Discover affordable decorating tips from H&H style editor Michael Penney. He and his wife, Sara, gave up their downtown Toronto apartment for a house of their own in Oshawa, Ont. They wanted to give the 90-year-old, classically detailed home a young, fresh, Maine-style feel. After three months of renovations and redecorating, 21 gallons of paint, and scrolling through hundreds of Craigslist antiques, their home finally has a polished yet unstuffy look. See how they updated their fireplace, built-in bookshelves, sofa and armchairs, and how combining patterns for chairs, drapery and rugs lends a casual feel to the traditional elements of the living and dining room.
See more photos of this home in our June 2011 issue.
Chair fabric, upholstery, InVu Drapery, call 1-866-572- 2472 or visit Invudraperyco.com; sofa slipcover fabric, Designer Fabrics, Toronto (416) 531-2810 or visit Designerfabrics.ca; sofa slipcover sewing, Pat Walker (by appointment), Toronto (416) 766-6272 or email email@example.com; Lee Jofa drape fabric, pillow fabric, Kravet Canada (to the trade), call 1-800-535-3258 or visit Kravetcanada.com; wall colour, Pavilion Blue (252), Farrow & Ball, call 1-877-363-1040 or visit Farrow-ball.com; ceiling colour, Martha Stewart Living Glass of Milk (MSL029), The Home Depot, call 1-800-628-0525 or visit Homedepot.ca for locations across Canada; coffee table, picture frames, Ikea, Vancouver (604) 273-2051, Coquitlam, B.C. (604) 636-1000, Calgary (403) 273-4338, Edmonton (780) 433-6000, Burlington, Ont. (905) 681-IKEA, Toronto (416) 222-IKEA, (416) 646-IKEA, Vaughan, Ont. (905) 695-5075, Ottawa (613) 829-4530, Montreal (514) 738-2167, Boucherville, Que. (450) 449-6755, 1-866-866-IKEA or visit Ikea.ca; wood boxes, Cynthia Findlay Antiques, Toronto (416) 260-9057 or visit Cynthiafindlay.com; kraft-paper lampshade, Aristocrat Lamps and Lighting, Toronto (416) 535-7805 or visit Aristocrat.ca.
Blue Willow platter, Cynthia Findlay Antiques, as above; hutch, chairs, dining table, sideboard, Craigslist, visit Craigslist.org; vases (on table), HomeSense, visit Homesense.ca for locations across Canada; Drape rod, wall colour, Martha Stewart Living Glass of Milk (MSL029), The Home Depot, as above; drape fabric, Designer Fabrics, as above; chair seat fabric, Hollyhock in Green, Lee Jofa Showroom (to the trade), as above; slipcovered chair, Ikea, as above; rug, Dash & Albert, call 1-800-658-5035 or visit Dashandalbert.com for retailers across Canada; kraft-paper chandelier shades, Aristocrat Lamps and Lighting, as above; napkins, Ten Thousand Villages, call 1-877-289-3247 or visit Tenthousandvillages.ca for locations across Canada.