Many apartment dwellers dream of one day making the big jump to owning. After years of communal hallways and cramped spaces, my clients were keen to spread their wings – spend all their savings – and land in a home that was entirely their own. But which house? Part of knowing if a house is right for you comes from an understanding of how much work is required to make it suit your lifestyle. In this case, Mr. was keen to sink his teeth into a healthy list of DIY projects, but Mrs., not so much. So the home they chose was one that required work to the living and dining rooms, while most of the other spaces needed only simple fix-ups. Yours truly was tasked with turning the dated and dark principal rooms into cheery open spaces that embraced the owners’ bright, bold personalities.
leather sofa, blue velvet pillows, leather armchairs, dining room rug, silver picture frames & ivory drapery panels, IKEA | engineered hardwood flooring (Wheat Eucalyptus 70799), Strategis Flooring & Décor Inc. | fireplace tile, 115 Tycos Dr., Toronto, ON, 416.441.2224, Saltillo Imports | "Josephine" chairs, custom ottoman & photography, Sarah Richardson Design Inc. | dining chairs & wood accent table, 699 Queen St. W, Toronto, ON, 416.603.2278, Chatelet | spraying of dining chairs & lamps, Benjamen Furniture Refinishing, 104 Kenhar Dr., Toronto, ON, 416.745.2559 | dining chair upholstery, 1311 Alness St., Concord, ON, 905.738.6800, Windsor House Furniture | ottoman fabric, drapery detail fabric & dining chair seat fabric: "Cerva 11 Ethnic/Kilim, colour pool", drapery hardware & velvet fabric on skirted chairs, 1360 Queen St W., Toronto, ON, 416.531.2810, Designer Fabrics | 3-panel wall screen art, lamps, ottoman base, wooden wall art, silver candlesticks, small frosted bowl on dining table, small glass vase on side table & teardrop paperweight, 150 Lesmill Rd., Toronto, ON, 416.546.1760, Around the Block | living room rug, basket under side table, graphic print pillows, teal dishes, cutlery, glass tumblers, silver bowl on sideboard, tall clear vase, wine glasses, bowls, turquoise vase on ottoman & round vase on sideboard, Homesense | teak side tables, 985 Queen St. E, Toronto, ON, 416.778.6495, Zig Zag | pendant light in living room, The Home Depot | green table lamp & teak sideboard, 529 Parliament St., Toronto, ON, 416.925.1556, Green's Antiques | dining room chandelier, 358 Queen St E, Toronto, ON, 416.368.1818, Douglas Poole Antiques | octagonal end table & decorative wall brackets in living room, 185 Bridgeland, North York ON, 416.256.9256, Of Things Past | octagonal mirror, Pier 1 Imports | vases on fireplace mantel, faded blue pillows on sofa, throw, napkins & bud vases on dining table, Indigo | teal ribbed tumblers on dining table, Urban Barn | silver box on side table, 109 Atlantic Ave., Toronto, ON, 416.537.0110, West Elm | small turquoise box on side table, 1132 Yonge St., Toronto, ON, 416.324.8351, Absolutely Inc. | small teal bowl on side table, 249 Gerrard St. E, Toronto, ON, 416.934.9009, Eclectisaurus | teal and bronze glass bowl on side table, 1000 Queen St. E, Toronto, ON, 416.461.3588Machine Age Modern | wood trim, 41 Racine Road., Toronto, ON, 416.749.6857, Brenlo | flowers, Jong Young Flowers, 128 Avenue Rd., Toronto, ON, 416.922.4421 | teapot, silver tray on ottoman, tealight votives, personal items
contractor, MBKL Ltd. Custom Contracting, 416.836.7295 | painting & wallpaper installation, Russell Painting Inc., 416.994.8348
Paint Colours & Wallpaper
ceiling - Cabbage White 269, Farrow & Ball | trim - All White 2005, Dulux Paint | walls above plate rail - Green Blue 84, Dulux Paint | walls below plate rail - White Tie 2002, Dulux Paint | wallpaper - Plain Stripe ST 1159, Dulux Paint | dining chairs & lamps - Regal Wave 70BG 09/171, Dulux Paint