Spacious Victorian Reno

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Runtime: 5:38
Release Date: July 18, 2011
Featuring: Claire Stubbs

Discover the recipe for a bold, open-concept home. Chef and food stylist Claire Stubbs opened up her cramped Toronto semi to make it more modern and airy — resizing or relocating nearly every wall, door, window and staircase in the process. See how she transformed the main floor with a walnut and marble dream kitchen, dining area for 12, modern fireplace wall, and a living room with a hidden TV. Plus, learn how stacked staircases and widened doorways with sliding doors made the second and third floors bright and expansive.

See more photos of this home in our February 2011 issue.

  • Sources

    Coordinating architect, Will Hudson, Post Architects, Toronto (416) 694-2566 or visit; contracting, Rob Evans, Buildsmiths, Toronto (416) 873-0182; custom furniture, Commute Home, Toronto (416) 861-0521 or visit; Out to Brunch: At Mildred Pierce Restaurant by Donna Dooher and Claire Stubbs (Sterling, 2003), visit Page 72: Artwork, Scott Griffin, email, or visit Page 73: Gas range, Wolf, visit; table, stools, Queen West Antique Centre, Toronto (416) 588-2212; rug, West Elm, visit; pot, tea towel, Mjölk, Toronto (416) 551-9853 or visit; coffeemaker, Green Beanery, Toronto (416) 588- 7700 or visit; artwork, Julie Davidson Smith, Kingston, Ont. (613) 531-8901 or visit Page 74: Shag pouf, Elte, Toronto (416) 785-7885, 1-888-276-3583 or visit; Martha Sturdy wire sphere, orange bowl, Hollace Cluny, Toronto (416) 968-7894, 1-888-968-7660 or visit; side chair, INabstracto, Toronto (416) 533-6362 or visit; coffee table, Commute Home, as above; Paola Lenti rug, Quasi Modo Modern Furniture, Toronto (416) 703-8300 or visit; artworks, Scott Griffin, as above. Page 76: Dining table, pantry cupboard, Commute Home, as above; chairs, Elte, as above; vase, Smash, Toronto (416) 762-3113 or visit Page 77: Bedroom: Throw, Hollace Cluny, as above; slippers, Mjölk, as above; artwork, Scott Griffin, as above. Stairs: Soap pump, wastebasket, Ginger's, Toronto (416) 787-1787, Bathroom: Tub, showerhead, faucets, Ginger's, as above; fur throw rug, Absolutely Inc., Toronto (416) 324-8351 or visit 

  • Credits

    Lynda Reeves

    Sheri Graham Delagran

    Jason Stickley

    Ryan Louis

    Reiko Caron

    Andrew Noddin

    Michael Kadis

    Jessica Piekarski

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