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Modern-meets-rustic living room.
Designer Paula Velez's 112-year-old home gets a modern-rustic makeover, in which cherished keepsakes and new-found favourites happily coexist.
On a quaint, leafy street in midtown Toronto, a vibrant orange front door on a charming whitewashed brick home is the only clue to the study in contrasts that lies within.
Designer Paula Velez purchased the place two years ago, after combing the neighbourhood for its oldest homes. Built in 1903, the narrow, 2,800-square-foot three-floor house was cramped, dark and outdated. But Paula – who moved to Toronto from Colombia 14 years ago – saw its potential as an airy space that blended the building’s history with a modern-rustic vibe.
During a nine-month home renovation, the walls separating her kitchen, living room and dining room came down, creating one large open area flooded with light - a move that left the electricians scratching their heads over where to relocate the light switches and plugs.
Perhaps the biggest change was to the top floor, which was gutted to make way for a spacious master bedroom – and a dream ensuite bath – where new and expanded windows take full advantage of the outdoor scenery.
After falling in love with a pair of handmade woven stools she found in New York City, Paula brought them home to use together as a DIY coffee table in the family room, her most-used space in the house.
The white painted living room's wood-burning fireplace features a dramatic Italian steel tile surround and is complimented by the sculptural triangular coffee table. "I love the modern triangular shape - it's organic and classic," says Paula, who topped it with antique shoe moulds for contrast.
Paula saw that something was missing in her dining room: The painted white walls were too stark. "I happened to have three giant coffee bags I'd bought back from Colombia, so I framed them," she says.
Before Paula's rustic kitchen renovation.
The new rustic kitchen features dark grey lower kitchen cabinetry and floating metal shelves that showcase favourite pottery decor and collectibles from Paula's travels. The adjustable stools can be used at the kitchen island for quick breakfasts or lowered to serve as extra seating around the dining table.
The white honeycomb tiled kitchen backsplash stretches up to the ceiling, lending height to the room.
Paula updated a tired wooden chair in her new home office with cheerful yellow paint. "You don't have to spend millions of dollars for great design," she says. "Be creative, use what you have and love your pieces." The artwork made by her aunt in Colombia is another favourite.
In the master bedroom, a sliding barn door crafted from distressed wood is offset by the eclectic antler chandelier in the stairwell, which homeowner and designer Paula Velez spray-painted with five coats of splashy orange for a modern lodge look.
In the sun-drenched master bedroom, Paula positioned the new white windows to take full advantage of the wooded view beyond, which she echoed in the birch tree wallpaper.
Paula calls this antique 1940s chair and its matching companion (not shown). "The Survivors" after they endured nine months surrounded by plaster dust and power tools. "I bought them from the previous owners, but I had nowhere to store them. Every time I checked on the house, these chairs were in a different place - I thought they'd get destroyed, but they made it," she says. "They're now in my master bedroom."
A rustic industrial-style grey concrete sink ("it looks like something cows drink from on a farm," says Paula) is juxtaposed with a sculptural antique-look bathtub ("I love that it's traditional and romantic") to create the ultimate retreat in her master bath.
Antlers used as DIY towel hooks reference the others throughout the home.
For someone about to renovate: Count on the project taking longer than you'd expect. Things never go as smoothly as you think they will. Most worthwhile investment: The wireless ceiling speaker makes my home a beautiful jewellery box with music. Best out-of-the-box idea: Pairing an industrial concrete sink with a traditional clawfoot tub in her master bath. Favourite budget find: The reclaimed barn beams scored at a farm outside Toronto add character to the family room's vaulted ceiling. Biggest regret: Not making my bedroom closet bigger! It always seems larger before you move in.
Pretty summer patio
We designed a pretty patio on budgets both palatial and petite. Can you tell the difference?
1 Steel and glass Malta Lanterns in Silver Finish, Pottery Barn, $34 US each (small), and $49 US each (medium). 2 Eight-light Retro Café String Lights with iron cages, The Home Depot, $40 each. 3 Parklane powder-coated aluminum armchair and sofa in Driftwood with foam-filled Sunbrella cushions in Heritage Granite, InsideOut Patio, $949 (armchair), $2,199 (sofa). 4 Outdoor polyfilled polyester Moravian Star Toss Cushions, CB2, $62 each. 5 Double-knit cotton Tempo Throw, CB2, $100. 6 Innit galvanized steel Sidechair in Black with woven vinyl cord seat in Blue, Innit, $430. 7 Resin Madison Planters (used as table bases) in Caviar Black, 16", and 20", Sheridan Nurseries, $120 (16”), $180 (20”). 8 Polypropylene Cane Grid Rug in Capri, 8' x 10', Pier 1 Imports, $820. 9 Acrylic Abbott Throw in Apricot Brandy, Pottery Barn, $39 US. 10 GlucksteinHome outdoor polyfilled cotton Zig Zag Toss Cushion, Hudson’s Bay, $40.
