Sunday, March 4, 2012

Our Home: Jennifer of Rambling Renovators

Happy Monday Everyone!  I'm super excited about today's post as it is the launch of a new series at DesignMaze.  "Our Home" is a home tour series where I showcase brilliantly designed and decorated homes of talented bloggers, decorators, and design enthusiasts.  Through the home tours, you will be inspired by ingenious original design ideas, and hopefully the series will spark the hidden potentials in your own home!  


It is of no easy task when it comes to picking the first home for the series.  I'm constantly being inspired by the beautiful homes of my fellow bloggers and then I thought, who else is just as much of a "super fan" of Sarah Richardson and Tommy Smythe like myself?  The name that pops in my head is Jennifer of Rambling Renovators!  

Jennifer is not only a successful design-savvy blogger, an inspirational DIY expert with many tricks up her sleeves, the co-founder of BlogPodium (a platform that fosters conversation, connection, and collaboration within the design community), a super mom with a sweet little girl Chloe, she is also an incredible mentor to new bloggers (like myself), sharing her valuable advices in her latest blog series: BlogTalk.          


Without further delay, here is Jen's cozy, inviting, and elegant living room in her 1950s semi-detached home.  I love how Jen pulls together this delicious yellow and grey palette through a pair of classic chairs upholstered with a stylish geometric prints from Dwell studios, the intricate grey drapery with multi-directional patterns for drama, and a pair of cheerful pillows with a sunflower motif.  

To create contrast and add an additional pop of color to the room, Jen sprays the vintage hutch and dress in teal and outfit them with super hot brass hardware.  To help ground the space and create a coherent look, all the furniture pieces including the sofa, a pair of chairs, and the coffee table, are equipped with ebony legs.

To boast visual interest and help balance the height of the hutch, Jen places this dynamic round mirror above the sofa and a supersized portrait of Chloe above the dresser.        


What a beautiful view the moment you step into this sumptuous living room.  Just like all the Sarah's Houses, fireplace is a must in the living room.  Yours truly live by this rule and so is Jen.  Check out this incredible gas fireplace!! It is hard to believe this is actually a DIY project.  


I simply can't get over how amazing this fireplace looks!  I love that Jen picks the elongated carrara subway tiles and has them installed all the way to the ceiling in a brick pattern for a traditional look with a modern vibe.  Of course this vignette looks absolutely stunning and whimsy thanks to the artwork and the pop of tomato red from the mini chair.  

The sightline from the living room to the adjacent dining room is jaw-dropping gorgeous!  Many people would have taken down the wall between the living room and dining room and opted for an open concept space.  However, I respect and appreciate the fact that Jen embraces the original character of the home, and preserved this urge opening during her renovation.     


Before we walk into the dining room, there is one more design element I need to share with you. Isn't this the most sophisticated radiator you have ever seen? It is now a piece of furniture and if Jen shall rearrange her furniture one day, this elegant number can easily be a console behind her sofa!  Do you have a radiator heating system at home?  Let Jen shows you her makeover


Now are you sitting down? You may want to before we head into the dining room because your knees may just go weak when you see this timeless, sophisticated, and sumptuous dining room.  Oh mine, I love everything in this dining room!  You all know I'm obsessed with wallpapers and check out this breathtaking large scale Magnolia wallpaper in pale mustard.  The traditional floral motif ties in perfectly to the architectural character of the home and yet, the modern interpretation speaks contemporary, which reflects the taste of this young family.      


I also love the circle motif (pendant, dining table and chairs) in this dining room.  The rich wood tone and intricate wood inlay detail on the dining table add class and luxury to the space. This pendent is such a classic piece and what a statement it makes in this dining room.    

 

I do have a few tricks of my own.  Here is your private tour of Jen's amazing home with Erin McLaughlin, Editor-in-Chief of Style at Home, for Cityline.  Enjoy!


As they all say, kitchen is the heart of the home.  Jen's gourmet kitchen certainly wins my heart ... and Chris' too! 


This classic kitchen hits all the right notes when I go through my Sarah Richardson's kitchen must-have checklist: simple shaker style door (it never goes out of style), open and close storage with glass panels, stone counter top, sparkly mosaic backsplash, and a chef worthy gas stove!


Now this time you really should sit down before you take a peak into Jen's out of this world amazingly beautiful master ensuite.  It is hard to believe this was once an ugly duckling.  I am so impressed and inspired by this panelled wall that I assure you I will attempt that in my next home!


