SMALL SPENDER

A Toronto de­signer saves a lot of money and time when cre­at­ing an ele­gant yet ap­proach­able liv­ing room for her young fam­ily.

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An ele­gant and bud­get-friendly liv­ing room cre­ated to fit the needs of a young fam­ily

They say time is money, and for­mer Style at Home de­sign ed­i­tor Stacy Begg was keen to con­serve both when she en­deav­oured to beau­tify her liv­ing room. The busy mom of three and her hus­band, Don Saynor, had re­cently ren­o­vated the main floor of their 2,000-square-foot Toronto home, net­ting the room a crisp en­ve­lope of fresh white walls, black-framed win­dows and wide-plank hard­wood floors. The decor, how­ever, left much to be de­sired. “We had our dog crate in there and our TV on this lit­tle side ta­ble,” says Stacy. “The room had a sad univer­sity stu­dent vibe.”

The space needed a dec­o­ra­tive growth spurt, so Stacy be­gan by splurg­ing on a de­signer drapery fab­ric that echoed the monochro­mat­ic­plus-yel­low pal­ette of the ad­ja­cent kitchen (fea­tured in Style at Home’s June 2014 is­sue). To fur­ther el­e­vate the room, she sourced a high-end grass­cloth wall­pa­per and ac­cented the fire­place wall with it. “Once you have a cou­ple of in­vest­ment pieces, you can play with lower-cost el­e­ments,” says the de­signer, who ap­plied the prin­ci­ple here: While some of the fur­nish­ings – in­clud­ing the vel­vet swivel chair and stat­uesque side ta­ble – are af­ford­able new pur­chases, oth­ers, such as the ce­les­tial-pat­terned bench and glam gold cof­fee ta­ble, are ac­tu­ally in­ex­pen­sive sec­ond­hand items Stacy had up­dated. And the chic Wil­liam Birch­style sofa? It’s an ex­ist­ing piece the de­signer up­dated

by re­plac­ing the back cush­ions with some throw pil­lows. Bud­get-friendly art­work and other ac­ces­sories, rang­ing from high to low, fin­ish the room.

Sport­ing a chic Cal­i­for­nia-cool look, the re­sult­ing space seems like a tall or­der, but it only took a cou­ple of weeks to pull to­gether – proof that style need not suf­fer if you’re strapped for time and cash. DE­SIGN, Stacy Begg De­sign, 416-898-0435; Cloud White CC-40 WALL & MILLWORK PAINT, Ben­jamin Moore; WALL­PA­PER, Thibaut at Kravet Canada; SOFA, IKEA; SWIVEL CHAIR, SIDE TA­BLE, BAS­KETS, West Elm; COF­FEE TA­BLE SPRAY- PAINT­ING, Beres­ford; BAR CART, Hud­son’s Bay; BENCH FAB­RIC, TOSS CUSH­IONS (ex­cept yel­low), Tonic Liv­ing; BENCH UP­HOL­STERY, Mas­ter Up­hol­stery; Gastón y Daniela DRAPERY FAB­RIC, Lee Jofa; DRAPERY SEWING, Q. De­sign Per­fect Drapery and Shades; HEARTH TILES, Met­tro Source; FLOORING, Mon­cer Spe­cialty Flooring; RUG, white CANISTERS, brass BOWLS & TRAY, faux pot­ted olive TREE (on shelf), Elte; PRINTS, Minted; cus­tom MIR­ROR, Canada Glass & Mir­ror Co.; PIC­TURE LIGHTS, Robert Abbey; DRAPERY HARD­WARE, De­signer Fabrics.

TEXT LAURA MUIR PHO­TOG­RA­PHY AN­GUS FERGUSSON

LEFT In a low-bud­get few-week makeover, home­owner and de­signer Stacy Begg gave her liv­ing room a Cal­i­for­nia-cool look. Against a neu­tral back­drop, el­e­ments like flo­ral drapery, a gold­painted bam­boo cof­fee ta­ble and a funky ce­les­tial-in­spired bench of­fer a sunny, re­laxed vibe.

LEFT & BE­LOW The fire­place, which got a crisp dry­wall job dur­ing a re­cent reno, needed some char­ac­ter, stat. Stacy high­lighted it by cov­er­ing the sur­round­ing wall with a rich taupe sisal grass­cloth – a project she and a friend com­pleted in less than a day.

RIGHT Stacy found the bam­boo cof­fee ta­ble at a con­sign­ment store. Pre­vi­ously a drab green, the piece got a new lease on life via pro­fes­sional spray-paint­ing. “Call­ing upon ex­perts gave beau­ti­ful re­sults and helped me stay on sched­ule,” says Stacy.

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