Take a tour of this classic farmhouse laundry room.
Draw decor ideas from this stylish country-inspired laundry room.
“I wanted a place where I would enjoy doing laundry, but at the same time, it had to be functional,” says Fort Langley, B.C.-based designer Kelley McNamara. To create order, she settled on lower cabinets with deep drawers instead of shelves to maximize space and provide easy access to oft-used items like detergents and stain removers.
To lend her laundry room country character without breaking the bank, the designer opted for inexpensive white and grey porcelain floor tiles set in a checkered pattern. This helped justify her decision to splurge on handmade glazed terracotta backsplash tiles, which add interesting texture to the space – especially when the light shines in through the nearby window.
A patterned linen Roman shade injects subtle personality into the room. Other thoughtful accents, such as elegant corbels, sturdy baskets and glass apothecary jars, elevate the classic farmhouse look further.
When you have two children who play sports, unwashed items tend to pile up quickly. The solution? A rolling laundry sorter. “We each have our own bag, and the kids know to throw their clothes in once they’re done playing,” says Kelley. “It works perfectly!”
5 ways to get the look in your own laundry room
1 Brass 4-inch semi-flush Eastmoreland light fixture in Polished Nickel, Rejuvenation, $255 US.
2 Honey-Can-Do quad laundry sorter, Walmart, $140.
3 Behr Seagull Gray N360-1 paint, The Home Depot, prices vary.
4 Nexus self-adhesive vinyl floor tile in White (12" x 12"), O.co, $23 per pack of 20.
5 Classic extra-large glass canister, Pottery Barn, $44 US.
Designers and decorators share they favourite kitchen trends for 2017.
For many of us, the kitchen is the hub of the home. It’s where the family convenes every night for dinner. It’s where homework is done and family meetings are had. And it’s where guests gather even though the dining room table is set and a fire is roaring in the living room. There’s something about the kitchen that makes it far more than merely a utilitarian space. If you’re thinking about updating your kitchen this year, check out these hot trends, as identified by designers.
Photography: Michael Nangreaves
1 "Mixing metals is my favourite kitchen design trend for 2017. I think it reflects a more individual, less formal approach to design that is popular with millennials and non-millennials alike. While it takes a bit of an expert eye, it is totally appropriate to mix metal finishes in your faucet, cabinet pulls, chair legs and pendants!" - Designer, Lisa Canning.
Credit: Stacey Cohen
3 "One top kitchen design trend I love is to have sections of the upper cabinet extended onto the counter. Let's face it, we all love our small appliances (i.e. toaster oven, espresso machine) but we may not want them on display all the time. A multi-purpose kitchen island has been the go-to solution to disguise the microwave and dishwasher, but unless the island is 10 feet long, it is challenging and perhaps impractical for the island to house the small appliances we use daily off the counter. By having the upper cabinets extended to the counter and small appliances sitting behind doors, you can achieve a sleek design statement without sacrificing your morning coffee!" - Blogger and Decorator, Tim Lam.
: Donna Griffith
4 "In 2017, we will continue to see cabinetry painted white and various shades of grey. I think that we will also see cabinetry painted warmer tones such as greige (grey & beige), taupe and mushroom. Islands in a different colour or stain than the perimeter cabinetry will continue to be prevalent. In addition, handcrafted islands that look like furniture with legs will be popular for that unfitted kitchen look. It also adds personality and charm and the kitchen then looks like it has evolved over time. Quartz as a counter will continue to be popular as consumers become aware of its benefits." - Interior Designer, Vanessa Francis.
Photography: Monic Richard
5 "After years of white on white kitchens, our clients are asking for something different again. While you might not want to paint an entire kitchen in one colour to stand out from the crowd, the tendency in 2017 will be to mix natural wood, paint and metals in the kitchen. Try framing the range hood and the island in chrome to add sparkle to the space. Add texture to your cabinetry with a mix of light wood veneered lowers and white lacquered uppers." - Interior Designer, Tara Fingold.
Photography: Donna Griffith
6 "Say hello to dark metals in the kitchen. Polished chrome and nickel accents are giving way to black faucets, burnished steel pendants and matte black cabinetry handles. The dark finishes can work in sleek modern kitchens or the most cottagey of cooking spaces. With white kitchens continuing to dominate, a dash of black can provide high contrast and instantly update tired cabinetry." - Blogger and Designer, Jennifer Flores.
