Before & After

June 15, 2023

Before & After: A Dated Suburban Home Transforms Into An Inviting Family Hub

One look at the peaceful, leafy enclave just west of Toronto and it’s easy to see why Cat Halliday and her husband, Brian Carr, moved to Mineola West, an area in Mississauga, Ont. Cat, a marketing professional, describes the charming community as something out of a Hallmark movie: the neighbors are welcoming, their two kids can roam freely and, the first week they were there, Santa appeared on their street in a horse-drawn carriage.

The couple purchased the sprawling 4,500-square-foot home in 2020, after outgrowing their Toronto rowhouse. Emilia Wisniewski of Studio 1Nine1 was brought on to turn the dark and dated space into a calm oasis befitting the idyllic setting. Despite facing some supply chain issues, the makeover was finished just nine months later. Together, Cat and Emilia discussed overcoming the challenging layout, and how they proved that kids and white fabrics do mix.

We chatted with Cat and Emilia to learn more about this must-see transformation. Scroll down!

Author: Sydney Loney

Valerie Wilcox


Emilia Wisniewski