Purchasing an older home nearly always means there will be some remodeling included. When Interior designer Jennifer Hannotte moved into an early 20th century Edwardian at Toronto, she knew she was going to need to make some crucial changes. Since she had been working on a budget, compromising a few things was a must — but fashion wasn’t one of these.

By combining inexpensive with pricey and classic with new, Hannotte transformed this 2,000-square-foot home into an open and comfy home. She has two children, so making the best possible utilization of space and sticking with a timeless, clean fashion was a requirement.

Jenn Hannotte / Hannotte Interiors

When Hannotte moved in, everything was in its initial condition, except for parts of the kitchen renovated in the 1960s. She didn’t have a budget for a complete remodel, so she made compromises. “The kitchen is mean to be a stopgap between the totally ineffective space that existed along with a future renovation,” she states. “It meant we can take risks and play .”

Pendant: Mathew Birch for Russet and Empire Interiors; paint on floor: Behr Paint, Ashes; table: West Elm Tripod Table; stools: classic (Craigslist); feces: Toledo Chair, Restoration Hardware; cabinetry, countertop, faucet: Ikea

Jenn Hannotte / Hannotte Interiors

To cut costs, Hannotte used the first subfloor and painted it instead of getting and installing fresh wood. Instead of an expensive tile backsplash, she installed big pieces of plywood with matching shelving. These cost-cutting options allowed her to invest on new cabinetry and appliances.

Desk lamp: Tral work lamp, Ikea; coffee machine: Breville Barista Express espresso machine

Jenn Hannotte / Hannotte Interiors

“I really like the kitchen because it’s gutsy,” Hannotte states. Using these materials makes her room contemporary and unique, but they also have a fantastic practical side. In the future, it is going to be easier to allow Hannotte to build from these surfaces with more lavish materials if and when she needs to do a remodel.

Jenn Hannotte / Hannotte Interiors

Hannotte wanted a look that has been affected by simple, Scandinavian design, but still had a clearly Canadian appearance. “It has to feel open and comfy and once, and us,” she states. Splashes of neutral from a white background and midcentury-inspired furniture in comfy fabrics helped her achieve that appearance.

Calendar: Stendig Calendar

Jenn Hannotte / Hannotte Interiors

The color palette on the principal floor is subtle and soothing. Hannotte stuck with white partitions on this ground, and chose the rest of her colours in a really natural procedure. The butterfly chair and the sofa came first, and she then chose to add in color and pattern together with the kilim cushions and Ikea rug. “The living room is so completely effortless and comfortable,” she states.

Couch: Crate and Barrel
Pillows: Etsy
Pouf: CB2

Jenn Hannotte / Hannotte Interiors

All three stories in the house great all-natural light, however, the framing of these windows left a bit to be desired. As it wasn’t within Hannotte’s budget to replace the windows, she made a decision to buy Enje dividers from Ikea and put them up in virtually every window. This hides the ugly pieces, but still allows light to shine through.

Table: Gus Modern (located on Craigslist)
Chairs: Vintage Thonet Cesca Chairs
Shelving unit: Vintage Teak

Jenn Hannotte / Hannotte Interiors

Virtually all of the unique architectural details in this house were existing — such as the gorgeous green tile around the fireplace — so it was actually just a matter of styling that which was already there. A classic kilim rug, molded Eames chair and classic table, chairs and shelving unit give this dining room a sophisticated yet warm and worn-in feel.

Jenn Hannotte / Hannotte Interiors

The next floor has been done in a lighter and brighter palette, since it’s a child room. Hannotte is presently working on the third floor now, which has the master bedroom, also is having a mixture of rich jewel tones.

This playroom plays from a cheerful red and turquoise color scheme. Painting the fireplace a enjoyable turquoise retains the bulky inclusion from feeling too heavy.

Fireplace color: Behr Paint
Rug and slip: Ikea

Jenn Hannotte / Hannotte Interiors

Hannotte wanted each child’s space to give them space to grow — in both space and style. “It was essential to make decisions that could grow and ensure the space was comfortable and lively,” she states.

Interior color: Behr Paint, Poppy; crib: Sears; rocking seat: Molded Eames Plastic Rocker; sheepskin: Ikea

Jenn Hannotte / Hannotte Interiors

Hannotte’s daughter’s chamber combines vibrant and traditional elements and personalized pieces and pieces — artwork, fabrics and accessories — that will be simple to swap out afterwards.

Bedding and mobile: Ikea
Map: Vintage

Jenn Hannotte / Hannotte Interiors

The upstairs bathroom is one of Hannotte’s favorite spaces in the home. This was clearly one of the rooms that needed to be completely remodeled, but it had been done with a blend of old and new stuff — the bathtub is antique but the sink is new.

Background: Ferm Living, Wildflower; stainless steel shelving: Ikea; storage tower: Kartell

Jenn Hannotte / Hannotte Interiors

“I really like the bathroom because people have no idea if it’s first or renovated!” Hannotte states. A ruffled shower curtain and contemporary bathroom textiles and background play from the contemporary side of the bathroom.

Shower curtain: Urban Outfitters

Photography by Angus Fergusson, Naomi Finlay and Kristen Sjaarda

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