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Revamped eclectic Victorian becomes a polished family home

Revamped Victorian becomes a polished family home

A renovated kitchen gets bigger and brighter. Author: Stacey Brandford

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Revamped eclectic Victorian becomes a polished family home

Designer Jennifer Ferreira helps a Toronto couple reach a design verdict that's both practical and polished.

Contemporary artwork and kids' colouring books; a travertine dining table and a teepee fort - these anomalous pairings are the norm at Courtney Toomath-West and Ken West's Toronto house. "This is a family home," says Courtney. "Our daughters can play, and my husband and I can retreat to formal rooms, all in one fairly small space."

Courtney and Ken, both lawyers, bought the 1,800-square-foot rowhouse in 2008 before their girls - Honor, now 6, and Caroline, 4 - were born. "Ken and I had been living in a condo, but when we began to think about having kids, we yearned for the character of an older home," says Courtney. This Victorian, in the city's Little Italy neighbourhood, fit the bill. "I fell for its original plaster mouldings as well as its high arches and ceilings," she says. "It hadn't been updated in decades, but it was well loved, and I wanted to preserve its charm."

 

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Revamped eclectic Victorian becomes a polished family home

Unexpectedly grand entryway

"The entryway feels grand for a 16-foot-wide house," says designer Jennifer Ferreira. The oversized mirror creates the illusion of space, and the large pendant light complements the black trim on the sisal runner.

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Revamped eclectic Victorian becomes a polished family home

Formal living room

"When I first saw Courtney and Ken's house, it simply needed finessing," says designer Jennifer Ferreira. "I wanted to complement its architectural details, inject a tailored look and create a comfortable family space." Jennifer incorporated a few new and custom-made pieces into the decor, but says the transformation really started with the window coverings. "Drapes make a house feel like a home," she says. "I added them to all the principal rooms, hanging them above the window frames to create a sense of grandeur." The black drapery rods fitted with brass finials and drapes with a band of grey ribbon lend a sense of elegance and formality to the living room.

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Revamped eclectic Victorian becomes a polished family home

Fabrics and floors

When they couple moved in, they replaced the existing light oak floors, which were in bad shape, with darker oak and, keeping their art collection in mind, painted the walls gallery-like neutral shades. Jennifer also updated the living room's outdated armchairs with sophisticated zebra-print fabric.

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Revamped eclectic Victorian becomes a polished family home

Bigger kitchen

The kitchen was expanded by removing a wall between it and the den, and fitted with new cabinetry and appliances.

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Revamped eclectic Victorian becomes a polished family home

Kitchen design

The grey lower cabinets add contrast to the mostly white kitchen, which is outfitted with Caesarstone countertops and stainless steel appliances.

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Revamped eclectic Victorian becomes a polished family home

Dining and entertaining

The homeowners love to entertain and often host dinner parties, so Jennifer designed chairs for lounging in the dining room. A sculptural light fixture illuminates the travertine table, a family heirloom.

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Revamped eclectic Victorian becomes a polished family home

Brightening the master bedroom

"The master bedroom doesn't get a lot of light, so I wanted to brighten it up," says Jennifer. An airy wall colour, natural linen headboard and ikat-print bench do the trick.

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Revamped eclectic Victorian becomes a polished family home

Whitening the bathroom

"I painted the bathroom walls white and replaced a dark wooden vanity with a white one for a more tailored look."

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Revamped eclectic Victorian becomes a polished family home

A bedroom fit for a pink princess

In daughters Honor and Caroline's bedroom, the drapes match the pink linen headboards. "The fabrics can easily be changed if they ever tire of them," says Jennifer. Courtney added the princess sign for a little sparkle.

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Revamped eclectic Victorian becomes a polished family home

Pink palette

Soft pink hydrangeas add a sweet, fresh touch to the girls' pink bedroom.

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Revamped eclectic Victorian becomes a polished family home

Moroccan-inspired patio

"The Wests honeymooned in Morocco, so I chanelled that look on their patio," says Jennifer. "The pendant light, side table and toss cushions resemble items found in a souk."

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Revamped eclectic Victorian becomes a polished family home

Decorating indoors and out

Nothing brings the indoors out better than carrying your colour palette out onto the patio. The patterned toss cushions keep the family comfortable and cozy while adding a fun dose of the bright pink seen throughout the rest of the home.

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