House hunting is a thrilling experience. Trying to find a home in a big city that meets your wish list while fitting in your budget gives a little more edge to the thrill. My twentysomething clients were on the hunt for a home with charm and character in an established neighbourhood close to shops, services and transit. But the real “gotta-have-it” was an address in a top-notch school district. You can renovate any house to suit your lifestyle and your taste, but you can’t pick it up and move it from one school district to another. So once my clients settled on a cute little semi in a coveted school district, it was my job to turn a cramped and forlorn main floor into a bright and airy living space.
kitchen cabinetry, HanStone Quartz countertops in 'Swan Cotton', microwave oven, faucet, fridge, dishwasher, range hood, dining chairs, floor length mirror, wine glasses, whiskey glasses, dinner plates, table cloth, dishes on island and window ledge, wall clock, glass vases on console table and kitchen shelf, candles & media unit, IKEA | hardwood flooring (PLAY.2 Talc), Floorworks & Relative Space | floor tile, backsplash tile & chair rail, Saltillo Imports | kitchen sink, Blanco Canada | cake stands on island and window ledge, bowl on window ledge, round vase on fireplace mantle, egg holder, vase on kitchen counter, picture frames, salad plates, napkins & vases on coffee table, Indigo | rug, basket under bench, striped bud vase on side table, white linen pillows & grey and yellow trellis pillows, Homesense | range, The Home Depot | Lawren sofa & Coco chairs, Sarah Richardson Design Inc. | light fixture in front hall, light fixture over dining table, pendants above kitchen island, floor lamp, magazine holder, oval mirror at entrance, umbrella stand & side tables, Green's Antiques | silverware, coffee table, dining table, vintage dishes on console table, vintage scalloped edge bowl on coffee table & covered candy dish on side table, Elegant Garage Sale | wooden bench, hook board, occasional table between chairs, console table, mirror above fireplace, bamboo utensil holder & striped glass dish, Vintage Fine Objects | brass mortar and pestle, brass teapot & collection of vases on window ledge, Of Things Past | collection of brass candlesticks, brass bowl on coffee table, napkin rings & pair of lamps, Around the Block | throw, metal horses, large silver ball, tall vase on fireplace mantle, cutting board, measuring spoons & kitchen utensils, West Elm | counter stools, Pier 1 Imports | decorative corbels, The Door Store | drapery hardware, fabric on valances and drapes (Style - 21040 Leaf/Foliage, Colour - Lemongrass, Origin -33430), fabric on sofa, fabric on pair of chairs (Style - Doodle, Colour - Platinum, Origin - 32903), pillow fabric on pair of chairs (Style - Spice Market, Colour - Putty, Origin - 32606) & floral pillow fabric on sofa (Style - Omoko, Colour - Smoke, Origin - 31148), Designer Fabrics | pillow sewing & inserts, Dreams | cabinetry hardware, Lee Valley Tools | television, Best Buy | Nuheat heated floor in mudroom, Ciot Toronto Inc. | dish towels, Putti | artwork, Acadia Art & Rare Books | canisters on kitchen counter, 1698 Queen Antiques | multi coloured paperweight & clear glass paperweight on side tables, Eclectisaurus | all trim, Brenlo | spraying of furniture, Benjamen Furniture Refinishing | flowers, orchids & orchid pots, Jong Young Flowers | umbrellas, sunglasses, white enamel pot, trench coat & straw hat, Client's own
living room & dining room walls - Pale Hound 71, Farrow & Ball | fireplace brick & front entrance walls - Lime White 1, Farrow & Ball | mudroom & kitchen walls - Light Blue 22, Farrow & Ball | ceiling - Cornforth White 228, Farrow & Ball | trim - All White 2005, Farrow & Ball