“This isn’t a home we would or could have built 20 years ago,” says Frank Carestia, President and CEO of Duca Homes, of the stately one-storey property in a mature Ancaster neighbourhood he and his wife Tina built recently. “It’s definitely the result of everything we’ve learned over the years.”
Frank and Tina enlisted the help of Jill Fraser, owner of House of Fraser Decor, and Christina Wickenden, owner of The Green Door Decor. As a team, Jill and Christina had worked with Frank for years, and have known Tina personally for almost as long, so they had plenty of insight into what the family would want and need in a house designed to grow and change with them.
When it came to choosing colours, Tina and Frank – whose previous home was done in warm earth tones and browns – gravitated toward cooler, grey tones for a change of pace. “Since this is their forever home and they’re not going to change things like the floor or fireplace, we helped them choose finishes that will be flexible down the road, so they can adapt as the trends or their tastes change,” explains Jill.
The flooring, for example, is engineered wide-plank hickory with mid-tone shades of both greys and browns. In the family room, the sleek, modern gas fireplace is a focal point, with an Italian tile that incorporates both cool and warm tones. Kitchen cabinetry by CR Technical Woodworking and appliances were sourced at Peter Martin Appliances.
In the dining room, the striking black-and-white colour scheme was a design departure for the couple. “I was so excited when Tina said she wanted this look in her dining room,” says Jill. “It’s such a bold choice for the first room people see when they walk into your home.” Chandelier and lighting throughout the home from Elm Ridge Lighting