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Home Media The Heart Of Your Home
The Heart Of Your Home
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Bring warmth, comfort and intimacy to a home of any size - focusing on rich colours, patterns and personal enjoyment. In this busy world, people want their homes to be relaxing. The days of neutral beige-on-beige environments are over. Now, people want colour and character to create a home that is warm and welcoming. Whether building from the ground up, renovating or redecorating - whether your style is traditional or modern - personal comfort should be your priority.

Working with my construction team, I recently built and decorated a 10,500 square foot home in Toronto's Forest Hill neighbourhood. Even on such a large scale, it's possible to create a cozy and intimate atmosphere.

Secluded at he back of the house are kitchen, conservatory and family room. This area is truly the heart of the home where people spend 80% of their time. To enhance the casual , comfortable ambiance, the rooms are designed to be open and flow together.

For this family of four, the kitchen is an important gathering place which must also serve as an efficient work space. All the cabinets were custom made in my own mill shop to ensure precision and maximum storage capacity. The fronts are a shade of ivory which creates a softer look than white. For a vintage patina, the backsplash tile has been crackled. Granite countertops are easier to maintain than marble, but I recommended selecting a richly textured granite that resembles marble. This one features intricate swirls of orange and gold.

Kitchen View

Topped by wrought-iron chandelier, the centre island counter serves as a breakfast bar and has become a popular conversation area for the family. Made of solid cherry butcher block, the island provides a strong visual anchor for the kitchen.

It's important to combine different colours and textures to make elements stand out. If the island were topped with granite, it would simply disappear. Adding true warmth is a double-sided fireplace, shared by the kitchen and family room. Georgian-inspired wooden mantelpieces are each complemented by traditional green marble hearth.

Adjoining the kitchen and the family room is the conservatory, which serves as a casual eating area. A custom oak parquet table for six is the centrepiece. Glass walls give the feeling of being outside in the back garden, with a stunning view of the swimming pool and pool house. Roman blinds serve to keep the room private and intimate at night.

In the family room, overstuffed couches in ultra-soft chenille are perfect for curling up and relaxing. The wallpaper provides a rich buttery yellow backdrop. In fact, wallpaper is becoming a more and more popular choice. The point in not to make a strong statement, but to add subtle patterns and colours, bringing more visual interest than paint. I selected a bold modern painting as an accent. I like including current touches, mixing contemporary and traditional styles. Of course, the focal point of the room is the entertainment centre - taking over an entire wall and featuring a plasma screen TV with surround sound. It's not surprising that this room has become the family's favorite place to relax together.

Living Room

Living Room View

A home should be an extension of the individuals who live there - like cars or clothes. All the elements of life should work together. Therefore, it's important that an interior designer spend time getting to know you, in order to ensure that your home will accurately reflect your lifestyle. This reflects my my belief that to create a truly personalized home requires a truly personal approach.

David Fullman

Triton General Contractors