast a unique striated grain in warm grey and cool taupe that lends the space artistic interest and texture all on its own – no extra design flourishes required. Though Wing had originally wanted a concrete-look accent wall in the dining area, they were concerned it would compete with the kitchen. So they settled on a dining room gallery wall – which Kevin took total ownership of – and created the feature wall in the master bedroom instead. Complementing the concrete-look surface, a custom fabric-covered headboard that stretches the entire length of one wall visually widens the space and offers a structured, unfussy vibe. In their new space, the couple feels proud and happy. There’s something gratifying about executing a flawless design as an amateur, even when it’s with significant help from a professional. Though the idea of a forever home isn’t something they can commit to right now, this will be their domain for at least five years. “Until we outgrow it,” says Wing, “or my design bug bites again.” Maybe next time she’ll brave it on her own. FOR SOURCES, SEE OUR WORKBOOK

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FRESH TRANSITIONAL Elegant period rooms, decorated in chic neutral palettes with pops of vivid colour and an informal blend of classic, retro and high-end furniture, define this Victorian house. Interior designer and homeowner Caroline Firth and her husband, Ian, weren’t originally looking for a century home, but this one’s high ceilings and ornate fireplaces played a huge part in winning them over. TEXT ANNABELLE GRUNDY

from past

TO PRESENT

A century home gets a personality makeover with bold colours, quick decor fixes and contrasting styles.

TEXT, PHOTOGRAPHY & STYLING, GAP INTERIORS

PHOTOGRAPHY & STYLING COLIN POOLE


The right location was at the

top of Caroline Firth’s wish list when she and her husband, Ian, began house hunting. They were keen to swap North Manchester, England, for a more family-friendly area, with good schools for their young son, Sam, and a convenient commute. They looked at various house styles, but it was

only when they viewed a period property that Caroline (the designer behind Cheshire Interior Design) realized a great location was not her only must-have. “I fell in love with the idea of an older house,” she says. “When one of the few Victorian ones in our chosen area came on the market, I really wanted it!”

The living room’s off-white palette with bright bursts of colour maximizes the natural light. Caroline’s artist friend painted the two large butterfly canvases behind the sofa. “I’m so pleased with them,” says Caroline. “They pull the room together and bring it to life.”

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The laminate flooring was laid horizontally to help accentuate the kitchen’s width, while charcoal and bright orange accessories anchor the muted grey colour scheme. The cowhide rug is one of the designer’s favourite pieces. “I like the way the organic shape breaks up the flooring,” says Caroline (pictured).

The house, built in 1865, was an attractive, five-bedroom semi with high ceilings, ornate fireplaces and elegant proportions that Caroline loved. Stretching their finances, Caroline and Ian bought the house and moved in shortly before their daughter, Erin, was born. Inside, the rooms had been painted a bland cream colour and outfitted with uninspiring budget fixtures and floors. “I was desperate to add some character to the house,” recalls the designer, “so as soon as we were settled and Erin started sleeping through the night, I was ready to spring into action.”

Those first few months gave Caroline plenty of time to get to know their new home and work out her plans. Opening up the space, boosting light and adding colourful furnishings were main priorities, as was thinking creatively to achieve her vision on a limited budget. Caroline tackled the dark, narrow kitchen first. The integrated range, with a door on one side and a window on the other, looked unbalanced, so she designed a symmetrical run of Shaker-style cabinetry and a slim hutch opposite to boost storage space. Having splurged on quartz countertops, she cut back when it came to the flooring. “We lifted the


ABOVE The designer knocked down a wall between the small library area and large living room to create one big open space. Choosing a dramatic dark grey and yellow scheme for the library, Caroline balanced the living room’s fresh off-white and vibrant green palette, achieving stunning results.

LEFT The kitchen and dining room’s open-concept layout required no adjustments when the family moved in. Caroline appointed the space with a dining table and chairs she already owned. “The chairs weren’t expensive, and after a while they yellowed, so I spraypainted them white again,” she says.

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ABOVE, TOP & BOTTOM LEFT The bathroom was completely rearranged and refitted with a traditional suite that chimes with the age of the house. The huge mirror above the sink was an inexpensive online buy; Caroline painted its gold frame white to soften it. She also coated a petite wooden secondhand stool in soft grey to complement the tranquil feel of the room. ABOVE, TOP RIGHT The designer used simple modern furniture, a black feature wall and acid yellow highlights to give her son’s room a linear, masculine edge. ABOVE, BOTTOM RIGHT On one side of the dining room, a nifty calendar wall sticker defines Caroline’s office area.

