Stalking my favorite designers on Instagram stories is something I’ve built into my weekly work routine and for good cause; so I can spot wildly gorgeous projects in progress, like this one from my dear friend Jacquelyn Clark of Lark & Linen. Her timeless and feminine design sense never ceases to wow me and I now feel as if I can spot one of her projects from a mile away. That signature look she’s crafted is woven throughout every room in this home she beautified for a young, growing family. From the blue velvet couch to the cane bed in the master, I personally wanted to know every single source. Being as gracious as she is, Jacquelyn is providing every detail and link for us below! Scroll for alll the goods and gorgeous imagery by Will Reid. Oh, and make sure to head to her blog when you’re done for all sorts of home inspo!
Can you tell us a bit about the inspiration behind the design?
Located in the Beaches area of Toronto, this client had just moved into their brand new, freshly renovated, home when they brought me on to help them transform it into a home. Because it had been renovated just before they purchased it, and the previous homeowners had done an excellent job, we really used the existing bones of the home as the jumping-off point. Fresh, bright, inviting, and absolutely timeless was the name of the game, and we infused a hint of modern farmhouse flair, for good measure.
What were your client’s needs/priorities in this project?
Their main goal was to bring every room together to create a cozy and approachable home that catered to their infant daughter, yet still felt grown-up and luxurious. As social butterflies, this sweet duo entertains regularly and really wanted their family and friends (of all ages!) to feel like they could sit back, and totally relax from the moment they walked in the door. With layers of performance fabrics, beautiful texture and subtle patterns, not-too-precious vintage rugs, as well as plenty of soft spots to land, I feel confident we accomplished just that.
How would you define the style of this space?
I tend to describe my style as timeless and feminine with a bit of an edge, and I definitely feel like this home embodies just that!
You have a way of infusing ‘cozy’ into everything you touch (which is why we love you!). Can you share a tip or two on how to weave that feeling of warmth and comfort throughout a home?
Thank you so much! The secret to infusing cozy into a space is two-fold. One: take stock of how you actually use the space (function is almost always more important than form!) And two: layer in the texture. Window treatments, toss cushions, cozy rugs, and the like—the more, the merrier, as far as I’m concerned. Also, a basket of blankets never hurts.
Were there any challenges you encountered while designing this project?
I feel like I’m going to jinx myself with this one, but honestly, I’ve never had a project run so flawlessly before (design and construction aren’t always easy!) However, this client was legitimately a dream from the start. We connected on a wonderful level from the get-go, which in my experience seems to set the tone for how a project is going to unfold. Our styles were perfectly aligned, they had a realistic budget, and they provided me with a level of trust that really allowed me to get in there and do my thing with confidence.
There are always minor issues like back-ordered items, longer than ideal lead times, and things of that nature, but truly nothing phased this couple, and the fact that this project is over is the definition of bittersweet.
What is your favorite design element or room in this home?
It’s a toss-up for me! Their blue velvet couch sets my heart aflutter like nothing else, however, I think our whole project team agrees that their cane bed, which ultimately ended up costing a small fortune to ship here, was worth every penny.
Couch: Elte in a custom fabric · Ottoman: Serena & Lily · Side Chairs: Crate & Barrel · Toss Cushions: Custom · Window Treatments: Custom · Window Bench: Custom · Window Bench Cushion: Custom · Vintage Rug: Etsy · Chandelier: Hudson Valley · Side Table: Elte · Bench Hardware: Rejuvenation