Executive Diamond in the Sky atop the Ritz-Carleton


A busy executive unwinds with a panoramic residence atop a Toronto five-star hotel.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Holiday/Winter 2017/18 issue of  OUR HOMES The City of Toronto, p.46. Find local businesses in our Toronto directory.

Owner Dino Trevisani and Ainsley Kerr with their dog Watson.
The Ritz-Carlton’s sleek facade radiates beauty and luxury in the heart of Toronto. Living atop the five-star hotel in the Residences of the Ritz-Carlton offers spacious suites and uninterrupted views of Lake Ontario. For Dino Trevisani, President and General Manager of IBM Canada and his fiancée, socialite Ainsley Kerr, their condo strikes just the right balance when they stay in Toronto, with its sweeping views and close proximity to the city’s social scene.
Trevisani brought in designer Tina Pharand, from Anderson’s Carpet & Home to help create a calming space to come home to. A private elevator opens to the suite, and floor-to-ceiling windows envelop visitors with natural light from the moment they enter. Expansive rooms, perfect for relaxing and entertaining, feature panoramic views from every vantage point. Inspired by the view, Pharand created an aesthetic that incorporates the dark moodiness of the sky at night. The sultry grey of Down Pipe by Farrow & Ball (No. 26) creates a dramatic backdrop in the living room, while Pointing (No. 2003) keeps things soft throughout.
Working with some existing furnishings and art pieces brought in from Trevisani's home in New York, Pharand incorporated additional elements to create a contemporary space. In the living room, a neutral creamy white sectional is paired with an oversize rug in a soft trellis pattern for texture. Bright red ottomans serve as additional seating, and convert to guest beds when needed.
Though the kitchen has a more traditional feel, a modern bar cart, lively artwork and bar stools bring contemporary elements. A Theodore Alexander drop-leaf bar cart with a luxe leathered top and chrome X base from Anderson’s is accented with a glimmering hexagonal mirror. A handcrafted portrait of the couple’s sweet dog, Watson (yes, the pup was named after IBM’s supercomputer) completes the space.
For Pharand, design involves problem solving and creativity, and she strives to meet her client’s needs, taking a concept and making it a reality. “Dino trusted me to create a modern, comfortable space he could come home to and relax in when he’s in town,” says Pharand. “I love sourcing, and the hunt for that perfect piece and seeing a client’s vision come to life.”
Trevisani and Kerr love the space. “It’s like a little vacation because you get to enjoy the sun and it’s rarely cloudy up here,” says Trevisani. “When you come in, you always have a relative feeling of euphoria. I’m happy when I come here.”