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house tour: getting artsy

Let’s start this week off with a little house tour, shall we? I’m back with another brother-and-sister-in-law tour (remember this one a few weeks ago?). What can I say – I have a seriously stylish fam.

Their semi-detached pad is in one of Toronto’s hip neighbourhoods – full of cool little shops, parks and friendly folks. The whole house was gutted and re-done a few years ago and now has a nice open concept layout. The living room has a layered neutral look and comes across as earthy, un-cluttered, and warm.

I have serious barcelona chair envy. Ain’t she a beauty?

One really fun element dotted around this house are table lamps on old vintage chairs. Instead of using typical side tables, this is a quirky (and more affordable) idea.

The living room opens up into a dining room full of books, a pretty weathered farmhouse table, and lots of charm.

The kitchen, at the back of the house and opening onto the backyard, injects a shot of colour into the main floor. The pretty blue and tons of sunlight makes it feel like such a fresh space.

Notice the sweet orange kitchen accessories? Perfection.

Up on the second floor are the three main bedrooms – one master and two for the kiddos.

First up is sweet Stella’s room. Taupe walls and hits of pink make a feminine (but not over the top) space for this little girl.

The framed butterfly prints below are just sheets of wrapping paper found at a specialty paper store. Pretty and affordable – right up my alley.

Henry’s room is all about blue and orange. Oh, and did those lovely bird mobiles catch your eye? Alexandra (their Mum) whipped them up herself.

Maps are another big feature throughout the house. This one below is probably my favourite (feels like it was from a schoolhouse), but there are loads dotted around.

Now we’re headed down to the basement. Besides laundry and storage, there is a nice little guest space and bathroom.

Oh and the abstract paintings all over the house? Yep, just Alexandra again. I’m telling you – she is one artsy gal.

So there you have it. Another jolt of inspiration for your own digs. Did you have a favourite room or favourite piece in the house? Feeling inspired to go frame some wrapping paper, make a mobile, or do some painting? I know I am!  Thanks John and Alexandra for showing us around. Oh, and if you’re in the Toronto area, check out Henry’s Highchair for some kid-friendly restaurant recommendations. Yep, the kid blogs. Amazing. 

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  • Courtney

    Lovely! I adore the paintings! :)

  • Cassie

    this is really cool, but mostly crazy because i have a daughter stella and a son henry. crazyyy!!

    • gemma

      How funny!! Great names :)


  • Where abouts are the living room lamps from?

    Very nicely done. I love vintage pull down maps. I’ve picked up two in the last month and I’m stuggling with how to hang them.

    PS. See you at the Blog Podium event.

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  • Elaine Rushlow

    Okay I’m just going to say love the living room crown molding idea I can soo do this as I have the higher ceilings…nice pad People!