Photo Gallery: Sasha Seymour’s Townhouse Reno
See stunning before & after shots.
This dull and dated look was anything but welcoming.
In Sasha's entryway, diagonal wood-plank ceilings made the space feel small and dark. Sasha and her partner Yotam knocked out the walls and replaced the staircase.
The new, spacious entryway is bright and clear of clutter.
Sasha added warmth to her crisp white hall with an ornate chest and antique cane chair. Fresh flowers add a touch of colour.
Sasha knew she could make better use of this space.
A dated solarium with hot tub at the back of the house gave way to the new gourmet kitchen — a much better use of the bright space overlooking the yard.
A pair of potted orange trees sit on the counter for an unexpected touch of greenery.
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.
Ceiling-height subway tiles and open shelving create the feel of a European bistro kitchen.
Sasha and Yotam initially planned to clad the open shelves in brass, but decided to use the material for the kickplates instead. They found the unlacquered brass hardware in vintage shops and on eBay.
The weathered texture of the doors is a nice contrast against the glossy white kitchen.
Yotam's collection of vintage zinc-topped jars (he has more than 100) found a home in the pantry, behind oversized raw-wood doors they purchased at an antique show in New York.
Sasha envisioned a different layout for the main floor.
The tiny kitchen occupied an awkward space in the middle of the main level's floor plan, where Sasha's living-dining room now sits.
Jewel-tone accents bring colour into the space.
An oiled finish on the herringbone floors allows the wood grain to shine. Having no trim around the new French casement windows brings a contemporary spin to an old world feature, while plush velvet and warm metals speak to the home’s updated ’70s vibe.
The dining room connects the open living space to the kitchen.
In the pared-back dining room, a simple table is elevated by mid-century cane chairs. The light fixture adds a retro glam hit, while abstract artwork injects colour.
Colour-blocked books create visual impact.
Sasha and Yotam built the shelves themselves to carve out a library in a cramped nook at the front of the living room. Leaving the bottom recesses open gives the weighty wall a completely unique look.
Dated flooring and light fixtures needed replacing.
The principal bedroom was spacious but lacked any distinct character.
An attention-grabbing vintage ceiling fixture adds a retro feel.
Shades of blue and green set a soothing tone in Sasha and Yotam's bedroom. A flashy ceiling fixture and headboard upholstered in an iconic David Hicks hexagon pattern blend effortlessly with a pair of low-hung ornate sconces.
Antique sconces are an unexpected element.
Raw-wood side tables keep the room grounded and add an antiqued look. "It's like they were there forever and the room kept getting redecorated around them," says Sasha.
A great antique find worth displaying.
Sasha Seymour couldn’t resist the personality of this metal chair, which she found at an antique shop for $40 and covered with a vintage fur from her mother. The traditional print on the roman shade contrasts beautifully with the more contemporary prints on the bed.
Red carpeting needed to go.
The bathroom was functional, but the lighting, flooring and tub surround were dated.
Creative tile patterns, like mosaics tucked into the grout lines between square floor tiles, elevate inexpensive materials.
A faux-bamboo table fitted with a marble top and backsplash create a standout vanity. Wall-mounted nickel taps add sparkle. The couple did all the tiling themselves, including an inlay of small mosaics between the 12"-square ceramic ones.
Combine prints for a casual look.
A crisp brown and white roman shade on the guest room window creates a striking sight line from the hallway. A large bamboo armoire provides extra storage for linens and towels.