We often share spaces here on Rue Daily that are complete fixer-uppers, where the designer takes the home down to the studs and completely transforms it. In other cases, they are new builds – where both the architecture and decor meet the homeowners’ exact needs. Today, we’re featuring a space that falls into neither category – this beautiful home in Toronto, wasn’t falling apart, nor was it an empty lot when it started. When this family of four, originally from Vancouver, that had lived a while in Europe, moved to Toronto, they found the perfect place in a suburb of the city. The problem was that it didn’t reflect the casual West Coast lifestyle that was important to them.

The couple hired Toronto designer Ashley Montgomery to take this overly ornate home and make it a place that felt inviting, where the family could kick their feet up and enjoy spending time together cooking or doing art projects. The kitchen, for example, originally had glam grey cabinets and a marble mosaic backsplash that didn’t fit the family’s style. Ashley kept the same layout and cabinetry in the kitchen but had them painted in a dark green tone. “It’s not a color you see every day,” she said, “but it just worked and it worked so well. It’s the show stopper of the home.” She added an island at the center of the kitchen made in an affordable and durable oak veneer by Drôrs by Centro, with a slate slab for the countertops. For the backsplash, she selected faux brick to add a contrasting texture to the polished quartz counters. They decided to keep the original stained-glass windows to add an authentic touch to the space.

For the rest of the home, it was about keeping it clean, casual, and with soul. “They wanted something with character but gave me complete control over selecting items,” Ashley shared, “it was like a dream. They loved the idea of mixing in some vintage pieces throughout the space to add a little soul into the home.” She selected two vintage Moroccan rugs for the living room and dining room, paired with an olive green sofa from CB2, and a mirror that was inherited by the homeowner’s grandmother over the painted original fireplace.

The master bedroom was a blank slate. Ashley decided to paint it from gray to white to allow the walnut EQ3 bed and vintage bedside tables to pop. They found a beautiful print by artist Christine Flynn that worked perfectly above the bed. “The homeowners first reached out to us in September,” she said, “We got into the place as soon as possible and finished up shortly after Christmas. They lived through the process and honestly enjoyed every last bit of it, they loved seeing it transform over time.”