DIY project: Stylish storage cabinet
A stylish white living room decked out with DIY pieces.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Greenery accents add soft pops of colour to this home without taking away from the black and white scheme.
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.
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.
Glossy white subway tiles and wooden shelves stocked with mismatched dishware lend a casual cafe-style look to the bright kitchen.
The clear glass accents like the jars and the cake holder, leave a clean look on top of the kitchen counters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
Buying guide: Daybeds
A daybed is a wonderfully versatile piece of furniture to have in your home. Both functional and aesthetically pleasing it can help shape your space, making it more inviting and comfortable. Available for a myriad of price points and made in a variety of styles, a daybed will be a welcome addition to any room of your home. The following five tips will help you choose the best daybed for your space or show you how to make better use of the one you have.
1 The all-purpose daybed
One of the best features of a daybed is its incredible versatility. Placed in a living room, it's the perfect lounging chair for entertaining or cozy evenings and will then make a comfortable sleeping option for overnight guests. It also works wonders in a guest room or lobby area. A daybed is also the ideal piece to accessorize: add a few decorative pillows and a throw by day, and a colourful duvet cover for a good night's sleep.
Photo courtesy of West Elm.
4 Small space perfect
3 Creating spaces
One of the challenges of a large space can be figuring out how to arrange your furniture. A daybed is an easy piece to place and can help solve that issue. Showcase your daybed in the center of your room to act as a divider and create a more intimate feel. A daybed that feels light and open is ideal for that purpose.
Photo courtesy of Crate and Barrel.
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