Great Spaces

Tiny Town: four Torontonians who are living large in micro-condos Tiny Town: four Torontonians who are living large in micro-condos

By Matthew Hague | Illustrations by Aleksandar Janicijevic

The Passion Project: an extreme Rosedale reno inspired by an out-of-control art ... The Passion Project: an extreme Rosedale reno inspired by an out-of-control art collection

By Bert Archer | Photographs by Derek Shapton | Illustration by Aleksandar Janicijevic Cheryl Atkinson and Don Schmitt were running out of wall space; they’d been collecting artwork for years, and their Trinity Bellwoods semi was starting to look more like a storeroom than a sanctuary. Both practising architects, they were also itching to design… Read more »

The Collector: a multicoloured midtown rental bursting with over-the-top opulenc... The Collector: a multicoloured midtown rental bursting with over-the-top opulence

By Bronwen Jervis | Photographs by Derek Shapton Alex Donovan hoards beautiful things. The 53-year-old decorator bought his first piece of art—a vivid screen print by Ann-Marie LeQuesne—in 1982, after moving from Woodstock to Toronto to study art and design. He’s since lent his flamboyant sense of style to homes all over the city, both… Read more »

Zen Habitation: a salon don’s tranquil Rosedale retreat Zen Habitation: a salon don’s tranquil Rosedale retreat

By Peter Saltsman | Photographs by Derek Shapton After decades on the move, Ray Civello has finally settled down. The 57-year-old salon founder began his career bouncing between hairdressing jobs in New York, Toronto, Montreal and Paris before launching his eponymous parlour in Rosedale in 1989. (He’s since opened six more: three in the GTA… Read more »

Inner Sanctum: a converted church condo in Little Italy worth a seven-year wait Inner Sanctum: a converted church condo in Little Italy worth a seven-year wait

By Peter Saltsman | Photographs by Derek Shapton The red brick Romanesque Revival at College and Palmerston has lived a few lives in its 126 years. In the early days of the city it was a Baptist church. By the mid-20th century it was serving Portuguese Seventh Day Adventists. Finally, in 2006, the dwindling congregation… Read more »

Swish Château: an interior designer to the jet set creates a plush sanctuary in... Swish Château: an interior designer to the jet set creates a plush sanctuary in the city

Photographs by Derek Shapton For 25 years, Lori Morris has designed fantasy-inducing estates all over the world—a sprawling mountain lodge in Montana, an ancient house in ­Jerusalem, an oceanfront beach property on the Gulf of Mexico. The hectic, travel-heavy lifestyle made her crave a waterfront retreat of her own. ­Walking around her Etobicoke neighbourhood in 2003,… Read more »

East Meets King West: a film producer’s 34th-floor ode to the Far East East Meets King West: a film producer’s 34th-floor ode to the Far East

By Peter Saltsman | Photographs by Derek Shapton Niv Fichman’s 1,100-square-foot condo mimics a traditional Japanese house—as much as it can on the 34th floor of a building at King and Spadina. The 56-year-old co-founder of the film production company Rhombus Media (Enemy, Sensitive Skin, The Red Violin) is a self-professed Japan fanatic. His fascination… Read more »

Great Spaces: four extremely cool laneway houses Great Spaces: four extremely cool laneway houses

By Lucy Dusko and Peter Saltsman Some of Toronto’s most spectacular homes are tucked out of view, nestled in narrow alleyways that run between city streets. Laneway housing is deeply urban, relatively cheap, environmentally smart and seriously stylish. Here, four families that have it all figured out.

This Old Coach House: a century-old house in the Annex that’s as quiet as ... This Old Coach House: a century-old house in the Annex that’s as quiet as a cottage

By Lucy Dusko and Peter Saltsman | Photographs by Derek Shapton The People: Klaus Nienkämper, 43, and Marisa Simunovic, 40, who together run the King East design store Klaus. The Place: A contemporary coach house in the Annex. Nienkämper is a connoisseur of quirk. He collects cast iron toys and kitschy cuckoo clocks. He stocks… Read more »

Steel Beauty: a wonderfully mod metal box near Dupont and Shaw Steel Beauty: a wonderfully mod metal box near Dupont and Shaw

By Lucy Dusko and Peter Saltsman | Photographs by Derek Shapton The People: Steve Bugler, the 52-year-old owner of Radiant City Millwork, and Valentina Nedelcu, a 52-year-old engineer. The Place: A mod, 1,300-square-foot house near Dupont and Shaw. Bugler and Nedelcu bought their property from a semi-retired metalworker in 2008. They tore down the existing… Read more »

Tall Order: a 2,000-square-foot tower in Corktown with almost no interior walls Tall Order: a 2,000-square-foot tower in Corktown with almost no interior walls

By Lucy Dusko and Peter Saltsman | Photographs by Derek Shapton The People: Julie Dyck, a 43-year-old jeweller, and Michael Humphries, a 44-year-old mobile app designer. The Place: A 2,000-square-foot tower with two home offices in Corktown. Dyck and Humphries were living in a converted storefront near Queen and Parliament when they noticed a For… Read more »

Live-Work-Play: a laneway house in Carleton ­Village with an amazing courtyard ... Live-Work-Play: a laneway house in Carleton ­Village with an amazing courtyard centrepiece

By Lucy Dusko and Peter Saltsman | Photographs by Derek Shapton The People: Peter Tan, 44, and Christine Ho Ping Kong, 47, the husband-and-wife team behind the custom woodworking and design shop ­Studio Junction. The Place: A courtyard house in Carleton ­Village, near St. Clair and Old Weston Road. As an architecture student at U… Read more »

Great Spaces: a Haliburton cottage that turned a die-hard city slicker into an a... Great Spaces: a Haliburton cottage that turned a die-hard city slicker into an amateur woodsman

By Matthew Hague | Photographs by Derek Shapton Stephen Grant is one of Toronto’s top divorce lawyers, the man one-­percenters like David Thomson and Michael McCain go to when their marriages ­falter. He’s also a city guy who never dreamed of owning a cabin in the woods. That is, until he met his wife, Sandy… Read more »

Great Spaces: a starkly beautiful haven above a furniture shop in the Junction Great Spaces: a starkly beautiful haven above a furniture shop in the Junction

John and Juli Baker, owners of the cultishly popular Mjölk, built a home that’s as starkly beautiful as their shop below Matthew Hague | Photography by Derek Shapton John and Juli Baker met by chance seven years ago at the Cloak and Dagger pub on College Street. She was studying art curation and photography at… Read more »

Great Spaces: a subterranean house in Wychwood Park that got the whole neighbour... Great Spaces: a subterranean house in Wychwood Park that got the whole neighbourhood talking

By Peter Saltsman Two decades ago, Ian MacDonald and Diane ­MacDiarmid fell in love with a sloping lot in Wychwood Park. They figured it would be easy enough to expand the 1950s bungalow perched on it—­MacDonald is an architect, after all. That was before they encountered the ­Wychwood Park ­Heritage Advisory Committee. The ­couple’s new… Read more »