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JUNE 2018 68 “Everything goes with a rose. Slip them into crystal bud vases and put them all over the house.”

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HOMES 68 HISTORIC HARMONY A home’s muted palette and eclectic style prove sophistication is all in the details

76 FRENCH GIRL CHIC A petite Montreal abode helps the new girl in town make a name for herself

82 IN THE NAME OF LOVE How a handy couple lovingly made a 1960s Mississauga, Ont., home their own

The best home decor products, the hottest trends and the most inspiring ideas

24 DESSERT OF THE MONTH A delicious pavlova made of meringue and strawberries

26 STYLE DESTINATION Discover what makes pristine Whitehorse the gold nugget of the Canadian North

28 HIGH OR LOW? An airy Moorish laundry room was designed on both a polyester and a silk budget. Can you tell the difference?

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DECORATING 38 HOME AWAY FROM HOME A 19th-century abode on the Atlantic coast gets an update that honours its provenance

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LABOUR OF LOVE A designer scores the kitchen of her dreams through a major renovation

52 MAKING THE GRADE Designer Rebecca Hay helps a high school friend upgrade her old-school kitchen

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ROOMS THAT BLOOM Each week in Dundas, Ont., the soil gives way to a fresh crop of home accents

FOOD 90 WILD WEST We share our favourite rustic recipes from the renowned Tofino, B.C., Wickaninnish Inn’s new eponymous cookbook

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ON THE COVER A cozy boho-chic outdoor area, featuring a romantic palette and oodles of texture, sets the tone for a cool afternoon hang that can easily turn into a lively summer evening shindig. COVER PHOTOGRAPHY Janis Nicolay


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As perceptive loyal readers may recall, my house is the stuff home makeover dreams are made of. The before: My Tudor-style abode suffered an unfortunate reno in the ’80s (think: stuffy wall colours, terracotta-tiled floors and lots of wood panelling). And after: The light-filled rooms are now elegant and airy, and pay homage to the home’s 1920s provenance. Soft muted palettes reign, and simple clean lines allow my precious vintage collections to shine. Needless to say, I’m a sucker for a good home transformation, so the June issue, our makeover special, is one of my favourites to put together. Whether you’re in the midst of a whole-home overhaul or simply rearranging some furniture, look no further than the following pages for inspiration. Inside, you’ll find two jaw-dropping kitchen redos (“Labour of Love,” page 48, and “Making the Grade,” page 52) that had me dreaming up new schemes for my own cooking space. And “In the Name of Love” (see page 82) features the home renovation of interior stylist and former Style at Home managing editor Catherine Therrien. Along with her husband, Aaron Putman, Catherine beautified a 1960s sidesplit in Mississauga, Ont. From the beachy oak flooring throughout to the gorgeous coffered ceiling in the dining room, they did it all themselves. But it’s not only these large-scale projects that pack a big decor punch. Sometimes even the smallest decorating touches can lift up a space. (Farmers’ market flower arrangement anyone? See page 56 for ideas.) So, I’d love to know: What home updates are on your summer to-do list? Are you currently renovating your house?

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INSIDE PEEK Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how this month’s High or Low laundry rooms came together. To showcase the Low DIY flooring idea, stylist Andrea McCrindle painstakingly painted an intricate stencilled Moorish pattern on Masonite board.

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SWEET SURRENDER Raw steel single-track bypass DOOR HARDWARE, from $435, 1925Workbench, 1925workbench.com.

Summer’s upon us, and we’re more than happy to look to the sunny side of life – today, and every day. We can’t think of a better way to do so than with a wallpaper from Sandberg’s lush Arboretum collection. Plucked right from the Swedish countryside, this colourful quince pattern is cheerful and vivacious. Boasting a sweet ’50s vibe, the wall covering is sure to brighten days all year long.

RIGHT TRACK Rock Huynh and My Le Nguyen, the Toronto-based husband-and-wife team behind 1925Workbench, are on to something: The duo’s proprietary bypass barn-style hardware allows one door to tuck behind another on a single track. So you can get this trendy look even if you have an extra-wide doorway or lack wall space.

This Canadian-made patentpending door system opens up new design possibilities.

Arboretum Kvitten WALLPAPER in White 432-01, Sandberg, $150 per double roll, sandbergwallpaper.com.

SHIFT GEARS LOOKING FOR AN UNCONVENTIONAL FAUCET? CHECK OUT GAMLESJÖN. LIKE SOMETHING OUT OF A BOILER ROOM, IT SHOWCASES A STRONG INDUSTRIAL INFLUENCE AND IS SURE TO ADD SOME EDGE TO YOUR SPACE. WE LIKE THIS UNIQUE PIECE FOR AN OUT-OF-THE-WAY SPOT LIKE A WET BAR.

Rendered in muted tone-on-tone, this busy diamond pattern is intriguing but unobtrusive. DELICATE DIAMOND Not one to announce itself ostentatiously, Flor’s new Cut Corners pattern features irregular concentric diamonds and chevrons in subtle shades of cream, taupe and blue. The motif invites a closer look and is made all the more engaging when the 20-by-20-inch tiles are combined into truly unique compositions (and, of course, they lend themselves well to custom rug sizes and shapes, too). Recycled nylon Cut Corners CARPET TILES, $26 US each, Flor, flor.com.

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When a high-end hardware brand teams up with an artisanal jewellery maker, beautiful things happen.

DUNE’S DAY CRATE AND BARREL’S WELL-LOVED MODERN DUNE PATIO FURNITURE GETS A BOLD BOOST THIS SEASON WITH ITS NEW NAVY COLOURWAY. ATOP THE SLEEK STAINLESS STEEL FRAMES, THE DEEP BLUE BATYLINE MESH AND SUNBRELLA FABRIC CUSHIONS POP.

Lauhala Series PULLS, from $80 US each, Nest Studio, neststudiocollection.com.

ALOHA, THERE New Jersey-based luxury hardware company Nest Studio said hello to a new direction by collaborating with Kū + Moe. The Hawaiian jeweller gave Nest’s streamlined Mod pulls – which come in bronze, brass and nickel finishes – a natural makeover with details of finely woven lau hala, the leaves of the local hala tree. The result is a stunning combination of polished and organic aesthetics.

DuraCord Colorblock HAMMOCK in Meadow/Oatmeal, $209 US, L.L.Bean, llbean.com.

Coated polyester, stainless steel and acrylic Dune SOFA, $2,399, ARMCHAIR, $1,399, and OTTOMAN, $599, all in Navy, Crate and Barrel, crateandbarrel.ca.

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Nothing’s more synonymous with laidback summer living than a hammock!

Welcome to your own desert island. Let your hair down, read a book, take a catnap. Cocooning and lulling, hammocks have a way of transporting us to another world. They’re quite compact, so you can gain the getaway experience on a wee balcony and expansive backyard alike. This striped stunner is made from an innovative material that resists stains, mildew and fading, so you can focus on relaxation.

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Bright blue, juicy tangerine and crisp white add up to a winning palette for decorating your outdoor rooms. When showcased in graphic patterns, the scheme is livelier still. The best part? Woven from solution-dyed acrylic and polyester, these high-quality exterior-grade fabrics can stand up to the elements and are super low maintenance (read: bleachable).

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l a b lo gGETAWAY Soaking up summer’s warmth feels like a luxury in its own right, as the sunny skies become our cue to channel exotic locales at home. For a dose of design inspiration, turn to Canadian Tire’s CANVAS™ line. We partnered with the brand to create this chic outdoor retreat with global influences. Timeless CANVAS pieces, such as the Tofino resin wicker conversation set, metal dining chairs, hammered metal nesting tables, woven baskets and whimsical string lights, act as stylish staples, while layered travel mementoes and vintage finds in bright hues combine to make the look personal. Everything from the one-of-a-kind rug to the cheerful shibori toss cushions and Moroccan bread basket brings a cozy and collected feel. Lush potted plants, which can be scooped up at a Canadian Tire garden centre, add a tropical vibe. Served on stylish shatterproof dishware, an ofering of light fare and refreshing bevvies sets the stage for an alfresco fete. The take-away? Mixing and matching CANVAS foundation pieces with unexpected treasures lends an individual aesthetic to a space. Bonus: Doing so will stave of your wanderlust, so you can stylishly celebrate summer in your own backyard.

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DESSERT OF THE MONTH

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pavlova Light and sweet, this berrylicious dessert made of airy meringue and syrupy strawberries tastes so good even your savoury-toothed guests will come back for seconds.

