As a drama student at Ryerson University in the 1980s, Hal Eisen learned more than how to perform for the stage and screen. His program included courses on set and costume design, knowledge he put to good use during a three-year renovation of the two-storey penthouse loft he shares with his partner, production designer Andrew Bottecchia, on Queen Street West in Toronto. Eisen and Bottecchia, who jointly run Bottecchia Artistic Group, relocated the staircase and added walls to showcase their impressive collection of contemporary North American art. The improvements also made way for a main-floor living room. "This room is sort of the life centre," says Eisen. "We live in it, we entertain in it, we put our feet up in it and enjoy."