Like so many moms, Alicia Brum is making the most of her rental home. With fluctuating and sky-high prices in Toronto, buying a maison with her new babe wasn’t a priority while she was pregnant last year. Knowing she was going to stay put, she got to work on re-decorating on a budget so she could keep saving for her dream house.
Liv Judd Soye recently moved to a new home that has the wiggle room to accommodate her career as a freelance style and media personality (you’ll see her share her chic know-how on shows like ET Canada and The Morning Show). “The very top floor of the house was an attic space that was converted into a sitting area, however as soon as I walked in, all I could see was closet space and a work area where I could style my shoots and store my wardrobe.” Here’s how she made the most of it.
Our round up of gorgeous living rooms from real moms that will inspire you to design for your grown-up desires without sweating it over little fingers.
While many may consider a condo a blank box, Karla Ramirez sees that her home is full of soul because it has allowed her to be the kind of mom that she always wanted to be. “Downsizing was certainly the right call. It has let me adjust to everything that’s happened.” Your home, after all, is arguably one of your best friends.
This is the first time I’m buying a home from a plan. Yup, one of the biggest purchases of my life and I couldn’t see it first and I had to buy it quick from rinky dinky floor plans, because my choices were slim and the market is aggressive. (Honestly, I had less time to think about buying this then I do when I’m buying jeans). Here’s how I made my decision.
Décor stylist Julia Black welcomed us into her favourite room. She loves her 50 shades of grey (literally, the shade grounds her home) but she layers in texture, pattern and pops of colour to win serious style.
To date, I have lived with Flor carpet tiles. I lived with the existing hardwood floors that my old house came with, so they served to hide their scratches and faded glory without drawing attention to them. Now I’m getting brand spanking new brushed oak hardwood floors that deserve some handwoven love so I asked Margot Austin, the master of The Design Edit Blog, to weigh in.
With gift-giving at the heart of their business, we thought it apropos to ask BRIKA co-founder Jen Lee Koss on what it takes to give the perfect gift. Here’s her expert tips, plus shopping faves for any occasion.
Lena, my two-and-a-half year old’s room has looked the same since her sister, Zoë was born 7 years ago. Everything worked so well with Zoë that I didn’t change a thing. I’ve realized that her room has served us well but a few changes need to be made because she’s a big girl now and needs a bedroom to match.
What’s a mom with genuinely modern problems to do? Go. On. Pintrest. Houzz. Google Image Search. Anything that feeds my eyes with inspiration for my new home the condo and helps me escape my routine, even for just a few minutes. Right now, I’m obsessing over the finishes because my first design meeting is likely coming up soon. And (gasp), I’ve decided I’m going to make the most of the builder’s finishes.