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A Few of our Favourite Designer Led and Lived-In Renos

Taking on a renovation? Here’s a little inspiration to get your engines started – these eight homes were refreshed and lived-in by local designers. (Yes, they really are just like us!)

By Tory Healy

Our annual Renos issue is a perennial readers’ favourite and we’re sure the latest edition will delight. What makes this year’s series of features extra special is the elbow grease and smarts the home owners put into their projects. And it’s that individual initiative and gusto that we continue to celebrate with this roundup of renos, resurrected from issues past. In this assembly, we take an inside look at the – big and small – homes of architects, designers and artists and learn firsthand from the trials they experienced before realizing their magazine-worthy end results. Enjoy, and if you’re craving more tips and tricks from real-life, local home revivers, do check out our series of “Pro Reno Tips” online.


Studio Junction Terrace House Toronto Designlines Magazine

  1. Living Outside the Box

The principals of Studio Junction convert a bunker-style warehouse into one of Toronto’s most famous courtyard houses. Read the story here.


2. Penthouse Confidential

Furniture designer Tom Deacon enlists the help and know-how of his friend, industrial-interior designer Andrew Jones, to convert a condo into a palace. Read the story here.


3. Wouldn’t it be Nice

Bruce Lynn, a custom woodworker who designs and makes furniture, cabinetry and built-ins, overhauls his Brockton Village home. Read the story here.


4. Awe and Order

Two new-to-Toronto Brooklyn designers transform a mid-century condo unit in Rosedale into a contemporary showpiece. Read the story here.


5. Modern Transitions

Co-founders of blackLAB architects convert a Tudor Revivalist home in Etobicoke with a progressive zinc box. Read the story here.


6. Mix Masters

How a pair of industrious designers find a new vision for an old Portugal Village house, without forgetting the past. Read the story here.


7. Creatives Space

Lovers of the Drake General Store and Umbra will love the place that these two design darlings call home. Read the story here.


8. Moveable Parts

Johnson Chou walks us through his remarkably agile little home on Woodbine Avenue. Read the story here.

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