A Designer’s Cozy Colourful Home
As a designer, I love sharing all the beautiful spaces I’ve created for my clients. Each project is a labour of love – and none more so than my own home! It’s filled with all my favourite things (and people) and is truly a reflection of my signature style. Here’s a little peek into my own cozy and colourful happy place, and a bit of the story of how it came to be.
I’ve always had a passion for design, but did you know that interior decor was not my first career? I was a graphic designer for over a decade, but when I noticed that my Pinterest boards were almost all homes and interiors, I started thinking that maybe I was meant to use my creativity in a different way.
Then, we bought a new build and I got to put my interior design skills to work making all the finish selections. I absolutely loved creating mood boards and thinking about how the space would work for us – just like I do now for my clients.
For example, I intentionally chose glass doors for the upper cabinets in the kitchen. They look light and airy and provide display space for my colourful collection of fiestaware. Most importantly though, I wanted to make sure that everyone would know where to put things away. When you can see what’s inside, there are no excuses!
I often suggest that clients use a favourite piece of art or a fabric swatch to inspire their home’s colour palette. Proving that I can follow my own advice, I pulled the colour palette in my home from a shower curtain that I love!
In our living room, the built in cabinetry serves dual purpose. It provides storage below the TV and makes good use of the vertical space to display decorative items out of reach of little hands.
Across from the TV is our beloved sofa. Unable to find the fabric and width that I wanted, I turned to a trusted custom upholstery supplier to create a sofa to my exact specifications. It fits perfectly, is extremely durable, and is my favourite place to curl up with a mug of coffee.
The original artwork above the sofa is by my extremely talented friend Anya, an artist and photographer (Whitemouse Photography) who took all these stunning photos of my home and shoots my client projects as well.
I’ve shared a couple of rooms in our house before, like our mud room makeover and our basement renovation (which literally changed our lives). Once we’d lived in our house for a while and our kids got a little older, we needed our home to evolve to meet our busy family’s changing needs.
Turning the basement into a playroom and extra living space was just what we needed to give us some breathing room. But even though it’s on a different level, the basement feels connected to the rest of the house by the colours and finishes I used. From the moody grey walls and bold black doors to the colourful accessories, it’s a warm and welcoming space to hang out.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little peek into my life and home. My goal is to help all my clients feel as comfortable and happy at home as I do!