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Room to Flow https://www.styleathome.com/interiors/house-tours/article/room-to-flow
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<p class=”excerpt”>Nine years after moving in, a total redesign and reorganization of space gives a family of five a brand new century-old home.</p>
<p>Every renovation comes with distinct challenges, but the redesign of this Edwardian century home in Toronto came with a particularly unique ask. Homeowners Lisa da Rocha and Claudio David wanted designer Megan Crosbie to lighten the dark, woodsy “Western ranch” look left behind by the previous owner, but not entirely. They wanted to simplify the interior, but preserve the exposed brick and Douglas fir beams.</p>

<p>“It already had some industrial flair – we wanted to maintain that and just add some contrast,” says Lisa, explaining that she, Claudio and their two daughters, 10 and 12, and son, 6, had already lived in the home for nine years, but weren’t making optimum use of it. Says Lisa: “It needed to be more functional, and more reflective of our tastes.”</p>

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<p class=”media-description”><span class=”desc”>Pictured: Designer Megan Crosbie | Photography: Patrick Biller | Styling: Me &amp; Mo</span></p>
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<p>With sights set on a clean, contemporary design, Megan shifted spaces, reimagined storage and thoroughly updated finishes. “Our goal was to turn it into a beautiful, bright and airy contemporary home for a busy family,” Megan says. “It needed to feel cohesive and kid-friendly, and be able to comfortably host extended family functions.” (When those are back on!)</p>

<p>Lisa asked for white walls, which are a great foundation for a modern look. “People often think white isn’t going to be the most kid-friendly, but it’s really just the walls,” Megan says. Structural changes included opening up the main floor for flow, shifting the kitchen into the huge family room at the back, creating three inviting kids’ suites on the second floor and transforming the unused third floor into a serene retreat for Lisa and Claudio, an executive leadership coach and entrepreneur respectively. Keeping most of the new finishes and larger pieces understated and neutral lets the industrial elements “shine through” as features. “With the white gallery wall feel, we were able to add fun pops of colour in the artwork,” Megan says.</p>

<p>A key consideration of the seven-month reno was adding enough storage to make maintaining the sleek minimalist interiors a breeze. Megan tucked in low-key storage pieces and built-in units throughout. “Integrating a ton of storage is a key component to modern design,” she says, so every bedroom has a walk-in closet, and the crawlspaces on the third floor are filled with hidden built-ins.</p>

<p>Lisa is delighted with the results and is looking forward to welcoming extended family and friends to the revamped modern Edwardian. “We were able to lay out the spaces in a much better way, and now we’re using so much more of the space as a family. We’ve always had these big gatherings, with 20 or 30 people, and looking into the future, we can’t wait to be able to do that again!”</p>

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<p class=”media-description”><span class=”desc”>Photography: Patrick Biller | Styling: Me &amp; Mo</span></p>
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<p>“I wanted the kitchen to feel integrated, clean and bright. It’s not a kitchen that screams, Look at me! It’s a kitchen that is gorgeous by the mere fact that it’s so simple,” says designer Megan Crosbie. “And with three kids, we needed everything to be indestructible, so we went with a Corian countertop and seamless cabinets.”</p>

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<p class=”media-description”><span class=”desc”>Photography: Patrick Biller | Styling: Me &amp; Mo</span>&nbsp;| ALL CABINETRY AND BUILT-INS DESIGN, Megan Crosbie Design. CONTRACTOR, Cornerbrook Construction. CABINETRY CONSTRUCTION, Fox Custom Woodworks. COUNTERTOPS and BACKSPLASH in Arctic Ice, Corian. Black BARSTOOLS, Stylegarage. PENDANT LIGHT by Lambert et Fils, Klaus by Nienkamper. OVENS, Gaggenau. Delta FAUCET, Taps.</p>
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<p>The kitchen was relocated to the back of the house, where it shares space with the cozy family room. The pristine design is a striking contrast to the home’s exposed brick and rugged fir posts and beams, while offering all the desired amenities, including double wall ovens and a gas stove. Flat-front cabinet doors with touch-latch hardware keep the profile sleek.</p>

