HOMES

Feast for the Eyes With Pop Culture and Retro Design

July 18, 2018 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MAX WEDGE

This Windsor-area home is all about the art of colour, originality and playfulness.

OUR HOMES Windsor Summer 2018A version of this article originally appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of  OUR HOMES Windsor & Essex County, p38. Find local businesses in our Windsor directory.
It’s the mixture of pop culture, retro design references, European (especially Italian) art and culture with dashes of New York and Miami that make the eclecticism of this space so visually stimulating.
 
While Doris Lapico may be known as one of RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd.’s most successful real estate agents in Windsor,  she has also long worked behind the scenes as the muse and guiding force in the planning and selection of the stunning décor that helps make Lapico Custom Homes so special. Now, she is partnering with Michael Murray to add design services to her already thriving real estate career. “It will be the modern way to buy real estate,” Doris says, “a one-stop-shopping opportunity allowing the customer to buy and sell or renovate and design – and do it all from one source. It will be our version of “Love It or List It,” and we’re calling it dõm.”
 
Her new house is a perfect example of the originality and playfulness clients can expect her to bring to all her projects.
 
Inspired by a Hamptons-meets-Malibu beach vibe, Doris has created a house in LaSalle outside Windsor that looks like it could be part of a movie set. “It is my coming out party,” Doris says of her design. “I decided I was going to the beach with this look. I didn’t follow a lot of rules – which is what I love. I challenged myself to work with tone-on-tone, wanted the furniture (Façade Furniture & Interiors) to blend with everything and let the art have a starring role.
 
With the bleached, wide-plank wooden floors (Plaza Ontario Marble & Tile Inc.), shiplap on the walls and the whiter-shades-of-pale colour scheme, the home is the perfect backdrop for the surprising and whimsical touches that define Doris’s signature look.
 
The dining room is defined by an entire wall hung with Italian wallpaper that was custom made for the space. Doris loves the juxtaposition of surprising design elements – the rustic beach vibe with sleek and witty Italian-inspired art; the modern linen sofas with cheeky 60s-inspired hanging wooden lamps; pop art Warhol soup cans with Carrara marble. 
 
The kitchen (Frank Cremasco Fine Cabinetry) was designed with the farm-to-table movement forefront in Doris’s mind. “I wanted a casual space, a place where everyone could kick back and relax and enjoy being together eating family style.” The overlong island flanked by 11 rustic stools is exactly that space. A clever butler’s pantry that adjoins the kitchen helps keep clutter to a minimum and allows diners to spread out on the island, pass food back and forth and carry on exciting conversations.

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