Riverdale-Residence

A few weeks ago, we blogged about how this reno was not without its unique challenges (bit of an understatement!)

These lovely clients had a lifetime of beautiful antique furniture and fixtures in their home when it was severely damaged in the 2013 Calgary flood.   Every piece had at least 6” of water damage at the bottom and needed to be sent for restoration. In many cases we were able to simply re-finish or re-upholster the restored pieces to give each room a fresh and up-to-date look.  We were careful to split up all the very traditional furniture pieces into different rooms, and add new pieces that would complement them without creating overly ornate spaces.  We are so pleased with the results, and so are the clients  – they have put off their previously planned downsize, and have decided to stay.  That’s the ultimate seal of approval!

Let’s take a tour.

Bright&Light! (2)The light fixture in the front entrance was destined for the junk pile, but our principal designer Reena rescued it from a fate so unbecoming! The radiator covers were given a fresh coat of paint and, along with the antique pieces,  lend an eclectic charm to the space.  The window was originally glass brick, but was replaced for a more cohesive connection to the rest of the home.Black shades add drama! (1)Luckily, we were able to reuse all of the existing pieces in the dining room.  The walls were painted a moody shade of charcoal and we re-upholstered the dining chairs in a bold print. We also swapped out the existing white shades on the chandelier with black. Very chic!

Completely re-imagined ottomanUntitled design (16)Pre-reno, this sunroom was barely used!  We “re-furnished” it with existing pieces from all different areas of the home and now it is one of the client’s favourite spaces.  Reena fell in love with the buttercup yellow antique sofa and all the gorgeous natural sunlight that pours in through the wall of windows.  We re-used the lovely antique secretary and completely transformed the original ottoman by re-upholstering the caramel leather with grey linen and painted the dark wood legs.  Such a lovely spot to catch some Vitamin D on those long, cold winter days!

Untitled design (17)The living room is used primarily for entertaining guests, so a number of seating options were installed.  A few new pieces, such as the sofa and the chairs in the window, were purchased to compliment the lines of the existing classic furniture.  The rocking chair was an antique family piece we had recovered in a playful organic cut velvet fabric.

With a nod to the style of both yesterday and today, the Riverdale Residence is a stunning display of two eras merging.  We loved working with these clients and loved the challenge of combining traditional elements into the Reena Sotropa In House Design signature style.

Reena Sotropa In House Design Group  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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