This couple are both geologists, inspiring the innovative use of stone throughout the home custom built for their active family of five and eight pets. In this entry hall, limestone is used on both the floor and walls, providing a striking and practical backdrop for the exquisite antique furnishings. The mirror was in the owners’ collection; the marble and gilt 19th C reproduction console table was sourced in France; the sconces were handcrafted in antique brass to complete the vignette.
 This couple are avid collectors of antique carpets, fabrics and furnishing, and of course Canadian art as perfectly combined in this gracious dining room. Bounded by carefully thought out wall panelling and coffered ceiling details, their existing chairs surround a newly acquired fine mahogany pedestal table with matching server under a specialty handcrafted gold leaf and crystal chandelier. A fine c.1880 Bakshaish Persian carpet grounds the setting, while the silk drapery and floral overprinted grass cloth wall covering were chosen for their combination of lushness and simplicity. The large painting, “Winter Road” is by noted Canadian Western artist John McKee.
 This warm and gracious living room epitomizes the casual comfort that was created in a traditional home designed for a large and active family. Throughout it, the design and decoration incorporate a remarkable interplay of colour, pattern and texture, an important collection of Canadian art as well as antique and contemporary furnishings from around the world. Here, “Boyhood” by Northern Ontario artist, Valerie Palmer is featured as well as an Sultanabad Persian carpet from the late 19th century. Toss cushions and an upholstered side chair reference the rich colours and pattern of the carpet.
 Adding a subtle rhythm to the space, the ceiling is just part of the masterfully planned detailing for this cozy room. The pale plush wool carpet and warm apple green paint finished cabinetry create a subtle background for the fine wood block print by Yoshitori Mori, dean f Japan’s modern print makers, which is flanked by drapery in a playful pagoda print. The existing chairs were reshaped an upholstered for this space.
 Placing the owners’ collectibles to best advantage was one of the great pleasures in designing this home. Here, in a small space just outside the study, an eclectic combination of pieces creates an arresting display. On a little antique Canadian table, a traditional bronze elephant bell from India sits below “Winter, Beaupre”, by Maurice Cullen, a historical Canadian artist from Montreal.
 The exquisitely scaled paneling and stair details were carefully designed to reference the Georgian design of the exterior of this home and to create a graceful connection between the windows and landings. The simplicity of the flat-woven grass cloth carpet compliments this airy, light-filled space and is a practical choice in a home with eight pets.
 Set against the elegantly designed traditional paneling and millwork and antique carpet, the diverse collection of furnishings at the base of the stairs emphasizes that a modern family occupies this traditional home. Flanking the traditional mirror-on-mirror centrepiece, elegant sconces fit perfectly into the paneling detail. The curves of the shades and of the contemporary, custom-made, forged iron and gilt console compliment those of the sinuous stair.
 Perfectly symmetrical, the complex wall and ceiling details are both elegant and functional. The marble fireplace centres a carefully planned storage wall that flanks the windows with small niches housing gemstone specimens collected by the owners, both geologists. The painting is “Celestial Gathering” by historical Canadian artist Michael Forster. Below a historic sculpture and mask, large shelves provide storage for several antique carpets. The coffee table and seating were existing; new upholstery stands up to use by children and pets, as does the handmade Jan Kath carpet. The crewel work cushion covers reflect the owner’s love of textiles.
 This hardworking space is the true heart of an active home for five people and pets. Wall, ceilings, trim and the exquisitely detailed cabinetry, all in one colour, reflect the traditional character of the home. Contemporary elements add liveliness and colour contrast. The existing Bertoia stools create a strong accent at the massive granite topped island, balanced by the bright red polycarbonate pendant fixture above the breakfast table, which, in turn, picks up the red of the stove controls and batterie de cuisine. The horsehair in the Roman blinds adds a glimmer sheen and is extremely durable, as is the oak flooring.
 The carefully designed cabinetry includes a large unit designed to look like a freestanding hutch, with its furniture-like base detail, brackets, black-leaded glazing and wooden counter top.
