Interior designer/builder Isabelle Boba knew her just-purchased home in Toronto had good bones, but perhaps a few too many. “There were just too many walls to even count,” Isabelle remembers. With help from husband, Mariusz, a mechanical engineer, Isabelle created a home so welcoming “friends invite themselves over.”
A painting of a peacock inspired the dining room’s “majestic” blue wall colour. Located just to the right of the foyer it offers a relaxing gathering place for friends and family. “I wanted a room that was not too formal,” Isabelle comments. The linen fabric on the tufted Parsons’ chairs is elegant and durable. Fashioned from salvaged sustainable wood the dining table is rustic refined. The chandelier’s soft blue shimmers accentuate the room’s convivial vivacity. Gold, a theme throughout the home, is deftly illustrated in the accessories.
Leading from the foyer the oak wood floor found throughout the home gracefully draws visitors to the kitchen. An opulent vignette of a demi lune maple table is complemented by a shadow box’s wafting feathers. A sculpted dish restates the arcs of the feathers, table, and the wallpaper’s light gold mesh. For the home’s artwork Mariusz asked Isabelle to ensure “It had meaning.” Both the feathers and the peacock are symbols of love, Isabelle notes.
A study in understated cool whites and marble the kitchen faces the vignette. “I couldn’t live in a home again without an island. It’s the centre of the house,” Isabelle says. The herringboned backsplash uses Bianco Carrara marble, as does the island. There is a grand view of the breakfast area, living room, and backyard from the kitchen. White moulding brings bright light and height to these rooms.
The breakfast table paraphrases the dining room’s theme of a dark wood table, linen covered chairs, and gold. The gleam of the chairs’ ‘jewellery’ is replicated in the chandelier and gilt bowl.
In the living room the peacock coloured couch provides a glamourous roost while providing a bold boost to the room’s patterns. With a nod to Art Deco patterns, the wood bordered tub chairs combine the room’s leading colours of gold and white. The tables seemingly defy gravity with their slim outlines and provide function while reproducing light. “When mixing patterns make sure the pattern is different in size and proportion. It’s the successful way to do layers,” Isabelle advises.
Isabelle wanted a “calm” space for the master bedroom. Reflective surfaces introduce light. Gold in the draperies and lamps highlight the room’s softly spoken elegance. Lamps with large shades and an “open base” complement the room’s proportions without being “heavy,” Isabelle observes. The ensuite sparkles with glass and marble whereas the guest bathroom is dressed in vintage colours and fixtures. The Boba’s love of travel is seen in their powder room. “I wanted to be taken to another world—the room is inspired by the Hôtel Costes in Paris. I wanted an enchanted feel,” Isabelle says.
“Friends and family love it—people sense it when it intrinsically feels good. My husband is really happy with it,” Isabelle remarks.
“I’m glad it’s done. It’s hard work, but a fun process. It takes patience,” Isabelle states. “It felt a little like Christmas when it was done.”
- Space Designed by Isabelle Boba, Founder and Managing Principal of LUX Design, www.luxdesign.ca;
- Photographer, Lisa Petrole Photography, www.lisapetrole.com;
- Sofa,Vangogh, www.vangoghdesigns.com;
- Side Chairs, Casalife, www.casalife.com;
- Coffee Table, Korson, www.korsonfurniture.com;
- Accent Table, Global Views, www.globalviews.com;
- Accessories, Global Views, www.globalviews.com;
- Breakfast Table, Bowring, www.bowring.com;
- Breakfast Table Dining Chairs, Casalife, www.casalife.com;
- Foyer Console, Union Lighting, www.unionlightingandfurnishings.com;
- Table, Restoration Hardware, www.restorationhardware.com;
- Chairs, Urban Barn, www.urbanbarn.ca;
- Chandelier, Restoration Hardware, www.restorationhardware.com;
- Area Rug, ELTE, www.elte.ca;
- Art, Bowring, www.bowring.com;
- Bed, Vangogh, www.vangoghdesigns.com;
- Tables, Union Lighting, www.unionlightingandfurnishings.com;
- Lamps, Drexel Heritage, www.drexelheritage.com;
- Accent Chair, Casalife, www.casalife.com