As you might imagine, Jan Showers is a huge icon for me. Not only is she an accomplished interior designer, she also has a line of furniture and showrooms dedicated to her unique blend of sophistication & comfort. She's a designer that doesn't shy away from feminine accents and a touch of excess. So when I spied this project of hers for modern minimalist clients I was intrigued. Their goal? Highlight their magnificent art collection.
That signature look of Jan's stylish fingerprint is still visible in the gilded tables, soft blue upholstery and clever use of mirrors to elevate a space. Yet what makes this project somewhat different is Jan's ability to pull back and exercise more restraint than is typical of her work. Expansive rooms are not abundantly filled. They feature wide open spaces and lend focus to the art on the walls and the light flowing in through floor-to-ceiling windows.
Upholstered pieces are still inviting and bear hallmarks of Jan's love of classics, but scale is somewhat downplayed and embellishments are almost nonexistent in several rooms. This is not to say the home is without her "boom boom pow" seductive look. Each room is beautifully appointed and undeniably elegant. Private rooms such as bedrooms are more abundantly outfitted and inviting, in contrast to the more spacious look of the public rooms - function as in-home galleries for the couple's combined collected works of art.
See more of this incredible Toronto property at Veranda.com.