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Mar 24, 2015

House tour: Happy-glam Georgian home

By: Iris Benaroia
House tour: Happy-glam Georgian home

Colour and pattern mix perfectly in this happy-glam home. Author: Virginia Macdonald

House Tours
Mar 24, 2015

House tour: Happy-glam Georgian home

By: Iris Benaroia

Brave hits of colour and pattern beautifully collide in this happy-glam Georgian home.

 

Can we finally agree that pink is not for little girls alone? Although primarily paired with princesses, it can also be very sophisticated - and pretty fun. Take this gracious 1920s Georgian home that Tara Fingold designed for a young family of five in Toronto's Forest Hill neighbourhood: Shades of pink are everywhere. The dining room's oversized Windsor chairs with dusty rose seats have Mad Hatter appeal; the entryway's psychedelic artwork flaunts corals that mingle well with other hues; and punches of cranberry are repeated throughout the house.

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House tour: Happy-glam Georgian home

Eclectic entryway

Playful yet elegant, the welcoming entryway exudes and eclectic vibe. The spunky Windsor settee is covered in a hard-wearing blue vinyl. Heated marble-inlay floors are a luxurious touch. The homeowners were inspired to buy the framed cowhide artwork after seeing it in a photo of comedian Chelsea Handler's office.

By: Iris Benaroia Source: Virginia Macdonald Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Happy-glam Georgian home

Living room

The splashy area rug was Tara's starting-off point for the living room design. From there, custom light blue paint went on the walls and subtle sky blue grasscloth wallpaper was applied to the ceiling. The branch-like base of the coffee table and the cut-outs on the side table are idiosyncratic touches. The dark rose linen drapery riffs off the retro-cool sidechairs.

By: Iris Benaroia Source: Virginia Macdonald Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Happy-glam Georgian home

Colour connection

The living room colour palette is largely blue with hits of pink to connect it to the other spaces throughout.

By: Iris Benaroia Source: Virginia Macdonald Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Happy-glam Georgian home

For the love of colour

"I love all the colour in the house," says one of the homeowners. "It makes me smile when I walk in and instantly puts me in a good mood."

By: Iris Benaroia Source: Virginia Macdonald Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Happy-glam Georgian home

Kitchen's eat-in area

The dark rose-coloured chairs in the kitchen's eat-in area are covered in easy-to-clean vinyl. A huge white magnetic board bordered in brass adds bling and serves as a spot to showcase the kids' artwork, while a puff of pink flowers keeps the look cohesive and fresh.

By: Iris Benaroia Source: Virginia Macdonald Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Happy-glam Georgian home

Glamorous kitchen

Glamorously decked out with bold expanses of Statuario marble and hints of brass, the clean-lined kitchen is dramatic even though it's mostly white - save for light pink glassware on one of the floating open shelves, in keeping with Tara's theme of colour continuity.

By: Iris Benaroia Source: Virginia Macdonald Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Happy-glam Georgian home

White and gold

Sassy and sophisticated, the white and gold kitchen design is anything but expected. In fact, when the contractor initially saw the range hood, he called Tara in a panic. "I rushed over there," she says. "He said to me, 'The hood, it's a square box! You didn't mean to do this, did you?" I replied," Yes. It's perfection."

By: Iris Benaroia Source: Virginia Macdonald Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Happy-glam Georgian home

Subtle pops of colour

While colour in the kitchen is modest, at least when compared to the rest of the home, you can find varying doses of pink - from the light pink glassware to the dark rose-coloured chairs, and even an innocent bowl of fresh, plump cherries.

By: Iris Benaroia Source: Virginia Macdonald Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Happy-glam Georgian home

Cranberry dining room

"My colour rule for this house was continuity," says designer Tara Fingold. "Because we used a cranberry hue in the dining room, we carried it into other rooms so it wouldn't be jarring to the eye." Shades of pink intermingle here, from the zippy ikat-print drapery to the two-toned dining chairs done in velvet and vinyl.

By: Iris Benaroia Source: Virginia Macdonald Credits: Style at Home

 

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