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The rental kitchen came with great appliances (Wolf range and Sub-Zero fridge) and built-in shelving that nicely defines the space, but aside from those elements it was bland. A custom-made window treatment in a fun pattern ties into the tilework and adds colour and personality. Even though it won’t necessarily work in future homes, it was worth the money.
Kristin built the living room around pieces she already owned, shipping the art and vintage daybed to the Vancouver rental from her Toronto home. The daybed’s backrest was re-covered in an exotic fabric to balance the mid-century hits: Kristalia tables used in lieu of a coffee table, a Poul Kjærholm chair that Riesco brought in to break up matching vintage armchairs, and a Saarinen side table.
The headboard is upholstered in a colourful suzani and centred below the high window to give the bed more presence. The wallpaper on the feature wall picks up on the bedding, which was made from Israeli linen that served as tablecloths at Kristin’s wedding.
Kristin’s son’s room was inspired by his love of all things British. The Union Jack was a lucky eBay find that fits into an awkward nook, while the spool bed keeps things charming.
Eric shares a glass of wine with fellow Olympian Tiffany Foster in his kitchen. The room was inspired by European kitchens with a brick backsplash and open shelving.
The reclaimed barn beams — shipped in from South Carolina and Kentucky — were a key addition to show jumper Eric Lamaze’s home, lending it a modern rustic vibe. Marble floor tile was replaced with greyed wood for a mellower look. Oversized lanterns enhance the outdoor vibe.
A bench serves as a narrow coffee table in this long space. Four wicker chairs surround the bench for a symmetrical look. The metal artwork, by artist Amber Denison, punctuates the warm white wall colour that is used throughout the house.
A decadent rain showerhead, tropical palms, teak ladder and live-edge bench give the outdoor shower a Balinese flavour.
Palm Beach’s year-round warm weather allows for gorgeous pools “We tore the landscaping down and started over,” says Eric. “We do it very simply. Here in Florida there are lots of flowers and colours to choose from, but we like it plain green — really simple and clean.”
The art wall is the focal point in this open living room, and includes some of the Gemini Award winner’s own paintings (large red and black works). An industrial shelving unit from RH Restoration Hardware and a concrete floor suit the artist-loft vibe: the paint-splattered floor was reground and polished during the renovation.
The warm wood grain of the walnut-backed leather Eames chair was the jumping-off point for everything, says designer Jamie Hamilton of Oliver Simon Design. The leather sofa, wood beams, stair treads and industrial-style coffee table all complement the chair’s honey-toned wood frame. A wool-jute rug softens the concrete floor.
Shelves were built behind the raised bed for extra storage, and the platform doubles as a side table. Neutral linens, a cowhide rug and reclaimed wood floors create a natural aura.
Scissors hung from a dish rack resemble an arresting art piece in this bathroom. “It is a little creepy, but it makes you look twice,” says Hamilton. Callum occasionally uses them to trim his hair. The tub exterior was sprayed black to mimic other vintage finds and add contrast, while the chrome feet match the cool metal fixtures.
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Designer David Nicolaytransformed the kitchen from builder-basic to contemporary hideaway by concealing the double fridges and freezer drawer within white lacquer cabinets and using natural hues with clean lines. Green chairs and accessories add a fun hit of green in an otherwise neutral area.
A built-in sofa seats ten, making this room a perfect gathering place for friends and family. The Brent Comber coffee tables lend an elegant rusticity to the space, while a painting by celebrated B.C. artist Gordon Smith visually links the interior with the outdoors.
Designed as a wet room, this main bathroom has an airy style. The mirrors, neutral colours and high ceiling make the room appear larger than it is, and no-fuss cabinets corral toiletries. The floating vanity and toilet have visual lightness and are practical when cleaning the floor.
In Bublé’s Los Angeles home, thick countertops add weight to the kitchen island, and dark-framed windows enhance the room’s contemporary lines.
After this Bel Air residence was completed by architect Paul R. Williams in 1938, it was “home” to a number of actors who came to Los Angeles for film projects. Among these were Audrey Hepburn (when she was shooting My Fair Lady), Frank Sinatra, Mia Farrow and David Niven.
The living room’s leather furnishings and hits of red complement the pine walls. Large-scale photos of Kenny G’s sons, Noah and Max, recall a memorable fishing trip. A double-faced stone fireplace opens to the kitchen on the opposite side.
The cabinetry’s dark finish contributes to the lodge theme of the home. A pale green ceramic tile backsplash features accent tiles with subtle pine cone and leaf motifs.
Crisp white bedding, pine walls and a softly draping mosquito net add a sense of adventure and a well-travelled feeling to this exotic bedroom.
“Meg Ryan has certainly made a great comeback,” says House & Home editor Suzanne Dimma. “After her beach house at Martha’s Vineyard was featured in the June 2010 issue of Elle Decor, she was top of mind for design lovers everywhere. All of the editors here at House & Home flipped when we saw the feature. Her interior style mimics her casual, enthusiastic persona as her kitchen shows with its old cottage feel balanced by a sophisticated edge. The windows keep the room visually open to the space beyond but allow the possibility to block out noise. I’ve been dreaming about her massive Dean & Deluca-style, glass-front fridge.”
Meg Ryan’s retreat is the perfect place for entertaining and escaping Hollywood from time to time. The high ceilings and white walls make the space seem more like a loft than a cottage, while slipcovered dining chairs add a formal touch.