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<p class=”media-description”><span class=”desc”>Photography: Patrick Biller | Styling: Me &amp; Mo</span>&nbsp;| SECTIONAL, Silva Custom. COFFEE TABLE, EQ3. BUILTINS CONSTRUCTION, Fox Custom Woodworks. ARTWORK by Peter Andrew, Art Interiors.</p>
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<p>With its amply cushioned sectional and built-ins displaying books and collectibles, the snug, relaxed family room adjoin- ing the kitchen is the antithesis of the sleeker, more artful living spaces on the main floor. For consistency, the built-ins have the same clean-lined design and finish as the kitchen cabinets on the opposite wall. Two massive new windows overlook the backyard. “It feels like Muskoka out there,” Lisa says.</p>

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<p class=”media-description”><span class=”desc”>Photography: Patrick Biller | Styling: Me &amp; Mo</span>&nbsp;</p>
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<p>To bring the staircase, which had been opened up to the family room by the previous owner, in line with the redesign, Megan opted to swap in new treads to match the new floors. For contrast, she had the railing painted a matte black.</p>

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<p class=”media-description”><span class=”desc”>Photography: Patrick Biller | Styling: Me &amp; Mo&nbsp;</span>| CUSTOM COFFEE TABLE, Marshall Young Cabinetry. CLUB CHAIRS, STOOL, Stylegarage. MITCHELL GOLD + BOB WILLIAMS CHAISE, BLOOM RUG, Elte.</p>
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<p>With its moody colour scheme, crisp geometric shapes and bold accessories, the living room feels like a carefully curated sculpture gallery. To embrace the unusual angled bay window in one corner, Megan had the solid oak coffee table custom made, then arranged a “conversation circle” around it. Upholstered in a soft, dark grey bouclé, the chaise in the window looks dramatic, which draws the eye to this unique architectural feature, but, ultimately, it’s a roomy, cozy perch that’s low enough to not chop up the sightline out the window.</p>

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<p class=”media-description”><span class=”desc”>Photography: Patrick Biller | Styling: Me &amp; Mo</span>&nbsp;| European Oak FLOORING, Moncer Specialty Flooring.</p>
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<p>By turning it on its side, Megan reimagined the vintage Pepsi-Cola sign as ad hoc artwork. A plan to install a space-hogging walk-in pantry was jettisoned in favour of building in these full-height cupboards along the dining room wall (two units house dry goods; one stores cleaning supplies). Floors throughout the house were replaced with engineered wide-plank smoked European Oak in a brushed and oiled finish.</p>

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<p class=”media-description”><span class=”desc”>Photography: Patrick Biller | Styling: Me &amp; Mo</span>&nbsp;| TABLE, CHAIRS, SIDEBOARD, Design Within Reach. LIGHT FIXTURE, Casa Di Luce. QlockTwo CLOCK, DDC NYC. Black VASES, white BOWL, Elte.</p>
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<p>The walnut dining room table and sideboard echo the warm tone of the beams. Megan has a background in fine art and integrates art into her projects. “It’s a part of the design process I really enjoy,” she says. “Artwork plays a key part to warming up the space. If you’re going to go with the all-white walls, you’re forcing yourself into this gallery feel, so you have to place the art strategically to have that right impact. Lisa and Claudio hadn’t invested heavily in art, so I was able to help select many of the pieces.” She found the large photographic piece by Jamie MacRae at Art Interiors.</p>

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<p class=”media-description”><span class=”desc”>Photography: Patrick Biller | Styling: Me &amp; Mo</span>&nbsp;| DAYBED, EQ3. RUG, Elte. DRESSER, Design Within Reach. WINDOW, Marvin.</p>
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<p>Appointed with a simple claret velvet daybed, a dormer window in the new third-floor primary bedroom becomes an artful moment epitomizing the merging of the home’s old and new architectural elements. Megan tucked secret dresser drawers (left) and suitcase storage (right) into the low walls under the eaves, and installed a walk-in closet (through the door, far right) to maximize storage and minimize space-hogging furniture.</p>

