1 look inside Evan and Osnat Feldman’s Montreal house and it’s apparent that their loved ones and legacy mean every thing to them. After an unsuccessful effort to expand their prior home because of town limitations, the Feldmans transferred two blocks to a greater area where Hasidic figurines, a traditional shofar (ram’s horn) and a “Jewish history table” that holds various historic books mix with antique dark wood antiques and bold colours and patterns for a look that is deeply sentimental yet instantly approachable.
in a Glance
Who lives here: Evan and Osnat Feldman; their kids, Ben (age 13), Olivia (11) and Jack (7); and parrot Dusty
Location: Hampstead region of Montreal
Size: 4,800 square feet;6 bedrooms, 4 baths
Labeled “the red room,” the family room comes with a custom-made sofa that inspired the room’s wall colour, which will be a custom Benjamin Moore mix.
Osnat, that had been born in Israel, had the massive coffee table/ottoman made from yellow leather. It serves as her “Jewish history table” that holds various historical novels, such as boxed sets such as Lessons in Tanya and Ethics of Our Fathers.
A collection of family photographs adorns the window ledges.
Couch fabric: Fabrix; large ottoman: Matt & Jack; art: Peter Hoffer
Osnat created this wall arrangement using pages in the book about flowers and eyeglasses from local shop Gemst. The trunks and seats are both antiques given to the couple by the mother of Evan.
A traditional shofar, or ram’s horn, with a small plaque rests on top. It had been given to Evan in appreciation for his involvement with the regional Jewish community.
The couple purchased the three Hasidic figurines at a marketplace during a visit to Israel. The corner desk is an antique.
Painting: John Barklay
The media cabinet was initially a dark wood colour, however, Osnat painted it to match the rest of the room.
Osnat designed the seats around the table. The drapes were recycled from her prior residence. Not wanting anything to go to waste, she sewed together two collections from separate windows.
Chandelier: Lumi-Deco; seats: Matt & Jack
Mementos from Thailand shirt a red antique dresser, which was a present from Evan’s daddy.
Osnat changed the floor shade from natural light to dark and additional wainscoting to the walls.
Painting: John Marchessault
The few updated the kitchen countertops to granite and added a new backsplash.
Wainscoting and traditional accessories dress up a powder room.
In the formal living area, the couple’s own furniture mixes with some passed from Evan’s parents, such as the group of paintings on the right wall.
The brightly colored Danièle Rochon painting was purchased from Bellefeuille, Osnat’s beloved gallery.
Side table: Bombay
At a nearby seating area, Osnat mixed antique seats with a custom upholstered seat from Renaissance (currently closed) at the form of a jellybean. Huge rugs help define the distance as separate from the living area.
Artist Peter Beliveau created the painting of Osnat’s preferred fashion book covers. Both sculpted handbags displayed in acrylic boxes are by Jonathan Seliger.
Upstairs, in 7-year-old Jack’s area, Osnat hung boxes she found in Home Depot to display cherished toys.
Curtains: Fabricville; desk: HomeSense
Daughter Olivia’s room mixes traditional design and schoolgirl entertaining. The dresser holds dainty things and has school programs placed under the glass. The stool and curtains are both custom made.
Olivia’s collection of snow globes began with one she obtained as a present. Ever since then her parents and friends bring her back snow globes any time they travel.
Desk, stool: Renaissance (currently closed)
With three kids Osnat is keen on business; she hangs their sports gear on the garage walls.
Toilet renovation: Garage Ultime
Ben, at left — joined by Olivia, Osnat and Jack — just celebrated his bar mitzvah.
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