Bright and cheerful townhouse
Designer Orsi Panos gives this townhouse a colourful facelift on a modest budget.
"Bright and cheerful." That’s what the owner of this townhouse in Courtice, Ont., was searching for in a new home. Since her previous abode was older, larger and surrounded by mature trees, she was struck by this 1,400-square-foot space with large windows, a well-designed layout and plentiful natural light. However, at 10 years old, the home’s decor was dated, and its cheap builder-grade finishes weren’t holding up – aesthetically or otherwise.
"We kept some family heirlooms that meant a lot to her," Orsi explains. "And her extensive art collection was pared down to what looked great in the space." When shopping for new pieces, "the focus was on keeping things bright, fun and cheerful," says Orsi. "That’s when all the yellow accents came in. Yellow is the ultimate sunny hue." Gold and brass accessories also provide a warm glow, while a generous selection of other accent colours gives the entire place a vibrant, happy persona. "The homeowner is such a busy and interesting person – her home is now a true reflection of that."
A navy sectional complements the colourful gallery wall in the living room. The artwork is a pared-down selection of the homeowner’s vast collection.
The ikat-patterned fabric on the living room armchair was chosen for its complementary yellow, navy and grey colour scheme. The black bookcase has a grey interior and houses the TV and treasured books and objets. Designer Orsi Panos turned the book spines inward so their multi-hued jackets wouldn’t overwhelm the already colourful space.
Small accessories, like candlesticks on the mantel, help blend the rest of the decor with shades of gold and black, tying the whole room together.
"We started the project almost from the first day she looked at the house in 2014," says designer Orsi Panos. And as soon as the homeowner, a retired teacher, took possession, the makeover began. Since the existing floor plan was wonderfully functional, no major construction or structural changes were necessary. "We did what was needed to update the finishes," says Orsi.
"The homeowner and I fell in love with this bold floral fabric for the banquette, so we decided to let it be the star of the kitchen’s eat-in area," says Orsi. The dining chairs, which she had refinished, were part of an old set.
Yellow chevron-patterned drapery brings a hit of bright, happy colour to the home’s living room. Because the space is an atypical size, Orsi opted to layer two rugs rather than splurge on a custom one.
Orsi helped the homeowner edit her belongings down to what would work in the new house – with less square footage, she definitely needed fewer possessions overall and wanted a fresh start.
The kitchen’s backsplash, countertops and floor remained the same, but new white Shaker-style cabinet doors give the space a major facelift.
This easy soup recipe will be a comforting delight on a cold winter's day.
Warm up with one of these simple and delicious soup recipes.
Nothing warms you up on a cold blustery day quite like a delicious bowl of homemade soup. From hearty stews and chowder to creamy soups and minestrone we've gathered some of our favourite recipes to help satisfy your next cold-weather comfort food craving.
If you're looking for an easy weeknight meal, a way to use up leftovers or simply prepping for the week ahead we guarantee these simple and delicious recipes will do the trick.
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A crisp and calm all-white bedroom is a dream in itself
These stylish master suites will have you inspired to redecorate your own space.
With a textured blush pink wall and storage ottoman this dreamy suite is anything but dull. The elegance continues through glass bedside tables and beautiful bedding, making anyone sleeping here feel calm and relaxed. See other white interiors here.
Give your bedroom a rustic feel with stylish wooden accessories. The wooden bench and wall art add texture to this space, keeping it warm and inviting. Get the look here.
A dreamy all-white room is guaranteed to look calm and crisp especially with light-grey accents, like throw pillows. We love the way the natural light in this room helps transform it into a bright, peaceful sanctuary. See the rest of the house here.
Offsetting patterns can take a while to perfect, but this bright, colourful room makes it look simple. Matching a patterned quilt on the bed with a printed navy rug pulls all the colours of the room together to create a natural palette that will leave you with sweet dreams. See the rest of the house here.
Textured walls are the key to this earth-toned room. Create your own spa-like master suite by mixing calming neutrals, like bedding and accessories. See the rest of the house here.
With such a lush view it's only natural that this bedroom be decorated with simple and chic accessories. This helps keep your eyes focused on the beautiful scenery without busy distractions. See the rest of the house here.
Decorating a large master suite doesn't need to feel intimidating. Pick a few key pieces to focus on and this will instantly become an effortless task. A large area rug easily breaks up the space while chandeliers keep the otherwise low-key room bright and inviting. See the rest of the house here.
Patterned throw pillows (which also accent the bed skirt) are the perfect way to brighten up a grey room. Light accents in this room keep the bed as the main focal point. See the rest of the house here.
Adding colour to a master suite doesn't have to be a daunting task. Hang a bold piece of artwork or above the bed, not only will it act as the perfect faux headboard, it can be replaced each time you want to add a new hue to your space. Get the look here.
An all-white bedroom can look clean and fresh but adding accents of grey or black will add some instant sophistication. In this room, the dark curtains, sofa and deep throw pillows are what truly creates a sleek look. See the rest of the house here.
Hints of colour are a great addition to any room, but this dreamy suite takes colour to the next level. Dark blue engulfs the room, creating the feeling of a royal suite. This room might have you considering what colour to try in your master bedroom. See the rest of the house here.
It's the perfect combination of a neutral palette and creative decor accessories that make this loft's master suit so dreamy. See the rest of the house here.
If there are large windows in your master suite, why not incorporate them into your decor. This bedroom's arched windows, delicately framed by neutral drapes, act as pieces of wall art. See the rest of the house here.
Draw attention to a glamorous bed with a dark wall colour that doubles as a large faux headboard. See the rest of the house here.
There is nothing dark and gloomy about this room. Instead, it has a polished and chic elegance that will leave you quickly craving a darker space of your own. See other dark bedrooms here.
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