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Luxe Redesign Takes Richmond Hill Home from Bleak to Chic

September 07, 2018 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY JASON HARTOG

A luxury hotel-style design creates the ultimate staycation.

OUR HOMES Toronto & York RegionA version of this article originally appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of  OUR HOMES The City of Toronto, p.32. Find local businesses in our Toronto-York Region directory. 

These Richmond Hill homeowners have traded in the bland aesthetic of their suburban home for an upscale, hotel chic vibe that still allows them to maintain a relaxed, casual lifestyle for their family.
 
With the help of Jean Bisnaire, owner and principal designer of Niche Decor and designer Elisse Shimonov, they reconfigured the style and layout of the main floor to create a beautiful, functional living space. Jean's motto is “We are our client’s ghost writer, they tell their story while we help them write it.”
 
With the story turned to a fresh new page, Jean focused on the kitchen redesign, the fireplace feature wall and plans for the master en suite renovation, while Elisse honed in on selecting the final touches and finishes, from colours to furnishings and decorative accents.
 
The front entryway opens to a dramatic living room, where a monochromatic palette of black, white and grey creates an interesting yet bold space for entertaining. 
 
Brass tones appear throughout the home in the lighting and other accents. Window coverings were custom made with fabrics selected to create harmony in each room. In the kitchen and family room, two-tone stationary panels add interest to simple grey sheer roman blinds.
 
The completed kitchen renovation created one large open-concept space at the back of the home. A large island in a contrasting deep blue hue creates a visual distinction between the kitchen and family room, and grounds the white cabinetry. A marble backsplash in a chevron pattern carries in the grey tones and adds texture. 
 
The breakfast area is light and airy with a white marble oval dining table. Tucked into a corner of the kitchen, a small nook with an integrated desk area is a great space to keep things organized.
 
The redesign mixes modern and transitional elements for an effortless chic feel, where fancy and decorative are cast aside for clean and streamlined. Patterns and subtle colours create texture. Lighting creates a statement without overpowering the rooms. The entire effect is contemporary and understated, yet still a calm and soothing space for the family to come home to. 

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