Photo Gallery: Best Homes Of 2011
See our top picks for 2011!
Colette van den Thillart's use of fabrics and accessories make a bold statement.
Homeowner and designer Colette van den Thillart’s London home is a reflection of her signature style: edgy, witty and utterly fearless. In her living room, the walls are striated with charcoal grey and lacquered a dramatic peacock blue to create a glamorous look. Rich green accents enhance the saturated look, while touches of warm white and brushed gold add a fresh and luxe touch to the space.
See more of Colette van den Thillart’s London Home in our photo gallery.
A spare aesthetic keeps all eyes on the artwork.
Fashion industry veteran Paul Sinclaire wanted a clean and modern look when it came to the makeover of his current home. The house, which he shares with Eric Berthold, an executive at Joseph Mimran & Associates, needed a complete reno, and John Tong of 3rd Uncle Design took up the challenge. The serene result showcases their studied mix of furniture, art and collectibles.
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Traditional symmetry, panelling and silk drapery complement modern touches throughout this house.
Quiet artwork and a blue Fortuny light transform a principal bath into an elegant retreat. A deep ledge circling the panelled tub keeps essentials at hand. Towels and toiletries are tucked away in symmetrical floor-to-ceiling storage cabinets. Panelling and glass-front built-ins create a clean, custom look that exudes luxury.
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Designer Anne Hepfer found ways to add colour throughout the 6,000-square-foot house.
Floor-to-ceiling watery blue drapes hung on a brass rod add opulence to comfortable pieces, such as a caramel leather ottoman. The TV is hung over a limestone fireplace flanked by bookshelves. A miniature striped chair was designed for the homeowners’ four-year-old daughter.
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A glass terrace wraps around this cottage, offering views of West Vancouver's Bachelor Bay.
When architect David Zacharko conceived his initial concept for this waterfront holiday home with his partner David Yustin, he drew on his travels to California, Hawaii and Southeast Asia. “In those places, walls don’t exist between the outside and inside,” he explains. They don’t seem to exist in this home, either — a breathtaking structure that seems to float on water or air, depending on where you stand.
Painted floors and ceilings create a charming, relaxed look.
Cottage owners Juli Daoust and John Baker of Mjölk found the sconces mounted on either side of the fireplace in the cottage’s boathouse. Originally faux brass with white candles, they sprayed them matte black and added new bulbs. They left the stonework untouched to provide contrast in the mainly white space. The enamel bucket and teak tripod side table came with the cottage.
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In this room, glass-fronted cabinets, open shelves and butcher-block counters offer a laid-back feel.
Using store-bought cabinets, an apron-front sink and classic finishes, design editor Cameron MacNeil created a relaxed space. The glass-fronted cabinets, open shelves and butcher-block counters are key to the room’s casual feel.
See more beautiful cottage kitchens in our photo gallery.
Views of the St. Lawrence River and the Laurentians act as natural artwork in Port-au-Persil, Quebec.
This remote house situated near the St. Lawrence River needs no window coverings; in the dining room, the view acts as a large scale living mural. Owners Richard Ouellette and Maxime Vandal chose trellis-back chairs to elevate a humble barn-board table. An oversized raw-wood chandelier strikes a rustic note in an otherwise formal setting.
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Restrained nods to '70s aesthetic are seen everywhere from the gilded ceiling fixtures to the David Hicks hexagon-patterned headboard in the principal bedroom.
Homeowner Sasha Seymour’s kitchen is a true showpiece with a fireplace oven and double fridges. Light pours in from an oversized skylight, illuminating the brass hardware. As Sasha prepares dinner, her dog Cleo happily pads around on herringbone wood floors that look as though they belong in a pre-war New York apartment or Parisian pied-à-terre.
Chevron wood floors, rough plaster walls and beams, and stone tiles laid in a brick pattern are all key elements to the design.
In the 2011 Princess Margaret Showhome, Montauk’s Geoffrey sofa was custom-slipcovered in ivory linen. It serves as a light backdrop for custom throw pillows in solid linen edged in a contrasting blanket stitch and a Navajo-inspired Ralph Lauren woven cloth. The Serengeti armchair from Elte and two Safari Camp chairs are a natural mix with the handcrafted cherry coffee table and tree-stump side tables.
An early-19th-century portrait by the French artist Pigalle overlooks this table.
Interior designer Scott Yetman believes that every room should have black in it, and there isn’t a room without it in the Knowlton, Quebec holiday home he shares with his partner Jean Michel Lavoie. In the dining room, a contemporary light fixture combines with a Regency-style table and retro white chairs upholstered with black leather and blue gingham fabric. A mix of modern and traditional keeps the look current.
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Cedar-beamed ceilings enhance the rustic style.
Toronto designer Barbara Purdy helped her brother Jim Hill and his wife Susan design the stone farmhouse of their dreams. They put a spin on classic country with contemporary artwork, graphic two-tone fabrics and eclectic furnishings. In the guest bedroom, twin iron beds and a wood chandelier boost the cosiness.
See more rooms by Barbara Purdy in our gallery.