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INGREDIENTS MAKES ONE 9" PAVLOVA

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large egg whites cup granulated sugar tbsp cornstarch tsp white vinegar quart strawberries, hulled and sliced tbsp icing sugar cup 35% cream oz crème fraîche tsp vanilla bean paste (or extract)

DIRECTIONS Preheat the oven to 300°F. Place the egg whites in the bowl of an electric stand mixer and whisk on medium speed until soft peaks form, about 1½ minutes. Gradually add the sugar, a few tablespoons at a time, beating well until the mixture is glossy and stiff peaks form, about 3 minutes. Add the cornstarch and vinegar; whisk to blend. Place a piece of parchment paper on a large baking sheet; scoop the meringue mixture onto the parchment and shape it into a 9" round

nest with slightly higher sides and a sloping divot in the centre. Reduce the oven heat to 250°F and place the baking sheet with the meringue on the middle rack; bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Turn off the oven and allow the meringue to cool completely in the oven with the door closed (this will take about 2 hours). Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together the strawberries and icing sugar; let the mixture sit until the liquid reaches a syrupy consistency. In a separate bowl, whisk the cream to soft peaks. Stir in the crème fraîche and vanilla; whisk to combine. Dollop the cream into the centre of the cooled meringue and top with the strawberries and syrup. Dust lightly with icing sugar, if desired. Serve immediately.

tip Be sure that absolutely no egg yolk makes its way into your egg whites, as it won’t allow the meringue to reach the right consistency.

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Known as the Wilderness City, the Yukon’s gold nugget of a capital is picturesque, pristine and steeped in history.

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DAY 1 Welcome to the land of the midnight sun! After you arrive, pick up a rental car and drive downtown to check in at the Coast High Country Inn, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stayed during their 2016 visit. Walk to the nearby Alpine Organic Bakery, a super-cozy eatery, for freshly baked sourdough bread and fruit juice. Once sated, drive from the city core to Grey Mountain. Inch up to the

top, park and then hike along the ridge, taking in the views of forest and blue-green lakes. When you’ve had your fill of cool mountain air, drive about 30 minutes outside the city to Bean North Coffee Roasting Co. (6), a quaint café that has a cabin-in-the-woods feel. The Caprese sandwich is delicious with a cardamom latte. Take your beverage to go and head back down the road to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve, home to northern mammals like mountain

goats, foxes, muskox, lynx and caribou. After strolling the wide paths and watching the animals frolic, have a relaxing soak at the Takhini Hot Springs, which are two minutes away. Return to town for dinner at the Dirty Northern Public House (2), a hipster-chic pub on Main Street. The wood-fired pizza is particularly tasty; try it with a pint of Whitehorse’s own Yukon Brewing beer. (This local is partial to Yukon Gold, an English pale ale).

DAY 2 Start the day with a confection and an espresso from Baked Cafe & Bakery, which brews beans from Whitehorse-based Midnight Sun Cofee Roasters. Walk around the corner to the MacBride Museum of Yukon History, where you’ll see a taxidermied sevenfoot-tall grizzly bear and albino moose, as well as a fascinating exhibit on the Klondike gold rush of 1898. Next, drive 40 minutes to the pictur-

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esque community of Carcross (4). Be sure to stop at the tiny “desert,” often called the world’s smallest, though the sand is actually the remains of an ancient glacial lake. The Carcross Commons, a plaza of shops and boutiques, is a good spot for lunch. Feast on the bison burger at The Bistro on Bennett and stop for a treat at Caribou Crossing Coffee before heading back to Whitehorse. Hop aboard the S.S. Klondike (3), a sternwheeler that once transported food and supplies to the region; now a National Historic Site, the vessel is free to explore. Next, walk 10 minutes to G&P Steakhouse & Pizza. The intimate restaurant ofers delicacies like Alaskan king crab, honey-ginger calamari and spanakopita, as well as an impressive list of cocktails. Take advantage of the long hours of daylight by capping the day of with a stroll along Main Street (1). Peruse fragrant skin-care products made with Yukon botanicals at Aroma Borealis, and check out local handicrafts at North End Gallery. The Collective Good (5) is another must-visit. I’m biased – I happen to work in this Scandi-chic shop – but there’s no denying it’s the coolest in town, ofering covetable

Canadian-made goodies, from soaps by Anto Yukon to pottery by Cathy Terepocki Ceramics.

sun saver

DAY 3 Grab a bagel downtown at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, where Bullet Hole Bagels bakes its addictive bready goodness. Devour it during the 15-minute drive to Miles Canyon, where the emerald-toned Yukon River runs between two steep rock walls. Follow the marked threeand-a-half-kilometre walking trail to Canyon City, a stopping point for prospectors on their way to the gold fields. The scenic route ducks in and out of the forest as it traces the river. After your walk, fuel up with lunch back in town at Burnt Toast Café, where everything is delicious (the hearty Humble Salad is a favourite). Pay a visit to the Kanoe People, who will hook you up with all you need for a leisurely paddle down the calm river, including gear and transport back downtown. Walk 10 minutes to Sanchez Cantina (7) for delicious Mexican food and sangria. If it’s sunny, get a table on the patio – it’s one of the few in the city! Finish your trip by soaking up Whitehorse’s strong music scene: Hit up a live show at The Social House.

You smell it before you taste it – the cardamom latte at Bean North Coffee Roasting Co. is a delectable pick-me-up when paired with a yummy Caprese sandwich.

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Dirty Northern Public House facebook.com/ DirtyNorthernPublicHouse

Aroma Borealis aromaborealis.com

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Baked Cafe & Bakery facebook.com/ bakedcafewhitehorse

Kanoe People kanoepeople.com

Bean North Coffee Roasting Co. beannorth.com

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The Collective Good thecollectivegood.ca

The Bistro on Bennett facebook.com/ bistroonbennett Bullet Hole Bagels bulletholebagels.com

Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre kwanlindunculturalcentre.com MacBride Museum of Yukon History macbridemuseum.com North End Gallery yukonart.ca

Burnt Toast Café burnttoastcafe.ca

Sanchez Cantina facebook.com/ Sanchez-Cantina111050678957875/

Carcross destinationcarcross.ca

The Social House facebook.com/theBTSH

Caribou Crossing Coffee cariboucrossing.ca

Takhini Hot Springs takhinihotpools.com

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This airy Moorish-inspired laundry room was designed on both a polyester and a silk budget. Can you tell the difference?

high OR low?


PRODUCER ANDREA MCCRINDLE TEXT MARY LEVITSKI PHOTOGRAPHY MICHAEL NANGREAVES


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HIGH $

7,031

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$640 1 Waxed brass Functional Library SCONCE in Bronze, Union Lighting and Furnishings, unionlf.com.

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8

$158

6 Encaustic cement Margie FLOOR TILES in Pink Flower, 8", $7 per tile, Saltillo Imports, saltillo-tiles.com.

2 Nano paper Avana BINS with Hats, $79 each, Uashmama, uashmama.ca.

$280

$58US

7 Handwoven cotton rope Ivory HAMPER in Black Stripe, 21" x 12", Snob, snobstuf.com.

3 Signature LAUNDRY DETERGENT, 946 ml, $21 US, Delicate WASH, 473 ml, $19 US, FABRIC CONDITIONER, 473 ml, $18 US, The Laundress New York, thelaundress.com.

7

$55

10

8 Terracotta Light POT, 12", Crate and Barrel, crateandbarrel.ca.

$635

$125

4 Rubinet powder-coated brass H2O Mini Kitchen FAUCET in Matte Black, Roman Bath Centre, romanbathcentre.com.

9 Brass WATERING CAN, Pimlico Design Gallery, pimlicogallery.com.

5

$240

$3,846

6

5 Handwoven cotton rope Ivory HAMPER in Black Stripe, 16", Snob, snobstuf.com.

Beauti-Tone Frosted Windows CH03-0 WALL PAINT, Home Hardware, homehardware.ca; CABINETRY, Lowe’s, lowes.ca; SINK, marble-look COUNTERTOP & BACKSPLASH, BENCH (customized), IKEA, ikea.ca; small white TOTE BAGS (on hooks), Uashmama, uashmama.ca; woven BASKET (holding plant), wooden BOX (on washer), H&M Home, hm.com; striped PITCHER, white PITCHER, glass flower VASE, black BOWL, pink MUG, small beaded BASKETS, Pimlico Design Gallery, pimlicogallery.com; white and black BOWL, Jennifer Graham Ceramics, jennifersgraham.com.

LOW $

2

2,830

$200 1 Stainless steel Adjustable Swing Arm SCONCE in Polished Nickel, Union Lighting and Furnishings, unionlf.com.

