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the open living and dining rooms. For the island and base cabinets, the owners picked our European Elm veneer.” Little says the veneer incorporates the character of elm’s twisted grain and color variations. However, Valcucine cuts the veneer into narrow 6cm flitches. “This gives the veneer a subtle but noticeable horizontal linearity, which is a perfect complement to the horizontal architectural detailing of the home.” To add a bright accent to the otherwise refined color and material palettes, the clients selected Glossy Ruby Red glass for the cabinet faces on the inside of the island. “It makes for a fun surprise when you walk into the kitchen, and brightens the work space,” says Little. Another key feature of the interior is the sculptural steel and wood staircase with a glass balustrading. This leads up through the void to the master suite, second bedroom, guest suite and study. Here again, the high-end materials and finishes reflect the close attention to detail. Streeter says the main challenge in building the house was the tight city lot. “There were a lot of regulations that affected the design and construction, but we have been able to fit in so much, without making any lifestyle compromises.” The owners say they love watching the changing seasons. “The house looks so different when the leaves on the trees change color. And we love how the light plays on the walls, and the way the copper is changing over time. It is as though the house itself is evolving.” search | save | share at 77