Living & Powder Room Reveal | Modern + Rustic = Cozy

This Calgary home needed a little more than a lick of paint and new furniture. Together with our lovely clients, we undertook a mini renovation. We ripped out the carpet on the stairs and second floor, installed a stunning new tile for the fireplace, replaced all the light fixtures, and gave the mudroom a “functional facelift” with new tile and shelving. Voila! Instant update. We also overhauled the first floor powder room (below), with our own special ode to Joanna Gaines (of HGTV’s Fixer Upper)!



Modern, rustic, not too fussy. This powder room is precious. We replaced everything from the toilet and vanity to the paper holder. We were thrilled when our clients opted for this unique cement tile, ecstatic when they chose the vintage newspaper wallpaper, and downright beside ourselves when they finished it off with the beautiful matte black paint. We’re sure Joanna Gaines would feel the exact same way.

We could stand in the doorway and stare at this powder room all day…but let’s move on to the living room.


The living room furniture wasn’t doing our clients any favours. The comfort they once sought in the room had turned to lethargy, and they wanted to liven things up. (When the sag in your sofa turns you into a human burrito, it’s time to let go.) Before we brought in the new, however, we wanted to focus on functionality. How was the space going to be used? Our clients love to host casual get togethers with family and friends, and they love a family movie night, so we knew ample seating was a must-have.

We also wanted to make the living room feel as big as it actually is. The before photos make it feel small because so much furniture is crammed into the space. Something to note: Let your furniture breathe! Allow for plenty of clearance between your furniture; don’t fill up your space with furniture just because the space allows for it. We got rid of the bookshelf and console table behind the sofa, which opened up the space for entertaining or for movie nights. Our clients now have room for a Christmas tree in the corner! Now the space is modern, purposeful, and oh so cozy!


We stopped at nothing to make this living room feel as inviting as possible. The detailed tile in the fireplace, the textures in the accessories and pillows, and the various wood tones all work together to create comfort and style. And please don’t worry about mixing wood tones. When done with the right balance, the different shades will add warmth and depth to any space.

Ottomans are the perfect way to maximize seating and comfort. They can be used for extra seating or pulled over to a sofa to rest the legs for maximum lounging. Now that there’s plenty of clearance between the cocktail table and sofas, our clients have the space to move these versatile pieces around.

Thank you for visiting! We’re always honoured to share our transformed and updated homes! We hope you love this cozy living room as much as our clients do. If you have any questions about this project, feel free to ask us in the Comments below!

Design Lead Jenn MacDonald
Photographer Lindsay Nichsols