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Homeowners Monika and Troy Hibbs dream up a soothing and sophisticated retreat for their handsome little one.
When Monika Hibbs and her husband, Troy, were expecting their first child, they were told early on they were having a girl. So the Langley, B.C., blogger and jewellery designer set about planning a sweet nursery with plenty of pink touches, including feminine floral wallpaper. Fast-forward a few months, and the couple was in for a shock - though, thankfully, a happy one. Turns out the first ultrasound was quite wrong, and their little princess-to-be was in fact a prince. "It was a surprise!" says Monika. "I quickly had to adjust my mindset from powder pinks to handsome greys."
The scheme abruptly changed to a soft muted one with more masculine, but still sweet, touches. (The newly neutral nursery is in keeping with the Hibbses' predominantly white house, featured in Style at Home's April 2014 issue.) For baby furnishings, Monika chose a classic iron crib with brass accents, an heirloom-quality piece that will surely be handed down to any future siblings. And a modern rocking chair is comfortable enough for long nights with babe in arms. "I'm attracted to timeless items for baby rooms," says Monika. "It's easy to invest in something you know you'll love forever, and if it's gender-neutral, it'll work for subsequent children, too."
The beautiful grey iron crib with brass accents is dressed with simple natural linen bedding. The collection of animal heads is as fun as it is faux.
The arrival of baby Liam brought on the inevitable outpouring of love and gifts, including a lifelike deer plush toy and a black and white rocking horse to go with the animal theme of the nursery decor.
The comfortable tufted rocking chair is upholstered in a velvety fabric that cleans up easily. A sentiment from a classic children’s book is the perfect accessory in Monika’s favourite spot to read to Liam.
A pale grey palette punctuated with black accents makes for a calming yet on-trend nursery design for baby Liam. “Nurseries can be challenging to decorate when the crib is against the wall and there’s a lot of floor space,” Monika says of her decision to place the crib in the middle of the room. “Here, it’s the focal point.”
The nursery’spanelled wainscotting was already in place, and homeowner Monika Hibbs used star decals as an affordable (and easy-to-remove) alternative to wallpaper.
Monika, the blogger behind The Doctor's Closet, shares a sweet moment with Liam in his nursery.
Image by: Virginia MacDonald | Styling: Christine Hanlon
Designer Tara Fingold artfully mixes an array of lush textures and soft mauves and pinks to create a soothing master bedroom and bathroom for a busy couple.
More often than not, it’s a designer’s role to gently nudge a homeowner out of his or her comfort zone. But in the case of the owner of this distinctive master suite, no prodding was necessary. “The client embraces colour , texture and non-conventional pieces,” says designer Tara Fingold. “It was amazing how open she was, and how she kept pushing for something interesting.”
It was about a year ago when the homeowner and her husband purchased this 1920s Georgian abode in a well-established Toronto neighbourhood and collaborated with Tara on a top-to-bottom home renovation. “With very precise planning at the beginning, we were able to finish in six months,” says Tara. “The house has beautiful bones, so we just needed to give it an update.”
Soothing mauves and pinks, and a layering of textures (the grasscloth wallpaper, chevron-patterned silk drapery, inlaid nightstand and strie wool rug) create a sumptuous, inviting look in the master bedroom. The strie velvet channel-tufted headboard turns the bed into a show-stopping focal point.
Clean-lined shapes temper the space’s femininity – the look is sophisticated, not girlie or frou-frou – and a layered effect enhances the warm and inviting feel. The master bedroom, with its combination of textures that includes the grasscloth wallpaper, velvet headboard, wool rug and silk drapery, is especially lush. “I wanted to create a delicious mood when you walk into the room,” says Tara.
The dressing room boasts a built-in makeup desk and a bank of drawers, which serves as both a dresser for extra storage and a window seat.
For the busy homeowners (a professional couple with three small children), the overhaul included creating a 600-square-foot restful retreat that now comprises the master bedroom, ensuite bathroom, a dressing room for her and a walk-in closet for him.
These flowers goes well with the colour scheme of the suite.
The bathroom’s high-gloss lavender vanity is outfitted with a marble countertop and brass faucets and pulls. The vintage resin-framed mirrors and crystal and brass sconces lend a dose of character and balance out the vanity’s contemporary straight lines.
Gold handles go great with purple drawers.
The glass panelling and calacatta marble tiling in the shower are light and airy elements that enhance the bathroom’s serene vibe. “I like marble’s natural characteristics,” says Tara. “I could not get that random pattern and elegance without using marble.”
A mix of calacatta and thassos marble forms the herringbone pattern on the floor, which continues into the dressing room. “That’s where the homeowner gets dressed and puts on her makeup, so it’s much more durable than carpet,” says Tara. “But it’s heated, so it’s just as cozy.”
Tara used a pale lilac quilted fabric to upholster the dressing room closet doors, adding a bit of softness and texture to the space. Lucite pulls are quiet yet sophisticated.
The dressing room’s beautiful brass chandelier, adorned with crystal doves, is a whimsical touch. “The doves look like they’re dancing around the perimeter,” says designer Tara Fingold.
Toronto-based designer Tara Fingold.
Designers and decorators share they favourite kitchen trends for 2017.
For many of us, the kitchen is the hub of the home. It’s where the family convenes every night for dinner. It’s where homework is done and family meetings are had. And it’s where guests gather even though the dining room table is set and a fire is roaring in the living room. There’s something about the kitchen that makes it far more than merely a utilitarian space. If you’re thinking about updating your kitchen this year, check out these hot trends, as identified by designers.
