In Mariana Silveira and her daughter Antonella’s home in Toronto, Ontario, family stories are told through objects. Mariana, senior interior decorator and mid-century modern specialist at HCD Design Studio, firmly believes in enriching her family’s life by creating deeply personal spaces. This means a home that pays homage to the arts in every shape and form. The mother-daughter duo’s apartment is filled with paintings, sculptures, meaningful pieces of literature, pictures of extended family and friends, as well as carefully sourced furniture that together create a most cherished sanctuary.
Mariana and Antonella have lived in their two-bedroom rental apartment on Toronto’s Avenue Road for almost eight years. Half of the year, they also share it with Mariana’s mother. “My ex-husband and I sold our more spacious home in Mississauga and came back to Toronto to raise our daughter in the cultural heart of this wonderful country over seven years ago,” Mariana recalls. She couldn’t be happier with the decision to move back from the suburbs and become involved in Avenue Road’s warm and welcoming community. The area boasts a wonderful school that Antonella attends, and many of her classmates have become dear neighbors.
When Mariana and Antonella enjoy quality time at home with their dog Bonita, they are surrounded by items that bring back memories and feelings of togetherness. Mariana explains, “I only ever intended for my home to be a happy place that reflected who we are and what we like. To be a place filled with colorful art and books that would inspire my daughter to create, and make her appreciative of the impact it can make in our lives.” Decorating this family’s home is a process that is never complete — as the home is a true reflection of Mariana and Antonella, it will evolve as they do. There will always be more stories to tell and new, meaningful pieces to be added to their collection of unique finds. —Sofia
Image above: Mariana works as a mid-century modern specialist and most pieces in her home are from that era. She loves mixing materials — the living room, which includes chrome, marble, leather, and wood, is the perfect representation of her relaxed yet tasteful style.
Antique chair “Belle Epoque”
Barcelona bench, Tulip side tables, Diamond chair – Home Craft Decor
Handmade Mexican rug – the ROM boutique store
French oven – Le Crueset
Chinese lacquer nightstand – Plata Imports