Old. Modern. Rustic.


Three of my favorite words in interior design.  I love mixing elements of antique and modern, sleek and rustic, bold and soft color.  Canadian designer, Jennifer Worts, captures this style beautifully in an antique home just north of Toronto.

photo by Ted Yarwood

The floors, walls and ceiling alternate color and have 3 different treatments;  the high gloss teak stained ceilings, the white-painted beadboard walls and the original pine flooring.  The game table chairs, the rug and colors in the rug are unexpectedly modern.  The rustic elements:  the floor mirror, the table base and the glass blown pendant light.

photo by Ted Yarwood

 The built-in cabinets above the mantel of this fieldstone fireplace, divide it into thirds, and create the focal point in the middle with the 3 white vases.  The window seat has beautiful, modern graphic pillows, seven in total (odd number) with 3 different patterns.  I love the juxtaposition of the graphic rug with the rustic driftwood cocktail table base.

photo by Ted Yarwood

My favorite room:  the contrast of the Knoll Saarinen dining table and the McGuire Woven Shelter chairs (in color – white and deep chocolate, and in form – modern mid-century in an antique backdrop), the rustic chandelier, and the way the Arts & Crafts balusters mimic the french door panes and the glass doors on the hutch (repeating in 3 places).

Vanessa Francis of Decor Happy, keeps me up-to-date on the Canadian interior design scene, and has blogged about Jennifer Worts, a couple of times here (as her favorite interior) and here (where you can see more photos of this gorgeous house).

photos by Ted Yarwood courtesy of Jennifer Worts Design

(to AMF – Happy Birthday!)


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