CANADIAN HOME TRENDS: CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE SPACE’S DESIGN?
AMI MCKAY: This home doesn’t have one square inch that isn’t utilized. The dining area needed to not only fit a family of five, it also needed to fit a bustling household of neighborhood kids coming and going, arts and crafts with homework sprawled out, and of course, having friends over for family style dinners on the long table.
CHT: CAN YOU TALK ABOUT WHAT INSPIRED THE OVERALL DESIGN?
AM: The homeowner has three paper mache giraffes her children made for her and she adored them! They are quite bright and whimsical, just like the family! That was the inspiration for the room. They wanted the space to be a place everyone could enjoy.
CHT: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DESIGN ELEMENT IN THIS SPACE?
AM: I like the color palette; soft and subtle, yet bold and impactful. We clustered their existing art collection behind the sectional and added the light and basket. The linen window treatments added warmth and pulled the natural tones in the room together.
CHT: WHAT UNIQUE SOLUTIONS DID YOU WORK INTO THIS SPACE?
AM: The room was long which made it difficult to work out an area for the children to watch TV. We didn’t want the TV to be typically hung above the fireplace, so we made two separate areas; one seating area in front of the fireplace and the second with the sectional facing outward towards the TV. The lounge part of the sectional allowed seating for both areas.