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THE ETON

The Eton townhouse, another Tamarack Model Home designed by Modecor and Sonya Kinkade Design flaunts the most conservative interior design of the seven model homes. Basing the overall look on an updated Craftsman Style, allowed us to incorporate rich wood, traditional dark colours and mostly linear furnishings. The Eton, like the other model homes, The Dover, The Oxford, The Madison, The Hudson and The Chelsea, has a combination of standard and upgraded finishes. The darker walnut cabinetry, walnut floors and black quartz balance well with the lighter floor tiles, cream quartz and faux brick fireplace surround. The introduction of traditional fabrics, patterns and textures compliment the overall classic style of this town house.

The Floorplan

Very little was altered in the Eton floor plan. However, we did endeavour to add fabulous details to the kitchen cabinetry, such as a built-in wine rack, mullioned glass fronts and custom range hood. The original raised island counter was eliminated in favour of a flat counter.

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The Finishes

Rich walnut in mission and shaker cabinet doors set the tone for the remaining finishes in this traditional model home.

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Fabric, Furniture and Accessories

To compliment the overall Craftsman theme of this model, we chose fabrics in rich reds and greens in updated traditional patterns. Although the kitchen dictates a mostly linear design, we introduced circular elements with the lighting in warm metal finishes and round tables with simple design and in some cases, bold red lacquer.

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The Entrance

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The Kitchen, Dining and Living Space

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 The Master Bedroom

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 The Master Bathroom

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All Photography: Charlene Burnside Photography 

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The Madison

The Madison, the third single Tamarack Model Home at Poole Creek in Stittsville, is undeniably the most eclectic in it’s design. Sonya and I decided that each model home would have a designated $$$ value and a unique personality.  The smallest of the three singles, the Madison, had a $ value assigned which meant there were more standard finishes chosen. Thankfully Tamarack has a wide selection of standard finishes, but the unique and eclectic design elements woud be achieved with colour, fabric, furniture, lighting and accessory selections. We decided this home would be edgy with a blue, orange and white colour scheme. To follow along with the introduction of the model home designs by Sonya Kinkade Design and Modecor click here for a brief background, and the introductions of  The Dover and The Oxford  .

 

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A FEW CHANGES

To create more efficient traffic flow in the kitchen, we took out the peninsula with the raised counter and added an island with a flush counter. We also removed the cumbersome pantry wall dividing the kitchen and great room.  Wine cubbies, corner display cabinet and ceiling to counter glass cabinets were incorporated into our design. The island counter was dressed in solid walnut, while the perimeter counters were upgraded with quartz.

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THE FINISHES

The entire process for choosing every single design and decor element for each model home began with the finishes selection. Below are the final Madison kitchen finishes. All other finishes throughout the model where chosen to coordinate with these. The Shaker white cabinets, Mirage, cream/white subway tiles and the Mirage Savanna Maple floor are standard finishes. The Snowden White Quartz and Walnut Butcher block are upgrades. We felt it was important to show potential Tamarack clients that combining mostly standard finishes with a few strategic upgrade finishes will yield a fabulous end result without breaking the bank.

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FURNITURE, ACCESSORY AND COLOUR INSPIRATION

As mentioned above, The Madison was dressed in an up to date white, orange and blue palette. Pattern, texture and colour with a strong dose of natural wood and warm finishes  ensured that The Madison’s spacious and open floor plan would have comfy, family appeal. Below are the original mood boards depicting the look we were going for.

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FABRIC CHOICES

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THE COMPLETED MADISON

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Photography: Charlene Burnside Photography 

Designers: Sonya Kinkade Design and Modecor

Builder: Tamarack Homes 

 

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Michele Varian and BlogTourNYC in Vignettes

IMG_8518.jpg Long time TW friend Michele Varian hosted Modenus #BlogTourNYC the night we all arrived in NYC. I had long desired a visit to Michele’s shop. What a magnificent treat for all of us!

IMG_8540.jpgMichele welcomed us into her gorgeous eclectic SoHo shop with champagne. Beginning an evening with champagne is a fabulous way to get to know new friends and of course, our hostess Michele. As you can see above, Michele and fellow blogger Marcy Michaud are sharing a tipple and having a special moment, as reflected in one of the many mirrors displayed throughout the store.

I was immediately inspired by the unique vignettes arranged strategically throughout the space. I’m a vignette lover…vignettes bestow a story. Michele’s stories begin with her original wallpaper and fabric designs on sofas, chairs and pillows, combined with art and doodads, tchotchkes and candle sticks, imagined conversation areas…you want to sit a spell and take it all in. You don’t want to miss a SINGLE tidbit in the carefully curated vignettes. This is what designers do best….they convey a visual story …. extract segments from various design elements and compose a space that is interesting and ultimately comfortable. Michele did this beautifully! Take a look….

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IMG_8524.jpgYou must be sure to look up, or experience the disappointment of missing the heavy cardboard ‘Egg Carton Pendants’…

IMG_8523.jpg…or the white cotton masts floating from the ceiling above adorable animal prints and white crockery .

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A warm, warm Thank You to Michele for welcoming #BlogTourNYC into your shop…. it truly felt like home. I will be visiting again.

If …no, WHEN you go to NYC, it is well worth your time to visit this unique shop in SoHo

  • 27 Howard St
    New York, NY 10013
    United States

    b/t Lafayette St & Crosby St in SoHo

 

More #BlogTourNYC Vignette posts coming….. Calypso, Aisling Flowers/ Designer Tess Casey, Treillage /Designer Bunny Williams, AD Home Design Show, McGuire Furniture…..

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