As one might imagine, any article titled "English Eccentricity" is bound to catch my attention - lol. And this charming home of Sean Ward and Stephen Fillmore highlighted by Style at Home magazine clearly pinged my design radar. Just a little home from the 1870s, in the Cabbagetown neighbourhood of Toronto, filled with beautiful antiques, flooded with light, and bursting with comfortable style.
"The modern art paired with traditional furniture and in particular
the carpet creates an energy, whether we're dining or just passing through."
- Sean Ward
I'm almost always a sucker for a collection of well-used antique china - gathered from
local antique stores as well as family heirlooms.
Skylights. French Doors. The down-filled loveseat for extra seating. The charming Italian toile chandelier. And the flexibility of the gate-legged table. Perfection. And I love the trim detail on the wall treatment. (Maybe upholstered with the same textile from the loveseat?) And the fresh, bright green colour.
Aaaahhhhh . . .
"I injected some oomph with orange saris," says Sean. "then
we spruced up the junk shop chandelier with
spray paint and new shades."
"The result is a look with an English sensibility – that slightly
eccentric style of mixing periods of furniture
and art, and patterns and texture."
- Sean Ward