City Homes

July 3, 2024

Kate Zeidler Decorates A Contemporary House Filled With A Canadian Art Collection

For 20 years, Lesley Stowe and Geoffrey Scott were completely spoiled by their West Coast views. The Parisian-trained chef, cookbook author and creator of Raincoast Crisps, and stockbroker, respectively, lived in a verdant Vancouver neighborhood where mornings were met with tough choices. Should they enjoy coffee outdoors facing the mountains or facing the park instead? Their view, however, was destined to change. In 2022, the couple decided to move to Toronto to be closer to their children and friends.

They found a lot adjacent to Rosedale’s leafy Ramsden Park that had stellar city views. “Coming from the mountains and forests of B.C., it was important to find the right location,” says Lesley. The house had already been levelled and a new foundation poured before the previous owners switched gears to sell. Wanting to forge their own path, Lesley and Geoffrey scrapped the original plans and hired Stuart Watson and Nadeen Rajani of the firm Drawing Room Architect to design a 4,000-square-foot, minimalist brick house, with Teddington Homes tackling the build. The project was finished in less than three years.

And for the interiors, designer Kate Zeidler (right) was the obvious choice — Lesley and Kate have been friends for decades. “I know her work and I totally trust her,” says Lesley. The vibe is tidy and transitional, a style favored by the couple who wanted a neutral envelope to display their largely Canadian art collection.

Author: Iris Benaroia

Stacey Brandford


House & Home


Drawing Room Architect (architectural design)/Kate Zeidler (design)