IT TOOK A MAN AND HIS WIFE CLOSE TO TEN YEARS TO IMAGINE THEIR FUTURE HOME, AND A FURTHER TWO YEARS TO BUILD, TO ENSURE PROPRIETY UNTIL THEIR CHILDREN LEAVE THE NEST. BEYOND THIS EXCEPTIONAL PLANNING LAY AN OBJECTIVE TO CREATE AN INTERIOR SPACE REFLECTIVE OF THEIR TASTES AND LIFESTYLE.
The couple discussed, collected ideas, and took pictures on several continents while traveling on business or pleasure, to inspire their blueprints for the house of their dreams. It came to life in Hampstead on the island of Montreal as a three story Tudor-style residence, covering 5,000 square feet. The husband, a construction professional, and his wife, worked together with architect Rhona Goldenberg and designer Ellen Coopersmith. Absolutely everything was thought out to the smallest detail by the quartet. The goal was to achieve a comfortable residence that truly reflected this duo in their forties, parents of three young children. As they entertain expansively, they require an extensive kitchen and adjoining dining room. Not only is the table custom built (Kriscan) to accommodate eight guests at any time, it extends to seat 14 people. A nod to the foresight of the owners: the six surplus chairs have their own custom-built storage space in the basement.
In the living rooms, a fairly open floor where high ceilings, an abundance of moldings and numerous chandeliers set the tone. The decor, selected for its timelessness, is designed to last, but also to create an effect. The striking contrast of dark oak and white walls creates an impressive, but inviting atmosphere.
A kitchen (Cuisilab) and a spacious dining area for a couple who like to entertain, where all is custom made, as it is throughout the house. For all that the room is newly minted, the textured marble selected to dress the wall is marked by a roughness, providing a ‘lived-in’ sense.
Almost all the upholstered furniture is hand crafted (Lorenz), and thus responds exactly to the needs of the owners: planning is the best friend of decoration.
The arrangements were done in conjunction with a designer and an lineup of carefully selected suppliers. Be it the gas fireplace in the living room, the staircase, the monumental chandelier or the custom windows (Marvin), nothing has been left to chance: the effect of the whole is very coherent.
In a children’s wing, comfort is essential. Though only five and three years of age, they will grow up in their room, and the room with them: the space is there, the foundation is laid, only the décor need change with their interests. For now Dad has made a gift to his son of a vintage Canadiens jersey bought at auction… and signed by Maurice Richard!
From a decorative standpoint, the owners sought to achieve a classic residence with a contemporary touch to remain timeless and age gracefully. The dominant white theme combined with the dark varnished oak floors is just one example of the designers’ preoccupation with detail to evoke a ‘wow’ reaction. Les Constructions Martico milled large runs of moldings, chair rails, coves and wainscotting which give character to the whole. Chandeliers in abundance contribute further to a majestic character. Most were bought or custom ordered through lighting specialists Union Electric. In the kitchen, Cuisilab’s Guy Gibeault designed and commissioned DécorInox to install the spectacular hood overtop the expansive Wolf gas stove that adjoins an imposing backsplash of antique Italian marble (Fior di bosco at Stone Age); Sub-Zero stainless steel appliances play off the quartz countertops. Thus, everywhere, planning and design is in evidence, and the contractor team as well. But above all, it is the vision of a couple who desired a residence that reflected their collective personality, functional, warm and inviting.
Peace for the parents assumes the form of a hotel suite. For comfort, the bathroom is no exception featuring (high-end Kohler) Kallista bath, extensive multi-jet shower and steam (Kohler) and chic ceramic flooring (Mosaic Surface).