Perched above a bustling Toronto beach community, Tracey & Rob’s lakeside home is not your average condo. Nine years ago, inspired by the work of Hugh Jacobsen and Howard Backen, Rob transformed a typical condominium box into an airy coastal oasis. His main objective in the design of the space was to bring his favorite elements of the tranquil shore indoors, providing a perfect retreat from their hectic schedules as well as creating a welcoming sanctuary for his three children.
Natural light floods each room in their multi-level nest, giving the mix of industrial pieces, clean lines and rich woods a weightless radiance. Climbing from one level to the next, it's difficult to choose a favorite floor. While each of them offer a different intriguing layout, all three invite guests to stay a little longer. Visiting Tracey & Rob’s world for an afternoon is like catching a glimpse of the California coast, from an unlikely northern vantage point.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Urban Beach House.
Inspiration: Hugh Jacobsen, Samuel Botero, Howard Backen, Shelton & Mindel.
Favorite Element: The stacked layout of the 3 floors.
Biggest Challenge: Working from a series of drywall cubes and trying to decide where to start.
What Friends Say: “Is Rob an interior designer?” “Is he available to come look at our place?”
Biggest Embarrassment: The “house of cards” closet in the kitchen, which holds the heating/air conditioning unit, coat spillover, cleaning supplies, wrapping paper, appliances, etc.
Proudest DIY: Rob’s design of the stair railings.
Biggest Indulgence: Adding the extra bedroom above the open kitchen.
Best Advice: Don’t rush. Do one room at a time so you don’t make design mistakes. It’s an evolution.
Dream Sources: Elte. Hardware. Gingers. (Toronto)
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
- 3rd floor: Wall & Book Shelf - Benjamin Moore, Color 0C118 Snowfall White
Wood stain on doors, stair railings, boy's bedroom dressers, desks, architect table, etc. - Minwax Oil, Color A 50/50 blend of Gunstock & Ipswich
- Pine farmhouse storm window/mirror - Snoopers Antiques in Campbellville, ON
- Tiger maple antique wardrobe - Antique Shop in Elora, ON
- Maple architect table - Office Supply & Shop Furniture, Toronto
- 2 painted industrial chairs - eBay.com
- Hidden board & batten doors - custom by Mitchell Lofts
- Open pine floating shelves - custom by Mitchell Lofts
- Blackboard - blackboard paint on plywood, pine frame custom by Mitchell Lofts
- 3rd bath converted to pantry - custom by Mitchell Lofts
- Pine table - custom made by John Poole Antiques, Horseshoe Valley, ON.
- 6 Emco navy chairs - Restoration Hardware
- 2 industrial lights with Holophane lights - Hardware Interiors
- 2 oak chairs, from Rob’s late grandfather’s Toronto law office, circa 1920’s
- 2 maple drafting tables - kijiji.com, stained by Rob
- Floating shelves - custom by Mitchell Lofts
- Skateboards and surfboards as useable art.
- Dressers - originally Ikea, but covered in stained maple plywood to match the rest of the condo
- Wall & ceiling subway tiles, 3” x 6” - Home Depot
- Pine blanket box - Antique Shop in Bolton, ON
- Old storm window - custom made into a medicine cabinet
- Industrial electrical warehouse lights - Queensway Electric Supply Co.
Bed doubles as a day bed - Ikea
Linens - Beddington’s
- Teak & glass table filled with river pebbles - Antique Market, Port Carling, ON
- Painting - “Mercyscape” by Rachelle Kearns, Toronto artist (commissioned)
- Pipe canopy bed - made by Rob, paint Tremclad, Fire Red
- Louis Vuitton Cup poster - Razzia Posters NYC, framed at The Frame Maker,Toronto.
- Integrated bookshelves - custom by Mitchell Lofts
- Bedding - Au Lit Fine Linens, Pottery Barn, Beddington’s
- Decorative pillows - Pottery Barn, Hardware Interiors
- Throw blankets - The Bay
- Couches - custom by Urban Manor, slip covers by Potato Skins
Antique pine chest of drawers converted into a sink - chest purchased in Bracebridge, ON, bowl sink Toto from Taps Bath
Pebble floor and shower floor - Ciot
Industrial electrical warehouse lights - Queensway Electric Supply Co., Toronto
- Railings - designed by Rob, made by Vangro Welding
Thanks, Tracey & Rob!
(Images: Justice Darragh)
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