Collections of items, like these antique Chinese lacquered boxes, look best when grouped together.
ess is more” — it may be the conventional wisdom for small-space
decorating, but it’s not the approach interior decorator Michelle
Hanna chose when she purchased her own small house two years ago.
In fact, the very idea of minimal furniture and streamlined rooms
never occurred to Michelle, whose grand style seems a risky gambit in
a space so small and narrow. And yet, by filling her rooms with the
architectural details, blend of antiques and layers of lush fabrics more
typical of large-scale homes, she created an inviting personal haven.
Transforming the house was a new kind of challenge for Michelle,
who was relocating from an expansive family home to a more
manageable house. With her heart set on Toronto’s character-filled
midtown area, she held out for a place that would put her within “ L DECORATOR MICHELLE HANNA DOWNSIZES TO A SMALLER HOME THAT DOESN’T FEEL ANY LESS LUXE. Text by JENNIFER DAVID Photography by TED YARWOOD
TOP LEF T: A classic cream and black palette,
formal mouldings, boxwood hedges, and dark-trimmed windows and doors signal the chic but
traditional design inside. Urn, East of Eliza.
CENTRE: Completely decorating a basement
makes it feel like a livable, desirable space.
Here, the sectional sofa also acts as two twin
beds, and slatted built-in cabinets flanking
the new gas fireplace house AV gear and
books. Sofa fabric, inVU; carpet, side tables,
Elte; photo (over sofa) by Tony Koukos.