This Edwardian Home Masters Modern Japanese & Scandi Style
Multitalented designer and gallery owner Alison Milne opens the doors to her 1910 Edwardian-style detached home in Toronto’s West End as part of the Interior Design Show’s new programming. The home was taken back to the studs and completely reinvented with a Japanese and Scandinavian-inspired aesthetic. The one-year renovation focused on retaining existing architectural elements and charm while introducing rare international brands.
IDS’s Interior Tours, taking place on January 19, are a unique opportunity to explore intriguing spaces with insight delivered directly from designers. Purchase tickets to tour Alison’s house, as well some of Toronto’s most stylish spaces, here. Tickets are $25 and the spots are limited. Here’s a sneak peek of what you can expect in Alison’s home.
Alison is known for her sensitive rehab of older, heritage interiors that are in need of updating. She’s converted farmhouses and churches, but this detached brick house dating from 1910 hit closer to home. “We got the keys and the rotten trees are the first to go!” says Alison.
The revamped exterior still fits in nicely with its neighbors, but details like the shingled peaked pediments, new columns and stair rails add major charm.
In the kitchen, Alison used almost 16’ of matching/continuous grain drawer fronts for a smooth, seamless effect that plays up the beauty of woodgrain. With no mullions to break up the view, a contemporary window almost resembles an art work.
Artisanal tiles give subtle texture to this bathroom. The design of the floating vanity has an airy look, but provides plenty of storage for toiletries and towels. A custom shower curtain is a softer alternative to a glass enclosure.
A bathtub from Spanish firm Inbani has a subtle roll top edge, inspired by antique metal designs. The coppery ceiling light warms up the cool white tiles.
In the nursery of Alison’s infant daughter, a hummingbird mobile crafted by Little M Inventions is suspended over the crib. The Douglas Fir hardwood floor from Moncer is sustainably harvested from Germany’s Black Forest. “We were lucky and didn’t have too many surprises once we gutted the place and were able to use our contingency budget for upgrades like a seamless floor. The planks are 14″ wide and 21′ long,” says Alison.