 This dressing room and closet was painstakingly detailed to accommodate multi-level hanging, many drawers, shelving and open storage. Despite the extensive cabinetry, this passageway between the master bedroom and ensuite is light, fresh and spacious.
 Traditional detailing with a contemporary touch creates a balance of glamour and comfort in this young woman’s bath. The vanity’s classic panel design has been treated to a modern art finish referencing the strong pattern in the marble flooring; the Caesar Stone top has a unique stepping detail with a plinth below the medicine chest built into the centre of the mirror triptych. Nickel finishes on the light fixtures and hardware enlivens the space.
 The barrel vaulted ceiling with recessed lighting reinforces the symmetry of this generous and elegant space. A coffered ceiling delineates the vanity area; opposite, the remarkably cleanly detailed glass partitions define the curbless shower and toilet areas. For privacy, the windows are coated with an easy-to-maintain translucent frosted film. Over the bath, a printed silk window valance extends to the ceiling, emphasizing its curve.
 The upholstered headboard is perfectly framed by the panelled wall, which incorporates two oval windows above extra-wide cabinets. The window casings were designed to conceal pull down blinds for privacy. The adjacent wall was built out to incorporate storage and an 11 foot long daybed under the huge window. The serene colour scheme is accented with red elements such as the bench cushion and the throw pillows’ large scale prints, which reference the antique fabrics and carpets found elsewhere in the home. Nickel finishes on the lamps and hardware add sparkle.
 The groin vaulted corridor was designed to provide access to the great room on the west side of the house and culminates at the entrance to the wine cellar iron grille. The floor and ceiling were carefully planned out so that lanterns hang directly over the complex medallions laser etched into the limestone flooring.
 Although most of the furnishings were provided by a local decorator, Lisa Kahn, with whom we worked closely, we sourced certain special pieces, such as a pair of extraordinary Lyonnais walnut cured door encoignures c.1780 found in France. These 10 foot tall units were positioned in the corners of the entry from the living room to the covered loggia. Their shape softens the corners of the room and their detailing works well with the intricately detailed stonework we designed.
 In addition to the 6, 000 sq. ft. Bungalow space, there is a quiet suite above the garage, to which this wooden stair leads. The tiles on risers match those inset in the limestone floor, part of the inventive design detailing throughout the home, as are the delicately cadenced iron railings. Connecting the garage, wine room and laundry room, the complex arched space in which the stair is set required significant plaster and stone detailing. The small 19th century carved tiroir unit was sourced in France.
 Opening onto the lanai, the family room of this lovely Florida home also connects to dining room across the elegant colonnade of solid carved Syrian stone. The columns and the intricate ceiling structure were all carefully planned and detailed. So, too, was the massive 12 foot tall wall unit, which was executed in select hard white maple finished with multiple glazes that create its warm character.
 In this warm and welcoming living room, the stone panelled walls and superb custom designed, carved mantelpiece called for precise and innovative detailing, as did the ceiling structure of mahogany beams and cypress panels.
 Smooth textures and delicate patterns work well against the richly veined stone wall panelling that wrap this charming living room, which features “The River in Autumn” by noted Canadian artist Dorothy Knowles.
 This 400 sq. ft. kitchen is a masterpiece of detailing and collaboration with the cabinet maker. Every inch of the cabinetry was custom designed for function and to integrate with the interior architectural elements. Like the large colonnades elsewhere, the small columns have a Moorish flavour. The proto-Grecian column capital reproduces one seen on the owners’ trip to Turkey. Pale painted finishes and granite reflect the glorious light that floods this Canadian couple’s Florida winter home.
 Nestled into the pantry wall, the large storage and bar unit sits perfectly below the coffered ceiling. They myriad of special details in this kitchen cabinetry and architectural millwork marry flawlessly.
 Below the carefully planned beamed cypress wood ceiling and surrounded by hurricane proof windows, this charming breakfast room is filled with Florida sunshine.
 Seen from the master bedroom doorway, this short corridor leads to the master bath and incorporates openings to dressing rooms, toilet area and shower room on either side. The delicate archway and fine plaster finish reflect the other finishes in the home; the hickory flooring is used throughout, in diverse patterns. The gracefully detailed vanity cabinetry at the end of the corridor rises above breccia oniciata marble slab flooring.
