This year we zoom in on a gorgeous original farmhouse on Lexington Road in Waterloo, renovated to blend the old with new. It’s clear from the moment you walk up the drive that no detail has been ignored in regards to curb appeal - from the exposed aggregate front entry walkway and curb lining the driveway, to the unique focal point gardens.
Here the homeowner is the exterior designer. Nadia worked with interior designer Francis Boychuk of Lavender & Monet, and Janice Jamieson of Dutch Mill Flower Shop. Settle in for a nostalgic and romantic viewing and meet three incredible designers.
Nadia Prioreschi, Inspired Landscapes, Exterior Designer
Nadia Prioreschi is the Principal Designer of Inspired Landscapes and in this case she’s the homeowner as well. “My father, Mario Prioreschi, has been battling cancer for 15 years. HopeSpring has been providing support for both he and my mother, so when asked if I would consider having my home on the tour it seemed a great way to support such a worthy organization.”
I asked Nadia if she had a theme in mind. “My inspiration for the various outdoor vignettes reflected quite simply my love of older elements mixed with modern touches.
For example, my front door tall planters had a very modern feel, from the fibreglass planters, stainless steel poles and mesh spheres, to the gem garland used as lights.”
Janice Jamieson, Dutch Mill Flower Shop, Floral Design Interior
Plus I just love meeting the homeowners, who are really going out of their way to be a part of this fundraiser. Some of them are my customers who have requested that I be their florist, so that’s a wonderful compliment.”
Frances Boychuk, Lavender & Monet, Interior Designer
"I generally like to design the house around the homeowner's taste and the style of the home. Nadia's century home didn't need a lot of fussy things in it. Rather, natural elements that can create a nostalgic atmosphere."
"Actually, it's not hard. It's like putting together a wardrobe. If you're walking around a clothing store, you pull scarves and blouses together etc. Finally you come up with an outfit. I do the same thing when I'm looking for ideas for people's tours. I browse images online that have nothing to do with Christmas and then I bring it together to make it a unique look for a client. It's really about researching and putting your fingerprint on it. Inspiration can come from anywhere! "
Don't you love how she makes it sound so easy? Un huh.
More links here for even more inspiration
Nadia's home and Frances Boychuk's designs were also featured in The Record.
More about Inspired Landscapes. Nadia and her husband/partner each had their own companies; hers in design, his in Decorative Concrete Construction. They decided to blend their talents and it's now a one-stop-shop providing clients with a stress free landscape installation. Their clients often book their vacation around an install so they can return to their beautiful design.
Nadia admits with a laugh that she did buy all the linens from Luxe-Linen Designer Linens. Honestly, can you blame her?
Frances didn't even see the other houses on the tour. "I make it a rule not to view other people's work. I like to be inspired in my own way, and keep focused only on what I do. Design can be overwhelming and there are so many ways to be inspired. I get inspired from traveling and talking to people."
View her line of furniture and flowers at http://www.lavenderandmonet.com/ where you'll find old world elegance infusing new world style.
Here's what Frances says about Janice's floral designs. " She definitely has a phenomenal flair that is displayed perfectly with how she matches her materials and accessories."
This article was written by Denise Wamsley, wildhair.ca Photography of exterior designs by wildhair.ca. Photography of interior florals by Dutch Mill Flower Shop. Photography of Interior Design by Frances Boychuk, Lavender and Monet.