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Feb 2, 2015

House tour: Elegant and eclectic family home

By: Christy Wright
House tour: Elegant and eclectic family home

Stylish sun-filled family room. Author: Michael Graydon

House Tours
Feb 2, 2015

House tour: Elegant and eclectic family home

By: Christy Wright

A time-worn Toronto house is transformed into a lively family home with a welcoming design.

"We moved so we could have a pool,” says homeowner and decorator Jenifer Glover of J.G. Interiors. It was 2008, and she and her husband, Norm Brownstein, were keen to create a fun backyard oasis in the city for their four children: Gabriele, 15, Jackson, 13, Hayden, 10, and Maya, 7.

So when a house with pool potential in a prime Toronto neighbourhood came up for sale, they took the plunge, even though it was far from perfect. “We loved the location and the lot, which had space for a pool, but we didn’t love the house,” says Jenifer. “It was a rundown 1930s build with faux Tudor features. Our plan was to freshen up the rooms with paint to tide us over until the eventual tear-down and rebuild.”

 

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House tour: Elegant and eclectic family home

Homeowner and decorator Jenifer Glover

Jenifer relaxes on a black leather bench in the family room.

By: Christy Wright Source: Michael Graydon Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Elegant and eclectic family home

Before: Family room

Jennifer's family room before the elegant home renovation.

By: Christy Wright Source: Michael Graydon Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Elegant and eclectic family home

Sun-filled family room

The design of the sun-filled family room had a surprising jumping-off point: the television. “With the TV in place on a custom cabinet, I designed the shelves above it and repeated them and the cabinet on the other side of the fireplace,” says Jenifer. “This symmetry allowed me to fill the opposite space with artwork that balances out the television.”

By: Christy Wright Source: Michael Graydon Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Elegant and eclectic family home

Patterned cushions

Lively patterned toss cushions dress up the family room’s classic linen sofa.

By: Christy Wright Source: Michael Graydon Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Elegant and eclectic family home

Personalized decor

This vignette design in the family room is testament to homeowner Jenifer Glover’s personalized approach to decorating: “These are things I’ve picked up over time because I love them.”

By: Christy Wright Source: Michael Graydon Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Elegant and eclectic family home

Custom walnut cabinets

Crafted from the same walnut as the kitchen island, the family room’s custom wood cabinets and shelves are both stylish and practical. “The wood ties these rooms together while really warming up the space,” says Jenifer.

By: Christy Wright Source: Michael Graydon Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Elegant and eclectic family home

Before: Kitchen

The kitchen before its complete restaurant-inspired renovation.

By: Christy Wright Source: Michael Graydon Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Elegant and eclectic family home

Resturant-inspired kitchen

Wooden accents and sophisticated accessories infuse the new-build kitchen with old-world charm. The gold-framed mirrors reflect one of Jennifer’s favourite inspirations: restaurant design. “I love sitting in restaurants that have mirrors angled downward – the light and the images that bounce back are wonderful.” Secondhand bentwood stools and an elaborate chandelier from France have a rich vintage feel that tempers the room’s white surfaces. The steel window frames and mullions were painted black to mimic the industrial appearance of the French doors.

By: Christy Wright Source: Michael Graydon Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Elegant and eclectic family home

Rustic eat-in kitchen

A rustic-look dining table in the kitchen's eat-in area holds up to a house full of kids because, according to Jenifer, “It only gets better with age.” The space features framed artwork created by the couple’s children. “It’s elements like kids’ art that turn a house into a home,” she says.

By: Christy Wright Source: Michael Graydon Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Elegant and eclectic family home

Edgy dining room

Anything but oppressive, a dramatic black painted ceiling glams up the formal dining room. “It feels like the night sky,” says Jenifer. With leather and chrome dining chairs, a vintage-look brass pendant light and a traditional rug, the room has an edgy eclectic vibe.

By: Christy Wright Source: Michael Graydon Credits: Style at Home

 

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