making room in small spaces
Dawn and Aaron’s charming and well-located Halifax home was the poster-child for under-utilized space. Storage for outerwear was limited to a tiny front closet with no space to greet guests. The kitchen was narrow and arranged in a way that made food prep cramped and entertaining awkward. Small appliance and dry goods were relegated to the basement.
The kitchen cabinets are made of real wood and in great shape, so we kept them out of landfill with some modifications, paint, and pretty gold hardware. New flooring, countertops and backsplash transformed the vibe and placed it firmly in sync with our home owners’ personal style preferences.
From a sustainability point, we created space with clever layouts within the existing building. We re-used all cabinets and kept all but two sunroom windows in place for ample daylight and fresh air. Enviro-friendly flooring, paints, tile and Canadian sourced countertops.
From an under-used sunroom, we carved out a spacious and welcoming entryway along with a walk-in pantry with a baking station and recycling zone.
Dawn and Aaron value people friendly spaces, hand-made and storied pieces, sustainability and nature. They want their home to represent their personalities and their design aesthetic. And, above all, they want spaces that nurture feelings of cheeriness, inspiration and comfort.
The living room is not large, so we chose a small but comfortably spacious sectional. The caramel leather and low profile refrain from overpowering the room . Plus, they compliment the existing chair and chaise. We added a subtle geo pattern area rug, jade ottoman and cushions to complete mood. New paint colours and a fireplace make over using cheery botanical wallpaper and colour make for a light-hearted, relaxing conversational living room which serves equally well for movie night and reading.
It’s always fun to see how a place looked before, so here’s a glimpse at where we started.
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