When one partner wants a woodsy craftsman, and the other wants sparkling glamour, what kind of home results? In today’s home tour you’ll see just how Lori Sellmer Design fused two incredibly different design aesthetics for a timeless style the whole family can appreciate. See how it all came together in the beautiful shots by MJay Photography below.
From the designer… From the initial consultation, I knew these clients were going to be a dream to work with! They’re a fun loving, young family and their humour and easygoing nature were a pleasure to get to know and work with. That said, I knew right away that determining our overall design concept was going to be a challenge! It was pretty clear from our first meeting that their individual design tastes were worlds apart. Luckily they were already very aware of this, and put their trust in me to sort it all out – challenge accepted!
One partner envisioned the home to be completely white on white, with sparkle and modern glamour. The other loved a more masculine feel and was partial to craftsmen and farmhouse style homes with heavier wood details and black accents and hardware. We came to a balance in the main living areas of the home by keeping an overall fresh white feel and used warm brass light fixtures with polished nickel cabinet hardware for that shine and sparkle she was looking for. We added a few warmer wood accents throughout the home with well placed white oak cabinetry. Black door handles kept the overall look grounded. We also opted for moody deep wall colour for the front powder room and home office to offer a bit of contrast and drama.
The primary ensuite bathroom is where we stayed true to the request for an all white, elevated oasis. The marble floor tiles and mosaics add interest and lead your eye to the modern free standing tub beside the fireplace. We framed the window with feminine flowing drapery and a pretty Visual Comfort chandelier for a soft and textural look.
We also had to keep in mind some practical elements, as this is a young family, and the finishes and fixtures needed to be hardworking. They opted for a darker hardwood floor because of their dog, who happens to be part black lab. (“Gotta match the dog hair!”) The back mudroom floor is a patterned ceramic tile to hide all the dirt and grime that kids and dogs carry in. Plus, cabinets to the ceiling hide away all that clutter. A walk-in pantry behind the kitchen is fully stocked with snacks and an extra freezer for a busy family.