Best Canadian Interior Designers: Elizabeth Metcalfe – Elizabeth Metcalfe is one of the best Canadian interior designers and the principal of Elizabeth Metcalfe Interiors. Over the last years, she has established their reputation for consistently creating beautiful living environments true to their philosophy that thoughtful and cohesive design is a positive and transformative force that fulfills their client’s appreciation for beauty, reverence for harmony, and respect for quality.
Elizabeth Metcalfe Interiors have established a reputation for their beautifully designed interiors that fulfill their client’s appreciation for beauty, reverence for thoughtful design, and respect for quality. While they work on a broad spectrum of styles, their underlying design philosophy remains consistent. Their interiors have a quiet drama, a distinct luxury of details, materials and finishes. A sense of restraint, clarity and atmosphere is the foundation of their work. Rooms have an approachable luxury, understated elegance and unquestionable beauty.
Elizabeth Metcalfe and her senior designers, are personally involved in every decision throughout the design process and collaborate one-on-one with their clients. Together they are committed to a highly personalized experience with a belief that creating a home can and should be enjoyable. It is important that their clients are inspired rather than intimidated by the creative process of design. Elizabeth and her team help their clients articulate what they love and guide them through the development of the design and build experience.
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It is their commitment to educate and expose their clients to new concepts, products and ideas. Every project reveals an infinite number of possibilities. Innovative layouts and designs, combined with unexpected finishes and quality furnishings will set their home apart from the predictable and mediocre. Every interior is a union of beauty and functionality; a pursuit of excellence with attention to detail; and a dedication to give each client more than they ever thought possible. Their designs are elegant yet comfortable; unrestrained yet refined; always unforgettable and distinctive.
Interior Design Projects by Elizabeth Metcalfe
BAY STREET MODERN CONDOMINIUM
Working within the confines of a typical builder high-rise condo unit, EM Design started with an underlying structure to layer an interconnected network of geometric shapes and strong silhouettes to add balance, rhythm, and unity. Deliberate vertical and horizontal lines within the architectural envelope were softened by the curves and organic nature of the furnishings, area rugs and artwork. A neutral color palette consisting of nude, blush, lilac and soft gold was accentuated with a sophisticated black threaded throughout the space. A long, oversized marble shelf at the entrance is an unexpected detail to draw you into the open concept Living Space.
FOREST HILL CENTURY HOME
There’s a delicate balance in honoring a century-old home’s past and redefining it for a modern family’s lifestyle. With care and respect, we accepted the challenge and designed a home that feels relevant for its newest reincarnation. Sunlit and shadowy; classic and contemporary, this home resonates a beauty that was part of its original charm. The formal Living Room combines definitive modern silhouettes within a traditional envelope. It exudes luxury without being pretentious or unapproachable. A mix of styles effortlessly relates to one another.
Calm, sophisticated and luxurious describes this spacious lakeside Penthouse overlooking Toronto’s expansive skyline on the shores of Lake Ontario. It was a wonderful opportunity to reinvent a 3,500 square foot residence for a well-traveled businesswoman. The brief was simple: create a ‘hotel-like residence flexible to host large parties, while maintaining the intimacy of a private home. Demolishing a warren of angled partition walls to bare concrete slabs revealed a shell waiting to be transformed into a light-filled home.
Perfect clients are those that can convey ‘the feeling’ that they want to achieve and have the confidence and trust in their designers to be able to interpret and successfully develop a concept. The clients were very specific with the overall feeling and usage for their new Georgian-inspired home. They wanted a home that was both luxurious and elegant, but also comfortable and welcoming. A home that would be perfect for entertaining large parties, but intimate enough for their family daily lives.
This completely newly built home on Oakville’s lakeshore is rooted in classic design and modern sensibility. While working closely with the architect and builder, we created a beautiful home for a young family from the ground up. The owners wanted a home that was luxurious and sophisticated for entertaining and at the same time modern and comfortable for their young family. Running seamlessly through the home are subtle references that repeat an undeniable sense of calm, harmony, and balance. The foyer is a home’s first impression; the custom rift-cut oak wall panels and wool fabric wrapped panels set the tone for the home. The same design details are repeated into the dining room where the bronze etched mirror above the fireplace casts a glow that reflects the mood of this elegant space. The back of the home features a large kitchen, breakfast area and great room that has a much lighter and fresh feel.
BRIDLE PATH RESIDENCE
FURNISHINGS AND DECORATION
When the clients approached us to help them select a home to purchase in the Bridle Path area in Toronto, we knew this spectacular home was the one. The polished white marble slab flooring and ivory paneled walls created a blank envelope to add layers of soft colors and contrasting textures. We incorporated a large, round tufted ottoman that was bold and dominating to anchor the space and add undeniable luxury. The size of the grand reception hall, open to the upper mezzanine level, needed to be grounded, and at the same time, draw your eye upward to appreciate the beautifully hand-crafted glass dome above. A composition of furniture in the center of the grand hall creates a strong statement. Contrasting shapes, metals, and textures create an inviting vignette leading your eye towards the living room. The perfect shade of mulberry-colored velvet drapery is trimmed with an intricately laser-cut ivory wool flower motif along the leading edges. We kept our lines simple and spare. The juxtaposition of opposing forms feels modern, approachable, and unexpectedly at home in this architecturally traditional room.
WEST OF THE CITY
The clients, a builder in the area, enlisted EM Design to re-design their large family home. The full-scope renovation commenced. With three young children, the clients required a home that was sophisticated yet casual, luxurious yet practical and as the clients’ style had evolved, a home with a more contemporary approach. The kitchen design direction was the starting point to this project. With a modern aesthetic, unexpected lighting and refined finishes, this kitchen is truly unique. Off the kitchen, the light-filled dining area and double-height family room is a wonderful, textural backdrop to the open kitchen. In the back of the home the mudroom, laundry and closets were completely re-designed to accommodate double the amount of storage but with a more feminine look. EM Design transformed the front room of the home where the dining room once was, to a sophisticated den/lounge to entertain friends and clients.