Kate Chartrand on Family, Career, and Renovating Her Sunny Toronto Home
Written by Jessica Antony – July 26th, 2019
For us, good design considers both form and function. That is, we strive to create pieces that are both beautiful and serve a purpose. We spend time thinking about how each object we design will fit into our lives and grow with us, rather than how we might need to make accommodations for them, so witnessing how our customers use EQ3 designs in the creation of their own home sanctuaries truly inspires us.
Kate Chartrand, a marketing and communications professional, invited us into the home she shares with her partner, Brian Peterson, and their two-year-old son. We chatted about life in Toronto, renovating a home from the ground up, and building a relaxing space that can withstand the wear and tear of a toddler.
You’ve built a career in marketing and communications and we understand you just took a new position with Lime – congratulations! Can you tell us a little about your professional life and what brought you to this point in your career? What about the industry inspires you?
How I got to this point in my career is a long story, but what inspires me today is getting to work with really great people who are up to the challenge of trying to make the world a little bit better than how we found it.
You and your family are living in Toronto – how long have you lived there for? What do you like about the city?
I’m from Toronto and [my partner] Brian is from the west coast. We met in Vancouver and moved to Toronto three years ago when our son was born. My family and most of my friends live here, so that’s number one. Toronto has great neighbourhoods with lots of green space, is multicultural, and has world-class arts and cuisine. In one day, we can play tennis, go to a park, visit an art gallery, and escape to nature outside of the city.
We understand you recently renovated your home – can you tell us a bit about that process? How did you approach it?
Brian and I moved five times in five years, so it is really great to have a place to finally call home. It was definitely a bigger process than we expected – isn’t it always? Our house doesn’t have a huge footprint, so the most important thing was ensuring that we maximized every inch of space in the design. We made it feel larger with skylights, big windows, and vaulted ceilings where we could.
What is important to you for your home space? What are the necessities that you need to feel at home?
My family first and foremost. Nothing is too precious because it gets a lot of wear and tear in a day. It’s important to us that our home feel comfortable and a place where friends and family feel welcome any time of the day.
Let’s talk a bit about the EQ3 products that incorporated into your home – can you tell us why you chose each one? What about them works with your lifestyle?
Our main floor is open concept and the kitchen island is the place where our guests naturally congregate. We love to entertain, which is why stools are important. The Lima stools are contemporary with a clean design, comfortable, and, because they get so much use, durable. The living room is the first thing you see when you walk into the house. We had a smaller carpet before choosing the Bila rug from EQ3 and it makes the area feel so much bigger. We chose the Reverie sofa for its contemporary design and comfort. Both the Bila and the Reverie are durable, which hides a two-year-old’s lifestyle and still feels sophisticated with natural palettes that complement our other pieces.