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<p class=”media-description”><span class=”desc”>Photography: Patrick Biller | Styling: Me &amp; Mo</span>&nbsp;| BED, BEDSIDE TABLE, WHITE LAMP, Design Within Reach. Grey BEDDING, RH. Terracotta-colour PILLOWS, Elte and Elte Mkt. PLANT, POT, Dynasty. LIGHT FIXTURE by Bocce, Kiosk.</p>
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<p>Packing in loads of hid- den storage allowed Megan to keep the look of the primary bedroom (formerly a little-used guest room) streamlined. “I wanted it to feel serene and peaceful,” she says. The warm tones of the velvet chaise and wood beams (which complement the pops of green foliage through the windows) ensure the airy space is also super cozy. The staircase was shifted from the centre of the room to the corner so the space wouldn’t feel chopped in half. In warmer months, a huge rooftop deck essentially doubles the floor- space of the serene primary suite.</p>

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<p class=”media-description”><span class=”desc”>Photography: Patrick Biller | Styling: Me &amp; Mo</span>&nbsp;| VANITY CONSTRUCTION, Fox Custom Woodworks. Arctic Ice COUNTERTOP, Corian. FLOORING, Saltillo Tile.</p>
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<p>The awkward roofline forced Megan to get creative when designing the primary ensuite. While she packed in loads of storage space courtesy of a double vanity and extra-long medicine cabinet, the room’s white palette and floating vanity instill a sleek, modern aesthetic. “You can never have too much storage,” Megan says. “We made sure there is space for everything, so it can be tucked away out of view.” A luxe Blue Savoy marble floor is an elegant note.</p>

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<p class=”media-description”><span class=”desc”>Photography: Patrick Biller | Styling: Me &amp; Mo</span>&nbsp;| BED, CHANDELIER, BEDSIDE TABLE, Pottery Barn Kids. RUG, EQ3. STORAGE PIECE, IKEA. SHEETS, COVERLET, West Elm. DESK, ACCENT CHAIR, Structube. CHAIR, IKEA. ARTWORK, Minted. STORAGE BASKET, HomeSense. WALL LAMPS, CB2. ACCENT CUSHIONS, Tonic Living.</p>
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<p>Previously, the owners’ three children – two daughters, 10 and 12, and son, 6 – shared a bedroom. Megan craftily divided the former primary into two kids’ rooms, stealing some floor space from the “massive” landing to give each child their own room. In the 10-year-old girl’s bedroom, the rich tones of the exposed beams and brick are off-set by a creamy white palette threaded with low-key accents in brass and the palest pink accents for a quietly boho mood. To balance the traditional headboard and bedside tables, which the owners already owned, Megan chose a storage cabinet with breezy rattan door- fronts. The roomy pop-out “treehouse windows” installed in all of the children’s bedrooms created inviting reading nooks and draw the eye out to the treed surroundings. “People call us the tree house. There are pines all around us, and every window you look out has greenery,” Lisa says.</p>

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<p class=”media-description”><span class=”desc”>Photography: Patrick Biller | Styling: Me &amp; Mo</span>&nbsp;| VANITY CONSTRUCTION, Fox Custom Woodworks. COUNTERTOP, Caesarstone. MIRROR, ACCESSORIES, CB2. SCONCE, Tech Lighting. Aquadesign TAPS AND FAUCET, Taps Bath. TILES, Ciot.</p>
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<p>Megan pulled the romantic petal pink and raw brass tones from the adjoining bedroom into the 10-year-old girl’s ensuite. The round mirror contrasts the right angles and clean lines that define the interior design. “Pairing the mirror and sconces felt like a no-brainer to me!” she says. The flooring is a unique soft pink-blue-grey terrazzo.</p>

