What do you get when you combine a stylish couple’s eye for design with their taste for witty art? A chic modern home with innovative tricks to show off the things you love.
Display art and collectibles
Photo, Roberto Caruso.
The art of display
“We throw in what we like and it usually works,” says Raymond Girard of the home he shares with his partner, Laird Kay. “The house is full of airplanes, maps, trains, collectibles and toys. And it’s colourful. So I guess it probably looks like our bedrooms did growing up — but with better art.” Laird, a photographer-designer, and Raymond, a media executive, were lucky enough to find a house built in the 1900s but recently renovated to their mid-century Mad Men style, making it enough of a blank canvas for them to put their stamp on it. The pair, who have similar tastes, made two notable changes: They installed an 18-foot-long bookcase in which they arranged all their books in a spectrum of colour, and then they painted almost all the white walls a dark grey.
A grey backdrop not only made their rooms seem bigger, but it also allowed their disparate art collections to work together seamlessly. From vintage architectural renderings and a contemporary photography collection to airplane models and toys from their childhoods, all their personal treasures pop on the dark walls.
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