The Best of 2019: Our Favourite Rooms

From rooms offering 360 degree views of the Calgary skyline to an in-home floral boutique, here are some memorable spaces from our home decor stories in 2019.

Josh Eresman and Ali Walker’s Living Room

From Avenue Calgary, March 2019

This Hillhurst Condo has stunning, 360-degree views of the Calgary skyline. The furniture was picked intentionally to hold its own against the floor-to-ceiling windows and add a hint of drama to the room. The designer, Ijmal Haider, also incorporated the couple’s distinctive art into the space to add warmth and character. Photograph by Jared Sych.

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Sherie and Marshall Toner’s Kitchen

From Avenue Calgary, April 2019

The Toners’ love hosting friends and family and prioritized having the amenities and space needed to make their guests comfortable in their new custom home. This is evident in the kitchen with its expansive island, custom concrete dining bar and circular dining table, which provide plenty of countertop space and seating. Photograph by Jared Sych.

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Joel Forrest’s Home Office

From Avenue Calgary, May 2019

Joel Forrest spends many long hours working in his home office, so personal items such as record and book collections, vintage Canadian Pacific Hotel posters and a cowhide rug, along with warm wooden features and big windows, create a stress-free and calming environment. Photograph by Jared Sych

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The Saether’s Reading Nook   

From Avenue Calgary, June 2019

Ragnar Lyndon Saether’s library is sequestered from the rest of the house by a set of barn doors and clerestory windows, giving the nook a cozy, tranquil feel while still allowing light in from the rest of the house. It also features western elements as a nod to Saether’s bull riding days and a double-sided fireplace, which is shared with the living room. Photograph by Jared Sych.

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The Workroom in Gardenia Flower Boutique’s Live-Work Space

From Avenue Calgary, July 2019

This Marda Loop bungalow was transformed into a live-work space for the family’s flower boutique. The amalgamation of rustic woodwork, green-accented shelving, floral wallpaper and an antique gilded mirror give this vibrant workspace (where Pamela Leonard does much of her floral arrangements) a French-country feel. Photograph by Jared Sych.

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Carrie and Ryan Scarff’s Living Room and Kitchen

From Avenue Calgary, August 2019

In this home, the stairs, venting and electrical services are located within a central service core. This allows the home’s walls to remain open and feature massive windows and access to the outdoors, letting in abundant natural light. Photograph by Jared Sych.

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The Central Stairwell in Bonny and Ken Black’s Home

From Avenue Calgary, September 2019

The clerestory windows above the central stairwell and the stairwell itself are used to distribute light throughout the space and act as a natural divider in the home. The home also includes an elevator to accommodate for aging in place. Photograph by Jared Sych.

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Katie and Andre Rioux’s Basement Lounge Area and Gym

From Avenue Calgary, October 2019

Katie and Andre Rioux’s basement bar and lounge area features navy blue cabinets, a black-tile backslash and gold elements to create an industrial feel. The bordering gym’s glass wall also allows light to pour into the space, making it feel bright and welcome. Photograph by Jared Sych.

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The Living Room in the Baxter Home

From Avenue Calgary, November 2019

Tasked with coalescing a cooler, modern aesthetic and a warm interior, designer Stephanie Charest used cascading white drapes in the living room to contrast with the dark, stone texture of the fireplace. Photograph by Jared Sych.

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Larry and Adele Thomson’s Living Room

From Avenue Calgary, December 2019

While Larry and Adele Thomson’s downtown condo better reflects their new lifestyle, they have less storage space for holiday decor. Designer Karen From mitigated this by pairing the couple’s non-seasonal decor items with natural elements like evergreen sprays, which end when the season does so they don’t require any storage. Photograph by Jared Sych.

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