1 Hometrends chrome-finished steel and glass Lanterns, Walmart, $25 each (small), and $35 (medium). 2 Ten-light Clear Café String Lights, The Home Depot, $20 each. 3 Canvas FSC-certified eucalyptus Modena Armchair and Loveseat with polyfilled polyester cushions, Canadian Tire, $350 (armchair), $650 (loveseat). 4 Outdoor polyfilled polyester Toss Cushions, HomeSense, $25 each. 5 Grey and white cotton Throw, HomeSense, $30. 6 Enamelled steel and plastic Sidechair in Blue, Studio Pazo, $150. 7 Round clay fibre composite Stacey Planters (used as table bases), 18" and 22", Jysk, $50 (18”), $60 (22”). 8 Reversible plastic Cayaan Rugs in Blue, 5' x 8', Jysk, $35 each. 9 Coral acrylic Throw, HomeSense, $40. 10 Beynac outdoor polyfilled polyester Toss Cushion, Jysk, $20.
Of course a pop of colour is nice in an outdoor space, but what will really impress you (and any guests that try this fun chair) is how comfortable it is! It's a must-add piece this summer. HIGH: Innit galvanized steel Sidechair in Black with woven vinyl cord seat in Blue, Innit, $430. LOW: Enamelled steel and plastic Sidechair in Blue, Studio Pazo, $150.
Put away your glue gun; no need to bust out that screwdriver. This DIY is as easy as pie. All you need to make these outdoor side tables are some oversized planters and a couple of circular trays (we painted ours white for a sophisticated monochromatic look). Place the trays atop the planters, and you’re done! The removable tops can be used to graciously serve guests some refreshments, while the interiors are perfect for hiding extra toss cushions and throws. HIGH: Resin Madison Planters (used as table bases) in Caviar Black, 16", and 20", Sheridan Nurseries, $120 (16”), $180 (20”). LOW: Round clay fibre composite Stacey Planters (used as table bases), 18" and 22", Jysk, $50 (18”), $60 (22”).
Though it’s more resilient than its indoor counterpart, outdoor fabric is vulnerable to all manner of mess. Keep it clean by brushing off surface dirt regularly. If you spill, act fast: Blot (never rub) the liquid off and then spot clean by spraying with a solution of warm water and dish soap. Rinse thoroughly and air-dry. HIGH: Parklane powder-coated aluminum armchair and sofa in Driftwood with foam-filled Sunbrella cushions in Heritage Granite, InsideOut Patio, $949 (armchair), $2,199 (sofa). LOW: Canvas FSC-certified eucalyptus Modena Armchair and Loveseat with polyfilled polyester cushions, Canadian Tire, $350 (armchair), $650 (loveseat).
Everyone loves a good toss cushion, but they'll really love these patterened cushions that make the couch pop with only a black and white graphic pattern. HIGH: GlucksteinHome outdoor polyfilled cotton Zig Zag Toss Cushion, Hudson’s Bay, $40. LOW: Beynac outdoor polyfilled polyester Toss Cushion, Jysk, $20.
Next time you’re entertaining outdoors, fool guests into thinking they’re lounging in your living room by laying out comforts like an outdoor rug and toss cushions. HIGH: Polypropylene Cane Grid Rug in Capri, 8' x 10', Pier 1 Imports, $820. LOW: Reversible plastic Cayaan Rugs in Blue, 5' x 8', Jysk, $35 each.
Think outside the bucket when creating a beverage station. Why not use a pretty planter filled with ice to keep bevvies cool under the sun? HIGH and LOW: Black faceted planeter (used as ice bucket), HomeSense, price varies.
Melamine plates deliver the durability of plastic without sacrificing the texture, pattern and colour variations of ceramic and stoneware. HIGH and LOW: Melamine plate, Pottery Barn, price varies.
Nothing is better than watching the sun set and seeing the stars come out on a summer night. Be prepared to get cozy for the long-haul with a throw blanket - perfectly matching your decor and nightly plans. HIGH: Acrylic Abbott Throw in Apricot Brandy, Pottery Barn, $39 US. LOW: Coral acrylic Throw, HomeSense, $40.
