Mazen El-Abdallah of Toronto’s Mazen Studio redesigned his Victorian home to feel more like an open-concept loft. He hired a contractor to help knock down walls, freshen up the drywall, paint walls a soft neutral and completely redo the kitchen and bathroom. See how floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, drapes and leggy furniture can make a room appear more spacious.

See more photos of this home in our September 2010 issue.