Michael & Gaelyn's Modern Dream House

Michael & Gaelyn's Modern Dream House

Carmen Chavarri
Sep 25, 2015
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Name: Michael Shaikin, Gaelyn Eyre and baby Wolf
Location: Chelsea, Quebec
Size: 2,450 square feet
Years lived in: 7 months; Owned

With its towering, glass-fronted facade and the Gatineau river as a backdrop, Michael and Gaelyn's house is the stuff modern dreams are made of. Having recently welcomed their son Wolf into their family, they are convinced that buying this beautiful property only a 20-minute drive from downtown Ottawa, where they work, has been a great decision.

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The house's focal point is the airy, open-plan cooking, dining and living area. Crowned with a 40 feet high vaulted ceiling, the space offers endless possibilities to relax and spend time with family and friends. Impossibly high ceilings don't come without challenges, though. It is no wonder that Michael regards hanging their Foscarini lamp with the help of a friend and scaffolding as his proudest DIY.

Since moving in only seven months ago, the couple have been busy with renovations and finding the right furnishings to make the most of this stunning space. Their style is unequivocally modern. Fittingly, most of their furniture and accessories are sourced from The Modern Shop, Michael's furniture and lightning store in Ottawa (We profiled The Modern Shop here!).

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Modern.

Inspiration: Danish design.

Favorite Element: The windows on the front facade and the living area.

Biggest Challenge: 40ft ceilings make it hard to hang lights!

What Friends Say: That the property is beautiful and we are lucky to be by the river.

Biggest Embarrassment: Our 1980s bathrooms.

Proudest DIY: Hanging the Foscarini light in our 40ft high vaulted ceiling. We needed scaffolding!

Biggest Indulgence: Also the Foscarini light.

Best Advice: Don’t start something you can’t finish!

Dream Sources: The Modern Shop *wink wink*


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All Farrow & Ball:

  • Kitchen/hallway: Pavilion Gray
  • Bedroom: Manor House Gray
  • Fireplace wall: Off-Black
  • Throughout the house: Strong White
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  • Allegro Chandelier by Foscarini: The Modern Shop
  • Zio Dining Table by Moooi: The Modern Shop
  • About A Chairs by Hay Denmark: The Modern Shop
  • Ramdom Floor Lamp by Moooi: The Modern Shop
  • Vintage 1950s Danish Rosewood Credenza: Vintage find in the US
  • Hee Barstools by Hay Denmark: The Modern Shop
  • Frama Shelves: The Modern Shop
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  • Mags Sofa by Hay Denmark: The Modern Shop
  • Slit Table by Hay Denmark: The Modern Shop
  • Turning Table by Menu: The Modern Shop
  • Low Eames chair: Founddesign (Michael was a founder and former owner of Founddesign)
  • The Wooden Shelf by Hay Denmark: The Modern Shop
  • Osburn Soho Woodstove: The Burning Log
  • Menu Daybed: The Modern Shop
  • Clairtone Project G Stereo System: Vintage find in Pennsylvania
  • Antique Quilt Ottoman by Hay Denmark: The Modern Shop
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  • Case Study Bed by Modernica: The Modern Shop
  • Vintage Danish Teak Dresser: Founddesign
  • Roscoe Jackson Nightstands: The Modern Shop
  • Various original art
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