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Thursday
Feb162017

House 66 by Izen Architecture

I have been following Toronto-based Izen Architecture on Instagram for a while now and have quickly become a big fan. Then one day Brenda Izen emailed with photos of her home that she designed and had built for her, her husband and their 3 young children. Modern fabulousness! Here's the scoop in Brenda's words: It was originally a 1950s bungalow, topped up in the 80s, with a terrible floor plan and generic finishes. I leveraged my site experience and formal training to transform it into my dream home. I define my style as a "warm modernism": natural materials in warm tones, cozy furniture, large fireplaces - really a place to kick of your shoes at the end of the day. Many of my clients are skeptical when they picture themselves living in modern spaces, always assuming that contemporary architecture translates into sterile, uncomfortable and unliveable spaces. House 66 challenges that misconception. I also always place a huge emphasis on the function of a home, and especially its ability to change with family needs. I am opposed to hallways, formal sitting rooms, and other spaces that are not used in day-to-day life. House 66 embodies these two philosophies of design. It has lots of large windows and clean lines. It is bright, open, inviting, and functional. Without the restraint of client demands I was able to take my vision as far as my budget would let me. Of course I had to pull some mad moves to stretch my budget to the max, such as using cut-offs from other projects or being flexible with timing so that I could coordinate trades. The end result is cost-conscious but rich in its palette.

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Thursday
Feb092017

Landscaping dreams by Considered Design Inc.

People all over Instagram are talking about the arrival of spring, something we here in godforsaken Ottawa cannot even begin to think about at least until the end of March. While wanting to curl up under a duvet and die, I stumbled upon the portfolio of Julian Pattison and Alison Magill who make up Considered Design Inc., a landscape architecture firm located in Vancouver (which happens to have WAY milder weather than Ottawa...JERKS!). I like my landscaping modern and simple, with repetition and a casual vibe. And that is exactly what these guys do. I would give anything to turn my bland-and-never-been-landscaped-in-80-years backyard into this first outdoor oasis. Stashing this away for future reference. *LOVE*

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Thursday
Nov242016

Once a garage, now a studio

In my backyard is a detached garage. It is tilting to one side and is a dumping ground for all sorts of crap. And we can't even fit our car in it. I would give ANYTHING to turn it into something this incredible. This backyard writer's studio was created from the conversion of a 100 sq ft garage. WHOA. Interior design: Andrea McLean Styling: Laura Melling Photos: WTFU

Thursday
Nov242016

Pretty in white and pastels

As much as I love dark colours, this home is really beautiful in white and pretty pastels. Without a doubt it is easy on the eye and must be so relaxing to come home to after a long day. ++Scandinavian cool++. Design: Laura Melling and Portico Design Group, photos: WTFU.

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Friday
Nov182016

Chic and timeless spaces by Palmerston

Keeping things simple, timeless, and comfortable yet super stylish with a wow factor. Toronto-based design firm Palmerston (with principal Kirsten Marshall) creates dreamy spaces from traditional to modern and always on point.  

The gorgeous minimalist kitchen below is Ikea!!!

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