An architectural element, like a fireplace, is naturally a prominent feature. Define it further by flanking it with built-in bookcases. Dress up the mantel by topping it with a stunning piece of art or a collection of items. Here in Toronto designer Jeffrey Douglas’s home, the lower box-style shelves are made from CaesarStone, making them both sleek and practical as they won’t scuff — perfect for storing firewood. On the shelves, he left room to breathe around the personal collections. The geisha photograph is by Laurent Guérin.
Striped throw (on chair), wooden vessels (on coffee table), Kantelberg & Co.
; vase (on coffee table), Elte
; photography by Laurent Gue?rin (above fireplace), Lacerte art contemporain
; sofa design, Douglas Design Studio
; sofa manufacturing, CCI Custom Furnishings; All Grain leather (on sofa), Edelman Leather
; Pollack Vilano wool (sofa cushions), Scalamandre? Audrey throw pillow fabric (on sofa), Primavera Interior Furnishings
(to the trade); ceiling and trim colour, Winds Breath (OC-24), Benjamin Moore