For this family home in Toronto's Hogg's Hollow neighborhood, interiors firm
Douglas Design Studio used careful layering and architectural detail to create a modern, pared down look that is warm and inviting. 50
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The home's main floor is grounded by the warm, earthy tones of the limestone flooring, which is sourced from the famous Saint-Marc-des-Carrières quarry in Canada’s Capitale-Nationale Region. At the center of the foyer is a dramatic, light-filled staircase with deep treads and a glass and stainless steel surround.
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Layering and sculpting add interest and scale to the large, high ceilinged great room, which is the heart of the home. Additional seating and hidden storage units are tucked in at the windows while carefully planned bulkheads and coffering add architectural detail to the ceiling. Contemporary accents in the room include the sleek extension of the fireplace hearth, which showcases a driftwood sculpture, and the custom light fixture of floating glass ribbons wrapped in a glass and steel box.
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The walnut wood used for the kitchen cabinetry and window seats has a strong, horizontal graining that brings a warm and elegant look. The breakfast table is dramatic with a stacked and staggered wood base.
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Bronzed mirror panels set in the dining room’s painted panel walls reflect the furnishings and art. The highly-reflective, playful pendant lights create infinite layers of color and shape, adding complexity to the very simply finished room.
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The powder room has a minimalist appearance that belies the complex challenge presented by the multiple slopes and shapes of the roof line under which it is tucked.
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Situated near the entry, the study is a tidy cocoon. White lacquer cabinets float against highly grained walnut paneling, which itself is floating four inches from the wall and lit from behind. This layered approach creates a cozy surround for the custom-designed Corian and steel desk.