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Discover the recipe for a bold, open-concept home. Chef and food stylist Claire Stubbs opened up her cramped Toronto semi to make it more modern and airy — resizing or relocating nearly every wall, door, window and staircase in the process. See how she transformed the main floor with a walnut and marble dream kitchen, dining area for 12, modern fireplace wall, and a living room with a hidden TV. Plus, learn how stacked staircases and widened doorways with sliding doors made the second and third floors bright and expansive.

See more photos of this home in our February 2011 issue.

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Coordinating architect, Will Hudson, Post Architects, Toronto (416) 694-2566 or visit Postarchitecture.com; contracting, Rob Evans, Buildsmiths, Toronto (416) 873-0182; custom furniture, Commute Home, Toronto (416) 861-0521 or visit Commutehome.com. Dining room: Dining table, pantry cupboard, Commute Home, as above; chairs, visit Elte.com; vase, Smash, Toronto (416) 762-3113 or visit Smash.to; artwork, Scott Griffin, email scottgriffinart@hotmail.com, or visit Cukoocollection.com. Kitchen: Gas range, Wolf, visit Wolfappliance.com; table, stools, Queen West Antique Centre, Toronto (416) 588-2212; rug, West Elm, visit Westelm.com; pot, tea towel, Mjolk, Toronto (416) 551-9853 or visit Mjolk.ca; coffeemaker, Green Beanery, Toronto (416) 588- 7700 or visit Greenbeanery.ca; artwork, Julie Davidson Smith, Kingston, Ont. (613) 531-8901 or visit Juliedavidsonsmith.com. Living room: Shag pouf, Elte, Toronto (416) 785-7885, 1-888-276-3583 or visit Elte.com; Martha Sturdy wire sphere, orange bowl, Hollace Cluny, Toronto (416) 968-7894, 1-888-968-7660 or visit Hollacecluny.ca; side chair, INabstracto, Toronto (416) 533-6362 or visit Inabstracto.com; coffee table, Commute Home, as above; Paola Lenti rug, Quasi Modo Modern Furniture, Toronto (416) 703-8300 or visit Quasimodomodern.com. Bedroom: Throw, Hollace Cluny, as above; slippers, Mjolk, as above; artwork, Scott Griffin, as above. Bathroom: Soap pump, wastebasket, Ginger's, Toronto (416) 787-1787, 1-888-444-3292 or visit Gingersbath.com; tub, showerhead, faucets, Ginger's, as above; fur throw rug, Absolutely Inc., Toronto (416) 324-8351 or visit Absolutelyinc.com.

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In This Segment

Discover the recipe for a bold, open-concept home. Chef and food stylist Claire Stubbs opened up her cramped Toronto semi to make it more modern and airy — resizing or relocating nearly every wall, door, window and staircase in the process. See how she transformed the main floor with a walnut and marble dream kitchen, dining area for 12, modern fireplace wall, and a living room with a hidden TV. Plus, learn how stacked staircases and widened doorways with sliding doors made the second and third floors bright and expansive.

See more photos of this home in our February 2011 issue.

See sources

Coordinating architect, Will Hudson, Post Architects, Toronto (416) 694-2566 or visit Postarchitecture.com; contracting, Rob Evans, Buildsmiths, Toronto (416) 873-0182; custom furniture, Commute Home, Toronto (416) 861-0521 or visit Commutehome.com. Dining room: Dining table, pantry cupboard, Commute Home, as above; chairs, visit Elte.com; vase, Smash, Toronto (416) 762-3113 or visit Smash.to; artwork, Scott Griffin, email scottgriffinart@hotmail.com, or visit Cukoocollection.com. Kitchen: Gas range, Wolf, visit Wolfappliance.com; table, stools, Queen West Antique Centre, Toronto (416) 588-2212; rug, West Elm, visit Westelm.com; pot, tea towel, Mjolk, Toronto (416) 551-9853 or visit Mjolk.ca; coffeemaker, Green Beanery, Toronto (416) 588- 7700 or visit Greenbeanery.ca; artwork, Julie Davidson Smith, Kingston, Ont. (613) 531-8901 or visit Juliedavidsonsmith.com. Living room: Shag pouf, Elte, Toronto (416) 785-7885, 1-888-276-3583 or visit Elte.com; Martha Sturdy wire sphere, orange bowl, Hollace Cluny, Toronto (416) 968-7894, 1-888-968-7660 or visit Hollacecluny.ca; side chair, INabstracto, Toronto (416) 533-6362 or visit Inabstracto.com; coffee table, Commute Home, as above; Paola Lenti rug, Quasi Modo Modern Furniture, Toronto (416) 703-8300 or visit Quasimodomodern.com. Bedroom: Throw, Hollace Cluny, as above; slippers, Mjolk, as above; artwork, Scott Griffin, as above. Bathroom: Soap pump, wastebasket, Ginger's, Toronto (416) 787-1787, 1-888-444-3292 or visit Gingersbath.com; tub, showerhead, faucets, Ginger's, as above; fur throw rug, Absolutely Inc., Toronto (416) 324-8351 or visit Absolutelyinc.com.

Credits

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Lynda Reeves

DIRECTOR TV PRODUCTION & ONLINE VIDEO

Sheri Graham Delagran

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Jason Stickley

SEGMENT PRODUCER

Ryan Louis

EDITORS

Patrick Malone
Erin Gulas

DIGITAL DIRECTOR

Michael Zimmermann

ONLINE DESIGNER

Julie Aubie

Runtime: 5:38
Released: July 18, 2011
Featuring: Claire Stubbs
Channel: Home Tour