ANCHORED SOMEWHERE BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH, IN A HILLSIDE HOME RENOVATED WITH THE HELP OF SCOTT YETMAN, LIVING CAN BE EASY, AND OH SO SWEET!
PHOTOS DREW HADLEY
There aren’t many houses in Montreal with a 180-degree view of the city and the river, and this one had tons of hidden potential just waiting to be revealed. And so it was, when an enthusiastic couple, a brilliant architect and a visionary designer worked together to breathe exciting new life into the property.
It took true collaboration to renovate this 1940s home that is as solid as the rock on which it was built. Elegant spaces on 4 floors, plus soaring ceilings are what first seduced the buyers, who were seeking the perfect place to spend some quiet time. Anything is possible when all involved—owners, architect, designer and contractor—share the same tastes and sensibilities. Slowly and carefully, the long process of transformation began.
INSPIRED BY THE OWNERS’ VISION OF AN INFORMAL DECOR, HE CREATED WELCOMING SPACES WITH JUST THE RIGHT TOUCH OF SOPHISTICATION.
For the 2 floors above ground, glass proved the perfect material, highlighting the delicate balance between indoor living and outdoor environment, and emphasizing the home’s essential relationship to light. On the main floor, the kitchen, dining room and terrace flow into each other, but can also be easily separated. “Glass walls create rhythm and order on this floor,” explains Scott Yetman, who made sure the owners’ desire for a contemporary interior was fulfilled. But Yetman never does exactly what others do, and he managed to create subtle hybrids that reflect more than one look or one era. Inspired by the owners’ vision of an informal decor, with a neutral yet playful colour palette, he created welcoming spaces with just the right touch of sophistication. In the living room, a fire glows behind a massive matte-finish granite panel, while the television screen is hidden behind a work by Donald Sultan. In the dining room, a stunning chandelier that looks like dripping glass serves as a focal point, while in the kitchen, the eye is drawn to the beautiful blend of textured wood and green-tinged quartz. Even the staircase is a showpiece, with its bold checkerboard carpeting.
The master suite upstairs is the ultimate in unpretentious elegance, exactly as the owners wanted. The bedroom is supremely serene, with understated furniture, a headboard covered in soft wool, and a row of warm, walnut closets. The ensuite bath features a classic design, with marble used generously to evoke the luxury of a grand hotel. Next to the bedroom, a private living area is complete with library, personal objects and artwork. And finally, the generous terrace, with glass railings for an unimpeded view of the city, the sky and beyond.