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“The exotic Bianco Paonazzetto marble is the focal point in this kitchen, complemented by the use of creamy white on all the other finishes,” explains designer Melody Duron. “The symmetry and strong horizontal lines are also an important feature in the overall design.”
“This sweeping view of a cottage great room shows a functional floor plan for lounging, dining and cooking in the same space,” explains Duron. “Each space is defined by different lighting, textures and colours.” Rustic beams draw the eye upward, making the ceiling look even higher. A peaked roof keeps the room light and airy, and ceiling fans cool the house on hot summer days.
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Duron wanted the sunroom to have an organic, outdoor feel, so she brought in a teak dining table and casual indoor-outdoor wicker chairs. She also painted the window seats a soft grey to complement the granite surrounding outside. The generous wrap-around banquet seats the whole family comfortably.
“Stunning water views are reflected in the use of colour and texture,” says Duron. Painting interiors a crisp white or soft neutral enhances the amount of light coming in from large windows. Here, views of the lake can be taken in from a comfortable window seat. Pale bedding and open side tables also keep the room fresh and airy.
“This generously proportioned living room has a tasteful mix of classic and exotic furniture styles,” notes Duron. A TV hidden behind the folding screen adds to the calm design.
“This foyer is an eclectic mix of styles and periods that reflects the aesthetic that I aspire to in my work,” says Duron. A Chinese altar is topped with an exotic vignette and a convex Regency mirror flanked by sconces with an Indian feel.
“The watery palette of a solid aqua marble vessel sink sitting on a white glass slab counter with matching mosaic tiles creates a simple and elegant effect,” says Duron. The marble basin also ties in with the floor tiles.
“The bold stone hood, strong lines and play of light against dark anchors one end of a large great room in this country home,” explains Duron. The traditional recessed-panelled cabinetry has a deep charcoal finish that blends with the floors. The ceramic tiled backsplash complements the island’s unusual soapstone countertop. The substantial range hood balances the grand fireplace with sits on the other side of the wall.
Duron’s own restored century barn boasts a living room that eschews the trappings of “country cute”, taking on a sophisticated-rustic look instead. “It has an inspired mix of furniture styles, elements from nature and work by local artisans,” explains Duron. All the stones that make up the fireplace were found on the property. She installed new pine flooring, but the width of the planks and an oiled finish lend it a timeworn patina.
“The earthiness of a seagrass rug is the perfect backdrop for opulent silk velvet dining chairs, old world hand-blocked linen curtains and Fortuny light fixture,” notes Duron. The graceful round table and sisal carpet are more subdued complements that work well with the glamorous touches.
“This bedroom tastefully combines feminine and masculine elements, resulting in a luxurious and elegant style,” says Duron. A large Persian carpet and a Christian Liaigre bed dominate the space. Curtains of cotton velvet and chairs and ottomans covered in mohair velvet add texture.