Artistic licence: Bringing art into your home
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Slideshow: Bringing art into your home

Christy Wright

"I wanted a house filled with art, children and love," says Rundi Phelan, a Toronto-based artist and mother of four. Recently separated and searching for a place of her own, Rundi came across a newly renovated house in the city's Rosedale neighbourhood. "I knew this was the house for me as soon as I saw it," she says. It had an undeniable airy, sophisticated appeal – a far cry from how it had looked when developer Sasha Josipovicz of Hippo Properties purchased it. "I bought the house because it was in good condition, and it was a nice size at 4,700 square feet," says Sasha, who also specializes in remodelling older homes. "But its overall look was sombre," he continues. "The staircases were too narrow, the rooms too boxy, and it was dark." To remedy the tired layout and outdated finishes, Sasha redesigned the interior, gutting and then rebuilding it. "The goal was to open it up and create flow," he says. In just six months, he and his team achieved that goal, and after only one day on the market, the house was snapped up by Rundi. "The space, the scale, the layout – I loved everything," she says. Other than wallpapering
a powder room, she didn't change a thing, not even the Benjamin Moore Cloud White walls.

Phelan likens the pale palette of the living room to a blank canvas – an ideal backdrop to the hot pink daybed and her red rose artwork above the fireplace. A Jonathan Adler ceramic giraffe, a Christmas gift from her daughters, sits on the glass-top coffee table.

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