You know that feeling you get when you know something’s just not right, but you can’t put your finger on the problem? Well, sometimes you just have to call in the professionals! Our client had just finished a fairly substantial refresh of her home and was part way through the process of furnishing when she sounded the alarm. She didn’t feel entirely satisfied with her results, so instead of continuing on and potentially making costly mistakes, she called us to help. In the end she was completely thrilled with the way it turned out!

Let’s take a look inside the Discovery Ridge Residence Living Room project designed by Reena Sotropa.

Our main objective with this space was to add to the existing California-Cool vibe that our client had set out to create. One of the key challenges that Reena had identified early in the process was that the rug selected was not large enough for the furniture arrangement; however, the pattern and texture of the rug worked perfectly! We ordered a larger, sisal rug to layer under the existing rug to properly fill the space. Reena selected accessories made of natural materials and varying textures, like stone and petrified wood, to compliment the sisal rug.

The art took the longest to source because of it’s size, and the process of having it dry-mounted and custom framed was well worth the wait!

When our client called us, the shelving in the living room was bare. We opted to style the shelves with an informal and laid-back look. To fill the vast expanse of open-shelving we ordered coverless books from Books by the Foot to use as a foundational object amongst the gorgeous accessories. As well, we decided to change the hardware on the millwork to support our combination of mixed metals within the room.

We decided to fill this tricky corner with a substantial banana leaf tree. The stunning vessel that holds the tree was custom made by Mercedes and Singh. To bring this area of the room together we layered the plant with a custom designed oversized oval mirror framed in leather and created by Zach Paul Leather!

Calgary interior design firm Reena Sotropa In House Design Group (formerly known as Corea Sotropa Interior Design)  is widely known and recognized for casually elegant interiors that effortlessly blend classic elements with youthful energy.  Contact us for all your interior design needs.

It is always a wonderful day when a former client reaches out to enlist the help of your team for a second time. Our clients were thrilled to tell us that they were building a new custom home with Veranda Estate Homes in the Calgary inner-city neighbourhood of Parkdale and we were just as excited to get started on their new space.

Our clients, a family of five with three little girls, love colour and we did our very best to ensure that their dream of a fresh, dynamic space with beautiful patterns and bold colour were brought to life. This entire project hinged on the discovery of one remarkable floral Jan Kath area rug that our clients fell in love with.

While our clients were busy falling in love with their exquisite rug, we were swooning over a Kelly Wearstler fabric for the drapery that coordinated beautifully with the living room. Our client didn’t necessarily want to commit to the pattern as an entire wall of drapes so instead we chose to use it as a leading edge which added just the right amount of texture. 

Building on the colourful palette, we designed a living room starting with a few key pieces from their old home and adding some new custom upholstered pieces. Instead of opting for neutral coloured furniture we went with navy and emerald green sofas to compliment the space.


Before we came on board to help finish off this project, our clients had a Beware the Moon ostrich wallpaper installed in their mud room. We wanted to let the fun pattern of the wallpaper speak for itself. In order to maintain equilibrium we added just the right splash of colour into this quirky space by introducing a pop of orange for the door shade and custom bench cushion.

The palette for the entry way was determined by the graphic fabric chosen for the entry bench. We loved one of the bold green tones in the floral print and sourced a coordinating, over-dyed, entry rug to pull together the look.

This project was the perfect balance of sophistication and charm. We can’t wait to show you the rest of it! Stay tuned as we unveil this stunning home.

Be sure to check out Jacquie Moore’s article about this project in Western Living!


If you’ve ever been to our Instagram page and wondered, “who curates this beautiful feed?” then the cat’s out of the bag (and she’s probably cuddling it)…meet Alanna! Managing our social media accounts, together with Reena, is merely the tip of the iceberg for our hard-working and dedicated senior designer.

Alanna is a born and bred Red Deer gal and in her own word’s she’s “Red Deer’s biggest fan!” Before Alanna came into our lives she worked at a commercial architecture firm where she was a junior interior designer. Alanna celebrated her fifth summer with us and we couldn’t be more fortunate to have her on our team! She is a talented go-getter who has perfected the art of managing a project from start to finish while paying extra attention to every last detail.


Not only is Alanna a total girl boss, she is also an excellent mentor to the juniors. She’s an asset to our newest design staff and is always helping to guide and educate them to achieve our look!

Here are some fun facts about Alanna:

Alanna designs and project manages many of our large renovation projects. Her favourite thing about being an interior designer is her interaction with the clients and of course, the patterns. Her obsession with tiles has led to her ability to create beautiful tile elevations like no other! One of Alanna’s favourite projects that she currently has her hands on is the #IHMardaLoop project.


All of the reasons that we love Alanna are the reasons that you’ll love her too. She is the office DJ and simultaneously one of Justin Bieber’s biggest Beliebers. When she isn’t jamming to the Biebs, she’s blasting Cher. Or Elton John. Alanna loves to travel and since she’s been with us she’s been to far off places such as Iceland, Hawaii, Switzerland, Pittsburg, New York City and she doesn’t plan on stopping there! As if she wasn’t cool enough already, she also plays the piano and guitar. She is exceptionally great at telling her past weekend experiences, and Ania has begged her on multiple occasions to start her own blog because they’re so funny!

That’s our Alanna and we really, truly don’t know what we’d do without her! The In House Design team is fortunate to work with such an amazing person and talented designer.

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Calgary interior design firm Reena Sotropa In House Design Group (formerly known as Corea Sotropa Interior Design)  is widely known and recognized for casually elegant interiors that effortlessly blend classic elements with youthful energy.  Contact us for all your interior design needs.

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