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Interior: One-of-a-kind family home

Interior: One-of-a-kind family home

A stylish white living room decked out with DIY pieces. Author: Robin Stubbert

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Interior: One-of-a-kind family home

How one handy couple created a family home that’s cool, calm and collected.

"Bright and light with touches of fun." That's how marketing executive-turned-blogger Holly Baker describes her style-driven website, In the Fun Lane. Fittingly, the feel-good ethos that characterizes Holly's blog is also what gives her home its unabashedly happy and welcoming appeal. "I wanted a space my whole family could grow into: a blank canvas of white walls and dark flooring with pops of colour and layers of coziness." The fruition of Holly's vision is evident throughout the airy 2,400-square-foot West Edmonton house she shares with her husband, Sean, a managerial executive, and their five-year-old daughter, Wren.

"Our home is now very much a reflection of us," says Holly. But when they bought the house six years ago, it was definitely something (or rather, someone) else. "It was a loved house, for sure, lived in only by the original owners. There was lots of carpet, ceramic flooring and wallpaper - even the light-switch covers had been papered over," says Holly. Undaunted, five months pregnant and furniture challenged (they moved in with just a sideboard, sofa, dining table, armchair and bed), Holly tackled the space with the same gusto she applies to her blog.

Six years later, with a staircase and two bathrooms still on the to-do list, Holly can be forgiven for reno angst, but clearly it's not her style: "We have a lot of fun renovating - we're passionate about it because of this house."

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Interior: One-of-a-kind family home

Black and white living room design

The living room’s black and white striped rug is a bold counterpoint to soft slipcovered furniture. Holly hung large pieces of driftwood for a unique, natural touch.

By: Christy Wright Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home

Interior: One-of-a-kind family home

Light-filled space

Thrift store side tables painted white and grouped together replace a traditional coffee table in the living room. Holly’s clever homemade light fixtures hang in the corner.    

By: Christy Wright Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home

Interior: One-of-a-kind family home

Fireplace

The white fireplace is a focal point in this living room and its overhead mirror, grabbing light from the window, creates a larger feeling space.

By: Christy Wright Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home

Interior: One-of-a-kind family home

Mint cabinet

DIY inspiration abounds in homeowners Holly and Sean Baker’s cozy family room – from the fireplace surround to the coffee table (they cut a dining table down to size). Believe it or not, Holly found the mint-coloured cabinet exactly the way it is. “I like a little oddity in design,” she says.

By: Christy Wright Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home

Interior: One-of-a-kind family home

Flower bucket

Greenery accents add soft pops of colour to this home without taking away from the black and white scheme.

By: Christy Wright Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home

Interior: One-of-a-kind family home

Kitchen

In a masterful mix of high and low, the kitchen’s DIY tongue-and-groove panelled ceiling (which hides a popcorn finish and some repair holes) looks down upon honed Carrara marble countertops and a chef-worthy stainless steel range.  

By: Christy Wright Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home

Interior: One-of-a-kind family home

Maximizing kitchen storage

To maximize the kitchen's space, the couple (shown here with their daughter, Wren) eliminated the original upper cabinets and an awkward walk-in pantry, then added floor-to-ceiling cabinetry around the refrigerator to compensate for the sacrificed storage.

By: Christy Wright Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home

Interior: One-of-a-kind family home

Open shelves

Glossy white subway tiles and wooden shelves stocked with mismatched dishware lend a casual cafe-style look to the bright kitchen.

By: Christy Wright Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home

Interior: One-of-a-kind family home

Glass kitchenware

The clear glass accents like the jars and the cake holder, leave a clean look on top of the kitchen counters.

By: Christy Wright Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home

Interior: One-of-a-kind family home

Dining area

Covered in high-gloss acrylic paint, the dining table belies its thrift store provenance and $50 price tag. It’s flanked by kid-friendly slipcovered dining chairs.

By: Christy Wright Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home

Interior: One-of-a-kind family home

Repurposed glass

Cups and mason jars are perfect makeshift vases for small flower bouquets. They're an easy DIY that adds a retro look to your home.

By: Christy Wright Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home

Interior: One-of-a-kind family home

Master bedroom

The distressed finish of the masculine dresser (used as a nightstand) grounds the soft tones and textures of the linen headboard in the master bedroom. An acrylic chandelier feels upscale and elegant.   

By: Christy Wright Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home

Interior: One-of-a-kind family home

Side table accents

The side table is adorned with dainty accents like a table lamp, candle and books, while a wall map of New York lends a graphic touch.

By: Christy Wright Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home

Interior: One-of-a-kind family home

Girl's bedroom

Holly painted the thrift store bed frame powder blue and added Wren’s name to the headboard. Dressed up with an antique-look table lamp and heart wall decals – which Wren chose and helped apply – the space is a magical retreat for a little girl.

By: Christy Wright Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home

Interior: One-of-a-kind family home

Whimsical wardrobe

“I adore this wardrobe,” says Holly. When she first spied it at an antiques shop, it was over budget. She later snapped it up on clearance for a fraction of the price. Handmade tissue-paper pompoms add more playful colour to Wren’s bedroom.

By: Christy Wright Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home
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