WINNER – CANADIAN HOME BUILDERS’ ASSOCIATION 2016 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE, BEST SMALL JOBS AND SPECIAL DETAILS
Working from Home Never Looked So Good and a Rec Room Redux
The First Challenge: Provide all the client’s needs in a small space without overcrowding the room.
A design process is focused on two critical factors – function and space. The client had four essential requirements: a highly functional home office, a cozy reading corner, a wrapping station, and cabinets to hold her extensive book collection. The room itself was not large and doubling up on function and flow was essential. For her office needs, I wanted every office function at her finger tips. We chose to hide all office equipment within the wall to wall cabinet unit. Everything from her files to printer needed to be built in and hidden so that the room was not overcrowded. The desk had to be open and airy as the focal point upon entry was the wall to wall cabinet.
Every other function in the room spun off the solid cabinet unit. To add a special touch, I included a few open and lit top cabinets to display special mementos. The fireplace was an extra touch to provide a warm and cozy spot for reading. The wrapping station was designed to flow with the desk and cabinets to minimize its structural impact but not compromise on function. This award winning design is now a gorgeous, modern welcoming oasis that my client loves spending time in.
Rec Room Redux
The Second Challenge: Update a space to reflect a teenage girl’s evolving style.
In addition to the office, I had the opportunity to create a space for a growing teenager – she was moving away from that little pink girl style. To make this a successful decorating experience, it was essential to keep an open mind about the teenager’s creative direction. I had to recognize she had good ideas. I wanted her study area to be her own. yet transition off her mother’s office space. We chose to keep the same cabinet style for her study area, but provide a vibrant, unique space just for her. The classic “egg style” chair was the focal point for the design. I had to keep up the “on point” style factor for this teenager, she was also my client. In the end, the creation of a stylish, age appropriate study area in conjunction with a comfortable sectional, vibrate colour scheme and a little cafe corner, with a photo collage of friends and family, we managed to get the wow factor. I knew I had met her expectations when I received, in the mail, a hand written note of thanks from her.