Though the owners had retired to their home in the country, the pulse of the city drew them back to urban living. “We knew we wanted to be in the city closer to our interests such as music and theatre,” they say. On the same day that they sold their country home, they learned that a condo was available at Granite Place. Drawn to the larger footprint, generous rooms and wide hallways, they viewed and purchased their condo within the hour. Located in the heart of Toronto's Deer Park neighbourhood, Granite Place offers an unobstructed view of the Toronto skyline and the historic St. Michael’s Cemetery, a tranquil oasis in midtown Toronto.
In its original condition, the interior was in dire need of an update. The couple called upon Jeremy Aykroyd of Jeremy Aykroyd Design to take their new home from tired to tasteful.
From the moment guests step inside, they are enveloped by rich colours and textures. In the living and dining areas, Aykroyd changed the existing floor plan to create better flow. Now, two smaller seating areas offer plenty of space for relaxing and entertaining. A custom sofa by Jeremy Aykroyd Design anchors the space. Wing chairs upholstered in rose velvet are accented with small metal tables customized with beautiful blue lapis from Afghanistan. Treasured photos of pre-war Europe adorn the walls. Several of the carpets throughout are from Imperial Rug Galleries.
In the dining area, custom-built bookcases hold titles and treasures collected over time. Stitched-leather, oval-back chairs surround the custom, circular Italian marble table by CB Marble Craft Ltd. The parchment coloured walls were treated to a Venetian plaster finish for texture. The backs of the bookcases are painted a vibrant blue for contrast.
The condo is full of life and movement, a great departure from the trend of cool greys and whites. “To my mind, colour has energy,” says the homeowner. “Living in an all-white and grey space would drive me over the edge, because it doesn’t feed you. Colour is nurturing.”