Photo Gallery: Bonnie Brooks’s Latest Renovation
A Belgian country-inspired house in the heart of Toronto.
Bonnie selected the wood to make the bench-style table in her kitchen. The composite bluestone tile was cast from moulds of 18th-century European churches and châteaux floors, for an authentically worn texture. “Softly mirrored finishes on accessories and lighting contrast the wonderful earthy and rugged feel in Bonnie’s kitchen,” says designer Jill Kantelberg. “There’s nothing too shiny or harsh, and the shapes don’t grab your attention.”
"I designed clean, frameless cabinets in white oak with a walnut finish. I used exterior Cremone bolt hardware, which is very rugged and slightly overscale," says designer Jill Kantelberg. "
Hudson’s Bay VP Bonnie Brooks spends most of her time in the library at the centre of her Toronto home, and insisted on a blue sofa “long enough for two people to stretch out toe-to-toe.” The recessed lighting is perfectly positioned for reading.
Bonnie didn’t want the chair legs to distract from the Van Dyck dining table, so tulip-shaped chairs were sourced by Jill Kantelberg. To keep the palette all-white, the smoked-glass tabletop was swapped with a white wood version.
The ceilings in the living room are 21′ high, and the windows stretch up to the second floor, so there is more than enough room for the drama of Miao Xiachun’s landscape work which spans the sofa. A David Weeks Studio mobile-style pendant draws the eye upwards.
“I had to change all the walls and the ductwork in order to accommodate the art. We started with the artworks,” confides Bonnie, who poses beside a photography by Barbara Astman.
Bonnie's stellar art collection includes this sculpture by Yu Houden in the living room. Chartreuse Herme?s throw pillows are a nod to the retailer's fashion roots while a custom
Custom burlap-coloured linen beds were the starting point for the palette in the guest room. Of course, neutral Hudson’s Bay Millennium stripe point blankets figure prominently. Bonnie switches up the look in winter with Hudson Bay’s coyote pillows and fur throws, both lined with the historical multistripe blankets.
Parchment furniture and white linens give the principal bedroom an airy feel. Bonnie notes: “As you take on more responsiblity in your life, your world gets bigger. Because we’re all becoming more global, we need to pare down our home spaces to achieve tranquillity. There are no electronics in that bedroom.” A photograph by Reinhard Reitzenstein spans the headboard and bridges symmetrical side tables.
To keep the look sleek in the ensuite bath, the drawers of the floating lacquered vanity were designed without hardware. Medicine cabinets are concealed by framed mirrors that open with touch latches, and a polished-concrete floor in the shower adds a touch of rawness.
A striking Victoria + Albert tub is bathed in light from a full bank of windows in the ensuite bathroom. An old bamboo stool of Bonnie’s adds warmth to the all-white scheme.
Watch Lynda share the highlights of Bonnie’s kitchen design here. See Lynda’s insights on which appliances and fixtures to choose for this type of contemporary, Belgian country kitchen.