Photo Gallery: A Stylist’s Home Renovation
See the impressive before and after shots!
This space was busy and dark.
Claire spent $275,000 on her home's renovation. The original rooms were small and drab.
Two tall windows look onto the backyard and flood this space with light.
Sleek modern chairs and a sparkling chandelier balance the vintage-industrial vibe of the custom dining table. Cosy sheepskin throws and mix-and-match pillows warm up the bench seating.
Vintage and modern furniture and accessories bring colour and texture to this space.
Stylist Claire Stubbs entertains dinner guests frequently, so she had Toronto firm Anthony Concrete Design make the clever fireplace hearth, which runs long enough to become seating for her 12-person dining table. White walls, recessed baseboards and an absence of trim and mouldings create a gallery-like setting for her collection of paintings by local artists.
See more Contemporary & Modern Living Rooms in our photo gallery.
This kitchen was well past its prime.
Before this home's overhaul, the rooms were small and dark. It had been 25 years since the house's last major renovation, a fact that daunted Claire when she toured it for the first time.
Weathered wood meets sleek modern lines.
Homeowner, chef and food stylist Claire Stubbs wanted this kitchen to be the focal point of her new home. Though most of her budget went to structural elements, she saved up for the finishes and appliances she’d always wanted, like two-inch-thick Calacatta d’Oro marble countertops and a Wolf range. Lower cabinets with reclaimed wood fronts conceal fridge and freezer drawers, as well as a dishwasher.
The renovations would allow for a brighter space.
For months, homeowner Claire carried her cat, Sophie, up and down the new floating stairs because she was too afraid to climb them on her own.
Floating stairs keep sightlines clear and allow light to flow through.
Sliding pocket doors function like movable walls, opening up a space or providing privacy when required. Proving the maxim that renos take forever, Claire is still waiting for the staircase railing to be installed.
Claire Stubbs had another vision for her principal bathroom.
It took months to finalize the layout of the bathroom, which now occupies nearly a third of the second floor.
Clean lines and minimal decor create an airy, uncluttered space.
Food stylist Claire Stubbs wanted a modern look in her Victorian home. Her bathroom’s dramatic yet peaceful style is spacious and welcoming. The glass and tile shower runs the full width of the room and is fully exposed (only the window is frosted for privacy). The dark wall grounds the space, making it feel cosier while the fur rug adds a touch of luxury.
Global accents and artwork add character to a simple space.
Claire's principal bedroom is secluded on the third floor, which was opened up to the stairwell for a loft look. Textured linens and a chartreuse throw layer in warmth.
A shaggy rug adds a youthful touch and grounds the room.
Claire Stubbs maximized her desk’s surface by taking inspiration from the wall-to-wall shelves floating above it. Without legs, the desk has a streamlined design that allows for storage underneath. A clean white palette highlights quirky pops of colour that enliven the contemporary space.
See more of Stubb’s home renovation in our photo gallery.