Houses can be a lot like relationships — over time, the things you loved at first blush can start to grate. Case in point: after Sarah and Amar Bhalla spent two years getting to know their Toronto home, they found that what was initially long on charm made them short on patience.
Rewind to 2016, when Amar, a real-estate professional, and former model Sarah — who had decamped from Miami where she owned a cold-pressed juice company — were casting about for the right family home with their 10-year-old in tow. They were seduced by a 1920s-era painted-brick house in Rosedale with a classic centre-hall floor plan and a rare servery in an already expanded kitchen footprint. They fell in love and promptly bought and moved into the house.
Over the next two years, however, they learned that the cute powder room under the stairs meant everyone knew your business come dinner parties. All those 1980s-era French doors and skylights now felt thoroughly dated, and what they initially thought was a timeless floor plan was rather boxed off and claustrophobic. To boot, Sarah was now pregnant with their first child together. So the couple turned to veteran interior designer Connie Braemer, ARIDO, of Connie Braemer Design to fix their problems.
Scroll down to see how Connie reimagined the space!