Com­fort and con­ve­nience are the ul­ti­mate lux­u­ries for one busy pro­fes­sional

Com­fort and con­ve­nience are the ul­ti­mate lux­u­ries for a busy pro­fes­sional who puts prac­ti­cal be­fore pretty.

Com­fort is al­ways in style.

That’s the mantra that keeps Au Lit Fine Li­nens, Joanna Good­man’s pop­u­lar li­nens and home fur­nish­ings com­pany, rel­e­vant. And for Joanna her­self, who is also a best­selling nov­el­ist and a mother of two, com­fort and con­ve­nience are a well-honed way of life. “I’m the least fussy per­son,” she says. In fact, fuss-free is cen­tral to Joanna’s decor aes­thetic, but you wouldn’t guess it from look­ing at her lovely modern glam home in Toronto’s Lawrence Park neigh­bour­hood. Even her most pri­vate rooms – her bed­room, master bath and of­fice – are the epit­ome of pretty and prac­ti­cal.

Boast­ing a per­fectly made silk vel­vet-up­hol­stered king-sized bed, a glam­orous primp­ing sta­tion and a ho­tel-wor­thy sit­ting area that opens out to a Juliet bal­cony, the spa­cious boudoir Joanna shares with hus­band Miguel Car­di­nal glit­ters in sil­ver and white with sparks of brass. But Joanna doesn’t let the envy-in­duc­ing decor be­lie her laid-back life­style: “I’m a fan of a cov­er­let you can just pull up to hide all the stuff that’s go­ing on un­der­neath,” she

says. As for the brass-based faux leather chairs that cre­ate a con­ver­sa­tion area by the French doors? “I wish I could say I have my latte there each morn­ing, but I never sit there.” The pieces are fetch­ing space fillers that add lay­ers of tex­ture in the other­wise cav­ernous zone. And that op­u­lent oval makeup ta­ble? “I do a lot more writ­ing there than make­up­ing. I write any­where I can set down my lap­top – and wher­ever my kids aren’t,” says the au­thor, whose ac­tual of­fice down the hall em­bod­ies stylish sim­plic­ity (think: lin­ear sil­hou­ettes and golden bronze fin­ishes).

The busy pro­fes­sional does take time to un­wind and re­lax, how­ever. “I have a bath al­most ev­ery sin­gle night,” says Joanna. “It’s the only time I can get away and read.” En­veloped in mar­ble – in­clud­ing graphic Stat­u­ario on the up­per halves of the wain­scot­ted walls, as well as white Thas­sos with a grey Bardiglio bor­der on the floor – her deca­dent 145-square-foot en­suite was pro­fes­sion­ally de­signed in 2017. “Baths are not my do­main,” says the bed­ding ex­pert, who chose de­signer Tara Fin­gold, a long-time Au Lit cus­tomer, for the job. “Our tastes vibe, and she brought out some girly glam in me,” she says, ref­er­enc­ing bits of sparkle in the room like the Lucite van­ity pulls. Ever prag­matic and for­ever down to earth, Joanna adds, “And Tara is su­per de­ci­sive like me. I want to get it done and move on. She gets that.”


Cloud White CC-40 WALL PAINT, Ben­jamin Moore; FUR­NISH­INGS (through­out, ex­cept van­ity chair, of­fice seat­ing and towel stand), MIR­ROR, LUM­BAR CUSH­IONS, Au Lit Fine Li­nens; DRAP­ERY FAB­RIC, Thread­count Tex­tile & De­sign. Laura on a Thurs­day ART­WORK by Ma­sood O

OP­PO­SITE With two oc­cu­pa­tions and two kids, Joanna Good­man (pic­tured above) rarely sits idle. Her bed­room’s glam de­milune chairs are luxe eye candy. LEFT The cur­va­ceous van­ity chair, a gift from her hus­band, in­spired Joanna to add pops of brass with items like her late mother’s tray.

BED­DING, TA­BLE LAMP, Au Lit Fine Li­nens. BATH­ROOM DE­SIGN, Tara Fin­gold In­te­ri­ors, tarafin­; Pavil­ion Gray 242 WAINSCOTTING PAINT, Far­row & Ball; BATHTUB, VAN­ITY, FAUCETS, TUB FILLER, Gin­ger’s; TOWEL STAND, MIR­RORS, SCONCES, RH; PRINT, Bau-Xi Galler

OP­PO­SITE, BOT­TOM A pair of ex­tra-tall king pil­lows, called grand kings, is Joanna’s sym­met­ri­cal al­ter­na­tive to a trio of euro pil­lows. ABOVE & ABOVE, LEFT “There can be too much of a good thing,” says de­signer Tara Fin­gold of the en­suite’s for­mer dizzy­ing Stat­u­ario mar­ble­clad walls and floors. Tara added wainscotting and re­placed the floor­ing with sub­tler mar­bles. A pale palette, oval el­e­ments and plush tow­els on dis­play net serene soft­ness.

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