White panelled walls and dark-stained floors lend a gallery feel to the model/actress’s workspace. A ledge for art allows Shields to add and subtract pieces easily. A classic palette, great quality craftsmanship and simple furniture make this room.
Brooke Shields’ round pedestal table is a classic choice. The console beyond is layered with a pair of lamps, creating a symmetrical vignette set against the gorgeous wall mural.
This cosy dining room in the California home of Private Practice’s Kate Walsh is one of those spaces you just want to linger. Coral-like sconces and a heavy wood table add texture.
Guests love Kathleen’s living room Bubble Chair by Eero Aarnio. Palms and desert grasses outside the floor-to-ceiling window act as a natural mural.
In Robertson’s kitchen, the only non-white touches come from temporary decorative items. Meanwhile, the cabinets, countertops, walls and stools keep the design minimal and bright. Linen drapes add a soft touch to the otherwise streamlined room.
This entrance strikes a beachy, minimalist note. Vintage shoe forms and paintings add whimsy while the windows look onto waving grasses.
Helfer’s known for her roles on shows such as Battlestar Galactica and Canada’s Next Top Model. But at the end of a long day on set, she simply wants to unwind in her Laurel Canyon home. The focal point of her living room is a large-scale print of Andy Warhol’s famous Elvis Presley silkscreens, which she purchased at a gallery on Los Angeles’ Beverly Boulevard. Rich-toned walnut flooring runs throughout the house. Vintage yellow-upholstered armchairs, meanwhile, are a vibrant counterpoint to the red-painted wall.
In Helfer’s office, a modern green Eames chair pairs gracefully with a Victorian desk. In the background, an Andy Warhol-inspired print of Helfer adds a sense of fun.
Homeowner and silver screen star Julie London found the fireplace in France, and designer Paul R. Williams incorporated it into her 1958, Hollywood Regency-style residence.
Their contemporary, light-filled Toronto house is as convention-bucking and casually grand as its occupants. The Floridas moved from Washington, D.C. when he took the helm of the University of Toronto’s Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management.
The living room’s traditional architectural features are offset by author Florida’s collection of iconic modern furnishings, including Le Corbusier’s LC4 Chaise Longue and Noguchi’s Akari Freeform floor lamp.
Landscape architect Mark Hartley designed the flagstone deck to look rough and natural, like it had been there for years.
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An uninterrupted 20-foot-long wall in Gary Roberts’ living room was sized to fit a triptych by Marian Wihak, a piece that interior designer Jeffrey Douglas found for their old condo. A low built-in below it grounds the artwork and stashes the stereo and poufs used for extra seating. The copper and caramel chenille on the sofa and chairs is invitingly soft.
A huge side-by-side fridge and freezer, plus extra fridge and freezer drawers, are integrated into the flat-panel cabinetry of Roberts’ kitchen. Chocolate brown granite counters with pearlescent inclusions and a mosaic tile backsplash with steel accents provide sparkle.
This covered porch, just off of Roberts’ kitchen, boasts electronic retractable screens, a gas fireplace and two gas barbecues.
One of Canada’s most beloved on-air personalities decided to sell her suburban Toronto home and relocate downtown. Minimal furnishings and accessories allow her art collection to stand proud, and designer Lisa Rogers added pops of contrast with the lamps and throw pillows.
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In her own home, Los Angeles-based designer and star of Million Dollar Decorators Mary McDonald created a restful, cosy loggia by hanging atmospheric curtains from a custom-made iron rod. The English-style furniture is upholstered in white canvas and blue-and-white Ralph Lauren fabrics.
See more of Mary McDonald’s interiors in our photo gallery.
One of The Real Housewives of Vancouver, Zilba’s woodsy weekend home boasts gorgeous views from nearly every room. This cosy outdoor patio is furnished with heavyweight wicker sofas with durable, washable fabrics that withstand B.C. elements. It’s the perfect spot for sons Chad, Cole and Chase to lounge with friends.
Zilba’s home accommodates several guests for relaxing weekends away. Shades of grey and brown in the furniture, linens and artwork play off the natural palette. A large picture window and door flood the room with light.
Although Hickey gets to chat on the red carpet with Angelina Jolie and Nelly Furtado, and enjoys access to exclusive hotspots, her favourite spot is on the sofa with her partner, Kevin Foley. Even more so since their condo was redesigned by Allen Chan, Anwar Mekhayech and Matt Davis of HGTV’s Designer Guys.
Toss pillows and a fur throw add a luxurious touch to a modern linen sectional in Hickey’s living room. The low profile of the sofa creates the illusion of higher ceilings in the space.
In the dining room, a rustic harvest table made by Hickey’s dad is juxtaposed with sleek chairs. Three light fixtures add a bohemian touch.
The ample Barcelona ottoman in Joe Fresh owner Joe Mimran’s living room echoes the raised linear motif in the white wool rug. Leather and cowhide lend natural elegance.
In the same home, curvy mid-century modern leather chairs with polished-metal trim make a style statement. A painting by Hideaki Kawashima completes the look in this ultra-chic dining room.
See more photos of the Joe Fresh Style and Pink Tartan designers’ house in our photo gallery.
Danielle uncovered the hallway’s original brick wall during the renovation. She loved the texture, but painted it white for a crisp look.