9

4

8

$14

$10 8 Clay POT in Classic Terra Cotta, 6", Plant World, plantworld.net.

7 10

$50

4 Stainless steel-finished brass Bosjön FAUCET in Brushed Black, IKEA, ikea.ca.

5

9 Iron WATERING CAN, Zara Home, zarahome.com.

$1,996

$50

10 Whirlpool WFW5090GWYWHD5090GW WASHER & DRYER, per pair, Lowe’s, lowes.ca.

5 Jute HAMPER in Natural White, 13", H&M Home, hm.com.

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6 Rabat Allover STENCIL, $45 US, Royal Design Studio Stencils, royaldesignstudio.com; Beauti-Tone FLOOR ENAMEL, $42 per gallon, Home Hardware, homehardware.ca.

7 Woven nylon HAMPER, HomeSense, homesense.ca.

$31 $199

$255 $25

2 Small jute BINS, $7 each, H&M Home, hm.com.

3 FABRIC SOFTENER, 946 ml, $9, LAUNDRY DETERGENT, 2 l, $22, both in Lavender, Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, mrsmeyers.ca.

10 Bosch WAT28401UCWTG86401UC WASHER & DRYER, per pair, Lowe’s, lowes.ca.

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This radial pattern is a staple of Moorish design and iconic of traditional encaustic cement tiles, so the stencil was an obvious choice for our DIY Low f loor treatment.

FULL FORCE White, grey and pink all over – with a heavy dose of natural finishes: This laundry room’s airy scheme called for a grounding force. Enter the matte black faucet. Whether you choose a rounded or an angular profile, there’s a great one-handle pull-down option for every budget.

HIGH

540

$

Powder-coated zinc Sleek High Arc in Matte Black, Moen, moen.ca.

486

$

Trinsic powder-coated metal in Matte Black, Delta Faucet, deltafaucet.ca.

ersatz encaustic

Our Low floor looks like it’s tiled with authentic artisanal cement pieces, but it was actually decorated using floor enamel and a stencil. Though labour-intensive, it’s a superaffordable approach that lends itself especially well to an unfinished basement space – the flooring is already concrete! For a long-lasting finish, source a durable enamel, such as an exterior-grade acrylic. Rabat Allover STENCIL, $45 US, Royal Design Studio Stencils, royaldesignstudio.com.

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279

$

Beauti-Tone Hugs & Kisses A10-5-1411-0 PAINT, Home Hardware, homehardware.ca.

Beauti-Tone Coco Chenille RI50-3 PAINT, Home Hardware, homehardware.ca.

Pfister Fullerton lacquered brass in Matte Black, Lowe’s, lowes.ca.

Beauti-Tone Pink Touch A23-7-1069-0 PAINT, Home Hardware, homehardware.ca. Beauti-Tone Frond D25-4-0232-0 PAINT, Home Hardware, homehardware.ca.

200

$

Beauti-Tone Blushing Bride A10-6-1412-0 PAINT, Home Hardware, homehardware.ca.

Vigo powder-coated brass Gramercy in Matte Black, The Home Depot, homedepot.ca.

LOW


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A tray corrals laundry room bits and bobs.

wood work

Figures of function, washers and dryers are rarely a laundry room’s style stars. To amp up their visual appeal and add a work surface, we created a wooden surround by simply cutting ready-made butcher block countertops to size and securing them in place. It’s a simple DIY any novice can manage. Walnut Karlby COUNTERTOPS, 98" x 26", $220 each (2 used), IKEA, ikea.ca.

All it takes to assemble this chic wooden surround is a saw and four L-brackets.

hidden treasure Tucked away in the niche above the appliances, this slim tray keeps must-haves like dryer sheets and essential oils handy. Small dishes hold random bits like pocket change and loose buttons. Lacquered wood TRAY, $62, West Elm, westelm.com.

1 Plastic and millet Flat Lid in Cream Dipped, 14", $120 US, Connected Goods, connectedgoods.com; 2 maize leaf, 16", $70, Zara Home, zarahome. com; 3 seagrass and recycled plastic Neautra, 16", $285, The Cross Decor & Design, thecrossdesign.com; 4 Jute in Natural White, 13", $50, H&M Home, hm.com.

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LIDS ARE LAW No need to air your dirty laundry – instead, opt for a lidded hamper. With a top cover, your less-than-fresh unmentionables will be kept out of sight, so the eye can settle on the pleasing texture of a woven piece. Whether made from strands of synthetic fibres, lengths of natural grass or a combination of the two, the hamper is a tactile element that is sure to introduce depth and dimension to your space.

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Cream-coloured sofas keep the space bright and neutral. A select few dark elements, including Mid-Century Modern-style chairs and a cowhide rug, introduce some grounding contrast. Small pops of pattern on the toss cushions imbue the room with casual beachy flair. DESIGN, Betsy Morgan, betsy.com.

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A 19th-century home on the Atlantic coast gets a modern update that honours its history. TEXT MARIANNE DAVIDSON PHOTOGRAPHY COSTAS PICADAS

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quiet vacation destination a few hours east of the bustling Big Apple, Shelter Island, N.Y., is full of heritage homes and incredible vistas, providing many city dwellers the perfect seasonal escape. One such New Yorker is interior designer and stylist Betsy Morgan, whose summer home is in the sleepy enclave. The original character of the 1887-built abode won Betsy’s affections, but she was eager to leave its dark disjointed rooms in the past. Though the large house had seen exterior updates in the 1980s, the entire place, inside and out, was due for a major overhaul, and the designer was up for the task. The plan was simple: Brighten the home by stripping off layers of wallpaper and create a fresh envelope with white paint; then, maintain the brightness with a minimalist approach to furnishing. To make things interesting, Betsy didn’t restrict herself to just one – or even two or three – decorative influences. The spacious rooms embrace an unexpectedly broad mix of styles, including traditional, contemporary, country and urban, plus a hint of coastal chic thrown in. The resulting look deftly honours the home’s history, placing the spotlight on period-appropriate architectural features like arched doorways and mullioned windows, while providing a light and airy interior befitting this modern-day designer.


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ABOVE Low-key sling chairs lend a contemporary vibe to this classic clean-lined room. The model sailboat and large seashell on the cofee table reference the home’s coastal location, while the large windows adorn the space with a Victorian aesthetic. The glasstopped cofee table doesn’t distract from the view of the statement-making rug.

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RIGHT, TOP Vintage-look dishes displayed on open shelving are casual yet collected. RIGHT Floral arrangements and large potted plants are an ode to the house’s lush surroundings. Hydrangeas picked from the garden efortlessly bring the outdoors in. The long white dining table is a simple clean addition to the space, while an archway with heritage mouldings salutes the home’s beginnings and keeps the look from feeling too contemporary.


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LEFT & BELOW Grouped above the kitchen island, a quartet of opaque white globe pendant lights draws the eye up to the beamed ceiling to create visual interest. A wall of floor-to-ceiling high-gloss white cabinetry puchased from a big-box store is sleek yet understated, while the gold-toned hardware

ABOVE Grey-painted wide-plank floorboards throughout the space set a neutral backdrop for the mix of design elements. The soothing shade carries the sense of serenity to the upstairs sleeping quarters.

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adds a touch of glamour and makes the cabinets pop. The butcher block countertop and enamelled apron-front sink on the island lend the kitchen a laidback farmhouse air. The brass gooseneck faucet is a nod to the home’s traditional roots, and ofers the room a hit of elegant warmth.


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ABOVE & TOP RIGHT The master bedroom inspires soothing sleep with its minimal paredback bed frame complemented by a pair of white Parsons-style nightstands. Soft bedding, blushhued mod table lamps and a playful-yet-sophisticated woven chevron-patterned rug add texture and depth to the otherwise unadorned space.

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RIGHT With a diminutive clawfoot tub that matches the patterned floor tiles, this bathroom cheerily honours its heritage setting, while the show-stopping flower-power chandelier brings the space into the 21st century. Bright fixtures and exposed plumbing are new-fashioned features that cozy up the room. We love the cheeky porthole.


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LABOUR of love Designer Staci Edwards scores the kitchen of her dreams through a major renovation. TEXT MARY LEVITSKI PHOTOGRAPHY ASHLEY CAPP STYLING CATHERINE THERRIEN

Some things are meant to be: The day homeowner and designer Staci Edwards went to order custom dark blue cabinets, the manufacturer came out with a standard navy finish. Bathed in sunlight from the large minimally adorned window (and double doors), the space can handle the bold colour choice.


