Photo Gallery: Anne Hepfer Interiors
See traditional spaces with a twist.
Orange lacquer adds the wow factor, while a careful mix of styles keeps the room chic. The mahogany and caned seats of the British Colonial Regency-back chairs show nicely against the taupe linen tablecloth, which conceals a hefty antique table. The cloth breaks up the dark wood in the room, making it more inviting, says Anne.
“Colour is something we all crave,” says Anne. Playing with pattern and scale, she added interest to this space with different textures and upholstery fabric. As a general rule, she sticks to smaller-scale prints for more delicate pieces of furniture and opts for hip, graphic details on pillows.
Anne created the drapes with a slight scoop at the bottom to add “a ballgown-like feeling.” She also opted for medium-weight interlining to prevent the shades from looking heavy or lumpy, and to allow natural light to glow through the silk. Black tapered legs on the chairs and upholstered bench unify this seating area.
Setting symmetrically placed love seats, lamps and built-in bookcases around the fireplace underlines the Georgian architecture of this home.
This great room has two sitting areas, an ideal setup for weekends spent entertaining. The huge mirror (custom-made in Bali with tiny seashells) balances the fireplace at the other end of the room. The ottoman is made of antique mats from Borneo. Keeping the backdrop and major pieces neutral means the owner can add bold colour and pattern in easy-to-update accessories.
Cane furniture, dramatic blue and white fabrics and pottery set a British Colonial tone, while the original granite fireplace, sisal rug and exposed studs maintain cottagey charm.
Part of the appeal of this sunny breakfast room is the uneven beadboard and knotty wood floors. Anne kept these elements intact and simply transformed the look with white paint, casual decor and a fresh blue and white palette.
Anne created a naval colour scheme with red quilts, white walls and a navy rug. Rope ties on the pillows, a tripod lamp and caned headboards add to the nautical style.
Early 18th-century French architectural prints reveal Anne’s passion for architecture. Black frames add contrast while the artwork’s overall off-white colour pairs nicely with the creamy accents in the room.
A stunning mirrored screen and coffee table add glamour and style, while a warm seagrass rug pulls all the elements together for a pretty, ultra-chic room.
A ceiling mounted canopy — made of the same fabric as the bed skirt — adds height and dramatic flair to an elegant bedroom.
“Every layer adds a dimension,” says Anne. In her library, seagrass walls are layered with an antique suzani that she picked up in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar.
See more of Anne’s Toronto home in our photo gallery.