Small space interior: Urban eclectic
But don’t be fooled. This space’s Type T risk-taking aesthetic belies a highly pragmatic side. When Yanic first clapped eyes on this Victorian gem in a west-end Toronto neighbourhood over a year ago, he saw past the dingy interior to the charming home it could become. And, believe it or not, the house provided him the chance to live in a small space – he lives on the 640-square-foot main floor while the second-floor space is rented – as opposed to something uncontrollably sprawling.
Homeowner and designer Yanic Simard used to call the dark three-by-20-foot hallway “the tunnel.” He brightened it up by adding graphic wallpaper, lighting that illuminates both up and down, and a row of mirrors, which reflect light and visually widen the space.
The den showcases Yanic’s penchant for mixing not only styles and eras but also high-end elements and low-priced finds. The plush chair is paired with an elaborate gilt table he found curbside, and the ornate fireplace, original to the home, displays artwork that cost just over $100. “I love combining expensive items with less expensive artwork,” he says. “Price isn’t everything.”
A windowed nook in the den provides a spot to place a sofa bed covered in an inviting cerulean-coloured velvet. Linen-and-suede drapes – the banding gives the drapes a modern twist – offer the nook privacy and create a cosy, tucked-in feel.
A sofa turns into a dining banquette with the addition of a sleek Saarinen table and gilt Chiavari chairs. “I also have a few ceramic stools that I move around,” says Yanic.
Elements like a velvet-upholstered headboard, silk drapes and an embossed-tin dresser enhance the bedroom’s luxe vibe. A sleek glass Eileen Gray side table balances the lush look.
The bedroom closet was outfitted with an organization system. “Functionality was paramount in my home, so I needed to incorporate a lot of storage,” says Yanic.
Pops of colour
The home’s neutral backdrop – Yanic painted the walls in his signature light grey – is punched up with hits of blue and green. “Splashes of colour make a room feel less formal,” he says.