Far From Cal­i­for­nia

A cou­ple trans­form a west-end bun­ga­low into a bit of Palm Springs

Toronto Life - - Navigator - by jean grant

When Erin Klein­berg and her hus­band, Mickey Lungu, started look­ing for a house in 2015, it didn’t go well, at first. “I have a re­ally spe­cific aes­thetic and re­al­ized I wasn’t com­fort­able liv­ing in some­one else’s home,” Erin says. Style is im­por­tant to her: she co-founded the fash­ion and cul­ture web­site Coveteur, which she left in 2014 to run her own ad­ver­tis­ing agency, Métier Cre­ative. Mickey, a cor­po­rate lawyer, just wanted a light-filled home that would feel like a re­treat from his of­fice life.

In the end, rather than buy­ing a move-in-ready prop­erty, they snapped up an 800-square-foot bun­ga­low in Oak­wood Vil­lage, hop­ing to over­haul it into some­thing that would evoke the min­i­mal­ist, mid-cen­tury and laid-back beachy feel of south­ern Cal­i­for­nia. They’re fre­quent vis­i­tors: they were mar­ried in Palm Springs, and Erin’s grand­par­ents used to own a home in the Coachella Val­ley.

With their then-new­born daugh­ter, Parker, they moved into Erin’s par­ents’ home in Rich­mond Hill. Over the next year, they worked with Brenda Izen, of Izen Ar­chi­tec­ture, and builder Adam Roth­schild, of Roth­con Fine Homes Inc., to add a sec­ond storey and rear ad­di­tion. The re­sult: a sunny-chic liv­ing space. On nice days, thanks to the wall of win­dows they in­stalled at the rear of the house, the in­te­rior is so bright that it al­most feels like be­ing pool­side.

The Moroccan car­pet is from Elte. It’s Parker’s favourite place to play. “We hang out on the floor a lot,” Erin says.

The pow­der room’s Mar­tinique wall­pa­per is the same stuff used in the Bev­erly Hills Ho­tel.

Guests will no­tice Erin’s col­lec­tion of Supreme ac­ces­sories scat­tered around the space. “It’s the most au­then­tic brand on earth,” she says.

The bed­room rafters are re­claimed hem­lock from an On­tario sup­plier.

They’re not bath peo­ple, so they in­stalled a gi­ant shower that takes up an en­tire side of the master en­suite.

One of Erin’s big­gest take­aways from years tour­ing the homes of celebs for Coveteur is the im­por­tance of fancy French can­dles. These are from Le Labo and Dip­tyque.

They found this bumper road­side dur­ing a Cal­i­for­nia trip.

“The floors ab­so­lutely had to be white oak,” says Erin. The light­coloured wood is the floor­ing of choice in many mod­ern Cal­i­for­nia homes.

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