7 "Terra Cotta is back! But it's not the tangy orange clay you're used to. In 2017, Reclaimed Rose Terra Cotta will be hitting it big. Following the trend of reclaimed wood, the rich creams and pale pinks of this antique terra cotta tile will be the next phase in the modern farmhouse kitchen. Look for hexagon or herringbone for a modern take on this old classic. Pairing over-sized pendants and industrial decor with reclaimed terra cotta will help keep the space current." - Designer, Andrea Haraldsen.
Mixed Metals Pot, Terrain.
It's time to update your home decor for the new year and we've got the perfect 10 items to help.
You did it! You survived the holidays and hopefully your wallet did, too. But if you’ve got plans to shake things up at home this year, there’s no need to panic at prices. You can give your home a whole new look in 2016 with budget-friendly items that are big on style but small on cost. We’ve done the legwork and sourced 10 pieces that’ll help reinvigorate your home without breaking the bank – and they’re all under $50!
We all know that rugs can cost a fortune but if you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful way to update a space, this pretty patterned rug is just the thing. In a lovely neutral combo of grey and white, it will fit in easily with most colour palettes. It’s 100% cotton, which means that it can be machine washed. Score! Patterned Cotton Rug, H&M Home, $29.99.
This little piece is perfect for planting pretty succulents and bringing the outdoors in, especially during long winter days. The pot is brushed with metallic paint to create a gleaming gold finish. You’ll love the difference this makes to any room in your home. Mixed Metals Pot, Terrain, $8.
Get those photos off your computer and turn them into a piece of artwork you’ll cherish for years to come. This photo collage is completely customizable. Simply choose eight photos, maybe of your family or of your travels and choose from 15 different frame options to create wall art that will not only look great but will bring a smile to your face every time you walk by and relive the memories. Square Frame and Print, Minted, $42.
Well, we just can’t resist this beautiful butterfly hook. Hang a single hook or a series in your hallway for coats, in the bedroom for loose clothing pieces or in the bathroom for towels. However you decide to use these hooks, they’re sure to become a favourite statement piece in your home. Golden Butterfly Hook, Zara Home, $13.90.
The simple addition of a decor piece like this one can add oodles of interest to a desk or coffee table. This structural spike sphere is a work of art in and of itself and we just love the shiny gold finish. And at this price, you could consider buying more than one to cluster and create a pretty vignette. Gold Spike Decor Sphere, Indigo, $29.50.
Scented candles will update the look, feel and fragrance of your home and these scented soy candles, which come in an embossed metal tin are just perfect for that job! Not only are the tins gorgeous, but they can also be used for odds and ends once the candle has burned out. They’re available in two rich fragrances and you’ll get 40 hours of burn time out of them. Moroccan Embossed Metal Candle, Urban Outfitters, $30.
It may be dark and dreary outside but you can easily bring the feeling of spring into your home by switching out pillow covers. This pretty watercolour floral patterned cover is made with 100% Belgian flax and is washed for a unique, shabby chic look. Belgian Linen Pillow Cover, West Elm, $44.
This sweet Admiral Hanging Mirror from Anthropologie is perfect for a foyer as a last-look mirror before you head out the door. Made with iron and glass and hung from a jute rope, this mirror is an easy way to fill a blank space stylishly and inexpensively. Plus, it’s got a full felt back so it won’t scratch your wall. Admiral Hanging Mirror, Anthropologie, $18 - $24.
Simple votive candles will assume a whole new pride of place in your home when displayed in these stunning lantern holders. Available in a soft brushed gold, they will look spectacular clustered on a coffee table or dining table as a centrepiece. Or hang them like lanterns for a more dramatic look. Golden Lantern Votive, BHLDN, $8.
A copper storage basket will add both form and function to your home. Not only will it look great but it will also provide a handy spot for all kinds of items around the house that need a home, like magazines or throw blankets. Copper Wire Storage Basket, CB2, $27.95.
Photo: Janis Nicolay
A dazzling home renovation dream team creates a comfy and collected home that is rooted in their histories.
It was a financial decision that initiated Rebecca and Peter Lapres’s “great creative adventure.” Three years ago, they were living in a 70-year-old house on a large piece of land on Vancouver’s west side when they took heed of the escalating real estate prices and decided to cash out and relocate to the city’s relatively less expensive east side. “We didn’t think it was a good idea to have so much money tied up in a property,” says Rebecca.
