City Homes

January 4, 2022

Step Inside A Cool, California-Inspired Home In The Heart Of Toronto

Toronto-based designer Montana Labelle had a very specific vision for Project Pears, a semi-detached home on Pears Avenue on the edge of Yorkville. She wanted to create a calm, west-coast design that was minimal yet comfortable. “The clients love traveling to California, and they wanted to bring that feeling to Toronto,” says Montana. “We wanted an almost hotel-like feeling; to make it their oasis in the middle of the city.”

The roughly 1800-square-foot Toronto home has four narrow floors, and hadn’t been updated in years. The clients asked Montana and her design team to give the home a much-needed refresh. “Most areas were cosmetic, with some structural work on the principal floor in order to reconfigure the layout,” says Montana. “As with many projects, the initial plan was a bit smaller scale, but as we continued the process we layered on more and more, essentially renovating the house from top to bottom.” The walls of the house are covered with a beige venetian plaster, making it feel like a serene urban retreat.

Scroll down to see this beautiful home by designer Montana Labelle!