Taking inspiration from what could be intertwined eternity rings in the artwork above the Napoleon fireplace (one of three in the house) in the living room, the round décor detail also shows up in the area rug, the draperies framing large windows showcasing the forest beyond and in the corners of three nesting tables that act as pedestals for sculpture when not put into use as tables during social gatherings.
“That acrylic canvas was the anchor piece that started things,” says veteran designer Laurie Lamb, who owns the south-Barrie store Inter-Art Interiors. She first worked with the Struthmanns on their previous home and was tasked with incorporating existing furniture and accessories with appropriate new pieces to finish the look of this one. Brought in after the completion of renovations, Lamb also envisioned the updated style of the prominent main staircase.
The grand piano also makes a bold statement in a corner between the open-concept foyer and the living room. Employed during frequent parties, the instrument’s dominance also says this is a family passionate about music. With as many as 40 people descending at recital time, the open circular staircase, foyer and living room are all converted to accommodate the audience.
“It’s understanding how they’re going to use the room,” explains Lamb of her approach. She added an upholstered bench (with kid-proof ultra-suede fabric) that allows seating on both sides, and placed a large decorative mirror behind the piano so parents can better see their youngsters perform.
Lamb describes the style as classic-contemporary, using the clean lines and square arms of the sofa as an example. The colour specialist was impressed the homeowners agreed to include the hot pink, orange and brown fabric on the living-room chairs, but this room just wouldn’t pop the same without it.