In this Episode
H&H senior design editor Sally Armstrong shows off her newly updated family home. Peek inside the entryway with graphic marble floor, small powder room with fun yellow wallpaper, inviting dining room, bright family room with sliding doors to the backyard, and hardworking new mudroom for the kids.
Designers Sarah Richardson and Thomas Smythe take us through a 1980s condo they updated for one of their TV producers, Michael Prini. See how they transformed the dark space into a bright, inviting home filled with mid-century modern pieces and personal touches. Learn their tips on where to save and where to splurge — from affordable Ikea cabinets to graphic floor tiles and custom marble countertops.
H&H editors offer advice for renovating a basement. Learn their opinions — often opposing! — on whether to dig out the foundation or not, clean tiles versus cosy carpet, and bright white walls versus dark and dramatic paint colours. Take your stand by commenting below!
Sally Armstrong's Main Floor Reno
Architect, Kelly Buffey, Atelier Kastelic Buffey, (416) 410-4011; builder, Irwin Allen Design Build, (416) 203-3300; millwork (throughout), Modex Limited, (416) 653-3213 or Modexlimited.com.
Family room: Sofa, Silva (to the trade), (416) 638-9595 or Silva4home.com; sofa upholstery fabric, Designer Fabrics, (416) 531-2810 or Designerfabrics.ca; coffee table, West Elm, Westelm.com; rug, wallpaper, blue throw pillows, drape fabric, Y&Co, (416) 968-7700, (514) 287-8998 or Ycocarpet.com; swing-arm lamp, Hollace Cluny, (416) 968-7894 or Hollacecluny.ca; black and white pillow fabric, Kravet Canada, 1-800-535-3258 or Kravetcanada.com; chair near kitchen, Design Within Reach, (416) 977-4003 or Dwr.com; artwork by Ryan Louis, Art Interiors, (416) 488-3157 or Artinteriors.ca; built-ins, Modex Limited, (416) 653-3213 or Modexlimited.com; gold vase, gold bowl, coral, purple glass vases, Elte, (416) 785-7885 or Elte.com; round object (on stand), Snob, (416) 778-8778 or Snobstuff.com.
Kitchen: Pro Tec sliding doors, Torp, (416) 968-2768 or Torpinc.com; curtain sewing, Wesley Seto Design, (416) 538-3223; Tolix stools, Design Within Reach, (416) 977-4003 or Dwr.com; flooring, The Sullivan Source, (416) 538-6336 or Sullivansource.com; faucet, Ginger's Bath Centre, 1-888-444-3292 or Gingersbath.com; white tealight holders, Snob, (416) 778-8778 or Snobstuff.com; microwave, Tasco, Tascoappliance.ca; Sub-Zero fridge, Maroline Distributing, (416) 504-4747 or Maroline.com; wall ovens, Distinctive Appliances, (416) 785-0800 or Distinctive-online.com; hood, cooktop, Distinctive Appliances, as above; marble, Marble Trend, (416) 783-9911 or Marbletrend.com.
Dining room: Dining table, Klaus, (416) 362-3434 or Klausn.com; Circus pendants by Camilla Warm, Oliver Yaphe, Oliveryaphe.com; chairs, Design Within Reach, as above; bowl (with gold interior), Snob, (416) 778-8778 or Snobstuff.com; silver bowl, Elte, (416) 785-7885 or Elte.com; sideboard, Modex Limited, (416) 653-3213 or Modexlimited.com; photograph, Sarah Hartill, Sarahhartill.com; flooring, The Sullivan Source, as above; wallpaper, Eskayel, Eskayel.com.
Entryway: Floor tile, Edgewater Studio, Edgewaterstudio.ca; wallpaper, Y&Co, as above; bench, Modex Limited, as above; bench cushion sewing, Blinds, Drapes & Bedding, (416) 604-1412 or Blindsdrapesbedding.ca; knobs by Tom Dixon, Klaus, as above.
Powder room: Wallpaper, Y&Co, as above; Soho L single-hole faucet, Ginger's; Fuori Box 40 sink, Downtown Lumber, Toronto, (416) 532-2813.
Sarah Richardson-Designed Condo
Design, Sarah Richardson, Allison Willson, Tara Finlay and Thomas Smythe, Sarah Richardson Design, Sarahrichardsondesign.com.
