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Wednesday
May032017

Bilateral house by Audax

I am completely blown away by this project I stumbled upon by Toronto-based architecture firm Audax. The exterior is pretty and original to the 'hood and then the second you walk in the front door BOOM!!! Nothing that you could have imagined. I am especially smitten with the gorgeous bathrooms and that room in the roof peak. The homeowners of Bilateral House purchased a lot with a 116-year-old Period Revival home in a mature picturesque neighbourhood in Toronto. As avid collectors of contemporary art and vintage furniture, they wanted to build a modern gallery-inspired home with high ceilings to artfully display their collections. Responding to the homeowners’ vision and the City’s requirement to keep the front half of the original house, Audax sensitively restored and rebuilt the heritage façade, and designed a modern addition in the rear. However, the design solution ensured that both sides of the house could still relate to each other. To begin, Audax faithfully reconstructed the main façade with restored brick, new stucco and wood trim. Audax also rebuilt the roof to mirror the original design. Audax's interior design strategy followed suit with a design that both honoured the original character of the house and satisfied the homeowners’ affinity for a modern gallery aesthetic.

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Friday
Apr282017

A modern townhouse by Qanuk Interiors Inc. 

I am going to go out on a limb and state that this is one of the best designed townhouses I think I have ever come across. Sarah Keenleyside (who currently has a show on HGTV called Backyard Builds with Brian McCourt, and who coincidentally hails from Ottawa) and Lindsay Konior are principals of Toronto design firm Qanuk Interiors Inc. Every square inch is so well utilized and such attention to detail. From what looks to be a custom built-in sectional, to making use of under-stairs space to house a garden, to the most stunning double height bathroom I have ever seen, and then something as simple as a stackable washer/dryer behind a custom framed out floor-length mirror. Modern but with lots of wood and touches of wood make it really warm and inviting. And is that a sunk-in planter box I spot behind the kitchen sink?! This is all soooooo fabulous. 

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Monday
Apr242017

Dineen Architecture + Design

Some fabulous modern, lofty vibes by New York City based Joan Dineen of Dineen Architecture + Design. Making me want to go steal some pink flowering branches from a neighbour's tree. ;)

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Thursday
Apr202017

Dan Davis Design encore

It really can't be almost ten years since Kim first featured the work of interior designer Dan Davis. When he emailed recently to remind us of how much time had passed (thanks Dan!) we couldn't wait to see what he had been up to since then. We weren't disappointed. His portfolio ranges from transitional to contemporary, mid century modern to eclectic all with his distinct creative touch. Here are just a few of my favourites from the new work he shared with us.

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Monday
Apr172017

A small minimalist apartment in Bucharest

Architect and interior designer Alex Calin sent in this project of a small, Nordic-inspired minimalist apartment that I wanted to share: The studio has about 40 sqm and it is located downtown Bucharest, in a building located near the Cismigiu park, in a historical city center. By the time we started the project, nobody had made changes or improvements of any kind from the date of commissioning of the use, somewhere in the mid 60s. The significant changes were losing the balcony and inserting it into living space. This is how a little space for conversation and a work area appeared and at the same time this has increased glass surface adding up extra light. One of the former windows has got a bookshelf open on both sides that filters light in the sleeping area and delineates pleasantly the interior space. The furnishings are in shades of white, with small touches of oak and dotted here and there by a few spots black. The minimal furniture has a touch of nordic inspiration. All the furniture was designed and executed together with partners from Mobilaunicat.ro and is made to completely cover the minimal needs posed by such a space. The owner has a passion for film and music (he works in the creative industry) so the walls are decorated with black and white portraits of several iconic characters (Tilda Swinton, David Bowie, Grace Jones and Patti Smith).