Photo Gallery: Ingrid Oomen’s Favourite Rooms
The designer highlights her standout projects.
Ingrid Oomen and her husban Asad Wali transformed the original cinder-block exterior of their Caledon, Ont., home by covering it with board-and-batten siding and adding a standing-seam metal roof. “I like pure materials. I like how they age and get a patina,” says Ingrid.
“We designed this addition from the outside in so the clients could enjoy the backyard. We were able to incorporate salvaged lanterns and a wrought iron Juliet balcony that give it a timeless look,” notes Ingrid. “I like the textural marriage of cedar singles and the red brick of the existing house in this project.”
In Ingrid’s Caledon, Ont., country home she notes the dramatic marble and wood fireplace anchors the room, and its flanking white built-in bookcases and storage units give this living room a balance between light and dark. “The lantern is a casual hit, and the furniture is neutral and relaxed, enhancing the peaceful nature of this space.”
“I like to use ornaments in a tonal range for more impact,” says Ingrid. She adds warmth to her white bistro-style Toronto kitchen by suspending natural branches from the ceiling with florist’s wire, and decorating them with ornaments in icy blues and silvers. A trio of pineapples are symbols of hospitality.
“I love doing additions because it gives me an opportunity to tie together the architecture and interior simultaneously,” says Ingrid. “In this cottage, we book-ended the existing footprint with two separate additions. Both have cathedral ceilings that allow light to flood in and make the spaces feel grand.”
“This country kitchen was about a juxtaposition of materials: a mohair bench; a worn reclaimed table; stainless steel base cabinets and sleek marble on the counter and backsplash,” says Ingrid of the kitchen in her Caledon, Ont. home. “I love the seamlessness of the stainless steel appliances next to the lower cabinets.”
The gold antique mirror is the star of this powder room. “The warmth of the gold contrasts the otherwise cool palette of the gray and white marble walls, and the glass and metal vanity,” says Ingrid.
“We used a mix of black-and-white personal photos and eclectic frames to give this traditional space a more contemporary edge,” notes Ingrid. “The clear glass Venetian chandelier sets this off perfectly.”
In this family room, the original gumwood panelling was refinished and returned to its original glory. “It brought out a beautiful red undertone that we accented with a gray-blue sofa,” says Ingrid. The industrial sconces and pendant create textural contrast to the existing architecture.
This renovation of an old Toronto house took this staircase from dark and dim to light and airy. “It was an exercise in getting as much natural light into this space as possible,” explains Ingrid. “We installed skylights, clerestory windows and added glass into the front door to maximize the light. The finishes such as the stone flooring and painting original wood panelling white help to spread the light into the centre of the house to create a welcoming entry.”
“In this powder room we took a subtle approach to drama by installing two types of wall tiles: back-painted glass and white marble, and ran the tiles floor to ceiling,” Ingrid explains. “To add sparkle we installed tall dramatic candle sconces, and an antique leaded-, textured window lets in natural light from the adjacent hall.”