Photo Gallery: Emily Walker’s Charming Home
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The symmetrical home is elevated by an equally balanced garden.
This home’s soft grey palette creates a calm, neutral canvas for a gutsy bright yellow door. To keep the focus on the eye-catching entrance, the surrounding garden was kept simple and green. Perennials like sandcherry and “Limelight” hydrangeas add depth and variation, and better integrate the house to the street. Beds of hostas and impatiens edge either side of the walkway and draw the eye toward a welcoming seagrass stair runner.
A refined sofa, chair and side table let fabric and colour take centre stage in this room.
Framed Donghia fabric becomes artwork, adding instant drama to this living space. The occasional chair was a curbside find; new legs and upholstery in a fuchsia damask print give it a trendy new life.
To watch Michael Penney and Joel Bray demonstrate framing fabric, watch Styling Tricks: Instant Art.
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With the help of Emily’s contractor father, the kitchen was reconfigured to create a galley-style workspace.
Old, dated cabinets were refreshed with paint and new hardware. A restaurant-style faucet adds sparkle and modern edge to the small but cheerful space. Functional open shelving also keeps the look crisp and contemporary.
Refinished chairs, a trestle-style dining table and a dramatic-yet-affordable overhead light give this dining room real style.
Stacey Smithers, the H&H Style Editor who helped with this redesign, suggested the deep plum transitional wall as an unexpected touch. For a similar look, try Benjamin Moore’s Nightfall (CC-38).
Get tips on making a photo art wall, like the one pictured.
A charcoal love seat, Moorish patterned rug and bright yellow painted desk give this small room a contemporary look.
Striped wallpaper helps move the eye up and across the ceiling, making this tiny den appear larger. The thrift store lamp base (with a Jonathan Adler flavour) looks like a million bucks thanks to a coat of white spray paint.
Bold colours and graphic prints add punch to a modern den.
The view from the living room to the den gets a boost from a vintage desk, spraypainted yellow. A lemon-and-blue coloured vase from Teatro Verde, meanwhile, visually ties the two rooms together.
A graphic rug and striking side tables make this bedroom design look fresh.
Predominantly white bedding and two oversized, white vintage lamps pop against a boldly painted charcoal wall. Leaving the ceiling white allows the accent wall and accessories to take centre stage.
See more photos from 2010’s Trendsetting Paint Colours Gallery.
Graphic wallpaper and vintage posters add character to a small space.
This bathroom lacks size but not drama. Yellow patterned wallpaper and vintage movie posters make it feel youthful and special, and a simple white sink and mirror don’t compete with all the colour.
See more sunny spaces in our photo gallery of 26 Happy Yellow Rooms.