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In Toronto, a Couple’s Careful Planning Pays Off

by Garrett Fleming

In Toronto, a Couple's Careful Planning Pays Off, Design*Sponge

Stroll around Toronto’s expansive Riverdale community and you’ll uncover fantastic schools, a collection of eclectic neighbors and rows of charming homes. Spend enough time there, and you may even come across a house that stands out by blending in.

Camouflaged by a collection of “dazzling, multicolored green, glazed brick” and set back from the street, the 1960s-era house belongs to jewelry designer Amy Bond and her husband Trevor, a realtor. And its newfound sheen comes courtesy of a painstaking renovation. Since 2017 the pair has overseen the addition of an upper floor, fully gutted the kitchen and bathrooms, decorated the space with a vibrant assemblage of artwork and wrapped it in new landscaping.

The overhaul was quite extensive, so the couple cleverly divvied up tasks to keep things running smoothly. Trevor kicked things off by developing the overall floor plan and design of the home. He spent hours on the construction site, examining the ways in which natural light interacted with the space and measuring (and then remeasuring) the walls. More importantly, he kept an eye out for how best to optimize the house for himself, his wife, and their two young children. This meant, for example, gaining an understanding of Amy’s work as a jeweler and how he could develop the perfect at-home studio for her.

With a floor plan in place Amy was able to swoop in and oversee finishes, tile, flooring and lighting. Her most-memorable touch, though, is her mastery of the home’s aforementioned brick exterior. Using an Illustrator file Trevor set up for her and six different shades of green brick, she thoughtfully distributed the hues across the facade to ensure she perfectly captured the camouflaged look she and her husband envisioned. “The new house is like a culmination of years and years of planning,” Trevor tells us. Scroll down to see how it all came together, and enjoy! Garrett

Photography by Dave Rempel

Image above: The dining table originally sat parallel to the floral bench. By rotating it 45 degrees the family was able to add much more seating and give the space a “loungey” vibe.

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Trevor has developed a keen ability to predict trends in home design through his work as a real estate agent. He recently applied all he’s learned to his family’s new home, making sure that the addition and accompanying designs weren’t too trendy.

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The pair added an entire level to the top of the 1960s-era home, re-bricked the facade and re-landscaped both the front and back yards of the plot.

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The home’s large front windows were added to bring the outdoors in.

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The entryway gives visitors their first taste of Trevor and Amy’s penchant for hard, angular accents. “Curves and flourishes make maintenance and cleaning more complicated,” they explain.

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Trevor and Amy wanted something to look at while washing dishes so they had the glass wall that once divided the kitchen and staircase swapped out for an option they could mount their collection of artwork to.

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Managing the kitchen tile was one of Amy’s projects: “A lot of thought went into the shape and texture,” Trevor says. Since she loves supporting bespoke artisans, Amy ended up choosing this option from Heath Ceramics.

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The living room wasn’t sunken before the renovation, but in order to give the new, upper rooms nine-foot ceilings – without cutting into the top of this space – Trevor had the contractors push the living room down a few feet.

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“Baxter is a creative-and-silly eight year old with a passion for animals, vehicles, nature and riding his bike. Ruby is also creative, an equally-silly six year old, obsessed with rainbow-prancing unicorns and can color for hours while the world slowly turns.” – The Bonds

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To help them stand out amongst the other 17 offers on the home, Trevor and Amy filmed their son walking around it during a showing, “espousing the virtues of the house…”

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Glass bannisters were installed so the rays streaming in from the skylight would trickle into the landing and beyond.

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A custom sink and wallpaper from Kate Golding in the powder room.

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The couple originally wanted the walls to be totally trimless, but they were talked out of it. They’ve compromised by painting each piece of trim the same color as the wall it accompanies, effectively making it disappear.

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Wallpaper from Hygge & West in Baxter’s room.

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Amy and Trevor’s bedroom and ensuite take up an entire floor of their home.

