A coach house becomes a stylish loft space.
A hundred year old coach house, nestled in a leafy Canadian neighborhood, was given a modern point of view by designer Stéphane Chamard. In the 1920s the two-storey space had been used as a garage on the first floor and a ballroom on the second floor. Stéphane’s interior design has given contours and definition to the coach house’s two large spaces.
As a designer, Stéphane is inclined toward the Scandinavian aesthetic, but he also tries to play with what exists. The ‘bones’ of this coach house are it’s soaring ceilings and elegant windows.
“We have six windows in a single room, three on each side. With such a feature everything else can be pretty simple,” Stéphane says.
To accentuate the airy space, Stéphane and his husband painted the rooms white.“Everything was an ugly beige when we arrived,” he states. Colour and texture unite the functions of space on each floor. The bedroom, dressing room, and office are located on the main floor. The living room and dining room share a single space on the second floor.
An island of color and comfort, the living room’s seating area is surrounded by an expanse of wood paneled flooring. A deep tufted couch, the color of frosted plums, adds slow curves. Two upholstered chairs enhance the motif of contours and curves seen in the end table, chandelier, poufs and fireplace arch.
Carefully arranged glossy black and white figures and pops of mod red tangerine throughout the floor create archipelagoes of style. They engage the eye while ensuring the space’s expanse does not feel hollow.
“I like to go with the flow. Most of the pieces, minus the sofa, are vintage finds that I hunt all over the city for,” Stéphane notes. “Right now, you can still find a lot of pieces from the 1970s at affordable prices.
Stéphane’s designs create beautiful vignettes with a minimum of pieces that speak eloquently for themselves. He advises, “Just like Coco Chanel said; you put everything together and then, before going out, you remove something.”
A Scandinavian symphony of quiet, the dining room relies on the sculptured shapes of the glossy black chairs against a spare table and neutral background. In the dining room the flowers, lamps and vases act as the room’s jewelry.
Framed black and white art, arranged non-traditionally, adds a graphic punch in all the rooms as does the restricted color palette.
In the bedroom, the textured landscape of the bedspread’s tangerine, white, and black adds brightness while coordinating the room’s colors. “I found it at a market in Turkey years ago. I like the idea that an object can have several lives.”
The treasures found throughout the coach house are pieces that have been reinvented for new purposes. Viewing vintage and found pieces in new ways can introduce innovation and playfulness into a space.
“Friends and family are always surprised.” Stéphane notes, “I always show the house at first and then just when it is totally finished.”
Space Designed by Stéphane Chamard
Text by J Lynn Fraser | Photography by Lisa Petrole | Produced by Canadian Home Trends Magazine
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- OFFICE: Table Lamp, Eclisse, Artemide; Stone Lamp and Vintage Phone, Atomic; Suspension Torch Light, Established & SONS; Metal Star, Queen West Antiques,
- LIVING ROOM: Sofa, Ligne Roset; Vintage Egg Chairs and Side Table “Planter”, Atomic; Pouf, URBAN BARN; Rug, ELTE; Vintage Suspension Light, Zig Zag; Table Lamp, KLAUS; Paper Lamp, IKEA
- DINING ROOM: Vintage Table, Zig Zag; Vintage Floor Lamp, Atomic; Chairs, (clockwise) Chairs 1 and 2, Kartell; Chair 3, Magis; Chair 4-6, Vitra; Vases, JONATHAN ADLER, Atomic, IKEA, West Elm
- TV AREA: Chair, EAMES, Zig Zag; Plastic Table Lamp, Atomic; Record Covers, ROTATE THIS; Frames, IKEA; Mannequin, Atomic
- READING CORNER: Chair And Floor Lamp, Ligne Roset, KIOSK; Pouf, URBAN BARN; Plastic Bar, Atomic
- BEDROOM: Rug, ELTE; Chair, Zig Zag; Table Lamp, ‘PIPISTRELLO” vintage similar option from KIOSK; Plastic Stool, Atomic
- DESK AREA IN BEDROOM: Desk, Bookshelves, Drawer Unit and Frames, IKEA; Chair, Zig Zag; Table Lamp, GUFF; Framed Posters, TELEGRAMME, Atomic, Zig Zag; URBAN BARN, MachineAge Modern, GUFF, IKEA, KIOSK, KLAUS,