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Interior: Vintage white home

A pale aesthetic and a touch of nostalgia create sublime, soothing appeal in this modern-life house that's truly a home.

When they first met in grade two, Style at Home’s style and food editor, Tara Ballantyne (née Bird), and homeowner Becky Finch thought they were siblings – or, at least, cousins – due to their ornithic roots. And though the pair may not be related in actuality, they’ve felt like sisters ever since. (You know what they say about birds of a feather....) So when Becky asked Tara to help decorate her first home, a one-and-a-half-storey wartime in Waterloo, Ont., Tara knew exactly what she meant by “a sophisticated beach look with just a touch of glam and sparkle.” With layers of pale colour, luxe texture and wellworn vintage finds, Tara created a finely feathered nest – a roost Becky’s proud to rule. We’d say it’s a soaring success.

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Dreamy dining room
“Soft grey walls warm up the white room,” says Tara. “The space still feels light and neutral, but doesn’t read as stark.” The dining table and bench were built by Becky’s dad.
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