Carlo Colacci, co-founder and president of Drake General Store, has been known to bring his work home with him — at least when it comes to The Drake Hotel’s signature style. “We like fun fabrics and colors, and interesting materials,” he says of the west end Toronto home that he shares with his family of five. That design philosophy plays out in one-of-a-kind furniture, quirky tile and an eye-catching palette of dusky pinks and bright blues, with plenty of natural texture for balance.
The home needed both personal touches and practical updates, so Carlo called on his Drake design conspirators: Aránzazu González Bernardo and Michael Fohring, the principals of Toronto design firm Odami. The duo came up with a plan that highlighted the home’s architectural details — think elaborate baseboard, door trims and crown molding — but still felt contemporary, playful and eclectic. The goal was to layer in design moments that reflect their love of Art Deco and cool vintage finds without compromising on kid-friendliness, such as arched doorways, eye-catching light fixtures and interesting furniture silhouettes.
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Author: Stacy Lee Kong
House & Home March 2021
Aránzazu González Bernardo & Michael Fohring, Odami