Vote For H&H’s 2018 Home Of The Year!
We featured a range of homes from coast-to-coast (and farther afield) this year, and now we want to know your favorite. Do you prefer a downtown Victorian with a French twist, Sarah Richardson’s off-the-grid farmhouse, a rustic Maritime cabin, or maybe a desert hacienda? Vote for your top pick below and tell us why in the comments! The winning house will be announced in our December issue, on newsstands from November 12.
The Homeowner: Bonnie Brooks
Why We Love It: White oak herringbone floors and classic moldings make this high-powered exec’s Toronto home resemble a Parisian pied-à-terre. “You want to keep some of the classic pieces, but, at the same time, you want to move forward,” says Bonnie. To see how Lynda Reeves brings together Bonnie’s signature touches with Haussmannian style, click here.
The Homeowners: Debbie and Marco Paolella
Why We Love It: This bright desert getaway is full of subtle texture, rough-hewn tables and natural accents. Designer Alda Pereira played up the sun-soaked interiors with pale upholstered furnishings and cream wool broadloom. “We would rather have a house filled with light than worry about wear,” says Debbie. Click here for more of this dreamy escape.
The Homeowners: Louise Novinger Grant and Bob Grant
Why We Love It: This heritage house in Calgary got a major style update from design firm McIntyre Bills with crisp, clean rooms warmed up by mid-tone woods and Louise’s pottery collection. Louise told designer James McIntyre, “Don’t just give me three choices that work perfectly — challenge me!” See more of this home here.
The Homeowners: Julie Cherrier and Jean-François Lorraine
Why We Love It: With her sister Julie as a client, designer Mélanie Cherrier was only too happy to give this family a home renovation that brings in more natural light, creates generous communal spaces, and conveys personality. “Sometimes I’ll be in the kitchen and I’ll look out and think, I can’t believe I live here,” says Julie. “It’s like I’m living in a magazine.” See more of our April 2018 cover home here.
The Homeowner: Colette Soros and Tim Barr
Why We Love It: Clean, pared-back Nordic style makes the most of design pro Collette Soros’s airy East Vancouver home and its views of the North Shore mountains and city. Inspired by her Norwegian roots, the home is full of high ceilings, skylights, decks and natural wood finishes to bring in lots of light. “Our renovations wouldn’t have made sense if we didn’t have the view,” notes Collette. See the rest of this B.C. home in this gallery.
The Homeowner: Sarah Richardson
Why We Love It: Design star Sarah Richardson’s off-the-grid country home, Starlight Farm, makes use of salvaged items and green technology, but still bears her trademark look. Sarah admits to embracing natural materials and a soft palette to allow nature to take center stage. “Since this house is for forever, I wanted it to be dressed in a palette that I would never tire of.” Click here to see all of Sarah’s eco escape.
The Homeowners: Wispy and Cristophe Boivin
Why We Love It: A new addition to a charming Collingwood, Ontario, farmhouse stays true to the home’s rural heart and is full of weathered finds and a touch of Scandi modernity. Whitewashed pine floors original to the farmhouse are accented by reclaimed doors and hardware. “I just do what feels right and hope that it all comes together,” says Wispy of the new addition. Click here to see the inside and outside of this picturesque farmhouse.
The Homeowner: Fenwick Bonnell
Why We Love It: This log cabin in Maces Bay, outside of Saint John, New Brunswick, has been in designer Fenwick Bonnell’s family since the ’50s. He and his sister and brother-in-law did a lot of the work themselves when it came to building the addition and winterizing the cottage, and it was a labor of love. “Knowing that I had nailed the mood and honored the cottage’s memories was very heartwarming for me,” says Fenwick. See the rest of this charming cottage here.
The Homeowner: Christine Ralphs
Why We Love It: Statement pieces, texture and warm metals balance a crisp, white palette in this 680-square-foot condo. For designer Christine Ralphs’ smallest home to date, she plays up a gallery vibe with white Barcelona chairs and contemporary art. “Increase the clutter and give in to the chaos, or create a neutral palette throughout to make the space seem open and fresh,” counsels Christine. Tour the home here.
The Homeowners: Mario Grauso and Serkan Sarier
Why We Love It: A carefully curated seaside home is filled with classic decorating touches: antiques, beautiful art and well chosen collectibles, but that doesn’t translate into ‘precious.’ Mario Grauso, president of Holt Renfrew, says the house is frequently full of sand, observing: “Nothing is fragile; everything is user-friendly. It’s a house full of boys so everything is very used.” See the rest of this house in our September 2018 issue.
The Homeowner: J Gibson
Why We Love It: The 19th-century London-style townhouse is filled with treasured heirlooms yet still has a fresh, modern flair. Designer and owner J Gibson notes the home is peppered with pieces inherited from his mother (like the Chinese lacquered chair shown left). “We all live in galleries, and the things we love tell our stories,” he says. See the rest of J’s townhouse in our October 2018 issue, on newsstands now.