This master bedroom and ensuite demonstrate that neutral is anything but boring.
This master bedroom and ensuite prove a neutral scheme is anything but boring.
After purchasing a semi-detached dwelling in one of Toronto’s sought-after midtown neighbourhoods, this young couple quickly abandoned the home’s wonky layout and dated decor in order to welcome the opposite: a clean-lined, contemporary and predominately white interior. The challenge then became making the monochromatic scheme come alive. The solution? The expert touch of Croma Design’s Ryan Martin and Amy Kent. “The homeowners wanted a house that was modern but not stuffy or sterile,” says Ryan. Here, we look to the three-storey abode’s master bedroom and ensuite for decor lessons that might just have you embracing a neutral palette and kicking colour to the curb.
During the reno, designers Ryan Martin and Amy Kent opted for an expansive window with distinct black framing. “We could have done a white frame, but adding that touch of black gives life and character to the otherwise clean-looking master bedroom,” says Ryan. This design choice also draws attention to the property’s verdant back garden.
Thanks to its rich woven quality the grasscloth-clad accent wall is the understated showpiece of the room. Says Ryan: “You can see the seams where the wallpaper lines up, but that’s what shows off the material’s texture and embellishes the look.”
When it was time to decide where to splurge, the homeowners knew they couldn’t do without oil-finished oak flooring, which is carried throughout the house. The timeless grey-brown shade anchors the space and lends an additional layer of warmth.
A wall of custom built-in closets is any homeowner’s dream, but that’s not to say function should come before style. In addition to providing ample storage, these units feature subtle moulding that adds architectural presence to the bedroom. Similar built-in wardrobes also flank the hallway that leads to the ensuite.
It’s often the subtle details that make or break the look of a space. The key, explains Ryan, is to create cohesion. For this modern ensuite, the designers strategically chose metal faucets that coordinate with the other dark accents in the room – including the shower door hinges.
The stylish washstand was the starting point for the space’s contemporary scheme and helped steer the clients away from an all-white aesthetic. The washstand’s Carrara marble top has soft grey undertones, which add depth to the look,” says Ryan.
“It was important to design a nice, clean bathroom that wasn’t too stark,” says Ryan, speaking to his and Amy’s decision to include bright brass-finished elements like the sconces and mirrors. Overall, the contrasting metallic pieces add a touch of glitz. To establish an elegant-meets-edgy look, the design duo used Carrara marble throughout in various shapes, such as rectangular wall tiles and hexagonal floor tiles. “We even used a dark grout to enhance the formats of the tiles,” says Ryan.
Stunning bathroom design with vintage appeal
A clawfoot tub and marble herringbone flooring are just some of the beautiful vintage features in this stylish bathroom.
After moving into their 125-year-old rowhouse in downtown Toronto last year, Jane and Jeff Wood did a few cosmetic fix-ups to update the charming home, but the dark, cramped, showerless bathroom needed a complete overhaul. The couple enlisted designer Cameron MacNeil to create a bathroom that better accommodated their family. Expanding and reconfiguring the space, he incorporated the original tub and added an expansive shower and double vanity. He used classic materials like marble and brass for a fresh, light look that suits the rest of the house.
The inside of the original clawfoot tub was re-enamelled and its outside painted black. “The bathtub is really beautiful,” says homeowner Jane Wood. “It’s six feet long but quite narrow, and apparently it’s a style that’s hard to find now.” A wall of oversized eight-by-12-inch bevelled subway tiles (which offer visual interest without being too busy) and a marble-topped ledge continue from the glass-enclosed shower for a seamless look.
Wendel Clark's lakefront Muskoka cottage
Take a tour of former NHL player and Toronto Maple Leafs captain Wendel Clark's massive Muskoka, Ont., cottage available for rent on Airbnb!
If you've ever dreamed of living in the footsteps of a hockey legend, this is your chance. Former Toronto Maple Leafs captain, Wendel Clark, has listed his sprawling Muskoka property on Airbnb for those looking for a truly Canadian summer.
With a minimum two night stay, at $4,999 per night, you and 14 other guests can enjoy lakeside living at its best this summer! We're talking one main cottage, four guest cottages, boats, waterfront activities, BBQs, Muskoka chairs, and a pool table. But the best part? All the proceeds from this summer will go to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada!
Take a tour and check out the Airbnb listing here to nab an open spot for the coming season! Hurry though, they're going fast!
Wendel Clark has listed his Muskoka, Ont., cottage for rent on Airbnb. While the price tag is up to $4,999 per night, the property can easily fit 15 people (with no added charge for extra guests!). Your rental includes the main cottage and four guest cottages so there's plenty of room.
This is cottaging done right. Wood beams, stone fireplaces and comfy sofas make for a cozy summer retreat.
