I really can’t believe this year is coming to a close! I’m currently working through Michael Hyatt’s 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever and it’s always a great exercise to celebrate past wins and evaluate how I can improve. This past year saw the arrival of baby #5, I finished my laundry room, and my gym, and made my body go through its own before and after with hiring a trainer and finally exercising again. 

As I was looking back I thought I would end this year off with my round up of 10 amazing before and after transformations that I’ve encountered this past year. It is amazing what a well designed space can do to elevate your mood, improve functionality and set the stage for amazing relationships, memories and fun.

1.   Hi Sugarplum: bold and bright living room

This room is just delicious. I want to eat it. I find the magenta and marine blue such a polished combination and look at Cassie in this shot for the One Room Challenge reveal- she is just adorable. And also, she was on the cover of Redbook this year. Amazing. See the entire transformation of this room fabulous here (photos via Hi Sugarplum). 

2. The Curated House: luxe laundry

Sarah is a dear friend of mine and I love this transformation as much as I love her. Gorgeous tile, calligraphy labels, those amazing pulls! So much to love. See the full One Room Challenge transformation here (photos via The Curated House).

3. Erica Cook: surprise son’s bedroom

I have admired the beautiful Erica Cook from afar for years- a fellow mom of 5 kids, I just love how she makes motherhood look so attractive (and glam!). I’d really like to live in her closet. Her son, who she created this room for as a surprise as part of the #CILPremiumBeauty contest we both participated in (see my bathroom here), must love this fresh space! I love Erica’s timeless, yet always super glam, approach to decor (photos via Moth Design).

4. IKEA: IDS15 Style At Home booth

I could not find a before picture of the trade show booth- but anyone else remember this amazing booth Style At Home magazine did for the Interior Design Show 2015? Using Ikea’s new line of Sektion cabinetry, they created a beautiful, Parisian inspired kitchen FULL OF BREAD. Fantastic drama with the repetition of black cabinets (photos via Ikea’s Pinterest page).

5. House of Jade: Jane’s room

Look at this girl! And that giant chicken! I am obsessed with the bright colours, layers of pattern and overall whimsy. For me the Minted oversize art piece was such a bold selection- that I might have second guessed and not had the guts to do if it were me. But look how successful it is in application! It’s amazing. See the full tour of this One Room Challenge space here (photos via House of Jade).

6. Jill Sorensen: kitchen contrast

It’s pretty bold to go with a blue island and this hue of yellow for upholstered chairs- which is why I love this space. The contrast is fun and unexpected. Also loving the Lewis Dolan brass pulls, pendants, and the fact that since this was part of the One Room Challenge blog event and things sometimes don’t work out in time, Jill is still smiling and pulled some serious missions to make it look amazing. See the full tour here (photos via Jill Sorensen). 
 

7. Donna Bishop: kitchen design by Lisa Canning Interiors

Donna Bishop, eco beauty / lifestyle expert and founder of Green Beauty, approached me to design her kitchen with entertaining as the main factor. So we designed a HUGE communal island where all her guests could congregate. I’m obviously biased because I designed it, but I love the mix of barn board, matte floors and veneer walnut uppers. You can see the rest of this kitchen in the feature Style At Home did on it here (photos by the fab Valerie Wilcox for Style At Home). 

8. Deb McCain: sunny kitchen design by Sarah Richardson

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Deb McCain on a few press projects and this kitchen is just as sunny as her personality. Designed by Sarah Richardson, I enjoy the mix of patterns from the striped floors to the organic painterly window covering print. See the full tour here (before image via Deb McCain’s instagram, after images via Chatelaine).

9. Swoon Worthy: pink patterned office

Can you tell I am obsessed with colour and pattern? Don’t get me wrong, I love a demure quiet room too- I just appreciate so much when people are gutsy and go for it. Colour and pattern can intimidate people that’s for sure- but when they are embraced and are executed well the results can be pretty inspiring. Such as this transformation done for the One Room Challenge by Swoon Worthy. I love the pink and black combo and mix of scale of the wallpaper and rug. See the full reveal here (photos via Swoon Worthy).

10. Honey We’re Home: lavender nursery

Many things to love about this space- the soft palette, the striped ceiling, gorgeous rug. I love when nurseries feel elegant as opposed to overly themed- this room will transition so well with this little girl. Another One Room Challenge space to use Minted art so well! Meet Megan and her beautiful blog here. Photos via Honey We’re Home. 

11. Kimberly Schlegel Whitman: English living room

There is so much decorative goodness in this room, you really need to make a cup of Earl Grey and enjoy this space done by Kimberly Schlegel Whitman. It is full of visual stories, visual texture, and just tons of great design principles- and a fireplace fender with seating that is incredible. Go make your cuppa and read the details on this One Room Challenge space here. Photos via Kimberly Schlegel Whitman. 

12. TIFF lounges presented by Scott Brothers Entertainment

For the past couple of years I have worked as Lead Designer for the Property Brothers on their show Buying and Selling with the Property Brothers. This August, the brothers were asked to produce some fun spaces at the CBC for the Toronto International Film Festival’s annual conference- and in 48-hours we overhauled the building and transformed 2 green rooms and the lobby in the brothers’ signature modern style. We hand assembled a MASSIVE FLOR custom carpet that celebs and delegates walked on in the lobby and incorporated some gorgeous hand painted pillows by Hollie Cooper Interiors. Could not have pulled off the 48-hour overhaul without an incredible team including Vanessa Suppa pictured above with Drew and Jonathan Scott! Photos by Larry Arnal and Mike Dizon. 

13. The English Room: ping pong / dining room mash-up

This space completed for the One Room Challenge is gutsy, ballsy (pardon the ping pong pun!) and fun. And even better- versatile. The ping pong table cleverly converts to a dining table- what a fun fiesta. See the conversion here  photos via The English Room.

14. The Zhush: builder basic bathroom 

This beautiful bathroom room is a great example of how small tweaks can make a big impact. The builder basic bathroom room was really very basic- but look what happens when you add pattern on the walls and texture on the ceiling. Super smart that the palette was kept very neutral- with gorgeous bling in the faucet and hardware. Simple, but so impactful. See more goodness here photos via The Zhush.

15. Vanessa Francis: Parisian bedroom


Vanessa is so good at creating soft, soothing, inspiring, elegant spaces. I love the use of trim in this space she completed for the One Room Challenge and the incorporation of painterly florals.
See the rest of the room here, photos via Vanessa Francis. 

If you liked these transformations and are dying to create your own in your home, I’ve got you covered- download my “10 key strategies to a magazine worthy space” by leaving your email below. It’s full of strategies employed in the rooms above with practical quick wins to make your home amazing. 

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