A young couple with two small children enlisted the help of Interior Designer Yvonne Whelan for their home redesign. Here is a Q&A between Canadian Home Trends and Yvonne Whelan regarding this stylish and comfortable home design.
Can you talk about this home design?
The family room is where the homeowners spend most of their leisure time hanging out and watching TV. It had to be cozy, comfortable and kid resilient. We chose furniture pieces to give them lots of seating, maximizing the sofa and adding lounge chairs for extra seating. To keep the room interesting, we incorporated a very neutral but warm palette and added lots of textures and prints. As well, we included retro-looking cabinets to flank each side of the fireplace providing ample storage for TV equipment, toys and board games. The end result is stylish and comfortable home design.
The living room is the first room you see when you enter the home so the homeowners wanted it to be glamorous and beautiful. The chrome and glass of the coffee table adds just the right sparkle while the art and credenza help bring some colour to the room.
In the master bedroom, we worked with warm neutrals and rich textures to create a sophisticated Zen vibe. The jumping off point was the textured gold wallpaper that really gives a high-end look to the room. We chose a warm upholstered bed in an oatmeal colour, lined with nail head detailing to give it some punctuation. The dresser and nightstands are timeless pieces lacquered in warm gray paint. The linens are a combination of different materials and textures that give a beautiful pop even though they are neutral. Finally, the patterned rug pulls the room together and adds a warm spot for cold feet in the morning.
What is a common mistake people make in Home Design?
A common mistake people make when decorating is not having a plan. Most of the people I meet with have exceptionally good taste but struggle with pulling a room together. Another mistake people make is impulse buying. They see something they like and purchase it but it often doesn’t work in the room. Have a plan and follow it!
Where did you save and splurge on this home design?
We splurged on all the larger pieces of furniture. We customized the upholstery as it had to be comfortable and perfectly sized to fit into the space. Accessories and some of the lounge chairs and cabinets were quite the steal at local big box stores.
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