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Great Spaces: The 1960s Ardwold Gate home of the city’s top event planner

(All images: Michael Graydon)

In 2003, Jeffry Roick restored the decrepit and dusty seventh floor of the old Eaton’s College Street building to its original art deco glamour, reinventing the space as the Carlu, a swanky event venue. A year later, the urge to renovate struck again. This time, the 44-year-old event planner fell in love with a Bauhaus-style home on Ardwold Gate, a cul-de-sac near Casa Loma. He didn’t know that the exclusive street was once the site of another Eaton property: Lady Eaton’s 50-room mansion, which had been demolished in 1936.

The two-storey modernist structure that Roick shares with his long-time partner, Jamie Temos, a 33-year-old student teacher, had been designed for the president of Woolworth in 1962 by Gordon Ridgely, then an architecture student. (Ridgely is now Toronto’s go-to builder of massive Bridle Path Georgians, but at the time he favoured a spare aesthetic.) Roick and Temos were smitten with the home’s simple lines and abundance of light, but the house needed some serious TLC. They enlisted Roick’s father, a retired contractor, to help with the reno, and began by ripping out the wall-to-wall shag carpeting and melamine kitchen cupboards. They turned the old kitchen into an office, built a new kitchen where a nanny suite had been, and installed Brazilian teak floors throughout.

Roick, like many event planners, is a perfectionist. He and Temos bought and returned three couches before settling on one, and when they couldn’t find a wall treatment they liked for the den, Roick tracked down authentic 1960s grasscloth on eBay. They picked up a 1970s Leif Jacobsen rosewood desk—used in Shades of Black, the Conrad Black TV movie—at a recent auction. Says Roick, “I love buying pieces that tell a story.”

(All images: Michael Graydon)

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While in China, Roick picked up some of these Dahlia lamps to use as centre­pieces at his events and loved them so much he kept one for his living room.

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The matching chairs, in white leather with baseball stitching, are also from Interior Elements.

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The pillows were purchased at MacFab Fabrics (755 Queen St. E., 416-534‑3940).

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Roick saw this African dress form sculpture at a Toronto decor trade show. It’s made of feathers, twigs and reeds.

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The daybed is an Avilar reproduction of a Mies van der Rohe design ($7,900 at Interior Elements).

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Roick designed the coffee table himself and commissioned Marc Ogil­vie, a local carpenter, to build it.

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The rectangular table lamp on the console is from Union Lighting (1491 Castlefield Ave., 416‑652‑2200).

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Roick ordered the acrylic 1968 Eero Aarnio bubble chair on-line.

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The 10-foot-long Minotti couch is also from Interior Elements.

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Roick bought this reproduction of Eileen Gray’s famous 1927 table ($250) at UpCountry (310 King St. E., 416-366‑7477).

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The textured walls are fibreglass panels sourced at the Interior Design Show. Roick loved the ’70s vibe.

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The painting is part of Martin Ouellette’s No Trespassing series (Engine Gallery, 37 Mill St., Bldg. 37, 416-531-9905).

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Roick gave crystal decanters to his clients as last year’s holiday gift and ordered one for himself.

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A friend gave Roick (at left) these binoculars from Angus and Company (647 Dupont St., 416-537-4104).

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The cherry Turn side table was $770 at Keilhauer (1450 Birch­mount Rd., 416‑759-5665).

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Roick and Temos turned to Roman Cholasta at Interior Elements (255 Davenport Rd., 416-928-0222) to help them source an Eames lounge chair and ottoman ($4,055) for the den.

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The built-in mirrored hutch is original to the house; the couple resized it during the reno and use it for storage and a wet bar.

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The Karl Springer glass coffee table was a gift.

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The mirror is from Camilla House Imports (6819 Pacific Cir., Mississauga, 905-564‑5433), a wholesale design atelier that Roick uses for many of his events.

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Roick sourced the famous Eero Saarinen Tulip table and chairs through and is dying to know who owned the set before him.