Photography: Michael Nangreaves
1 "Mixing metals is my favourite kitchen design trend for 2017. I think it reflects a more individual, less formal approach to design that is popular with millennials and non-millennials alike. While it takes a bit of an expert eye, it is totally appropriate to mix metal finishes in your faucet, cabinet pulls, chair legs and pendants!" - Designer, Lisa Canning.
Credit: Stacey Cohen
3 "One top kitchen design trend I love is to have sections of the upper cabinet extended onto the counter. Let's face it, we all love our small appliances (i.e. toaster oven, espresso machine) but we may not want them on display all the time. A multi-purpose kitchen island has been the go-to solution to disguise the microwave and dishwasher, but unless the island is 10 feet long, it is challenging and perhaps impractical for the island to house the small appliances we use daily off the counter. By having the upper cabinets extended to the counter and small appliances sitting behind doors, you can achieve a sleek design statement without sacrificing your morning coffee!" - Blogger and Decorator, Tim Lam.
: Donna Griffith
4 "In 2017, we will continue to see cabinetry painted white and various shades of grey. I think that we will also see cabinetry painted warmer tones such as greige (grey & beige), taupe and mushroom. Islands in a different colour or stain than the perimeter cabinetry will continue to be prevalent. In addition, handcrafted islands that look like furniture with legs will be popular for that unfitted kitchen look. It also adds personality and charm and the kitchen then looks like it has evolved over time. Quartz as a counter will continue to be popular as consumers become aware of its benefits." - Interior Designer, Vanessa Francis.
Photography: Monic Richard
5 "After years of white on white kitchens, our clients are asking for something different again. While you might not want to paint an entire kitchen in one colour to stand out from the crowd, the tendency in 2017 will be to mix natural wood, paint and metals in the kitchen. Try framing the range hood and the island in chrome to add sparkle to the space. Add texture to your cabinetry with a mix of light wood veneered lowers and white lacquered uppers." - Interior Designer, Tara Fingold.
Photography: Donna Griffith
6 "Say hello to dark metals in the kitchen. Polished chrome and nickel accents are giving way to black faucets, burnished steel pendants and matte black cabinetry handles. The dark finishes can work in sleek modern kitchens or the most cottagey of cooking spaces. With white kitchens continuing to dominate, a dash of black can provide high contrast and instantly update tired cabinetry." - Blogger and Designer, Jennifer Flores.
7 "Terra Cotta is back! But it's not the tangy orange clay you're used to. In 2017, Reclaimed Rose Terra Cotta will be hitting it big. Following the trend of reclaimed wood, the rich creams and pale pinks of this antique terra cotta tile will be the next phase in the modern farmhouse kitchen. Look for hexagon or herringbone for a modern take on this old classic. Pairing over-sized pendants and industrial decor with reclaimed terra cotta will help keep the space current." - Designer, Andrea Haraldsen.
A kitchen with subtle contrasts and country character.
Designer Ali Budd gives a Toronto couple the best of both worlds: a family- (and dog-) friendly home that boasts modern sensibility as well as country flair.
When the couple enlisted Ali Budd, the designer asked Michele to provide photos of what she loved and didn’t like. A binder full of clippings verified that Michele prefers clean lines and all things cottage. “The challenge was giving them something that feels fresh and contemporary and appropriate for the city but at the same time has that cottagey country vibe,” says Ali.
An addition on the back of the house allowed homeowners Michele Foster and Aaron Harlang to expand the small kitchen, which now features an eat-in area with a child-friendly faux-leather-upholstered banquette. To enhance the room’s visual flow, the table was made from the same quartz as the countertops. The lantern-style pendant light complements the kitchen’s modern-country aesthetic. “To me, a lantern is quintessentially country, but this one is done in a more contemporary style,” says designer Ali Budd.
Painting the island pale grey gives the all-white kitchen a distinctive touch. The black metal pendant lights and farmhouse-style stools lend contrast and country character.
The inset marble mosaic backsplash tiles surrounded by decorative tile trim create a pretty focal point above the range in the kitchen. “I used the same marble as the subway tiles so it wouldn’t look too busy,” says Ali. Glass-fronted doors add airiness and break up the expanse of white cabinetry.
Opening up the main floor was the first step in creating an airy, functional space for the young family. And an 800-square-foot three-storey addition provided ample room to expand the small, outdated kitchen. “I would periodically use our oven for storage before,” says Michele. “We also had a little table that only sat two people.” Now the kitchen boasts a large eat-in area defined by a built-in banquette, which seats about five people and offers plenty of drawer space.
The kitchen’s eat-in area was the perfect spot to subtly inject a bit of red. “Michele wanted to add it somewhere but was afraid of committing to it,” says Ali. “So I thought that was a great place to put in a little pop because it’s not front and centre.”
Durable indoor-outdoor striped fabric covering the family room’s armchairs adds a bit of whimsy and fun. The custom-made barnboard coffee table is both rustic and polished.
That same rustic-meets-clean-lined aesthetic is carried throughout the main floor. In the dining room, a polished live-edge black walnut dining table is paired with classic linen-upholstered chairs. The family room is designed for lounging, with a sleek sectional and barnboard coffee table. All textiles, including the striped armchair fabric, pass the pug-hair test. “I tested about 20 fabric samples on one of my own pugs to see which showed the least amount of hair,” says Ali.
A bench and rug define the entryway, which is open to the rest of the main floor. Wainscotting along the staircase adds architectural character. “Michele wanted it somewhere, and because there’s not a lot of wall space on the main level, we installed it up the stairs,” says Ali.