Friday, June 28, 2013

Canadian Designers Celebrate

With Canada Day approaching, here's great project the fabulous team at Style at Home has put together to celebrate Canadian designers. 

In this showcase, designers share their favourite design and open up about why it's their most beloved space. 

Canadian Designers via Desire to Decorate

I'll share 4 and I urge you to pop over the Style at Home story to take-in the balance of the Canadian designer favourites.

First up...
Samantha Sacks: Sam Sacks Design {website coming soon!}
A Well Travelled Dining Room."This is the view from my dining room into my kitchen. I love the way the old Egyptian doors frame the space, warming up the more modern lines in the kitchen. It's where my family eats dinner every night so I see this space and think, "Yum, it looks fantastic," and then, "Yum, I'm going to eat!" Samantha Sacks

Tour the rest of Samantha Sack's Victorian home here.


Jonathan Legate: Jonathan Legate Interior Consultation
A Personalized Foyer"As a Nova Scotian with a long family history in Halifax, my foyer says as much about where I'm from as it does about who I am. The foyer is a personal greeting and a first impression, it's often the only glimpse inside a home and mine is one of my favourite spaces.
Living in a humble country cottage in middle of the city suits me - I've always considered my personal taste to be "a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll" and my foyer speaks of both. A maple games table purchased when I was 19, Windsor captains chair and box collection, are all Nova Scotian antiques. They share simple lines and act as a foundation and provide substance. Their imperfect, rustic finishes feel relaxed while a compass-inspired mirror adds light and glamour. The sparkling disco ball looks like it just rolled in to say this is a house that's fun. 
Lavish colours jump from a photograph by artist and friend Heather Watts; its large scale adding drama and depth. Folk artist Barry Colpits' shapely carved female sculpture is mimicked by the curves of a blown glass table lamp, marrying two stirringly different textures. Collecting Nova Scotian art is an important part of my life and it starts right here. 
There is little wonder why my foyer is a favourite spot of mine. Strikingly different pieces (that mix of country and rock and roll) blend to create a space that holds fond memories, expresses my personality and makes a firm first impression with its big Nova Scotian hello." Jonathan Legate

Tour the rest of Jonathan Legate's country cottage here.


Meredith Heron: Meredith Heron Design
Timeless Bedroom."This bedroom is an interesting story. The clients hired me to transform their home. It was 18 months of planning and a nine month renovation, during which I had a baby. A week after we finished, they were transferred to New York City. The new homeowners have since hired me to decorate my own design. It's crazy, this room is now a teenage boy's bedroom.
I love the shade of China Blue we used - a Farrow and Ball colour which was the perfect saturation for the room and the perfect backdrop for this coral headboard. The throw pillows were found and an afterthought really - all we started with was the headboard and the bedding and we just kept adding layers. I love how the colours all seem to relate to each other, but don't exactly match. Vivid coral, orangey pinks, blues that are slightly off. It just makes the room feel collected and loved.
I get asked questions about it weekly and see it pinned almost daily on Pinterest. I love that this room resonates with people all around the world. It's timeless and full of so much life, even if it's now a completely different room." Meredith Heron

Michael Penney: Michael Penney Style
Classic Canadian Living Room"This house is in Prince Edward County in Ontario, a place near and dear to my heart because it's where I worked as a camp counselor as a teen and eventually where my wife Sara and I got married. It belongs to Cheryl and Richard Little and is a country place away from the hustle and bustle of their midtown Toronto home.
This is one of my favourite spaces because it's a classic Canadian farmhouse nestled in an unspoiled setting on a winding country road. The room is true to its roots with large windows and classic details like the rustic wooden floor, which was reclaimed by Richard. He also put some of the historic charm back into the space by building this fireplace box, mantel and shelving himself!
The decor has all of my favourite hallmarks including a vintage sofa that was rescued from a basement, an upcycled coffee table we sprayed in a dark finish, and some family armchairs slipcovered in a casual ticking stripe. Lots of books, candles and fresh flowers make for a cozy and relaxing retreat and make this one of my favourite Canadian spaces." Michael Penney

Tour the rest of this country casual farmhouse renovation.



Some great spaces, right? Pop over here for the rest, and I would love to hear which is your favourite space.

To all my Canadian friends, Happy Canada Day!!!

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4 comments:

Heather Inspired said...

I love all the Canadian inspiration - thank you!

Kelly @ A Swell Place to Dwell said...

Wow! Some seriously beautiful rooms. I love being able to celebrate successful Canadians.

Jennifer Van Huss said...

They can each have room in my house to decorate. I really need it and their work is gorgeous

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