Interior / May 8, 2018 / Jayda Hummel.
Irene loves to update a traditional interior with contemporary lighting options. The pendants and wall sconces aren’t afterthoughts – they’re intentional design details, she says. High-gloss dark floors are a glamorous contrast for the light cabinetry and finishes. Creamy travertine marble countertops were installed years ago, so in order to introduce the cooler grey colours she was using elsewhere in the house, Irene tiled the wall above the downdraft cooktop in statuario marble tiles. “There’s a little bit of the cream that runs through them, so they blend well together,” she says.
Layering natural textural elements, such as the sisal rug, wicker chair, rag rug (on the sofa) and linen toss cushions, adds depth and coziness to the living area. Simple wall hooks by the deck door offer a convenient spot to hang bags and jackets. They also echo the carefree vibe of this cottage, where everything is unfussy and comfortable.
Traditional doesn't mean time warp. That's easy to see from a peek inside the Ottawa home of Irene Langlois. The designer's signature style is rooted in tradition (fine architectural details and sophisticated furnishings), but her secret to keeping classic contemporary is to enliven timeless elements with a judicious but confident application of the day's top trends.
The pink in the master bedroom is more fun pattern play than saccharine sweet (and frankly, I think, shows the master is really man enough to handle a few girlie flourishes in the stylish boudoir).The result is a mix of Victorian architecture with far-flung furnishings that adds up to a modern global aesthetic – the perfect tone for a young family in an old house.