We time our ren­o­va­tions is­sue for April ev­ery year, be­cause they don’t call it spring clean­ing for noth­ing, right? It’s around this time of year that I start get­ting the itch to switch things up in my own place, and not just be­cause the stronger sun­light is shin­ing a spot­light on all the places I’ve ne­glected to dust these last few months.

I re­cently read an ar­ti­cle some­where that said peo­ple of­ten ne­glect the de­sign of their bed­rooms be­cause they’re rarely go­ing to host a din­ner party in it—and up un­til this spring, I was cer­tainly a prime ex­am­ple of that the­ory. I’ve lived at my cur­rent ad­dress for al­most five years, yet my bed­room could have eas­ily dou­bled for a twen­tysome­thing’s eclec­tic and hap­haz­ard dorm room. (And I am not a twen­tysome­thing. Sadly.) But said ar­ti­cle got me in mo­tion, and I put a lit­tle love into my bed­room this spring: re­placed the dresser, hung some new art, switched out the frames on a mis­matched group of pho­tos, brought in some new bed­ding and added a stand­ing mir­ror. And voilà—I feel like a new per­son. (Fu­ture par­ties will re­main in the liv­ing room—or, who am I kid­ding, the kitchen.)

Of course, the ren­o­va­tions you’ll see in this is­sue went quite a bit fur­ther to make a space party- (and fam­ily-) ready. Ar­chi­tects David Bat­tersby and Heather Howat turned a fam­ily home into two empty nesters’ stun­ning new pad. A Whistler ski bum’s cabin was ren­o­vated into a bright, mod­ern and oh-so-an­gu­lar year­round home by ar­chi­tect David Arnott. And de­signer Ne­gar Gho­rashi res­cued a ’50s-era post-and-beam and con­verted it into a gor­geous re­treat for her­self and her hus­band.

While I didn’t go so far in my spring over­haul as the de­sign­ers in this is­sue took their spa­ces, the up­dates I did make have given my bed­room an en­tirely new feel­ing—both re­fresh­ing and re­lax­ing at the same time. Let me know if these pages in­spire you to make your own up­dates—whether you go for a mod­est bed­room flip or a mas­sive whole-home reno, may it all put a lit­tle spring in your step and bring an ex­tra party or two to your fu­ture.

Fol­low Anicka on In­sta­gram @ ANIQUA

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