Down To The Studs!!

Well as usual I am super excited to share yet another one of our reveals... This one in particular was major renovation - right down to the studs in fact! We partnered with Lyons Construction on this one and magic happened. We literally took down all the walls and started over, not much was left on the main floor from the original design!  I wish I had some before pictures to share with you as the transformation is truly a dramatic one!

When designing a space for clients I always take into account their lifestyle and how the space will be used. These clients in particular are a family of four but are always entertaining family and friends. They often have  large crowds for dinner and visits, so I knew the space had to reflect that. They also wanted an open, warm and inviting space which I think we knocked out of the park.

So lets start with the front foyer, we elongated an existing wall and removed the others to create a distinct entry way but still keep the space feeling open and airy.  I chose a porcelain  tile in a greige colour which adds depth, warmth and texture to the space.  We updated the closet doors to wood and added mirrored panels to reflect the light. I also added a bench and an open shelf for much needed storage. We had mango reclaimed update an existing front hall table in a soft black color and dipped the legs in a metallic antique brass to finish it off. We added a roped mirror and some accessories to pull it all together. I think the front entry way is now functional and the perfect spot to greet guests !

Lets start with the fabulous kitchen as it always the heart of every home! We went with Ikea cabinets as they are great alternative to custom. We choose a great shaker style cabinet in warm white and then added a large island in a soft warm grey. We used an LG countertop that mimics the look of a warm marble however gives them the durability they need in a workhorse kitchen. We then went with a extra large beveled edge subway tile and a gorgeous marble mosaic feature wall behind the new stove.  I then decided to kick it up a notch and go with some antique brass hardware and beautiful antique brass and glass pendants which just pull everything together. We chose brand new Jenn air appliances that are not only fantastic to look at but also gives them lots of cooktop and oven space to host all of their dinner parties. I also had some custom shelving made and  had them stained to reflect the rustic flooring, they really add some texture and warmth to the light and airy kitchen.

 I wanted to give them a lot of space for entertaining so I chose an extra large sectional and a couple of  low arm tufted chairs in a oatmeal toned fabric. We used golden rod yellow and a soft blue grey as accent colours in the space, we also added pops of soft black and antique brass. You will see this carried out in the fabric of the throw pillows, paint, drapery and accents in the space. I think one of my favourite things in the space is the gorgeous custom gallery wall we created behind the sofa. I took black and white family photos and had Mango Reclaimed  restyle some vintage frames in black and metallic brass and the result is stunning. I also added a pair of vintage shutters which really add some drama to the wall.

We used one of my go to suppliers for flooring, they are made in Quebec and this time I chose a beautiful maple hardwood floor. They are absolutely gorgeous they really give the space a lot of warmth and the tone is the perfect mix of dark and light which gives a rustic elegant feel. We carried the flooring throughout the main space and used a porcelain tile in the front hallway. In the dining room we added a large dining table and custom linen tufted end chairs, I also chose a great vintage sideboard from Mango Reclaimed's inventory. I  had her restyle it in a gorgeous warm grey and we decided to keep the original hardware as it was beautiful. We just had her  restyle the hardware in a custom mix  of metallic paint to reflect the antique brass theme we had going on in the space already. We added a beautiful chandelier which is very pretty and reflects the light beautifully but still carries our theme of rustic elegance.

We also renovated their main bathroom, I chose to carry the porcelain tile from the front hallway into their bathroom. We also added a double vanity to give them more functional counter and storage space. We tiled the shower in a white beveled edge subway tile and added a band of marble oval mosaic tile to add some elegance. We decided to create a half wall in the shower and then added glass to carry it to the ceiling to allow in natural light. I pulled this beautiful bathroom together with some beautiful sconces flagging our new scalloped edged mirrors , light blue grey paint on the walls and some antique prints to finish it off.


I hoped you enjoyed this reveal as much as I enjoyed sharing it with you all!  As always we'd love to hear what you think about this one, so feel free to comment below and\or send us an email. Be sure to follow us on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook or go to our blog or portfolio to see more of our work!!

Happy Monday xo

Urban Barn mini workshop & How to update your space

Recently I was invited to Urban Barn in Whitby to host a mini workshop on colour and how you can bring it to your space through the use of accessories and throw pillows. I must say I really enjoyed meeting all of the ladies and gentlemen who attended and I hope they found it informative!

With Fall now settled in and winter on its way, I always love adding warmth, coziness and colour to my space. Its that time of year when we spend more time indoors, we often host family functions and get togethers like thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.

You can easily update your space with some throw pillows and fun cozy accessories. I like to mix metals and add little unexpected touches here and there. As I've said before everything doesn't need to match but it should flow and have a consistent feel and style. Everything should work together and above all it should be filled with items, colours and textures you love! Winter is a great season to add in warm colours such as mustard yellow, deep reds like aubergine and warm brass accents. Also textures such as a nice hand knitted throw or even some faux fur done in the right way, adds a little something special.

I am loving Urban Barn's mustard accents right now and their grey plaid wool throws and they have the cutest fox toss cushions. They also have some great gold accents which you will see in some of the photos below. Don't be afraid to mix in a little gold or brass with your silver and nickel, its ok to do it and it adds some depth and personality!

If you would like some help updating your space for the upcoming winter and holiday season, we still have some space available for a couple of consultations but they are going quickly, so give us a call or an email to book yours!