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<p class=”media-description”><span class=”desc”>Photography: Patrick Biller | Styling: Me &amp; Mo</span>&nbsp;| BED, Pottery Barn Kids. BEDSIDE TABLES, EQ3. RUG, Elte. ARTWORK, Minted. GREY DUVET COVER, West Elm. ACCENT PILLOWS, Tonic Living.&nbsp;</p>
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<p class=”media-description”><span class=”desc”>Photography: Patrick Biller | Styling: Me &amp; Mo |&nbsp;</span>DESK, Crate and Barrel. DESK CHAIR, ARMCHAIR, Structube.</p>
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<p>To imbue a more grown-up air in the 12-year- old daughter’s bedroom, Megan brought in deeper pink, grey and blue tones pulled from a mod floral cushion on the bed. Trim wall-mounted bedside tables in walnut offer function without eating up floorspace. The quirky industrial-style bedside lamps were a “total steal” at HomeSense, and a back-painted glass whiteboard over the desk is a chic designer twist on the usual corkboard or chalkboard. The spacious kids’ bedrooms were all outfitted with homework desks.</p>

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<p class=”media-description”><span class=”desc”>Photography: Patrick Biller | Styling: Me &amp; Mo</span>&nbsp;| BATHTUB, BLACK SHOWERHEAD, TAPS and FAUCET by Jason Wu for Brizo, Taps. FLOORING, Ciot.&nbsp;</p>
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<p>The largest of the kids’ bathrooms, the 12-year- old girl’s ensuite, was roomy enough to accommodate a stand-alone bathtub, glassed-walled shower and generous vanity. While black is employed throughout the house as a balance for the expanses of white, this is the one room where the designer went “full-on” black and white only, “and I think it really stands out,” she says.</p>

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<p class=”media-description”><span class=”desc”>Photography: Patrick Biller | Styling: Me &amp; Mo</span></p>
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<p>The dynamic terrazzo flooring merges the two contrasting hues. “When you take a design risk, there’s room for high reward,” says Megan. “I wanted to create a space that felt grown-up, without feeling stuffy or old. And the tile is so much fun, so we let that be the shining star here.” Translucent roller blinds offer privacy without cutting daylight.</p>

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<p class=”media-description”><span class=”desc”>Photography: Patrick Biller | Styling: Me &amp; Mo</span>&nbsp;| BED, CB2. YELLOW THROW, Elte. BEDDING, Pottery Barn Kids. ART (over bed), Etsy. BEDSIDE TABLE, SHELVING, DESK, EQ3. BASKET, HomeSense. BLUE VELVET CHAIR, Structube. Locker-style CABINETS, IKEA. WALL PAINT, Simply White OC-117, Benjamin Moore. ARTWORK (overlockers), Minted.</p>
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<p>To ensure that the couple’s six-year-old son’s playful bedroom has staying power, Megan furnished it with a simple, neutral queen-sized bed and handsome modular oak shelving unit with desk that will grow with him, then layered in budget-savvy elements, like superhero bedding and cartoon art, to amp up the fun.</p>

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<p class=”media-description”><span class=”desc”>Photography: Patrick Biller | Styling: Me &amp; Mo</span></p>
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<p>“Everything is neutral, adaptable and durable,” says the designer. She chose shelving that echoes the look of the staircase. Art from Etsy (over headboard) was printed at Staples, and the cloud sconces are from IKEA.</p>

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<p class=”media-description”><span class=”desc”>Photography: Patrick Biller | Styling: Me &amp; Mo</span></p>
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<p>Megan had metal locker-style cabinets mounted on the wall so it’s easy to clean under them. “We weren’t too precious with the furniture,” she says. “The pieces in the kids’ rooms are from big-box stores. We didn’t blow the budget because they’re going to get wear and tear.”</p>

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<p class=”media-description”><span class=”desc”>Photography: Patrick Biller | Styling: Me &amp; Mo</span> | CABINETRY, Fox Custom Woodworks. BENCH, Design Within Reach. FLOORING, Saltillo Tile.</p>
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<p>A new mudroom was added to take pressure off the front door, which opens to the living room. The high-functioning space, floored in rough-and-tumble slate, is packed with huge storage cubbies for the kids’ outerwear and gear, plus a coat closet for mom and dad. Felt baskets up top corral off-season accessories and supplies.</p>

