Tuesday, July 31, 2012

What's Your Style?

What's your style?  In our old house, i would have said we were going for "Vic-clectic".  Yes, i completely made up that word, but i guess what i mean is stuff we love, placed in our Victorian home, hopefully with super stylish results.  Unfortunately in our case the "stuff we love" didn't always happen to go together.  So to better illustrate the style we were after, check out one of our all time favourite examples of a Victorian home that wears its Victorian architecture and its owners' collections and belongings seamlessly and beautifully.  When i say Vic-clectic, images of Emma's beautiful home pop into my mind.

From the Marion House Book

Pretty gorgeous home, eh?  We still admire and drool over it, but our new home has very different bones - Edwardian bones.  Straighter, simpler, lower-ceilinged bones.  And with our two young kids, having a house full of "stuff we love" can inevitably be heart breaking.  So with this new house we wanted things to be simpler, more durable and more replaceable.  But we still want it to be stylish, and we still want to love our things.

So what's our new style going to be?..."Mod-wardian".  Again, i made that up and it probably doesn't mean much to anyone but me, so here are some pictures to illustrate what inspires our new look:

Claire Stubbs Home via The Marion House Book:

Sama Studio via The Marion House Book

For another wonderful example follow the progress on a big Mod-wardian renovation at The Bennett House, where Keira and her family are injecting some modern influence to a grand old Edwardian home.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Welcome and Happy Birthday!

This is a blog about our new home and some of the projects that we'll be doing around it.  If you've ever read my previous blog Roncesvalles Victorian Reno Diary, you'll know you can expect some DIY projects large and small.  In this blog i am going to try to focus on maximizing design dollars.  I'm also going to put more emphasis on designing child friendly spaces, that are both stylish, comfortable and durable.

The home is Edwardian in style and was built in 1912.  Happy 100th birthday home!  It has been kept in immaculate shape by all of its previous owners.  Almost all of the original details are still intact.  In fact it even still has some of the decommissioned piping from when the home was lit with natural gas lights.  Here is just a small sample of the detail that would be very hard or near impossible to replace today.

Oak herringbone floors:

Beautiful hardwood border in foyer:

Leaded glass:

Original doors, with original door knobs:

You could tell that the couple we bought the home from loved it very much, not only by the pristine condition they kept things in, but also because they generously gifted us with a binder full of the home's history that they researched from the City Archives.  Like them we plan on keeping the original details intact.  Like i said at the outset, we plan on keeping this renovation budget-friendly.  And the best way to do that is to work with what's there.  Hope you join me as i makeover this 100 year old beauty.