Some things quintessentially define an era, shag carpet? The 60s and 70s. Boy Bands? The 90s. Golden Oak? The 80s. Perhaps not the worst thing to come out of the 80s, (my hair could top that list), but definitely a ubiquitous feature in homes. Our Coach Hill Project was no exception. There was golden oak – everywhere – except, shockingly the kitchen – because it had been renovated.
If you’re an avid fan of interior design, you’ve probably noticed a shift taking place … a move from white on white everything to warmer tones and darker interiors. A change I welcome wholeheartedly! There’s just something so cozy and intimate about moody interiors.
Today’s Inspired Interiors feature is just that, a rich palette that is layered and inviting. Designer Sarah Birnie took care to highlight the original period details of the home located in the Lawrence Park area of Toronto. Leaded windows, thick moldings and arched doorways, were given a fresh and timeless update with paint, wallpaper and a generous dose of texture and pattern. All while staying true to classic English design inspiration.
Sometimes open concept, isn’t quite the right concept. As was the case at our Bel-Aire Project. The previous owners had done what so many do when updating older homes – they opened it up. The result was a space that lacked function and intimacy.