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October 21, 2022

A Fashion Stylist’s Rowhouse Is Packed With Eclectic Elements

Erica Wark, a TV fashion personality and wardrobe stylist, knows how to work it — or wark it, if you will. The fashion chameleon has herself dressed the gamut: she’s rocked puff sleeves in homage to the hit show Bridgerton, done full-blown brights down to her toes just because, and donned a midriff-baring blouse with a biker jacket while pregnant with her daughter, Audrey, who was born this past June.

Erica wanted to bring her sense of style to her new rowhouse. She and husband Corey Laurysen, a third-generation owner of Laurysen Kitchens in Ottawa — and Erica’s high school sweetheart — had purchased the 2,000-square-foot, four-bedroom house located in Toronto’s Fashion District. “One of the reasons why we fell in love with this house was its potential for character,” says Erica. “It was built in the 1880s. She’s old but sturdy, and we loved that.” The previous owner had done a partial reno. The basement had been underpinned, the electrical brought to code and the third floor opened up into an airy principal suite. “But the interior needed zhuzhing,” says designer Lindsay Mens, a partner at TOM Design Studio. She worked on the six-month project alongside her TOM colleague Tommy Smythe. Tommy and Erica are longtime pals who met doing media appearances. “Erica understands style, color, form, shape and all the things that inform the work I do, so we had a terrific rapport,” says Tommy.

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