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laminate, re-laid it horizontally to accentuate the width of the room, and then painted it,” she says. “The plan was to replace it later, but we really like it,” says the designer, “so it’s staying.” To maximize light, Caroline knocked out the wall between the small library area at the front of the house and the larger living room at the back. “When there’s limited natural light, strong colours really stand out and energize a room,” she says. Investing in their home for the long term has certainly proved to be the right decision for Caroline and Ian. “I wouldn’t want to move from here,” she says. “We’ve put our heart and soul into it.”

Caroline decorated the guest room sans major expense. She’s had the metal bed frame and the nightstand for many years. “I’m not very good at throwing things away,” she says. Caroline made the feather artwork herself, painting the delicate silver design onto a leftover MDF panel.


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LEFT Simple and streamlined, contemporary accents work beautifully in small spaces thanks to their lack of distracting embellishments. Take the simple copper sconces that line this west-end Toronto abode’s staircase. The light fixtures are all that’s needed to make the sculptural structure stand out. DESIGN, Maggie Richmond Design, maggierichmonddesign.com; CONTRACTING, Kis Contracting; Cloud White CC-40 WALL PAINT (throughout), Benjamin Moore; SCONCES, Crate and Barrel.

TEXT IRIS BENAROIA PHOTOGRAPHY STACEY BRANDFORD STYLING MORGAN LINDSAY

Designer Maggie Burns revises the layout and lightens the palette of her rowhouse to make it feel remarkably roomier.

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OPPOSITE Though small and located at the front door, the living room feels open and airy because of the ultraedited furniture selection. A low-slung armless sofa, portable wooden side chairs and a small angular side table keep things uncluttered and ease traffic flow. SOFA, RUG, IKEA; SIDE CHAIRS, Morba; SIDE TABLE, Casalife; PENDANT LIGHT, Crate and Barrel; Dehumanize Authentic ARTWORK, Tyler Armstrong.


People love to complain about stairs. “My knees are shot – let’s move to a bungalow,” they grouse. But not Maggie Burns. “I longed for stairs and a lawn,” says the energetic 28-year-old designer and Toronto native. The sentiment is completely understandable when you consider she was living in one of those New York City apartments that are so cramped, you practically need a folding toothbrush. That was 2015, and Maggie had just completed a one-year degree at the esteemed Parsons School of Design and was moving back to Toronto – all while simultaneously launching her own design firm, Maggie Richmond Design. One of the newly minted graduate’s earliest clients? Herself.


LEFT A simple hairpinleg table in the entryway is a stylish spot for dropping off keys when designer and homeowner Maggie Burns walks through the front door. CONSOLE, Structube.

BELOW Maggie nearly replaced the dark-hued front door, but decided to keep it after seeing how charming it looked in the space. Her dad created a stained glass window for the transom. “Its copper trim matches elements throughout the main floor,” she says.

Though it cost 40 percent of Maggie’s overall budget, relocating the staircase made a 100 percent improvement to her home’s layout. BEFORE

RENO MOVES FOR BIG RESULTS

1. RELOCATE THE STAIRCASE. By swapping out a clunky staircase set in the middle of her main floor for a sleek one set to the side, Maggie made her space seem much larger and established open sightlines. 2. RECLAIM LOST TERRITORY. This designer didn’t let her home’s former basement rental unit go unused – instead, she transformed it into a large über-organized laundry area and super-comfy sitting room for movie nights. 3. LET THE LIGHT IN. Skylights can be spectacular, but they’re a waste when hardly ever seen (like the one in Maggie’s unused third bedroom). When she removed the extra bedroom to accommodate the new staircase, the designer coincidentally opened up the skylight to the rest of the house to stunning effect.


She had just purchased a charming century rowhouse in the hip Trinity-Bellwoods neighbourhood near Nadège, a French bakery and a favourite haunt (this girl has her priorities straight). “When I first saw the house, I fell in love with its location and its potential,” says Maggie. “But there was a lot of work to do! The home’s layout didn’t lend itself well to its narrowness.” At only 10 feet wide and just shy of 1,200 square feet, the two-storey house was palatial by New York standards, but small if Maggie wanted to stretch out and entertain friends. Just the same, it had good bones – and, best of all, the stairs she so desired. The only problem was their location. “They were encased in drywall, so they looked heavy, and they were in the middle of the main floor, taking up almost a third of the space,” she recalls. Plus, the stairs divided the dining and living rooms into two tiny boxes. So Maggie embarked on a six-month renovation to create a breezy open-concept space. She brightened the home and made it feel spacious with crisp white walls (in place of busy textured wallpaper) and light grey engineered wood floors (replacing dark cork).

