Trade Se­crets

De­signer Gil­lian Se­gal re­veals her tech­nique for mix­ing mod­ernism with warmth.

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How do you im­bue mod­ern ar­chi­tec­ture with farm­house style? You find a beau­ti­ful mid­dle ground—or at least that’s what de­signer Gil­lian Se­gal did when she mixed rus­tic de­tails with mod­ern fin­ishes in this ren­o­vated Van­cou­ver Special. Man-made quartz coun­ters and mar­ble sub­way tiles add the char­ac­ter and lux­ury of nat­u­ral stone, while the grain of the hard­wood floor brings the tex­ture and keeps things down to earth. Cooler tones ( blue-grey cab­i­nets and glossy white sur­faces) play off warm ac­cents like the brass faucet, gold light fix­ture and bronze ta­ble legs for a glam-but-un­fussy mix. “The best way to get a con­tem­po­rary look that feels warm is by lay­er­ing tex­ture and not stick­ing to one colour or metal type,” says Se­gal. “Don’t be scared to mix it up—it helps con­trib­ute to a more eclec­tic, lived-in look.”

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