It’s that time of year again, where designers, design enthusiasts, and anyone with enough design loving gumption to complete a room in 6 weeks, participate in the One Room Challenge hosted by Calling It Home. This challenge has helped me complete several spaces in my previous homes, including my laundry room, my home gym, and my bedroom in my new home in Florida! This season, I am tackling an area in my home we are going to use as a playroom for my kids!
As you can see, this space has essentially become the space where random furniture has been dumped. Here is what I am excited to turn it into:
This is a shot of my basement in our previous house in Canada. I want to create a similar functional space- where kids can watch TV, play board games, hang out with friends, etc.
I also want ALL THE STORAGE. We still have boxes in our garage full of books that have not been unpacked because we simply don’t have adequate storage… YET! This project is going to get my garage cleaned out lol.
Go check out what everyone else is up to in this challenge and come back next week to see more of this design take shape!
The time has come! My bedroom in my new Florida house (affectionately called #casacanning) is complete and I am THRILLED. I feel like grown ups live in this space. I am so grateful.
This space began with this incredible wall decal called Bohemian Palms by Urban Wall Decals. This whimsical pattern was so easy to install, and the palette is so soothing. And to be honest, given the restrictions with Covid, quarantine, no school with 8 children at home, and limited access to childcare, a decal was just a much easier option to install as I could nurse my baby in the middle of installation, my kids actually could help, and it actually was a fun and gratifying project to tackle. Also, the decals are KINDA perfect for covering all the crayon and pen marks my children have made on my walls. For that, I am a major fun.
My husband now calls me an interior “decalator”. BAHAHA.
Our 8th baby Colleen sleeps in our bedroom since she is just a wee 5 months old so this makeover needed a crib. But can we talk about this crib?!?!? I wanted something modern, and something in a warm metal if I could, and as I shared in past weeks, I had found some other options but at the very last minute, I found this beauty. I love it SO SO MUCH.
And then this gorgeous, chunky knit blanket (which I placed here just as decor, it’s little bit big for an infant!), is by a brand I am so excited to know. House of Royals is a brand I was recently introduced to via the wonderful world of instagram. Their mission is beautiful: to surround you and those you love with heirloom-quality lifestyle collections of sacred beauty, sacramental experiences, and treasures of faith that reflect each person’s royal dignity and dispose hearts to grace, because the soul is forever.
My fellow Catholic mamas, the pink silk ribbon that comes with this blanket is adorned with Swarovski crystals to assist you in praying the rosary. This luxe detail is so special and meaningful and it brings me so much joy.
I paired it with a whimsical crib skirt. and a floral crib sheet.
When I finished applying the wall decal on the wall across from our bed, it dawned on me the green sofa from my living room could look just amazing (check out my living room reveal which I completed for the Fall One Room Challenge here!) So I voluntold my 11 year-old son to move the sofa into my room, we found a sofa for my living room from FB Marketplace to use until I can decide what I actually want for my living room, and voila. I am thrilled. For some reason, a green velvet sofa in my bedroom makes me feel like a GROWN UP.
This pink pillow was one that made it on the truck from our move from Toronto from Tonic Living, and the pink striped one is a Joanna Gaines beauty.
These nightstands were A STEAL from Goodwill (learn just how little I paid for them here). And they flank my green headboard- yet another affordable purchase full of so much style for this price.
And when House of Royals offered to gift me this incredible Face of Christ on the Cross in Linen Veil, and this Lux Sancta Raw Alabaster Prayer Candle with a 100% beeswax candle insert, I fell in love. These deeply personal items tell a story- and feel so personal and intimate. I cannot WAIT to light this candle- I might even move my morning prayer time from my living room arm chair, to my bedroom sofa. Stay tuned to my instagram stories (@lisacanning) to see where I end up.
Finally, I think what makes this room feel so “grown up” is this bed. As I have shared with you, it was important for me to bring a little bit of Canada to our new home in SW Florida. So when selecting a mattress for our new bedroom, I turned to @endy, partly because of my nostalgia for all things Canada, and because of all the things I had heard about their mattresses.
Oh boy, did it not disappoint. Here’s my honest review after 100 sleeps: it is as firm, as it is soft. I realize that is a total dichotomy, but it is the truth. The Endy foam truly feels like a supportive cloud and has provided this tired mom of 8 serious comfort especially during these long, frazzled days. It is always the perfect temperature. I am often too hot when I sleep and my husband is often too cold. The foam’s open air cell technology enhances breathability and cooling throughout the night, and we both feel so comfortable throughout the night. I never knew that I might benefit from an adjustable pillow. The Endy Pillow allows you to customize just how much of their bamboo charcoal memory foam is inside the pillow- I am often on my side while nursing my baby, but sleep on my back through the evening- so having pillows of various firmness has really improved my comfort.