 In the Florida sunshine, peach-toned Venetian plaster glows against the hickory flooring and complex millwork details that establish the character of this elegant master bedroom.
 The layered window frame design conceals hidden remotely controlled blackout blinds that slide down silently to create privacy and clock the bright sunshine in this gracious Florida home.
 As in the other rooms in this exquisite Florida home, the architectural and cabinetry details were painstakingly developed to contribute to the interior design character individually and to work together beautifully. Here, the circles of the vanity mirrors reference the barrel vaulting of the ceiling and all the cabinetry was designed to enhance the volume. Venetian plaster, painted millwork and bronze fittings work well with the magnificent breccias oniciata marble slab flooring.
 There is a view to a secluded courtyard from the antique French copper tub in the master bath of a remarkable Florida home, which is characterized by superbly detailed millwork.
 This vacation home is replete with custom cabinetry and finely detailed millwork, as epitomized by this inviting and functional study, which is perfectly planned and executed in rich cherry wood. Hidden in the window frame, remote controlled blinds descend to block the Florida sunshine.
 A private path past the master bath leads to a concealed courtyard with an outdoor shower. Inside the huge copper tub is placed to take advantage of the private landscape view.
 In the welcoming lanai of this Florida home, the columns and ceiling are typical of the extensive design detailing. Here, narrow slots between the double columns conceal remote controlled widow screens.
 The interior design of this splendid Naples, Florida home was thoughtfully harmonized with the architecture. Built on a generous pond overlooking a golf course, the sprawling structure comprises several discrete living areas, connected by gracious corridors and surrounded by courtyards and beautifully landscaped areas. Sketches and detailed drawings of special arrangements and stonework details were added into the construction drawings created by local architect Herscoe Hajjar Architects Inc.
 The scale and details of the several colonnades were carefully developed to inform the architect, builder and Syrian stoneworkers. Every column is solid stone. For the front entrance, we were involved with detailing the brackets and ceiling structure, as well as the door grille.
 Interior and exterior details were coordinated to create a consistent and elegant Spanish Moorish character. The columns and ceiling of this welcoming lanai are typical of the exhaustive and inventive design detailing throughout the Florida home.
 Being involved on the design team six months in advance of construction provided the opportunity to work closely with the local architect and builder, especially with respect to the design and detailing of the many solid limestone elements custom-carved in Syria. The relationship between interior and exterior is transparent and consistent in this magnificent holiday home, which expresses a Spanish Moorish theme.
 We worked with the builder of this very traditional home to resolve and sculpt the shape of this 1 ½ storey room under the sloping roof lines, creating a light, open space that we warmed with a palette of deep reds, golds and tans. The family finds it the perfect spot to curl up and watch a movie after dinner. The drapery valance conceals the housing for the wooden Venetian blinds used to darken the room for that purpose.
 We worked with the builder of this very traditional home to resolve and sculpt the shape of this 1 ½ storey room under the sloping roof line and then furnished it with generously scaled, lushly cushioned furnishings to create a sense of intimacy despite the lofty space. The result is a light and airy room that still feels cozy.
 For this custom-built traditional home, we worked closely with the architect to refine the millwork details, then worked with the owners to place and enhance their existing furnishings and art collection. We collaborated with the cabinet maker to develop tidy, controlled and perfectly detailed kitchen storage, centred on a large island, with a raised level concealing the work area and housing electrical outlets. The back splash’s limestone mosaic references the counter top material.
 We worked with the builder of this very traditional home to resolve and sculpt the vaulting for this large room, adding a false interior slope to match an existing corner and creating a bulkhead across the window to join them. Below a silk damask half-canopy, the large custom bed was detailed with a graceful curved corner to minimize its visual bulk and with an ingenious pop-up television screen.
 Off this traditional home’s master bedroom is a perfectly detailed dressing room and fitted closet, with a vast amount of storage organized in a clean and airy space. The flood of light from the elegant skylight is multiplied by the mirrored rear wall, the centre of which is a three-way looking glass.
