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  • Writer's picturePat Browne

Fabulous properties with style ideas to learn from

Updated: Feb 6, 2021

Attention to rich textures and high-contrast transformed this stunning family home.

The English Lane townhouse purchased in 2019 works like a semi with its end unit position in the community. It had great bones and the perfect location when its current owners first viewed the property. “We had specific needs. We’re a blended family with 3 adult children still living at home, along with myself and my partner. We knew we needed 4 bedrooms and at least 3 bathrooms, as well as an office for his business. We had looked at a lot of properties but kept coming back to this neighbourhood in Don Mills. We loved the bones and could see the potential.”

Shortly after sealing the real-estate deal, the new home owners wasted no time in calling up Rhonda Moscoe at Moscoe Interior Designs: and Contractor, Kaydence Construction: Rhonda spearheaded the five month-long renovation that saw everything taken down to the studs to be re-imagined as a much more modern family home.

Rhonda Moscoe Interior Design creates spaces that reflect who their customers are; elevated by artistic style and function. Principle designer Rhonda Moscoe draws on years of artistic training and international travel to build and transform unique, stylistic spaces for her clients. Just what was needed to take a townhouse, designed twenty years ago, into the new millennium.

The original 4 bedrooms stayed, but walls were moved to accommodate an additional bathroom on the top floor and an expansion of the current shared bathroom into a part of a full master suite.

Nothing was lost in the design. Existing closets had to go to allow for the additional space required. They were replaced by full walls of built-in cupboards. “We chose a modern aesthetic based on high contrasts. Black was used for all the trim around doors and windows which plays well off both the lighter walls of the main floor and the moodier, darker walls of the private bedroom areas. The floors and stairs were all replaced with new maple wood."

“We love the look of wood and chose finishes that display wood grains in all their glory.” The kitchen was also fully re-built, removing the cut-out, and replacing with a peninsula , along with a porcelain countertop, backsplash and waterfall, as well as walnut finished and white cupboards.

“We even managed to install a gas fireplace in the living room.” The addition of the fireplace provides a visual focal point in the main living area. “A flat marble façade gave us a look that we love and the fireplace, itself, lends comfort and warmth.”

A consistent palette and finish choices ensures the design flows throughout the house.


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