A version of this article originally appeared in the Holiday/Winter 2016/17 issue of OUR HOMES York Region, p.38. Find local businesses in our York directory.
Growing up in Germany, the owner of this home used to eavesdrop on the grown-ups’ dinner parties by hiding in her grandmother’s antique armoire. Years later, she had that same armoire shipped overseas to her home in Gormley, Ontario, between Richmond Hill and Newmarket, and lovingly restored. The armoire finds new life as a pivotal piece in the main-floor renovation of her 27-year-old home.
Redesigning her Gormley home meant embracing a more modern style built around personal pieces with history and meaning. Jasmine Clare Interior Design helped design the renovation. Says the owner, “Jasmine has a wonderful way of incorporating old treasures into something really updated and fresh looking and totally new.”
The armoire now sits in the home’s office, next to a modern desk topped with leather and alligator skin. On the desk, an art deco lamp imported from Italy adds a touch of glamour, and a zebra-skin rug underfoot brought home from a recent African expedition, lends an exotic feel.
Heinz Prachter Contracting Ltd. conducted the big-picture renovation. He added steel beams in the ceilings and basement in order to remove walls and open up the space.
The new kitchen is striking. High-lacquered cherry cabinets were imported from Italian maker Snaidero, and topped with Caesarstone. Olympia Tile installed off-white, 18-by-18-inch porcelain tiles in the kitchen and much of the main floor, while wider, contemporary oak hardwood was laid in the dining and family rooms.
The front entranceway underwent a significant transformation. The initial idea was to complement the art deco and iron design of the front door. Wrought-iron specialist, Iron Soul, was then able to continue the design all the way up the staircase. To give it a more modern feel, they painted the stair risers and stringers.