Home Tour: Colourful and Stylish Custom Home

“I wanted a custom home,” says Deirdra. “I wanted to the option to create what we wanted.”

She and her husband had moved back from Prince Edward Island, and they needed a place to live.

But they weren’t willing to settle for any old house – they wanted one that fit what they were looking for and decided to build to create their vision. The decision allowed them to build the kitchen they wanted.

They were visiting local furniture stores when Deirdra spotted a mustard-yellow sofa. Deirdra fell in love with the sofa and knew she wanted one. She ended up with two. From that mustard colour came the inspiration to accent the main floor space with hits of gold.

To allow room in the budget for splurge items like a gold-coloured faucet and those matching mustard sofas from SAM Design, Deirdra took a creative approach to shopping, sourcing some items at box stores then refinishing them for the look she wanted. A coat of that gold spray paint transformed the bar cart, sourced from a  big-box store, into a custom piece.

A statement piece that blends into the background may sound like an oxymoron, but it’s the subtle approach of the fireplace tile that really makes it stand out. Wood plank was the inspiration, but real wood has issues like seasonal expansion and shrinkage, plus it would need maintenance to maintain the look. Porcelain tiles, however, have none of those problems and its manufactured nature means consistent colour. Laid in a herringbone pattern up the fireplace, the pale faux-wood tiles have the look of sunbleached driftwood planks, with the effect accentuated by an incredibly precise and narrow grout job.

The main floor is a vision realized, a cohesive look brought together with gold accents and a DIY spirit. The raw concrete floor of the unfinished basement bears testament to that spirit in an abstract collage of hollow circles and rectangles, all in the same tint of gold spray paint.

Throughout the main level, and even in the stairway leading to the upper floor, lighting plays a role normally reserved for sculptural works of art, an effect enhanced by the gallery-like bare white walls, which allow an uncluttered backdrop for the interesting illumination.

Deirdra prefers the look of bare walls, and grouped their collected art pieces in one gallery-style display rather than scattered throughout the house.

“Lighting was really important to me,” says Deirdra. “I don’t like to put a lot of things on my walls. And I don’t like to put pictures up on my walls typically unless it’s a concentrated gallery wall. So I wanted my lighting to be like artwork and I wanted each light to define a room. I also wanted that, if you were driving, to be able to see all these individual lights.”

Wall art by Jessica Waterman.

This story first appeared in the spring, 2017 print issue of Home & Cabin. Subscriptions are $10 per year