Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Whole house makeover , my journey working with a great family and moving on

 In 2010 I was contacted by a neighbour inquiring about my services. Little did I know this would result in many years of work for me and lots of time spent getting to know a really great family.
I have been very fortunate to have developed great bonds with many of my clients, what a perk.

  This house is now on the market, ready for some lucky family to move right in and enjoy, I wonder if the new owners will let me finish the last few projects I wanted to complete, LOL. It will be sad to see them move on, they are moving far away in fact but I am very excited for them .
I have no doubt this house will go fast. The basement is completed also and is such a great space. 
Multiple offers!!!

    When I met this family things were pretty sparse, they needed a fresh eye to rearrange the space. First things first we moved the sofa from the front room to the back family room. It worked much better.
 This front sitting room or living room was just completed most recently in December just in time fro Christmas. I am a big fan for Ikea seating as much of it is washable , with two pets and two children washable furniture is welcome. No one wants to wash the covers but imagine is you couldn't , that's a lot of spot cleaning.
I wanted to have four chairs in this area but we compromised on three to keep it open and I think it was a good decision. The rug I found at Lowe's. The bookcase was made by the owners. The art is scrap book paper simply framed. The ottoman was from Homesense. Drapes Ikea and the wainscoting by me.

 I just love the feeling of this room it really welcomes you in as soon as you step in the front door.
 The table and chairs I found second hand on Kijiji ,the table was hand made by the previous owner. I sanded the table down and stained it with a black stain. The chairs were also Kijiji and I recovered them and freshened them up with stain and paint. The light was recently changed to this one which we all love , it makes the space and is from Lowe's. In a pinch 6 chairs can fit around the dining table. The wall color is Rhino by behr.

 One of the first projects three years ago was moving the tv to this location and hanging it on the wall, adding a charming cabinet beneath for storage and equipment was a great decision. It too was a kijiji find that I refinished, it is such great quality and a charming touch. The home owner added the beadboard to the family room which is so nice. Love trim upgrades.
 The powder room was brought to life with two shade of blue which I painted. It's not easy getting those lines straight, dizzying...Love the colors, sorry I forget what they are.
 I also suggested the home owner paint out the oak kitchen cabinets white to freshen things up. They tiled the backsplash and added a glass detail. They wanted to cut out two doors and add chicken wire to display china , what a nice touch.

 Now to the master bedroom, the king sized bed was staying so there wasn't really room for side tables but you need side tables, so I built two and attached them to the wall, installing the as they are keeps clutter from the tables out of sight. I decided to panel the whole bed wall , it creates so much interest no need for art there , the wall is art. Swing arm lamps from Lowe's are the perfect option.
 I also made the bench at the foot of the bed , the lid open to store magazines and books and baskets are beneath it.
I added board and batten trim to the en-suite , framed the mirror and changed out the counter from laminate to a simulated stone top giving it a beachy feel.
 Two little girls share this home so at least one very pink room fits right in. I just love this room, we went bold with the pink and it turned out perfectly. The built ins I did. The vanity table was a second hand find that I refinished.
 It is a very happy little room , perfect for any girl to love.
 And of course a sweet chandelier. Sorry I do not recall the colors used here.
I can not take any credit for this room, oh wait the drapes were my suggestion when it was a guest room, but it is so cute now, I love this color. The light is from Rona. There were plans for a built in bench under the window here also but the house is now for sale, so the bench is no longer needed. How lucky for someone to be able to purchase such a charming house. 


What a has been one of my best projects ever and it has been great to work with this family. Since they are moving my job is now done here, boo. It has been lot's of fun for sure and I am thrilled with how it has turned out. It is amazing how decorating can take a house and create a home , one that welcomes you and makes you feel safe and relaxed and at home.

There you have it, besides my last home this home is my biggest whole home project that I was so happy to be a part of , I wish this family the best in their next journey and I hope we always keep in touch and I thank them for allowing me to do my work in their home. It's been great.

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