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Inside a Dufferin Grove century home that blends old with new

Featuring exposed brick, Parisian-style moulding and a stunning nursery

By Iris Benaroia| Photography by Derek Shapton
Jaclyn Genovese, founder and designer at Spaces by JacFlash, and Adrian LeRoy, a wealth adviser inside their Dufferin Grove century home

Who: Jaclyn Genovese, founder and designer at Spaces by JacFlash; Adrian LeRoy, a wealth adviser; Rocco, 22 months; and Roman, a newborn (not pictured)   Where: Dufferin Grove


In 2016, Jaclyn Genovese bought a 100-year-old semi at Bloor and Ossington. She loved its quirks, and as a designer, she saw its potential. It had an ornate oak fireplace in the living room, a solid oak front door and high ceilings on the first and second floors. “You don’t see that in newer homes,” says Jaclyn. She wasn’t deterred by the idea of making some upgrades.

The main floor was a congested mess of tiny rooms, so Jaclyn tore down the wall between the dining room and the staircase. To add texture, she exposed a brick wall and installed Parisian-style moulding throughout. Then, four years ago, she redid the kitchen in a soulful blend of warm oak, glossy white cabin etry and grey quartz. To up the luxury factor, she also added a spa-like ensuite bathroom on the second floor.

There have been more changes since Jaclyn’s partner, Adrian, moved in three years ago. As parents to young children, the couple designed a space in which every square inch is functional: there’s hidden storage in a sectional sofa plus an entire wall of discreet closets in Roman’s room. “Adrian’s a minimalist, and although I’m organized, I love collecting antiques and heirlooms,” Jaclyn says. She’s importing pottery and stone from Turkey, some of which is 900 years old, to showcase through out the house. “I want the place to feel contemporary yet timeless.”

 The couple created a gym in the garage. Adrian leads free group workouts that are open to the community.
The couple created a gym in the garage. Adrian leads free group workouts that are open to the community

 

 Panelled appliances keep the kitchen looking neat and tidy.
Panelled appliances keep the kitchen looking neat and tidy

 

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Inside a Dufferin Grove century home that blends old with new
A massive antique mirror expands the dining area and complements the room’s Parisian panelling

 

Inside a Dufferin Grove century home that blends old with new
Drawers underneath the large, cushy built-in sectional are great for hiding toys

 

 The record player on the kitchen counter was a gift for Adrian’s birthday.
The record player on the kitchen counter was a gift for Adrian’s birthday

 

Inside a Dufferin Grove century home that blends old with new
The breakfast banquette has exposed brick and a leather bench that opens for storage

 

 The ensuite shower is lined in Nero Marquina marble tile and veinedwhite porcelain. It’s Jaclyn’s favourite part of the house.
The ensuite shower is lined in Nero Marquina marble tile and veined white porcelain. It’s Jaclyn’s favourite part of the house

 

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 Roman’s nursery has wallpaper showcasing a vintage landscape and a mobile of dried florals and branches.
Roman’s nursery has wallpaper showcasing a vintage landscape and a mobile of dried florals and branches

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