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Empty Nester Reno

Designer Olivia Botrie of Barbara Purdy Design walks us through the renovation of her parents' home after they downsized. See how her design blends rustic warmth and a clean, contemporary feel. Modern fireplaces add cosiness, while a herringbone floor and stone wall in the mudroom is contrasted by a sleek white kitchen with concealed appliances.

Fresh Family Basement

Find out Sally Armstrong's ideas for creating a space that kids love to spend time in. See how the House & Home senior design editor gave her Toronto basement a new lease on life by raising the ceiling and adding a glass wall that opens onto an alfresco dining area. She took a playful approach to durable materials, painted the bathroom in chalkboard paint, and spiced up the white walls with bright ikat patterns and a mural.

DIY Rustic Stool

This easy DIY is an instant way to create seating with charm. Style expert Reiko Caron takes a basic wood stool and gives it earthy, farmhouse character with inexpensive hardware store materials. See how she transforms a dull design with a Gustavian-style whitewash pickling paint, burlap and common roofing nails.

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Don't miss our latest TV episode! Tour designer Olivia Botrie's renovation of her parents' home after they downsized as empty nesters. Learn how to inject rustic warmth into a clean, contemporary space. Next, Sally Armstrong turns her urban basement into a bright family hub with a walk-out glass wall that opens onto an alfresco dining area. Finally, style expert Reiko Caron gives a basic wood stool some instant farmhouse character with inexpensive hardware store materials.

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193

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