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From Brown to Green

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Toronto designers Peter Fleming and Debbie Adams found a polluted lot and a run-down building­—and saw fertile ground for a unique, eco-minded new home.

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  After a long renovation, the former brownfield presents a domestic face, with thriving landscaping in the cleaned-up soil.  Photo by Lorne Bridgman.
    After a long renovation, the former brownfield presents a domestic face, with thriving landscaping in the cleaned-up soil. Photo by Lorne Bridgman.
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  A staircase leads up to the main bedroom; the stairs and the fireplace were designed by Fleming with the architects.  Photo by Lorne Bridgman.
    A staircase leads up to the main bedroom; the stairs and the fireplace were designed by Fleming with the architects. Photo by Lorne Bridgman.
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  In the living room, Adams relaxes on a chair by designer Scot Laughton while Fleming plays banjo.  Photo by Lorne Bridgman.
    In the living room, Adams relaxes on a chair by designer Scot Laughton while Fleming plays banjo. Photo by Lorne Bridgman.
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  The dining room has a mishmash of Eames chairs, found in various states and painted black.  Photo by Lorne Bridgman.
    The dining room has a mishmash of Eames chairs, found in various states and painted black. Photo by Lorne Bridgman.
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  The kitchen, which gets light from three sides, welcomes guests into the house.  Photo by Lorne Bridgman.
    The kitchen, which gets light from three sides, welcomes guests into the house. Photo by Lorne Bridgman.
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  Both the kitchen and the main bedroom blend polished concrete with white oak cabinets. Fleming spent almost six months building the house’s millwork, which lends the house a warm, bespoke quality.  Photo by Lorne Bridgman.
    Both the kitchen and the main bedroom blend polished concrete with white oak cabinets. Fleming spent almost six months building the house’s millwork, which lends the house a warm, bespoke quality. Photo by Lorne Bridgman.
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  In the upstairs studio Adams draws inspiration from collections of salesmen’s sample cans, Canadian early-20th-century ceramics, and Electrolux vacuum-cleaner piggy banks.  Photo by Lorne Bridgman.
    In the upstairs studio Adams draws inspiration from collections of salesmen’s sample cans, Canadian early-20th-century ceramics, and Electrolux vacuum-cleaner piggy banks. Photo by Lorne Bridgman.
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  The main bath has a concrete tub that Fleming cast to fit his wife’s body.  Photo by Lorne Bridgman.
    The main bath has a concrete tub that Fleming cast to fit his wife’s body. Photo by Lorne Bridgman.

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