And then with ALL THE PILLOWS (the white striped ones again are Magnolia beauties, and the long lumbar and the linen blanket are Target finds) and fluffiest Endy duvet (which provides the perfect amount of weight for me without being too hot) I just feel so restored at the end of every day.
We work hard as parents, ESPECIALLY RIGHT NOW with everyone at home, camps cancelled, school in the Fall looking unsure in some places- and so I really believe it is part of our spiritual, physical, and emotional health to give ourselves a sanctuary to call our own. My kids walk in and keep saying it looks like a hotel. And entering this room truly feels like a bit of a getaway.
Although if I am being honest, I prefer getaways that include all these small incredible people (missing one in this photo!)
Thanks again to Linda who organizes this wild ride that is the One Room Challenge. Go check out all the other participants here.
My husband came up with this pun- and I love it.
Short and sweet post over here- working hard on finishing off our master bedroom for the One Room Challenge and I am in LOVE. At the very last second we decided to put a sofa in the space so now I’m on the hunt for a new sofa for my living room bahaha.
it’s week three of the One Room Challenge, a fun initiative put on that encourages designers and design enthusiasts alike to transform a room in 6 short weeks. I am tackling our master bedroom in our new house in Florida this time, and you can catch up here and view all the guest participants and featured designers here.
As many of you know, I spent the first ten years of my career building an interior design business in Toronto, Canada where I lived until very recently, relocating with my family of 10 to SW Florida. We sold almost everything, and have been slowly designing and decorating our new home one room at a time (I tackled my living room for the Fall One Room Challenge).
Designing for other people when I was doing this for a living was honestly a piece of cake- I found that I could make decisions pretty confidently for others. But when it comes to turning the tables back on myself… it’s a whole other story. Part of it is that I know all the options available to me (there are so many!) and part of it is of course, I won’t want to make expensive mistakes…
But here’s the thing that is so important to remember in ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING we so. Staying in the same spot gets us literally no where. If you want to make progress on your home, your goals, and your life, you have to be willing to fail. In fact, I argue we need to FAIL FASTER.
Things can be returned. Paint can be changed. Samples can be ordered. Expensive risk can be mitigated. But we do need to move in order to get what we want.
So while I sit here in design paralysis, I’m going to post the things I am almost certain I am ordering today (and crossing my fingers they will arrive in time!):
We’re going to go black or gold on Colleen’s crib… lol I will decide today.
I decided to go floral on the walls- YAHOO! This I confidently purchased and pulled the trigger on.
And for lights I am either going to go beaded (which I feel like will get vetoed by ,y husband LOL) or something a bit edgy-er and modern- I have a light fixture that made it on the truck when we moved that I intended to use in my last house but never did so we’ll see if it makes the cut…
Stay tuned for more friends!
Well my friends… it’s that time again! It’s the time when many of us design obsessed / deadline obsessed people jump on to a fun activity called the One Room Challenge. I have participated a few times before, including my Florida living room, my Toronto home gym, and more! In this challenge, we design, renovate, and document a room transformation in 6 weeks, blogging every week until the room is done.
As you might know, we have recently relocated our family of 8 kids from Toronto, Canada, to our new home just outside Naples, Florida. And for this challenge I am tackling my master bedroom… and I have no idea what I want to do!
This was my bedroom 2 houses ago in Toronto- dark and moody, with a bit of sophistication and glam:
This was my bedroom 1 house ago in Toronto, a modern cabin in the woods type of vibe:
And for this bedroom I am CONFUSED! Do I want to go moody and dark, or keep it light and bright? Here is the room:
It’s a LARGE room and we already have the bed and drapery (I was a million months pregnant when we moved here and so I knew I wanted a comfy bed and privacy immediately when we got here) but otherwise it is a completely bank slate.
I have no idea what I want to do, and so what I love about the One Room Challenge is that it forces you to make decisions and move forward- so here are some of the things I have floating around in my bed when it comes to the kind of room I want to fall asleep in every night.
Do I go dark and moody again and mix green and navy like this stunning space by Studio McGee?
Or even go green on green like this room by Dyke and Dean?
Or do I go light and bright- and focus on texture on the walls and allow the colour of the bed to be the focal point?
OR do I do something bold on the walls like this from anewall????
I’ll be back next Thursday with more photos and progress… and hopefully a direction for how I will make our master bedroom a safe haven for my husband and I! See you next week!
We did it! In 6 short weeks (well, technically four as today officially marks one month of living in our new home in Florida) we have transformed our empty main floor living space into a gathering spot for my family of soon to be 8 kids.
Here is the before to jog your memory:
And here is the AFTER!
