Before and After: A Toronto Home Goes Graphic
Comparing the before and after photos of this family home, you may never have dreamed the crisp, modern, and geometric rooms were previously ornate, traditional spaces that lacked personality and polish. Luckily, designer Anne Hepfer saw the space’s potential. Home to an archeologist and her young family, the three-bedroom house is located in Toronto’s historic Rosedale neighbourhood. Seeking to create a modern interior that would match the home’s more historic look, the designer curated a clean and neutral space that would best display the owner’s impressive art collection.
“This project was all about the art,” Hepfer says.“Exacting professionals, they had a clear vision of choosing carefully curated pieces against a neutral landscape to highlight their collection. We evolved this basic principle by blending and layering old and new, masculine and feminine, modern and traditional, and really going for a mix of texture and finish to create a luxurious, harmonious space.” Keep scrolling to see the dramatic transformation yourself!
Though the home’s imposing exterior may lead some to think the interiors were dark and cavernous, Hepfer was sure to keep things light and airy. “Using grays, whites, and metallic touches, the interior is now brighter and much more suited to a young family,” the designer says. “Geometric pattern in fabrics and carpet, warm woods and gold accents and always bright pops of bold colour in flower arrangements add a young, hip vibe to the overall look and feel while still preserving a mature and classic sensibility.”
Removing dated existing columns and architectural elements enabled the new pieces to feel modern and stylish. “To truly make the home shine, it required a full overhaul,” Hepfer says. “We added a full-size mirror to a dining room wall, immediately brightening and visually enlarging the space by reflecting the living room opposite.”
When asked what she thought the most successful part of the project was, Hepfer credits her team for executing and exceeding the client’s vision. “Our client had a sense of her own style and an overall feel for what she wanted, and we were able to really evolve and expand her ideas in a way she might not have ever dreamed,” the designer tells us. “It is always so satisfying to be able to make a client’s vision their reality—but even better than they ever could have imagined it. That’s the goal for me as a designer—to realise a vision.”