Decorating & Design

October 25, 2021

A Georgian-Style Home Gets A Modern Lift From Designer Katherine Newman

When your designer tells you she’d like to add wood panelling to the walls of your new home, it might give pause for thought. It might even start images of 1970s basements dancing in your head. But when you’re the client of Toronto-based Katherine Newman Design, you just smile and nod. Because, despite owning a firm that has myriad projects throughout North America, Katherine and her partner, architect Peter Cebulak, retain no junior designers, which means that every detail — right down to door hinges and those wall panels — is handled by them personally.

For Jennifer and Stuart Graham, the owners of a 1920s-era Georgian-style home on a leafy street in Toronto’s Rosedale neighbourhood, that attention to detail was exactly what was required. “When we met with Katherine, we knew that she and Peter could manage everything, from the architectural drawings down to the throw pillows,” says Jennifer. “We wanted a designer who could translate our vague ideas into a concrete concept.”

Though the look is always subdued and restrained, there are dramatic moments throughout, thanks to the consistent interplay of light and dark, as well as rich texture and pieces that serve as both furniture and art. Scroll down to see this incredible 6,000 square foot family home!

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