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 info@theinspirationnest.com

 

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!