Over the last two decades, Elizabeth Metcalfe has quietly become known and respected for creating interiors that unify classic style with modern luxury. She has been featured all over the world and received international recognition and awards for her excellence within the design community. Are you looking for quiet drama, distinct luxury details, materials and finishes? Here we go!
Forest Hill Century Home
There’s a delicate balance in honoring a century-old home’s past and redefining it for a modern family’s lifestyle. With care and respect, Elizabeth Metcalfe accepted the challenge and designed a home that feels relevant for its newest reincarnation. Sunlit and shadowy; classic and contemporary, this home resonates a beauty that was part of its original charm. The formal Living Room combines definitive modern silhouettes within a traditional envelope. It exudes a luxury without being pretentious or unapproachable. A mix of styles effortlessly relates to one another. In contrast to the feminine nature of the Living Room, the Study is decidedly masculine. The vibrant palette of a traditional area rug anchors contemporary furnishings, millwork and lighting fixtures. Richly colored mohair, flannel, and horsehair are all traditional fibers, that add warmth and texture on modern frames.
Calm, sophisticated and luxurious describes this spacious lakeside Penthouse overlooking Toronto’s expansive skyline on the shores of Lake Ontario. It was a wonderful opportunity to reinvent a 3,500 square foot residence for a well-traveled businesswoman. The brief was simple: create a ‘hotel-like’ residence flexible to host large parties, while maintaining the intimacy of a private home. Demolishing a warren of angled partition walls to bare concrete slabs revealed a shell waiting to be transformed into a light-filled home. Elizabeth Metcalfe’s goal was to define the interior architecture and design a floor plan that divided the space into two separate zones, one public and one private. It was important to create a beautiful Foyer that introduced the design vision and visually felt connected to the open living area.
Perfect clients are those that can convey ‘the feeling’ that they want to achieve and have the confidence and trust in their designers to be able to interpret and successfully develop a concept. Elizabeth Metcalfe’s clients were very specific with the overall feeling and usage for their new Georgian-inspired home. They wanted a home that was both luxurious and elegant, but also comfortable and welcoming. A home that would be perfect for entertaining large parties, but intimate enough for their family daily lives.
This completely newly built home on Oakville’s lakeshore is rooted in classic design and modern sensibility. While working closely with the architect and builder, Elizabeth Metcalfe created a beautiful home for a young family from the ground up. The owners wanted a home that was luxurious and sophisticated for entertaining and at the same time modern and comfortable for their young family. Running seamlessly through the home are subtle references that repeat an undeniable sense of calm, harmony, and balance. The foyer is a home’s first impression; the custom rift-cut oak wall panels and wool fabric wrapped panels set the tone for the home. The same design details are repeated into the dining room where the bronze etched mirror above the fireplace casts a glow that reflects the mood of this elegant space. The back of the home features a large kitchen, breakfast area and great room that has a much lighter and fresh feel.
The Bridle Path
When Elizabeth Metcalfe’s clients approached the studio to help them select a home to purchase in the Bridle Path area in Toronto, she knew this spectacular home was the one. The polished white marble slab flooring and ivory paneled walls created a blank envelope to add layers of soft colors and contrasting textures. They incorporated a large, round tufted ottoman that was bold and dominating to anchor the space and add undeniable luxury. The size of the grand reception hall, open to the upper mezzanine level, needed to be grounded, and at the same time, draw your eye upward to appreciate the beautifully hand-crafted glass dome above. A composition of furniture in the center of the grand hall creates a strong statement. Contrasting shapes, metals, and textures create an inviting vignette leading your eye towards the living room.
Bay Street Modern Condo
Working within the confines of a typical builder high-rise condo unit, EM Design started with an underlying structure to layer an interconnected network of geometric shapes and strong silhouettes to add balance, rhythm, and unity. Deliberate vertical and horizontal lines within the architectural envelope were softened by the curves and organic nature of the furnishings, area rugs and artwork. A neutral color palette consisting of nude, blush, lilac and soft gold was accentuated with a sophisticated black threaded throughout the space.
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