Toronto – Spring 2014 – Editor’s Letter

Never mind the vernal equinox. I believe spring begins on that magical day – sometimes it’s in March, sometimes April – when it’s warm enough to throw open every window in the house and welcome fresh air into rooms that have been sealed for months.

Of course, once those windows are open, the interiors of our homes get infused with a vital, fresh energy. We embark on the annual ritual of spring- cleaning: washing windows, discarding clutter, and scrubbing corners that have been neglected all winter. Invariably, the big cleanup stimulates the urge to redesign or renovate.

Should you be seized with the urge to redo your home’s interiors this spring, you’ll find plenty of inspiration in this issue. Do read Philip Fine’s story about an elegant condo in the historic King Edward Hotel. You can also tour inspiring interiors if you visit the house built for the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Home Lottery.

If you’re weary of drab winter hues, you’ll get plenty of colourful inspiration from Jane Auster’s story about a Brampton home, designed by Esther Tracy, a.k.a. Esther Extraordinaire. Bright, primary colours rule in this innovative design – just what we need as the spring arrives.

Of course, the indoor environment isn’t the only space we need to consider as we dust off winter’s cobwebs. You’ll garner some excellent design concepts by reading Phillipa Rispin’s story about a vibrant terrace and patio in Scarborough, designed by Lisa Aiken. I think it’ll make you want to head outside to bask in the spring sunshine.

If, during your spring cleaning, you decide that a new powder room is in your near future, do read our feature about the design trends affecting this tiniest of rooms. The latest designs embrace everything from wall-mounted toilets and vanities to gold-coloured accents and black fixtures. Designers tell us that many homeowners use their powder rooms to put their inner boldness on show. They take design risks in the powder room that they may be reluctant to take in other rooms.

But then, spring does fill us with the urge to be adventurous. When the magical moment occurs and you fling open your windows to welcome in the new season, take a break, pour yourself some tea, and read the pages of Toronto Home’s spring issue. It sure beats washing windows and scrubbing closets.