Dec­o­rat­ing De­tail


Canadian Living - - Home & Garden -

Em­ploy a piece that bridges styles. This cof­fee ta­ble’s tufted top is tra­di­tional, like the other fur­ni­ture in the room, but its mod­ern base keeps the space from feel­ing stuffy.

When El­iz­a­beth and Alan Skelly pur­chased their Vic­to­rian-style house in Toronto’s Cab­bage­town neigh­bour­hood in 2015, they thought they were sim­ply tak­ing on a quick kitchen re­model and over­all re­fresh. How­ever, a prob­lem­atic base­ment and lack of func­tion­al­ity through­out the home quickly led to the de­ci­sion to ren­o­vate the en­tire dwelling. Add to that the strain of liv­ing out of nearby Airbnbs dur­ing part of the process, and El­iz­a­beth was of­fi­cially in over her head. “I’ve dec­o­rated all our pre­vi­ous homes and re­ally en­joyed it,” she says, “but tak­ing on an en­tire house at once over­whelmed me.”

Look­ing for a lit­tle help choos­ing paint colours and state­ment-mak­ing wall­pa­per at Far­row & Ball, El­iz­a­beth made an ap­point­ment for a home con­sul­ta­tion, where she met Jack­lynn Lit­tle. They im­me­di­ately con­nected, and when El­iz­a­beth learned that Lit­tle was an in­te­rior dec­o­ra­tor, she knew she’d found the right per­son to help her cre­ate her dream abode.

To­gether, they chose fin­ishes and ac­ces­sories to cre­ate the fresh, con­tem­po­rary space that El­iz­a­beth en­vi­sioned. Tra­di­tional fur­nish­ings from the Skellys’ pre­vi­ous home were given face-lifts to work with the new in­te­rior, and dra­matic ac­cents were brought in by way of bold paint colours and vi­brant tex­tiles. The re­sult is a wel­com­ing space that boasts lots of mod­ern ap­peal but still holds tons of stay­ing power.

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