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An Edwardian in High Park Embraces Quebecois Sensibility

Vives St-Laurent

Modern living marries historic charm in this reno by Montreal design studio Vives St-Laurent

By Designlines
Photography by Scott Norsworthy

Vives St-Laurent’s latest renovation project in Toronto’s High Park aims to redefine the entire house to meet the contemporary needs of its residents while remaining true to its historic character.

The Montreal-based interior design studio struck a balance by embracing a transitional sensibility to the Edwardian’s interior scheme, which was overhauled with modern fixtures juxtaposed by its existing classic finishes, like dentil moldings that were retained and carry throughout the home.

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The front entrance of the home sets the tone for the historic home’s quaint charm, while windows fill the space with natural light.

Brown ceramic tiles add organic texture to the main entryway and compliment a neutral palette that delivers a sense of calm.

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Floor to ceiling cladding in the library carries through from the powder room located under the homes original staircase.

In an embrace of warm wood, deep oak cladding extends from the powder room under the staircase into the home’s library, creating a contrast with the surrounding spaces.

“This approach allows for a seamless transition between rooms, creating a harmonious and interconnected layout. By aligning the rooms in a linear fashion, it enhances the spatial experience and optimizes the use of space while maintaining a cohesive design aesthetic,” said Lysanne Vives St-Laurent, co-founder.

High Park Edwardian
As a part of the renovation, moving the kitchen to open onto the back terrace allowed the space to flow within the home more seamlessly, while allowing more natural light.

In the kitchen, an oversized glossy white ceramic hood and ceiling-height cabinetry bring a softened structure to the space, while the Calacatta Viola marble countertops add a stark contrast with their deep-toned veining. French doors provide access to the terrace and amplify natural light in this space.

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Upstairs, Vives St-Laurent redesigned the bedrooms with modern touches. Inviting wall colours and custom storage give this floor a uniquely welcoming aura.

“The variations between light and coloured are marked by the existing arches of the house, which creates a frame and consequently a change of ambiance,” said St-Laurent. “We kept all the existing walls … and this approach allowed us to avoid altering the pre-existing structure.”

From this transitional renovation by Vives St-Laurent comes a sense of sustained charm and thoughtful modernization.

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