No detail is overlooked in the restful retreat: Jen's signature rad cover, bamboo roman blinds (both practical and easy to the eye), and bold, graphic custom drapes from Tonic Living.  Who wouldn't want to wake up everyday in this tree top serene boudoir.


A few of my favourite elements in this room: this delicate and delightful capiz chandelier (can't believe Jen found this on eBay), the oil rubbed bronze wall scones, and these Hollywood chic bedside tables with a touch of gold.


You can learn how to create this showstopper panelled wall here or check out Jen's appearance on the Nate Berkus show for a step-by-step knowhow.



Our last stop is this luxurious family bath.  I love the frosted glass and the French inspired "Bath" sign for a warm welcome to this spa getaway.  This light filled bathroom looks very expensive and here is Jen's wisdoms on a save/splurge master course in bathroom reno.

Save: 

* this vanity looks like a million buck with similar design aesthetic as the Barbara Barry collection.  It is actually from Kohler and yours truly also scored one at clearance a few months ago!  Mine is in matte black.

* large scale classic subway tile is easy to install (lower labour cost) and always look crisp and fresh.    


To dress up the classic & well-priced subway tile, Jen adds glass tile as a decorative band for a luxurious look. 


Splurge: 

* this glass panel is a small investment but it completely transforms this small bathroom from dimmed to bright! The bathroom now looks airy, spacious, and the half wall conceals the "throne".  

* ingenious tile play in place of traditional baseboard: I absolutely love this design detail and how expensive it looks thanks to the band of glass tiles and Jen's attention to detail.  


Being a true die hard fan of Sarah Richardson, Jen is inspired by the "tile carpet" in the powder bathroom of Sarah' House 1.  I am in tile heaven at Jen's bathroom!  As imitation is the truly the greatest form of flattery, don't be surprised if you see my future powder room looking just like Jens!!

 

You can also read up Jen's tips on her feature in Style at Home here.

Thanks so much Jen for sharing your home and all these beautiful shots with us at DesignMaze today.  You are such a talented creator with fantastic taste and a wealth of knowledge to turn your visions into reality. I've learned so much from blogging to design through reading your blog, and I can't wait to follow your adventure of basement reno!

Before I let you all go back to your Monday schedule, check out this unbelievably cute costume closet for sweet Chloe on Cityline!  Happy Monday everyone.

19 comments:

  1. I am LOVING the abundance of yellow - so uplifting and fun! Great space.

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    1. You and I both Will!! What a cheerful home to live in!

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  2. I have been dying to try a 'tile carpet' as well; it's a shame my own bathroom renovation is so far off! It's a beautiful home and I too love the splashes of yellow (especially those gorgeous yellow armchairs in the living room!).

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    1. I actually had thought about doing the tile carpet and even had it all mapped out. But then I got talked out of it because it maybe too busy in my little bathroom. Instead I stole the other tile trick at the Kid's bath of Sarah's House 1 instead. Love it!

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  3. I love everything about her home! It has such a traditional feel yet it's chic and modern! Great choice to kick off your series!

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  4. Love the new series TIm! It's already off to a fabulous start - thanks to your awesome write-up and Jennifer's gorgeous home. Happy Monday ;)

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  5. Thank you for sharing this. Jennifer's home is absolutely beautiful and inviting on every level. A lot of thought put into the selections.

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  6. Great feature Tim. I love Jen's home and her style is awesome. Sooooo wanna do that board and batten wall :)

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  7. Jennifer's home is simply stunning and it proves that the little details make all the difference. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I agree!! the little details totally make all the difference. .. that's why Jen's place looks so well done and luxurious!

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  8. Thanks so much for the very flattering feature, Tim! You're the best - thanks again for taping the CityLine videos. I'm looking forward to the rest of your series!

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    1. Oh Jen!! The pleasure is truly all mine. Thanks for all the photos and you are such an inspiration!

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  9. Great series Tim, and the perfect place to start. I loved reading your 'take' on Jen's house and all the video extras! Can't wait to see the next one!

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  10. Looking forward to this entire series, Tim. Jen, I just fell in love with your fireplace.

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    1. Isn't that gorgeous? A full wall of carrara!! I'm just crazy about it ... so jealous!

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  11. What a great feature...loving this series!

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  12. Love this Tim! And love Jen, her whole house is absolutely amazing!

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  13. Great tour! She has a very welcoming home!!! And boy did you do your homework!!

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  14. All those transformations are beautiful! And although I love the new bathroom, I'm happy to see others liking the old bathroom as well.
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