TEXT BY CATHERINE MACINTOSH
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK BURSTYN
Go with the Flow
The Problem: Once a dry-goods store on a commercial
strip in Toronto, the home of Amanda Schuler and David
Podsiadlo had been converted into a duplex years before
they purchased it in 2006. Both floors of the boxy, two-storey
building housed self-contained apartments, which the couple
opened up to create a single-family home. Amanda and David,
an industrial designer, are co-owners (with friend Matthew
Parass) of Gus* Design Group and furniture store Stylegarage
on Toronto’s trendy Queen West strip. They envisioned the
space as their own spa-like boutique hotel room, but what
they had was a dated, unused kitchen and a grottier-than-tolerable bathroom.
The Solution: When the time came to renovate, the
couple designed a modern open-concept principal suite
with a whirlpool tub; a three-piece bath that can be closed
off from the main space for privacy; and easy access to a
rooftop terrace. “We wanted a spa-like atmosphere where
everything is at hand — our own sanctuary,” says Amanda.
David Podsiadlo and
Amanda Schuler gutted
an old kitchen and
bathroom to create an
suite. The all-white
palette is punctuated
by hits of bright yellow
and grounded by the
warm wood floors.
Throw (on stool), toss
pillows, West Elm; bedding,
DwellStudio; bed, wooden
deer head, Stylegarage.
RIGHT: A nature
theme extends from
the bird bedding to the
acrylic side table with
Table, Gus* Design Group.