How do you create a luxe traditional look in a dated condo penthouse? Toronto interior designer Philip Mitchell accomplished just that. Tour his updated 1970s apartment, where he added a grand barrel ceiling in the hallway, classic panel moulding, a faux fireplace and marble finishes to replicate old New York City buildings. House & Home designers Trish Johnston and Amanda Smith take us behind the scenes of a seasonal photo shoot where they create festive DIY indoor arrangements using urns, greenery, vine wreaths, pillar candles, moss and burlap. Make your own to add an outdoor touch to an entryway, staircase landing or living room. Finally, Toronto architect Christopher Tweel explains how he renovated a 1955 mid-century modern home into a spacious family retreat. Learn how he updated many features without compromising the original style of the home. Take in his ideas for modern design, from the floating staircase and 27-foot-wide windows in the living room, to a contemporary art wall and black slate floors throughout.
Interior design, Philip Mitchell Design, Toronto (416) 364-0414 or visit Philipmitchelldesign.com; general contracting and building, Goldcon, Toronto (416) 484-0071 or visit Goldcon.ca. Living room: Photograph (over fireplace) by Paul Weeks, four stacked photos (on left) by Timothy McGhie, through Philip Mitchell Design, Toronto (416) 364-0414 or visit Philipmitchelldesign.com; abstract painting by Alexander Jakhnagiev, Galleria Della Tartaruga, visit Galleriadellatartaruga.com; antique caned chairs, Patina Antiques, Toronto (416) 862-8880; chair fabric, toss cushion fabric, drapery fabric, Primavera Interior Furnishings (to the trade), Toronto (416) 921-3334 or visit Primavera.ca for showrooms across Canada; side table, Hollace Cluny, Toronto (416) 968-7894 or visit Hollacecluny.ca; photograph over sofa, Edward Burtynsky, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto (416) 205-9000 or visit Metiviergallery.com; chest (used as end table), lamp, Patina Antiques, Toronto (416) 862-8880; lampshade, RomEla Antique Lighting, Toronto (416) 544-1938 or visit Romelaantiquelighting.com. Dining room: Dining table, chairs, pedestal, Patina Antiques, Toronto (416) 862-8880; antique light fixture, RomEla Antique Lighting, as above; sculpture, L'Atelier, Toronto (416) 966- 0200. Hallway: General contracting and building, Goldcon, as above; hanging light, RomEla Antique Lighting, as above; bronze picture lights, Sescolite, Toronto (416) 651-6570 or visit Sescolite.com; Edward Burtynsky photographs, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, as above; Ned Pratt photographs, Christina Parker Gallery, St. John's (709) 753-0580 or visit Christinaparkergallery.com; Laurin Jeffrey photographs, Gallery 44, Toronto (416) 979-3941 or visit Gallery44.com; Mark Narsansky photographs, through Philip Mitchell Design, as above. Den: Coffee table bench, 1st Dibs, visit 1stdibs.com; carpet, Elte, Toronto (416) 785-7885, 1-888-276-3583 or visit Elte.com; side table, Studio b, Toronto (416) 363-2996 or visit Studiobhome.com; urn, Patina Antiques, Toronto (416) 862-8880. Bedroom: Headboard, Philip Mitchell Design Furniture, as above; commode, Five O Seven Antiques, Toronto (416) 462-0046 or visit 507antiques.com; lamp, Decorum Decorative Finds, Toronto (416) 966-6829; lampshade, Bulb Dressing, Toronto (416) 604-8085; coverlet, Elte, as above; mixed-media artwork over bed, PI Fine Art, Toronto (416) 789-7156; red oil painting (on left) by Danièle Lemieux, Gallery Gevik, Toronto (416) 968-0901. Kitchen: Cabinetry, Bellini Custom Cabinetry, Toronto (416) 787-4799 or visit Bellini.ca; hardware, Summerhill Hardware, Toronto (416) 785-1225, 1-888-444-3292; faucet, Taps Bath Centre, Toronto (416) 785-0224, Mississauga, Ont. (905) 569-1262, 1-800-263-2976 or visit Tapsbath.com; dishes, William Ashley China, Mississauga, Ont. (905) 566-8500, Toronto (416) 964-2900, 1-800-268-1122 or visit Williamashley.com. Bathroom: Vanity, Wollombi Shopfitters, Stevensville, Ont. (905) 651-6666 or visit Wollombishopfitters.com; plumbing fixtures on sink, Amati Bath Centre, Thornhill, Ont. (905) 709-0881 or visit Amaticanada.com; House & Home containers holding orchids, The Bay, visit Thebay.com for locations across Canada; sterling shells, Christofle, Toronto (416) 925-5534, Montreal (514) 987-1242, 1-800-321-1242 or visit Christofle.com.