A Stylish Update for a Toronto Victorian

Eclectic Furnishings, Textures and Metallics Create a Timeless Home

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Brandon Barré

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Yanic Simard of Toronto Interior Design Group (tidg) is well-known for his ability to design sophisticated, comfortable homes. This Victorian update in the Annex neighborhood of Toronto beautifully displays his signature blend of contemporary and vintage elements, texture and metallics.

“This space was created for clients who wanted their new home to feel familiar and comfortable”, says Yanic. “To create a sense of personal history we incorporated treasured items that they already owned.”

Yanic also honored the history of the home by maintaining the original moldings and trim, but created a modern feel by painting them and the walls the same color –  Benjamin Moore Classic Gray, his go-to neutral backdrop.

Faced with a long, narrow floor plan Yanic created several living zones each with a distinct purpose, yet with a cohesive feel. At the front of the home is a comfortable area for relaxing and working which features an inviting window seat, vintage desk and trendy lighting. A modern fireplace takes center stage in the room and is anchored by a cowhide rug and modern chairs. A leather bench separates this space from the TV area which features a tailored sofa and metallic accents.

Photo by:
Brandon Barré

In the entry, “we had the metal art mirror repurposed to become a focal point.”

A large chest grounds this space and provides ample storage.

Mirror: 1stdibs | Pendant Light: Worlds Away  | Chest: Shelter Furniture

“We created a comfortable spot by the window to sit. The walnut stools anchor it with the rest of the area. The glass globe chandelier provides flattering lighting.” This area is highlighted by an ornate window screen that opens it to the entry.

Chandelier: Nuevo | Desk Chair: Pink and Brown | Brass Sconces: Robert Abbey | Decorative Metal Screen: tidg

Our interiors are based on a decor aesthetic of richly layered rooms that blend timeless style and playful individualism.  Yanic Simard

Table Lamp: Arteriors Home

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Brandon Barré

 “The black leather tufted bench creates a bridge between two different living areas while also providing seating near the fireplace.”

Sofa: Montauk Sofa | Leather Bench: Pink and Brown | Metal Cocktail Tables: Worlds Away | Mirror: Arteriors Home

Photo by:
Brandon Barré

The vinyl clad fireplace is a bold, modern statement contrasting with the traditional architecture of the room.

Cowhide Rug: Pampa Leather | Chairs: Pink and Brown

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Brandon Barré

Yanic’s playful use of color and graphic patterns brings character to a small guest room.

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Brandon Barré

Blend vintage and contemporary pieces to combine time periods and create a timeless space.  Yanic Simard


Meet the designer Yanic Simard of Toronto Interior Design Group (TIDG)
About Yanic:

One of Canada’s premiere names in home decor and design, Yanic Simard is a true creative entrepreneur. The driving force behind the multi – award winning boutique firm Toronto Interior Design Group (TIDG) he founded 15 years ago, Yanic has made his mark in the design industry across Canada and internationally.

Yanic credits his strong work ethic and business regime to his family of industry professionals that based their successes on the fact that good design, attention to detail and quality workmanship are the cornerstones to the art of living

His extensive knowledge, talent and captivating charm made him the perfect fit as a regular expert on Canada’s top lifestyle show Cityline as well as a contributor to an expansive network of print and social media outlets including; Huffington Post, Style at Home, Home and Décor, Toronto Sun, New Condo Guide and Houzz.

Our studio:

Toronto Interior Design Group is an award winning boutique interior design firm lead by top celebrity designer Yanic Simard. We tailor our signature white glove experience specifically to our clients, as we thoroughly understand every project is unique. We specialize in full design planning and project management services that will leave you feeling stress free and in the most capable and confident of hands throughout. In working with us not only will you receive incredible value with our services, you will also benefit greatly from our talent, reliability, cost effectiveness and punctuality.

Our outstanding interiors are based on a decor aesthetic of richly layered rooms that blend serious style and playful individualism, achieving the ultimate in sophisticated comfort. We attain this by having exclusive access to the most superb materials and finishes available, that you – and your home – will love, blended with one-of-a-kind finds, custom-made pieces, and items you already treasure close to your heart.

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