Reclaiming the feeling of home

My most recent client is also a dear friend. She and her husband had sold their home and moved across the country to be closer to their children and grandchildren. This meant a very big downsizing for them. They now live in an apartment with an amazing view, but she has never felt like she could figure out how to set up the living room. She wanted the space to feel like home. We bought zero things for this restyling.  We used only what was already in the apartment.

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Their living room is very long and is separated by a supporting column. In order to give such a big space a lot of function and coziness, we created two areas. One is a living area for visiting and enjoying heir beautiful view, and the other is a TV watching area. Again, this entire restyling spent nothing on furniture and accessories; we used only what they already owned. We used cabinets that were in the dining room as a coffee table. We were able to move the bookcase beside the desk in the dining room. We used their existing side table on one side of the couch and a brown small ottoman on the other. We cleared extra tray tables they didn't need and we added lighting to both sides of the room. There is now a clear walkway from the dining room to the patio doors, plus an area for sitting that invites conversation.

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We moved the recliner into their bedroom and brought out the other matching sofa chair. It flanks their newer sofa with the matching love seat. It brings a nice balance to the space. The chairs also have a low profile so they do not obstruct the view. The back corner table was hiding her beautiful copper vases and felt crowded. By styling the table and bringing the vases out we balanced the back wall.  

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On the other side of the living room we created a cozy TV watching area. We again grouped like chairs together. We pulled out a little table from their bedroom to act as a side table. We placed a reading light between the chairs for reading. The client's husband loves laying out all his maps and paperwork to organize. The large coffee table gives him plenty of work space, plus it creates a place to put their feet up while watching the news. Since they downsized, all of their pieces are special to them. The ceramic cat and duck were her parents'. They were bought in Arizona and are stunning in person. Since we cleared out the space, they are visible and they add such a beautiful statement to the room.
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By removing the excess items and grouping like things together, their favourite pieces stand out.  Their Emily Carr print is so lovely and it is a focus now, as are their pillows they bought in Costa Rica.
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We faced the TV toward the chairs which minimized the focus on it. We also centred it on the two cabinets that match the coffee table on the other side of the room.

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I absolutely love doing this kind of restyling. So often we own things that we love but we don't know how to place them, so we think the problem is with what we own and we buy more things. I love that Linda loves her space and that it feels like home to her now just by reworking her own pieces. I hope that you were inspired by what can be accomplished in a few short hours.  

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  1. Katie and her skills do far more than transform a space. She has been able to help me feel at home in this space by creating 3 distinct areas that flow together and yet define functions of their own.
    After asking me key questions Katie worked wonders using just what we have. Thankyou Katie ...for bringing me home.

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