A Maximalist Designer's Home Filled With Color & Pattern!

A Maximalist Designer's Home Filled With Color & Pattern!

As Featured in the September 2020 Issue of House & Home Magazine.
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More is more! Designer Cynthia Ferguson takes us inside her 1930s bijou Toronto home saturated with color, pattern and artwork. She shares the dos and don’ts of maximalist design, so be sure to take notes. See how the designer created a statement entryway with bright red paint and playful Cole & Son pattern above the wainscotting. You’ll be inspired to add wallpaper to your ceiling and use the color green in unexpected ways. The kitchen defies expectations with honed marble, blue-black cabinets and a gilt vent hood. Plus, learn how Cynthia made her petite bedroom feel grand and DIY-ed her bathroom walls!

SOURCES: Design, contracting, project management, Cynthia Ferguson, Cynthia Ferguson Designs, (647) 351-6005 or cynthiafergusondesigns.com.
Thumbnail photography: Donna Griffith, donnagriffith.com.

Millwork, Michael’s Kitchen Cabinets, michaelskitchencabinets.com; flooring, JMD Hardwood flooring, (216) 246-5164 or jmdhardwoodfloors.com; plumbing, Plumb, (416) 300-3276 or plumbinc.com; electrical, Astron Electric, (416) 422-3865, (416) 929-1700 or astronelectric.com; tile installation, Castorra, (647) 680-4563 or castorra.com; painting, Pronto Painters, (416) 568-4721. Family room: Chandelier, Visual Comfort, visualcomfort.com; Woven Wicker wallpaper, Phillip Jeffries, phillipjeffries.com; art by Kayce Hughes, kaycehughes.com; sofa upholstery fabric by Denise McGaha, Design Legacy, design-legacy.com; green table lampshade fabric by Decortex, Kravet Canada, kravetcanada.com; blue and white table lamp, Gabby Home, gabbyhome.com; trim color, Pickle (SW 6725), SherwinWilliams, sherwin-williams.com. Portrait: Wallpaper by Cole & Son, Kravet Canada; chest, Woodbridge Furniture, woodbridgefurniture.com; console, Theodore Alexander, theodorealexander.com. Armchair: Armchair, Cynthia Ferguson Designs, cynthiafergusondesigns.com; side table, CB2, cb2.ca; floor lamp, Visual Comfort, visualcomfort.com; sisal rug, Patterson Flynn Martin, pattersonflynnmartin.com; large art, Gaslamp Antiques, gaslampantiques.com; small art, D & E Lake Fine Arts, delake.com; hardware, Restoration Hardware; armchair upholstery fabric by Lee Jofa, Kravet Canada; cabinet color, Pickle (SW 6725), Sherwin-Williams. Foyer: Tile, Saltillo Imports, saltillo-tiles.com; front door, Authentic Windows & Doors, authenticwindows.com; door color, Lyons Red (CC-68), Benjamin Moore; ceiling and trim color, Sporty Blue (SW 6522), Sherwin-Williams. Kitchen faucet: Faucet by Rohl, sink by Franke, Roman Bath Centre, (416) 787- 1219 or romanbathcentre.com. Living room: Sofa, coffee table, fireplace surround, Cynthia Ferguson Designs; black chest, Lillian August, lillianaugust.com; sofa upholstery fabric by Brunschwig & Fils, drapery fabric by Lee Jofa, Kravet Canada; wallpaper (on ceiling), Phillip Jeffries, phillipjeffries.com; table lamp, Pooky Lighting, pooky.com; blue and white vessels (on coffee table), Cynthia Findlay Antiques, cynthiafindlay.com; wall color, Jet Blue (CC-870), Benjamin Moore. Kitchen overall: Cabinets, Michael’s Kitchen Cabinets, michaelskitchencabinets.com; range by Wolf, Best Brand Appliance, bestbrandappliance.ca; sconces, Visual Comfort, visualcomfort.com; counter and backsplash by Topss, Tuscany Natural Stone & Quartz; hardware, Schoolhouse, schoolhouse.com; wall and ceiling color, Oxford White (CC-30), cabinet color, Abyss (2128-20), Benjamin Moore. Dining room: Chandelier by Aerin, Visual Comfort, visualcomfort.com; dining table, Holland + Macrae, hollandandmacrae.com; dining chairs, Port Eliot Furniture, porteliot.com; art (over buffet) by Bobbie Burgers, Galerie de Bellefeuille, debellefeuille.com; pink wallpaper, Phillip Jeffries, phillipjeffries.com; rug, Ikea; ironstone accessories (on shelves), Replacements, replacements.com; built-ins, Michael’s Kitchen Cabinets, michaelskitchencabinets.com; wooden candlesticks, Acquisitions Limited, acq-ltd.com; hardware, Schoolhouse, schoolhouse.com; dining chair upholstery fabric and slipcover fabric by Brunschwig & Fils, Kravet Canada. Bathroom: Counter, Topss, topss.ca; floor tile, shower wall tile, Saltillo Imports. Sconce, Oomph Decor, oomphdecor.com; roman blind fabric by Pierre Frey, Primavera Interior Furnishings, primavera.ca; custom vanity, Cynthia Ferguson Designs; base wall color, Victorian Trim (2067-50), Benjamin Moore. Bedroom: Custom bed, J&J Made, jandjmade.com; nightstand by Bernhardt Interiors, Elte; sconce, Urban Electric Co., urbanelectricco.com; bed frame, drapery, accent pillow and ceiling fabric by Brunschwig & Fils, sconce shade fabric by Decortex, Kravet Canada; bedding, D. Porthault, dporthaultparis.com; wall color, Black (HC-190), Benjamin Moore.


