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House Tour: A Designer’s Stunning Toronto Home Makeover (Part 1)

Go behind the scenes of designer Joel Bray’s most ambitious project yet: the complete overhaul of his own Victorian rowhouse. See how Joel transformed the fixer upper into his dream home with a top-to-bottom makeover. Discover how he reworked the layout to restore the home’s historic appeal, plus get his tips on decorating a timeless entryway, dining room, living room, kitchen, powder room and backyard.

See part 2 of this makeover: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2wMDiDCm0Y

Sources: Design, Joel Bray, Joel Bray Design, joel@joelbray.com; architecture, Will Hudson, Hudson Architecture, hudsonarchitecture.com; contracting, 360 Renovation, (416) 271-2260; wall and trim colour (throughout), Oxford White (CC-30), Benjamin Moore, benjaminmoore.ca; painting (throughout), Brush’n Up Painting Co., brushnup.ca.

Entryway: Photograph by Maureen O’Connor, maureenfaithoconnor.com; stool, rug, Elte, elte.com; grasscloth, Thibault, thibautdesign.com; sculpture, Elle & Eve, elleandeve.ca; light fixture, Lamp Cage, lampcage.com.

Dining room: Dining chairs, Design Within Reach, dwr.com; drapery, Tonic Living, tonicliving.com; dining table restoration, Elbers Antiques & Refinishing, elbersrefinishing.com; pendant, Lamp Cage, lampcage.com; settee fabric, Robert Allen (to the trade), robertallendesign.com; throw pillow fabric, Schumacher, fschumacher.com.

Living room: Chair fabric, Kravet Canada (to the trade), kravetcanada.com; sofa fabric, Robert Allen (to the trade), robertallendesign.com; blind fabric by Mary McDonald, Schumacher, fschumacher.com; largest artwork (in gold frame) by Tiago Araujo, L’Atelier, (416) 966-0200; abstract artwork by Robert Kamnatnik, clover artwork by Henrietta Coole, Decorum Decorative Finds, ddfhome.com; faux fur throw pillow, Putti Fine Furnishings, putti.ca; pendant, Lamp Cage, lampcage.com; white bowl, Hollace Cluny, hollacecluny.ca; wood flooring (throughout), Allan Rug Co., allanrug.com; baseboards, door casing (throughout), Metrie Interior Mouldings and Doors, metrie.com; sofa and chair reupholstery, Lance Custom Upholstery, Étagère by DwellStudio, Elte, elte.com; floor lamp, Crate & Barrel, crateandbarrel.ca; brown bowl, Elle & Eve, elleandeve.ca; small yellow box, Snob, snobstuff.com.

Pantry: Cabinetry, AyA Kitchens and Baths, ayakitchens.com; hardware, Lee Valley, leevalley.com; lidded canister, Hollace Cluny, hollacecluny.ca.

Kitchen: Banquette design, Joel Bray Design, joel@joelbray.com or joelbray.com; artwork by Gordon Runge, Burnett, burnettstyle.com; banquette fabric, Romo, romo.com; pendant, The Door Store, thedoorstore.ca; patio door, Fieldstone Windows & Doors, fieldstonewindows.com. Sink: Hardware, Lee Valley, leevalley.com; sink, faucet, DXV, dxv. com; blind fabric, Robert Allen (to the trade), robertallendesign.com; Carrara marble detailing, Joel Bray Design, joel@joelbray.com or joelbray.com. Cabinetry, AyA Kitchens and Baths, ayakitchens. com; appliances, KitchenAid, kitchenaid.ca.

Exterior: All windows, front door, Fieldstone Windows & Doors, fieldstonewindows.com; railing, Art Metal Workshop, art-metal.ca; plant material, Sheridan Nurseries, sheridannurseries.com; hardscaping, Hofstetter Landscaping, hofstetterlandscaping.com; brick restoration, Stone Artisan Studios, stoneartisanstudios.com.

