Interior / January 25, 2018 / Bristol Royal.
“Panelling takes a room to the next level, adding lots of visual interest,” says Irene of the dining room. It can even make a small space look bigger, she says. The vignette of artwork, a gilt-framed mirror and an empty frame was actually intentional. “I’ve had that mirror for many years. It was hanging on the wall in the living room, so it was a little more traditional,” says Irene. “By bringing the mirror into the dining room and leaning it on the floor, it feels less formal, but still elegant and dramatic, which I like.”
The master bedroom uses structural avantcorps to its advantage: The room’s reading nook is flooded with natural light, with windows that make you feel as if you’re suspended in the forest, overlooking the lake. “Katrine asked me to create a box bed similar to one she liked in a decor magazine,” says designer Jean-François Ménard. The hemlock built-in headboard links two tall cabinets.
The makeover started with a pair of tummy-turning-beautiful Egyptian doors that I used to frame the doorway to the kitchen. They offer a bit of history and a whole lot of drama, setting the mood for the dining and living rooms beyond. Although Egyptian doors in a Victorian might sound strange, they speak to the other global influences throughout the house, such as Moroccan pouffes and African decor, and are the perfect hit of hip to keep the space from feeling stuffy.
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.