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A Family Home That Fits

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

By Jill McDonnell
Photos courtesy of Elle Design

In the design world, like in life, success often boils down to a single factor: fit. For LeAnne Bunnell of Elle Design’s clients, the Calgary home they sought to make their own wasn’t a perfect match at first. “The floor plan was somewhat grand and the high ceilings and long sightlines contrasted with the simpler lifestyle my clients had for their family,” Bunnell says. From finish selection and furniture layout to fabric and décor choices, Bunnell worked to make the home a better fit for the family.

The master bedroom, for example, meets the client’s lifestyle needs in style. Its sitting room accommodates family time with a comfortable sofa and swivel glider, but adds a dash of panache—and a nod to one of the homeowner’s Canadian east coast roots—with hints of blues, oranges, corals, yellows, and pinks.

The balance of style and comfort continues throughout the home. The homeowners enjoy cooking, so function came first in the kitchen, where classic door profile and cabinets and traditional finish details are paired with modern conveniences such as the built-in coffee maker and large gas range. A level of formality was added with a dark stained maple island. “The finishes repeated the mixed dark and light finishes in the kitchen nook for a cohesive effect,” Bunnell says.

For these homeowners, fit was finally achieved with Bunnell’s help—and a consistent family focus. “The homeowners realize that a well-designed space enhances their daily life, and this home is a family home for creating memories.”

Ontario-based Whittington & Company manufactures custom upholstery in Mississauga, Canada. “One of the biggest perks is a 100% Canadian-made product, supporting Canadian artisans,” Whittington Furniture showroom manager Andrea Wilkie says. “The most important thing is the environment here, so everything is completely custom.” Wilkie works exclusively with designers, such as LeAnne Bunnell of Elle Design, to create made-to-measure pieces from traditional to contemporary styles built from Canadian hardwood and upholstered by local artisans.

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