Martine Gaillard has always been a team player. Just ask her classmates – all eight of them – from the small-town Saskatchewan school she attended. “We all had to play sports so there were enough people to make a team.”
Sports was her goal, but she preferred the action off the field. “I used to carry around a tape recorder and interview people I knew for fun,” she says. “It wasn’t until Ryerson [University] that I realized I could do sports.”
After a stint on the , she went on to join the team at The Score, becoming the first female anchor at the all-sports TV network. In 2005 she moved to Sportsnet, where she now anchors Connected and also got to fulfill a childhood wish to cover the Olympics.
Gaillard is married to Ed Richardson, the head contractor on W Network’s Love It or List It.
Together, they make quite a team.
Q: How would you describe your home in a few words?
Martine Gaillard: Work-in-progress.
Q: Tell us about your home.
Martine: It is a three-storey, 80-year-old house, around 2,000 square feet. It is located in the Junction area of Toronto. We moved in two years ago and, soon after, gutted it.
Ed Richardson: There are 12-foot ceilings in the basement and a large secluded backyard.
Q: What attracted you to this space?
[We] could both see the house’s potential. We loved the feel of the house the first time we walked through it. I fell in love with the gravel driveway that had grass growing down the middle – it made me feel like it was in the country.
Q: What is your favourite room and why?
Martine: I love the kitchen. Not only is it beautiful, it is where I spend almost all of my time, whether it’s on my computer, cooking a meal or entertaining.
Q: How would you describe your decorating style?
Martine: I’d define it as “contemporary country chic.” It is homey and comfortable without being Holly Hobby, if you know what I mean. It is French Country or Italian farmhouse. It is not cluttered with crafts. I like splashes of colour, nothing modern and stark.
There are bird paintings on our living room wall painted by artist and friend Adam Dalgarno. The living room area features two caramel-coloured leather chairs, oversized couches with lots of pillows and cozy blankets nearby. I like to buy pillows when I travel.
Ed: I designed the kitchen to include lots of counter and cupboard space. I like to reuse as much as possible, so, for example, we have two tables made out of reclaimed barnboard. I also reclaimed all the old floor joists during the reno and reused them to build a wine cellar and table.
Q: What is your fondest memory in this house?
Martine: Our first night after we had taken possession of the house. We had no furniture yet, so we were sitting on two coolers. We popped open a bottle of champagne to celebrate. The cork got stuck in the ceiling and stayed there. We cut that piece of ceiling out and had it framed. It’s in our office.
Ed: Proposing to my wife.
Q: What’s the one item in this house you couldn’t live without?
Martine: My Le Creuset cooking pot. I only have one, but I cook everything in it.
Ed: The kitchen table. It is super-special because my parents made it.
Q: Weekends at home, what are we most likely to find you doing?
Martine: I’m in the kitchen, trying new recipes and entertaining friends. Ed is working on the house.
Q: If your walls could talk, what would they say?
Martine: “An entire room for shoes … really?”
Sportnet’s Martine Gaillard and husband Ed Richardson, of the W Network show Love It or List It, in the kitchen of their Toronto home. (photo: jordanprussky.com)