Photo Gallery: Tommy Smythe’s Victorian Makeover
You’ll love this reno by the HGTV star!
Smythe chose white upper cabinets for a traditional feel, but then added a contemporary touch with grey lower cabinets. Brass detailing on the hood and hardware adds warmth to the spacious kitchen.
To add a touch of whimsy, Smythe put a single red chair among black bentwood chairs in this dining area. The round table serves as a perfect spot for kids’ games and crafts while dinner is being prepared.
“The kitchen is where everyone wants to be in any house,” says Smythe. “In this one, the family can cook, eat, watch TV and talk to each other.” The red tufted sofa ties in with the red accents in the kitchen and dining room.
Smythe combined Deco lighting with on-trend colours and patterns to update the classic lines of this room. Solid upholstery, including punchy orange pillows, makes the graphic rug stand out even more.
The long settee already belonged to the homeowners, so Smythe had it reupholstered, then topped it with fun throw pillows in trendy hues. A classic klismos chair in bright orange complements an ornate Chippendale mirror. As he says, “Given free rein, this what you’ll get from me: strong colours, bold gestures and traditional references.”
The powder room’s fixtures, sconces and art are ultratraditional to offset the bold zigzag pattern painted on the walls. Project manager Jenny Dames actually blew up a scale of wallpaper she and Smythe liked, then hired a painter to bring it to life. Smythe also hung a series of convex mirrors in the stairwell instead of the usual family photographs. Mix-and-match vintage gold frames create an eclectic look.
Bold, on-trend drapes pop against neutral grasscloth wallpaper. The office has two desks, one of which is paired with a stately chair in cognac leather.
The black paint’s glazed finish sets the walls aglow. A brass mirror, chandelier and pillow fabric infuse the dark space with warmth.
The backs of the shelves are covered in a neutral grasscloth wallpaper to balance the dark walls. Placing furniture in front of a bookcase creates a cosy, layered effect.
To add interest, Smythe combined grey patterns — a graphic charcoal rug, chevron bench, and duvet with Egyptian key pattern. A vintage glass light fixture also adds personality to the room.
A series of paned doors showcases the principal bathroom like a jewel. The white, grey and charcoal palette is pretty yet polished.