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.

“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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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Beautiful, Glamorous Home with Casual Comfort

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

Written by Jenny Bradley
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“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.

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