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  1. What is the name of the online store mentioned? Sounded like gajiji but can’t find it doing google search. Thanks.

  2. Stunning from start to finish.

  3. Beautiful…Excellent Job!!!

  4. Chelsea Clark-Martin

    Joel, your kitchen is an absolute dream and the design of the whole house is so masculine/chic/sexy! I loved both videos, I keep coming back to rewatch them. Love it!

  5. I love how simple but inviting you have made your house 😀 it is really inspirational.

  6. omg I can't even believe this.. So stunning.

  7. Inspired 😍😍😍😍

  8. I love Joel!

  9. i want to live in that house

  10. HippoDino Reserve

    It's really stunning, but one gentle comment. Put away your first dining room table and chairs. This way, after guests hang up their coats and boots, they can plop down on the settee, and enjoy the beautiful sight line you've created all the way to the back of the house. It will make the apartment look much bigger if you don't stop the eye with the sharp lines of the black dining chairs.

  11. When you do videos you should have the owners or interior designers include the wall paint and brand colors. On. Every. Video. Paint color is usually something that’s carefully chosen but then just gets ignored over and over and over, even in home decor magazines. It’s like going, hey here’s this great person and all of their accomplishments but you’re never going to find out their name. Be the change you want to see!!!

  12. Looooove it!

  13. I have the same dining chairs pick out! But I'm having trouble figuring out what size round table I should get. Would appreciate know the dimensions of yours. Thanks!!!

  14. You are #1 in my book of decorating

  15. Such a soulful thoughtful restoration and design installation. A beautiful balanced light filled home. Inspiration in every room. A++

  16. When I could afford him just tell me how to decorate my apartment!🙋🏻

  17. Letitia Kisa Mona

    I LOOOOOOVE IT! Esp your kitchen! 😍😍😍

  18. ❤❤❤

  19. Really love his home. I already watched the second part 2. His home looks so comfy and gorgeous.

  20. Noice!

  21. Amazing transformation!

  22. You know it's good when you stop the video and rewind multiple times. This place is gorgeous. The scale of the rooms and the restraint in the decor seem perfect. I imagine this home must feel very comfortable.

  23. Your neighbors must be green with envy. Your house is gorgeous. My favorite is the Kitchen and the Backyard. Very well done.

  24. Oh, can I move in with y'all? Please, I won't take up much room. It's really one of the prettiest places I've seen on House and Home. The banquet is stunning in that green velvet!

  25. Wooooooowwwwww amazing transformation!!

  26. Phenomenal restoration, interior, and decor….. Except for the bathroom. ( pretty horrible.)

  27. He's a talented designer, but I really don't like this style. It's a little bland and somewhat dull.

  28. Congratulations Joel beautiful house, you did a great job.

  29. Está hermosa!!! 😍

  30. I think you need a wider / heavier bookcase in the sitting room. Nicely done overall!

  31. way too traditional for my liking

  32. Love…❤

  33. OMG this guy needs to design for me

  34. Wish he would've kept the brick on the fireplace! But I love his use of color, super beautiful

  35. well done!

  36. valailak laosuttiwong

    Beautiful ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ love your style so much

  37. Momma From Scratch

    this was a great tour and I loved how happy you are talking about the whole home, cant wait to see the upstairs!

  38. Beautiful unpretentious home. How much it cost? & how long it took?
    All these facts are always omitted from H & H videos

  39. Your house is the house of my dreams! 😀 I'm savoring every sec of this video.

  40. Heinous British design.

    Just say no to the tacky skinny houses.

  41. Beautiful! Thank you for all the before pix!

  42. Vrinda Sasidharan Punnakkal

    I am waiting

  43. This is incredible ❤

  44. Ah! This is a new video, so the next video isn't out yet! Loved the space, can't wait for the next tour.

  45. Love Joel Bray – one of my favourite Canadian designers. No surprise that his home is as tasteful, elegant and interesting as he is! Next episode please!!