Design Experts
Jun 20, 2012

A conversation with Dee Dee Taylor Eustace

By: Elaine Song

A conversation with Dee Dee Taylor Eustace Author: Style At Home

Design Experts
Jun 20, 2012

A conversation with Dee Dee Taylor Eustace

By: Elaine Song

Architect and interior designer Dee Dee Taylor Eustace is no stranger to Canadian design. Since starting her own practice Taylor Hannah Architect Inc. in Toronto, Ontario Dee Dee has established herself through her work with over 100 residential and commercial projects under her belt. She's also been an influential force in the design community, taking part in speaking engagements, hosting a North American home makeover television show, appearing on television and radio programs, and writing design columns for national newspapers.

Dee Dee's success and passion for her work is undeniable so we were thrilled to have the opportunity to get to know what really drives her, inspires her and, of course, how she spends a lazy Sunday.

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Photography by Peter Sellar

1 If you could shadow any designer for a day, who would it be?
Dee Dee Taylor Eustace
Robert Stern, the architect. His architecture and interiors are fantastic and he recently completed a condo in his Toronto building!

2 Where do you look for an obscure source of inspiration?
DDTE I travel for inspiration, which I do every month at least, and fashion - I always want what is the new "new".

3 Favourite restaurant?
DDTE Da Silvano in New York - I love Italian in Soho. In Toronto, I love the view and food at Scaramouche.

4 What's your favourite room to decorate
DDTE
I love to decorate great rooms because it's casual, requires lots of furniture and a variety of lighting.

5 What's your current paint colour obsession?
DDTE Benjamin Moore's OC-118 Snowfall White - it's the new white and it's not so yellow.


Lead photography by Jake Rosenburg.

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Photography by Peter Sellar

6 If one song could be the soundtrack to your life, what would it be?
DDTE
It's a Wonderful Life by Louis Armstrong... it just makes me smile.

7 What's the one store you could spend hours browsing?
DDTE
Hermes on Madison Avenue in New York City - I love the china.

8 London, Paris or New York?
DDTE Paris because of the romance and fashion shows, plus the wonderful memories.

9 If money were no object, what one thing would you buy?
DDTE
Jewelry of all kinds and sizes (and usually big).

10 What do you consider to be the most iconic design piece of the past century?
DDTE
The iconic Frick Museum in New York. dee-dee-harbour-60.jpg
Photography by George Pimintel

11 Favourite movie?
DDTE
The Sound of Music - love those children in the trees and Julie Andrews.

12 What's your favourite movie interior?
DDTE The Fountainhead because the sets are so architectural.

13 What do you think is the easiest way to update a room?
DDTE
Paint colour, as well as moldings on the walls, ceilings, everywhere! Layer up!

14 Best coffee table book?
DDTE
Edwin Lutyens Country Houses by Gavin Stamp featuring classic English homes that were still so modern.

15 What's your favourite way to spend a lazy Sunday?
DDTE
With a chai latte, in bed, reading the New York Times or watching movies with the kids. dee-dee-st-thomas-lounge.jpg
Photography by Peter Sellar

16 Do you like to be the entertainer or be entertained?
DDTE The entertainer, of course! I like to be in control.

17 What do you think is the best home renovation you can do to your home?
DDTE
Bathroom renovations. They just add everything to a home. Bring on the spa!

18 What is your favourite space that you've designed?
DDTE
The restaurant Harbour 60, where I love to dine, as well.

19 Marilyn, Audrey or Jackie?
DDTE
Audrey - I love her petite frame and elegance.
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