February 3, 2019
I am so excited to share a client reveal with you today! Thanks so much to my client, Heather, for letting me photograph and share this space with you all! And a special shout out to Winston for being such an amazing doggie model!
So in addition to Winston the adorable beagle, this family consists of Heather, Warren, Peter (age 3) and Jack (age 1.5) I asked Heather how she found me and she told me she had asked for some referrals for Interior Designers/ Decorators on our local Mum’s Facebook group and my name came up. She said what attracted her to my services was my family AND budget friendly approach to home decorating.I was so happy to hear that because that is the what I have based my business on. My tagline is “decorative solutions for familes” because I strongly believe that when you have kids, you have special design condiderations to make. As a mom of three, I know this to be true!I will elaborate on that throughout this post as I explain some of our design choices. I also firmly believe that you can have a beautiful home that you love, without breaking the bank. There are so many stylish and affordable options out there, and design on a dime is my jam! I couldnt be more excited to share this stylish space with you today, lets dive in shall we?Heather and Warren recently purchased their home and they live in a gorgeous little corner of Lynn Valley close to the canyon. It is a split level home with a wonderful open concept kitchen/living room and dining area, which is such a practical and homey design.The space that Heather needed my help with was the Living Room area. They had already purchased a beautiful dining table and some chairs (as pictured above) but the rest of the project was a blank slate. Durning our first meeting, we talked about:
One of the design challenges she was experiencing was how to incorporate a play space for her little boys. She also had a beautiful cabinet that was going to be in the way of any bookcases we hoped to install, but it was both sentimental and functional and it needed to stay. My advice was to relocate both the toys and the cabinet to the opposite side of the room behind the couch and to make the mantle and bookcases the focal point. That first day we jumped right in and moved the cabinet to the opposite side to see if it would work (spoiler alert, it did!) and then we were off and running.
After our meeting I came up with a decorating plan and a mood board to guide the process. Heather and I share many style preferences so this came pretty easily.Heather and Warren are not big fans of color, and are really drawn to beige and black so I kept that in mind while creating the mood board.
Here is a shot of how things looked the day I came over. This is after we emptied out her cabinet and moved it across the room…I felt bad leaving her with all those dishes to put back away!And here is what the same space looks like now…
One of the initial things that we chatted about was the need for some shelving in the living room. As much as Heather loved the look of built ins, a project like that can run around 10 grand, and that just wasn’t in the budget. Does this sound familiar? I had the exact same challenge in my family room! Heather had actually seen my blog post and read about my bookcase “look-for-less” makeover and we both agreed that this could also work in her space. We decided to go with the same bookcases I used…the Liatorp series from Ikea. With decorative elements like the molding trim pieces on top and the beadboard backing, these bookcases really mimic the look of a built in but for a fraction of the price.And as you can see, these bookcases look ah-mazing in this space. They really turn this wall into the focal point that it should be.We added some baskets to the bottom two shelves to be used for toy storage. It was a little tricky to find baskets that looked pretty and fit the shelves but these grey baskets work perfectly.As you can see, they are lined which makes them perfect for storing toys.While the bottoms shelves provide the function, the top shelves provide the pretty! I kept the styling simple and selected some books, frames, vases, plants and other elements that I thought would fill these shelves up nicely.Heather already had some books on hand for us to use, so I went through her collection, pulled the book jackets off of them and then picked ones with complimentary colors and sizes.I love adding wood details for warmth and an organic/natural feel. I own a set of these vases myself and knew they would be perfect on these white shelves.These wooden beads were an awesome but funny score. They were actually in the Christmas section and are a garland meant to be hung on the tree. I had been looking at similar beads from The Cross so when I saw these I scooped them up! They were waaaaay cheaper but provide that same vibe.I also added some gold to the mix with these cloches …and this terrarium…
If the kitchen is the heart of a the home, then the couch is the heart of the living room..Given this family’s lifestyle and the fact that they have little kids and a dog, I recommended that they go with a slipcovered sofa from Ikea. We went with the Vimle sofa in gunarad beige, which despite it’s name actually looks more grey.I love the contemporary syle and clean lines of this sofa! It’s a great classic basic piece that we dressed up with a throw blanket …and some pillows. I found the black/white patterned one and the white textured one at Target..
and then scored the two black velvet ones at Homesense. The gold zipper is such a lovely detail.
Heather and I both loved this gorgeous leather chair from Structube and this is one of my favorite items in the room.Can you even with this chair? The leather and it’s color are just perfection in this space, it adds so much warmth and style!Those legs…sighWinston loves it too and apparently this is his new favorite place to hang out! It’s the perfect comfy spot to keep an eye on what’s happening outside!
One of the things that was key to styling this space was to find a rug to define the seating area and provide some color and pattern. We wanted a large rug (10×13) that was neutral and that would lay nice and flat and be easy to keep clean. This one has a subtle pattern that adds both visual interest and warmth to the room.I have had great luck with sourcing rugs at Wayfair, so that’s where we found this beauty. Rugs can be so expensive, but when you have little kids and an open concept living room like this one, attached to the kitchen/dining area, spending thousands of dollars on a rug seems highly impractical. The rug we selected was very budget friendly and looks great!
When I am looking for a coffee table for families with kids, I try and steer clear of glass table tops or any kind of surface that will show wear and tear too quickly. I found this simple yet stunning table from Rejuvenation and it just happened to be on sale.I love the simplicity of the xshape under the base of the table, and the metal finish is so kid friendly!
We wanted an accent table beside the chair so we went with these nesting tables and I love them!
They are such a great shape and you can separate them if you are entertaing and need an extra surface.
I love the look of a mirror above a fireplace – simple yet stylish. It’s a greate way to refelct light in the room and it also makes a space feel bigger.There are many rectangle shapes in this room (coffee table, bookcases, couch, rug) so I used a round mirror to introduce a new shape to the mix.
In the dining area, we decided to go with some simple but pretty gold botanical prints.I decided that 3 frames worked best with the shape of the dining table.The gold botanicals look great with the light fixture!and they also tie in with the gold accents in the living room.
The mantle in this living room is quite wide so we added some vases and candles to fill in the space on either side of the mirror.
The warm cream and brown colors in the vase are some warm and pick up similar tones in the chair and mantle.
I love incorporating plants into every space I design. They bring color and life to a room and introduce elements of nature for that organic feel. If you have a black thumb like me, do yourself a favor and go faux!There are so many options out there, and you can find something for every budget. There are great faux plants at Ikea, Michaels and Homesense.For Vancouver locals, if you are wanting to elevate your floral game, you have to check out Trims in Edgemont village. They have beautiful, high qualtiy fake botanicals..check out these eucalyptus stems…and this pretty flowers…check out this hydrangea…it even feels real!So lets take one last look at this beautiful living room…I am so happy with the way this space came together and there are some elements that I would love to translpant right into my own home! This is now a cozy and styled but functional space. The kids still have a place to play but it’s behind the couch so out of sight when you are in the living room.
Thanks again to Heather, who was my dream client, for letting me photograph her home! I am so grateful to be able to share this with you all.
If you are a Vancouver local and need some assistnace with a decorating project, I would love to chat about how I might help you! I offer a range of services – from the DIY consulation package to the “feather my nest services”…there is something for everyone and every budget.
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