AVENUE ROAD Founder’s Moody & Modern Toronto Remodel — House Tour

Name: Stephan Weishaupt, founder of AVENUE ROAD
Location: Cabbagetown, Toronto
Size: 2,000 square feet
Years Lived In: 12 years, owned

Weishaupt is the founder and curator of high-end furniture retailer, AVENUE ROAD. Working with Chapi Chapo Design, Weishaupt completely remodeled and reinvigorated a falling-down Edwardian house in Cabbagetown—one of his favorite neighborhoods in Toronto. Though just 2000 square feet, there are now four stories (which includes a small basement) of modern design, with rooms both built for entertaining and for personal relaxation. As the owner of a high-end furniture store, it’s not surprising that his home is filled with a beautiful selection, from Sebastian Herkner to Obumex and more.

Weishaupt describes his home: “I fell in love with this home because of the tailored Edwardian lines and the intimacy of the layout. This was the perfect opportunity to reinvigorate a house in a neighborhood I love.

Cabbagetown is an area of Toronto named for the Irish immigrants who used to grow cabbage in the front yards of the tree lined streets. It’s a genuine community with small town friendliness matched with big city open mindedness. With a huge park and an operating farm in the middle of downtown it really makes you feel like you’re somewhere else.

My home reflects me in that the lines between work and home life blur. I’m lucky to be able to do what I love and that passion means that I’m almost always working and that I want to share my work and home with others. There is a public persona and a private persona that is reflected in the space. I entertain frequently so it was critical to create both an open space for entertaining and stimulating to the senses and to show what we can create for clients, but also a need to creatively define private spaces as intimate spaces to retreat and recharge.”

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Modern but not cold or avant-garde. I focus on the details and unexpected contrasts over bold statements. I wanted to reflect the urban environment this city house is in with tailored and elegant items that weren’t too casual.

Inspiration: I was initially thinking of moving into a larger home and I realized that it wasn’t really what I wanted or needed. What was more interesting to me was to work with the artisans I collaborate with at Avenue Road on making amazing custom pieces that allowed them to demonstrate how far their talents could be taken instead of just more space.

Favorite Element: The custom kitchen and closets by Obumex. Sliding Sydney Slabs of marble in the kitchen and terracotta leather lined shelving in the closet show that your limitation is really only imagination with their craftsmanship. They are my favorite elements because they are completely designed to my needs and not about grandiose spaces but amazing craftsmanship and detailing.

Biggest Challenge: Achieving the level of detailing I wanted and including the new bespoke pieces required a lot more time and changes than originally anticipated. It went from a renovation to more of a rebuild. It was important to make the house as environmentally responsible as possible for well into the future, which was difficult.

Biggest Indulgence: The solid mahogany soaking tub by designer Nina Mair. The form is so modern it’s hard to believe it can be fabricated with wood.

Best Advice: Evaluate what you really need. Often, it’s not more things or space or a different environment but just a higher-level vision of what you already have.


Millwork — Obumex
Dining table — Pukka by Marlieke Van Rossum
Prosciutto Slicer — Berkel Slicer by Berkel
Dining chairs — Mars by Konstantin Grcic
Tumblers and pitchers — Alpha 267 by Lobemyer
Appliances — Gagganeau
Blue/white container — Low Container (Special Edition) by Sebastien Herkner
Chandelier — Metropolitan by Hans Herald Rath

Bar — Obumex
Bar Stools — Park Place by Yabu Pushelberg
Wall Sconce — Metropolitan by Hans Herald Rath
Sofa in Main — Heath Sectional by Yabu Pushelberg
Mirrored Table — Bell Table (Special Edition) by Sebastien Herkner
Floor Lamp — Tripod Lamp by David Weeks
Ottoman — Cilindro by Azucena
Coffee Table — Flen by Bruno Moinard
Rug — Thistle Gold by Vivienne Westwood

Ottoman — Gumi by Bruno Moinard
Sofa — Kubus by Josef Hoffman
Coffee Table — Duas Cores by Branco & Preto
Sideboard — Banquet by Florence Knoll
Copper & Wood Lamp — Vintage (Italian)
Shelving — Vitsoe (Vintage) by Dieter Rams

Sofa — Domino by Dick Spierenburg
Art — Copper Mirror by Michael Anastassiades
Pendants — Ball Light Large Flex by Michael Anastassiades

Egg Chair — Arne Jacobsen
Bar Cart — Gin Lane by Yabu Pushelberg
Headboard — Custom Tapestry by Bruno Moinard
Bed Frame — Wittmann
Bed Sheets — Linen; Touch Me by Ivano Redaelli and Replay by Ivano Redaelli
Tronic Throw — Raf Simons for Kvadrat
Tissue box on bedside table — Niez by Michael Verheyden
Rug — Staccato by Kelly Wearstler (The Rug Company)
Walk-In Closet — Obumex
Pendants — Chateau Latour by Bruno Moinard

Tub — Shell Tub by Nina Mair
Faucets — Vola
Soaps — Grown Alchemist
Towels — Society
Pendants — Happy Together by Michael Anastassiades
Bin — Michael Verheyden
Tissue Box — Niez by Michael Verheyden

Tube Wall Light — Michael Anastassiades
Wall Sconces — Ile’Delle by Bruno Moinard
Body Care — Grown Alchemist
Doors — Aladdin Doors by Piero Lissoni

Sconces — Rayon by Christopher Turner
Doors — Aladdin Doors by Piero Lissoni

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