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Contemporary Home Decor

Photography by Tracey Ayton

Contemporary Home Decor – INTERIOR DESIGNER MARIA DECOTIIS SPECIALIZES IN CREATING CLASSIC SPACES WITH AN EDGE. True to form is her project on Burke Street, which is home to a busy family of five. Anthoni, Lina, and their three sons have lived in the home for over three years. It contains 3,900 square feet, three storys, four bedrooms, and five bathrooms.

Says Lina, “I wanted the space to feel comfortable on a daily basis for my family, but also to be roomy enough to accommodate when friends and family joined us.”

“They wanted the home to feel sophisticated, yet still have a young vibe,” says Maria. She also notes that the homeowners requested a large kitchen, a pass through to the dining room, two bathrooms on the main floor, and ample storage.

The front foyer of the home boasts sky high ceilings, an intricate crystal chandelier, and plenty of natural light. The theme of light and bright carries on into the kitchen. “Their previous home had a lot of brown so we wanted to do something completely different. We added gray into the space to add interest rather than keeping everything white,” says Maria. “From there we had fun and added color.”

As such, lively pops of pink reoccur throughout the home via floral arrangements, upholstery, and patterned wallpaper. Says Maria, “The homeowners are young and aren’t afraid of color, and I wanted the home to reflect that.”

In addition to a couple of impactful pink area rugs, the kitchen encompasses a myriad of customized elements, including a coffee station, recycling center, a built-in knife block, a butcher’s block, and custom storage. “I wanted the homeowners to have a space for everything, so that keeping things tidy in a busy kitchen would be easy,” says Maria.

(These Nordic coffee mugs are also a great addition to any kitchen.)

When asked where they splurged in the space, Lina cites the cabinetry and appliances. “Since we’re a growing family we wanted to make sure we had a big enough fridge, freezer and range to prepare healthy meals. We also decided we did not want a microwave and instead opted for a steam oven as our second oven to help us prepare healthy meals.”

The contemporary home decor also appears upstairs, where the master ensuite includes faux marble, beveled subway tile, a free-standing tub, and a double vanity with ample storage. Says the designer, “I wanted the master bathroom to have an upscale hotel vibe and I think we achieved just that.”

When renovating kitchens or bathrooms, Maria stresses the importance of setting a realistic budget. To ensure you stay within that budget, she recommends using a combination of high-end and economical materials. “When you invest in the right elements, it completely elevates the feel of the entire space. I suggest splurging on items like lighting and hardware,” says Maria. “I like to include some form of marble in my spaces. Even a small amount of marble makes a room feel more luxurious.”

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