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.
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.
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.
TV area: Mural, Anthropologie, or visit Anthropologie; chair, rug, Elte (416) 785-7885 or visit Elte; millwork, Modex Limited, (416) 653- 3213 or visit Modex Limited; Pro Tec doors and windows, Torp, or visit Torp Inc.; grasscloth wallpaper, Thibaut, 1-800-268-1300 or visit Thibaut; cabinet, HomeSense, 1-800-646-9466 or visit HomeSense; basket, Snob.
Bench: All pillow fabrics (except leaf print), Designer Fabrics, (416) 531-2810 or or visit Designer Fabrics; leaf-print pillow, West Elm, or visit West Elm; sewing, Blinds, Drapes & Bedding, (416) 604-1412 or or visit Blinds, Drapes & Bedding.
Powder room: Sink, faucet, Ginger's, (416) 787-1787 or visit Ginger's; mirror, EQ3, 1-888-988-2014 or visit EQ3; bookshelf, Ikea, 1-866-866-IKEA or visit Ikea.