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  1. Michelle Pereira on December 21, 2022 at 1:34 am

    I enjoy rewatching this video because the colors and patterns are a joy to look at. I can’t imagining taking apart a chandelier to customize it or hand painting a room before a showing. This decorator is my hero. I wish I had her insight.

  2. Elizabeth Healey on December 21, 2022 at 1:34 am

    Beautiful house , I love you house, I see each home the wall paint in different color, and continue to the fabric from the sofa to the window etc . That make you home sou unique , classy inviting warm ,cozy and beautiful . I love i love , i’m not afraid the color , I love color , thank you sou much to sharing😂💯❤❤❤ you house

  3. Aileen Bavington on December 21, 2022 at 1:36 am

    Beautiful home 💚

  4. ALEXAVDROS Lucas on December 21, 2022 at 1:36 am


  5. Janice Billingsley on December 21, 2022 at 1:37 am

    Luv all the colors in this house!!!! Favorite color is the bright green wall in TV family room!!! Will be using some of these great ideas in my house!!! Bright colors bring energy and excitement into room. Thanks so much for great ideas!!!!! Also putting marble in my kitchen.

  6. Monica Sigler on December 21, 2022 at 1:38 am

    I love love love homes decorated with color.

  7. poodlegirl55 on December 21, 2022 at 1:40 am

    Very artistic and unique.

  8. Robin Lillian on December 21, 2022 at 1:43 am

    This isn’t maximalist or minimalist. It’s just standard.

  9. kocoa berry on December 21, 2022 at 1:43 am

    Such a gorgeous creative home. So much to see, lots of visual stimulation. Color color color yayyyyy

  10. Megiddo Eubanks on December 21, 2022 at 1:44 am

    Woodwork and walls being painted the same color makes me want to cry. Js

  11. Jussara Fernandes on December 21, 2022 at 1:46 am

    It’s so creative, but… it’s too much information for my taste. ☺️

  12. Tami Z on December 21, 2022 at 1:46 am

    She pulled every single room off, I loved this.

  13. Sandie Edward on December 21, 2022 at 1:46 am

    My Fave Home Design

  14. Einah Sirro on December 21, 2022 at 1:48 am

    It’s maximalist, but it’s not cluttered.

  15. Louise Suffolk on December 21, 2022 at 1:50 am


  16. hina h. on December 21, 2022 at 1:51 am

    I love these rooms, green room,and blue room are really beautiful ✨✨

  17. Anna Virginillo on December 21, 2022 at 1:53 am

    Not feeling it.

  18. Zaida Llera on December 21, 2022 at 1:54 am

    Get the decorating girl I love your skin

  19. Charlotte Fairchild on December 21, 2022 at 1:54 am

    I have a pink room. I want to add a color, so I will go with green or blue next week. Great ideas!

  20. Vivien Mcnaul on December 21, 2022 at 1:54 am

    Loved the colors. The master bedroom stunning

  21. Heidi Miller on December 21, 2022 at 1:55 am

    The decorations are ugly. The house is just fine. The color scheme is psychotic: why put blue fabric on couches in a green room? The pink lamp shades don’t match and hurt my eyes to look at it. The oversized blue vase between the chairs behind the living room couch is intimidating. It’s too large for that space. The green and white curtains do not match anything except the T.V. room, so why aren’t they in that room?

  22. Samantha108 on December 21, 2022 at 1:55 am

    Please select the background music more carefully. It’s loud and unbearable. Thanks

  23. Canines First on December 21, 2022 at 1:57 am

    I 💗💗💗 the color factor of maximalist design. The black bedroom is heaven.

  24. iphoukwani on December 21, 2022 at 1:57 am

    yo i love this woman. less vanilla, more people & style like her please!

