A version of this article originally appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of OUR HOMES York Region, p.40. Find local businesses in our York directory.
After a decade of making dream homes come true for her Katerina Homes clients, Kathy Zaravinos-Tsiolis turned her sights to her own residence. It sits majestically on two acres atop the rolling hills of Fairfield Estates – the pinnacle of King City – a 10,500 sq. ft. transitional-style home with matching pool house. “I created our home from a vision that spanned 10 years,” says Kathy. “I always knew this is where I would build but like all great dreams, it required patience for all the elements to align.”
A law degree from Michigan State University and an interior decorating certificate help Kathy deliver both design and financial results. “Creating a dream home means delivering an incredible living experience and immediate equity,” she says. “Anybody can break the bank but delivering both is a true art and that is what I achieve for my clients.” That contrast in her life and business approach is evident in her home. An oversize front door leads to a breathtaking black-and-white foyer flanked by a white living room to the left and a delicious dark chocolate dining room to the right.
An oval motif recurs throughout the home, including in the Swarovski crystal chandelier and Barbara Barry bracelet dining chairs. A circular floating staircase follows curved and panelled walls to the top of the home.
Opposite the staircase is an elevator, rarely used but incorporated in anticipation of the future needs of the owners. “An elevator is an unequivocal must in any estate home,” advises Kathy. “You don’t want to be forced out of your own home due to mobility issues down the road and, if you ever decide to sell, it will add significant value beyond its cost. If you can’t budget for it today, build a shaft that can incorporate the elevator when needed in the future.”
The family room off the foyer has a 25-foot, floor-to-ceiling feature wall finished with white, rift-cut oak panels inlaid with chrome strips. “I didn’t want the typical feature wall lined with shelves for books, frames and knick-knacks,” says Kathy. “Yes, I gave up some practicality but I gained far more in elegance and serenity.” The feature wall is interrupted only by a five-foot-high, seven-foot-wide Napoleon fireplace with limestone surround.
At the home’s heart is the expansive kitchen. Windows with deep chocolate brown frames contrast the Benjamin Moore Pale Oak paint.
Her three children each have their own personal haven. “My boys have been together from my womb, so it was important to maintain that togetherness while providing them each the opportunity to also create their own environment,” says Kathy. “The sliding barn door is one of my favourite elements in our home.”
In her own master retreat, she achieved a high-end look without breaking the budget. A replica jewelry-chain chandelier is a focal point in the bedroom, while faux Carrara marble porcelain tile presents a luxurious finish for the bath. His-and-hers closets complete the suite.