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Back to Nature https://www.styleathome.com/interiors/house-tours/article/back-to-nature
https://www.styleathome.com/interiors/house-tours/article/back-to-nature
<p class=”excerpt”>Natural textures and colours in a relaxed, laid-back style set a scene that’s as serene as a walk in the woods.</p>
<p>At&nbsp;first blush, this newly built home near Ottawa seems to have it all: high ceilings, classic architecture and open, graciously proportioned rooms awash in sunlight. But its open plan presented some challenges for the homeowners. With everything visible from everywhere else, how do you define different areas, while also creating a visually unified, cozy – not cavernous – home? And with a family that includes three active young kids, how do you keep things neat and organized?</p>

<p>For answers, the family turned to Sascha Lafleur of West Of Main Design. The re-do she, her team and the builder (EQ Homes) orchestrated draws inspiration from a low-key palette of natural colours and textures – not surprising for a designer who believes the best designer on Earth is nature herself. Sascha says that organic materials like wood, stone and natural fibres will always harmonize with each other, and also make us feel calmer – just as being in nature does.</p>

<p>The designer used organized furniture groupings to create distinct “rooms” in the open main floor, while subtle links in texture and tone give a sense of overall cohesion without being too strict about making things match perfectly. Rather than just a single species or colour of wood, for example, there’s a range of them, just as in a forest – from pale oak on the kitchen island and range hood, through the rich medium tones of the reclaimed-wood dining table, to the crisp, near-black grain of ebonized dining chairs.</p>

<p>Look closer and you’ll see that there’s also plenty of cleverly designed storage – so key in an open plan – tucked all through the space. Some pieces conceal, like a dining-room sideboard for table linens and overflow serving pieces; while others display, like open shelves and glass-front cupboards that act as a natural stage for collections or favourite pieces picked up on travels.</p>

<p>More and more, especially these days, Sascha says, “home is everything to people today. We try to create designs that are beautiful, but have a lived-in look. Everything doesn’t have to match – there’s a sense of balance, where if one piece is a bit out of order, it all still looks good.”</p>

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<p class=”media-description”>Photography: Justin Thomason | DESIGN, CONSOLE, GEODE, WOODEN BEADS, MIRRORS, CANDLESTICKS, BASKET, THROW BLANKET, RUG, BUST, West of Main. FLORAL ARRANGEMENT, Michaels. WALL PAINT, Steam AF-15, Benjamin Moore. BUILDER, eQ Homes.</p>
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<p>A console table and twin mirrors in the hallway that links the entryway with the main living area provide a spot for a quiet vignette featuring a Roman bust, handwoven basket and chunky crystals. Bonus: the basket doubles as a stashing spot for an extra blanket.</p>

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<p class=”media-description”><span class=”desc”>Photography: Justin Thomason</span>&nbsp;| CHANDELIER, CHAIRS, BOWL, TABLE RUNNER, RUG, SIDEBOARD, VASE, PLANTER, PRINT ON CANVAS (artist unknown), West of Main. TABLE, RH. FLORAL ARRANGEMENT, (inside bowl) Moss from Michaels.</p>
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<p>The dining area is quite large, but instead of over-furnishing it, designer Sascha Lafleur opted instead to use a few over-sized pieces that work together to create a balanced composition. The wide sideboard acts to ground the atmospheric painting, while the ebonized chairs pick up the grain of the reclaimed-wood tabletop. The light fixture, with its tiny stars and soft linen shades, adds to the relaxed mood.</p>

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<p class=”media-description”><span class=”desc”>Photography: Justin Thomason</span>&nbsp;| PENDANT LIGHTS, STOOLS, FRUIT TRAY, JUG VASE, FLOOR RUNNER, SCONCES, WOODEN TRAY, West of Main. TILE, Euro Tile &amp; Stone. Eternal Calacatta Gold COUNTERTOPS, Silestone. CABIN­ ETRY PAINT, Essex Green HC-188, Benjamin Moore.</p>
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<p>The sumptuous forest-green cabinetry makes the kitchen feel like a rich jewel, with added sparkle from brass chandeliers, the legs of the barstools, and tiny, perfect gold sconces flanking the range hood. “When it’s lit up at night, this kitchen feels incredibly romantic,” says Sascha. Double-height cabinets offer double the storage.</p>

