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Mar 6, 2015

Living room design: Modern heritage

By: Christy Wright

Living room design: Modern heritage Author: Style At Home

Interiors
Mar 6, 2015

Living room design: Modern heritage

By: Christy Wright

The living room of a late-19th-century rowhouse gets a complete overhaul to open up the space, requiring a new layout, storage solutions, all while adhering to the traditional heritage aesthetic.

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Living room design: Modern heritage

Problematic living room

The narow late-19th-century rowhouse had been stripped of its period details, was low on storage and seating and lacked charm.

By: Christy Wright Source: Mike Chajecki Credits: Style at Home

Living room design: Modern heritage

Living room renovation

"We gutted the main floor and removed a wall between the living and dining rooms," says the designer, Laura Stein. "That allowed me to create a larger space and layer in storage options and traditional details."

By: Christy Wright Source: Mike Chajecki Credits: Style at Home

Living room design: Modern heritage

A casual, contemporary vibe

The heritage aesthetic is tempered by a casual, contemporary vibe. "By carefully balancing traditional architectural detailing with natural materials and comfy furniture, I was able to restore some of the home's lost charm and create an elegant yet family-friendly living room," says Laura.

By: Christy Wright Source: Mike Chajecki Credits: Style at Home

Living room design: Modern heritage

Decorative elements

Embroidered beige and blue linen drapes echo the colour scheme while adding a layer of softness and subtle pattern. Laura had custom toss cushions finished with grosgrain ribbon. "It's a simple way to reinforce your palette," she says.

By: Christy Wright Source: Mike Chajecki Credits: Style at Home

Living room design: Modern heritage

The layout

Laura mounted the TV above the fireplace to free up floor space and grouped the furniture in the centre of the room to improve traffic flow. "The original layout required you to zigzag around the furniture, inevitably leading to bruised shins," she says.

By: Christy Wright Source: Mike Chajecki Credits: Style at Home

Living room design: Modern heritage

Reno materials

Adding rustic elements - such as reclaimed elm flooring - to the mix keeps the look informal, a must for the homeowners, who didn't want a fussy space. Paint was crucial to faking an expansive feel, with the cream, blue and grey colour scheme extending throughout the first floor for a seamless effect. Extras, like the wainscotting, moulding and the fireplace mantel, channel the home's heritage, while custom cabinetry and lidded ottomans increase storage; and durable upholstery can stand up to kids and the family's two dogs.

By: Christy Wright Source: Mike Chajecki Credits: Style at Home

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