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Why this living room is interior designer Jennifer Ferreira’s favourite room

A decade ago, interior designer Jennifer Ferreira moved with her school-age son into a downtown Toronto apartment and fell in love immediately. The three-bedroom unit, dating to the 1920s, came with a spacious 500-square-foot living room and an original wood-burning fireplace. (When she first viewed the space, she signed the lease without inspecting the other rooms.) At 2,200 square feet, the apartment is large enough to try out decorating ideas for her company Ferreira Design, which launched a line of furniture last year. She and her son spend most of their time together in the living room. "I designed the entire room around the fireplace," she says. "The winters are so long, and it's nice to be near the fire and watch movies together."

The Daybed

"That's the Barcelona Couch by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and it's an original. I bought it from Hollace Cluny in Toronto. It's such an iconic piece."

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The zebra bench

"I bought it on a trip to Miami. I fell in love with it. It's just so classic, and it goes great with my decor."

The photograph

"This is by a Texan artist who photographs antique books after putting curlers among their pages to shape them; it's a side view of a book."

The light fixture

"I designed this myself, and it's part of Ferreira Design Home, my decor collection. It's got a black shade but the inside is painted gold. It casts a warm glow."

The panelling

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"I put some money into the place, adding architectural elements like the moulding to make it feel like a Paris apartment."

The books

"The Yves Saint Laurent books are pink on purpose. I wanted a hit of colour and I think that they, in combination with the Lucite tables, really rock the room."

The coffee tables

"They are incredibly versatile and can integrate with any decor. The Lucite material gives them a weightless and airy aesthetic while the Moroccan legs make them look a little exotic. I designed them myself."

The mirror

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"I ordered it from London, England specially for this room. I thought it would be the perfect mirror to put over the fireplace. I like how the gold livens up the black-and-white palette."

The yellow cushions

"I wanted to bring a little colour into the space. This yellow really pops. I got them at Elte in Toronto."

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Deirdre Kelly is a features writer for The Globe and Mail. She is the author of the best-selling Paris Times Eight and Ballerina: Sex, Scandal and Suffering Behind the Symbol of Perfection (Greystone Books). More


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