CIT Y LIVING
HIGHLIGHT MODERN PIECES
Give bold contemporary art the spotlight.
Its strong graphic look and modern
edge is a striking contrast to vintage
collectibles. Stool, horns, urns (right of
fire), Chair TableLamp; art, A Clean Well-Lighted Place; box (on table), Absolutely Inc.
TEXT BY KIMBERLEY BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL GRAYDON
For some designers, reshaping a home’s
floor plan — tearing down walls, installing
windows, relocating bathrooms — is the
thrilling part of the makeover process. But
for Toronto’s Thomas Smythe, the fun begins
when the dust has settled. “So many designers
are afraid of being referred to as a decorator.
I prefer it! Good bones are important, but for
me the joy is in picking colours and fabrics,
laying down carpets. So much can be done
with cosmetic elements.”
An associate designer with Sarah Richardson
Design and a cast member of HGTV’s Sarah’s
House, Thomas is a serial decorator in both
his professional and personal life. He’s moved
three times in as many years, twice as a renter,
and managed to make each new home distinct,
functional and personal — not by chasing
trends or undertaking major changes, but by
giving fresh purpose to his favourite furniture
and family heirlooms. Thomas’s latest place, a
700-square-foot, one bedroom rental apartment
on the main floor of a fourplex, presents a
bright new take on his “young fogey” style
— and is yet another windfall of tips and
treasures for revamping without reinvesting.
We sat him down to hear his secrets....
HGTV PERSONALITY THOMAS SMYTHE
SHOWS US HOW TO GET A BRAND
NEW LOOK USING THE SAME OLD STUFF.
Confessions of a