But don’t be fooled. This space’s Type T risk-taking aesthetic belies a highly pragmatic side. When Yanic first clapped eyes on this Victorian gem in a west-end Toronto neighbourhood over a year ago, he saw past the dingy interior to the charming home it could become. And, believe it or not, the house provided him the chance to live in a small space – he lives on the 640-square-foot main floor while the second-floor space is rented – as opposed to something uncontrollably sprawling.
Homeowner and designer Yanic Simard used to call the dark three-by-20-foot hallway “the tunnel.” He brightened it up by adding graphic wallpaper, lighting that illuminates both up and down, and a row of mirrors, which reflect light and visually widen the space.