Homeowner's Design Choices Reflect Mischievous, Confident Style


Windsor design collaboration is fearless in its use of colour, texture and accessories.

OUR HOMES Windsor Fall 2016A version of this article originally appeared in the Fall 2016 issue of  OUR HOMES Windsor & Essex County, p.38. Find local businesses in our Windsor directory.

OUR HOMES Windsor Fall 2016The 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.

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The twisted Lucite candleholders and Martha Sturdy blue resin charger in the sitting room are a reflection of the homeowner’s singular style.

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The dining room is a celebration of colour and texture. A scroll pattern in the wallpaper repeats in the ceramic vase that acts as the table's centrepiece and again in the pillows on the chairs.

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The great room's coastal style carries with a starfish design on the console, and a dramatic gold urchin-like sculpture.

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A cricket in the house means good luck. And bonus: this bronze sculpture’s chirping won’t keep you up at night. The hand-finished ceramic Han dynasty horse has an antique crackle finish.

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The warm tones in the kitchen are a reflection of the generous, warm spirits of homeowners.

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A smoky glass-tiled backsplash add reflectivity to the kitchen, while sheepskins bring texture and comfort to the island stools.

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The eclectic master bedroom has French-country and English references. Purple walls are regal when coupled with copper bedding and window coverings.

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Enter the wine room through a custom, pivoting glass wall.

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One end of the wine room is in blue, back-painted-glass. A massive, live-edge table doubles as a second dining table when entertaining.

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The sapphire blue sofa in the lower level lounge is a brilliant counterpoint to the rustic beams. The fireplace surround was fashioned from reclaimed wood and gives the room a warm, organic feeling, as does the slate floor. As a modern counterpoint, custom shelving in high-gloss white displays a curated collection of the owner’s things.

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This comfortable Flower Bloom chair makes a statement with gathered layers of green microfibre cloth that appear as petals.

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The mica wall covering in the banquette area reflects the other-worldly light from the chandelier.

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Pops of orange on the back deck give the space an autumnal feel.