Although it does not look anything like their work, the interior design was inspired by the work of John Fowler and Nancy Lancaster, of Colefax and Fowler fame. The previously-mentioned design principles are theirs, but Howard Sutcliffe helped me to realize them in a contemporary way. To some extent, Matisse was my inspiration for the colour scheme – while Brigitte and Howard chose the colours for the walls and ceilings, the sunnier floor and soft-furnishing colours are Matisse’s.”
Because of the size and shape of the site the house is quite vertical. However, it seems less so because of the clever way the architects dealt with this challenge by altering the levels of the house, thus eliminating long and daunting flights of stairs.
Its angles and the openness make the house look and feel larger than its 1,800 square feet. Because of their ceiling height the main rooms seem to have twice their volume. The master bedroom is oriented to the east and the living room to the west, so you get first light in the morning when you awaken, and sunsets in the living room.”
For all Welcome Beyond guests, we are offering a welcome bottle of bubbly rosé from Hinterland (they produce premium sparkling wine only, in Prince Edward County, Ontario). This is our favourite Canadian-made sparkling wine, full of finesse.”