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Before and After: Karl Lohnes, Peter Paquette, and Peter Paquette Work Together to Reboot a Traditional Toronto House

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Karl and Peter wanted to try wallpaper in the primary bedroom – but, where to put it? “That’s where the ceiling came in,” says Peter. “It’s a small-scale print made up of subtle creams, taupes and browns, but it’s more of a texture than a print,” adds Karl. It adds to the rug’s design. To increase natural light, the luxurious mohair headboard is channelled vertically. The metal-framed mirror above it is hung high to magnify the natural light. 

 

Photography, Patrick Biller

Ready-made sheers can be used from wall to wall. “Not only do they allow for diaphanous light, they cleverly disguise the home’s original shutters and shorter windows,” says Peter. The sofa was designed with a low back so it wouldn’t block the window and could be moved, if desired, to sit at the end of the bed.

WALL PAINT Fog Mist OC-31, Benjamin Moore. Kelly Wearstler’s Stigma WALLPAPER, Kravet. Custom upholstered BED, SOFA, PEDESTAL TABLE, 1982 Design. 1982 Design. FABRIC, Maharam. Maharam. NIGHTSTANDS, Greenwood Studio. Visual Comfort’s Nero LAMPS, Kelly Wearstler Melange LIGHTFIXTURE Elte. BEDDING, THROW, RH Modern. Zeppelin FABRIC (shams), Pierre Frey. SHEERS, HARDWARE, Crate and Barrel MIRROR, CB2. Silk and wool RUG, Elte. 

“You walk through the dressing room on your way to the bedroom, so we wanted it to be dramatic.” – Karl Lohnes

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Photography, Patrick Biller

“It’s moody and luxurious,” says Peter of the library/dressing room that acts as a vestibule between the hallway and the primary bedroom. This space is far removed from the 1980s oak-covered spaces of its past. To give the ceilings a higher look, the trim, baseboards, and ceilings were painted the exact same colour in high-gloss. A bubble chandelier encircles a majestic round table.

WALL PAINT AND TRIM PAINT Fairview Taupe HC-85, Benjamin Moore. Custom oak PEDESTAL TABLE OTTOMANS, 1982 Design. Kelly Wearstler’s Rarity FABRIC (ottomans), Kravet. Floating Orb CHANDELIER, Lumens. Cane CHAIR, Tina Frey BOWL, Elte. 

“Navy blue is often a classic colour choice for kids’ rooms, but teal ups the ante on style and sophistication.” – Karl Lohnes

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Photography, Patrick Biller

Karl and Peter transformed what had once been a traditional-looking bedroom into a just-for-him space for the clients’ 12-year-old son. Radiant blue is used for the trim, walls and windows. 

WALL PAINT, Lucerne Blue AF-530, Benjamin Moore. NIGHT TABLE RH Teen. Aerin Lauder’s Charlton FLOOR LAMP Elte. BEDDING, THROW, IKEA.

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Photography, Patrick Biller

“The son’s bathroom shows you what a little makeover can do,” says Karl. “The wallpaper was already there, and it worked!” Painting the vanity, hanging a bolder mirror and changing out the fixtures modernized the space instantly. 

VANITY PAINT Black Forest Green PM-12, Benjamin Moore. Studio S FAUCET, American Standard. Visual Comfort’s Rousseau SCONCES, Elte. MIRROR, CB2.

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