Interiors: Fresh and playful
Four years ago, Melissa and her husband, John Michael Murphy, bought this 90-year-old, three-bedroom duplex (they rent out the other half) in the heart of Charlottetown. With lots of help from family and friends, every wall was torn out, allowing them to open up the main floor’s three small rooms into a single large, airy space. Even the ceiling was ripped down, exposing beams that were probably taken from old ships, still with large bits of marine hardware left intact.
A wall between the front entryway and living room was removed, along with the ceiling. To maintain some division, homeowner Melissa VanToever’s brother built a tall storage unit, which holds a TV on one side and hooks and cubbies on the other.
Melissa’s love of turquoise also extends to decor accents in the home, as seen here in this pretty tray.
The teak dining table and chairs in the eat-in kitchen design were bought from a used furniture shop and treated to new, textured vinyl upholstery in a bold turquoise shade.
Simple white china mixes with thrift-store turquoise glass plates for a fresh table setting.
Dark green kitchen cabinets were updated with white paint and new hardware. Bright, high-gloss yellow paint on the backsplash that easily wipes clean is an affordable alternative to tile.
Melissa had this tall corner cabinet built to offer a storage solution for the main floor’s playroom (originally the dining room), where the kids can be watched from the living room or kitchen. It’s hard to believe that the newly reupholstered armchair, found on Kijiji, used to sport retro green fabric.
To counteract the master bedroom's turquoise walls, everything else in the space was kept in a neutral white or beige. The vintage headboard was painted white and reupholstered in a natural linen, which was also used for the drapery.