OPPOSITE The galley kitchen was in great shape when Maggie bought the house, so she left it intact. It came with high-end appliances and pretty crystal knobs on the doors. “I kept the original subway tile that runs along the walls, and added pendants [not shown] and pot lights for additional lighting,” she says. ABOVE A combined washerdryer in the galley kitchen makes doing a quick load of laundry super convenient. White Car No. 4 ARTWORK by Jordan Nahmias, The Street 3 ARTWORK by Eleanor Doran, Art Interiors.

LEFT A graphic punch of black in the quartet of retro Tulip chairs is emphasized by the splashy artwork. The mirror bounces light around the space and picks up the sheen in the soft grey floors. DINING TABLE & CHAIRS, Modern Furniture Knockoff; Enriched Uranium ARTWORK, Tyler Armstrong; CANDLESTICKS, Elte.

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In an ambitious effort that ended up costing nearly half her budget, Maggie tore down the staircase and replaced it with a stylishly streamlined version installed at the side of the living room. “The dramatic floating stairs became the focal point,” she says. The new steps also connect to the finished basement – previously a rental apartment that could only be accessed from an outside door. To accommodate the change, Maggie also reconfigured the second floor, removing a third bedroom and inadvertently exposing a skylight over the stairs. “I’ve been told it’s not a good idea in terms of resale to remove a bedroom, but I had to make way for the stairs,” she says. Today, the skylight floods the main floor with light and, together with pale new floors, lends the illusion of more space, making this home an even further cry from her old cramped NYC quarters. Despite all her hard work, Maggie recently sold her beloved rowhouse to move in with her fiancé. And just in case you’re curious, the resale value wasn’t affected by the removal of a bedroom. To bring even more appeal to the home for the sale (which happened to coincide with our photo shoot), Maggie hired design firm Modern Staging Spaces to help her accessorize. Her house sold in a flash. With style like this, how could it not?


“WHEN I FIRST SAW THE HOUSE, I FELL IN LOVE WITH ITS LOCATION AND ITS POTENTIAL. BUT THERE WAS A LOT OF WORK TO DO!”

OPPOSITE Relaxation reigns in the subdued bedroom, where a quilt and wateryhued toss cushions suggest a catnap. A glass lamp and monochromatic artwork keep the visual clutter at bay. BED FRAME, IKEA; NIGHTSTAND, West Elm; Back of Nude ARTWORK by Mel Delija, Art Interiors; TOSS CUSHIONS, Elte.

ABOVE, LEFT Maggie pulled together a light-filled office nook just outside her bedroom. The glossy streamlined desk, slatted rubber chair and casually leaning artwork create an understated vignette. The desk also serves as an extra drop-off spot for her laptop in the evenings – a smart reminder to maintain serene sleeping quarters and keep work separate. DESK, Structube; TABLE LAMP, IKEA.

ABOVE, RIGHT This two-toned wooden Mid-Century Modern nightstand with quirky splayed legs injects a dose of playfulness and warmth into the otherwise all-white space. LEFT A floating vanity and clean-lined mirror show off the Carrara marble floor and shower wall in the master bath. “Because I don’t have a lot of space – roughly 41 square feet – I had to be careful about the scale of each component,” says Maggie. The pared-back elements lend a serene quality. “It’s my favourite spot in the house,” she adds. VANITY, MIRROR, FAUCET, IKEA; FLOOR & SHOWER TILES, Ciot.

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FOOD

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

We’ve admired Donna Hay even before she agreed to be Style at Home’s food editor for 2009. So when we saw her new cookbook, Life in Balance, we couldn’t resist featuring her mouthwatering recipes. In this excerpt (the second of three), Hay takes chocolate to a whole new level of euphoria. Besides, what says “I love you” more than homebaked treats that come from the heart? 92 |


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FLOURLESS CACAO FUDGE CAKE PREP & COOK TIME 1 HOUR I SERVES 10 TO 12

Flourless Cacao FUDGE CAKE

7 oz unsalted butter, chopped ¾ cup raw cacao powder + extra for dusting 6 eggs 1¼ cups brown sugar 1 cup almond meal (ground almonds) Preheat the oven to 320°F. Lightly grease a 9" springform pan and line with parchment paper. Place the butter and cacao powder in a saucepan over low heat and stir until smooth; set aside. Place the eggs and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until doubled in volume. Add the cacao mixture and almond meal and gently fold to combine. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until just set. Let the cake cool in the pan and dust with extra cacao powder to serve.

