Photo Gallery: Best Homes Of 2009
This award-winning Toronto home features an open concept kitchen that separates the living room from the office area. A plywood and teak veneered island is equipped with a cooktop and sink while the teak-covered rangehood also houses lighting. Varnished plywood ceilings and walls create warmth and keep the sun-drenched space from feeling too bright. Poured-concrete flooring gives the home an industrial vibe.
In the home’s living room, Peter gave the fireplace a bright, new look by covering the previously brown brick clad front with wood trim and creamy white paint. Built-in shelving provides storage and display surfaces and creates architectural interest. Light, leggy furniture keeps the room open and airy.
Thick Corian countertops and wire pendant lights create a modern look in the open-concept living, dining and kitchen space. Rattan bar stools and off-cut oak floors add softness. Tall sliding glass doors open out onto a leafy backyard. Alison stained the door frames to look like oak and to match the flooring and dining table.
The floor of the tiny bathroom is tiled in a graphic pattern, making the space feel much larger. A sleek sill-less glass-enclosed shower and slim wall-hung sink and toilet allow the floor to remain the focal point. A recessed medicine cabinet over the sink offers hidden storage.
In the dining room, black and white artwork looks cohesive without being overly matchy. The owners repurposed a vintage Eames table by adding a new top. Large energy-efficient windows allow natural light to flood the space. Polished concrete flooring reflects the building’s industrial past.
In the open-concept kitchen, a long maple table is paired with Gio Ponti’s iconic Superleggera chairs while a mod Octopus pendant balances the rusticity. White-washed wood flooring creates a sleek, clean look. Panelled cabinets and butcher block countertops add warmth.
Tropical hues and organic touches invite visitors to kick back and relax.Textured rattan mats stapled to the walls create the look of pricey grasscloth wallpaper. Twin beds dressed in breezy polka dots can be used for sitting and sleeping. Mosquito nets add drama without cluttering the space.
A faux fireplace wall flanked by built-in shelving creates a focal point in the living room. Philip added extensive panel mouldings, deep cornices and high baseboards throughout the space to create architectural interest. The parquet flooring was stained a dark walnut for a more sophisticated look. A mix of artwork styles and quirky treasures keeps the space from appearing too stuffy.
This 500-square-foot studio is punctuated by bold hues evoking a subtle Morroccan vibe. Kaili chose this large roll-arm sofa as the key furniture piece for the main living space. The weighty look of the sofa is balanced by smaller scale furniture like the leggy coffee table. A gold tray provides a hit of glam and offers a display surface for a pretty vignette.
The large, formal kitchen comfortably hosts casual family dinners as well as larger gatherings for 10 or 12. Ceiling-height cabinets painted a soft white keep the look fresh and sophisticated. White Calacatta marble on the counters and crema marfil flooring give the space the feel of a French estate. A dark walnut island with a Belgian black marble top adds drama. The coffered ceiling lends an old world elegance.
A spare backdrop of pale wood flooring and expansive white walls provides the perfect foil to Luce’s collection of antique furniture and delicate accessories. Red-velvet Louis XV style dining chairs bring rich colour to the living-dining area. Eye-catching accents like a sparkling chandelier, ornate sconces and a gold-framed mirror add European elegance.
In the living room, light cream painted walls allow the architecture to stand out. Upholstered furniture pieces with rounded lines make the space feel inviting. A crystal chandelier, silk drapes and mercury-glass lamps add shine.