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.
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A refreshing white wine sangria that's super-easy to make.
1 In a large pitcher, combine the melon, wine and simple syrup.
2 Chill for 4 to 5 hours to allow the fruit to absorb the wine.
3 When ready to serve, add the soda water, gently stir and pour.
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