Decorating & Design

September 24, 2020

Tour A Grand Edwardian Home Reimagined For A New Era

In the tradition of grand Edwardian homes, this Toronto abode had a conservatory or sunroom, a glassed-in area where one could grow plants all year long. It’s a beautiful idea but, in reality, it was a drafty, dreary, wood-panelled space tacked on to an 11-inch-thick exterior wall that blocked the kitchen’s view of the backyard and hemmed it in.

The homeowners had purchased the house from a 90-year-old antiques collector and hoped designer Dianne Berman of Delo Interiors (she had worked with them on a previous reno) could reimagine this house for a new era. Their lives revolve around entertaining and watching their children frolic in the pool — not misting African violets.

Changing the layout with easy-care materials and injecting hip color has made the kitchen a welcoming space, with a bright and airy new dining room overlooking the garden. “It’s no secret the kitchen is the heart of the home, and to separate it and the dining room doesn’t feel natural for the way we live our lives,” says Dianne. In the case of this home, she made it sing a completely different tune.

Scroll down to discover Dianne’s tips for updating a historical home.

Author: Wendy Jacob

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Dianne Berman, Delo Interiors