My favourite room

Take a peek in­side the favourite rooms of some of Hal­i­fax’s de­sign au­thor­i­ties. I’m a big fan of min­i­mal­ist dec­o­rat­ing style and mod­ern in­te­rior de­sign.

The Coast - Homes Halifax - - Contents - BY AL­LI­SON SAUN­DERS

What makes this room your favourite?

It’s the heart of the house. The open­ness of the space is bathed in nat­u­ral light from both sides, let in by gen­er­ous win­dows that also pro­vide crossven­ti­la­tion dur­ing sum­mer­time. One of its great ap­peals is com­fort, space flex­i­bil­ity and the at­mos­phere of airi­ness that is fur­ther en­hanced with the var­i­ous shades of white fur­ni­ture. It’s where we spend time as a fam­ily, where I watch my daugh­ter play and dance, where we wel­come our friends when we en­ter­tain, but most of all a place where I get to re­lax af­ter a hard day at work with a good book and the sound of my favourite tunes, or just watch TV.

The in­spi­ra­tion: I’m a big fan of min­i­mal­ist dec­o­rat­ing style and mod­ern in­te­rior de­sign. My love of nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als, bold colours, sim­plic­ity and func­tion­al­ity in par­tic­u­lar were the main in­spi­ra­tion for this room. The less-is-more ap­proach came into play by se­lect­ing clean lines, sharp forms, sleek trend-proof fur­ni­ture and a neu­tral colour pal­ette and then en­liven­ing it with splat­ters of pat­terns and shots of fiery red to make the space feel vi­brant.

Key de­tails: The nat­u­ral light is one of the key el­e­ments in my house—it helps meld the min­i­mal­ist fea­tures. The slim sil­hou­ette sec­tional po­si­tioned against the large win­dow allows the floods of sun­light in, open­ing the space to the back­yard but also turn­ing the fo­cal point to the nat­u­ral stone wall with the rib­bon fire­place. The flo­ral chair that is tak­ing the cen­tre stage be­tween the big façade open­ings is paired with the hand­made plexi-glass ta­ble, gen­er­at­ing this con­trast mix­ture of style and ma­te­ri­als.

ar­chi­tect Mar­i­anne Ab­boud’s liv­ing room

The space: My favourite place in Hal­i­fax is ac­tu­ally in a build­ing on the cor­ner of Ox­ford and Cork, where my sis­ter has her of­fice [Solterre De­sign]. It’s not ac­tu­ally about the room, it’s all the stuff in it. It is one of the first projects I did as man­ager of Renovators Re­source, and it con­tains stair treads from a house on Young Av­enue, old rads from a south end home and win­dows that came later were from an old barn con­ver­sion. The items in the space bring back mem­o­ries from jobs I did. The whole build­ing is all sal­vaged—oak floor­ing, sal­vaged doors from the in­fir­mary—there are as many sal­vaged items in that build­ing as build­ing per­mits per­mit­ted.

Key de­tails: I tried to think about what would be my favourite space—it wasn’t about the space at all but all of the com­po­nents that go into the spa­ces, and that’s ex­actly what our cus­tomers are like. Peo­ple are re­ally into the his­tory of build­ings in Hal­i­fax, maybe more so than other places. I love the big, dark, stair treads. They re­mind me of go­ing into that build­ing be­fore we started sal­vaging. It was a big old house on Young Av­enue, and look­ing around, be­ing in the project and see­ing the pieces in situ be­fore they were sal­vage. So I see the build­ing they came out of, and not the items.

Renovators Re­source’s Ali­son Phi­b­ley’s stair­well

What makes this room your favourite?

When I’m at home I spend a lot of time in my of­fice–it’s the na­ture of own­ing your own busi­ness. We’re lucky enough to have two mas­ter bed­rooms in our home so I con­verted this one into my home of­fice. This is the one room in the house that I can dec­o­rate any­way I want, and as girlie as I want.

The in­spi­ra­tion: I do most of my cre­ative thought process in my of­fice so I wanted a space that was chic but still func­tional. I kept the pal­ette neu­tral, ac­cent­ing with black, white, gold and a touch of seafoam green. I added dif­fer­ent textures and el­e­ments such as wood, fur, a leather ot­toman, throw blan­ket and met­als to cre­ate lay­ers and in­ter­est in the room.

Favourite de­tail: I’d have to say my desk. It’s an old door that I pur­chased at an an­tique decor shop, and added IKEA sawhorse legs to. I have a pas­sion for re­pur­pos­ing old fur­ni­ture and things that are no longer “loved” by their own­ers, so in­cor­po­rat­ing an old dis­carded door for my desk was a must. I also love the 10 foot wide win­dow that over­looks the lake and allows nat­u­ral light to flood the room.

dec­o­ra­tor/home Joanna stager Lane’s home of­fice

What makes this room your favourite?

This was my hus­band and I’s first apart­ment to­gether. We even­tu­ally moved into a condo, but truly missed the charm of this old place—it sur­vived the Hal­i­fax Ex­plo­sion!—and snapped up the hi­lar­i­ous op­por­tu­nity to move back in when it popped up on the renters mar­ket. Now, this room is tiny—like re­ally tiny, but it’s where the best mo­ments hap­pen. It’s where cozy Fri­day evenings are spent with pop­corn and a movie, it’s where slow Sun­day morn­ings are spent with cof­fee and a book. It’s the liv­ing room for a rea­son—and lit­tle scars like the tiny notches in the trim from when our Great Dane was a teething puppy are a tes­ta­ment to that!

The in­spi­ra­tion: I am a min­i­mal­ist at heart. I’m very in­spired by mod­ern, clean lines and my hus­band is a fan of mid-cen­tury mod­ern pieces, so much of the room re­flects that. The bright, art gallery-like white walls pro­vide the per­fect min­i­mal blank slate to fea­ture our favourite pieces of fur­ni­ture. The small space pro­vided a challenge, es­pe­cially com­ing back from an open-con­cept condo, but in­spired func­tion in our de­sign that has made liv­ing in a tiny space not only pos­si­ble, but en­joy­able!

de­sign blog­ger Brit­tney Ma­clean’s liv­ing room

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