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A black and white interior design

Original title : Tailored to perfection

A nod to haute couture, a Westmount home bridges the gap between heritage and contemporary design.

Photos : Drew Hadley

“I’m a tailor,” says designer, Scott Yetman. “I enjoy crafting interiors that fit like a second skin and in which my clients feel totally comfortable.” What comes to mind here is the
iconic style and elegance of a crisp, white shirt. Or a little black dress reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn’s look in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

“We wanted to achieve the sophistication of a New York City apartment with the added bonus of being surrounded by trees,” says the owner. The condo, nestled in a stately building dating back to the 1980s, has unobstructed views to architectural gems and majestic parks. “As we’re on the 9th floor, we’re not looking down at grey rooftops, we’re looking straight out at the spectacular view. We’re lucky to have three balconies from which to enjoy it from every angle,” adds the owner.

The kitchen is a highly efficient, streamlined work area complete with two floor-to-ceiling pantries and several cubbies to store small appliances.

The interior was entirely reconfigured to reflect the couple’s artistic sensibility. Ceilings were raised and the space was opened up to “breathe” like a gallery. “The owners have a fantastic art collection. It was important to showcase the works in the most flattering light,” explains Yetman. In the living room, floor-to-ceiling mirrored recesses envelop sculptures while giving an illusion of continuum of space. The recesses bookend a dark niche that creates a dramatic backdrop for an abstract assemblage. “We needed a focal point that draws the eye in, like a fireplace would,” adds Yetman.

“Scott is a master at configuring space,” declares the owner. “Not only was he able to incorporate niches in several rooms so we could be surrounded by the things we love—books and art—we also have lots of storage space.” The kitchen is a highly efficient, streamlined work area complete with two floor-to-ceiling pantries and several cubbies to store small appliances. A sliding panel allows the area to be closed off when entertaining.

With all non essential items hidden from view, the resulting environment is sleek, uncluttered, and calming. Balance is achieved through symmetry, complementary textures and motifs, and a duochromatic scheme. The owner recounts, “When Scott asked me what my favorite colour was, I immediately said ‘black’. To that, Scott responded that his is ‘OC-17’. Black and white… a perfect match!”

The black and white palette allows the eye to be drawn to the vibrant pops of colour provided by foliage outside, and art inside. One of the most striking features is the powder room, a jaw-dropping jewel that shines like a star-studded night sky. “It’s definitely a conversation piece!” says the owner between laughs.

“Working with Scott and our contractor, Bellevue, was a true collaboration. Together, we built the home my husband and I had envisioned: modern but not sterile, contemporary yet warm and welcoming. It’s wonderful to host friends and family here.” Yetman echoes the owner’s enthusiasm: “It’s a pleasure to work with design-savvy clients who can truly be a part of the process. They were involved in the best way possible, so we were able to create a space that is perfectly suited to their lifestyle.”

Tailored to perfection – e-mag