Homes - Interiors

Designer Meredith Heron renovates a Toronto couple’s condo in classic finishes and a subdued palette, creating the perfect backdrop for silver and crystal that’s synonymous with holiday entertaining.

“He’s a little bit country, I’m a little bit rock ’n’ roll,” jokes homeowner Brigitte Talevski. When it came time to tackle her and husband David Axelrad’s dated 1,450-square foot condo in downtown Toronto, they were overwhelmed by not only their disparate tastes but also the many demands on the main living area. “We needed a space that could let us relax and watch television yet still be elegant enough for entertaining,” says David. And, because the couple loves to host a wide circle of friends and family, a proper cook’s kitchen was at the top of Brigitte’s wish list. Enter designer Meredith Heron, who eased the couple’s different styles into a cohesive, functional and beautiful space.

First, Meredith had the tiny, closed-off U-shaped kitchen opened up to the main living quarters, the dated stucco ceilings hand-scraped smooth and new dark hardwood floors laid throughout. With the dividing wall gone, an extra-wide peninsula separates the new kitchen from the dining and living areas, granting plenty of room for spreading out while entertaining. The wide counter with a waterfall edge – another of Brigitte’s must-haves – also allows for back-to-back cabinetry below, providing loads of storage. Features like double wall ovens, a convection microwave oven and a deep sink make cooking and cleanup a cinch, whether hosting an intimate dinner party or cocktails for a crowd. The subtly glamorous design – thanks to a muted palette with restrained hits of gold, silver, mirror and glass and a few dark-hued accents – brings together masculine and feminine elements in a space that caters to the everyday as well as special occasions, appealing to both husband and wife and visitors alike. Just like your favourite holiday flick, this home is a classic in the making and one you’ll want to revisit over and over again.
Designer Meredith Heron

“I love to mix as much pattern as I can into a space,” says designer Meredith Heron. For example, the low, feminine armchairs in the living room boast paisley fronts and trellis-patterned backs.

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