A mu­si­cian’s Toronto home is a cool mix of vin­tage and mod­ern with lots of plants – 23 to be ex­act.


A mu­si­cian’s Toronto home is a cool mix of vin­tage and mod­ern with lots of plants – 23 to be ex­act

Singer-song­writer Me­gan Bon­nell

and her hus­band, Evan, found the per­fect spot to be­gin their mar­ried life to­gether on a quiet street in Toronto’s trendy Queen West neigh­bour­hood. The cou­ple had been ca­su­ally house hunt­ing (think: check­ing out open houses on week­ends, just for fun) since be­fore they got hitched in 2016. When they heard through the grapevine about this 2,600-square-foot con­tem­po­rary new build, the cou­ple didn’t nec­es­sar­ily know if it was meant to be. “I thought it would feel too mod­ern to us, since we’d al­ways liked char­ac­ter-filled older homes,” says Me­gan. “But I fell in love with all the light and the smell of the oak floor­ing, which re­minded me of my grand­par­ents’ farm­house. It felt warm, fresh and invit­ing.”

Although the bones of the struc­ture were in­tact, the place lacked per­son­al­ity. “It’s more open con­cept than what we’d been used to,” says Me­gan. And since she and Evan had dif­fer­ent vi­sions of where things would go – for in­stance, would the liv­ing room be sit­u­ated in the front or the back? – they called in de­signer Lisa Lev to pro­vide her ex­per­tise. “We want to be here for a long time, so we thought we’d bet­ter get it right the first time,” says Me­gan.

Lisa’s de­sign is a tooth­some mix of vin­tage and con­tem­po­rary, high and low, stream­lined and boho. “There are nods to Mid-Cen­tury Mod­ern style, but there are also lots of pieces that are fresh, or­ganic and cur­rent,” says the de­signer. One of the most im­pact­ful el­e­ments is the liv­ing room’s over­sized wall mu­ral of a for­est, which ref­er­ences Me­gan’s ru­ral up­bring­ing and Evan’s child­hood sum­mers spent in north­ern On­tario.

Though she had reser­va­tions about this house at first, to­day Me­gan is singing a dif­fer­ent tune. To her, the look is light, bright and laid-back. “It feels re­laxed and easy,” she says. “Whether we’re en­ter­tain­ing or it’s just the two of us and our dog, Dave, it’s such a cozy place to hang out.”

ARM­CHAIR, West Elm; POUFFE, Ar­ti­cle.

RIGHT, TOP Me­gan (pic­tured with Ir­ish-doo­dle Dave) loves how the wall of win­dows at the back of the house floods the en­tire main floor with light. The fid­dle-leaf fig tree is one of many plants you’ll find through­out this house. “I love plants, and luck­ily, my hus­band, Evan, keeps them alive,” she says.

LAD­DER, Pim­lico De­sign Gallery; BENCH, CB2; BAS­KET, Snob; white and grey striped THROW, VdeV.

RIGHT Lisa cre­ated this stylish vignette ad­ja­cent to the back door. The lad­der holds a col­lec­tion of cozy throws, per­fect for bring­ing out­side on chilly evenings.

The bed­room is a bal­ance of com­fort and so­phis­ti­ca­tion. Note the skil­ful lay­er­ing, which is key to a pleas­ing room. Mid­night Dream 2129-10 AC­CENT WALL PAINT, Ben­jamin Moore; SCONCE, EQ3; TOSS CUSH­IONS, No­madic Char­ac­ter. FOR SOURCES, SEE OUR WORKBOOK

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