Ethel — 20th Century Living will hit the spot. On a recent trip to the store, I learned that new owner Shauntelle LeBlanc takes as much care with her home as she does with her shop, and I was lucky enough to be invited there for a tour.
The Globe and Mail. For years, the two independently cultivated their love of all things vintage modern, from art and collectables to furniture and beyond. When they finally met, it was a match made in mid-century heaven. Five years ago they brought their love of the period to a 1960s split-level home that they then artfully filled with pieces from the era. Luckily the place was in mostly original condition — great floor plan and all. While the footprint may be small compared to today's suburban homes, the modernist architecture allows for flow and function rarely achieved in new builds. Stepping into their home, I am met by a leg-rub — courtesy of Isaac the cat — and a Sinatra tune playing from the living room. From the entry hallway, steps lead half a level down to the lower level lounge and bar (a.k.a., "The Showstopper" — revealed in Part 2 of the House Tour), or half a level up to the open living room and dining room, complete with a wall of western-facing windows overlooking their backyard. The dining room boasts some of Shauntelle's beautiful German pottery, and an original pendant light which required a little TLC after they discovered it in the crawlspace. A half-wall separates the dining room from the kitchen, Dave and Shauntelle's single sore spot. It hasn't yet received the renovation of their dreams, but it does function well enough for the two to prepare meals — retro-style meatloaf on the night I visited — and ironically play 50s housewife from the cutout window overlooking the front door. "Honey, what can I fix you to drink?" Heading back down the half-level from the living room takes you past the entry hallway to the front of the house and its three bedrooms and bathroom. When Dave and Shauntelle had to overhaul their 80s-style bathroom, they hunted far and wide for the right tiles and fixtures, and accessorized with a collection of vintage razors. The first bedroom is used as Dave's study, complete with a reproduction Eames lounge chair. As Shauntelle told me, it's not all about the designer label. The piece had a lovely patina and was well crafted. Another part of the vintage allure for these two is that it's all eco-friendly. "These pieces have lasted 50 years," she said. "They will last another 50 years." Part 2 of Shauntelle and Dave's Controlled Kitsch House Tour will feature her office, their bedroom, and their lower level lounge and bar.
- • Sherwin Williams Suburban Modern paint palette seen in dining room and living room
• Tropicana Cabana from Benjamin Moore (the most perfect turquoise paint colour EVER), seen in lower level lounge and hallway
- • Eurolight for rewiring our four vintage sputnik light fixtures
• Queen West Antiques Centre for vintage Womb chair and Saarinen coffee table base
• Ethel — 20th Century Living for bar in basement (bought before I took over the store last year from the original owners)
• ZigZag for desk in Dave's office
• G.U.F.F. (Good Used Furniture Finds) for Spanner sideboard in dining room
• Frontier Sales for front hall table
• Craigslist for both sofas
• Kijiji for small desk in Shauntelle's office
• Princess Perfect upholstery for cushions on side chairs in living room, webbing on dining chairs
• Vienna Upholstery for reupholstery of blue sofa in living room and green Canadian Coconut chair in living room (otherwise known as the A.J. Donahue chair)
• Aristocrat lighting for custom lampshades on teak floorlamps in living room
• Olympia Tile for white mosaic tiles on the backbar sink surround to match the vintage tile on the bar
• Roman Bath Centre for bathtub and lo-flow Toto toilet
• M Modern Gallery for Shag art, Derek Yaniger art, Tim Biskup art, Chris Reccardi art
• Reprodepot fabric for side chair fabric and throw pillow fabric
• IKEA for bookshelves in both offices (they do bookshelves best!)
• Value Village, estate sales & garage sales for pretty much everything else!
Shauntelle & Dave's Controlled Kitsch - Part 2. Thanks, Dave & Shauntelle! Images: Abby Cook • HOUSE TOUR ARCHIVE Check out past house tours here • Interested in sharing your home with Apartment Therapy? Contact the editors through our House Tour Submission Form. • Are you a designer/architect/decorator interested in sharing a residential project with Apartment Therapy readers? Contact the editors through our Professional Submission Form.