Sears Home designer — and former H&H merchandiser — Emily Walker renovated a tiny, rundown Toronto home into a dream dwelling. She and her partner, Mark Holden, made significant changes to the layout and structure on a tight budget. See how they opened up a main floor dining room, transformed a cosy den and brightened up the entire house with dramatic fabrics and paint, graphic wallpaper and vintage furniture and accessories.
See more of this home in our Makeovers 2008 special issue, or view more photos in the online photo gallery.
Construction, shutters, Synergy Construction & Design, Port Perry, Ont. (905) 260-0959 or visit Constructionbysynergy.com; painting throughout, ipaint, Port Perry, Ont. (905) 985-4304.
Living room: Fabric (in frame), Donghia Suzani jacquard (10128) in Pink Passion (01), Télio (to the trade), Toronto (416) 968-2020, Montreal (514) 842-9116 or visit Telio.com; framing, DeSerres (formerly Loomis Art Stores), call 1-800-363-0318 or Deserres.ca; Lee Jofa chair fabric, GP & J Baker, visit Gpjbaker.com; chair upholstery, Mieda Design, Toronto (416) 360-8321 or visit Miedadesign.com; fuchsia pillow, Lucca Fine Linens, Toronto (416) 485-4999, 1-877-240-7793 or visit Luccahome.com; rug, light mauve velvet pillow, Elte, Toronto (416) 785-7885, 1-888-276-3583 or visit Elte.com; House & Home Grey Gardens light purple pillow, Marni blue pillow and throw, The Bay, visit Hbc.com for locations across Canada; House & Home stool, Home Outfitters, visit Hbc.com for locations across Canada; table lamp, Eye Spy, Toronto (416) 461-4061 or visit Eyespygifts.com; vases, Quasi Modo Modern Furniture, Toronto (416) 703-8300 or visit Quasimodomodern.com; floor lamp, Industrial Storm, Toronto (416) 955-9888 or visit Industrialstorm.com; sofa, table, Bliss Interior Design, Port Perry, Ont. (905) 982-0115; wall and trim colour throughout, Cloud White (CC-40) from the Designer Classics collection, shutter colour, Chelsea Gray (HC-168) from the Historical Colours collection, Benjamin Moore, call 1-800- 361-5898 or visit Benjaminmoore.ca for retailers across Canada.
Dining room: Wall colour, Nightfall (CC-38) from the Designer Classics collection, chair colour, Kendall Charcoal (2112-60) from the Colour Preview collection, Benjamin Moore, as above; chair spraying, Benjamen Furniture Refinishing, North York, Ont. (416) 745-2559; chair cushions, Mieda Designs, as above; chair cushion fabric, Lee Jofa Plain Jane in Mustard, drapery fabric, Lee Jofa Bartizan (LB50016 816), GP & J Baker, as above; drapery sewing, We Do Draperies, Toronto (416) 630-6900; table, La Merceria, Toronto (416) 848-0057 or visit Lamerceria.ca; vase, Bungalow, Toronto (416) 598-0204.
Kitchen: Concrete countertops, Sticks & Stones Landscape Construction, Port Perry, Ont. (905) 260-1796; wall colour, Thunder (AF-685), Benjamin Moore, as above; black china, (middle shelf), Waterford Wedgwood, call 1-800-668-7585 or visit Waterfordwedgwood.com; vase (right of sink), black bird, Quasi Modo Modern Furniture, as above; House & House colanders, minis (on first shelf) and canisters (on top shelf), The Bay, as above; tea towel, Ikea, call 1-866-866- IKEA or visit Ikea.com; I’m so sorry artwork, Canvas Gallery, Toronto (416) 532-5275; television, Festoon, Toronto (416) 461-4495; Madeline Wienrib rug, ABC Carpet & Home, New York (212) 473-3000 or visit Abchome.com.
Bedroom: Bedding, Sears Home; side tables, drapery, Ikea, as above; ribbon, MasterStroke, Toronto (416) 751-4193; lampshades, Eye Spy, as above; bowl (on side table), Waterford Wedgwood, as above; Madeline Weinrib carpet, ABC Carpet & Home, as above; wall colour, Iron Mountain (2134-30) from the Colour Preview collection, Benjamin Moore, as above; toss pillow, The Cross Decor & Design, Vancouver (604) 689-2900 or visit Thecrossdesign.com.
Bathroom: Neisha Crosland Dotted Ovals wallpaper (WV3POT, 01), Télio (to the trade), as above; wallpapering, Thistle Paint & Wallpaper, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; House & Home Pristine soap pump, The Bay, as above; all toiletries, Teatro Verde, Toronto (416) 966-2227, (416) 733- 4447, 1-888-4-TEATRO or visit Teatroverde.com; artwork, Telegramme Prints, Toronto (416) 463-8998; sconce, Alico, call (905) 305-6606 or visit Alicoindustries.com; mirror, Ikea, as above; mirror colour, Clould White (CC-40) from the Designer Classics collection, Benjamin Moore, as above; vase, Bungalow, as above.
Den: Console, Belle Epoque, Toronto (416) 925-0066 or visit Belleepoque.ca; yellow vase, Teatro Verde, as above; leather chair, Bliss Interior Design, as above; mirror, AT Design Group, Toronto (416) 323- 0323 or visit Atdesignhome.com; Madeline Weinrib rug, ABC Carpet & Home, as above; desk spraying, Benjamen Furniture Refinishing, as above; bowls, Mimi Be, e-mail email@example.com; Grisaille Broad Stripe wallpaper (ST 1705), Farrow & Ball, call 1-877-363-1040 or visit Farrow-ball.com for retailers across Canada; wallpapering, Thistle Paint and Wallpaper, as above; sofa, Bliss Interior Design, as above; magenta pillows, The Cross Decor & Design, as above; art, desk chair, Hollace Cluny, Toronto (416) 968-7894 or visit Hollacecluny.ca; light, Ikea, as above; velvet pillow, Elte, as above; burgundy pillow, Designer Fabrics, Toronto (416) 531-2810.