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER SLICE PREP & COOK TIME 6 HOURS I SERVES 24

¾ ½ 6 ¼

cup almonds cup desiccated coconut fresh dates, pitted cup coconut oil, melted

Peanut Butter Filling ¾ cup smooth peanut butter 8 fresh dates, pitted ½ cup rice malt syrup Cacao Topping ⅓ cup raw cacao powder ¼ cup coconut oil, melted ½ cup rice malt syrup

Pick up our March issue (on sale February 6, 2017) for more recipes from Life in Balance (HarperCollins Publishers, $35).

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Lightly grease a 9" x 13" rimmed baking sheet and line with parchment paper. Place the almonds in a food processor and process until finely chopped. Add the coconut, dates and oil and process until well combined. Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared sheet and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm.


CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER Slice To make the peanut butter filling, place the peanut butter, dates and rice malt syrup in a food processor and process until smooth. Spread over the base and refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm. To make the cacao topping, place the cacao powder, coconut oil and rice malt syrup in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and stir until smooth. Remove from the heat and spoon over the peanut butter filling. Refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours or until set. Remove from the baking sheet and slice to serve. Store the slices in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

CACAO COCONUT ROUGHS PREP & COOK TIME 40 MINUTES I MAKES 30

2

cups shredded coconut + extra to coat ⅓ cup rice malt syrup Chocolate Topping ⅓ cup coconut oil ½ cup rice malt syrup ½ cup raw cacao powder Place the shredded coconut and rice malt syrup in a food processor and process for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until the coconut is roughly chopped and the mixture comes together. Shape teaspoons of the mixture into small patties and place on a parchment paperlined baking sheet. Freeze for 15 minutes or until firm. To make the chocolate topping, place the oil, rice malt syrup and cacao powder in a saucepan over low heat and stir until smooth. Using two forks, dip each patty into the chocolate topping to coat. Place on a parchment paperlined baking sheet and sprinkle with extra coconut. Return to the freezer for 15 minutes or until set. Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 4 weeks.


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Alliance Floor Source alliancefloorsource.com

Costco costco.ca

Hollace Cluny hollacecluny.ca

MHouse mhouseinc.com

Amazon.ca amazon.ca

Country Furniture countryfurniture.net

HomeSense homesense.ca

Michael Black 416-450-7186

Anewall anewall.com

Crate and Barrel crateandbarrel.com

Hubbardton Forge hubbardtonforge.com

Michelle Armas michellearmas.com

Anthony Tahlier anthonytahlier.com

Creekside Tile creeksidetile.com

Hudson’s Bay thebay.com

Minted minted.com

Anthropologie anthropologie.com

The Cross Decor & Design thecrossdesign.com

Appliance Canada appliancecanada.com Artefac artefac.ca Art Interiors artinteriors.ca

Crystal Tile & Marble crystaltilemarble.com Curated Home by Chrissy & Co. chrissyco.com/ curated-home

I IKEA ikea.ca Industrial Storm industrialstorm.com Inform Interiors informinteriors.com

Art Shoppe theartshoppe.com Asia Marbles asiamarbles.com

D Delta Faucet deltafaucet.ca Designer Fabrics designerfabrics.ca

B Bau-Xi Gallery bau-xi.com Benjamin Moore benjaminmoore.ca

Domain Design domaindesigninc.com The Door Store thedoorstore.ca

Best Buy bestbuy.ca BML ikeainstallationtoronto.ca Bradford Decorative Hardware bradfordhardware.com Brizo brizo.com Bulthaup bulthaup.ca

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E Elte elte.com Elte Market eltemkt.com

F Faulkner’s Appliance Centre faulknersappliance.com

Caesarstone Canada caesarstone.ca

Fifth Element Construction fifthelementconstruction.ca

Capital Hardwood Flooring capitalfloor.com

France & Søn franceandson.com

Casalife casalife.com

Franke frankecanada.com

CB2 cb2.com Chrissy & Co. Design Savvy chrissyco.com Ciot ciot.com Cooper Bros.* cooperbros.com

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J Jenn-Air jennair.ca

K Kis Contracting kiscontracting.com KitchenAid kitchenaid.ca Kohler kohler.ca

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Ginger’s gingers.com Gresham House Furniture* greshamhousefurniture.com

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Modern Furniture Knockoff mfkto.com The Modern Shop themodernshop.ca

N New Hope Upholstering 905-891-9655

Vancouver Special vanspecial.com Vano & Sons Contracting 416-419-4223

S Salari Fine Carpet Collections salari.com Sam the Chandelier Man 416-537-9707

Serena & Lily serenaandlily.com Sherwin-Williams sherwin-williams.com Shift Interiors shift-interiors.com