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<p>The oversized island countertop has room to serve guests or feed kids, while extra storage underneath, as well as a wide bank of storage drawers on the side wall, helps keep everything in its place.</p>

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<p>Inset glass cabinets add a boutique feeling within the expanse of green cabinetry, and act as a stage to display a collection of artisanal serving ware. Touches of light wood in the range hood, island and the cabinet interiors lighten the overall look.</p>

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<p>Subtle textural contrasts between pieces – such as the finely wrought metal frame of an armchair and a nubbly woven planter – keep things pleasingly informal. “With the colourful kitchen right next to it, we decided to emphasize texture rather than colour in the living room,” says Sascha.</p>

<p>“Floating” the sofa in the centre of the room helps organize the space into separate but conjoined living and dining areas. The chunky console behind it acts as a room divider, as well as an extra table for the dining area. Or simply pull up a chair and it serves as an ideal spot to catch up on paperwork.</p>

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<p>The fireplace wall is a study in asymmetrical balance: one side provides shelving for display and books, while the other offers extra seating when needed. The white “brick” is actually a facing material that comes in sheets like tile, providing an easy way to add character.</p>

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<p>Checkerboard pattern floors are a centuries-old classic, but Sascha opted for grey and white instead of the more traditional black and white to keep the palette soft and light. The combo of the painted wainscotting and checkerboard floor creates graphic interest, but doesn’t overwhelm the space. The hallway that leads from this space sets the stage for the muted natural palette that flows throughout the home, from the entryway to the garden view beyond the rear windows.</p>

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<p class=”media-description”><span class=”desc”>Photography: Justin Thomason</span>&nbsp;| WASHABLE PAPER BINS (on top shelf), Uashmama. PILLOWS, LIGHTING FIXTURE, West of Main. PANTRY SHELF CONTAINERS, Storage Solutions.</p>
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<p>The mudroom – a multipurpose space that acts as kitchen pantry, kids’ coat-room and side entry from the garage – features a hook and bins for each child. Having a designated spot for everything, says Sascha, is the secret to keeping an open-plan space tidy.</p>

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<p class=”media-description”><span class=”desc”>Photography: Justin Thomason</span>&nbsp;| METAL FRAME BED, BED LINENS, BEDSIDE TABLES, LAMPS, RUG, West of Main.</p>
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<p>In the basement guest room, it’s all about coziness, with a simple metal frame bed dressed in layers upon layers of linens and other natural fabrics, and the rich, muted colours of a patterned rug to warm up the broadloom floor covering. Side tables feature glass vitrines that display favourite objects.</p>

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<p>A spare bathroom proves great style isn’t just about expensive finishes. Laying simple elongated subway tiles in a herringbone pattern adds a bit of zing, and the laminate countertop is dressed up with a marble pattern and a raised sink. The black vanity, floor and fixtures provide contrast.</p>

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<p class=”media-description”><span class=”desc”>Photography: Justin Thomason</span>&nbsp;| WALLPAPER, CHANDELIER, PLANTER, AREA RUG, West of Main. MACRAMÉ WALL HANGING, KNOT PILLOW, Etsy. RATTAN DAYBED, Article. BED LINENS, SHEEPSKIN THROW, IKEA. PILLOWS, H&amp;M Home.</p>
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<p>“We wanted something a little more subtle in the little girl’s room, so that we don’t have to make major changes as she gets older,” says Sascha. The giraffe and lion wallpaper is easy to update because it’s only on one wall.</p>

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<p class=”excerpt”>Designer Meghan Carter elevated a new-build with custom storage solutions and a mashup of cheerful colours that matches this family’s high-octane personality.</p>
<p>While Samara and Jacob Enchin loved the Bedford Park location of their new Toronto home (it’s close to great schools for the couple’s three young daughters), the interior, well, not so much. “In fact, Samara absolutely hated the builder-finished interior,” says Meghan. “It was very stark with&nbsp;white walls and dark wood accents, which Samara, who is a graphic designer, found depressing.” To dial up some happiness and channel the Enchin’s cheerful energy, Meghan injected pops of colours, from subtle to saturated, that enliven the young family’s home.</p>

