Decorating & Design

August 13, 2021

How To Bring Color & Character To An All-White Interior

Mapping out an entirely new home on a tiny cocktail napkin? That’s what happens when a designer is inspired by a client’s openness to change. Cynthia Ferguson had worked on other projects with the homeowner, Sarah White, and Sarah’s 17-year-old son and 24-year-old daughter, even helping them find the lot in Toronto’s Lawrence Park where their new 5,500-square-foot Georgian home would be built. So Cynthia was well aware that the family was craving something different.

Their former home had been traditional, with a formal dining room and living room they hardly used. Sarah wanted their new place to be more relaxed, so Cynthia sketched out an alternative vision (the project’s architect even kept said cocktail napkin for posterity). “Sarah wanted something closer to West Coast living, with a huge room at the back of the house, so everyone could be together,” says Cynthia. “There’s a beautiful backyard and so many windows; it has a real indoor-outdoor feel.”

To maintain the casual Cali vibe, Sarah asked for white walls, but that didn’t mean giving up on color — Cynthia’s strong suit — or special touches that reflect Sarah’s personality. “I was finally able to let go of things that were dated and not the style of this house,” says Sarah, which meant all-new custom furniture and design risks that paid off, big time.

Here’s how Cynthia created this cool yet livable look. Scroll down!

Author: Wendy Jacob

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House & Home May 2021


Cynthia Ferguson; Architecture by Spragge + Company Architects; Landscape design by Joel Loblaw