String lights are out and lanterns are in! Home decorators have been loving lantern lighting for a while and it's finally being brough outside - and on a string! Enjoy a night of cards with friends or a book on the couch all summer. HIGH: Steel and glass Malta Lanterns in Silver Finish, Pottery Barn, $34 US each (small), and $49 US each (medium). LOW: Hometrends chrome-finished steel and glass Lanterns, Walmart, $25 each (small), and $35 (medium).
A modern dining room punctuated with shades of green. Image by: Michel Dube
Enliven your living space with this vibrant and refreshing green shade.
Welcoming cheerful hues into your home is one of the best ways to fend off the winter blues – and Pantone's colour institute agrees. The company recently named "Greenery" its official colour of 2017. The vibrant and uplifting shade signifies rejuvenation and the importance of connecting with nature, especially as we welcome a new year.
Here, we've rounded up 12 products inspired by the shade that will give your home new life.
Granada Juice glasses in Green, Anthropologie, $40 US per set of 4.
Master dining chair in Green, Structube, $99.
Cotton patterned rug in Green, H&M Home, $35.
Cotton velvet Cirrus sofa in Grass Green, Article, $1,099.
KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer in Green Apple, Canadian Tire, $600.
Stoneware Century vase, CB2, $60.
Falling Leaves print, 18” x 24”, Minted, $86 US.
Le Creuset stoneware pitcher in Palm, Hudson’s Bay, $100.
Draget shelf unit in Green, IKEA, $40.
Linden toss cushion in Leaf Green with feather-down insert, Crate and Barrel, $42.
Kate Spade New York porcelain Greenwich Grove teapot in Green, Indigo, $150.
Thimblepress Pattern Pieces coasters in Green, BRIKA, $20 per set of 4.
Image: Angus Fergusson
A Toronto designer saves a lot of money and time when creating an elegant yet approachable living room for her young family.
They say time is money, and former Style at Home design editor Stacy Begg was keen to conserve both when she endeavoured to beautify her living room. The busy mom of three and her husband, Don Saynor, had recently renovated the main floor of their 2,000-square-foot Toronto home, netting the room a crisp envelope of fresh white walls, black-framed windows and wide-plank hardwood floors. The decor, however, left much to be desired. “We had our dog crate in there and our TV on this little side table,” says Stacy. “The room had a sad university student vibe.”
The space needed a decorative growth spurt, so Stacy began by splurging on a designer drapery fabric that echoed the monochromatic-plus-yellow palette of the adjacent kitchen (featured in Style at Home’s June 2014 issue). To further elevate the room, she sourced a high-end grasscloth wallpaper and accented the fireplace wall with it. “Once you have a couple of investment pieces, you can play with lower-cost elements,” says the designer, who applied the principle here: While some of the furnishings – including the velvet swivel chair and statuesque side table – are affordable new purchases, others, such as the celestial-patterned bench and glam gold coffee table, are actually inexpensive second-hand items Stacy had updated. And the chic William Birch-style sofa? It’s an existing piece the designer updated by replacing the back cushions with some throw pillows. Budget-friendly artwork and other accessories, ranging from high to low, finish the room.
Sporting a chic California-cool look, the resulting space seems like a tall order, but it only took a couple of weeks to pull together – proof that style need not suffer if you’re strapped for time and cash.
In a low-budget few-week makeover, homeowner and designer Stacy Begg gave her living room a California-cool look. Against a neutral backdrop, elements like floral drapery, a gold-painted bamboo coffee table and a funky celestial-inspired bench offer a sunny, relaxed vibe.
The chic bar cart was an on-sale buy and the landscape photograph above an existing piece.
Custom drapery made from vibrant designer fabric enlivens the room.
Stacy opted for a floral drapery fabric in white, black and yellow that echoes the palette of her adjacent kitchen. “That was my jumping-off point,” she says. “I really love the yellow.” Other elements like the grasscloth wallpaper, berber-style rug and hits of brass add texture and warmth. The graphic black and white print provides contrast, and the faux encaustic hearth tiles evoke the popular Tuscan trend.
The original fireplace, which juts out past the chimney breast on either side, precluded custom built-in storage. “It was for the best,” says Stacy, who opted to hang floating shelves instead. “They were a fraction of the cost and went up in no time!” Accessorized with pieces from the designer’s stash of styling gear, the substitutes look no worse than the built-ins would have.
The fireplace, which got a crisp drywall job during a recent reno, needed some character, stat. Stacy highlighted it by covering the surrounding wall with a rich taupe sisal grasscloth – a project she and a friend completed in less than a day.