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House tour: Eclectic shabby chic

House tour: Eclectic shabby chic

A once-crowded bungalow now boasts a bright and open space. Author: Stacey Van Berkel

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House tour: Eclectic shabby chic

With a few tweaks here and some walls down there, a once-crowded bungalow now boasts bright and open spaces ideal for a big family that likes to entertain.

 

With four children, Lynne and Harry James were already feeling the squeeze in their 1950s bungalow in Markham. Rather than tack on a big addition to the 2,500-square-foot home, in 2010 they decided to make the existing space work harder for the family's lifestyle.

Lynne's eye for design got her through the stunning cottage-style kitchen reno, but when it came time to rethink the rest of the house's layout, she brought in interior designer Stacy McLennan to help make it feel more spacious. Changes included opening up the dining room to the living room on one side and annexing a small bedroom on the other in order to double the size of the dining room.

The overall effect is an eclectic shabby chic look that's relaxing and inviting - ideal for the Jameses' frequent gatherings of family and friends.

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House tour: Eclectic shabby chic

The perfect perch

Interior designer Stacy McLennan relaxes on the living room's window seat.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Stacey Van Berkel Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Eclectic shabby chic

Living room

The living room's cream walls provide a neutral backdrop for colourful accessories like the toss cushions and beautiful chandelier.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Stacey Van Berkel Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Eclectic shabby chic

Colourful chandelier

The whimsical chandelier in the living room appears to be the focal point of colour in the space, centered in the room above pops of pinks and powder blues.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Stacey Van Berkel Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Eclectic shabby chic

Dining room

In the spacious new dining room, a built-in niche displays china and provides storage for linens and flatware. The 12-foot-long trestle table, which can comfortable seat at least 14 people, called for two small chandeliers rather than a large central one.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Stacey Van Berkel Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Eclectic shabby chic

Decorating with flowers

Flowers can be found in every space, adding the perfect addition of colour and freshness to each room.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Stacey Van Berkel Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Eclectic shabby chic

Fearless kitchen island

The powder-blue kitchen island demonstrates homeowner Lynne James's fearlessness about colour. It's easily seats four and acts as a focal point in the open space.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Stacey Van Berkel Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Eclectic shabby chic

Apron sink

An oversized apron sink hides any accumulation of dishes in the cottage-style kitchen. Mini schoolhouse-style pendant lights tie in with the powder-blue island and lend retro charm to the room.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Stacey Van Berkel Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Eclectic shabby chic

A timeless look

Shaker-style cabinetry, marble countertops and white subway backsplash tiles make for a timeless look in the kitchen.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Stacey Van Berkel Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Eclectic shabby chic

Fresh greenery

An oversized vase of freshly picked greenery gives the cottage-style kitchen a breath of fresh air.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Stacey Van Berkel Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Eclectic shabby chic

Vintage bedroom set

A vintage bedroom set was revived from disrepair; Lynne had it sprayed white for dauther Shauna's room.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Stacey Van Berkel Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Eclectic shabby chic

Colourful bedding

A pink chenille coverlet from Lynne's collection brings a hit of happy colour to the bedroom, matching perfectly with the throw pillows to tie in the colour scheme throughout the home.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Stacey Van Berkel Credits: Style at Home

 

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