Photo Gallery: Sasha Seymour’s Townhouse Reno
See stunning before & after shots.
In Sasha’s entryway, diagonal wood-plank ceilings made the space feel small and dark. Sasha and her partner Yotam knocked out the walls and replaced the staircase.
Sasha added warmth to her crisp white hall with an ornate chest and antique cane chair. Fresh flowers add a touch of colour.
A dated solarium with hot tub at the back of the house gave way to the new gourmet kitchen — a much better use of the bright space overlooking the yard.
Sasha’s kitchen is a true showpiece with a fireplace oven and double fridges. Light pours in from an oversized skylight, illuminating the brass hardware. As Sasha prepares dinner, her dog Cleo happily pads around on herringbone wood floors that look as though they belong in a pre-war New York apartment or Parisian pied-à-terre.
Sasha and Yotam initially planned to clad the open shelves in brass, but decided to use the material for the kickplates instead. They found the unlacquered brass hardware in vintage shops and on eBay.
Yotam’s collection of vintage zinc-topped jars (he has more than 100) found a home in the pantry, behind oversized raw-wood doors they purchased at an antique show in New York.
The tiny kitchen occupied an awkward space in the middle of the main level’s floor plan, where Sasha’s living-dining room now sits.
An oiled finish on the herringbone floors allows the wood grain to shine. Having no trim around the new French casement windows brings a contemporary spin to an old world feature, while plush velvet and warm metals speak to the home’s updated ’70s vibe.
In the pared-back dining room, a simple table is elevated by mid-century cane chairs. The light fixture adds a retro glam hit, while abstract artwork injects colour.
Sasha and Yotam built the shelves themselves to carve out a library in a cramped nook at the front of the living room. Leaving the bottom recesses open gives the weighty wall a completely unique look.
The principal bedroom was spacious but lacked any distinct character.
Shades of blue and green set a soothing tone in Sasha and Yotam’s bedroom. A flashy ceiling fixture and headboard upholstered in an iconic David Hicks hexagon pattern blend effortlessly with a pair of low-hung ornate sconces.
Raw-wood side tables keep the room grounded and add an antiqued look. “It’s like they were there forever and the room kept getting redecorated around them,” says Sasha.
Sasha couldn’t resist the personality of this metal chair, which she found at an antique shop for $40 and covered with a vintage fur from her mother. The traditional print on the roman shade contrasts beautifully with the more contemporary prints on the bed.
The bathroom was functional, but the lighting, flooring and tub surround were dated.
A faux-bamboo table fitted with a marble top and backsplash create a standout vanity. Wall-mounted nickel taps add sparkle. The couple did all the tiling themselves, including an inlay of small mosaics between the 12″-square ceramic ones.
A crisp brown and white roman shade on the guest room window creates a striking sight line from the hallway. A large bamboo armoire provides extra storage for linens and towels.