Inside a classic Moore Park home with mid-century modern flair
Featuring vintage furniture, a pottery collection and striking blue-stained hardwood floors
Who: Terry Nicholson, ex–director of arts and culture, and Elena Bird, supervisor of economic research, both at the City of Toronto, and their daughter, Sophie, 10
Where: Moore Park
Terry Nicholson found this 1925-era Moore Park house in 1988. A history buff, he considered buying a new infill house tantamount to a cardinal sin. “I’ve always had an affinity for the past and retaining heritage,” Terry says. In 2010, Elena moved in, and the couple married two years later.
The boxy 1,600-square-foot structure has a centre-hall design and is full of charming throwbacks, such as stained glass windows with brass fittings, bevelled glass doors and crystal knobs. The place also has original hardwood floors, which, on the main floor, are treated with a lively blue stain.
Over time, the 1980s kitchen started to seem drab, and the interior as a whole looked tired. So, in 2021, the couple enlisted Kate Dickson of the Dickson Design Group to redo the main floor. The goal was to amplify the home’s heritage features and showcase the couple’s mid-century modern furnishings and collection of fine art.
The blue floors remained, but the linoleum in the kitchen was replaced with white oak herringbone. The sleek new kitchen has large brass pulls and a mixture of blue, oak and white cabinetry. The new look complements the home’s more classic elements, including replica stained glass windows. “The house is rooted in its history,” says Elena, “but now it also feels contemporary and fresh.”