Photo Gallery: The Bryk Family’s Home Makeover
See impressive before and after shots from the home of decorator Denielle Nicholas.
Danielle uncovered the hallway’s original brick wall during the renovation. She loved the texture, but painted it white for a crisp look.
Before Danielle renovated her entry, the heavy wood looked beat up and made the tight space too dark.
The entry’s mix of clean white walls and dark hardwood flooring punctuated by a colourful Eames Hang-It-All sets the tone for the home.
The living room’s casual sectional seats a crowd. Instead of a standard coffee table, two occasional tables can be moved around to accommodate extra guests and impromptu dance parties.
“In our previous homes, we had blown out all of the walls in favour of an open plan, but I realized I found that type of living space distracting,” notes Nicholas. So in this house, the dining room was left separate for a sense of formality, but a rustic farmhouse table and eclectic pairing of mid-century modern chairs give it casual elegance.
Before Danielle and Greg renovated their kitchen, the cabinets were outdated and the linoleum floor was worn out.
After structural and water issues demolished their home reno budget, Danielle and Greg, made cost-cutting decisions with their kitchen. Beams salvaged during the renovation became handsome but inexpensive shelves, and the poured concrete counters are virtually indestructible.
The principal bedroom had a non-functional fireplace and limited closet space.
To create an oasis of calm in a sea of chaos, Danielle layered shades of white in different textures — a pin-tucked duvet, a faux-fur throw, crisp marble tile — to give the principal bedroom visual interest while maintaining a singular palette.
Danielle indulged herself in the ensuite with luxurious wall-to-wall honed travertine flooring and a floor-mounted tub filler. To balance the cost, she refurbished the home’s original clawfoot tub.
Before Danielle renovated Ella’s bedroom, the plaster walls were cracked and the flooring was damaged.
As in the kitchen, rustic wood beams saved during the reno’s demolition phase were cut down and stained by a carpenter to create storage and display shelves in Ella’s room.
Family heirlooms mix with sea and surf motifs in Dempsey’s bedroom.