Spruce up your living space with these helpful decor tips.
7 easy ways to reenergize your living room.
No one wants to spend time in a lacklustre living room. Check out seven easy ways to energize your tired space.
Craving a drastic new living room look? A quick lick of paint begets mega results. Layer in some inexpensive coordinating accessories and, despite having the same old furniture, you'll swear it's a whole new space.
Toss cushions can be as visually vibrant as artwork, so don't hesitate to pick a palette and go bold with a mix of solids and patterns for a presentation that packs a punch.
Or, if you can't make history, fake it! Give your living room that tried-and-true traditional appeal with the addition of wall panelling from your local hardware store.
All galleries refresh and rotate their artwork, so take a tip from the professionals and switch up your at-home exhibit. You never know - you might fall in love with a long-forgotten piece all over again.
In such a colourful world, we consider ourselves steadfast lovers of monochromatic palettes that play with shape and texture. Here, the artful arrangement of white objets collected from around the house creates a compelling display that's bound to rekindle the romance between you and your living room.
If you're seeking to spruce things up, but not permanently, don't overlook the power of potted plants and fresh flowers. When peppered around in basic vessels, they uplift a room with an undeniable breath of fresh air.
In the hands of a decorator, a little trim imparts a big impact. This traditional white sofa got a graphic update with the addition of black ribbon around the skirt and back cushions, taking the look far from the everyday.
A kitchen with subtle contrasts and country character.
Designer Ali Budd gives a Toronto couple the best of both worlds: a family- (and dog-) friendly home that boasts modern sensibility as well as country flair.
When the couple enlisted Ali Budd, the designer asked Michele to provide photos of what she loved and didn’t like. A binder full of clippings verified that Michele prefers clean lines and all things cottage. “The challenge was giving them something that feels fresh and contemporary and appropriate for the city but at the same time has that cottagey country vibe,” says Ali.
An addition on the back of the house allowed homeowners Michele Foster and Aaron Harlang to expand the small kitchen, which now features an eat-in area with a child-friendly faux-leather-upholstered banquette. To enhance the room’s visual flow, the table was made from the same quartz as the countertops. The lantern-style pendant light complements the kitchen’s modern-country aesthetic. “To me, a lantern is quintessentially country, but this one is done in a more contemporary style,” says designer Ali Budd.
Painting the island pale grey gives the all-white kitchen a distinctive touch. The black metal pendant lights and farmhouse-style stools lend contrast and country character.
The inset marble mosaic backsplash tiles surrounded by decorative tile trim create a pretty focal point above the range in the kitchen. “I used the same marble as the subway tiles so it wouldn’t look too busy,” says Ali. Glass-fronted doors add airiness and break up the expanse of white cabinetry.
Opening up the main floor was the first step in creating an airy, functional space for the young family. And an 800-square-foot three-storey addition provided ample room to expand the small, outdated kitchen. “I would periodically use our oven for storage before,” says Michele. “We also had a little table that only sat two people.” Now the kitchen boasts a large eat-in area defined by a built-in banquette, which seats about five people and offers plenty of drawer space.
The kitchen’s eat-in area was the perfect spot to subtly inject a bit of red. “Michele wanted to add it somewhere but was afraid of committing to it,” says Ali. “So I thought that was a great place to put in a little pop because it’s not front and centre.”
Durable indoor-outdoor striped fabric covering the family room’s armchairs adds a bit of whimsy and fun. The custom-made barnboard coffee table is both rustic and polished.
That same rustic-meets-clean-lined aesthetic is carried throughout the main floor. In the dining room, a polished live-edge black walnut dining table is paired with classic linen-upholstered chairs. The family room is designed for lounging, with a sleek sectional and barnboard coffee table. All textiles, including the striped armchair fabric, pass the pug-hair test. “I tested about 20 fabric samples on one of my own pugs to see which showed the least amount of hair,” says Ali.
A bench and rug define the entryway, which is open to the rest of the main floor. Wainscotting along the staircase adds architectural character. “Michele wanted it somewhere, and because there’s not a lot of wall space on the main level, we installed it up the stairs,” says Ali.
A vibrant and elegant master bedroom. Image by: Donna Griffith
This blissful bedroom by Toronto designers Erin Feasby and Cindy Bleeks has us dreaming of restful slumbers. Here’s how to bring the look home.
1 Embrace a light fixture with personality. This chic chandelier, featuring leaf-shaped adornments, lends drama and illuminates the space’s most coveted element: the bed.
2 An upholstered bed frame provides not only an extra layer of comfort and warmth but also texture and interest. For added glamour, choose a style with tasteful details like deep button tufts and wooden legs.
3 A soothing neutral backdrop is always welcome in serene sleeping quarters, but introducing unexpected hits of colour wakes up the space in all the right ways. Here, lively floral fabric with shades of pink imparts a fresh and feminine feel.
4 Create the ultimate sanctuary by carving out space for a small sitting area complete with a cushy armchair and ottoman. Whether sipping a hot bevvie or cozying up with a good read, you’ll be tempted to stay all day.
5 Convert a corner of your room into a chic primping station. A slender mirrored vanity set beneath a wall mirror reflects colour and light and provides depth. For a dose of old-world charm, seek out a piece with a graceful patina and pair it with an antique chair.
6 The most inspiring spaces tend to focus on the finer things. Brighten up your bedroom with a fabulous floral arrangement and treat yourself in the process.
Glass Carat table lamp with cotton shade, CB2, $269.
Cotton Jellybean fabric in Beige & Pink, through designers, Kravet Canada, $109 per yard.
King linen Chamber bed frame with wood base, Elte, $9,845.
Polyester Polo armchair in Beige with ash legs, Structube, $549.
Lacquered wood Mason nightstand, Crate and Barrel, $479.
Cotton and wool Diamond rug, 8' x 10', Pottery Barn, $499 US.
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.