A mantel was relocated to the second-floor landing, furnishing a perfect backdrop for a reupholstered Pierre Paulin chair and Noguchi lamp. Wallpaper, Smash; rug, Perfect Leather Goods; mirror, Elte.
With a rustic reclaimed bookcase set against one wall, the dining room doubles as a library. Bookcase, Smash; light, Elte; table by Le Corbusier, Palazzetti; artwork (in bookcase), Andre Ethier. To help the new kitchen look as old as the house, every inch of the cabinetry was painted, including the hardware. The sides are finished with original salvaged doors. Hardware, Lee Valley; tiles, Olympia Tile; range by Thermador, hood, Caplan’s. A vintage Eames credenza grounds a gallery wall in the dining room. Old English cottages inspired the ageless charm of the kitchen. The 8′-sq. island is topped with oiled maple. Some cabinet doors feature burlap and chicken wire detailing. Cabinet hardware, Lee Valley; fridge by Jenn-Air, Caplan’s; faucet, Blanco; stools, Phil’z; framed photograph, Alessandro Puccinelli; wall and cabinet colour, Kendall Charcoal (HC-166), Benjamin Moore.
A reclaimed newel post anchors the stair banister. Post, Legacy Vintage.
ABOVE: The custom-made wood vanity in the principal bathroom is topped with an arched mirror to give it the air of a French antique. Mark and Michelle always loved the Jean Prouve wall light and found a slightly unorthodox home for it. Soaps, Jacob & Sebastian; towel, Tonic Living; sconce light, Studio Pazo; prints, Temple of Flora; faucet by Zucchetti, sink, Ginger’s; marble counter, Surface Spectrum.
RIGHT: In the family room, design classics â” an LC4 chaise longue by Le Corbusier, Jielde desk lamp and Eames walnut stool â” mingle beneath a Bob Dylan photograph that Mark graffitied. It reads, “Our apologies, Mr. Avedon.” Chaise longue, Palazzetti; side table, Elte; stool, Design Within Reach; rug, Woven Treasures Persian Rug Gallery.
H&H: Have you always had a strong sense of style?
MD: I grew up in a small town, where the variety store had one good magazine: Vogue. I was inspired by the interiors featuring cool designers, actors and rock-and-rollers who lived with high-end pieces, but also cosy, comfortable, worn-in things.
H&H: The kitchen feels like it’s original.
MD: We wanted it that way. The cabinetry and hardware were hand-painted instead of sprayed, so it would feel older. We wanted it to wear in like denim â” every chip adds character. We cook every day and have people over often, and we wanted our family and friends to feel like they could flop down and be comfortable. The kitchen is the hub in winter. In the summer, we open the sliding doors and live in the backyard. The gate squeaks, so we can hear when people drop in!
H&H: Did you make any significant changes to the layout?
MD: Most Victorians have the kitchen at the back. One of our main goals was to move it to the centre, since it’s the heart of the home. Upstairs, we borrowed space from one bedroom to create a bigger bathroom.
H&H: Were you aiming for a cabin feel in the backyard?
MD: Actually, we were aiming for timeless and low-maintenance. The reclaimed barnboard came weathered and always looks the same, so that was a huge selling feature. It was our architect Brock’s idea to use it on the ceiling inside, which we love.
H&H: You have a pool! That’s rare in the city.
MD: I have this obsession with pools. Mark told me our yard was too small, then I found a Victorian plunge pool online and called a guy in to measure. We wanted it to blend with the landscape. Our son Jack loves it, and now it’s Mark’s favourite part of the house.
Oversized industrial windows make 8-year-old Jack’s small room feel like a treehouse. The patterned down-filled blanket was a special collaboration between Canada Goose and Pendleton. Ceiling lamp by Noguchi, Studio Pazo; sheets, duvet cover, Ralph Lauren Home; skateboard deck, Adrift.