TURN A DULL, DATED
’60S APARTMENT INTO
A LUXE PENTHOUSE.
Text by Ellen Himelfarb
Photography by Angus McRitchie
THE SHORT STORY
WHO Reesa Huberman, owner of designer-carpet retailer
Red Carpet and Rug Co., and Joel Rosen, contractor and
owner of Danar Renovation (he oversaw the reno)
LOCATION & SIZE Montreal, 1,800 square feet —
with a 1,000-square-foot terrace
LENGTH OF RENO Four months
STYLE BEFORE “Nondescript” 1960s high-rise
STYLE AFTER “Manhattan classic” with a dash of
Hollywood glam. It feels very Sex and the City,” says Reesa.
“OOPS!” MOMENT “We didn’t make any major mistakes.
I did wake up in the middle of the night once thinking the sofa
could have been bigger. And when the outlets went in in the
kitchen, they were all wrong — they should’ve been stainless.”
PLEASANT SURPRISES The mirror in the dining room.
“It’s the jewelry on the dress. And it was the last thing to go
up.... And the area rug in the living room. It made it all perfect.”
OPPOSITE: Reesa Huberman and
Joel Rosen’s apartment features a
soft, elegant blend of the traditional
and the modern. The creamy walls,
dark-stained floors and clean-lined
built-ins are set off by playful
accents, hits of soft blue and works
by Canadian artists. The existing
parquet floors were stained a rich
Java tone to update them. All carpets,
Red Carpet; artwork by Marie-Danielle
Leblanc; consoles, mirror, Celadon;
Ghost chair, Côté Sud; stool, umbrella
stand, blue boxes, Ménagerie.
RIGHT: Defined by its moody
palette and sleek design, the new
kitchen is a stark contrast to the
rest of the home and to the dated
melamine one it replaced. Created
by Danar Renovation, the space
features dark wood cabinets,
gleaming stainless steel appliances,
quartz-composite counters, plus a
cappuccino maker and wine fridge.
Counter, Mondial; towels, cafetière,
creamer, glassware, Arthur Quentin;
teacup, saucer, Ménagerie.