room of the week
All Together Now
By Joyce Turner-Gionet // Photography by Jason Hartog
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The main floor is the hub of this house. Large square slabs of groutless honey-honed marble lead from front to back, meeting espresso-finished oak hardwood in adjoining rooms. “Most decorators recommend colour continuity throughout a house,” says Nicola Gillam, interior decorator and owner of Decorating Den Interiors in the Mississauga area,"but that doesn’t mean using the same colour in every room, it means a smooth colour transition. For the main floor, Nicola chose a palette of Benjamin Moore’s creamy beiges. As well, the elegant Richmond Gray, a colour that assumes a delicious Mediterranean olive tone in certain lights, was chosen for the family room. Strange as it seems, white is a difficult colour to get right; it changes with the light. Nicola’s choice of Benjamin Moore’s Cloud White on trim, doors and ceilings was perfect, remaining a true white in every light.
At the time, the only furniture in the large family room (other than the classic white built-ins around the gas fireplace) was an off-white leather sofa from Leather Living. The room took shape around the sofa. A 100 per cent wool rug by Minster Interiors in cream, gold and green was chosen to set off the hardwood’s espresso finish. This room is traditional despite the abstract prints and Hollywood-inspired one-armed chaise by Brentwood Classics. “The windows were a challenge,” says Nicola. They are all angles: a mix of French doors, large panes and corners. Roman shades would have been an easy solution but Joe preferred the warmth that curtains provide. Nicola had in mind a paisley pattern and scoured her suppliers looking for just the right sage combination. The tapestry-like effect delivers the warmth the couple wanted. A quirky chandelier by Ultra Lighting made of teardrops and prisms centers the room. Funky, elegant and traditional –Nicola managed the room’s mix beautifully.