An elegant Canadian home
C. Marie Hebson
Tierra Sol Ceramic Tile Ltd
Campbell House, a more than 460 square metre mansion located in Edmonton, in the Canadian province of Alberta, was designed for a local charity but later purchased by the Campbell family from Winnipeg. Inside, a masterful balance of natural colours reflects the different personalities of the owners, the colours and veins of travertine and quartzite offering a journey through the world of natural stone. But the heart of the house, the jumping off point for the entire interior design project and choice of surface coverings, was the natural green quartzite used by interior designer Marie Hebson for the kitchen island. The colours and tones – the soft hues of warm gray, earthy citrine greens, chocolate and rich charcoals – all branched off from this stone.
The main floor was designed for the woman of the house. The silver-vein travertine ceramic floor tile from Fioranese coordinates with the cheerful white cabinetry and with the details of carrara marble, the rich warm hardwoods, quartz, milk glass and tone-on-tone wallpaper.
“The main areas of the home have a distinctly feminine character, starting out from the floor covering,” Marie Hebson explained. “The rooms are fresh and inviting: I chose pale colours, pairing them with bright steel and crystal along with a touch of golden brown. I wanted to make the rooms warm, welcoming and feminine, inspired by a St. Tropez style and a concept of livable luxury, setting classic furnishings alongside contemporary upholstery.”
The basement on the other hand is devoted to the man of the house and explores the concept of entertaining in casual elegance. Dark sexy charcoal and chocolates give way to the same grey hues, adding in caramel. This home boasts all three metals, showing that it is possible to mix brushed nickel, chrome and antique gold.
The designer took the grey silver-vein travertine chosen for the floor tile as the inspiration for the surface coverings in all the rooms and on all the floors of Campbell House.
The laundry room tones in with the essential, chic spaces of the house and the chosen colour palette, featuring a pale coloured floor and white cabinetry with glass inlay spelling
“Wash, Sort, Dry” in a damask pattern. The powder room has a custom pattern of five
different carrara marbles and milk glass mosaics.
An elegant striato olimpico marble was chosen for the master bedroom, a white carrara marble mosaic for the “hers” spa-style shower, and a satin cement tile for the “his” bathroom and shower.
“The key to the choice of floor coverings in Campbell House was the compact silver-vein travertine,” continued Marie Hebson. “I used white based colours for the parts of the house used by her and grey and dark tones for the parts devoted to him, bearing in mind that the chosen materials would have to coordinate with the algal green tones of the quartzite in the kitchen.”
The dining room reflects the taste for simplicity of the other areas of the house and is all tile, as is the front foyer, mudroom, main floor powder and master ensuite.
For the living room and master bedroom the Campbells chose hardwood.
Fioranese, Nu_Travertine series
Water absorpion (ISO 10545-3): 0.55%
Chemical resistance (ISO 10545-13): GLA
Resistance to deep abrasion (ISO 10545-6): PEI 4
Stain resistance (ISO 10545-14): conforme
Frost resistance (ISO 10545-12): conforme
Modulus of rupture and breaking strength (ISO 10545-4): 38 N/mm2
Slip resistance (DIN 51130): conforme
Thermal shock resistance (ISO 10545-9): conforme
Crazing resistance (ISO 10545-11): conforme
Linear thermal expansion (ISO 10545-8): conforme