<h3>The Hero Moment</h3>

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<p class=”media-description”><span class=”desc”>Photography: Stephani Buchman</span>&nbsp;| TABLE, custom-designed by Meghan Carter Design, Mary Ratcliffe Studio. CHAIRS, Wayfair. SIDEBOARD, Casalife. CHANDELIER, Rich Brilliant Willing. BOWL, CANDLESTICKS, Elte.</p>
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<p>With the exception of the art, which is by Jacob’s grandmother, the dining room highlights the effectiveness of restraint when using colour. “I really wanted the custom-made table and the sculptural light to be the heroes,” says Meghan. “Using colour in other elements would have distracted from them. I also left the owners with the opportunity to easily add in a bit more colour with a rug if they choose to down the road.”</p>

<h3>Playful Palette</h3>

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<p>“I wanted the living room to have a sense of sophistication and subtle playfulness,” says designer Meghan Carter. She layered in a tonal palette, starting with the pink chairs she chose to complement the owners’ artwork. Pale mauve side tables and a purple cushion and ottoman further the effect. Spoiler alert: the purple is an intimation of the kitchen’s delicious grape hues.</p>

<h3>Welcome Changes</h3>

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<p>The front hall had a large closet that let Meghan keep the area uncluttered and spacious. The lavender floating shelf gives just the right amount of added storage, and is a soft colour that complements the new graphically strong hexagonal-tile floor. “I wanted to mix in a paler purple for colour continuity, and also to help direct the gaze to all of the different elements in the hallway,” she says. “If everything were bold and bright here, it would be hard to process.”</p>

<h3>Big Bold Banquette</h3>

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<p class=”media-description”><span class=”desc”>Photography: Stephani Buchman</span>&nbsp;| Custom BANQUETTE, Meghan Carter Design. Nuvolette Cole &amp; Sons WALLPAPER, banquette FABRIC, Kravet. CHAIRS, Wayfair.</p>
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<p>Meghan countered the kitchen’s original white scheme with this showstopper tableau. “The bright grape of the banquette’s faux-leather is a colourful hit that draws the gaze to this corner of the room, away from the white cabinetry,” says Meghan, who tempered the purple oomph with monochromatic wallpaper. “The owners wanted something they could live with for the long haul. As much as they love colour, going with more neutral wallpaper felt comfortable here. It’s actually quite a soothing pattern to look at when you’re working at the island. I have it on my bedroom ceiling!” Bonus: drawers under the bench offer added storage.</p>

<h3>Transition Space</h3>

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<p>Meghan kept the original glossy white kitchen but replaced the hardware with a mix of silver and black pulls as punctuation. She chose a large-scale pendant to fill the negative space above the island and, again, relied on a careful amount of colour for continuity. “The art is from the owners’ collection,” she says. “We selected this mix and hung it as a gallery wall between the kitchen and dining room – you are drawn to get up close and see the smaller pieces, which effectively carry the colour story through this transition area.”</p>

<h3>Making a Mudroom</h3>

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<p>Meghan maximized storage in the new mudroom near the garage and back door. “We’ve got pull-outs for shoes and boots, hooks for the girls to hang their coats and bags, and a cozy bench for sitting and putting on shoes,” says Meghan. A nearby closet has shelving for sports equipment, hats, gloves and other small items, plus hanging space for coats. The best part? The added functionality is supremely stylish. “The Enchins were open to colour, but the mudroom was the one space where they really said, Let’s go for it! And the chartreuse green really goes for it! It’s cheerful and definitely creates a wow moment when you come down the stairs.”</p>

<h3>It’s Got Personality!</h3>

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<p>To further amp up the space, Meghan added colourful hooks and geometric pattern fabric on the built-in’s cushion. “I really like to mix colours up in design and not stick with the same one everywhere,” says Meghan. “I chose black pulls for continuity with the kitchen.”</p>

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