Our 11 Favourite Rooms From 2016

We look back at our favourite living rooms, kitchens, bathrooms and more from all the homes that were featured in our 2016 Decor column.


A living room with large, north-facing windows

photography by jared sych

Michael Kurtz and Jennifer McColl’s 1,500-square-foot century home was one of 10 “Trend Houses’ built by Western Woods. The home’s living room has an impressive red cedar feature wall and ceiling, and Douglas fir plywood walls and exposed beams. Its large clerestory windows face the front yard, allowing natural light in without exposing the room to the outside world. 

From Avenue's February 2016 issue. 

A cozy corner nook

photography by jared sych

Mark Erickson and Matthew Kennedy of Studio North bought and renovated a 1922 Parkdale heritage house. Kennedy and Erickson maximized the space throughout the home by creating small nooks, such as this home office off the kitchen. Reminiscent of a museum installation, they exposed some of the original bones of the home to create visual interest.

From Avenue's March 2016 issue. 

A spa-like steam room

photography by jean perron

Robert Porter and Bob Betton’s home is a stone temple in Upper Mount Royal. As business trips are a big part of Porter’s life, hotel inspiration became a major design feature of the home. And the hotel experience wouldn’t be complete for the couple without their steam room. Glimmering with mosaic tiles and open enough for the two to share, they recreated the social, yet sedative, atmosphere of an upscale hotel spa. 

From Avenue's April 2016 issue. 

A fun and artistic kid's room

photography by jared sych

Magdalena and Artur Kurylowicz’s monochrome, minimalist Killarney duplex is still kid-friendly. The couple’s son’s bedroom includes a custom-built bed and classic interactive toys.

From Avenue's May 2016 issue. 

A bright and airy kitchen nook

photography by jared sych

Angela and Chris Sayers’ updated Calgary Century Home was renovated in a way that didn’t sacrifice the home’s heritage or history. Light fixtures throughout contemporize the space, like the George Nelson bubble lamp illuminating the kitchen’s cozy nook, where the couple’s 10-year-old daughter spends a lot of time reading. Here, Rain the cat watches the world go by. 

From Avenue's June 2016 issue. 

A light-filled, organic breezeway

photography by jared sych

Step into Mike and Kirsten Nyhus’ Bearspaw home and it’s kind of like stepping into the wilderness. That’s especially the case in the breezeway, which connects the home to the guesthouse and garage. 

From Avenue's July 2016 issue. 

A minimalist, Nordic-inspired kitchen

photography by jared sych

The kitchen in Angela Cheung’s Springbank Hill home was designed with the family’s love of cooking together in mind. It features plenty of space and multiple work areas for maximum function.

From Avenue's August 2016 issue. 

A beachy, California-inspired bedroom

photography by jared sych

Sarah Swanson keeps the master bedroom pared back and minimalist. The tone-on-tone neutrals of the room, and all the other bedrooms, keep things fresh and comfortable, although Swanson isn’t afraid to throw in a bit of colour — once in a while. She will add brightly coloured flowers or soft pastel-toned art to the mix. But it’s her use of texture that creates the most visual interest throughout the home. Natural sea grass, sisal, wicker, wrinkled linens and distressed woods add depth to the white walls and clean lines.

From Avenue's September 2016 issue. 

A living room with views of the Alberta Foothills

photography by jared sych

Eden Schell’s light-filled home is located in the Elbow Valley. With oversized windows that encompass the entirety of the home’s northwest side, the living room is easily the family’s favourite space to relax. Schell says the windows were probably the best investment in the house.  

From Avenue's October 2016 issue. 

An impressive home bar

photography by jared sych

Holiday gatherings and family dinners are fundamental to Erin Ferguson and her family’s love of entertaining. The heritage house, which has likely seen its fair share of parties in its 100 years, certainly sets the stage for it. Big, sunny windows, which are original to the home, set a quaint backdrop for the home bar. 

From Avenue's November 2016 issue. 

A living room with a lot of great chairs

photography by jared sych

The furniture takes centre stage in Laura Atkins’ Wildwood home. She’s a self-professed “chair freak” — Atkins once took stock of the chairs in her main living space and counted 25 pieces.

From Avenue's December 2016 issue. 

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