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  • Writer's picturePat Browne

Texture is the key to creating the environment you want.

Your home should reflect who you are, and simultaneously calm, inspire and uplift you.

The way you design your home can reveal a lot about you – whether you’re cool, calm and minimalistic, cleverly creative, or practically minded.

The kitchen in this house is bold, moody yet full of light. A strong creative vision and thoughtful ethos. Dark countertops and a mosaic backsplash are beautifully set off by light maple-wood cabinets and stainless steal appliances. A built-in peninsula provides comfortable space for four to eat in the kitchen, or provide space to simply have a morning coffee. Floating shelves provide a modern touch and space to display key pieces and artwork.

The rest of the open-plan main floor in this house share the same colour scheme of taupe-greys, light colour woods and accents of soft buttery yellow. With light pouring in from west facing patio doors, the home is bathed in sunlight for most of the day. By using a bench against the wall in the dining room, the homeowners were able to open-up the space even more for daily living. A glass topped dining table continues to provide open sightlines. A graphic pendant chandelier creates a statement over the table.

“Our style is Scandinavian minimalism, spiced with richer and more surprising details including the odd vintage piece,” said the homeowner. “We love the new mid-century modern look for its clean lines.”

The family room on the second level is flooded with light. With ample space for a sectional seater and additional seating, this room is made for family living. A desk is snugged into the corner and the TV/entertainment centre sits directly across from the sectional. Key black-out blinds allow for daytime TV watching when light can be detriment.

This home has three large sized bedrooms – one on the second floor and then two more (including the master) on the third floor. All rooms can accommodate queen or king-sized beds – a rare treat in today’s space starved homes. Solid maple floors continue throughout the house adding continuity and even sightlines.

“The second bedroom on the top floor is for our son,” says the homeowner. “Little things like blackboard paint for the feature wall and decals of sailing ships adds a nautical theme that he loves. He especially loves the space to play. The size of the bedrooms is unparalleled.”

“We have an extra room in the basement that I’ve turned into my much-needed office space. Having the three-piece bathroom down here means that I can “go to the office” without leaving home – so mandatory during the last year and a half of covid. I don’t know how other people survived the covid shutdown without a dedicated space for work.”

With over 2,000 sq ft of living space, this home provides sanctuary at every turn. The living doesn’t end at the doors, there is also a 200 sq ft patio that flows seamlessly from the kitchen and a 51 sq ft balcony off the main living space. So important during covid, the outdoor living space provides a sanctuary in the city.

“With a small outdoor space, you want to make the most of it. We wanted maximum enjoyment with minimal work requirements. To create an outdoor space that can be used as much as possible we installed low-maintenance artificial turf and outfitted the area with sectional seating to create a space where we can relax and have a drink at the end of the day.”

“I enjoy a space that is both stimulating and calming and feels relaxed and unpretentious. I feel that we have done this here.”

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