A marbleized glass coffee table acts as a glamorous centerpiece in the living room. “One grand gesture can really elevate the status of a room,” notes Colette.

Silver fabric at the windows adds a polished appeal to the moody Dutch still life-inspired dining room. Sconces are from NH Design.

Table; upholstered armchairs: custom design by Colette van den Thillart, NH Design, 011 44 207 730 0808, nh-design.co.uk
Side chairs (antique): Godson & Coles Antiques, 011 44 207 498 0019.
Drapery: custom.
Fabrication: Home Couture, 905/738-1575.
Chandelier: antique. Sconces: NH Design, 011 44 207 730 0808, nh-design.co.uk
Art: Decorum Decorative Finds, 416/966-6829.
Sculpture on table: antique.
Wall paint (“Knoxville Gray” #HC-160): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com
Area rug: Elte, 888/276-3583 x 5, elte.com

“Some rooms are just meant to take abuse,” says Colette. “In family rooms, I often use slipcovers and easy-to-clean wool rugs.” The mohair on the ottoman is from Rogers & Goffigon.

Sofa: NH Design, 011 44 207 730 0808, nh-design.co.uk
Octagonal ottoman: custom design by Colette van den Thillart, NH Design, 011 44 207 730 0808, nh-design.co.uk
Ottoman fabric (mohair): Rogers & Goffigon, 203/532-8068.
Pair of round-backed chairs (19th-century antiques): Sotheby’s, sothebys.com
Mantel (custom designed by Colette van den Thillart): fabricated by Den Bosch + Finchley, 416/922-4249, denbosch.ca
Art over mantel: antique.
Art to left of mantel; lamps; stone pedestal table; area rug: owner’s collection.

In the library, a pedestal table by NH Design was chosen to multitask as a desk or a dining table.

Pedestal table: NH Design, 011 44 207 730 0808, nh-design.co.uk
Chair (19th-century antique): Christies London, 011 44 207 839 9060, christies.com
Walls: knotted white pine, custom tinted.

The traditional white-on-white kitchen gets a graphic update with geometric patterns. Charming tin lights are designed by Colette and painted a chalky Swedish blue. Painted chairs are from The Conran Shop UK. Details on the following slide.

Cabinetry; countertop: Den Bosch + Finchley, 416/922-4249, denbosch.ca
Cabinet hardware: Restoration Hardware, 800/910-9836, restorationhardware.com
Island countertop: Carrara marble.
Table by island; lighting over island: custom design by Colette van den Thillart, NH Design, 011 44 207 730 0808, nh-design.co.uk
Wire chairs: The Conran Shop, conranshop.co.uk

The valance and sink skirt fabric add balance to the kitchen with darker tones and a tenacious pattern.

Valance and sink-skirt fabric (by Barbara Barry): Kravet, 888/457-2838, kravet.com.
Apron sink: Ginger’s, 888/444-3292, elte.com.
Paint (“Blackened” #2011): Farrow & Ball, 888/511-1121, farrow-ball.com.

An overscale lantern from Vaughan hangs above a sculptural black metal table in the breakfast area. Ikat drapery fabric (the same pattern Colette used in the family room) is from Robert Allen.

Table; chairs: owner’s collection.
Hanging lantern (“French Chateau Lantern”): Vaughan Designs, 212/319-7070, vaughandesigns.com
Drapery: Robert Allen, 800/333-3777, robertallendesign.com
Drapery trim: custom printed by Bernard Thorp, 212/355-7186, starkfabric.com
Fabrication: Home Couture, 905/738-1575.

A sitting area within the master bedroom doubles the comfort and elegance. The lilac-and-white bedroom was inspired by Canada’s northern light. The headboard was custom designed by Colette.

Bed: custom design by Colette van den Thillart, NH Design, 011 44 207 730 0808, nh-design.co.uk.
Bedside tables: Alfies Antique Market, 011 44 207 723 6066, alfiesantiques.com.
Table; table lamps: owner’s collection.
Paint (“Hint of Violet” #2114-60): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.
Sofa; coffee table (family heirloom); pair of chairs: owner’s collection.
Chair fabric: Rogers & Goffigon, 203/532-8068.

Both pretty and utilitarian, the complementary lilac-and-white draperies are backed with blackout lining—“something my husband and I could never live without!” laughs Colette.

Chair by window (antique): Elte, 888/276-3583, elte.com
Drapery: Baby Décor, 905/738-1575, babydecor.ca
Fabrication: Home Couture, 905/738-1575.
Art on walls between windows (18th-century engravings): antique.

Colette found the vintage zinc tub at Christopher Butterworth Antiques in London, its deep lilac hue a perfect focal point nestled between twin sinks. Sconces are from Vaughan.

Tub (antique zinc tub): Christopher Butterworth Antiques, 011 44 207 823 4554.
Cabinets; mirrors: owner’s collection.
Sconces: Vaughan Designs, 212/319-7070, vaughandesigns.com
Flooring: Crema Marfil with black slate inserts.

Soft tones continue into the guest bedroom where a high headboard of Bernard Thorp fabric stands watch over a beautiful floral Gluckstein bedspread.

Headboard fabric: Bernard Thorp, 718/683-5100, bernardthorp.co.uk
Bedspread: Gluckstein Home, glucksteindesign.com
Chest to right of bed: custom.

Colette extended the cedar shake roof “to make it a proper mansard style,” she explains.

Colette van de Thillart stands in front of her comfortably grand Toronto home.

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Balancing rock-star glamour with put-your-feet-up comfort

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