Aging family home gets a facelift
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When Aubrey and Gail moved into their home 19 years ago, they did a few minor updates, but were content to stick with the builder finishes while they focused on raising their two young sons.
But with their children grown and no desire to move from the neighbourhood they love for its proximity to shops, services and close friends, they decided it was time for an upgrade.
They enlisted the help of veteran interior designer Chrisse Allan to direct the remodel of their bathrooms and make some smaller but important updates to other spaces—all in keeping with their sense of style and budget.
The master suite was their first priority.
The bath was stuck in the late 1980s, swathed in wallpaper and featuring grey laminate cabinetry, a large step-up Jacuzzi tub and cramped shower stall. Gail challenged Allan to fulfill her dream of a spa-like master ensuite. The result checks all the boxes. A soaker tub is the showpiece, with the fully glassed double steam shower a close runner-up. An integrated vanity mirror with touch sensors is a unique piece that takes the spa-like experience to new heights. 
The couple decided to splurge on the fixtures and heated floors, but shaved a substantial amount off the budget by choosing porcelain tiles over marble. Even with the benefit of hindsight, they are incredibly happy with their decisions. 
For the master bedroom, the couple wanted to keep the furniture they had purchased from The Art Shoppe when they were first married, 20 years ago. But they asked Allan to find other ways to update the space. She brought in a new mirror, light fixture and upholstered headboard for a more modern look.  She also replaced a big useless couch with two stylish wingchairs and added luxurious drapery to create a peaceful seating area. 
The main bath on the upper level also received a modern and sleek facelift. Allan replaced the standard bathtub with an upgraded soaker and added a glass enclosure and therapeutic rain head feature so that it can double as a shower.
The tiles, a splurge sourced from New York, have a tiny striped detail to add interest. The vanity is also an upgrade and includes the addition of a second sink. Allan created a storage cupboard in a previously unused space next to the bathtub, which helps with clutter and creates a great space for extra towels. 
The third bathroom on this level, another ensuite, is a tiny space that now has a grand feel, with marble basketweave tiles and sleek vanity.  The light fixture is a vintage find, dating back to the 1980s—ironically the era the couple was trying to forget with this renovation.
The first floor powder room was taken from bare beginnings into a classic and chic space.  The home's first owners, shares Gail, were in the mirror business and this powder room had a floor to ceiling mirror prior to the renovation.
The vanity is a mid-century desk that Allan found at a second-hand shop. The addition of a vessel sink and hardware, plus painting by Pro-Glo Paint, turned the piece into something that replicates new pieces retailing for about $2,000. Modern sconces and slate tiles complete the modern look.
In the living room, Allan made a few tweaks to update cherished heirlooms that have been in the family for more than 40 years. She had the chairs and stools painted for a modern French-inspired look. The coffee table, in mid-century vintage teak, adds an element of warmth and helps create a comfortable and chic space that is perfect for entertaining after-dinner guests.  A long, low buffet in a similar wood tone connects the space to the dining room.
There, a vintage table, another family piece, was outfitted with upholstered chairs. An Australian Crystal Schonbek chandelier adds a touch of sparkle and luxury to this classic dining area.  
While there are still more rooms the homeowners want to update, they have plans to move outdoors and tackle the backyard—while enjoying the new luxuries Allan helped bring to their home.

SOURCES
Master suite
Tiles: Olympia Tile
Fixtures: Canorama
Lighting: Royal Lighting
Window treatments: Hunter Douglas  

Main bath
Mirrors: Lowes
Art work: HomeSense
Fixtures, tiles: Canorama

Tiny ensuite:
Tiles: The Tile Shoppe
Vanity: Canorama
Mirror: Lowes
Light fixture: vintage
Chairs and stools: Custom, Chrisse Allan Design
Small coffee table: Elte

Powder room
Vanity: Frontiere Furniture, paint update Pro-Glo
Lighting: Elte
Tiles: Surface Innovations
Mirror: Lowes

Living/dining rooms
Coffee table: Studio Pazo
Seating, side table: Vintage
Dining table: Vintage
Dining chairs: The Chair Source
Lighting: Royal Lighting
Chairs and stools: Custom, Chrisse Allan Design
Small coffee table: Elte

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