A dec­o­ra­tor and con­trac­tor lift an old house out of its funk to cre­ate a pleas­ant abode for their fam­ily of six.


A dec­o­ra­tor and a con­trac­tor lift an old house out of its funk to cre­ate a pleas­ant abode

Jen­nifer Reid and Chad Kulchyski know how to turn a frown up­side down. From boo­boos to boy trou­ble, the par­ents of four kids un­der the age of 16 have had plenty of prac­tice. The dec­o­ra­tor and con­trac­tor duo is equally adept at up­lift­ing the spir­its of a drab home, and their 2,500-square-foot abode in Toronto’s Ar­mour Heights neigh­bour­hood is a case in point.

“It was too nice to de­mol­ish, but ev­ery room needed ren­o­vat­ing,” re­calls Jen­nifer of the 1950s build she and Chad bought in 2016. The cou­ple stripped the home back to the studs and re­built it with style, start­ing with a bright con­tem­po­rary back­drop of white walls, black-framed win­dows and en­gi­neered oak floor­ing. Then each room got some spe­cial at­ten­tion: “I wanted a bit of drama in the kitchen,” says the dec­o­ra­tor, who achieved it with con­trast­ing cab­i­netry, over­sized pen­dant lights and a graphic mo­saic back­splash. The liv­ing room was reimag­ined with a new mar­ble-tiled fire­place fa­cade and a pa­rade of cheer­ful ac­ces­sories; the din­ing room with stun­ning cus­tom fur­ni­ture and a geo­met­ric chan­de­lier.

And that pink sofa in the master bed­room? Jen­nifer calls it an epiphany. The rest of the decor, in­clud­ing sharp black and white fur­ni­ture and cus­tom-mat­ted Etsy pho­tog­ra­phy, fell eas­ily into place from there. “I haven’t changed a thing. That speaks to how well it works – es­pe­cially for a dec­o­ra­tor!” Jen­nifer says, prov­ing that, like mom, dec­o­ra­tor knows best.

“The master bed­room came to­gether with com­plete ease. That’s how you know the de­sign “is just right.

FIRE­PLACE SUR­ROUND TILES, Saltillo Im­ports; SOFA, Ar­ti­cle; COF­FEE TA­BLE, Style­garage; yel­low ARM­CHAIR (cus­tom­ized), Shel­ter; FLOOR LAMP, CB2; TA­BLE LAMPS, Casal­ife; cus­tom DRAP­ERY (through­out), Fine In­te­ri­ors; RUG, Weavers Art; beach FB8 ART­WORK by Dean W

TOP, LEFT & RIGHT “For the liv­ing room in­spi­ra­tion, I was torn be­tween Jonathan Adler and Kate Spade,” says Jen­nifer, who chose to chan­nel both with fun ac­ces­sories in bouncy hues. Flank­ing the fire­place, float­ing shelves of­fer the dec­o­ra­tor room for ex­pres­sion: “Styling is my happy place.” ABOVE Allyson, one of the kids in res­i­dence, grabs a snack from the fridge, which is pan­elled for a stream­lined look.

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