Family home, family style

They may have five kids ages five to 18, but these homeowners weren’t about to sacrifice on style.

Who says a busy family home for seven can’t be luxurious? “They have a traditional flair, very high-end,” says Rosalia Fazzari, principal designer of Tapestry Décor, who was tapped to transform the 8,000-square-foot home in Aurora, Ont.’s Magna Estates.

With loads of silk draperies, custom furniture and crystal chandeliers, Fazzari delivered the opulence her clients were seeking without sacrificing the needs of a young family.

The hub of the home is a two-storey great room. An oversized Persian rug and silk drapery pull together the furniture’s rich blue, gold and wood tones. Every detail in the room has been considered. Since it is visible from the front entrance, Fazzari chose a royal-blue chaise lounge for uninterrupted sight lines. Across the room is a large sofa in a soft golden velvet accented with nailheads, and piled with contrasting velvet and silk pillows.

To anchor the room, Fazzari searched for the perfect coffee table. She landed on one the ideal size and shape, but the colour wasn’t quite right so she personally hand-painted the metal with no fewer than four shades of gold and silver.

As a sanctuary for the father, who loves to sit and listen to music, Fazzari outfitted a separate den with custom walnut panelling and an incredibly unique record player that’s practically an art piece.

When the family wants to relax, they head down to the fully renovated basement, which has a simpler, classic, hotel-style feel. A 16-foot sectional and theatre room can accommodate plenty of visitors and family movie nights. An upholstered ceiling and mini-lights mimic the look of the night sky.

The true entertaining space, however, is the backyard. There, Fazzari created an oasis with a cabana, pool and top-of-the-line speakers and home automation. “They entertain a lot in the summer, especially for the Muslim holiday of Eid, when they can have up to 100 people in the backyard,” she says. Multiple seating areas mean that kids can be in one section and grownups in another. “It’s an amazing entertaining area.”

Living in a bustling household, it’s important to have a space of one’s own. Upstairs, each family member has his or her own retreat—soft pink and cream for the teenaged daughters; bright, fun rooms for the younger girls; and grey and navy for the couple’s young son.

For the parents, Fazzari designed a soothing room in muted greys and blues featuring a custom-made bed with dove-grey satin upholstery and a cozy seating area. To highlight the room’s architecture, Fazzari chose two types of wallpaper in silver and blue—one with a leaf pattern, the other a delicate silk texture. It’s luxurious yet practical. The perfect retreat for a couple with a lot on the go.

Photography by Arnal Photography