BEFORE

ABOVE The old kitchen stood in the centre of the home but felt isolated. Though it was well maintained, it hadn’t seen an update since the ’60s. The dark wood-toned cabinets, yellow wall paint and outdated white appliances had to go. Switching up the main-level layout allowed Staci to build her dream cooking space, with access to the backyard and barbecue just steps away.

RENOVATING A HOME CAN SOMETIMES FEEL LIKE GIVING BIRTH TO A BABY.

ABOVE This room gets its warm welcoming vibe from plenty of wooden elements, chief among them the wide-plank oak flooring laid in a showstopping herringbone pattern. “It’s a standout in this small kitchen,” says Staci. “Everyone comments on it.” A vintage-style runner the designer and her partner, Chris Jackson, picked up on a trip to Crete personalizes the space. RIGHT Chris likes to collect specialty spirits from the locales the couple visits, so Staci incorporated glass-fronted cabinetry along this wall just of the dining room. Because the nook is quite shallow, she used upper cabinetry for both the top and bottom sections to maintain a spacious feeling.

As the proud owner of a redone-from-topto-bottom Victorian and prouder mom to seven-month-old Spencer, designer Staci Edwards knows a lot about both. Two years ago, ready to advance to their forever home, Staci and her partner, Chris Jackson, bought a 1895 abode in downtown Burlington, Ont. The house was well-kept but hadn’t been renovated since the 1960s. “It was a total time warp!” says Staci, who undertook a full redo that involved rejigging the main floor to eliminate an inefficient secondary stairwell and improve flow. Ideally located at the rear of the house with easy access to the backyard barbecue, the new 230-square-foot kitchen is everything the pair wanted and more. Like their sweet son, this room is a happy blend of Staci and Chris: “It’s a fifty-fifty split,” says the designer, who took great care to balance her partner’s tastes with her own. The man’s man in Chris got his dark tones and wood finishes in the form of navy cabinetry, as well as a butcher block island countertop STYLEATHOME.COM JUNE 2018

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and matching floating shelves – and he got a built-in bar to boot. For her part, Staci indulged her love for light and bright with white wall paint, subway tile backsplash and marblelook perimeter countertops; a dose of brass offers glamour. Meaningful mementoes, from family heirlooms to travel souvenirs, round out this personalized room. Most days, the young family winds down in this space. Chris makes dinner while Spencer coos happily in his swing. And Staci? Perched on a cushy stool – made by Switch Studio, the upholstery arm of her busy business – the entrepreneur catches up on work emails, sits back and takes in the many fruits of her labours.

ABOVE The kitchen speaks to both homeowners equally – right down to the details. “Chris loves India and I love California,” says Staci, “so this Taj Mahal print is for him and the Napa Valley one is for me.” In addition to ofering display space, the floating chunky wood shelves facilitate a cofee-making station, essential for these new parents. TOP RIGHT Staci and Chris enjoy some calm in their new kitchen after the completion of their whole-house reno and before the arrival their son, Spencer, now seven months old. This house marks a lot of firsts for the designer. “I’ve loved these elegant globe pendant lights for years now, but I’ve never used them in one of my projects,” she says. “It was really special to be able to put them in my own home.” RIGHT Dishwashing is a breeze thanks to the generous apron-front sink. Having a pleasing view of an evergreen faux fig tree and a big print of Paris, an inspiration for future travels, helps, too. LEFT “I’m not afraid to mix metals,” says Staci, who tempered the cool stainless steel appliances with hits of warm antiqued brass in the fixtures and cabinetry hardware. “It’s all in the balance.”

DESIGN, Switch Studio, switchstudio.ca; Behr Cameo White MQ3-32 WALL PAINT, The Home Depot; custom CABINETRY, butcher block COUNTERTOP & FLOATING SHELVES, Parand Design Kitchens; CABINETRY HARDWARE, Berenson Hardware; quartz COUNTERTOP, Cambria; BACKSPLASH TILES, Creekside Tile; RANGE, RANGE HOOD, GE; FRIDGE, WINE FRIDGE, Samsung; custom STOOLS, Switch Studio; SINK, Taps Bath Centre; FAUCET, POT FILLER, TOWEL HOLDER, Delta Faucet; PENDANT LIGHTS, Visual Comfort & Co.; PRINTS, Minted.


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BEFORE

making

THE GRADE Designer Rebecca Hay helps a high school friend upgrade her old-school kitchen from elementary to advanced. TEXT CHRISTY WRIGHT | PHOTOGRAPHY STEPHANI BUCHMAN

WHEN KARINA MARCOVITCH AND HER HUSBAND, BRYAN VALVE, moved into their 1,800-square-foot 1920s-built Toronto home in 2012, they held off renovating for as long as possible. Sure, they pulled up carpets and painted, but their growing family (their kids are now four and two) and budget restrictions put the kibosh on major upgrades. “Then in 2015, our oven stopped working and the refrigerator died,” says Karina. “We needed help fast.” So fast she turned to her long-time friend Rebecca Hay. “I was on maternity leave when Karina called me,” says the designer, “and I came out of it just to help her.” Rebecca was faced with a 108-square-foot kitchen, last renovated in the ’50s and fitted with mint green cabinetry, a tiny original wall oven and fold-down electric burners in place of a stove. More pressing than the time-capsule appearance was the layout. “It was closed off from the rest of the house, and it had a large drafty

LEFT The kitchen feels classic and current. “It was important that we modernize the space without making it overly trendy,” says homeowner Karina Marcovitch. Caesarstone countertops are practical, while a mosaic marble backsplash and glass-fronted cabinets layer in pretty. Designer Rebecca Hay chose to display all-white china, mostly the homeowners’ wedding gifts, to maintain an orderly look. The bistro-feel stools and clear pendant lights ofer eye candy without interrupting the quiet scheme.

ABOVE After living with the kitchen’s original tiny wall oven and fold-down burners, the homeowners felt full-sized stainless steel appliances were a sensible splurge. “We were very budget-conscious during the reno,” says Karina. “The Wolf range was our big investment piece, and we are so happy with it – it’s lived up to its reputation and looks great, too!”


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window, three doorways and very limited storage space,” says Rebecca. “The flow wasn’t functional for a young family.” The makeover demanded structural changes, including closing in that drafty window on the back wall (the range sits there now), knocking down a wall to open the kitchen to the dining room and relocating the basement door to the front entryway to gain an entire wall for cabinetry. Rebecca’s finishes for the new space channelled the look Karina and Bryan desired – airy with a nod to traditional. That included custom Shaker-style cabinetry to maximize storage space, fullsized stainless steel appliances and a marble-tiled backsplash, which inspired the soft palette. More importantly, the room now flows for this family of four. Asked to grade the transformation, Karina says, “Thanks to Rebecca, our kitchen is now family-friendly, practical and beautiful.” Sounds like an A+ result!

BEFORE

LEFT “Before, the kitchen had minimal dysfunctional storage. The upper cabinets were too shallow to fit plates, the lowers so deep that items would get lost,” says Rebecca, who opted for mostly drawers in the new kitchen and added a full-height pantry next to the fridge (not shown). The designer calls the runner the “cherry on the cake.”

DESIGN, Rebecca Hay Designs, rebeccahaydesigns. com; CONTRACTING, TriMatrix Construction; custom CABINETRY, Oakdale Kitchens; CABINETRY HARDWARE, Upper Canada Specialty Hardware; COUNTERTOPS, Caesarstone Canada; BACKSPLASH TILES, Marble Granite Depot; APPLIANCES, Tasco Appliances; STOOLS, Serena & Lily; PENDANT LIGHTS, Universal Lamp; RUNNER, Elte; FAUCET, Delta Faucet.

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bloom

rooms that

Each week in Dundas, Ont., the soil gives way to a fresh crop of home accents. TEXT BETHANY LYTTLE | PHOTOGRAPHY DONNA GRIFFITH


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tretching over 45 acres, the flower fields at La Primavera Farms in Dundas, Ont., are at the height of their stunning yearly performance. The expanses of green take turns bursting with the colour of varied blooms, including sunflowers, peonies, roses and dahlias. Some of the flowers are destined for wedding displays, some for stands at the Toronto Flower Market and local farmers’ markets, but most will sell to florists throughout the region and ultimately hundreds of homes. “Flowers transform an interior. They’re a parade of delight that makes even regular days feel special,” says Joanne Feddes, the proud third-generation owner of La Primavera, which her grandparents started as a dairy farm in 1954 (her father ventured into flowers in 1996, and Joanne expanded upon his work when her turn came in 2003). It’s a good thing Joanne is passionate about what she does, because it is certainly a labour of love. “April through November, it’s a 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. job, and then some – there’s more work to do after supper,” she says. Filling the demand for fresh blooms from spring to fall means weekly planting, and with growth comes fertilizing and lots and lots of weeding. But perhaps the most masterful part is in the timing: To ensure the flowers are at their freshest, they must be picked and chilled at the last possible moment before being sold. Challenging as it may be, this is work that unquestionably adds up to breathtaking splendour: Whether adorning a grand hall or a kitchen table, the blossoms Joanne grows deliver pop and delight. “Put flowers in every room,” she suggests. They take your entryway from serviceable to grand, your kitchen from humdrum to heavenly and your bedroom from utilitarian to ultra-luxe. Consider buying weekly bouquets from your local farmers’ market or start a cutting garden of your own. Think of it as digging your way to a year of ever-changing decor!

