Design house: A Toronto family home gets a functional and long-awaited renovation

Getting resided within their Ontario home for nearly twenty years, its lengthy-anticipated renovation was a psychological experience for the proprietors and Toronto-based Tiffany Leigh Design.

‘We all shed a few tears around the big reveal day!’, stated they. ‘They purchased the house as newlyweds in 2002 and also have been saving with this renovation for a long time.’

For any family with two school-aged children, function only agreed to be as essential as appearance, with storage, space (the renovation incorporated extra time towards the kitchen) and the opportunity to entertain all up high around the clients’ ‘must-have’ list. ‘They managed to get obvious in early stages they live in their home hard, aren’t precious and weren’t thinking about residing in an exciting white-colored house,’ described Tiffany Leigh Design.

The end result is definitely an inviting home that reinforces the heat of their neutrals with ochre-tinged natural browns, cools them delicately with smoky blues, and uses white-colored sparingly to lighten the spaces.


A hot welcome is exactly what you’d expect from the house such as this. Its foyer provides exactly that, by having an open format that utilizes a sizable, but subtly presented mirror to bounce light round the space making it feel a great deal larger. Relaxed woven baskets along with a rug appropriate for indoor and outside use allow it to be known that this can be a house for residing in easily.


‘We wanted this mudroom to become a true workhorse’, stated they. Space for storage is the specific game here, having a closet taking on a complete wall from the room in Benjamin Moore’s Van Deusen blue, and housing individual ‘lockers’ for every person in your family. A sturdy porcelain flooring continues to be employed to defend myself against the weather, while a bench offers another practical touch to permit winter entrants to consider business boots effortlessly.


‘We love splurging a little on materials in powder rooms since you need so very little,’ stated they. There’s fun found in this petite powder room: in addition to a gallery wall designed to house family photos, mosaic marble flooring give a flourish of pattern, that is transported through more subtly within the vertical shiplap wall panelling.


Perhaps the center of the home (and a minimum of the focus from the renovation) may be the sprawling kitchen, extended by Kingsgate Construction. Tiffany Leigh Design makes it a very functional space, with extensive storage embedded across both perimeter units and also the central deep blue island, all tucked nicely behind closed doorways, carried out with modernizing black fittings.

Using greige (gray-beige) for that cabinets provides a warmer option to white-colored, as the calacatta marble subway tiles lend freshness and modernity.

Alongside warm brown leather barstools supplying seating in the island, your kitchen also houses a relaxed breakfast ‘nook’, in which the marble’s tones are reflected inside a white-colored-supported bench and powder gray upholstery, created using leather-look vinyl for simple cleaning.

Dining Area

Things have a more dark submit the dining area – but it is not always a poor factor. An area for grown-up entertaining, this room is colored inside a more dark greige shade and interspersed with more dark forest, particularly notable within the ‘barn’ door, produced from black wood and glass.

Using black inflections over the kitchen is extended to some more dominant chandelier within the dining room table, as the flatwoven rug is heavily patterned to possibly hide any late-night drink spills.

Family Room

The family room is really a lesson in steps to make a smaller sized space feel cosy instead of compact. An easy base palette is peppered with warm accents both large and small, from the brown leather recliner to woven footstools, which one of the products in the home sourced from Tiffany Leigh Design’s vintage store TLD Curated.