Tour the modern family home designer Nancy Riesco shares with her husband and two kids. Learn why they downsized from a large Tudor in an established neighbourhood to a narrow 2,300-square-foot home with views of the ocean. See the open-concept main floor with flowing sightlines and salon-style art wall, serene principal bedroom and colourful rooms for both her teenagers.
How do you decorate adjoining spaces? Designer Emily Griffin shares her tips for arranging furniture and choosing colours for open-concept rooms. See how she updated a young family's dated main floor with a new sofa, statement lighting, a graphic rug, textural grasscloth wallpaper and contemporary navy blue dining chairs.
Architect Thomas Moore and designer Cheri Dirksen lead us through a spacious oceanside summer home. See how the design has withstood the test of time with streamlined shapes, simplified traditional details, plenty of large windows and an indoor-outdoor feel.
Architecture, Thomas Moore Architect, (416) 698-8005, 1-866-312-3123 or visit Thomasmoorearchitect.com; design, Cheri Dirksen, Dirksen Design Company, Exeter, N.H. (603) 580-5080.
Breezeway: Teak table and chairs, Rock Wood Casual Furniture, visit Rockwoodteak.com for retailers across Canada.
Screened porch: Wicker furniture, Lloyd/Flanders, visit Lloydflanders.com for retailers; all-weather lamps, Frontgate, call 1-888-263-9850 or visit Frontgate.com; limited edition print, Tony Diodati, Art Gallery of Tony Diodati, New London, P.E.I. (902) 886-3009 or visit Tonydiodati.com.
Kitchen: Walls, Hawthorne Yellow (HC-4), from the Historical Colour Collection, cabinets and trim, White Heron (OC-57), from the Off-White Collection, island, Sherwood Green (HC-118), from the Historical Colour Collection, trim, Chili Pepper (2004-20), from the Colour Preview Collection, Benjamin Moore, call 1-800-361-5898 or visit Benjaminmoore.ca for retailers across Canada.
Guest bathroom: Walls, Palladian Blue (HC-144), from the Historical Colour Collection, Benjamin Moore, as above; painting, by Daniel Gautier, Pilar Shephard Art Gallery, Charlottetown, P.E.I. (902) 892-1953 or visit Pilarshephard.com; mirror, Restoration Hardware, Vancouver (604) 731-3918, Toronto (416) 322-9422, (416) 223-2055, 1-888-243-9720 or visit Restorationhardware.com for locations across Canada.