This calming home in Vancouver is the perfect place for a new family of three.
Designer Jamie Deck creates simple harmony throughout this Vancouver condo, resulting in a calming home for a new family of three.
It happens a lot. After putting a big down payment on a home, there might not be much left in the budget for decorating or design. But Sarah Edmondson was lucky. When she and her husband, Anthony Ames, purchased this newly built condo last year, she had two things on her side. Number one: The condo itself, in Vancouver’s Olympic Village neighbourhood, already boasted the high-quality finishes, light-flooded spaces, coveted ocean views and big soaker tub that were on Sarah’s wish list. Number two: She found a trusted designer – Jamie Deck of Shift Interiors – who understood how to turn the 1,300-square-foot condo into a dream home on a strict budget.
To determine the aesthetic, Jamie introduced Sarah to Houzz, a popular home-improvement website, where she could peruse photos of interiors and pick out what she liked. Based on the images she chose, it became apparent that "modern was the direction she wanted to go," says Jamie. Sarah was also drawn to soothing colour schemes of grey and white, so Jamie incorporated a neutral palette with various shades of grey and textural elements that add coziness and depth.
The condo's original walnut front door served as the jumping-off point for incorporating wood into the space.
A framed Rudyard Kipling poem makes for whimsical artwork in the entryway. The two stools, which are used as perches for putting on shoes, can be pulled into the dining area to provide extra seating at the ends of the table.
The living room offers a warm layered effect thanks to natural greenery and a rich mix of decor materials, such as wood, glass, linen and wool. Two pouffes lend a hit of pattern to the space.
The nook in the living room was the perfect spot to install a built-in buffet and open shelves. “The buffet, which is 20 inches deep, is where Sarah keeps things she doesn’t use every day like vases and Christmas items,” says designer Jamie Deck. The millwork runs past the nook on one side to lend architectural interest and visually elongate the space.
The high-quality sectional was a definite splurge - but it's the most-used piece in the space.
Underneath the TV, built-in drawers act as toy storage. The stainresistant New Zealand wool rug is actually a piece of broadloom carpet. “We just got broadloom cut down to size – it’s half the cost of an actual wool rug,” says Jamie.
Custom millwork allows the condo to better meet the storage needs of the homeowners.
A modern wooden table, easy-care leatherette chairs and a dramatic oversized pendant light define the dining area.
An electric fireplace, a more affordable alternative to gas, creates a luxurious focal point.
With its sleek flat-panelled cabinetry, white granite countertops and stainless steel backsplash, the condo’s original kitchen works well with homeowner Sarah Edmondson’s penchant for modern design.
Sleek white custom frames give the gallery walls in the hallway a uniform look.
Although the frames are custom, the framed art is a selection of treasured photographs.
The master bedroom design gets its warm, cozy appeal from elements like the rustic feature wall (created with wood-look vinyl flooring), linen blend drapes and upholstered king-sized bed. “The mattress lifts up, and there’s storage spaceinside the bed frame,” says Jamie.
The master bedroom boasts the same restful grey and white colour scheme and contemporary clean lines used elsewhere in the condo.
An unused niche in the master bedroom was turned into a TV and storage nook (a panel slides up to reveal the television).
The open shelves display prized items like a Moroccan jewellery box that belonged to Sarah’s mom.
A playful and personalized family home
Blogger Brittany Robertson of Oh My Dear transforms her new build in Grande Prairie, Alta., into a playful and personalized family home.
“If your walls lack architectural detail, shelving and artwork are a great way to create interest,” says Brittany. She and her husband, Jade, made the coffee table for a fraction of the four-figure price tag of a similar one.
“When I dress shelves, I use a mix of items that look interesting together,” says homeowner Brittany Robertson. “I incorporate a living element like a potted plant or fresh flowers, a meaningful object like artwork and something white like a piece of coral to balance everything out. It’s a foolproof equation.”
Warm metallic accents are carried throughout the home, brightening the family's space and creating a place that feels stylish yet cozy.
Brittany accessorized her all-white kitchen with playful accents and a variety of metals. The island, outfitted with weathered-wood stools, is her daughters’ favourite spot for eating lunch and doing homework. “The stools add warmth and are a tonal complement to the island and the flooring,” she says.
“I didn’t want our dining room furniture to look like it was a set,” says Brittany. To break up all the wood, she placed upholstered chairs at opposite ends of the table. “We eat dinner here every night. The large window looks out to our backyard, and beyond that is the countryside.”
“I wanted the guest room to be multifunctional, which is why I chose a daybed,” says Brittany. She painted the original dark laminate panelling behind the bed a soft white, which inspired the blue and white scheme. DIY artwork complements the fresh palette.
