Interior / February 18, 2018 / Bristol Royal.
To achieve an inviting transitional look, interior designer Susana Simonpietri employed the art of layering styles, silhouettes and even textures. “Laying a vintage Persian rug atop a jute one adds both character and warmth,” she says.
The house isn’t huge – just under 2,000 square feet packed into three tall, skinny floors in a downtown Toronto Victorian. When we first purchased the house eight years ago, it was move-in-ready. The big work had been done; we just needed to make it pretty and functional. One of the biggest problems was storage: It was standard issue for an 1880s family home (read: none). My goal was to create a place for everything in a space that felt youthful and modern yet true to the home’s heritage. Oh, and did I mention this all had to be done on a budget?
In the master bedroom, the panelling resembles the hallway wainscotting with crown moulding added to mirror the character in the original parts of the home. Floor-to-ceiling windows in this addition bring in light, and a large blue antique rug reflects lake and sky.
The clothes storage in the master bedroom exemplifies Jim’s keep-it-simple attitude. “We really only need a few things when we’re here – a couple of nice outfits, bathing suits and old sweaters and jeans,” he says. “So we didn’t want a full walk-in closet.” Vintage kantha quilts add pops of colour.