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

Before & After

So we started this project the way we start every project with a vision board and some inspiration. My inspiration for this one came directly from our client Tammy, who is one of the sweetest ladies I've had the pleasure of working with! 

Her space had great bones already to start with (I've added some pics below), so I knew this would be a fun and beautiful transformation.

 I could tell immediately how much family meant to her as she explained to me how they gather at her house every Tuesday night to have dinner together and catch up. She also explained to me that she frequently had her granddaughter over and had another one on the way. So I knew the space had to be beautiful, functional and child friendly. So everything we did was done with her family and grandchildren in mind. We had the her dining room furniture lovingly restyled in chalk paint by Mango Reclaimed. I added a beautiful vintage looking chandelier from a local shop and brass shelving from pottery barn. We also added a bar cart for extra storage.  I recovered the chairs in a pinstripe cream and navy fabric and choose some beautiful ready made drapes in our accent colour mustard yellow. I think it came together beautifully- what do you think? Take a look at a few pics below...

The space also had to house a lot more storage than she had currently, as with any older home storage space is always at a minimum especially when you take down walls and remove cabinents. Take a look below at some clever ways we added some more storage to her space.  I added a new custom upholstered ottoman from urban barn that opens and now she can store all of her grandkids toys. I also selected a vintage sideboard from Mango Reclaimed's awesome inventory and had Melanie restyle it in zeplin which is a lovely rich grey colour-I think it turned out perfect. It not only looks great but is also good for housing all of their components for their tv and other items that you don't want to see out on display. We also recovered her couch in a grey textured fabric which  I sourced and had custom throw pillows made to accent it.

I  definently can not forget to talk about the beautiful flooring we choose for this space, it is a pre oiled hardwood floor made in Quebec! It is absolutely stunning, it has a great feel and will never have to be sanded ever! Every ten years you simply apply an oil to bring it back to life! I love that has it has a great blend of dark and light tones and gives a really elegant yet rustic and timeless look. We also added a beautiful  oversized porcelain tile that looks like marble to the front entrance way and had it laid in staggered angle pattern.

Last but definently not least is this kitchen... Wow what a difference! We replaced the countertops with a beautiful cesarstone counter. It looks like marble but is much more durable and functional for everyday living. We added a marble mosaic backsplash and had the oak cabinents sprayed out in a beautiful grey colour. I added hints of antique brass with pulls and knobs. I also added an island that gives her more counter space but also provides storage below but still keeping it light and airy.  As with any small space you want to keep it as open as possible so you don't feel closed in. The pendant lighting is spectacular, I love the mix of black, white and brass it just pulls everything together!

Sorry for such a long post but it was so hard not to share with you every nook and corner of this reno... I just adore everything thing about it and there are so many little touches, I could go on and on and on!! Hope you enjoy it as much as I do and we'd love to hear what you think so don't be afraid to post a comment or send us an email at