The owner of this Belle River home outside Windsor is a decorating powerhouse. A constant evolution that has taken the 3,200 sq. ft. house (Reaume Homes) from its original conventional décor to a whimsical Miro-esque painting.
Richard Pursel of Lionheart Interiors has been the homeowner’s go-to collaborator for 10 years. The home is filled with daring design choices and personal collectibles that reflect a mischievous, yet confident, sense of style.
A Paris-influenced sitting room is furnished with a plush-velvet, spa-blue, feather-filled sofa complemented by deep-claret grasscloth wall covering.
The formal dining room is lit by a stunning Swarovski crystal chandelier. Chairs in white velvet and a deep blue area rug that shimmers with a Lurex thread are set against black and grey, textured wallpaper to up the drama quotient.
The great room is coastal themed, centred on a five-foot-square coffee table built from reclaimed railway ties. Custom sofas in Duralee cut velvet are an elegant counterpoint to the table’s rustic statement. The homeowner invests in quality art pieces that she can use and reuse in different ways, like the sculpture of the horse on the side table and the stunning black and white, snake-head ceramic vessel on the dining room table.
The newly refurbished lower level is an exploration of colour. Enter the wine room through a pivoting glass wall created by Bay-View Glass & Mirror Ltd. A beautiful live-edge table from Lionheart inspired a sculptural-wood valance over the bar that was custom-made by local carpenter Tom Stamatovski with a backsplash of back-painted glass. A turquoise leather chair with an oversize seat cushion in a peacock feather print sits at the head of the table.
In the lounge, a shimmery, crocodile-embossed velvet in sapphire blue adorns the sofas and a wonderful bloom chair gives the space one of its many witty moments. A second seating area has a built-in banquette, illuminated by an other-worldly coral-look fixture. Retro chairs are upholstered in a vibrant floral pattern.