STYLE AT HOME

A TORONTO LOFT WITH MAJOR COOL FACTOR

Toronto-based designer transforms a stuck-in-the-'80s loft into a bright art-filled abode befitting its stylish owners.

When designer Sarah Birnie was enlisted to refresh a dated Toronto loft, her initial reaction wasn’t about the design. Instead, her first thought was about the coolness of the owners. “They’re much more hip than me, so decorating their place was a fun challenge – I had my work cut out for me.” …

 
 

 
 

Apartment Therapy

A Glam Gold and Grasscloth Nursery

My plan for the nursery was to make the most of a small space that was once a really fantastic walk-in closet! I envisioned a cozy, textural, and fairly neutral nursery.

Growing up my parents had grasscloth in a den that I loved spending time in, so I thought it would be fun to use that on the walls in here. The gallery wall includes pictures of our fantastic mothers (soon to be grandmothers!) as toddlers. I have a thing for gold, so the scheme turned into lots of texture, gold and white. Lots of prints, some graphic elements and a touch of leopard round out the look…