Bedroom Styling: French Flair

Interior designer Stephan Howard and husband Mario were looking for a home to grow into when they discovered a renovated Victorian in Toronto two years ago. With 158 square meters spanning four levels, the house offers an abundance of space for their young children Mari-sol and Benjamin.

The scale of the home is balanced by French antiques juxtaposed with streamlined modern pieces and vintage finds, sourced largely from Stephan's nearby home wares store, Flik by Design.

"Our decorating style is French meets industrial " Stephan says. "I love gilded French pieces mixed with mid-century aesthetics. We wanted a home that the kids were able to grow in and not to be fussy  There will never be a room or a chair that they cannot sit in - everything is accessible to the kids."

"Mari-sol has the master bedroom so we looked for larger pieces such as French armoire and Louis XVI dreser, which in turn made it look formal in a way. We then added a simple light from Ikea to add whimsy." he adds. "We want the children to have classic furniture pieces in their rooms that are worth investing in and will keep for a lifetime."

Hits of colour - such as the fuscia cashmere egg chair in the living room - contrast with a neutral background. Restricting the range of accent colors and repeating them throughout tie it all together. "The pink in Mari-sol's room is a Benjamin Moore colour and I love it on the wall. Pink is a colour that I always figure is both masculine and feminine." Some of the children's artworks have been used for inspiration and led to colour choices throughout the house.

The dining area features a Saarinen table with Earnes side chairs and French chandelier. "I have always loved mixing old and new together," he adds. "I love the patina at old and the contrast it brings to new pieces. A collection of art vases on an antique weathered piece of furniture is very much our aesthetic."

Flik by Design opened in 2003 and offers services which range from interior design to custom anything. "I love finding cool pieces and it gives me the opportunity to love them short term in stare and let them go to someone else."

"My best design advice is to make it personal. I find everyone sticks to trends and specific aesthetics - make the space your own by involving what you really love."

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  1. tres chic! French do really love wood furnishings and bright open airy spaces. the bedroom layout and staircase reminds me of the French countryside villa we stayed a year ago in Marne La Valle.

    Now you only have to add French balcony to make it just a little genuine. awesome home that is.

    1. I agree with you Kero, French too are super artistic... these pieces gives statement to the home and also the owners. The pieces has its very own story to tell.

  2. I love love love everything in the pictures! I seriously didn't read your post (just being honest), I was just amazed with all the beautiful pieces....But I'm going to read it now. :) Those vintage looking or whatever you call it light fixtures look so pretty, I want one!

    1. thanks for your loves, Kaye! I appreciate your honestly, babe. You will enjoy reading the post, just as you enjoy the pictures :) Regards!

  3. Being French is a gift... but not all French are snob, mostly aristocrats only.. hehe I also have the same pink blanket and zebra doll :)

    1. .. sometimes I wish I am French.. lol Thanks for visiting us Philippa

  4. i wanna sleep and die here :D


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