This serene and ordered central foyer and sitting room perfectly introduce the Lutyens-like character of the large river valley home recently built for this family of four. The indigenous Canadian St-Marc-des-Carrieres stone flooring, and custom-designed bronze trim create a rich, deep, masculine solidity, brightened by smoked mirror insets and the mosaic jewellery ottoman fringe handmade by artist Nancy Zboch in precious crystal, found glass, ceramic, wood and metal.
 This richly coloured and textured room is the warm heart of a family home. In keeping with the overall robust, yet refined, approach to the interiors, it is replete with unique elements and materials. The fireplace mantel is St-Marc-des-Carrieres limestone. Below the exquisitely detailed oak ceiling panelling, the massive waterfall island is Brazilian Saturnia granite. Oak flooring grounds the space; the cabinetry is mahogany. Under the custom oil-rubbed bronze range hood is a contemporary mosaic “painting” by artist Nancy Zboch. Capturing and reflecting light and movement, its transparent and opaque glass, mirror, ceramic and copper leaf are sealed, making a perfectly functional backsplash.
 Skillful layering can be seen where the sitting room opens into the expansive great room. The local Eremosa stone tile walls establish remarkable warmth and richness and the smooth stone surfaces contrast with the lush, strié chenille upholstery and soft wool drapery treatments. The vertical piercing of the archway columns provides a striking counterpoint to the cadenced horizontal pattern of the wall panels.
 The formal dining room’s simple elegance is deceptive; founded as it is on layer upon layer of unusual details. Matching a wall alcove opposite, the D-shaped window on the end wall comprises thermopane lights in an iron frame. The reveal line around the recessed centre panel emphasizes the gentle curve of the sculptural transition to the oval ceiling. In the mahogany wall panels, recessed fixtures in the shortened reveals accentuate the resulting crenellation, while washing the ceiling curve with light. Above, floating iron rings frame the Fortuny silk pendant lamps.
 Texture is a key design element in this stately home, as seen in the double-rail-and-reveal detail of the contemporary painted wooden wall panelling, the wooden cladding on the steel stair structure into which stone steps have been set and the contemporary bronzed iron railing.
 The barrel vaulted ceiling with recessed lighting emphasizes the serene and orderly nature of this peaceful retreat. Bronze-framed frosted glass partitions conceal the shower and toilet room. Top down/bottom up, bronze-toned fabric blinds create privacy while preserving the view of the lush landscape surrounding this river valley home. Grasscloth covering the foreground storage cabinet adds an unexpected textural element.
 Cleverly integrating ventilation ducts, the painted wood panelled ceiling emphasizes the gracious expansiveness of this tranquil room. Extra-full pale silk drapery flanks the large mahogany framed windows overlooking the forest landscape. Mahogany also completes the St-Marc-des-Carrieres limestone in the custom fireplace surround. The walls are covered in pale grey grass cloth.
 The large window in the stairwell presented a challenge, met by meticulous planning of a slightly twisted series of steps to establish a landing in front of it, while providing comfortable ascent and descent. The sinuous curve and drum of the stair structure underscore the skillful solution.
 In this much-used lower level room, perimeter bulkheads conceal plumbing and ventilating services, while giving the illusion of greater ceiling height. The wall to wall mirror also serves to visually expand it. The recycled rubber flooring and highly textured stone walls were practical and acoustic choices.
 This lower level relaxation space is much used by the family of four and their friends, whose lives are documented in the colourful collage of photos that is an important element of the décor. Simple, comfortable furnishings are set against a contemporary board and batten wall treatment. Beside the huge ethanol-burning fireplace, a structural niche was filled with a whimsical custom upholstered banquette, its sleek microfiber upholstery contrasting with the highly textured Japanese porcelain face of the fireplace. Together they create a functional and striking focal point.
 This client wanted his new home to celebrate his North American achievements and European heritage. After conceiving all the interior volumes and spaces, we used a variety of motifs, textures and patterns so that each room has its own mood, yet a common richness unites the home. The exquisitely detailed rotunda is typical of the graceful balance achieved throughout.
 This client’s North American achievement and European heritage were celebrated in a legacy home in which each room has its own mood, united by a common richness. The long upper hall’s rhythmic pattern of doorways, arches and sconces is bathed in light from one custom polished nickel high lens. To achieve symmetry, the three windows were draped to look like two.
 This client wanted his new home to celebrate his North American achievements and European heritage. After conceiving all the interior volumes and spaces, we used a variety of motifs, textures and patterns so that each room has its own mood, yet a common richness unites the home. Here, the inviting living room combines contemporary furnishings with a stunning, traditional limestone fireplace.
 This client wanted his new home to celebrate his North American achievements and European heritage. After conceiving all the interior volumes and spaces, we used a variety of motifs. The warm family room features a large modern limestone fireplace and thoughtfully designed cabinetry housing children’s toys, home theatre equipment and other items supporting the owner’s family-and entertainment-oriented lifestyle.
 This client wanted his new home to celebrate his North American achievements and European heritage. After conceiving all the interior volumes and spaces, we used a variety of motifs, textures and patterns so that each room has its own mood, yet a common richness unites the home. The Chippendale inspired ceiling and millwork details subtly contrast with the contemporary mid-century furnishings.
