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Stephan Weishaupt's living room (Moe Doiron / The Globe and Mail/Moe Doiron / The Globe and Mail)
Stephan Weishaupt's living room (Moe Doiron / The Globe and Mail/Moe Doiron / The Globe and Mail)

An international room: Chairs from Brazil, silver from Italy and a portrait of the Queen Add to ...

Soon after moving into his Edwardian-era home in Toronto’s Cabbagetown neighbourhood five years ago, Stephan Weishaupt launched into renovations, craving a more expansive sense of space for himself and his dog Chica, a chihuahua-terrier mix. On the main floor, the German-born owner of Toronto furniture and interior design store Avenue Road tore down walls to create an open-concept living room, which quickly became his favourite room in the house. “Because I travel so much, when I’m home I like to entertain,” says Weishaupt, 34. “The open-space design connects the living room seamlessly with the kitchen and the backyard. Chica also loves it, which is important, because she runs the house.”

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