Photo Gallery: Stylish Family Home Makeover
See before and after photos of a glam reno.
The front hall stank of cigarette smoke and was covered in wallpaper that “looked like the after-effects of a forest fire.”
Hand-screened wallpaper in a monochromatic print makes a big statement. Painted woodwork instantly refreshes the room, while black stair treads and handrail play up the bold black-and-white colour scheme. A weathered bench and low-hung art create a focal point under the stairs, while mini hexagonal floor tiles add texture.
Dark wood trim around the windows and baseboards were dating this space. Tanya knew that a fresh coat of paint, some new tiles and punchy furniture would easily update her living room.
New recessed lighting, a leaded-glass window and mini floral mosaic tiles on the fireplace surround gave the tired, wood-trimmed living room new life. Fashionable chairs upholstered in a kelly-green trellis print are the perfect companions to a simple white sofa.
When Tanya first bought the home, drapes and sheers were layered in front of the large living room window at the front of the house, preventing natural light from seeping in.
The window got an instant update with black paint. No need to hide this beauty behind drapery; Tanya chose a demure roller blind instead to let the black frame take centre stage.
Old cabinets, dated laminate flooring and bulky appliances made this room feel smaller than it really was.
The kitchen has a mix of materials, including stainless steel, enamelled cabinets, ceramic tile and black marble. The 10-foot marble-topped peninsula on the right was a splurge, but worth it. By knocking down the wall above the peninsula — which divided the kitchen from the dining room — Tanya was able to create an entertaining space, one of the most popular hubs of the house.
The bare patio doors off the dining room were not worth being displayed, and loads of light made the room too hot.
Heavy white drapes conceal the unsightly patio doors. An heirloom coffee table sprayed a bright purple gives it a new modern personality. A raspberry-pink wall defines the office area, tucked neatly into a small nook. At once an unused space, the back area of the house is now a functional TV room, play area and home office.
The dining room’s ebony-hued wall emphasizes the silhouette of a sculptural lamp. The purple rug links the space to the adjacent multicoloured family room.
Symmetry is key in Tanya’s contemporary bedroom. To keep the space interesting, she mixed prints and textures while keeping with the black-and-white scheme. Raw wood side tables and benches are casual and warm.
In the same room, an heirloom chair updated with yellow fabric is an elegant contrast to the modern makeup table. The shallow offset shelves turn handbags into art.
Chalkboard paint allows Tanya’s son Eddie — once he’s old enough — to draw on walls without rebuke. Painted iron moose antlers is a humorous art piece that doubles as hook storage.
Iron sconces and a Moroccan mirror add edge to the clean-lined basement bathroom. A reflective drawer unit and chrome fixtures give the illusion of a bright, sparkling room.
Tanya uses every spare nook for extra storage. With two small boys running around, baskets are ideal for hiding toys and knickknacks. In a small corner, a stack of books and magazines doubles as a side table to a painted chair.
Browse more before and after photos in our Bold Renovations gallery.