Tropical Pops “Bright blooms declare summer is here,” says flower farmer Joanne Feddes. To grow this combination, plant ‘Hot Mix’ gomphrena, ‘Maarn’ dahlias and ‘Pink Pokers’ statice. Cut and arrange to brighten a bedroom or entryway.

Wrap ’n’ Roll “To create your own farmers’ market arrangement, choose three or five show blooms and then add filler,” suggests Joanne (left), pictured with floral designer Katie Blythe. Here, ‘Plum’ sunflowers and white strawflowers are clustered with ‘Dara’ bishop’s weed.

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DECORATING Breezy Hues The cool tones of blue, mauve and green look fresh on a tabletop or in the bedroom. This market bouquet combines blue scabiosa, ‘Dara’ bishop’s weed, viburnum greens and lisianthus.

Delicate ‘Dara’ bishop’s weed

f luffs up bouquets and adds a lacy look.

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT

Sip-worthy Bloom Named for their colour, ‘Café au Lait’ dahlias, which have dinner plate-sized heads and five-foot stems, can be cut for dramatic displays.

Forget Them Not “Filler foliage lends texture and balances colour, so be sure to include it in your plantings,” says Joanne. This artemisia and eucalyptus will be blended with dahlias and pastel-hued roses.

Delicate Genius Imagine oversized bouquets of ethereal blossoms in your living or dining room. Lacecap hydrangeas ofer an abundance of delicate petals in a ballet-worthy palette.

Purple Reign These mauve-toned plants actually hail from the carrot family. “They’re called ‘Dara’ bishop’s weed, and they’re my favourite for fluffing bouquets and adding a lacy look,” says Joanne.

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Beauty that’s designed to age gracefully.

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Coming Up Roses “Growing roses is a great way to make sure you always have some at home,” says Joanne. Shown here: orange ‘Jump for Joy,’ mauve ‘Koko Loko’ and pink ‘Hermione’.

“Everything goes with roses. Slip them into crystal bud vases and put them all over the house.”

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seed to

vase Flower farmer Joanne Feddes offers her top tips for creating a floral arrangement from the ground up.

Location

Fillers

The majority of flowers love sunshine, so site your plants in a warm spot. Most homes have a suitable microclimate near the south-facing side of the house.

To boost hues and enliven the textures of your arrangements, plant some pretty fillers. Dusty miller is a go-to, but you can get creative with herbs, such as dill and fennel, too.

Layout If you have the space, you can plant orderly rows. But for a small urban plot, clustering flowers of all kinds, country garden style, will work better.

Flowers Grow long-stemmed flowers like hollyhocks and alliums for bouquets and short-stemmed blooms, such as pansies, for posies. Consider giant blooms (‘Café au Lait’ dahlias or sunflowers), delicate classics (like cosmos), spiky flowers (spirea) and bobbing pompoms (gomphrena) as well.

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Arranging Let creativity be your guide as you combine your yield into arrangements. Here are a few considerations: Height lends grandeur; big bold displays provide elegance; diminutive posies add charm (especially in a workaday vessel like a pitcher); single stems look chic and modern.


Editor-in-chief Erin McLaughlin curated her favourite hues in the Beauti-Tone Paint Style at Home Country Colour Collection 2.

OLDENBURG FD083-0 Erin loves how this blue-grey paint acts as a sophisticated neutral backdrop for any setting, from modern to traditional.

tip:

Make an inexpensive piece of furniture appear custom by painting it the same shade as your wall. This cofee table was given an extra decorator’s touch with the addition of a complementary colour: Hudson FD099-0.

Available exclusively at Home Hardware and Building Centre locations. Actual paint colour may not be as shown. beauti-tone.ca


etc. 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

WATER WORKS The geometric design of the Blanco Panera kitchen faucet embraces modern ergonomics with a comfortable handling experience. Made of solid stainless steel, this pull-out faucet integrates extra convenience: a beautifully concealed dual spray button. blancocanada.com

STYLE MEETS COMFORT With the new duo® by La-Z-Boy, you can choose from a variety of standout styles, all with the surprising power to recline at the touch of a button. la-z-boy.com

EXPERIENCE TRUE COLOUR Century is the world’s first matte paint with a never-before-seen depth of colour and a soft-to-thetouch finish. It’s not just a colour – it’s an experience. experiencecentury.ca

STEEP. POUR. ENJOY.

SLEEP IN STYLE Made of 100% long-staple cotton and woven in Portugal, Au Lit Fine Linens’ Bologne collection is as classic as it is versatile. Trimmed with navy blue banding and paired with a navy and grey cotton throw (the hottest colour combo of the season) this set is perfect for any space, city or country. aulitfinelinens.com

Treat yourself to a smooth and balanced cold brew coffee at home. Made of easy-to-clean glass and stainless steel, the KitchenAid® Cold Brew Coffee Maker makes it possible to prep and serve cold brew one day and refreshing infused beverages the next – without any flavour transfer. kitchenaid.ca


PHOTOGRAPHY, JANIS NICOLAY

JUNE 2018

SUMMER LOVING Oh, hello, warm weather – we’ve been expecting you. It’s been too long since we’ve felt the touch of the sun’s rays and the feel of your balmy breezes. To celebrate your fleeting return, we’re showing off light, bright and beautiful spaces with style to spare.


MODERN CLASSIC

OPPOSITE In the living room of this historic home, sleek custom settees flank a rustic Senufo African daybed, which was repurposed into a wonderfully weathered coffee table. Meanwhile, the subtle diamond pattern on the woven rug plays off the harlequin treatment on the entryway floor (pictured on this page). DESIGN, Lisa Tharp, lisatharp.com; custom SETTEES, Lisa Tharp.

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HISTORIC HARMONY With its modern muted palette and eclectic mix of styles and finishes, this classical old home proves sophistication is all in the details. TEXT CHARLOTTE SAFAVI | PHOTOGRAPHY MICHAEL J. LEE


nce in a while, hitting the refresh button on a period home pays off, creating a sublime one for a new era. Such was the case when Boston-based designer Lisa Tharp transformed a circa-1830 New England governor’s summer house into a contemporary yearround home for a young family. “The homeowners wanted to write their own story here and create a casual comfortable gathering place for family and friends, just as the governor had done more than a century ago,” says Lisa of the 6,300-square-foot five-bedroom Greek Revival house. As is true of many older homes, the structure had almost tripled in size over the years with various renovations, including a large twostorey addition. Fortunately, the

THIS PAGE & OPPOSITE, BOTTOM From the oversized lantern-style pendant light in the hallway to the gilded chandelier in the dining room, designer Lisa Tharp proves again and again that lighting can indeed act as the jewellery of a room. She lets the pieces shine and decorates minimally around them, keeping this section of the hallway bare and the dining table and chairs simple and unadorned. Custom DINING TABLE, Lisa Tharp; CHANDELIER, Debbie Mathews Antiques and Designs; Grey Swirls ARTWORK, Briggs Edward Solomon.


