Interior / January 12, 2018 / Jayda Hummel
The small bench in the entryway, with its original worn paint, was found in the garage of Shirley’s previous house. “It predates all of us,” says Amy. Beside the master bedroom in the new wing, an antique drop-leaf barley twist table, with drawers in the original robin’s egg blue finish, sits under a vintage painting of a Quebec winter scene.
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.