OK let’s start with some details- like this green sofa. I love the silhouette, I love the texture, and honestly, I love the price lol. If you remember what my former home looked like, this sofa has a similar silhouette to our beloved blue ones- but shorter dimensions to fit this space more appropriately. The beige upholstered wingback chairs were a remarkable steal from Goodwill for $8.99 each (WHAT IS THAT?!?!) I will honestly have to do an entire post on the resale market here in Florida because prices here are just so different (aka CHEAPER) than I am used to in Toronto Canada! The metal and leather-like chairs will be so practical once we put in our pool and I love how they don’t obstruct the view to my palm trees!
This rug makes my heart soar, for the pattern and again for the price! I saw it on my friend Adele’s instagram feed and knew it would provide a lovely texture and contrast against our tile floors. This Draper ottoman, a gift from the fine folks at HomePop, (we used two 58″ wide ottomans to fill the space appropriately and give everyone somewhere to put their feet up) is so durable for my rough and tumble group of children.
I really wanted a fireplace (so much so I wanted to rough in a gas line when we built the house but the builder’s sales agent literally looked at me like I had three heads when I made that suggestion- apparently gas fireplaces are just not a thing here in Florida!) so I went with a tried and true band partner I have worked with on many projects with this Thom media unit by Dimplex. Dimplex was the company that changed my perspective on electric fireplaces- they have really perfected the design to make flame look like flame and the technology to create the ambiance that a fireplace adds to a room.
One of my goals when I designed this space was to have elements that were “so Florida” and to me that is a bit of distressed wood (I also want to add something cane back or wicker in this space eventually!) So this Botanical 8-light chandelier fixture by Kichler Lighting satisfied this desire. I’m a big believer in layered sources of lighting- we love sitting here in the evenings with the sliding doors wide open and just this fixture on for ambiance.
In the eating area, I went with a pedastal table I purchased again secondhand, this time off of Facebook Marketplace for $375, with these chairs which are again so practical for my children (aka WIPEABLE). And I needed a little something glam here with this gold fixture by Kichler Lighting.
My love affair with gold continued in the kitchen with these handmade pulls by long time friend and brand partner Shayne Fox Hardware. I have known Shayne from my days working with the Property Brothers (she is a fellow Production Designer for TV) and she creates these pulls with her own hands in Toronto. I can no longer keep track of how many projects I have used these in. I love using them not only for their hand crafted beauty, but to also support a fellow entrepreneur providing for her family. And they coordinate incredibly with these Maclain 1-light mini pendants by Kichler Lighting.
If you have been following me for a while, you know my love of faucets and ensuring they are a special piece in a kitchen. They really are like jewelry on an outfit – you can take even the most basic of outfits and make it look spectacular with a statement accessory.
For this installation, I went with Delta, a tried and true brand who I have done many projects with during my interior design career in Canada (take a peek at a few projects here and here). This time we opted for the Trask™ Kitchen Faucet with VoiceIQ™ Technology in Champagne Bronze. Right now, the faucet is available at Lowe’s in the classic Spotshield Stainless finish. I was lucky enough to receive early access to the Champagne Bronze finish, but be on the lookout as it’s coming to Lowe’s soon!
The Champagne Bronze picks up on the other metals I chose to use in the space, and I just love how elegant the simple gooseneck arc is, not to mention how the pull down spout is seamlessly integrated into the design.
But what really makes this faucet special is the technology attached to it. Brand new to the United States (and Canada, this technology is coming to you soon), this faucet comes equipped with VoiceIQ Technology. VoiceIQ allows the faucet to be operated with your voice –- yup, with your voice! When connected to Amazon® Alexa® or Google Home (see footnote 1 below), you can literally say a command like, “pour 8 quarts of water” or “fill the coffee pot” (see footnote 2 below) and the faucet distributes the correct amount of water without you lifting a finger! Talk about magic. This especially comes in handy when I’m juggling a lot all at once, like prepping a meal while keeping track of the little ones.
Moving my family from Toronto to SW Florida (we are just outside Naples) has been quite the adventure with its fair share of stress and obstacles (needless to say doing it with 7 kids ages 10 and under while being super pregnant with number 8), but we are so thrilled to have made it, and even more thrilled to have a space now that will allow my family to gather, connect and create lasting memories in this new chapter of our lives. Thanks for following along the adventure and come back soon for a full video tour!
And make sure to check out the featured 20 ORC designers, and the guest participants here, and big thanks to Linda for organizing the One Room Challenge and media partner Better Homes and Gardens!!! Grab a coffee and get ready to get lost in interior design heaven when you click on these links : )
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2) Sequences shortened and simulated
Photos by Zachary Johanni. Special thanks to Delta, Kichler Lighting, Dimplex, Shayne Fox Hardware, and HomePop for partnering with me on this project.