While fashion is defined by a the constant ebb and flow of its changing whims, its most successful creators, from Coco Chanel to Issey Miyake, have embraced their own brand of minimalist restraint. Simplicity, as the maxim goes, is the ultimate sophistication. As such, the popular trinity of clean white walls, punchy black accents and soothing blond wood surfaces may appear simple at a glance but, as with any high-fashion look, the devil is in the details.
This project, deftly executed by designer Shauna Walton, offers a wealth of insight into how to give the palette warmth, comfort and individuality. Shauna undertook the design of this extensively renovated three-storey Edwardian home in Toronto’s midtown for her friends Sonya and Stacey Weisberg. Sonya is a fashion industry veteran who works in marketing for Canadian fashion brand Smythe, and she met Stacey while both were working at Hugo Boss (though he’s since left fashion to work for the family business). Stacey is also the nephew of Canadian architect Richard Wengle, who worked closely with the couple on the renovation.
As one might expect from such a style-savvy bunch, the Weisbergs remained hands-on throughout the design process. “Because of our backgrounds, Stacey and I are both confident in our own styles, which are different, and we notice every detail,” says Sonya. “Every element of the house was a compromise for one of us, but using light colors allowed our two styles to work together. The end result is a perfect blend of us.” The benefits of this close collaboration and attention to detail are revealed at every turn: cool white surfaces are made warm and welcoming by luscious marble, earthy brick and other natural materials, warm bronze and — of course — plenty of stained white oak.
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