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The two say the tub/shower combo off their bedroom wasn’t really necessary, but it has come in handy when all four Bonds have to get ready at the same time.

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“Laundry consumes us as a family,” Trevor begins, “so we felt it required prime real estate but must be concealed.” Trevor designed this combination laundry/closet so the washer, dryer and a sink could sit hidden behind the stylish door on the far wall.

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“What we love most about our home is [it’s] our colorful family nest.” – The Bonds

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In order to save money and create cohesion amongst the home’s many rooms, Amy and Trevor kept their paint palette limited. This shade of lavender, for example, not only graces Ruby’s bedroom walls but the kitchen cabinets, laundry room island and entryway as well.

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Making Ruby’s bathroom an ensuite eliminated a doorway from the accompanying hallway. This move has made the latter space much more pleasing to the eye.

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The lower level of windows at the rear of the home was added so Amy’s at-home studio could bask in sunlight. Eventually the plants to the right of frame will wind their way through the metal fence, creating a wall of green.

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Millwork from another renovation Trevor oversaw now resides in Amy’s at-home jewelry studio.

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Amy and Trevor’s minds work very differently. In order to make sure they both fully understood every nook and cranny of the space they were renovating, they hired a freelancer to create these 3D renderings.

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The upper addition.

SOURCE LIST

Dining Room
Floral collage tryptic – Emily Filler
Glass bird/globe – Infinite Glass Works
Woman – Kelly Grace
Lighting – Soffi Lighting, Tsunami Glassworks
Glass partition – Jeff Goodman Glass
Landscape painting – Patrice Carmichael

Kitchen
Backsplash – Heath Ceramics “Dimensional Diamond”
Owl – Baxter Bond
Ceramics – Eikcam Ceramics, Patrick Yeung
Blown glass cups/vase – Amy Bond
Glass backsplash on Peninsula – Jeff Goodman Glass

Living Room
Lantern – Julia Hepburn
Pencil crayon pot, ceramic eyes – Eikcam
Pillows – Bookhou, Marimekko
Glass finger dish, cage, skull, floral glass – Amy Bond
Watering garden – Kyle Stewart
“F!?k This,” “Portrait with Flouro Pink,” “Portrait with Flouro Yellow” – Keight Maclean
Bear – Tony Taylor
Adam and Eve art, skeleton bracelet – Lucie Weir
Large painting of Woman – Troy Brooks
Ceramic phone sculpture – Amber Zubber
Ceramic Boxes – Janet Macpherson
“Small Birds on Clouds” ceramic – Lanna Filipone
“4 Buttons” framed in blue – Michelle Goldstein
Ceramic woman bust – Gosia
Dog portrait – Melanie Gordon
Pendant light – Quasi Modo

Landing
Three small drawings – Yellena
Large photo – David Trevor
Weaving – Amy Bond
Print – Shaun Downey

Studio
Cabinetry design – Jag Creative

Powder Room
Custom Sink – Alex Fira
Wallpaper – Kate Golding

Baxter’s Room
Wallpaper – Hygge & West

Amy & Trevor’s Room
Plant pocket – Bookhou
Glass plant bowl – Amy Bond
Print – man Bell
Northern Ontario – Freshly Printed

Dressing/Laundry Room
Artwork – Shaun Downey, man Bell
Plant pocket – Bookhou
Glass plant bowl – Amy Bond

Ruby’s Bedroom
Wallpaper – Hygge & West

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Comments

  • Love it! From the brick fassade, the huge windows, the unusual details, the cute wallpapers, the creative children’s rooms, the yellow tiles in the kitchen to the jewellery studio. Every picture a new surprise. Loved to read about the whole planning process too, so many thoughts got brought in. A lovely, unique and colourful home!

  • This house is one of my favorites – the use of color! Is there any way of finding out the paint color in the master bedroom, or do I have to buy 15 samples to figure it out?

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