 For this custom-built traditional home, we worked closely with the architect to refine the millwork details, then worked with the owners to place and enhance their existing furnishings and art collection. Our use of layers and repetition to enhance transitions between spaces is seen in this view of the main hall looking across the house through the kitchen.
 For this custom-built traditional home, we worked closely with the architect to refine the millwork details, then worked with the owners to place and enhance their existing furnishings and art collection. In the library, we employed carpeting, draperies and cushions to underline the cozy feeling established by the stained wood panels and create a backdrop for the Moorcroft lamps and early 20th century Quebec painting.
 We created a superb setting for this family’s art collection and their existing Chippendale furnishings, which we complemented with an antique chandelier and antique mirror. The gold on gold wallcovering and carpet create a soft and graceful backdrop, with a warmth that is especially welcoming at night.
 The gold on gold colour palette of this formal dining room is interpreted in the lush fullness of the classic tie-back draperies chosen to complement the family’s existing upholstered Chippendale pieces.
 We designed this classic, spacious and comfortable “farmhouse”, situated on rolling acres of farm and woodland in Upper New York State, to serve the family for years to come. Columns, archways and a series of elegant lanterns create a serene rhythm in the wide central hall.
 We designed this classic, spacious and comfortable “farmhouse”, situated on rolling acres of farm and woodland in Upper New York State, to serve the family for years to come. This remarkable sculptural staircase exemplifies the exquisite detailing throughout.
 We designed this spacious and comfortable “farmhouse”, situated on rolling acres of farm and woodland in Upper New York State, to serve the family for years to come. The family room has 20 foot ceilings, classical American architectural detailing and two sets of double doors flanking and indoor / outdoor fireplace and leading to the outdoor entertaining area. It is as perfect for quiet family evenings as it is for entertaining large groups.
 Art, music, socializing and commitment to family are reflected throughout this classical farmhouse design, especially in the generous, yet cozy family room with its many conversation areas.
 We designed this classic, spacious and comfortable “farmhouse”, situated on rolling acres of farm and woodland in Upper New York State, to serve the family for years to come. Cozy at any time, the study is especially so on winter nights in front of the exquisitely detailed pine fireplace.
 We designed this spacious and comfortable “farmhouse”, situated on rolling acres of farm and woodland in Upper New York State, to serve the family for years to come. Despite the formality of the high, columned space, the dining room is an intimate and comfortable place for entertaining or family gatherings.
 We designed this classic, spacious and comfortable “farmhouse”, situated on rolling acres of farm and woodland in Upper New York State, to serve the family for years to come. As in a traditional farmhouse, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Pale cabinets and Carrera marble counter tops surround the large walnut topped island where the passionate cook delights in serving friends and family.
 In the family farmhouse kitchen, a large bay window floods the room with light and provides a woodland view. We used a sunny yellow palette and cheerful semi-sheer draperies to welcome and amplify the breakfast sunlight.
 This sophisticated and sociable couple commissioned a grand traditional home to suit their busy family and entertainment lifestyle. With its exquisitely detailed columns, mouldings and cornices, gleaming crema marfil slab flooring bordered by green marble and subtle aged rubbed art wall finish, the grand reception hall is the focal point for the interior. We designed a custom-fabricated leaded glass convex lens to finish the skylight and create a brilliant conservatory effect.
 This sophisticated and sociable couple commissioned a grand traditional home that would support their busy and multi-faceted entertainment calendar graciously, from family weekends devoted to young grandchildren to elegant dinners and receptions in support of their philanthropic interests. We developed an elaborate scheme of architectural detailing that adds authentic, but very personal, character.
 This sophisticated and sociable couple commissioned a grand traditional home that would support their busy and multi-faceted entertainment calendar graciously, from family weekends devoted to young grandchildren to elegant dinners and receptions in support of their philanthropic interests. We developed an elaborate scheme of architectural detailing that adds authentic, but very personal, character. That character is demonstrated in the library’s intricate millwork and fine furnishings.
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