With rooms desperately due for a style upgrade and new storage solutions, retired couple Sherri and Jeff’s spacious home was in need of a little TLC. And they were just about ready to call it quits on the property… until Jillian Harris and the Love It Or List It Vancouver team came along, that is. Here’s how the designer transformed the dated space into a calming country-style oasis, complete with a luxurious master bedroom and a gorgeous new kitchen that’s perfect for entertaining.
Before the redesign, the couple had zero storage space for shoes, coats and other outdoor essentials. But thanks to a little creativity from designer Jillian Harris, the entryway got the full storage treatment with this custom unit. Now the homeowners will never run out of space to conceal oft-used items.
The open-concept dining area’s petite round table can accommodate large chairs without taking up too much space. New sliding glass doors ensure the couple can access the backyard with ease, something they certainly didn’t have before due to a broken latch!
Jillian opted for a soft palette throughout the home, from the crisp white walls to this grey-painted console table, which is perfect for storing extra entertaining essentials. The brass pulls add a contemporary touch and reflect the warm tones in the oak flooring.
Given the couple’s penchant for entertaining, the kitchen was due for a contemporary upgrade. Before, a boxed-in layout made spending time in the space awkward and uncomfortable. Now, thanks to an extra-large island with waterfall edging, there’s plenty of room for crowds to congregate.
With sculptural wood seats and sleek legs, the bar stools are just as contemporary as they are farmhouse chic. Since everything else in the kitchen is muted, the slender black legs pop and make a style statement.
The modern kitchen boasts storage on all three walls, and even within the island itself. Yet despite that, the space still feels open and vibrant thanks to the elimination of bulky uppers that closed off the room. Built-in pot lights, both on the ceiling and under the shelves, along with understated pendants above the island add extra brightness.
Built-In Wine Rack
On the other side of the kitchen, Jillian added a built-in nook with plenty of wine storage and extra counter space for prepping food or creating an impromptu bar when there’s company.
This backsplash pattern is a fun and fresh play on traditional subway tiles. It still feels clean and simple, but it adds an eye-catching element that helps to transform the space.
With a simple bed setup and no storage space, the original master bedroom was underutilized. So the designer sourced this pretty bed frame with nailhead trim to add instant texture and country character to the room.
The best part about the new bed frame is hand’s down its hidden storage component. Design meets function for the win.
Repurposed Night Tables
Jillian sourced these living room tables and incorporated them into the bedroom. Who says you can’t get a little creative when it comes to furniture placement? Their dark brown finish pops against the room’s light palette.
There’s plenty of natural light spilling into the space, making the bedroom that much dreamier. The crisp white palette also draws the eye toward the vibrant outdoors.
This console table matches the bedside tables to create cohesion. The unit’s surface is great for displaying pretty knickknacks, from fresh blooms to a trio of candles. Nature-inspired elements like the textured basket and branch-patterned drapes reinforce the home’s farmhouse aesthetic.
No Corner Wasted
Jillian maximized an awkward corner by squeezing in a custom storage unit. An oversized armchair and ottoman transform the opposite corner into a cozy sitting nook. Now, the couple can curl up with a good read and enjoy all their master bedroom has to offer.
We love that the bedroom also includes a walk-out to the patio. It’s thoughtful touches like this that transform the space into a hotel-inspired getaway.
The built-in floor-to-ceiling storage unit isn’t just great for tucking away clothes and extra linens; it also hides an unsightly flatscreen when not in use.
Since the homeowners also have a pup, Jillian crafted a nook with a doggy bed that folds down from the wall and even reveals hidden storage! Genius. Now, the dog has his very own room with a view. With so many great upgrades like this, it’s no wonder the pair chose to “love” their home in the end.