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Half old, half new

One of my favourite Canadian architecture firms continues to impress me with their ingenuity and attention to detail. _naturehumaine blew me away with this home in Montreal. The clients had outgrown their 1920's house on a large lot on Montreal’s south shore. They wanted a contemporary extension that would harmonize with their existing house and highlight and expose the structural brick. The existing house and the extension were separated by a glazed volume where the vertical circulation of the house is located. The extension is organized into 2 intertwining volumes. A brick volume makes up the base and becomes the support for a steel clad volume that projects out into the backyard. The 'sleeping basket' is found at this projection where a large window frames the foliage. This becomes a space to relax and gaze out towards the garden as well as an area for the children to play while maintaining contact with the kitchen and dining spaces below.

The new extension is subtle in its detail, and with a flat roof line matching the old house, seems to blend fairly seamlessly. 

Of course, because they are brilliant, _naturehumaine kept the brick of the old part of the house exposed. AS THEY SHOULD. :)

Are you sick of pot lights too? LOOK WHAT THEY DID HERE!!!

That storage pod thing is pretty cool, housing a 'secret' powder room.

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Rustic and refined

There is nothing I like more than a mixture of rustic and modern styles....so I am totally enamoured with this 112 year old renovated home in Toronto featured at Style At Home. Purchased by designer Paula Velez two years ago, the 2800 sq ft home endured a 9 month renovation that included some demolition of walls, the top floor gutted to create a master suite, a ridiculously fabulous kitchen renovation and much more. This home has it all. 

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Rebecca Hay

If I was not sold on brass hardware for my kitchen redo, I sure am now. These first 2 kitchens by Rebecca Hay are beautiful and the brass hardware adds a little unexpected bit of colour and glam. This Toronto designer has talent, and seems to be able to gorg-ify spaces in a variety of styles. 

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A new designer in town

There is a new designer here in Ottawa and I am so glad she sent me an email introduction. Veronica Martin is beginning to kick some interior design ass in my city (the city that needs all the help it can get) and I am stoked to see how her work evolves. Here is a little sample. It is a renovation project of an 80 year old home in Toronto and I love this one because my sister Jen has almost the exact same kitchen and she has been wondering what to do with it. Welcome to O-town Veronica!


Yet another loft

To end off loft madness week (this was totally unplanned) I wanted to share this former warehouse with you (I think it is located in Montreal). This one has lots of great industrial touches - also with help from some exposed beams and ductwork and what appear to be original concrete floors. I would be perfectly happy living in a space like this. Via Decormag

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