Wendy Helfenbaum

Wendy Helfenbaum

Modernizing a Historic Structure

Modernizing a Historic Structure

Photography: Melanie ElliottStyling: Marie-France Elliott  To see the maximum amount of exposed brick, designer Marie-France Elliott proposed upper cabinetry crafted in black acrylic with no backs, making the entire structure appear to be floating against the wall.  Tucked...

Urban Oasis

Urban Oasis

Photography: Gillian JacksonStyling: Cynthia Ferguson A property that is occupied only part-time can feel impersonal, dreary and anything but homey. Toronto designer Cynthia Ferguson took on the task of injecting personality and warmth into a bland condo for...

Vibrant New Life for Old Pieces

Vibrant New Life for Old Pieces

Photography: Larry ArnalStyling: Ildiko Horvath Ildiko Horvath embraces colour—the brighter, the better. She turned her passion for pigment into a thriving furniture-painting business called Restored4U.com. She scours online sites and second-hand stores for rundown vintage and antique pieces...

Good Bones

Good Bones

Photography: Colin PerryStyling: Negar Reihani Before putting in an offer on a West Vancouver property in 2018, a young couple asked designer Negar Reihani to weigh in on how to transform the circa-1989 house. They wanted a space...

Stroke of Genius

Stroke of Genius

Chantal Malek knows what it takes to be successful, whether she’s wielding a palette knife full of acrylic paint or a monthly balance sheet. Not only is Malek an internationally renowned abstract artist, but she also owns Galerie...

Burnished Bronze

PHOTOGRAPHY: VALERIE WILCOXSTYLING: DVIRA OVADIA While renovating her client’s home, Toronto designer Dvira Ovadia carried the airy, elegant vibe the homeowners were after into each space. For the open-concept kitchen, a new addition provided plenty of extra square...

A Seamless Mesh Of Old And New

PHOTOGRAPHY: SCOTT NORSWORTHY Victoria Birkett and David Ceolin were attracted to the home they bought in 2007 because of its amazing view. It sits on an expansive ravine lot in the prestigious Baby Point neighbourhood of Toronto, and...

Back To Her Roots

Back To Her Roots

PHOTOGRAPHY: RAPHAËL THIBODEAUSTYLING: VALÉRIE GILBERT “I just love the large black sink and faucet because it’s practical, maintenance-free and it looks terrific,” says Caroline. Cedar beams and columns anchor the room and blend with the home’s new maple...

Rebranding The Family Cottage

Rebranding The Family Cottage

PHOTOGRAPHY: JESSY BERNIERSTYLING: GENEVIÈVE BOUTIN Perched on a sprawling wooded property in Saint-Raymond, about 60 kilometres west of Quebec City, a 149-year-old farmhouse begged to be reborn. Upon the birth of his son Léo in 2013, homeowner and...

Short Move, Big Change

Short Move, Big Change

Once upon a time, a tiny guesthouse built in the late 1890s sat in the corner of a wooded backyard in St. Lambert, behind a larger, brick-clad family home. The 600-square-foot shack was in such terrible condition that...

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