We tackled many spaces in our Mount Royal client’s home, but can you believe his first priority was to transform the staircase? He called it “an eyesore” with its carpeted stairs and outdated railing and spindles, so we were excited to create something he could be proud of. Our wonderful contractor, Fraser, connected us with a local company that specializes in staircases (link), and they helped us bring our client’s staircase dreams to life! We replaced the old newels (the larger posts at the base of a staircase) with a more sleek and modern design. Replacing the spindles with glass brightened up this little nook, and the mood instantly changed. We also removed the carpet and matched the stain of the new wooden steps to the rest of the floors in the home. Voilà! A totally transformed stairwell where our client can sit and admire—but we weren’t done yet.
Once the bones of the stairwell were checked off the to-do list, we met with the lovely ladies at Art Match to find a piece of original artwork worthy of the remodelled stairwell. We really hit the jackpot with this eye-catching piece by Patrick Markle. We were drawn to it immediately and so was our client, but unfortunately we felt it was a few feet too short for the breadth of the stairwell wall. To our surprise and delight, Patrick Markle was open to the idea of making a replica in a larger size. Talk about custom! It turned out beautifully, and our client is over the moon. Next on the list were two light fixtures to pull everything together, and these golden sconces with hand-hammered detailing perfectly fit the bill. We couldn’t be happier with how it all came together.
Try to pull yourself away from the depths of Markle’s painting because we’d like to tell you about the living room!
Right off the stairwell on the main floor is the main living room. Like many of the spaces in our client’s home, the living room was already fully furnished. Our client wanted us to do one thing: bring the room to life. He felt that the space lacked colour and didn’t feel lived in. We agreed and got to work on curating a collection of accessories that spoke to him and his interests.
We really got to play with this room, so we softened the overtly masculine vibe with some colour, texture, and different metal finishes. We traded out his dark, earthy pillows for light blue suede, textured white wool, and embroidered rust colour accent pillows. The space needed a taller floor lamp to bring the eye up a bit, and then we added a complementary table lamp for the accent table.
To add a cozy element, we went with custom stationary drapery panels for the floor-to-ceiling windows, and we just had to extend the panels into the adjacent dining area. (If you’ve seen this client’s master bedroom reveal, you’ll recognize the pattern of the drapery.) Each panel complements the window frames, and the long rods make that end of the house feel cohesive and tied together. An abundance of short rods here would have made the space feel broken up and way too busy.
There you have it—yet another space we had to pull ourselves away from after install day! Not surprisingly, Katrina is still finding ways to invite herself back.
Design Lead Katrina Ramsvik
Photography Lindsay Nichols