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Mar 26, 2015

House tour: Bold exotic Edwardian

By: Sara Cation
House tour: Bold exotic Edwardian

Find inspiration for your own space from this eclectic home. Author: Stacey Brandford

House Tours
Mar 26, 2015

House tour: Bold exotic Edwardian

By: Sara Cation

An eclectic mix of colour, pattern and texture is perfectly fitting for this blended family's first home.

 

This is a story of a lovely lady, bringing up one very lovely girl, who met a man - no, not named Brady - who was busy with a boy and girl of his own. Fast-forward from falling in love to finding their dream house and (on much more than a hunch, as the song says) moving into their first blended-family home together, thus becoming a brand new bunch.

Three years ago, they found this spacious three-storey Edwardian house in midtown Toronto, and Shirley and her partner, Mitch Altman, were sold on the home's original moulding's and coffered ceiling as well as the fact that it had been modernized by its previous owners.

The fun part for this designer was delving into the decor. For an airy space with flourishes of sunny colours, Shirley had the dark oak mouldings and walls painted white. "I wanted it to feel bright and cheerful," she says.

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House tour: Bold exotic Edwardian

Elegant entryway

Elegant and stately yet warm and eclectic, the entryway design sets the mood for the rest of the home.

By: Sara Cation Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Bold exotic Edwardian

Fireplace mantel

A collection of 25 years in the making, the grouping of new and vintage vases atop the living room fireplace mantel was the jumping-off point for the space's palette. "I used to be a stylist, and I inherited a few vases from photo shoots," says homeowner and designer Shirley Meisels.

By: Sara Cation Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Bold exotic Edwardian

Living room

Circular shapes, in everything from the furnishings to the accessories, keep the eye moving around the living room. "The space is long and narrow, and the roundness creates a more cozy and intimate, cocoon-like seating area at the front of the house," says Shirley. Cheerful colour is introduced through accents, such as the striking chartreuse ombre drapery that lends a fun, sun-kissed look - even on dreary days.

By: Sara Cation Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Bold exotic Edwardian

Glam neutral palette

Black, white, wood and metal - the glam neutral palette repeated throughout the house - is punched up with winks of colour, such as the vintage green painting here in the living room.

By: Sara Cation Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Bold exotic Edwardian

Colourful vases

"I'm drawn to the sculptural quality of their various shapes, so ever since then I've bought whatever catches my eye." She removed all the white ones for a saturated dose of colour - you'll find them on the top shelf in the kitchen.

By: Sara Cation Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Bold exotic Edwardian

The flow of the home

"It's not so much the style, but the flow that makes a home comfortable," says Shirley. With views from the kitchen to the eat-in area, through the dining room and into the living room, the family can all have their space, while still close by and visible.

By: Sara Cation Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Bold exotic Edwardian

Kitchen

Since her previous kitchen was all white, Shirley changed things up with dark walnut lower cabinetry here. "It suits the sophisticated old architecture of the house," she says. Besides refacing the lower cabinets, Shirley had the uppers removed in favour of airy open shelving and added the textured porcelain backsplash.

By: Sara Cation Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Bold exotic Edwardian

Layered whites

The layered whites - warm on the countertop, cool on the walls and mixed in her collection of vases on the top shelf - keep the space from looking too stark.

By: Sara Cation Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Bold exotic Edwardian

Eat-in area

The multi-functional eat-in area off the kitchen sees a lot of action: It's where the kids have breakfast and do their homework, it's where Shirley sets out food when entertaining, and it's her favourite place to relax at day's end.

By: Sara Cation Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

 

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