For this project our clients were moving to Halifax and would be working in Halifax, but then travelling for months for work as well. Therefore their home would be used as an airbnb while they were travelling. We wanted to give them a space that they could enjoy themselves, but would appeal to airbnb renters as well.
We went with soft earth tones, lots of texture, and of course some wicker and we love how it turned out! Here are a few of our favorite photos.
We’re in love with the sectional from Article.com with it’s thin arms and tapered legs. It’s not our first time using it and we have to say we love the quality as well!
For our pillows we selected warm earth tones again and added in some blue that we pulled out of the area rug.
We love to add tons of plants. Even if you don’t have a green thumb there are some great fake plants available now. And of course we need some macrame thrown in there.
And check out those mix and match stair runners we incorporated from Wayfair!
How to get the look:
Sectional: Burrard Sofa from Article.com
Rug: Roehel area rug from Wayfair.
Media unit: Besta from Ikea (comes in different configuration and colours)
Side chairs: Papasan chairs from Wayfair
Coffee table: Rattan coffee table from Wayfair
Honeycomb shelves: Made locally by DC Woodworks, find a DIY here compliments of A Beautiful Mess blog
Runners were a combo of three from Wayfair for a mix and match look:
Runner 1, Runner 2, Runner 3
This is one of my favorite spaces in our home. This is our family room that is open to our kitchen and at the other end of the house from our main living room / dining room area. There use to be an old fireplace in this room. I had no desire to maintain the old fireplace, deal with dirty wood being brought in all the time, or the nuisance of ‘making a fire’ so when we renovated the room, we tore it back to the fire box and capped and sealed it.
What about heating you ask? Let’s face it most real wood burning fireplaces actually suck the heat out of your house. And I wasn’t concerned about it being a heat source as we have a heat pump on this floor (a mini split one all three floors). It’s at the other end of the house but it’s strategically located to blow straight down both sides of the main floor. The one on this floor is our most powerful one at 18,000 BTU and it works like magic even at this end of the house. This end is maybe one to two degrees less than our main living room/dining room space where the heat pump is located.
Since heat wasn’t an important factor (thanks to our heat pumps), we tore down the ugly old fireplace and created our faux fireplace in its place. Yes, we thought about installing an electric fireplace but I figured we didn’t need it as a heat source so why spend the money on one? And honestly, I liked this look better! I wanted it to feel somewhat authentic though so I insisted that we would keep some of the dust and charred wood bits on the bottom. So truth be told – the bottom of the firebox never gets cleaned. And we joke and say our ‘fireplace channel’ is the lake out the window that is always moving (except when it freezes over). We’d never consider living without heat pumps now. We love the even, economical heating during the colder times and let’s not forget the air conditioning setting for the summer – BONUS!
To learn more about heat pumps and NS Power’s heat pump financing program click here.
Let’s talk about this thing on the wall. Bet you thought I was talking about the wall baskets, but I’m not. You likely didn’t notice it – I’m talking about the heat pump in my living room. We were spending a fortune on oil heating, and after much researching by my fiancé on alternative heat sources, we decided on mini-split heat pumps so we could use different settings on each floor.To be honest we were a bit unsure of the location of the heat pump on our main floor at first. Here’s the thing – during a reno or new build people can get hung up on something visual when they are focusing on just that one item. I see clients do it all the time. When the room is not furnished or decorated, it’s easy to think that a heat pump won’t blend in with your home’s décor.
The way I see it – it’s not a lot different than an appliance in your kitchen. In fact it’s way more discrete than that. I’ve never shared a photo of a project and had someone comment about a heat pump in the room. I think most people would agree it really just fades into the background. So, if you’re contemplating getting one but are hesitant because you don’t want to notice it on a wall, I’d say don’t worry about it. And with white walls (my favorite colour!) it will blend in really well! Your pocket book will thank you too!
Want to learn more the benefits of heat pumps and NSPI’s financing program – click here.
There is a specific piece of furniture in every home that wears many different hats – the coffee table. It is a piece you gather around with family and friends. You may use it as a dining table from time to time, a foot rest, a work desk and sometimes even a place to play board or card games. Inevitably it is also common for a coffee table to end up as a catch all for things used on a daily basis that no one quite knows where to put away (like your TV’s three separate remotes and the latest novel you have on the go). Because of this it can be difficult to actually know what to put on your coffee table in terms of decor, so here are our tried and true tips to styling a coffee table. Continue reading “Styling a Coffee Table”
If you’ve been looking for a wedding venue near Halifax, NS then look no further! Harbour Mist is a French inspired chateau that will take your breath away. It’s simply stunning from top to bottom and has 192 feet of private oceanfront.
We recently collaborated with a team of creatives to do a styled wedding shoot at this luxurious venue. Below are the gorgeous photos by Heather Durham
A wedding here would be nothing short of a dream!
Amazing creative team:
Photographer + Creative Direction: Heather Durham Photography
Styling & Rentals: Staged For Upsell
Floral & Event Design: Thorne and Thistle Designs
+ Local Flower Farmer + Floral Design Assistant: Barefoot Blooms
Rentals + Props + Styling: Staged For Upsell – Home Stagers & Redesigners
Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier Ivory & White
Bridesmaids Dress: @amsale from Bella Bridesmaids
Hair + Make Up: Kerri Bunn
Talent: City Models
Models: maggiesutherland.citymodels + kylehynick
Venue Location: Harbour Mist, Hubbards
Venue Inquiries: Oversea
Estate Rings: waltonsjewelry
Custom Invitation + Calligraphy: Silt & Pine
Vow Book: elmopaperstories
Calligraphy on Labels: Gracefully Made Art
Silk Ribbon: cocoonsilkribbo