Tag Archive | "House Tour"

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


Retailer Eric Galbraith (formerly Elan, currently Of Things Past Rosedale) wrote to me to let me know he's selling his country place, a converted church "in the middle of nowhere," actually two hours east of Toronto between Belleville and Tweed. The place is beautiful and the photos clearly show that the property has been well loved during the decade Eric and his partner have owned it. For sale privately for $225,000 the church appears to be a gem. The place is "done" to Martha Stewart perfection both inside and out and I can only imagine the pangs Eric must feel at letting it go. Somewhat uncharacteristically, I did not pry.

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The Walls Came Tumbling Down

Monday, May 6, 2013


My friend Rebecca was very excited to show me her latest reno project; after six years in her current house, she and husband Dan had finally removed their eighth (and final?) wall, the one standing between them and their backyard. Instead of having to go out a side door and around to the back, sliding glass doors now provide outside access and abundant light. Like so many young couples in gentrifying cities everywhere, Rebecca and Dan fought their way onto the property then slowly scaled it one rung at a time. Their Victorian semi in Toronto's Palmerston/Little Italy neighbourhood was a duplex when they bought it and so it stayed for the first two years while they adjusted to taxes, a mortgage and all the other joys of home ownership.

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Juste Pour Moi

Monday, July 2, 2012


Some of you will probably gag over my new colour scheme but something about my new space has moved me to throw colour caution to the wind. I have no desire to spend money on new stuff so I'm working with I've got, save for a few essential purchases, and it so happens that what I've got hits most of the points on the colour wheel. I recognize that my work should be a calling card for potential clients but in this case, in this space, I'm really decorating solely for myself.

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A Tale of Two Condos

Friday, March 9, 2012


Sometimes the best way to revive a flagging relationship is to tear it all down and begin again. That's what Sean Ward and Stephen Fillmore did last year after nearly 20 years together. They sold their terraced house on Toronto's Berkley Street and each bought a place of their own where they could rediscover themselves and each other on fresh footing. For new digs, Stephen chose a modern condo in the sky, a 750-square foot, 1-bedroom plus den on the 39th floor of the spanking new X Condominium, left. As befits his more traditional bent, Sean purchased a 1,300-square foot penthouse in a much older co-op overlooking a leafy park in the city's prim Rosedale neighbourhood.

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Begged, Borrowed and Staged

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


When home stager Dennis Battler showed me photos of his most recent project, a small semi in Toronto's Riverside neighbourhood, I was instantly struck by how much personality he had injected into the spaces. His blend of vintage furnishings from different eras mixed with industrial and rustic pieces revealed a very definite point of view that runs counter to everything you see on TV staging shows where the mantra is always, "neutralize, depersonalize and de-clutter." The house had been neglected and fallen into disrepair but Dennis and the real estate agent rallied friends and neighbours who pitched in to strip and clean the property. Furniture was then borrowed or purchased for as little as possible on Craigslist — the set of dining chairs were sourced for just $50 — and thrift stores. Dennis blended the wall colour himself from paint store mis-tints.

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