Houzz Tour: Dream Home in Toronto

Toronto designer Meredith Heron has an impressive resume of television appearances and a design portfolio to match. And after seeing her on Food Network’s”Restaurant Makeover,” I needed to talk to her. During our conversation, I watched her as innately gifted, witty and approachable. True, she bans anyone in her workplace from chewing gum, but she’s quite easy-going and funny. The house you’re going to visit belonged to a viewer who called on Heron for help in repairing an present renovation job. Heron and her team turned an inefficient floor plan into a dream house for a Toronto family . As it happens, a week following the 18-month renovation has been finished, the family received a work assignment that would relocate them to New York City. But the memories of the home are encapsulated in such beautiful images and insights from the designer.

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EW: This living area isn’t the normal space you’d imagine for a household with three children under 5. It’s the epitome of casual elegance. Where did you get the inspiration for the colour palette?

MH: The painting, by the homeowner’s personal collection, was the colour guide for the whole residence. The palette contains pale grayblue, pink, orange and green. Every time she looked at the painting it made her happy. The furniture was upholstered in Kravet’s Smart line of high-wear cloth. The double window seats, upholstered in precisely the same cloth as the sofa, offer more chances for lounging with a good book.

EW: Why did you opt for an ottoman instead of a coffee table?

MH: I’m a”put your feet up” type of man, and an ottoman is much better suited for this than the usual coffee table. I have also discovered that the ottoman’s tufting helps to balance the menu at the very top.

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EW: This kitchen is remarkable. And island — how long is it?

MH: The pre-existing family room, powder room and stairs are now the kitchen. This was a significant change in the ground plan since it currently unifies the whole residence. The 9-foot island is manufactured from honed black marble and is where the children generally eat their meals.

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The trough sink makes for easy clean-up after family meals — and when filled with ice, it doubles as an oyster bar.

Meredith Heron Design

To get a design and purpose, Heron had cabinet makers integrate a bulletin board wrapped in Winsdor Smith’s Pelegos cloth. The organization has both closed and open storage for light home office usage. Opposite the workstation you can grab a hot or cold drink from the beverage centre.

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EW: The foyer truly sets the stage for the whole home, but I’m sure it did not start this out fabulous.

MH: The foyer was a dim room with just 8-foot ceilings. Above it was a former nursery that was no more in use. To create an entrance that better fit the scale of the house, we opened the space to create a two-story foyer. The thick moldings along the perimeter hides unsightly support beams.

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MH: The floor consists of three different tiles: oriental gray 1×1 mosaic tiles constitute the majority of the ground, carrera and black absoluto marble trim constitute the edge. I’m was extremely delighted with the end result.

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EW: In all honesty, this laundry room puts my kitchen to shame.

MH: Really it’s a laundry room and mudroom combined. Having a large family, there is always an insurmountable need for storage. Every family member has a locker, as viewed on the left side of this room. A wooden lip extends out of the cabinet to offer a place to sit while eliminating shoes and clothing.

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EW: From what I have seen of this house, the master bedroom seems to be the most eclectic.

MH: Yes and I think that it makes the room more intriguing, too. Things found in this room include splurges to budget-friendly finds. The head board has been assembled from folding shutter doors and topped with cushions from Ikea and HomeSense. The screen divider even received a faux paint treatment. The splurge in this space was none other than the Madeline Weinrib carpeting.

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EW: Marble baths normally feel somewhat sterile and cold, but I think that the wood-framed mirrors warm up the space.

MH: Thank you. Calcutta marble is the predominate substance in the master bathroom, followed by the custom cabinetry. The panels beside the mirrors have a touch door that hides the medicine cabinet.

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Mirrored frame art turns on the glam above this soaker tub for two.

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In the former master bedroom, today guest space, Farrow and Ball’s Chinese Blue paint and a coral tufted headboard come together to make a cheerful, tranquil escape. The footstools have been an eBay purchase ($125 for the pair).

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EW: I can tell this chamber belongs to a woman, but the room is not age-specific, and I like this.

MH: A 5-year-old sleeps in the chamber, but since you can see the decoration grows with her. An assortment of soft pink, contemporary floral prints, and timeless furnishings gives this room a timeless appeal.

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“Selecting pinks can be somewhat tricky,” says Heron. “I tend to move towards taupe with a hint of pink like Benjamin Moore’s Melted Ice Cream [as seen in the preceding picture ]. As a rule of thumb, I always go two shades lighter onto a paint deck. Pink usually reads 20 percent brighter after on the wall.

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The homeowner’s current dining room table has been delivered to a cabinetmaker in which two leaves were made to accommodate more seating and has been stained together with the buffet to adapt to the house new colour scheme. New chairs surround the table. A pendant fixture from Union Lighting polishes the appearance.

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Pratt and Lambert’s Gray Moire gives the background for both the formal living room and dining room. Custom made pieces incorporate the creamy gray chenille sofa and two accent chairs. The side table has been damaged in transport, but Heron made a deal with producers got it repaired and painted exactly the same colour as the walls. Always a stunner, the sunburst mirror is out of Ren-Wil.

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Heron adds hostess stools for nearly every job. “When amusing, the host infrequently sitswhen they do they can pull one of these little stools to get a fast chat.”

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