Name: Cedrick and Sunny
Location: Toronto; Ontario, Canada
Size: 1350 square feet
Years lived in: 9 months; Owned
When they first visited this house last fall, Cedrick and Sunny fell in love with its authentic, historical details, from the original wood-burning fireplace and leaded windows to the oak wainscoting and the door knocker. The house is fascinating, with loads of character, rich textures, and dark tones, and the mid-century modern furnishings work beautifully against traditional and dramatic architectural details.
Cedrick and Sunny are both from an apparel design background. They have always been fascinated by modern architecture and industrial design, and Cedrick is an avid collector of mid-century modern furniture. As mentioned in their House Call, "Flea market and Craigslist finds take center stage and found objects become artwork, living beautifully with both new furniture and well-loved vintage pieces. The eclectic mix makes a dramatic statement."
As with every old house, there is a long list of “things to do”. When they first moved in the living, dining, and bedrooms were covered with a plush 1980s pile carpeting which they immediately pulled up to reveal original oak hardwood floors. Cedrick and Sunny liked the character of the old floors, which were in good enough shape from all of the years under carpeting that they did not have to refinish them, to their great surprise.
The house features two DIY projects (with some help from professionals). One in the living room and the other in the bedroom. Can you spot them?
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Mid-Century and Danish Modern (new and sleek meets vintage finds with a well-worn patina).
Inspiration: Chairs! Chairs! Chairs!
Favorite Element: The authentic, historical details of the house from the leaded windows to the oak wainscoting in the dining room to the door knocker with loads of character.
Biggest Challenge: Stripping years and layers of “updates” and restoring the rooms of the house. The need for natural lighting continues to be a challenge.
What Friends Say: We moved in last fall and haven't had an opportunity to have any over yet.
Biggest Embarrassment: None to date. :)
Proudest DIY: The Jean Prouve Potence-inspired wall lamp in the living room was a custom DIY. It lives up to the spirit of the original Prouve design at a fraction of the cost.
Biggest Indulgence: The vintage, woven leather ICF Luar PLR Chair designed by Ross Littell in 1968 which has found a place in our sun room.
Best Advice: Never buy anything new, if you can help it. There is so much great, high quality, used pieces out there and the quality of older production is oftentimes significantly better than new. Craigslist and Kijiji are your friends.
Dream Sources: 1st Dibs, Haussmith, The Brick House, Olive Green
Here are some websites to some great Toronto stores for vintage treasures, salvaged finds and amazing inspiration. These local shops sell new and old and the one thing that they all have in common is that they do a phenomenal job of curating and tailoring their assortment to fit their brand!
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