The Riverdale Residence project is one we hold near and dear to our hearts.  We adore these clients –  their determination and spirit during trying times truly embody what we love about our fair city.

The clients contacted us in May of 2013 with plans to do a small refresh of their beloved family home that backs onto the Elbow River.  They were thinking small scale, perhaps some paint, new flooring and a few new pieces of furniture.  Enough to keep things up to date for another five years or so before downsizing.

Plans changed dramatically on June 26th, 2013 when the city of Calgary was devastated by one of the worst floods on record.

When we were finally able to re-enter the home,  we found the main floor held 6 inches of water, while the basement was completely flooded.  It quickly became clear that both levels would have to be completely gutted.    Along with our resilient clients, we came up with a design that would transform a disastrous event into a thing of beauty.

We took advantage of tons of natural light and breathtaking views and employed pops of bright cheery colour and natural elements throughout.  Our clients were so pleased with their “new” old home, plans to downsize were shelved – they have decided to stay!

Over the next few posts we will take a more in-depth look at different aspects and rooms of the Riverdale Residence.  For now, check out some highlights of one of our all time favourite projects.  Enjoy!

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Talk about making the best out of a bad situation….

When one of our clients experienced a major plumbing leak, she quickly contacted us for help to renovate her flooded bathroom.  We had already helped reno the majority of the home, so we were eager to get our hands on  the master ensuite.

The original space was a bit dated and dark:

Taking design inspiration from a gorgeous herringbone tile, we wanted the new area to be light, clean, elegant, and feminine.

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We chose to add mirrors to the vanity doors to create the illusion of a larger space. Mirrored cabinetry add a touch of sparkle, reflect light, and provide a chic way to check out your footwear on your way out the door!


We installed an elegant clawfoot cast iron tub, complete with nickel-plated fixtures.  What a luxurious way to soak away the troubles of the day!

HERRINGBONEThe spa-like shower was finished with a combination of the three different tiles used throughout the rest of the space.


We chose a bold brass light fixture in the water closet – a dramatic contrast to the dreamy floral wallpaper.



The walk-in closet was in dire need of more storage, so we installed a custom wardrobe and used the same brass hardware and added antiqued mirrors.  Stunning!


To think this beautiful space was borne out of a near disaster!  We love to make lemons into (pink!) lemonade!

For more info on this renovation, check out our feature in Style At Home.

The Calgary Interior Design firm, Corea Sotropa is known for their sophisticated but fresh approach to residential and hospitality interiors. Please get in touch for all your interior design needs!

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