Designer Olivia Botrie of Barbara Purdy Design walks us through the renovation of her parents' home after they downsized. See how her design blends rustic warmth and a clean, contemporary feel. Modern fireplaces add cosiness, while a herringbone floor and stone wall in the mudroom is contrasted by a sleek white kitchen with concealed appliances.
Find out Sally Armstrong's ideas for creating a space that kids love to spend time in. See how the House & Home senior design editor gave her Toronto basement a new lease on life by raising the ceiling and adding a glass wall that opens onto an alfresco dining area. She took a playful approach to durable materials, painted the bathroom in chalkboard paint, and spiced up the white walls with bright ikat patterns and a mural.
This easy DIY is an instant way to create seating with charm. Style expert Reiko Caron takes a basic wood stool and gives it earthy, farmhouse character with inexpensive hardware store materials. See how she transforms a dull design with a Gustavian-style whitewash pickling paint, burlap and common roofing nails.
Design, Olivia Botrie, Barbara Purdy Design, (416) 784-3400 or visit Barbara Purdy Design.
Living room: Fireplace, Marsh’s Stoves & Fireplaces, (416) 762-4582 or visit Marsh's Stoves & Fireplaces; rug, Weavers Art, (416) 929-7929 or visit Weaver's Art; windows, Ridley Windows & Doors, 1-800-538-4370 or visit Ridley Windows; drape fabric, Lee Jofa, 1-800-535-3258 or visit Lee Jofa; drape sewing, Your Sweet Home, (416) 489-2301 or visit Your Sweet Home; pink pillow, candelabra (on windowsill), Elte, (416) 785-7885 or visit Elte; bird-patterned pillow fabric by DwellStudio, white pillow fabric, Robert Allen (to the trade), 1-800-363-3020 or visit Robert Allen; flooring (throughout), Trends & Trades, (647) 881-0311 or visit Trends & Trades.
Dining room: Chandelier, Patina Antiques, (416) 862-8880; salvaged metal gate piece, The Door Store, (416) 863-1590 or visit The Door Store; chairs, Palette Furniture, (905) 856-0610 or visit Palette Furniture; rug, Weavers Art, as above; architectural prints, D&E Lake, or visit D&E Lake.
Kitchen: Rug, West Elm, or visit West Elm; desk chair, Elte, as above; range, Bertazzoni, or visit Bertazzoni; Backsplash tile, Stone Tile International, 1-866-669-1103 or visit Stone Tile; Viatera quartz by LG countertop, York Fabrica, (416) 235-0161 or visit York Marble; sink, faucet, Roman Bath Centre, (416) 787-1219 or visit Roman Bath Centre.
Mudroom: Floor tile, Saltillo Imports, (416) 441-2224 or visit Saltillo Imports.
Principal bedroom: Bed, Crate & Barrel, 1-888-657-4108 or visit Crate & Barrel; bedding, West Elm, as above, and Lucca, (416) 485-4999; chandelier, Circa Lighting, 1-877-762-2323 or visit Circa Lighting; drape fabric, Threadcount, (416) 916-9012 or visit Thread Count Inc.; drape sewing, Your Sweet Home, as above; nightstand, lamp, RH Restoration Hardware, 1-800-910-9836 or visit Restoration Hardware; bench, throw pillows (on bed), Burnett, (647) 347-9344 or visit Burnett Style; wall colour, Templeton Gray (HC-161), Benjamin Moore, 1-800-361-5898 or visit Benjamin Moore; chaise, Elte, as above.
Principal bathroom: Wall tile, Stone Tile International, as above; Viatera quartz by LG countertop, York Fabrica, as above; fixtures, faucets, Roman Bath Centre, as above; shower curtain fabric, Robert Allen (to the trade), as above; shower curtain sewing, Your Sweet Home, as above.
Sheri Graham Delagran