This is definitely a departure from the marble-laden white kitchens we often see. Between all the wood, stone and industrial accents, it has more of a cottage-meets-barn aesthetic - from the oversized stone-faced hood surround to the barnboard panelled kitchen island that complements the doors in the previous living room. Wendel has given free reign to anything in the refrigerator or cupboards, but warns guests, "Just don't touch the Captain Crunch."
The dining area, open to the kitchen, beckons for guests to gather at the large harvest table for mealtime. Just one rule: "Jerseys on at the table - house rule."
While the furnishings could use a serious update, the space is ideal for relaxing once the sun sets and the fire is lit. Wendel enjoys this space to "dine al fresco without the pesky mosquitos". Here's hoping it has a view of the waterfront!
For the times that cannot be spent basking in the sun, the games room can come in handy for a game or two of pool. And in case you forget you're in Canada, the artwork speaks for itself.
Were you worried all the wood was used up throughout the living spaces? Have no fear, this bedroom is fully clad in it, from the floors to the walls to the bed frame! (It's actually strikingly similar to this cozy rustic cottage).
One of the eight bathrooms on the property, Wendel says, "It's nicer than most penalty boxes - trust me, I know!" It's certainly larger than a penalty box!
We imagine this is one of Wendel's daughters' bedrooms from when they were younger, and possibly one of the only spaces that has had a makeover in some time. The painted panelled walls, distressed side tables, updated light fixture and porthole window add instant country charm to the room.
"Great spot for a pre- or post-game nap!" - Wendel Clark They may not be cottage bedrooms, but these master suites definitely promise sweet dreams!
We're hoping the Wendel Clark Signature Merlot 2006 comes with the rental! Just in case: How to remove red wine stains.
Image by: Tracey Ayton / Design: Kerrisdale Design
Get the inside scoop on the year's most popular design trends.
Every year brings with it hot new trends and this year’s design trends are sure to get you excited about making some changes at home. Whether you’re thinking about something small scale like painting your powder room in one of the year’s hottest shades or going bigger with beautiful architectural features, these ideas from designers are sure to inspire!
Credit: Amber Interiors
1 "I think that a top design trend will be spaces that are more relaxed and casual with nothing too fussy or sparkly. Call it a restrained and tailored boho aesthetic; think Amber Interiors. Linen or velvet seating (in performance fabrics, of course), a mixture of woods and textures and nothing matching or contrived. Worn, antique area rugs, handmade block print fabrics and a real plant or two add to the layered yet edited feel and give a home soul." - Interior Designer, Vanessa Francis.
Photography: Tracey Ayton / Design: Kerrisdale Design
2 "Look for interior finishings to take centre stage in 2017. While decorative elements like furniture and wallpaper have traditionally set the trends, increasing attention is being paid to the bones of a house. Applied mouldings, interior doors, archways and window casings are becoming more elaborate as homeowners discover that architectural features can make bold statements too." - Blogger and Designer, Jennifer Flores.
3 "Today, forest green has made a comeback and is seen mixed with deep woods and black hardware and punches of brass to make it pop. Go bold and paint a powder room green. Pair with an antique chest turned-vanity and some brass pulls and brass faucet." - Interior Designer, Tara Fingold.
Photography: Stacey Brandford / Design: Jessica Claire Interiors
4 "My favourite design for 2017 is wallpaper that mimics a wall mural. There are some incredible designs on the market where wallcoverings depict designs like large scale florals or hand painted landscapes. The dramatic impact is pretty incredible, and I love how it adds a bit of a handmade influence to any room." - Designer, Lisa Canning.
Credit: Colette Grand Cafe
5 "One top design trend is to introduce unconventional design elements into our homes. Whether your inspiration is a sensational bar shelf suspended from the ceiling at Colette, the stunning floor to ceiling glass walls at The Chase Toronto, or the metal trim detail between floor tiles at most commercial spaces, 2017 is the year for innovative ideas so why not be inspired by our favourite restaurants or the beautifully designed stores as we shop for the holidays?" - Blogger and Decorator, Tim Lam.
6 "Loft-inspired design has been around for few decades but we're seeing a resurgence of this trend with the black steel factory door. The large black grid of these elegant beauties are not only attractive but they provide great sight lines to the outdoors, further forging the relationship between indoor and outdoor living. They can easily elevate any modern or traditional home whether as a patio door, room divider or shower door. With this much versatility, it's easy to see why the black steel factory door is expected to be a big winner in 2017!" - Designer, Andrea Haraldsen.
Photography: Michael Graydon / Design: Sam Sacks Design
7 "Give way to lighter woods! We’re seeing a move towards a blonder, natural looking wood from floor to ceiling. Wider plank hardwood with an oiled/ matte finish is a great choice in creating visual interest and providing a neutral backdrop for furniture and other interior elements. Natural, rift cut oak is a great option for cabinetry, pairing well with walnut and darker woods and even painted finishes. Light wood is extremely versatile and a great way to add warmth and texture throughout a home without it feeling overpowering or heavy." - Interior Designer, Nyla Free.