In­dus­trial chic meets Cal­i­for­nia cool in a Toronto in­te­rior that puts com­fort above all else.


In­dus­trial chic meets Cal­i­for­nia cool in a Toronto in­te­rior that puts com­fort above all else

love be­ing in the house bare­foot,” says Lynne McEach­ern of her west- end Toronto home. “The rugs are plush to walk on, the so­fas are comfy to cud­dle up on and our bed is hard to get out of in the morn­ing.” Lynne and her hus­band, Hamid Arabzadeh, pur­chased their 3,400square-foot turn-of-the-cen­tury house 11 years ago af­ter trans­plant­ing from Bos­ton. The Cana­dian cou­ple – she grew up in Hal­i­fax, he’s from Mon­treal – work in the tech in­dus­try and their careers have taken them all over the world, in­clud­ing Lon­don, where they met. When it came time to set­tle back in Canada, they de­cided to try out Toronto. “We liked the lay­out of the city, which re­minded us of Lon­don, with all the great neigh­bour­hoods,” she says.

When the cou­ple found this house, they loved its trendy lo­ca­tion as well as its open plan and move-in-ready sta­tus – the space had been given a dis­tinc­tive loft- style look, fea­tur­ing cher­ry­wood, slate and con­crete by its pre­vi­ous owner. “In Bos­ton, we had just com­pleted a painful two-year reno and re­ally didn’t want to go through the process again,” says Lynne.

But af­ter liv­ing in this home for 10 years, the cou­ple – who now share the house with their twin eight-year-old sons, Ai­dan and Cam­den – craved a change, want­ing to give the dark, mas­cu­line in­te­rior a fresh pick-me-up. “We

had made a few up­dates over the years,” says Lynne. “We tweaked the kitchen, up­dated part of the base­ment, added a room up­stairs and built a new garage. But then, the house needed more light and a look that bet­ter re­flected our Cal­i­for­nia coastal style.”

To achieve an airy, beachy feel that still hon­oured the home’s loft-like ur­ban char­ac­ter, the cou­ple hired de­signer Jac­que­lyn Clark. As for­mer ed­i­tor of Style Me Pretty Liv­ing (the de­sign arm of the pop­u­lar wed­ding web­site Style Me Pretty) and the writer of her own life­style blog called Lark & Linen, Jac­que­lyn has gained a solid rep­u­ta­tion for her savvy de­sign sense. “I trusted her eye,” says Lynne. “I was fa­mil­iar with her blog, and I like how she’s cu­rated her look.”

Jac­que­lyn bright­ened the space by re­fin­ish­ing cer­tain ar­chi­tec­tural de­tails, such as bleach­ing the floors and paint­ing the dark wood ceil­ings white, while leav­ing other fea­tures – the big beams, ex­posed brick and wrought-iron rail­ing – strik­ing a beau­ti­ful bal­ance be­tween coastal and in­dus­trial. “I wanted to show­case the ex­ist­ing struc­ture,” she ex­plains. “The hard­wood and ex­posed brick add a bit of warmth.”

Jac­que­lyn em­ployed a neu­tral pal­ette through­out the house, with a few hits of wa­tery blue to achieve that coastal look, while clean-lined fur­nish­ings of­fer calm­ing con­sis­tency and de­liver com­fort. “The more mod­ern fur­ni­ture plays off all the rustic ar­chi­tec­tural de­tails,” says Jac­que­lyn. “They’re a young, busy fam­ily, and I re­ally just wanted to cre­ate a space that felt sim­ple, ele­gant and time­less.” The bare­foot­friendly com­fort is an added bonus.

LEFT, BE­LOW “Orig­i­nally, a four-by-eight­foot mir­ror hung from the ceil­ing and sep­a­rated the en­try­way from the liv­ing room,” says de­signer Jac­que­lyn Clark. “But we re­moved it to open up the space.” En­caus­tic-look porce­lain tiles, which sup­planted dark...

Pure White OC-64 WALL PAINT, Ben­jamin Moore; Gray Valkyrie 19 and Char­coal Valkyrie 1 ART­WORK by Kal Mansur, Ref­er­ence: Con­tem­po­rary.

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