To make the decor and design features stand out, Brittany chose light grey for the walls. “Neutral walls allow me to switch up the decor with ease, which is important, as I change my mind a lot!” she says.
“People often ask me how our mostly white house can be so cozy, and I tell them it’s because it’s decorated just for us,” she says. That means pretty pastels for Elizabeth and Paisley, sleek metallics for the grownups and an abundance of meaningful touches like accessories and artwork – much of which Brittany DIYed.
The post-presidential home for Barack Obama and his family.
Take a look inside the multi-million dollar home President Obama and his family will lease once it's time to leave the White House.
This January President Obama and his family will say goodbye to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and lease a 8,200-square-foot mansion in Washington, D.C.'s Kalorama neighbourhood. Owned by Joe Lockhart, a former White House press secretary, the multi-million dollar mansion will cost an estimated $22,000 per month to rent.
Built in the 1920s the Obama family will call this nine bedroom mansion their home for the next two years while their youngest daughter Sasha finishes high school. Located in one of Washington's most desired neighbourhoods the home also features two kitchens, nine bathrooms, a home office and large multimedia room. The home also features a spacious au pair suite which is said to be the perfect place for Michelle's mother (who currently lives with them at the White House).
Take the tour of this beautiful red-brick Tudor home below and check out the full listing here.
Built in the 1920s, this gorgeous Tudor-style home is located in one of Washington's most desired neighbourhoods.
It might not be the North Portico at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue but that doesn't mean this front door is lacking in character. We love the large wrought iron door, wall sconces and the beautiful patina copper awning.
We're certain this grand foyer will be filled with framed family photos and lots of fresh flowers soon enough.
Once inside you can follow the beautiful black and white marble tile floor right into a spacious living room.
With lots of natural light and a walk-out to the backyard this living room is the perfect space for entertaining and relaxing. We can already invision Bo and Sunny (the family's Portuguese Water Dogs) laying comfortably by the large fireplace.
It's no oval office but we're sure President Obama will make good use of this cozy sitting room.
What's not to love about this spacious kitchen. From the Shaker-style cabinetry to the glossy subway tile backsplash and gorgeous hardwood flooring it's a great space for the family to enjoy making meals together (which is one of Michelle's favourite things to do).
We love the look of classic subway tile and marble countertops against the contrasting black window frames in this kitchen. And let's not forget about that glorious 6-burner gas range.
With lots of storage space, a small mini fridge and dishwasher a well organized pantry is sure to help keep this home's kitchen neat and tidy.
We can't help but wonder how the Obama family might redecorate their temporary home. Another large living space means plenty of opportunity to add family photos, keepsakes and artwork.
They might not be hosting state dinners but this dynamic dining room is definitely large enough for entertaining guests.
The home's master bedroom includes a fireplace and sitting area as well as his and hers ensuite bathrooms.
As a style and fashion icon we're certain Michelle will be able to fill every nook of this dressing room.
If there's one thing President Obama and the First Lady don't have to worry about it's sharing a bathroom. The master bedroom has both his and hers bathrooms with Michelle's featuring a luxurious deep-soaker tub and vanity.
It might not be as luxurious, but this bathroom features a spacious walk-in shower.
This guestroom is just one of eight others in the home. Which means there's plenty of options for both Malia and Sasha when choosing a post-White-House bedroom.
Michelle is quite the greenthumb (she's kept a garden at the White House since 2009) which means this large greenspace is bound to be full of fresh flowers, vegetables and herbs in no time.
The home also features a two car garage and parking pad to accomodate up to six other vehicles. Making it the perfect spot the family's Secret Service agents.
A wooden dresser transforms into an ultra-stylish statement piece.
Put your DIY skills to the test with these simple and stylish IKEA furniture transformations.
Style at Home's talented design team puts their own unique spin on IKEA's VITTSJÖ nesting-style coffee table with three personality-packed rooms to match.
Discover how all three looks came together and how you can create the same look in your home.
We created a customized office desk for this cozy home office nook.
Using IKEA's ALEX desktop you can create the same look at home.
A simple DIY project dramatically transforms a regular wooden dresser into a luxe piece of furniture on a budget.
Using IKEA's TARVA three-drawer chest get this look at home.
Glam up a plain pendant light with a coat of gold spray paint.
Using IKEA's HEKTAR pendant light get the step-by-step instructions here.
Add some stylish storage to your space with this gorgeous do-it-yourself cabinet featured in our high/low: chic dressing room.
Using IKEA's SEKTION wall cabinet get the step-by-step instructions here.
Create your own free-standing island like the one featured in our Parisian-style kitchen. This budget-friendly accessory can be customized to suit your style while adding an extra prep area to any size space.
Using IKEA's KARPALUND base get the step-by-step instructions here.