Decorating & Design

November 25, 2019

You’ll Want To Host Christmas Dinner In This Festive Home

Christmas is as much a state of mind as it is a date on the calendar. For Leigh Gravenor, a management consultant, that means piling in the car, “hell-bent on finding the tallest tree on the lot.” The mission is undertaken along with her husband, Patrick Dickinson, senior vice-president of marketing at Hudson’s Bay, their daughter, Emma, 17, and sons Harris, 15, and Miles, 13.

Their house is a 4,500-square-foot, century-old, five-bedroom, three-storey home that looks like an English country house but is actually nestled in a quiet downtown Toronto enclave. With the help of Toronto architect Ginger Sorbara and contractor Collaborative Ventures, the result is a simple, unadorned aesthetic, a hybrid of Japanese and Danish modern styles that Leigh loves. “The addition of natural elements like oiled oak floors, honed marble countertops and plaster walls — nothing shiny or glossy — creates a sense of calm and comfort,” she says.

Scroll down to tour this festive family home!

Author: Barbara Sgroi

Alex Lukey


House & Home November 2018


Architecture by Ginger Sorbara