They discovered an old neglected teardown on a standard-sized lot in an up-and-coming neighbourhood and bought it right then and there. Why, you might ask? Well, Rebecca is a principal at Riesco & Lapres Interior Design, and Peter is a residential contractor and home builder. So the duo, a veritable dream team of home building, knew they could create a house from scratch that perfectly suited their busy family (which includes three children, three cats and a dog). The seven-month process resulted in this 2,900-square-foot three-storey urban cottage teeming with charm. A passion for everything time-worn and timeless inspired Rebecca to design a space that combines aspects of a previous era, including a strong respect for craftsmanship, with a refined feel. “I don’t see any reason for having to go modern if you’re building a new house,” she says. "We wanted ours to feel more established and traditional, but with a fresh look.”
The living room of this Vancouver home features an eclectic mix that's meaningful to its homeowners: The coffee table is an old dining table with its legs cut down; the curvaceous settee came from a client of homeowner and designer Rebecca Lapres; and the side table was made by one of her brothers from a cedar stump cut down in the 1800s.
Eschewing contemporary architecture also meant bucking the trend of open-concept floor plans. Having lived in London for about two years, the couple became accustomed to narrow Victorian rowhouses that were tiny but still boasted separate rooms. For Rebecca, it was important to define formal and informal spaces, and to create cozy nooks where one could get away – resulting in plenty of wall space for art and furniture. It’s a practical sentiment, but it also appeals to the designer’s sense of playfulness and creativity. “I like interiors where there is a bit of mystery; where you wonder, ‘What’s around that corner?’” she says. “And you find little surprises and quirky touches that feel like an aha! discovery.”
The settee in the home office is the perfect spot to curl up with a good read and a cup of tea. A wall of artwork offers inspiration. "Most of the art I buy is from non-professionals, and they're all fairly old pieces," says Rebecca. "For instance, I have a watercolour of the Galata Bridge an Istanbul painted by a British traveller in the 1920s. It's a very evocative painting for me.
A place full of surprises and discoveries is in fact the perfect description for this house, which reflects the couple’s adventurous lives and sense of wonder. Furnishings and accessories were amassed over time – there are gifts from friends and relatives and items found at vintage stores and junk shops or during their stint in Europe – and most have a story. The rug in the kitchen, for example, was found in the ’80s during the nine months the couple lived in Turkey; the pottery pieces on the living room mantel were created by Rebecca’s late great-aunt, Hilda Ross, who taught in the fine art department at the University of British Columbia; and the entryway cabinet, which is used as a purse closet, came from the “beach shack” the pair rented while this place was being built. “There was an Englishwoman living there before us,” explains Rebecca, “and she sold me the cabinet for $150!”
In the entryway, accessories like the naturally shed antler and the beaver stick lend the space an organic touch that reflects Rebecca's West Coast upbringing. "We found that stick on the beach," she says, "so it has a beautiful texture from the beaver chewing on it and then from being tossed around in the ocean."
This refined eclecticism – inspired by the rich, saturated sense of history Rebecca loves about London and by her outdoorsy West Coast ethos – fits the duo to a T. “I liken this house to the way I feel when I’m wearing very comfortable clothing,” she says. “There’s no stretch for me. I’m not pushing any boundaries. It’s simply my definition of home.”
The large foyer is defined by board and batten siding that adds traditional character and offers a distinctive look. "I wanted to give the entryway a sense of significance," explains Rebecca. "I wanted it to say, 'Come into my house. Let me take your coat.'"
The kitchen exemplifies the home's fresh yet traditional aesthetic thanks to elements like the grey-painted Shaker-style cabinetry, honed marble subway tile backsplash, engineered quartz countertop and stainless steel appliances. The brass and powder-coated steel pendant lights and time-worn wooden stools add a vintage vibe.
Open to the kitchen, the dining room is classic and striking, its neutral shades energized by splashes of juicy jewel tones. An old table with an ebonized finish is surrounded by light-toned Windsor dining chairs. "I searched for chairs forever," says Rebecca. "I wanted them to look like they came from a junk store - vintage, humble and simple."
Bookcases in the living room add character and frame the doorway into the home office. "I love books," says Rebecca. "A lot of mine are non-fiction titles on travel and art, as well as a little bit of poetry."
The master bath's built-in vanity, with its drawers and turned legs, looks like a stand-alone piece of furniture. It's made of quarter-sawn oak stained brown and brushed with a black glaze. "It has a nice depth and rich patina," says Rebecca.
In the master bedroom, the side table lends an exotic Moorish look while the avian-motif bedding offers a hit of whimsy.