Footnotes Blog / 2019 Jefferson Industrial Dream Home

Heather Roberts, Great Floors Canada
May 6, 2019 2:04 pm

As a local business, Great Floors loves participating in projects that empower other local businesses and provide services to the communities that support us. Each Dream Home we take part in is an opportunity to work with some of London’s (and Canada’s!) most established and innovative designers, and this year we were thrilled to work with our dear friend and colleague Jillian Summers of Upstaging Limited. Jillian specializes in design and staging for home sale, and her depth of experience in working with builders, homeowners, and realtors has shaped her timeless and versatile style.

For this year’s Dream It Win It lottery Jillian developed and executed three incredible designs, each in a completely different style. Grand Prize Option #1, The Jefferson Industrial Dream Home, is chock full of some of our best and newest products.

The sleek, industrial look of this dream home is achieved by emphasizing clean lines, and employing a sophisticated deep, neutral colour palette. Jillian grounded this home’s open gallery quality by allowing textures, light, and natural materials to become points of interest. By using the same tile throughout the main kitchen and living area, Ceragres’ Gesso in “Velvet Black”, Jillian created a strong foundation for the kitchen’s features. She included exposed brick and natural wood textures to accent the clean and stark lines of the cabinetry and appliances, which allows the uniquely beautiful accent lights to elevate and warm the space.

Jefferson Industrial Dream Home Kitchen, designed by Jillian Summers, featuring Ceragres’ Gesso in “Velvet Black”.

The sophisticated weight of dark floors carries through into the den, thanks to another Ceragres tile – Trend, in “Black”. Again, Jillian uses right angles and straight lines as the base of this office-space design, reflected in the tile’s stunning herringbone installation and the sturdy black window frame. Consistently, Jillian carefully chooses light fixtures to add character – in this case a spidery metal floor lamp with bubbly bulbs refuses to follow the rules, and makes an impression even when situated beside a huge, bright window.

Jefferson Industrial Dream Home Den, designed by Jillian Summers, featuring Ceragres’ Trend in “Black”.

In the shared and basement bathrooms of this design, the entire home’s emphasis on geometry comes through in the tile work. The basement shower is a focal point, with Ceragres’ Forma “Hex” tiles in black and white placed carefully to produce the effect of floating particles or bubbles – this visual lightness lifts the room. The shared bathroom also plays with contrast in a softer way, and Jillian unified this herringbone pattern by choosing textured and marbled tiles to temper the starkness of black and white. The gorgeous tile that made this design possible is Ceragres’ “White Experience” in “Apuano” and “Pulpis”.

Jefferson Industrial Dream Home Basement Bath, designed by Jillian Summers, featuring Ceragres’ Forma Hex in “Black” and “White”.

Jefferson Industrial Dream Home Shared Bath, designed by Jillian Summers, featuring Ceragres’ White Experience in “Apuano” and “Pulpis”.

The crown jewel of this stunning dream home is its gorgeous master suite, featuring the silky and nuanced double-smoked finish of Beckham Brothers’ luxurious New York Plank hardwood in Broadway. The elegant master bath invites you with a warm, distressed, deep brown tile – Ceragres’ Corten in “Graphite B”. This gorgeous tile stretches across the floor and up the wall to surround the shower, wrapping the space in the rich warmth we need from a modern oasis. We’re sure you’ll want to escape to this master ensuite’s spacious shower and deep soaker tub after a long day.

Jefferson Industrial Dream Home Master Suite Floor, designed by Jillian Summers, featuring Beckham Brothers’ New York Plank in “Broadway”.

Jefferson Industrial Dream Home Master Ensuite, designed by Jillian Summers, featuring Ceragres’ Corten in “Graphite B”.


  • Visit dreamitwinit.ca for your chance to win, and support London’s hospitals.
  • Visit upstaginghomes.com to learn more about Jillian’s designs, and all of Upstaging Limited’s home-perfecting services.
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