Sophie, my friend and fellow food blogger (you will drool after reading 3 Kids and a Grilled Cheese) was gracious enough to let me photograph her bright and modern family home today.
Sophie and her family embarked on a massive renovation of their main floor back in 2014 and had enlisted my design help on a consultation basis. They also enlisted the help of architect Matthieu Nicolas Devito for the drastic transformation of their living space.
Sophie had (still does!) GREAT taste and my job was to validate her ideas and suggest a few others - really, Sophie did an excellent job and it turned out beautifully.
Fast forward 2 years later, the home is still on trend and has retained its cheery familial feel.
First up. The kitchen, located at the back of the house. Oh how I love this kitchen. The cabinets from Cuisines Action are HAWT. That island with waterfall countertop edge --- I want to cook there! The best best best feature in this kitchen, for me, is the backsplash - Sophie really hit the bullseye with that choice.
My favorite contribution to the dining room was the black wall color. One of the things people fear the most is the use of dark color, for fear of making a room look too sombre. But I knew that by having so much natural sunlight and light-colored furniture, the end result would make a bold yet controlled punch. Sophie and her hubby put their faith in me and haven't regretted the decision since!
I also love how the open shelving creates a nice separation between the dining and living areas without blocking out any of the sunlight.
There is no shortage of storage space in both the living and dining areas. The best part? The cabinets are an IKEA hack made from kitchen cabinets :)
Here's a clever use of furniture-grade plywood, located at the front entry. A hook for each child's coat, space for shoes underneath a bench and some extra shelving up top for phone/tablet charging.
Loving this barn door for the entrance closet!
Next, a 6 year old's dream bedroom!! Peach and turquoise are my favorite for a girl's room (ahem...see here). Sophie was looking for something fun to paint on the walls, so I suggested a triangle pattern in multiple shades of peach, which Sophie designed and implemented like a pro.
That bunk bed cuteness!
And a room shared by the 2 adorable boys. The arrows shoot right to my heart (ba-dam-shing!)
And last but not least, the master bedroom, outfitted with a REALLY comfortable looking bed (I secretly imagine plopping down on it and being enveloped in its coziness) and ikea pax units. The kicker is the artsy photograph of the children - I just couldn't help but smile and think of my little munchkin when I saw this.
Sophie, thank you so much once again for sharing your home on the blog for everyone to see!!