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Tradition meets Modernity: An Edwardian-era Toronto Home that's marvellously modern

Sarah Tolle – Homify Canada Sarah Tolle – Homify Canada
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This historic Toronto home was originally built in the 1800s by Equinox Developments according to an Edwardian style. Recently, the architects from Solares Architecture were hired to update the interior while maintaining the heritage quality of the exterior. The interior rooms now portray an updated contemporary style with proud mentions of the home's historic character, creating an atmosphere that's both luxurious and classic, punctuated by elegant antiques and raw natural materials.

​Edwardian exterior

A bit about the Edwardian origins of this home: Edwardian architecture is a style that became popular during the reign of the English King Edward VII in the first decade of the 20th century. It followed the Victorian architectural era, which focused on ornate details, elaborate patterns, and elegant trimmings. Edwardian homes are often seen with less decorative features – simpler patterns, less ornamentation, and lighter colours that deviated from the deep, rich hues of the Victorian architectural style. In this home, you see a shape inspired by Victorian architecture, with a simpler, more practical facade that clearly defines the home as Edwardian. The home has received a new roof and new windows, but maintains the aged red brick structure of its early days.

​Dining room

The dining room maintains a sense of traditional formality with a central dining table, dark wooden chairs, and large overhanging light, but aside from this traditional layout, the room takes on a more modern appeal. Colourful artwork brings a fun splash of personality to the room, and several plants work to balance the feeling of a formal dining space with that of a relaxing, casual gathering space.

​Kitchen

The kitchen displays a gorgeous palette of cream and white, with a wide range of wooden materials in the floor, shelves, and island. Emanating a sense of polish and quality, this kitchen embodies the richness of culinary tradition. The compostion of colours and materials creates an atmosphere of harmony. 

​Living room

This decorative living room is filled with a blend of modern and antique furniture – the sofas, which receive more day-to-day use, are more modern updates, while the more decorative pieces like standing cabinet, piano, and armchairs with chess board bring a flavorful dose of history into the room.

​Sitting room

This massive home has space for two living rooms, the second being a more private place to enjoy a movie or evening fire from the luxurious leather couch.

​Wine cellar

If the two decadent living rooms weren't enough, this home enjoys a towering wine cellar, a clear statement that this family enjoys a sense of connection to culture and tradition -  like their choice of this historic Edwardian home, this wine cellar shows that they're more than happy to embrace the beauty that comes with age.

​Sleek staircase

This staircase is surprisingly open for a historic home, with golden hardwood stairs and matching bannisters making a luxurious, airy ascent up to the second floor, and down to the basement.

​Bathroom

Natural wooden shelves with the bark still attached and a carved wooden wash basin make a lovely natural statement in this unique bathroom design (the first of three!)

​Second bathroom

This bathroom is the architectural embodiment of coffee with cream, a smooth, decadent, and luxurious experience full of rounded shapes, fluid surfaces, and a soft, misty glow.

​Third bathroom

It's rare to find a home that can afford the space for two bath tubs! This classic bathroom space features a lovely black and white subway tile theme, with a curvy tub design that transports you back in time.

Luxurious laundry room

The laundry room of dreams, this space enjoys an immense array of cabinets for storage, energy efficient appliances, and a brilliantly white, immaculate appearance.

​Colonial kids room

This fanciful room is a vision of tradition, as this children's room is devoid of televisions, brand names, and video game consoles. Instead, a rocking horse and bookshelf create a classic atmosphere, with a colonial style bed frame emphasizing the historical appeal of the room.

Love this home's blend of historic tradition and modern style? Have a look at this historic home's new kitchen in this ideabook: This reno brings a high quality kitchen to a historic home

What do you think of this historic home renovation? Comment below!
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