Creating Function & Style

Since joining the “motherhood gang,” I’ve quickly realized how important function can be in a home!  Needing soft fabrics for babies to lay on, and an open area for toddlers to play with their toys is now an essential.

Working with a client last month who also shared the same struggle was a breath of fresh air!  We were able to take her un-decorated space and turn it into a stylish yet functional family room.  Both husband and wife enjoyed the industrial / modern design style and really wanted to incorporate family photos and rustic pieces into the mix.

Here’s are some BEFORE shots of the space when we got started:

With the living room having an “un-traditional” shaped space, we took on a challenging furniture hunt.  By eliminating the client’s over-sized furniture and replacing it with pieces that better suited the space we were able to create a much more open feel.  Adding the extra long curtains and hanging them high now highlights the vaulted ceilings.  Moving an existing bookshelf the clients owned and adding family photos to it brought their own personality into the mix.

Adding decorative baskets and ottoman storage now allows the family to store toys and remotes that they would rather not leave out in plain view.  The pops of blue and yellow give the neutral furniture and walls more visual interest.  By switching out the “builder grade” silver light fixtures and installing oil rubbed bronze fixtures  with edison bulbs we gave the space a whole new glow!

When decorating your home, it’s important to remember that it doesn’t have to look cold and overly structured.  There are countless ways to create a well designed space that reflects you and your families style, while still letting you live functionally 🙂

Kaitlyn Blair
Kaitlyn Blair
kaitlyn@sprucehomes.ca

Wife. Designer. Home decorator. Cheesecake obsession. Missouri roots. Follow along as we turn Saskatoon's most rundown houses into something spectacular!