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Sneak Peek: Bev Hisey

by Amy Azzarito


Textile designer Bev Hisey and Dan MacKenzie have lived in this Toronto home for 15 years. For the first 13 years, they were renters, then after years of asking their landlord to sell, they finally had the opportunity to buy it. Once the couple became homeowners, they knew exactly what needed to be changed. They completely gutted both floors so that they could update all the inner workings of the home — everything from electrical to insulation. Cosmetically, the renovation allowed them to open up the home, making it bright and airy. Never one to lie around, in the midst of all these home renovations Bev opened a new store called Everydayhousewife, where she showcases her textiles alongside Scandinavian housewares and vintage Italian glass and ceramics. Thanks to Donna Griffith for the lovely photos! — Amy Azzarito

Image above: This room, with the Gladys Goose lamp, belongs to my 22-year-old daughter. She’s only occasionally here, so someday soon it will become my office. You can see the painting by Bobbie K Owens from Columbus reflected in the mirror. Paint color is Benjamin Moore’s Simply White throughout the entire house.


Image above: The art in the dining room is a photo montage of the plumbing stack during renovation. This is the actual pipe and location; however, the stack is now new.

See more of Bev’s home after the jump . . . 


Image above: The coffee tables are outdoor iron tables that were once in my grandmother’s backyard. I replaced the glass with powder-coated steel. The painting is by a friend, Jerry Waese. The Lath and Plaster carpet is my design and was inspired by the renovation.


Image above: This credenza spans the living and dining areas. It is stuffed full of vintage finds. The scissor print is Alanna Cavanagh.


Image above: This is my office for now. Low teak drawers and an Italian ceramic lamp. I got the Moderna Museet Stockholm poster 1981 when I was 24 and traveling at the time. The gemstone carpets are my design.


Image above: Our 10″ record art displayed in the dining room is mounted on wooden boxes so the album art floats off the wall. Original records are still in the sleeves, just in case.


Image above: Our small but very efficient bathroom. Having no shower curtain opens up the space. We hung our vintage yellow surveying equipment for a pop of color. On the left is an Ikea mirror highlighted with simple light bulb sockets with Fat Albert 6″ light bulbs used as vanity light.


Image above: View of upstairs from the top of the landing. The Ikea PAX closet systems offer ample storage.


Image above: Our West Elm bedding is complemented by a vintage blanket. I display my collection of wooden machine-making molds above the bed.


Image above: The landing at the top of the stairs — an original Jansen swimsuit swimmer signage from Vancouver, my grandmother’s chandelier, [Hudson Bay] blanket and gem carpet.


Image above: The front hallway. Here is another of Donna’s photographs taken during the reno project. The photograph is of the actual hallway at the time of the renovation. The felt divider panel offers privacy and creates some beautiful shadows when the sun [streams] in.


Image above: Kitchen counter with a large vintage wooden clock


Image above: The kitchen was 1930s crumble. We blew out the entire back of the house, built the deck where the old mud room/beer fridge lived. We added all new kitchen cabinets and appliances from Ikea. I can’t say enough about the pantry on the left side here. It enabled us to do away with upper cabinets. And there’s my best friend — the dishwasher.


Image above: That’s me in the kitchen. No upper cabinets make the kitchen feel rather large. We tore down the room that used to be off of the kitchen. It was small and basically only held a beer fridge. Now it is a great outdoor space in the summer, and in the winter it is filled with snow.


Image above: This is the view of Trinity Bellwoods Park from my front window at 1066 Dundas St. West. The chairs are vintage stackable metal chairs that I have had powder coated in orange and white. Pouf and cushions are from the Pixel collection available online.


Image above: These are carpets available at the store, hanging on a sliding system that Dan and I made. We used simple pocket door tracks. In the centre of the store are various furniture finds I am sourcing and selling. You can also see my sewing machines in the workspace at the back. I painted the floors an off-white. It really enlarges the look of the store.


Image above: This is a section of the simple box display I had made. These are some of the vintage Scandinavian/ Italian glass and ceramics for sale at the store. I am sure you can tell how I am very inspired by the colors in these vintage modern pieces. These pieces really complement my carpet and textile work. I created the pixel poufs and cushions with panels I had hand woven in India. I am a certified GoodWeave member. I made four different colourways and have sewn the panels together to create poufs, the Lola cushion (triangle) as well as two-toned envelope-style cushions. The poufs have shredded foam inserts (off-cuts from upholstery factories) and zipper closures for easy dry cleaning. The Lolas and envelopes have zippers and feather-fill inserts.

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