At the best of times, moving into a new home is a fun, if frantic, change of scenery. But coming out of tough times, it can be a transformative experience. So, it helps to have people who know what they’re doing to help start your life anew.
Christopher Cook has worked at Cottswood Interiors for seven years. When the owner of this new Westmount home met him in the showroom, “she told me her life story, and that she recently had an event that was life-changing. I knew she needed a dramatic change for her new beginning.”
Starting new meant getting rid of the old. “She sent me pictures of things she wanted to keep from her previous home, that she wanted to integrate here. Then she came in, and I said, here’s the plan: none of that stuff is coming.”
The bones of the house — polished cement floors throughout, wood ceiling beams above — lean heavily towards the masculine. So Cook’s strategy was to fill it with feminine. The living room’s white boucle sofa has curved corners — as does the bedframe, with its “bubble” headboard, which sits on a lush shag carpet — and the basement chair feels softer than rabbit fur.
“This could easily be a lofty, Manhattan-guy pad,” Cook explains. “And there’s a bit of yin-yang with some of the more masculine artwork. But overall it’s fresh, light, airy and spacious — sophisticated and feminine, I call it. It feels like a woman’s home.”
After supply-chain delays, the house is now a home for someone who started as a client sharing her story in the showroom, but has now become a friend — one Cook is proud to have helped move along her journey. “I have a passion for people and quality furnishings, and the process with my client blossomed into a successful project as well as a wonderful friendship. Decorating is a personal process and we enjoy having fun doing it together.”
Ballet Edmonton’s Home Tour takes place on September 17 & 18, 2022. This annual fundraiser allows patrons to see inside beautifully curated homes while supporting the arts in Edmonton.