Canadian Living - - Home & Garden / Decorating -

This Toronto pent­house sit­ting room is any­thing but. Tak­ing cues from the own­ers’ old flo­ral seat­ing, de­signer Michelle Hur­ley sourced blue chi­nois­erie wall­pa­per to com­ple­ment the rich mill­work and the hard­wood floors. Care­fully se­lected fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories hon­our the clients’ tra­di­tional tastes while in­tro­duc­ing a wel­com­ing vibe be­fit­ting laid-back liv­ing. Here’s how she did it.


In­spired by ce­les­tial views, Hur­ley searched high and low for the right wall­pa­per. “I was specif­i­cally look­ing for a fresh blue back­drop,” says the de­signer, who found the per­fect fit in a Thibaut pa­per. Tak­ing the treat­ment up to the ceil­ing cof­fer “en­velops the space, mak­ing it feel cozy and deca­dent.”


To main­tain a co­he­sive feel, Hur­ley re­stricted the palette to the hues found within the wall­pa­per: sky blue, moss green, golden yel­low and cran­berry red. The dark mauve found its way into the toss cush­ions and throws as dusty rose and pale pink, “so it matches, but it’s not too matchy-matchy,” ex­plains the de­signer.


“I bal­anced the lux­u­ri­ous wall­pa­per with sim­ple and con­tem­po­rary pieces, such as the tai­lored sec­tional, the ta­ble lamps and the rug,” says Hur­ley. To off­set the op­u­lence of the home­own­ers’ orig­i­nal solid brass sconces, she em­ployed graphic mod­ern art­work (gold zip­pers ar­ranged in chevron pat­terns be­hind glass).


“They were too en­com­pass­ing,” says Hur­ley of the pre­vi­ous or­nate silk drapes. Strip­ping away much of their vol­ume, plus the valances, gave the cus­tom pieces new life. Hur­ley treated the iri­des­cent yel­low as a neu­tral gold tone and brought in ac­cents in the fin­ish to tie into the up­dated scheme.

LIGHT FIX­TURE, way­fair.ca. ART­WORK, bowring.com.

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