Name: Linton & Rob and 2 daughters, ages 13 & 11
Location: Toronto's East End, Ontario
Size: 1,200 square feet
Years lived in: 13 years; Owned
Linton and Rob squeeze lots of living out of their modest-sized Toronto home. Together with their two daughters they have managed to pack the space with comfort, love, and fun, all while dressing it up in a style all their own.
Before settling in Toronto and having kids, the pair owned an antique shop in Montreal. Their love of Quebec period pieces is evident throughout the home, and visiting flea markets and antique stores remains a favorite activity. Curbing their appetite for buying old treasures is a constant challenge, but the two recognize that when it comes to their bright and at times dramatic home, some restraint goes a long way.
Despite their love of antique pieces, the family is thoroughly modern, displaying witty and funny touches in their décor here and there. The television mounted on an art easel in the family's living room may look familiar to Apartment Therapy readers, as it is a trick Linton learned from her sister Justine (whose home was featured last year in a House Tour).
These days Linton works as a wardrobe consultant, and her talent for mixing prints and patterns in bold and vivid colors is clearly demonstrated in her home. The mix of old country pieces with new art, soft furnishings, and accessories results in a unique and interesting style.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Quebec Country meets Modern Color.
Inspiration: We're influenced by the painted Quebec antiques that we used to sell in our store in Montreal years ago.
Favorite Element: Painted floors.
Biggest Challenge: The small space.
What Friends Say: That our house is warm and comfortable.
Biggest Embarrassment: Stucco ceilings and terrible light fixtures.
Proudest DIY: The diamond pattern painted floor in the upstairs hallway
Biggest Indulgence: Paying people to put the Pax wardrobe together — also the kitchen table and bedroom chandelier.
Best Advice: My sister advised me to redo the bedroom because I wasn't sleeping.
Dream Sources: St. Lawrence Flea Market, Christie Classic Antique Show
Resources of Note:
• Most pieces from antique shows/auctions/flea markets
Thanks, Linton and Rob!
(Images: Abby Cook)
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