Simple and Warm Environment for Working From Home |
Simple and Warm Environment for Working From Home

Simple and Warm Environment for Working From Home

Folding steel doors create boundaries

Isobel McKenzie
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Isobel McKenzie
on January 5th 2019
Originally from London, Isobel is enthralled by the curves and lines that make up a city. It's fascinating to see how modern skyscrapers and historic landmarks muddle together. Her Instagram feed @Isobel_McKenzie is usually full of spiral staircases and tall buildings. Can also be found on Twitter.. sometimes.

Appartement Hutchison


Élène Levasseur

Originally built in 1908, this apartment was ready for a renovation. Found in the suburban Montreal neighborhood of Outremont, the home needed to work as a flexible living space for both work and play. With a home office tucked away behind folding doors, the remaining floor plan is a centralized living space that allows for fluidity between the zones.

Mosaics in the hallway in Hutchison Flat, Montreal |

“The mandate was to create a new flexible space within a tight floor plan for the owners who work from home,” describe designers from Atelier SUWA. The front entrance lets in plenty of light, with a cute monochrome mosaic tile pattern that mimics some of its Victorian heritage.

Victorian-esque mosaic tiles in hallway for Hutchison Flat, Montreal |
White rug and rocking chair and burnt orange sofa paired against brick wall nods to Victorian home's earlier motifs |

Skipping past the bedrooms and bathroom, to the end of the corridor, and you find an open plan living room, kitchen and dining area. Breaking down some of the walls from the previous configuration, the renovation brings these rooms together. It’s bright and cheerful, with some fun design elements, such as the brick wall on one side and the mounted bear head.

Open plan kitchen with large dining table |
Wall-hanging chair storage solution in the living room |

Creating extra storage, an otherwise blank wall provides space for two dining chairs. A low level book shelf is the perfect cubby hole for storing items.

Open plan kitchen with a large kitchen island and matching counters for the dining table |

Using a kitchen island to create extra counter top space works well for this family, as anybody preparing the meal can watch over the living room at the same time. To make the room flow nicely, the wood varnish used for the dining table matches too! A long marble counter structures the room and maximizes storage.

Storage options in open plan kitchen |
Kitchen with long shelf for glass jars food storage |
Wall-mounted bear head in the kitchen with long shelf for glass jars food storage |
Open plan kitchen with large dining table, wine rack and pantry cupboard |

At the far end of the house, this is where the home office is located on the garden side. Just behind the folding doors. Separating the private living spaces such as the bedrooms was intentional, while allowing fluidity between the home office and kitchen, thanks to the folded steel doors.

Long marble counter space in open plan kitchen with neatly stacked cupboard |
Folding steel doors separate the home office from open plan kitchen and living room in Hutchison Flat, Montreal |
Hanging and clothes drying area |
Canadian kitchen, Hutchison flat kitchen with mounted bear head |
Bathroom featuring large sink and simple decor in Montreal house |

Back in the private spaces, “the architects took advantage of the lack of sunlight along the corridor to place storage and a laundry room” just opposite the bathroom.

Black bath tub with simple bathroom tiles |
Baby's crib with Scandinavian and minimal styling, simple warm colors in Montreal house |
Children's bedroom wardrobe storage |
Bedroom with hanging lamp and calm bedroom in Hutchison Flat, Montreal |

“The goal was to create a timeless space that will age gracefully,” explain Atelier SUWA. “Special attention was paid to textures, motifs and finishes to achieve an overall composition that speaks of the age of the building while staying current and fresh.”


With an overall contemporary style to the home, and the sprinkling of brick wall and the entryway mosaics, this has definitely been achieved!

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