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Blending the old, the new and the unexpected, bachelor and entrepreneur David Barclay makes no apologies. (Not that he needs to.)

Self-described “serial entrepreneur” David Barclay derives great pleasure from exercising his right to individualized style. To wit: placing a gold-plated Philippe Starck AK-47-style gun lamp in the bay window of his 1,900-square-foot Victorian brownstone in Toronto’s west end. “It’s a great way to subtly show people outside what’s happening, in terms of style, inside,” says the founder of Stolen Riches, a new men’s designer shoelace company. In our opinion, nothing about David, including his home and the gun lamp – which is on an automatic timer and has passersby leaving notes inquiring where they can get one – is subtle.
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Homeowner David Barclay and designer Jessica Cotton of Jessica Cotton Design love the new family room in David’s Toronto home.

Family room
Given David’s love of loud modern art and avant-garde accessories, he was surprised to discover that he also had a penchant for antique shopping when he embarked on renovating and designing his dream home more than four years ago. “I made up mood boards and my style became abundantly clear: a mix of modern, Victorian and Baroque,” he says.
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