Veronica Martin Design Studio veronicamartindesignstudio.com

W West Coast Wood Slabs westcoastwoodslabs.com West Elm westelm.com Whirlpool whirlpool.ca Wiston Building Materials wistonfloor.ca

Silva Custom Furniture silva4home.com

O OMG It’s Small by Ginger Jar omgitssmall.com

P P. Custom Design pcustomdesign.com

Laura Stein Interiors laurasteininteriors.com

Pill-O-Matic pillomatic.etsy.com

Layers & Layers Showroom* 604-708-5180

Pravada Floors pravadafloors.com

Lowe’s lowes.ca

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LW Build 416-413-1216

Q. Design Perfect Drapery and Shades qdesigncentre.com

Marble Granite Depot marblegranitedepot.com

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RugsUSA.com rugsusa.com

Munro Woodworking munrowoodworking.ca

Lampcage lampcage.com

Mak Interiors makinteriors.ca

Room & Board roomandboard.com

Semihandmade semihandmadedoors.com

The Paris Print Shop theparisprintshop. etsy.com

Maggie Richmond Design maggierichmonddesign.com

Urban Reclaimed urban-reclaimed.com

Morba morba.ca

Lambert & Fils lambertetfils.com

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Mobital mobital.ca

Ribbehege & Azevedo ribbehegeandazevedo.com

Qummunicate qummunicate.com

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Society6 society6.com Square One Contracting squareonecontracting.ca

Y Yew WoodShop yewwoodshop.com

Structube structube.com

*through designers

Sub-Zero and Wolf subzero-wolf.com

Note: Items not credited were either sourced by the designer or were not available at the time of print.

Suite 22 Interiors suite22.ca

T Taps Bath Centre tapsbath.com Threadcount Textile & Design* threadcountinc.com Tonic Living tonicliving.com TriMatrix Construction trimatrix.ca Tyler Armstrong tyler-armstrong.com

Rebecca Hay Designs rebeccahaydesigns.com

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Restoration Hardware rh.com

Union Lighting and Furnishings unionlf.com Upper Canada Specialty Hardware ucsh.com


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F E AT U R E D P R O D U C T S F R O M O U R A D V E R T I S E R S

EXPERIENCE THE DIFFERENCE Transform your skin with Palmer’s® Skin Therapy Oil Face. This multipurpose face-perfecting blend of 10 pure precious oils, Retinol and Vitamin C helps improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and aging skin. palmers.com

UNRESTRAINED. IN VOGUE. INDUSTRIAL. The Trinsic® Pro faucet was envisioned as a way to bring the flexibility and industrial style of a chef-calibre faucet into the home. With all of the sophistication of the Delta® Trinsic® Collection, the Trinsic Pro® faucet was inspired by a need for professional performance

THE MODERN RUSTIC TREND TAKES ON NEW MOMENTUM

and unrestrained style. deltafaucet.ca

Do you have a penchant for modern rustic style? Then you’ll love the new Peppermint colour from Mirage Floors’ Sweet Memories Collection. The fashionable ash grey finish will lend an enduring, classic appeal to any aesthetic. miragefloors.com

WATCH YOUR WINDOWS Add stunning visual interest to windows with Duette® Duolite™ window shades that feature two different fabrics/opacities fused together seamlessly to form one sophisticated shade design. Offered in a selection of fabrics and colours. hunterdouglas.ca


SPOTLIGHT

Cotton patterned TEA TOWEL in Natural White & Red, $6, H&M Home, hm.com.

Cotton Fish Market TEA TOWEL, $4, Simons, simons.ca.

Arborist cotton Mountie TEA TOWEL, $12, Drake General Store, drakegeneralstore.ca.

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Savannah Hayes linen screen-printed Taormina TEA TOWEL, $43, Brika, brika.com.

Creating a character-filled kitchen is all in the details. We’ve culled an array of graphic tea towels in shades of black, white and red that will give your cooking space extra panache.

Cotton screen-printed Block TEA TOWEL, $14, CB2, cb2.com.

Linen hand-printed Wedge TEA TOWEL in Grey & Berry, $22, Keephouse Studio, keephousestudio.etsy.com.

Cotton Animal Cow TEA TOWEL in Black, $12, Williams-Sonoma, williams-sonoma.com.

Marimekko cotton blend Pieni Unikko TEA TOWELS in Red & White, $39 per set of 2, EQ3, eq3.com.

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If you thought you knew La-Z-Boy, think again. There are so many great-looking options, from sofas to chairs to sectionals and more — all with the La-Z-Boy comfort you’ve come to know and trust. If you still can’t believe it, just wait until you sit down.

See the full collection in our new Style Book at la-z-boy.com


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