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How To Add Modern Flair To A Historic Home

Award-winning designer Gillian Gillies has given a 1927 Toronto townhouse a warm, contemporary twist. It’s one of the ironies of the modern world that as we enthusiastically embrace the digital realm – social media, NFTs, e-commerce – our thirst for forward-looking design has not grown proportionally. If anything, the back-lash against postmodern architecture and the pace of societal change has led to a fetishistic appreciation of period architecture and a nostalgic yearning for a ‘simpler’ way of living. Of course, the retro good life may never have really existed – at least not for the many – but that hasn’t stopped breathless present-day posturing about ‘cottage-core’ and ‘granny chic’. The best designers manage to balance this yearning for the grounding lull of historic homes with fresh takes on how the spaces are arranged and used. Gillian Gillies is one such designer, as this Canadian project beautifully demonstrates. Located in the historic Rosedale neighbourhood of Ancroft Place, the 1927 Toronto townhouse has an English country look about it; picture red brick exteriors with glossy black front doors and an abundance of climbing ivy. “Ancroft Place was originally built as starter homes for the children of well-to-do Rosedale families.” explains Gillies. “This would have been a bride's first home that allowed them to live near all the things they had grown up with.” View Article