The family room is clean-lined and comfortable thanks to a sleek sofa, deep-seated armchairs and a plush oversized ottoman. Of to one side, textural woven pendant lights define a cozy reading nook featuring the essentials: a wingback chair, a cushy toss cushion and a warm throw. SOFA, Cisco Brothers; leather ARMCHAIR, Oly; custom OTTOMAN, Lisa Tharp; wooden SIDE TABLE, Blaxsand.

house’s historic core – which boasts a grand entryway and a double parlour that now serves as separate living and dining rooms – retained its architectural integrity and character throughout the makeovers. “The original structure is beautifully proportioned and classical,” says Lisa. “My job was to marry the subsequent additions in style and form and then furnish the entire house.” So she added historical character through millwork and built-ins, gave the kitchen a significant upgrade, refreshed the interior with warm white paint and layered in artistic flourishes, such as the stencilled flooring in the entryway, for old-world charm. “This floor pattern sets the home’s inviting tone and neutral palette,” says Lisa of the harlequin design. “It was a way to add some fun to the formal entryway and punch it up with a bold treatment. It really epitomizes what we did here: create a formal structure, yet inject moments of levity appropriate for a young family. It instantly makes the home feel welcoming and approachable.” This fun mood extends from the entryway flooring to the sculptural furnishings that were set against the home’s white envelope. “Though I selected sophisticated clean-lined furniture, I kept everyday family use in mind,” says the designer, who combined custom pieces, European antiques, global finds, contemporary art and modern silhouettes. “Much of the seating is upholstered in soft outdoor fabrics.”

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The kitchen’s existing white Shaker-style cabinetry and dark soapstone countertops were kept intact because they work with the home’s refreshed light palette punctuated by black. Replacing a hefty hearth, the streamlined stainless steel range hood lets the new Neolith marble backsplash shine.

FAR LEFT Flanking the range hood, architectural photography makes a style statement: The pieces are enlarged details taken on the property. ARTWORK, Michael J. Lee Photography.

LEFT Lisa designed a builtin double desk for the children’s study, where they can do homework, colour and craft side by side. DESK CHAIR, 2B Mod.


A low-slung settee in an outdoor fabric is an elegant complement to the antique dining table in the kitchen’s eat-in area. The pendant light, from the early 20th century, is mixed with Mid-Century Modern Bertoia chairs for layered appeal. Custom SETTEE, Lisa Tharp; SETTEE FABRIC, Link Outdoor; DINING CHAIRS, Metro Retro Furniture.

THE SECRETS TO STYLING WITH NEUTRALS Designer Lisa Tharp’s top tips for mastering the muted look.

1 Use a full range of subdued hues, balancing warm and cool undertones.

2 Add texture! Interest lies in the juxtaposition of rough finishes with polished and smooth ones.

3 Imbue sparkle and shine via metal, glass and crystal.

4 Choose sculptural furnishings with pleasing silhouettes to add artful interest.

5 Mix different styles and eras for a sophisticated aesthetic.

6 Complete each room with great art, living flora and something unexpected and personal to you.

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Ultimately, it’s the mix that makes the design interesting. For the dining room, Lisa designed a sturdy marble-and-walnut table that she paired with vintage French dining chairs by designer Jean-Michel Frank. “I balanced opposites – which is what makes these spaces work,” says Lisa of her measured approach to this home’s neutral decor. “Light balances dark, warm balances cool, texture balances smooth, antique balances modern, and so on. There’s an almost imperceptible harmony one experiences in a room that is perfectly in balance.” And this renovated historic home, which has been so artfully reimagined for the 21st century, is the perfect example of pitch-perfect harmony.

In addition to homework and crafts, the children’s study is also intended for family games and Lego projects, so plush armchairs pull up to a large round table that seats the whole family. Old wine racks were installed as clever wall art. TABLE, English Farmhouse Furniture.


Custom millwork makes for a stately feature wall behind the headboard in the master bedroom. Dainty Art Deco-look nightstands with tapered legs add a shapely feminine appeal, while the mirror-ball pendant light provides a touch of sparkle and glamour. PENDANT LIGHT, ABC Carpet & Home; black and white ARTWORK, Lisa Tharp.

ABOVE In a move to master unused space, Lisa transformed the attic into a sleepover-ready bunk room that accommodates six. LEFT In one corner of the master suite, a lounger and ottoman provide a perfect spot for enjoying a morning cofee or evening tea. ARMCHAIR, Jayson Home; OTTOMAN, Oly; SIDE TABLE, Global Views.

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OLD-WORLD MODERN

French Girl

Chic

TEXT RENÉE REARDIN PHOTOGRAPHY MAXIME DESBIENS STYLING NICOLA MARC

Bringing Parisian charm to a petite Montreal abode, the new girl in town makes a name for herself in the creative community.


Having only one small rectangular studio space to work with, homeowner Lauren MacLean had to mastermind a strategic floor plan that made the most of every square foot. First, she positioned the bed front and centre near the entrance, in between the kitchen and the rest of the living space – not the placement you might expect, but she had a good reason: “The window serves as the perfect backdrop,” she says. BED FRAME (painted), IKEA; SIDECHAIR, Structube; CHANDELIER, THROW, LUMBAR CUSHION, West Elm; More Left to Say ARTWORK, Zoë Pawlak; white BEDDING, green velvet TOSS CUSHIONS, H&M Home; pink PILLOWCASES, Cultiver; FLOWERS (throughout), Fauchois Fleurs.

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Lauren refreshes her home every few months by switching out inexpensive toss cushions, throws and bedding. “That’s where a lot of the space’s colour comes from,” she says, “so I’m not going to get tired of whatever hues I’m into that season.” SOFA, DesignRepublic; WINGBACK CHAIR, RUG, TOSS CUSHIONS (all except green velvet), PLATES, CUTLERY, COASTERS, West Elm; COFFEE TABLE, TABLE LAMP, HomeSense; SCONCE (above desk), Urban Outfitters; SIDE TABLE, IKEA; Untitled and Untitled 1 ARTWORK, Lysa Jordan; green velvet TOSS CUSHION, H&M Home.


NOWADAYS, THE MOST important factor to consider when choosing a home might not be the space’s size, condition or location, but how Instagrammable it is. Just ask Lauren MacLean, whose Parisianstyle gem on the outskirts of Old Montreal has attracted quite a social media following. “Showing you my space one small square at a time,” reads Lauren’s Instagram profile, @livingbylo, a gallery of modern French decor inspiration. She works in IT but has a passion for design and began posting pictures of her quarters two years ago upon moving from Aurora, Ont., into the charming bijou apartment. Her page quickly grew a healthy following of decor and design enthusiasts who can’t resist double-tapping. The open-concept studio is a dream for anyone with a weakness for Parisian architectural adornments, and it has enough character that its modest 500 square feet, wee kitchen and lack of closets aren’t a problem. “It’s tiny, but I always favour the style and feel of a place over the square footage.” It’s the high ceilings, grand windows, hardwood floors and stunning wall panelling that Lauren fell in love with. “I feel very lucky to have found the place; it’s the perfect envelope for my style,” she says. And since she embraced these old features, the space didn’t require much work. In fact, it was freshly painted, so all that was left for Lauren to do was change some hardware, conceptualize a layout and furnish the entire studio from scratch. Lauren’s main goals were to complement the architecture by employing a pared-back scheme, letting just a few key pieces shine. “I wouldn’t want to take away from the beautiful character of the space,” she explains. She settled on a mixture of styles, pairing Mid-Century Modern furniture with the French-inspired bones, and was sure to add in plenty of greenery, feminine touches and look-at-me extras. “Keeping the foundation minimal is key to making an elegant eclectic style work,” she says. Case in point: Clean-lined elements like the mid-century-style sofa, media console, armchair and side tables are elevated by textiles and accessories in airy pastel colours, which work well with the natural light welcomed in

ABOVE Sure, not having a single closet in your small studio apartment can be problematic, but Lauren turned a design limitation into a stunning statement: She made an artistic vignette of a dressing area using a diminutive clothing rack hung with a few of her favourite items, a small mirror and an eye-catching piece of art. CLOTHING RACK, IKEA; Warm Hands Cold Hearts II ARTWORK, Zoë Pawlak; MIRROR, Anthropologie.

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by the floor-to-ceiling windows. Hits of strong hues in select furnishings and accessories play into the eclectic look without taking the spotlight from the architecture. The pieces of art, however, are total scene-stealers. The large portrait of a girl acts as the focal point, tying together the home’s palette and demanding attention as you enter the apartment. “In a small space, you think you have to play it safe and downscale everything,” says Lauren, “but the drama of having such a big piece among its petite surroundings is such a cool juxtaposition.” The artists behind the paintings, as well as other creative types Lauren met while decorating her home, have since become her friends – the space has offered her a social network that surpassed handheld screens and moved into face-to-face relationships. Lauren now collaborates with members of Montreal’s artistic community, who hold photo shoots in her place and take advantage of her eye for interior design. Who knew living in a gorgeous abode could expand your social network? It’s something to consider when you’re looking for new quarters.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Stunning sculptural vases are sprinkled around the space to add colour, texture and a decorator’s touch; the kitchen’s style potential was limited, so Lauren added an open shelf above the stove, which she uses to inject charm with a few plants, fancy dishware and decorative objets; Lauren works from home, so she carved out an office corner that gets a lot of light. NIGHTSTAND, DESK, West Elm; TABLE LAMP, HomeSense.

