A House I’ll Never Own or Decorate – The Kids I’ll Never Have Edition

When I’m looking for a piece of fantasy real estate, I usually don’t go for detached, suburban (albeit in a very Dwell magazine sort of way) homes that sit north of the 401 (which, for people who don’t live in Toronto, is a bit like living on the moon). But when I saw 20A Senlac Rd. on Torontolife.com today, I made that soft, sad whimpering noise that I make when I’m thinking “damn, I’m poor and I wish I weren’t.” With an asking price of $1.7 million, it would take me over 40 years to save up a 10 per cent down payment, and then the rest of eternity to pay back the mortgage. If I had kids, I would especially long to live here. True, me having little ones is as much of a stretch as ever being able to afford this house, but whatever paternal feelings I have were stirred by the ravine setting and the perfectly decked out little nursery. Sigh, here’s how I’ll never decorate the house for the kids I’ll never have.

The Place: The four bedroom prefab was designed by celebrated American architect Ray Kappe — who has, incidentally, been featured by Dwell magazine.

The Bones: The spaces are bright, open and fluid, with 10′ ceilings and oak floors.

20A Senlac Rd., designed by Ray Kappe

Having an expansive living and dining room would mean my kids would have a lot of space to be forbidden from running around in. Yay.

20A Senlac Rd., designed by Ray Kappe

The view out the windows is pretty beautiful.

20A Senlac Rd., designed by Ray Kappe

The master bedroom could easily fit a pool table and a Slip ‘n Slide.

20A Senlac Rd., designed by Ray Kappe

I imagine that bathing in a tub shaped like that would make you feel like an egg yolk. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing.

20A Senlac Rd., designed by Ray Kappe

If I had a baby (and a seven figure salary), I would buy him a Kalon Studios crib and dresser, and a mini Eames rocker. I know the little one wouldn’t know the difference, but the nanny would appreciate having something nice to look at.

The Fix: The place is pretty well perfect, so there isn’t a whole lot to fix really. I would just replace some of the expensive furniture with more expensive furniture and call it a day.

Piet Indoor Fireplace, designed by Fredrik Hyltén-Cavallius

Of course, having said it was perfect, one sort of major thing I would do is get rid of the big, black fireplace that sits between the living and dining rooms. It’s clunky and conspicuous and I don’t like how the chimney elbows out of the wall. I would be tempted to replace it with a chimney-free version, like this ethanol-burning model designed by Fredrik Hyltén-Cavallius.

Vauni flueless fireplace

Or, for something a little less blinged out, one of Vauni’s Globe fireplaces.

TA18 ZEHN Table, designed by Philipp Mainzer

Because this would be a family place, I would look for a bigger, more robust dining room table, like Philipp Mainzer’s TA18 ZEHN Table.

214 I 215, designed by Michael Thonet

I would contrast the clean-lined table with some homey, Michael Thonet-designed chairs.

Leather & teak sofa, designed by Finn Juhl

I don’t know where I would put it, but I would stash this Finn Juhl-designed sofa somewhere. The rich brown would add a lot of warmth to the somewhat stark white home.

Image from Elle Decor, via vivafullhouse.blogspot.ca

In the principal en suite, the egg-shaped tub can stay, but I wonder if there’s a more creative way to treat the walls and floor than played-out subway tiles and blah squares?

Sylvan Mist, Benjamin Moore

I think I would paint the bedroom a restful shade, like Benjamin Moore’s Sylvan Mist.

And although I would probably go with a white bedding, I would add colour with Josef Frank-designed accent cushions.

Model 63A bench with natural woven seat, designed by Niels Otto Møller

I would definitely put a Niels Otto Møller bench at the foot of my bed. In fact, it’s so sexy, I would probably bring it into bed with me on some nights. Okay, every night.

Related: A House I’ll Never Own or Decorate – The Bedroom Dance Party Edition

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