A professional couple, with a stylish approach to life and a penchant for entertaining, built a home to suit their lifestyle in a familiar neighbourhood.
She grew up in Westboro and he works there. So, when it came time to build, they were very attracted to the established area and found a vacant site to build a house that incorporated their lifestyle needs.
Aesthetics and function were a must for both homeowners. He was looking for enough space to include a three-car garage, and she wanted to have an outdoor living space that flowed easily from indoors. A blend of traditional space with contemporary elements has resulted in a home ready to welcome friends and family.
The airy entrance is open to the living room and dining room, where a neutral colour scheme is the ideal backdrop for their vibrant art work displayed throughout the home. A walnut and glass staircase is both a focal point and the stepping stone to imbue the ambiance of the home.
A colourful collection of Canadian artists is represented on the walls. Local artist James Lahey’s work hangs prominently above the family room fireplace—a stunning floral still-life that balances the elegant vibe throughout the home.
The large kitchen area, directly across from the fireplace, calls for casual gatherings, sharing good food and conversation around the kitchen island. Designed by Irpinia Kitchens, it features high-gloss white cabinets to add a contemporary element combined with a chocolate/grey painted island that warms up the space and creates an elegant feel. A beautiful white Neolith counter with grey veining is incorporated into the backsplash, which produces a dramatic effect. Glass pendants from Arevco Lighting inject an element of modern glamour that ties the look together.
Hints of glamorous touches are found throughout the home and pay tribute to some of the formal elements that the homeowners incorporated to honour their personal style. Velvet fabrics combine with tailored furnishings, and glass shelving offers a personality-filled display in the family room, where most of the family entertaining takes place. Across from this space, the 12-foot kitchen island is often transformed into a “kids” table for holiday meals. In warm weather, the grand space opens to a patio area for even greater crowd-gathering enjoyment.
Upstairs the master bedroom area functions as a retreat equipped with his and her walk-in closets leading to a luxurious bathroom fitted with a chic tub designed for relaxation.
A butler’s pantry was high on the priority list, and has been incorporated into a space that flows easily from kitchen to dining room. It’s a stylish and convenient feature that enhances entertaining when serving more formal meals in the dining room and enables wine to pour freely into the glasses of friends and family. Yet another welcoming aspect in a home built with a heart for gathering people together.