Living room: Flooring, Aspen Wood Floors, (905) 281-2900 or Aspenwoodfloors.com; steel case chairs, Decorum Decorative Finds, (416) 966-6829; chair fabric, Threadcount, (416) 916-9012 or Threadcountinc.com; sofa, Sarah Richardson Design, as above; sofa fabric, drape fabric, Designer Fabrics,
(416) 531-2810 or Designerfabrics.ca; horn table, painted wood stool, Snob, (416) 778-8778 or Snobstuff.com; rug, Elte, (416) 785-7885 or Elte.com; coffee table, Phil'z, (416) 461-9913; zebra fabric (on pillows), Lee Jofa Showroom (to the trade), (416) 968-0699 or Kravetcanada.com; teal velvet (on pillow), Schumacher, Fschumacher.com; floor lamp, Design Within Reach, (416) 977-4003 or Dwr.com; embroidered linen vector fabric, Lee Jofa Showroom (to the trade), as above; black and white stripe fabric (on pillows), Primavera (to the trade), (416) 921-3334 or Primavera.ca; metal drum table, Decorum Decorative Finds, (416) 966-6829; chairs, Queen West Antique Centre, (416) 588-2212; chair fabric, Schumacher, as above; white tray by Martha Sturdy, steel vases by Georg Jensen, blue vase, Hollace Cluny, (416) 968-7894 or Hollacecluny.ca; floor hide, Ikea, 1-866-866-IKEA or Ikea.ca; sideboard, Eurocraft Restoration, (416) 762-6919 or Eurocraftrestoration.com; white box, West Elm, Westelm.com; mirror, Guff, (416) 913-8025 or Guffonline.blogspot.ca; wall and ceiling colour, Cotton (SR15), nook colour, Launch (SR40), Para Paints, 1-800-461-7272 or Para.com.
Kitchen: Cabinets, Ikea, as above; appliances, Lowe's, 1-800-445-6937 or Lowes.ca; countertop, Latitude, (416) 638-8586 or Latitudeonline.ca; backsplash, Saltillo Imports, (416) 441-2224 or Saltillo-tiles.com; smoked mirror, Adanac Glass, (416) 785-6309 or Adanacglass.com; cabinet hardware, Summerhill Hardware, (416) 785-1225; faucet, Taps Bath Centre, 1-800-263-2976 or Tapsbath.com; white bowl by Martha Sturdy, Hollace Cluny, as above; milk-glass balls, Absolutely Inc., (416) 324-8351 or Absolutelyinc.com; mercury glasses, Eclectisaurus, (416) 934-9009 or Eclectisaurus.com; barstools, Sarah Richardson Design, as above; leather (on barstools), CC Leathers, (416) 462-1229 or Contractleathers.com; brass stars, Design Within Reach, as above; brass bowls, Elte, as above; pendants, Bocci, Bocci.ca.
Principal bedroom: Carpet, Allan Rug, (416) 787-1707 or Allanrug.com; drape fabric, brown and white silk, Designer Fabrics, as above; headboard fabric, Lee Jofa Showroom (to the trade), as above; lamps, Design Within Reach, as above; leopard fabric, Primavera (to the trade), as above; linen bedding, Restoration Hardware, 1-800-910-9836 or Restorationhardware.com; green lidded box, Absolutely Inc., as above; wall colour, Linen (SR28), Para Paints, as above; Pax wardrobe system, Ikea, as above; metal canisters, Eclectisaurus, (416) 934-9009 or Eclectisaurus.com; metal ball bookends, Elte, as above.
Foyer: Floor tile, Saltillo Imports, as above; umbrella stand, Jong Young Food & Flower Market, (416) 922-4421; stool, Hollace Cluny, as above; wall colour, Cotton (SR15), door colour, Snowfall (SR29), Para Paints, as above.
Powder room: Vanity, Ikea, as above; countertop, marble shower jambs, Latitude, (416) 638-8586 or Latitudeonline.ca; sink, Cercan Tile, (416) 413-9008 or Cercantile.com; faucet, shower fixtures, Taps Bath Centre, 1-800-263-2976 or Tapsbath.com; mirror, Green's Antiques, (416) 925-1556; wall and floor tile, Saltillo Imports, as above; hand towel, West Elm, as above; vanity hardware, Lee Valley Tools, 1-800-267-8767 or Leevalley.com; glass enclosure, Adanac Glass, as above; light fixture, Zig Zag, (416) 778-6495 or Modfurnishings.com; wall, ceiling colour, Every Girl's Dream (P5219-14), Para Paints, as above.
Principal bathroom: Floor and wall tile, Saltillo Imports, as above; travertine shower jambs, Latitude, as above; shower fixtures, bathtub, Taps Bath Centre, as above; glass enclosure, Adanac Glass, as above.