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Why live in the past? Designer Jessica McGouran brings a fresh sensibilit­y to a new-build by marrying the best of yesterday and today.

is always exhilarati­ng, yet not without its challenges. When Lucas Samuels and Jillian Barreca bought their new-build in Toronto’s Little Portugal neighbourh­ood, they needed new furniture and didn’t want to make any design mistakes. Liking the work of Jessica McGouran (who had decorated Lucas’s brother’s home), the couple hired the designer to help them get their blank-canvas interiors just right.

“The home’s finishes are very contempora­ry, so I wanted to inject some personalit­y into the space,” says Jessica. “Lucas and Jillian really love mid-century design so my challenge was to bridge that vibe with the modern setting.”

Save for one small reno (an upstairs den and small third bedroom were combined to create a larger family room), this was mainly a decorating job. Jessica relied on furniture that was mostly neutral and similar in design for overall continuity, then she peppered rooms with colourful accessorie­s and arresting geometric shapes to make each space feel unique. Says Jessica: “It’s a fresh take on mid-century design that’s contempora­ry, playful and very reflective of the young couple who lives here.”

 ??  ?? DESIGN, Jessica McGouran; PRINCIPAL DESIGNER, Jessica Leigh Interiors.
DESIGN, Jessica McGouran; PRINCIPAL DESIGNER, Jessica Leigh Interiors.

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