Designer Spaces Home & Decor

Designer Space: Life at the Beach


Designer Dvira Ovadia helps homeowners redesign their 20-year-old, 3,000 sq. ft. home.



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A 20-year-old, 3,000 sq. ft. home on Lake Ontario needed a little love. “The home felt dated. We wanted to refresh it to make it our own,” the homeowner notes. The living room’s silvery blues, smoky taupes, and sandy browns offer cool comfort. “We wanted the space to be comfortable and stylish, without feeling too conservative. I love natural textures and wanted the room to include coastal qualities.” Gentle architecture in wicker, draped throws, and a wire lamp add pattern with texture. Creamed tones in marble, wood, and glass add quiet luxe and ease. The artwork reiterates the soft graphics found in the accent pillows and ottoman. The drapery’s soft folds complement the furniture’s curves creating harmony. Designer Dvira Ovadia advises “Playing with patterns can be fun. Limit yourself to a few colours that work well together and draw patterns from these tones.”

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“This sitting room is situated off the front entrance where the family entertains. It is a space that felt formal, with a colour that enhances but does not take away from the space,” Dvira comments. Bold lines in the coffee table, lamps, and side tables accentuate graceful notes of yellows in the artwork, floor rug, and pillows. Ovals in the lamps, coffee table and in a side table balance the lines of the couch and upholstered chairs. The side table, with its metal trim, complements an accent pillow and throw. “I love the way the room functions, the pops of yellow and the luxurious pillows,” the homeowner says. In the dining room, blued brocade hugs dining room chairs dimpled with silver studs. The greyed wood table is sleekly rustic. The pendant chandeliers are modern interpretations of traditional styles. “We fell in love with the table and wanted chairs that were luxurious and comfortable,” the homeowner remarks.

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Text J. Lynn Fraser I

Photography Stephani Buchman


Space Designed by Dvira Ovadia; Photographer Stephani Buchman; ORANGE ROOM: Bedding and Décor, Anthropologie; Desk, IKEA; Lights, Tom Dixon; Window Coverings, Dvira Interiors; LIVING ROOM: Furniture, ELTE; Custom Pillows, Dvira Interiors; Artwork, Rachel Ovadia; Décor and Accessories, HomeSense; DINING ROOM: Dining Table, Console and Lanterns, ELTE; Custom Chairs, Dvira Interiors; Artwork, Rachel Ovadia; FAMILY ROOM: Sofas, ELTE; Pillow and Drapery, Dvira Interiors; Artwork, Rachel Ovadia; MASTER BEDROOM: Wallpaper, Arte; Headboard and Bedding, ELTE; Drapery, Dvira Interiors; Ottoman and Casual Chair, Cocoon; Side Table, Absolutely; Table Lamps, Ralph Lauren; MASTER BATHROOM: Tiles, CIOT; Cabinets, and Window Coverings, Dvira Interiors; Taps and Pendant Light, Restoration Hardware; Stone on Fireplace, ErthCOVERINGS; YELLOW ROOM: Bedding, Lacoste; Headboard and Window Coverings, Dvira Interiors; Yellow Dresser, Rug and Night Table, CB2; Owl Lamp, West Elm; Skateboard Mural, Dvira Interiors; Recliner Chair, Monte; Built-In Cabinet, Dvira Interiors; BLUE ROOM: Sailboat Wallpaper, Ralph Lauren; Bedding, Metal Dresser and Table Lamp, Restoration Hardware; Bed, Light Fixture and Oars, Pottery Barn; Window Coverings, Dvira Interiors.


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