HIGH & LOW
Saving and splurging tips from the nursery to the kitchen
As a former model turned fashion journalist and stylist, Erica Wark knows what looks good. And the Erica Wark brand is proof of her success.
Two years ago, she decided to pursue her passion for fashion, quit her day job and focus on her own business. And she hasn’t looked back! In addition to being the fashion expert regularly featured on the daytime talk show Steven
and Chris, and becoming the face of St. Laurent Centre, Erica is now being recognized nationwide as a fashion contributor for ET Canada.
Erica’s stylish touch has made an impact on the décor of the new condo she shares with longtime boyfriend, Corey Laurysen. The pair met and grew up in Carp and infused some rustic charm from their roots into the slick downtown condo. Their home serves as Erica’s office, so hints of fashion are found throughout, with the terrace serving as a go-to spot for photo shoots, as well as rolling racks at the ready to showcase the latest fashions.
The couple, who have been together for over 12 years, both had their roles when it came to decorating their new condo. Erica is quick to point out that although they had equal input on the design of their new home, they each have their own strengths. Corey works in his family’s business, Laurysen Kitchens, and was hands-on in the structural aspects of the design, while Erica took the lead in the decorating and styling.
However, they worked together to make sure that every decision had an outcome on which they could both agree on. Even though Corey’s strengths are in the details
and design, he understands the importance of colour and the value of classic design versus fads. Erica made sure that Corey was involved in choosing everything for their new home, from the paint colour to the wallpaper to the bedding, to ensure that the space was equally theirs. This is a key element to their home.
Along with Erica’s brother Tom, Corey constructed three custom closets for the couple with one set in the front hall and his and hers closets for the
master bedroom. Mixing materials such as glass, wood and fabrics, including leather and suede, helped Erica to incorporate her personal style into their living space and create the “rustic meets urban” feel that they were after.
“I really mixed and matched a lot,” says the fashionista. “We ended up doing beautiful birch tree wallpaper as the accent wall behind the bed in the bedroom. I really wanted to bring an element of where I grew up so you really see accents of the rustic feel in our home.”
As an expert who knows when to splurge and where to save, Erica employed these tactics in designing their home. They invested in key furniture pieces and then added more affordable accents. Staying on top of trends helped the duo to create a stylish interior that will take them to the next stage of life. Corey utilized his insider knowledge of kitchen and bath design, while Erica relied on her style expertise - and their look is a tribute to their talents.
APPLIANCES HIGH SOLID SURFACE HIGH CUSTOM DESIGN
THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE: THE COUPLE SPLURGED ON HIGH-END LINENS FOR THE MASTER BEDROOM, FROM SUITE DREAMS HOME EMPORIUM, WITH BIRCHES WALLPAPER FROM RANDALLS; A READY-TO-WEAR RACHEL SIN DRESS HANGS ON THE CUSTOM CLOSET DOOR; PLENTY OF SHOE SHELVING WAS A MUST-HAVE FOR ERICA.