House tour: Bold exotic Edwardian
Elegant and stately yet warm and eclectic, the entryway design sets the mood for the rest of the home.
A collection of 25 years in the making, the grouping of new and vintage vases atop the living room fireplace mantel was the jumping-off point for the space's palette. "I used to be a stylist, and I inherited a few vases from photo shoots," says homeowner and designer Shirley Meisels.
Circular shapes, in everything from the furnishings to the accessories, keep the eye moving around the living room. "The space is long and narrow, and the roundness creates a more cozy and intimate, cocoon-like seating area at the front of the house," says Shirley. Cheerful colour is introduced through accents, such as the striking chartreuse ombre drapery that lends a fun, sun-kissed look - even on dreary days.