80s style home gets a gorgeous update
Images by Kelly Horkoff
When clients from Toronto approached me with the idea of transforming a dated 1980s style home into an urban and rustic abode, I knew I had my work cut out for me, but I was up for the challenge. I wanted to keep the charm and feel of a Niagara-on-the- Lake home, but infuse both clients’ personalities and style into the space. We discussed their interests, reasons for relocating out of Toronto, and how they saw themselves living in the space – all of which provided valuable insight. The result? A perfect mix of old and new and a home that is truly one of a kind.
Dining room The home was very compartmentalized and in need of a reworking, not only with finishes but with the existing layout, as well. The bones had character. I opened it up and allowed more light to reflect through the space, which really brought the home to life.
Flooring The engineered hickory floors brought the rustic feel I was after.
Living room By removing walls between the dining and living room and creating a full-height fireplace clad in concrete panels, the initial feel of the space became much grander, and complemented the vaulted ceiling.
Entrance My favourite design element was replacing the existing wall between the entrance and the office with a glass wall, to add depth and light into the overall space.
Kitchen The finer details of walnut beams, white shaker cabinetry and marble backsplash in the kitchen kept the sophistication of NOTL.
Bathroom The clients were thrilled that I was able to reuse their existing custom pendant light. I found the perfect spot in their ensuite above the beautiful soaker tub.
Finishing touches The infusion of art pieces, new and vintage-inspired furniture and interesting lighting created a unique home, perfect for living and entertaining.
Exterior The exterior of the house was transformed with a covered porch and an updated design to the front bay window. The white columns, trim details and stone skirting adds to the NOTL look.
Tracy Clipsham is Principal Interior Designer and Founder of Liv 4 Design Inc. Her passion for design, strong work ethic and ability to develop excellent client relationships are the foundations of her success. liv4design.com