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Style at Home design editor Jessica Waks brings her 1934 Georgian-style house to life with the combination of black, red and gold accents.
When Style at Home design editor Jessica Waks laid eyes on this charming 1934 Georgian-style house in midtown Toronto, she knew it was the one. The only glitch? It required a major overhaul to bring it into the 21st century. Visions of an addition with a spacious kitchen, a glam eat-in area and a chic family room quickly reaffirmed that this was to be her forever house.
"The biggest challenge was designing an open-concept space that wouldn’t have a support column stuck in the middle of it (my pet peeve!)" says Waks. "I opted for a structural support beam, which was cleaverly camouflaged with a coffered ceiling."
The generous island in the kitchen is perfect for hosting family gatherings and parties. It houses a Sub-Zero beverage centre, a microwave oven drawer and recycling and garbage bins.
"I decided to work with Cameo Kitchens and Fine Cabinetry to create a well-laid-out kitchen with loads of storage for appliances and gadgets and lots of prep space," says Waks.
Warm brass accents
The custom range hood makes a statement in white and brass, especially when combined with the Calacatta Oro marble backsplash that is carried right to the ceiling. The marble's gold-toned veining highlights the warm metal perfectly. Warm brass pendant lighting and cabinetry handles add to the luxe look while the black stools add contrast to the Cloud White (OC-130 Benjamin Moore) painted island.
Calacatta Oro backsplash
The marble subway tiles contain gold-toned veining that highlights the warm metal accents perfectly.
Gold French press
The gold Bodum French press sits inside a gold lined tray, playing off the kitchen's warm brass accents.
The kitchen's eat-in area features a "buffet" of Jessica's favourite design styles, from the retro-glam vintage Sputnik pendant light and table base to the classic chinoiserie-inspired breakfast chairs.
"The banquette was a creative way to maximize seating in a tight corner. I had it covered in shiny black faux leather with deep diamond tufts to make it feel like you were sitting at a restaurant," says Waks.
Chic living room
Brass accents and hits of black, white and red connect the family room to the rest of the space. For instance, the embossed-vinyl fabric on the ottoman picks up on the signature red knobs of the Wolf range in the kitchen and the breakfast chairs in the eat-in area.
Jessica diversified the palette introducing more forgiving and family-friendly hues like the rich sapphire chenille sofa.