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“IT’S TINY, BUT I ALWAYS FAVOUR THE style and feel OF A PLACE OVER THE SQUARE FOOTAGE.”

One of Lauren’s top design secrets? Use greenery. “I love incorporating larger plants as stand-alone statements and smaller ones to elevate tabletop and shelf vignettes,” she says. “Their natural beauty is an easy design fix for any areas lacking life, and they’re also a budget-friendly alternative to furniture.” SIDEBOARD, West Elm; DRESSER (customized), Wayfair.ca; DRESSER HARDWARE, Anthropologie.

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MODERN ECLECTIC

IN THE NAME

OF LOVE


How a handy couple lovingly made this 1960s Mississauga, Ont., home their own. TEXT LAURA MUIR | PHOTOGRAPHY JANIS NICOLAY

The copper-toned pendant lights complement the wooden framing in the sunroom.

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ou would think buying a home in today’s tough housing market would come with many compromises, but not so for Catherine Therrien and her husband, Aaron Putman. When the couple began their search, they had a certain type of house in mind and a neighbourhood picked out – and they weren’t going to settle for anything less. Judging by this gorgeous gem in a peaceful south Mississauga, Ont., area, their determination paid off in spades. The couple’s house-hunting journey began about four years ago, when they decided they were tired of climbing up and down the stairs of their four-level townhouse. “Our goal was to find something as flat as possible,” says Catherine, owner of Catherine Sophie Design (and former Style at Home managing editor). “It was our fourth time moving in 10 years. So we thought, if we’re moving again it has to be to the right place.” For these consummate DIYers, the right place was a house they could work on and make their own. “We wanted something untouched,” she says. “I didn’t want to move into a house with a newly renovated kitchen and then be stuck with someone else’s design.”

OPPOSITE Homeowner Catherine Therrien eschewed upper cabinetry to keep the kitchen feeling spacious and airy. Instead, open shelves ofer spots for displaying decorative collections and everyday items like glasses and cofee mugs. DESIGN, Catherine Sophie Design, catherinesophiedesign.com; Classic Gray OC-23 WALL PAINT (throughout), Benjamin Moore; CABINETRY, IKEA; CABINETRY HARDWARE, Ginger’s; COUNTERTOPS, BACKSPLASH, Caesarstone Canada; RANGE, RANGE HOOD, TA Appliance; SHELVES, Pottery Barn.

LEFT The couple gutted the kitchen and combined it with the original dining room, turning it into one big open space with an island. PENDANT LIGHTS, EQ3; PRINT, Minted.

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RIGHT, TOP Within the bright neutral kitchen, details like the copper-toned pendant light, matte black gooseneck faucet and champagne-finished hardware lend subtle contrast and warmth. The quartz countertop material was also used to create a backsplash for a sleek seamless look. It’s super easy to keep clean. “I don’t like tile because I don’t want to bother with grout lines. I can’t stand dirty stained grout,” says Catherine. FAUCET, Moen; PENDANT LIGHT, EQ3.

RIGHT Catherine and her husband, Aaron Putman, with their beloved 12-year-old Yorkshire terrier, Chloe.


By the time Aaron found this place online, Catherine was discouraged. After all, it had been a daunting full year of scoping out the neighbourhood and going to every open house on the block. But it was fortunate Aaron forced her to take a look, because they finally found the perfect fit. Along with having as few stairs as possible, the 1,500-square-foot 1960s sidesplit exhibited a pride of ownership that’s rarely found. “It was a solid house, and we liked the renovations that had been done,” says Catherine. Along with adding a new roof and windows, the previous owners had taken down walls to open up the space and built an extension in the form of a lightfilled sunroom. The handy couple saw the house’s potential and knew it was a project they could handle – more cosmetic than structural. “It sounds cliché, but we fell in love right away,” she says.

The kitchen island, which features a quartz countertop with cleanlined waterfall edges, is a casual spot to enjoy a meal. STOOLS, CB2.

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In the sunroom – an addition the previous homeowners built in the 1990s – the couple created a cozy living area with a plush sofa, persimmoncoloured slipper chairs and ottomans upholstered in a striking bufalo check. SOFA, Crate and Barrel; SLIPPER CHAIRS, Barrymore Furniture; OTTOMAN FABRIC, Bilbrough & Co.; hide STOOL, TABLE LAMPS, THROW, HomeSense; RUG, Pottery Barn.

CATHERINE AND AARON’S

DOS AND DON’TS FOR A DIY RENO DO your research. Consult various resources, like how-to websites and online videos for information, but make sure you’re complying with your province’s building codes. Take advantage of free seminars offered at big-box stores. DON’T bite off more than you can chew. Know your limitations. “If you can’t paint a wall, maybe a full-scale DIY reno isn’t for you,” says Catherine.

DO contact your city’s building department if you have any questions about permits. DON’T feel pressured to do everything yourself. Hire pros when it comes to electrical and gas work and other tasks beyond your skill set. DO consult sites like HomeStars when looking for reputable tradespeople. Avoid the friend-of-a-friend scenario.

DON’T believe the unrealistic timelines of home renovation TV shows. Also, go into a renovation knowing that you’ll most likely spend every weekend and any vacation time you have working on the project.

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“I LOVE THAT CALIFORNIACOOL LOOK THAT’S EASYGOING, LIGHTFILLED AND A BIT ECLECTIC BUT NOT OVERDONE.”

LEFT, TOP Catherine’s collection of all-white new and vintage pieces lines the fireplace mantel. LEFT An antique cabinet with spectacular hardware, which Catherine had spraypainted, serves as liquor storage in the dining room. TABLE LAMP, HomeSense; Foggy Channel and Invermere ARTWORK by David Lee, Art Interiors.

RIGHT The sleek wooden dining table, surrounded by mixed and matched chairs, suits the scale of the room, and layering elements like the two rugs and sheepskin throws lends coziness. The modern chandelier, an investment piece, follows the length of the table and serves as a sculptural focal point while keeping sightlines open. DINING TABLE, CB2; black and white DINING CHAIRS, Design Within Reach; END CHAIR UPHOLSTERY, Switch Studio; custom CHANDELIER, Lampcage; custom DRAPERY, Tonic Living; Moroccan RUG, West Elm; girl eating peach PRINT, Saatchi Art; sheepskin THROWS, IKEA.


BEFORE

As soon as they took possession in August 2015, they began updating the space, which included removing carpets and tiles, gutting the kitchen and installing flooring. One especially tough job involved redoing the dining room ceiling to achieve a coffered look. “We were a bit naive at first,” says Catherine, “and thought we’d get the main floor done in a few weeks, no problem. How did we think that would happen?” In the end, it was a labour of love that took one-and-a-half years of working every spare moment they had. The airy space created on the main floor and lower level was a result of what they didn’t want as much as what they did. Their townhouse had a colourful palette, and to Catherine’s tastes, always felt way too dark. So here, they created a bright, almost ethereal envelope with oiled oak floors and serene pale grey walls throughout. Then they incorporated a neutral palette with a few judicious hits of colour. Any architectural elements that were installed have simple profiles, in keeping with the house’s age and design. Catherine’s refined style, combined with her penchant for hunting collectibles and all things vintage, is apparent throughout the home. The resulting boho-chic look is comfortable, not contrived. “I love that California-cool vibe that’s easygoing, light-filled and a little bit eclectic,” she says, “but not overdone.” With a good portion of the house finished, Catherine and Aaron were looking forward to enjoying the fruits of their labour, so to speak, putting up their feet and taking a break. “Our plan was to finish the outside and then not do anything for a few years to recoup some of our costs,” says Catherine. But a happy turn of events changed the plan. “In September I found out I was pregnant, and I thought, oh man, now we gotta do the upstairs!” FOR SOURCES, SEE OUR WORKBOOK

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FOOD

wild WEST

RECIPES THE POINTE RESTAURANT PHOTOGRAPHY MICHAEL BECKER FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY MAKITO INOMATA

The renowned Wickaninnish Inn in Tofino, B.C., has just released an eponymous cookbook full of the rustic elegant recipes that make it such a celebrated foodie destination. Here, we’ve selected a few favourites that embody the hotel’s natural West Coast style.


Sockeye salmon is indigenous to the north Pacific, and is prized for its lovely colour and full f lavour.