 This client wanted his new home to celebrate his North American achievements and European heritage. After conceiving all the interior volumes and spaces, we used a variety of motifs, textures and patterns so that each room has its own mood, yet a common richness unites the home. The generous kitchen’s traditional styling in the deeply coffered ceiling and elegantly detailed walnut cabinetry contrasts with gleaming glass tile and stone surfaces and contemporary seating.
 Each room in this client’s home has its own mood, achieved with a variety of motifs, textures and patterns. Rich wooden furnishings alternating with art work and palely gleaming millwork details create an appealing rhythm along this passageway.
 This client wanted his new home to celebrate his North American achievements and European heritage. After conceiving all the interior volumes and spaces, we used a variety of motifs, textures and patterns so that each room has its own mood, yet a common richness unites the home. In the centrepiece of her bath, the vanity’s graceful curves and fine detailing add classical yet feminine character.
 This client wanted his new home to celebrate his North American achievements and European heritage. In his luxury spa, the compressed glass and glass mosaic tile floor glistens as does the dramatically-lit frosted glass divider that demarcates the teak-floored wet area. The wall-to-wall glass partition at left is frosted for privacy at toilet and shower areas and is clear at the steam room where it parallels the frosted glass divider.
 This lower level spa is introduced by a narrow, spot-lit crevasse waterfall slot. We asked the architect to lower the waterfall space by two feet to allow for under-floor services. The centre panel of teak flooring lifts out for easy access to pump, plumbing and electrical. We also dropped the ceiling in this area for proportion and to hide the angle of the stairs above.
 This client wanted his new home to celebrate his North American achievements and European heritage. After conceiving all the interior volumes and spaces, we used a variety of motifs, textures and patterns so that each room has its own mood, yet a common richness unites the home. Combining sophisticated masculinity with classical detailing, his bath features rich, dark woods in a custom furniture-like vanity and a crisp window blind in chocolate and taupe.
 Filled with bright colour and reflective surfaces, the guest bath in the bar area of this home reflects the entertainment area. The sleek, wall-hung, stainless steel vanity was custom-designed for the space and features a red glass counter top with integrated towelette dispenser and waste container.
 This client wanted his new home to celebrate his North American achievements and European heritage. After conceiving all the interior volumes and spaces, we used a variety of motifs, textures and patterns so that each room has its own mood yet a common richness unites the home. Here, strong colours, high gloss surfaces and light make its “fire and ice” themed lower level lounge an exciting entertainment space.
 In the lower level lounge of this new home, we asked brilliant glass artist Jeff Goodman to create a collage of pieces that would suggest “fire and ice”, a reference to the owner’s fun-loving personality.
 Although they love traditional design, this Florida-based couple wanted their Canadian summer home to be a fresh, light and lively place for the whole family, including very young children and a dog. The simplicity and freshness of the interiors reflects their lifestyle, while respecting the neoclassical character of the home, as exemplified in this classically detailed foyer enlivened with only three special furnishings.
 Although they love traditional design, this Florida-based couple wanted their Canadian summer home to be a fresh, light and lively place for the whole family, including very young children and a dog. We gave them the freshness that reflects their lifestyle, while respecting the neoclassical character of the home. In the light-bathed family room, clean-lined low furnishings add warmth and comfort while modern artwork contrasts with the classic millwork details.
 Although they love traditional design, this Florida-based couple wanted their Canadian summer home to be a fresh, light and lively place for the whole family, including very young children and a dog. We gave them the freshness that reflects their lifestyle, while respecting the neoclassical character of the home. This living room combines very simple, contemporary lines with traditional details, such as the drapery and fireplace mirror treatments artfully concealing built-in fire shutters.
 Although they love traditional design, this Florida-based couple wanted their Canadian summer home to be a fresh, light and lively place for the whole family, including very young children and a dog. We gave them the freshness that reflects their lifestyle, while respecting the neoclassical character of the home. A very few atypical design elements add charm and character to this classically clean and elegant Georgian space: a vintage ‘40’s dining suite and chandelier and dramatically full silk draperies below a strikingly patterned valance.
 Although they love traditional design, this Florida-based couple wanted their Canadian summer home to be a fresh, light and lively place for the whole family, including very young children and a dog. This bright, sun-washed breakfast room reflects their lifestyle with smart contemporary leather chairs contrasting with the existing rustic table amid the home’s neoclassical details.
 Although they love traditional design, this couple wanted their Canadian summer home to be a fresh, light and lively place for the whole family, including very young children and a dog. We gave them the freshness that reflects their lifestyle while respecting the neoclassical character of the home. The most contemporary room, the master bedroom features shell motifs reflecting their Floridian origin. The Italian-designed bed’s button tufted suede, the handmade silver lamps and ‘30’s Art Deco chairs add soft layers of richness and contemporary elegance.
 The light-filled Georgian-styled, Canadian summer home we created for this Florida-based couple reflects a lifestyle with very young children, a dog and a busy social calendar. This crisp, white and elegant master bath incorporates very simple built-in cabinetry and lush floor-length drapery within a traditionally detailed space, creating a blissfully serene refuge.
 The Georgian-styled, Canadian summer home we created for this Florida-based couple reflects a lifestyle with very young children, a dog and a busy social calendar. We designed the study library as a quiet, sober retreat with its rich, dark colours and traditionally detailed bookcases and wall panelling contrasting with the spare elegance of the Lucien Rollin Art Deco desk and simple leather chairs.
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