  25. tiffany curtis on December 21, 2022 at 1:58 am

    Finally a woman that thinks about her husband’s opinion before she redecorates👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

  26. Lisa P on December 21, 2022 at 1:59 am

    If less is more. Think what more could be?

  27. kat Varamogianni on December 21, 2022 at 2:01 am

    Too many pillows.

  28. Judy Groves on December 21, 2022 at 2:01 am

    I Love All Of It😍😍😍

  29. IVY CHUA on December 21, 2022 at 2:04 am

    Self proclaimed #Maximalist too 💞💞💞

  30. NanookiePookie on December 21, 2022 at 2:05 am

    I love everything maximilast! This brought me so much joy. I like to tell people that my house is a crayon box of color. lol

  31. giorgos triantafillakis on December 21, 2022 at 2:07 am

    Pleaseeeeeeeeeee I need help decoreting my dinning room buffet

  32. Rudy Leal on December 21, 2022 at 2:08 am

    Liked the house but it sounds that she did the whole house to her taste with no input from the family

  33. Ida Mcloughlin on December 21, 2022 at 2:12 am

    Too much.

  34. Jc Larcon on December 21, 2022 at 2:13 am

    everything a house should be so happy place and comfy. I can’t stand white and beige and open spaces so outdated maximalist is the way to go

  35. nicholby2112 on December 21, 2022 at 2:15 am

    I am of the school of neutrals and calm colors and I’m stunned at how amazing this house is. It’s so not me but I adore it and it makes me want to start using more color in my client’s work. Brava!

  36. Laura on December 21, 2022 at 2:15 am

    Absolutely magnificent! Love the entire design!!!! What a treat to the eye! Cheers

  37. Michelle B. on December 21, 2022 at 2:19 am

    Chef’s kiss ma’am! Chef’s freaking kiss! Love it.

  38. IAmThatIAm on December 21, 2022 at 2:21 am

    I’ve watched a number of episodes of Schumacher1889 recently and quite a few of them have the maximalist mindset. Until I watched this episode, I didn’t realize how "staged" the other homes felt — like, how many books were PILED on every table space or counter. Nice for the video but feels quite inauthentic. This home, however, feels sophisticated, dramatic, elegant, beautiful, and REAL. How refreshing and heartwarming!

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful video.

  39. Kermit the Frog on December 21, 2022 at 2:22 am

    Great to visit but I would have to leave after a few hours.

  40. Kathy Toth on December 21, 2022 at 2:22 am

    What gorgeous, colorful, happy space! Thx for sharing💖💜💙

  41. Jacqueline on December 21, 2022 at 2:23 am

    Not my colors but the result is wonderful. I agree with her. I don’t like white

  42. Mary Elizabeth on December 21, 2022 at 2:24 am

    The owner has such a calm energy about her and yet her home screams revved mojo for days! I love it. I’m not a maximalist but I could live in this gorgeous, color-drenched house easily. It feels luxurious and decadent and naughty somehow. Just so much to take in and enjoy. Thanks for sharing.

  43. xxx 000 on December 21, 2022 at 2:26 am

    Thank You for finally showcasing a space that is not all gray, beige and black!

  44. Christ born on December 21, 2022 at 2:29 am

    .Make furniture ,crown moulding, door, light fixture and wall all – green 🤣.light fixture can be matchy color but not has to exactly same. again make furnture green😂i will feel like blind in this room thank God she kept handle on cabinets otherwise hard to find cabinets location or where is door . kitchen is great

  45. Sheila on December 21, 2022 at 2:29 am

    I love everything about this. Yes, I too have started to embrace colour and what a difference it has made. I still retain some warm white in areas, but the contrasting pops of colour look great. I can also relate to the kitchen scenario, as, had I changed mine a couple of years or so earlier, my choice would have also been different. So glad I waited ♥️🤗

  46. Theresa in the USVI on December 21, 2022 at 2:30 am

    Finally… a kindred spirit, who likes walls. I like having the ability to slip into another room to have a private conversation or create a special cozy space for time alone.

  47. Glrn Conklin on December 21, 2022 at 2:30 am

    Love love your use of color and mix of contemporary with traditional!!!!🙂🐵🐸

  48. Kim Runyan on December 21, 2022 at 2:31 am

    Awesome! Such personality in her design sense.

  49. Darkis Art on December 21, 2022 at 2:31 am

    That home has a ton of personality! I prefer neutrals but truly can appreciate rooms like these!

  50. Sandy Heredia on December 21, 2022 at 2:32 am

    When I first bought my house 25 years ago I painted my entire living room including ceiling, cranberry! I loved it! My sofas were burgundy and I used a lot of pink around the room!

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