SOCKEYE SALMON “BLT”

SOCKEYE SALMON “BLT” SERVES 2

4 ½ ½ 2 2

thin slices pancetta tbsp fennel seeds cup mayonnaise dashes Worcestershire sauce 3- to 4-oz boneless, skinless sockeye salmon fillets 4 slices artisan-style bread Leaf lettuce Tomato slices

Cook the pancetta slices on a baking sheet in a 350°F oven or in a frying pan until crispy; set aside. In a frying pan over medium heat, lightly toast the fennel seeds, stirring frequently to ensure they don’t burn. Let cool, then grind to a fine powder. Stir into the mayonnaise, then fold in the Worcestershire sauce; set aside. On the grill or in a frying pan on the stovetop over medium-high

heat, cook the salmon fillets – this should take only a couple of minutes per side – and keep them warm while you toast the bread. Generously spread the mayonnaise on two slices of the toasted bread. Lay the leaf lettuce, crispy pancetta and tomato slices over the mayonnaise; top with the hot salmon and the remaining toast slices. Serve warm.

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FRESH SEASONAL INGREDIENTS AND an oceanto-table emphasis are hallmarks of “the Wick.”

FISH FRITTERS

FISH FRITTERS SERVES 4

¼ 1 4 2 1 ½ 3 9

cup canola oil, plus more for frying cup corn kernels cloves garlic, minced cups masa harina red bell pepper, seeded and diced red onion, diced sprigs dill, chopped oz hot-smoked fish, skin and bones removed, diced Finely grated zest and juice of 2 lemons ¼ to ½ cup hot water Salt to taste Hot sauce and mayonnaise, for serving

Heat the ¼ cup oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the corn and cook until beginning to brown. Add the garlic and cook for a further 30 seconds. Remove from the heat and let cool for a couple of minutes. In a large bowl, combine the corn mixture and masa harina with the red pepper, onion and dill. Gently stir in the fish, then the lemon zest and juice. Drizzle ¼ cup hot water over the mixture and stir until it becomes a thick paste that you can work with your hands; add more water if necessary to achieve the right consistency. Use your hands

to form the fish mixture into roughly shaped fritters with lots of ridges. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Fill a deep pot halfway with oil and heat until it registers 350°F on a deep-frying thermometer. Add the fritters to the oil and fry until golden brown, then drain on paper towels. Transfer to a baking sheet, season with salt and place in the oven for a few minutes, until the fritters are hot in the centre. Serve with the hot sauce and mayonnaise.

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TUFF SESSION SOURDOUGH BREAD MAKES 4 LOAVES

8 1 2 2

cups bread flour tbsp active dry yeast cups sourdough starter* to 2⅓ cups Tofino Brewing Company Tuff Session Ale or other pale ale 2½ tbsp salt Place the flour, yeast and sourdough starter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook. Begin to mix at low speed; add about three-quarters of the ale and continue to mix for 5 minutes. The dough should be moist but not overly sticky – if it’s too dry, add more ale until the desired consistency is reached. Turn the machine up to medium speed and mix for another 5 minutes. Add the salt and continue to mix on medium speed for a few more minutes, until blended. Remove the dough and knead until its surface is very smooth. Place in a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap and put aside in a warm space to allow the dough to come

TUFF SESSION SOURDOUGH BREAD

to life, 30 to 45 minutes. (Technically, this is the autolyse stage, when the flour is absorbing the liquids and its enzymes are breaking down the starches and proteins.) Once the dough has expanded slightly and is moist but springy to the touch, divide it into four pieces, then shape each into a ball. Let the balls of dough rest for 10 minutes covered with a cloth, then place them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and cover with the cloth again (you may need to divide them between two baking sheets). Place the baking sheet in a warm space to allow the dough to rise until it’s nearly doubled in size, 3 to 4 hours. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Using a serrated knife, slash the tops of the loaves once down the middle, then place the baking sheet in the oven. Using a spray bottle, spritz some water around the inside of the oven to create a bit of steam, then bake the loaves until they’re a nice golden colour, 15 to 20 minutes.

* Sourdough Starter: You can buy sourdough starter at some specialty shops and bakeries or order it online. Alternatively, you can make your own: In a non-reactive bowl, mix a 2¼-tsp package of active dry yeast, 2 cups

flour and 2 cups warm water, and cover loosely. Leave the starter in a warm place to ferment for about a week. It will be ready when it is bubbly and has a pleasantly tangy aroma. Refrigerate until you’re ready to use it. Remember, the starter will last for years as long as you continue to feed it. Store it in a tightly closed container in the refrigerator. Once a week, mix ¼ cup sourdough starter with ¼ cup lukewarm water and just under ½ cup flour, then stir the mixture back into the starter. And be sure to replenish the starter whenever you use any of it: Replace the portion you’ve removed from the container with equal amounts of water and flour as well as a pinch of sugar to keep it well fed.

MUSSELS & CLAMS SERVES 2 TO 4

2 2 2 1 1

tbsp olive oil shallots, diced to 4 cloves garlic, minced chorizo sausage, diced lb each: fresh mussels and clams, rinsed well in cold water, any opened shells discarded ⅓ cup chicken broth 1 medium tomato, roughly chopped 5 basil leaves, torn 1 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley ¼ cup peas Add the oil to a large pot over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the shallots, garlic and chorizo. Cook, stirring, until the chorizo is a little crispy, about 5 minutes. Add the mussels and clams to the pot, stirring gently. Cook for 1 minute. Add the chicken broth. Cover the pot and cook until the shells open fully, 4 to 6 minutes. Discard any mussels and clams that do not open. Gently stir in the tomato, basil, parsley and peas until the herbs are wilted. Divide the mixture among bowls and serve with a warm baguette for dipping into the broth.

For more delicious recipes, check out The Wickaninnish Cookbook: Rustic Elegance on Nature’s Edge (Appetite by Random House, $45).

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WORKBOOK

SOURCE GUIDE Where to find the products featured on our pages.

G 2B Mod 2bmod.com

A ABC Carpet & Home abchome.com Anthropologie anthropologie.com Art Interiors artinteriors.ca

Catherine Sophie Design catherinesophiedesign.com

Ginger’s gingers.com

CB2 cb2.ca

Global Views globalviews.com

Cisco Brothers ciscobrothers.com Crate and Barrel crateandbarrel.ca Creekside Tile creeksidetile.com Cultiver cultiver.com

B Barrymore Furniture barrymorefurniture.com

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Benjamin Moore benjaminmoore.ca

Debbie Mathews Antiques and Designs debbiemathews.com

Berenson Hardware berenson.ca

Delta Faucet deltafaucet.ca

Bilbrough & Co.* bilbroughs.com

Design Within Reach dwr.com

Blaxsand blaxsand.com

DesignRepublic mydesignrepublic.com

Briggs Edward Solomon briggsedwardsolomon.com

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Caesarstone Canada caesarstone.ca

English Farmhouse Furniture englishfarmhousefurniture.com

Cambria cambriacanada.com

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eq3.com

M Marble Granite Depot marblegranitedepot.com

H&M Home hm.com

Metro Retro Furniture metroretrofurniture.com

The Home Depot homedepot.ca

Michael J. Lee Photography michaeljleephotography.com

HomeSense homesense.ca

Minted minted.com

I IKEA ikea.ca

J Jayson Home jaysonhome.com

L Elte elte.com

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Lampcage lampcage.com Link Outdoor linkoutdoor.com Lisa Tharp lisatharp.com

Moen moen.ca

O Oakdale Kitchens oakdalekitchens.com Oly* olystudio.com

P Parand Design Kitchens paranddesign.com Pottery Barn potterybarn.com

R Rebecca Hay Designs rebeccahaydesigns.com


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TriMatrix Construction trimatrix.ca

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Upper Canada Specialty Hardware ucsh.com *Through designers

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Tasco Appliances tascoappliance.ca

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Tonic Living tonicliving.com

Wayfair.ca wayfair.ca

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UMBRELLAS Back by popular demand, this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roundup of stylish umbrellas is ravishing and refined. Enjoy the warmth of summer while keeping (and looking!) cool.

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1 Eastport in White with Navy, $698 US, Serena & Lily, serenaandlily.com; 2 Catalan Stripe Fringed Wood, $190, Pier 1 Imports, pier1.ca; 3 Poleng Gingham, $499, CB2, cb2.ca; 4 Leisure Design Milano Push-Up in Red, $470, The Home Depot, homedepot.ca; 5 aluminum octagonal Premium in Turquoise, from $1,181, RH Restoration Hardware, rh.com.

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“Sweet dreams,” said the window treatments as they lowered themselves for the night.

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