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!
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.