Contemporary and timeless Ron Boivin at home.Published on April 14, 2009

  • The contemporary light fixture, from Nuevo, strikes a balance to blend modern and traditional elements in the dinning room. Photo by Mark Holleron

  • Glass subway tiles, in chocolate brown, offer an elegant touch with a funky edge to the kitchen backsplash. Photo by Mark Holleron

  • Hand-crafted, cast-iron climbing men from Suede Interiors ass interest to the walls. Photo by Mark Holleron

  • Function, style and personality come together to create a spa-like environment in the basement bath. Photo by Mark Holleron

  • Ron Boivin in his living room. Photo by Mark Holleron

Ask designers to talk about trends these days and watch them squirm. In the design world, trendy has become a dirty word and the new buzz is about being timeless. Ron Boivin is no exception to this latest rule. He won't commit to offering up a list of what's hot for '09, but he does tell us where interiors are heading and offers ideas about accommodating new designs into our lifestyle.

The well-traveled owner of Suede Interiors has recently moved his Westboro store into a new and bigger location on Richmond Rd., where he also provides design services through Bron Interiorstyle. This bold move confirms his commitment to servicing all clients and offering excellent, contemporary furniture that will continue to look stylish for years to come.

In a warm welcome to his home in Kanata Lakes, Boivin demonstrates how he invites new designs into his life without making major changes. The combination of soaring ceilings and direct access to the golf course via a walkout in his 2600 square-foot, back-split bungalow, creates a magnificent feeling of space. It's the perfect layout to house Boivin's collection of casual, contemporary furnishings.

How would you describe your style?

Personally, I don't prescribe to any one particular style. For me, I lean toward a variety of influences which I term as "warm" or "casual" contemporary. I always invite occasional hits of transitional into my spaces and a little bit of "glam" to pull it all together.

What is the architectural structure of your home and what does it say about your personal style?

I would describe the architectural structure of my home as relaxed Miami. The large central rooms and soaring ceilings, with interesting moldings, come together with private space and working areas. This all works with views of the golf course and other natural elements to offer a relaxed, kind of a dressy "kick-back style" which really describes me as a designer.

Do you ever see yourself living in an older home or are you all about new construction?

I am all about a new space for sure, but that doesn't mean it has to "look" brand new. I could thoroughly enjoy a home that reflects a more traditional style, as long as it incorporates the essence of an older style together with the newer influences found in today's architectural features.

You own a store known for selling contemporary furnishings. Are you ?inspired to change yours with each ?incoming trend?

Firstly, I don't really subscribe to "trends" per se. I am always exposed to the "newest and latest" through twice-annual buying trips to Toronto, Vancouver, New York and Las Vegas. It's important for me to watch for new introductions that may be short-lived, versus those which will likely stand the test of time. The success of my business mandates that I be very careful. Nonetheless, the inspiration to change with exciting new takes on style in furniture and accessories is constant. It's tough for me to hold back from constantly making changes in my own home and telling clients about what I've discovered.

How do you implement trends in your own home?

I am very careful about "trends." If I like it, but feel it may last only a season or two, I incorporate these items in smaller accessory type pieces that can be changed.

Is there one area of your house that you are constantly changing or updating?

For sure, the spaces that seem to forever change in my home are the social ones - the living and dining rooms. I am always changing from one sofa and several comfortable chairs and ottomans, to multiple sleek sofas, and from a long rectangle dining table for six, to a round pedestal table that accommodates eight.

How would you suggest implementing trends without overdoing it?

Again, I think it best to incorporate trends in the smaller more easily changed items, like pillows, throws and accessories. It's far easier to make changes here than in following shifts in sofas and chairs, which is why it's better to stay with cleaner more neutral lines for your larger pieces.

What's up and coming?

The environment continues to be really big, both in terms of colour news and product content. Sustainable materials are being found in the manufacturing of upholstery and case goods from sofas, chairs and ottomans, as well as in exterior fabric coverings. Wood tones are still largely dark, but we begin to see the return of pecan and walnut finishes together with the occasional offering of blond and natural woods. Greys, silvers and brown-taupe continue to be strong and hold hands with seasonal infusions such as purple, blue and lavender. Orange and toned-down reds, together with vibrant greens, will be seasonal hits. The "functional" trend continues to dominate in furniture with large and small pieces created for style, function and "multi-function," whether for large home living or condo-life.

What services does Bron Interiorstyle offer clients?

We offer in-house design consultations that comprise anything from decorating one room to an entire house. We also offer a home staging service to clients looking to enhance the sale-ability of their home. Home Staging

Advice from the pro. Getting your house re-sale ready.

Hire a professional to objectively look at your home and see what needs to be done to get it ready ?for sale. De-personalize and minimize family photos and knick-knacks. You want buyers to be able to see themselves in your home. Edit, simplify and de-clutter. Clear hallways, closets and children's spaces so that these well-used areas appear large and accommodating. Update outdated paint and wallpaper. Camouflage difficult areas with minimal furnishings and use mirrors to open up space. Add fresh flowers throughout ?the house. Written by Mary Taggart.

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