Step inside HGTV designer Alexandra Hutchison's 640-square-foot main floor, which includes her living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. Get her decorating tips for creating a cohesive look from one room to another, adding unexpected pops of colour and designing practical built-in storage.
In this video you'll see before and after shots of her home renovation. In the entryway, Alexandra used bold blue paint to add interest to the space, and applied the same blue paint to the living room ceiling for drama. Using a vintage mid-century modern teak chest in the living room provides ample storage. The warm wood tones continue in the kitchen where teak-look cabinets and wood-panelled walls around the dining area create a sense of luxury. Alexandra created a restaurant-like dining nook with a velvet-upholstered kitchen banquette that doubles as storage. Over in the small principal bedroom, neutral-toned grasscloth wallpaper with a hint of gold creates a cosy vibe. Re-arranging the bathroom layout made the space practical, and it now features porcelain wall tiles and herringbone marble floor tiles.
Part of our H&H TV: Best Small Spaces week. First featured in July 2013.
Living room: Sofa upholstery, Re-Wrap Custom Upholstery, (416) 214-6400 or Rewrap.ca; linen drapes, Pottery Barn, Potterybarn.ca; wooden chair, The Other Five Design Group, Theotherfive.ca; Danish chair and footstool, Arcadia Antiques, (416) 534-0348 or Arcadiaantiques.ca; fabric and upholstery by Clarence House (on Danish chair and footstool), Department of Interiors, (416) 322-7277; throw pillows, Hollace Cluny, (416) 968-7894 or Hollacecluny.ca; storyboard artwork by Jörgen Fogelqvist, Eclectic Gallery, (250) 590-8095 or Eclecticgallery.ca; ceiling colour, Hawaiian Sky (UL230-7), Behr, Behr.com; vintage cane table, Kay's Korner, (250) 386-5978; lamp, goldstar, Union Lighting & Furnishings, Unionlf.com; marble sphere, Eclectic Gallery, as above; vintage lamp, Guff Furniture, (416) 913-8025; artwork by Margaret Rankin, Magprint.etsy.com; frames, Pottery Barn, as above; brass bird by Jonathan Adler, Kay's Korner, (250) 386-5978; Carrara marble tabletop, Latitude, (416) 638-8586 or Latitudeonline.ca.
Dining space: Vintage chairs, Guff Furniture, as above; light fixture, Morba, (416) 364-5144 or Morba.myshopify.com; 2 Queens by Dessa Harhay, Dessaharhay.com; flooring, Carpet Villa, Carpetvilla.ca; wall colour, Prism White (30YY 71/073), Dulux, Dulux.ca; carpentry, Lorin Bussan, email@example.com.
Kitchen: Architect Series range, KitchenAid, Kitchenaid.ca; other appliances, Tasco Distributors, Tasco.net; travertine tiles (backsplash), Marble Granite Depot, (416) 787-0391; Silestone quartz countertops in Haiku, Latitude, as above; hardware, Richelieu Hardware, Richelieu.com; braising pot, Le Creuset, Lecreuset.ca; Karma light by Nuevo Living, Morba, as above.
Front hall: Jugs, candlesticks, decorative sphere, West Elm, Westelm.com.
Principal bedroom: Headboard, chevron pillow, HomeSense, 1-800-646-9466 or Homesense.ca; coverlet, Garnet Hill, Garnethill.com; bedspread (folded), drapes, rust pillows, Pottery Barn, as above; lamp, Arcadia Antiques, as above; light, Union Lighting & Furnishings, as above; mirror, Crate & Barrel, 1-888-657-4108 or Crateandbarrel.ca; artwork (bottom), The Door Store, (416) 863-1590 or Thedoorstore.ca.