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

A Stunning Kitchen Makeover !!

As always I am super excited to share one of our recent projects with you and this one is beautiful! Our client wanted to update her kitchen, she is fond of shades of whites which is carried throughout her home.  We wanted to keep the space light and bright but also introduce some soft colour to complement what was existing but also make her new kitchen pop. We used Benjamin Moore's Woodlawn Blue on the upper walls and cloud white on all of the trim and molding which gives it just the right amount of colour but still keeps it soft and airy. We also used this pretty color in accents and the roman shades as well.

We decided to keep the existing layout of the kitchen and reface the cabinet doors. We also had these sprayed out in cloud white to match the trim and molding. We also added new antique brass hardware to pull it all together. We altered the kitchen island by making it all one height (the breakfast bar was originally raised higher and made it feel cluttered and closed in). The space now feels much more open and updated, we added new countertops, farmhouse sink, bridge faucet and white marble arabesque mosaic backsplash which if I do say so myself looks gorgeous!

 As with any space lighting is key and we added new pendant lights over the island, we incorporated the antique brass and soft white look in the new lights which really ties everything together. We also added a new chandlier and under cabinet lighting as well.

I am a big fan of reusing some existing pieces, if possible in my client's homes. It often adds some unique character  but may require some updating to go with their new space. My client happened to have a couple of existing pieces in her kitchen that were perfect for the space but needed to be restyled to fit our new look. So we had them refinished  by Mango Reclaimed! We started with the jam cupboard, I decided to incorporate the warm white but also add an under paint of black to add some depth and to tie it in with their family room. We then had the desk restyled in milk paint in a soft grey on the bottom half which works with the new countertops and roman shades. The top was kept natural and enhanced with dark wax. We added new hardware to both pieces and I think they turned out beautifully! I also had a new calendar made for them (by the talented Melanie from Mango Reclaimed) which is now not only functional but pretty too and her existing canisters were done in chalk paint and all I have to say is wow!

So the last few things we did in this home were in the family room which was already quite lovely but we added some new lighting particularly the gorgeous chandlier which really shows off the cathedral ceiling and some pretty lamps from Penney and Co, new custom throw pillows, and a new mirror from Mango Reclaimed's inventory and what happened next? Well I'll let you be judge.. take a look at the pictures below!

I hope you enjoyed this one as much as I have enjoyed working on it! Let us know what you think of the space and if you are looking to renovate or just spruce up your space give us an email or a call and we'd be happy to book you a consultation!!

Wishing you a very Happy Sunday! xo