TOP RIGHT: The 1950s-style living room window got an instant update with a fresh coat of black paint, transforming the look from dated to modern loft. Lamps, Decorum Decorative Finds. 61 H&H FEBRUARY 2010 BEFOREBEFORE Second floor
Nursery Principalbedroom Bedroom W/C
Four days. That’s how long I told my
husband we’d be staying with my parents.
I watched with a pang of guilt as he packed
four pairs of underwear, two pairs of pants,
a few shirts and a sweater or two. He didn’t
ask why I had two suitcases and an army-sized trunk full of clothes and toys for our
nine-month-old son, but that’s beside the
point. If the truth about our newly
purchased home had been revealed — that
the renovation was badly behind schedule
— he would have freaked out.
We weren’t looking for a new house. In fact, we were
moments away from doing a t wo-storey renovation to
our tiny semidetached home in the east end of Toronto.
Permits were approved and the contractor booked.
Then we went on a summer vacation with some friends
and over a bottle of wine, they had us looking at a house
online, in their uptown neighbourhood, that gave us
everything we were trying to achieve with our pending
addition. A month later, we owned the home.
It was love, instantly. Not because it stank of cigarette
smoke or had a front hall covered in 1970s wallpaper with
a print that looked like the after-effects of a forest fire.
Nor did it have to do with the hallway full of red-brick-
Floorplan illustrations by Jenn Lawrence
recessed lighting, a
and mini floral
mosaic tiles on the
gave the tired,
living room new life.
Tile, Ciot; carpet,
West Elm; coffee
table, Roots Home;
mirror, InVU Drapery;
Indian Ocean art,
BOT TOM RIGH T:
wallpaper was the
first item purchased
and the last thing
to be installed. A
and low-hung art
make a focal point
under the stairs,
while mini hexagonal
floor tiles add texture.
Wallpaper, Pro Glo
Paints; runner, Elte;
tile, Ciot; bench,
tray, Hollace Cluny.
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