The Best of 2018: Our Favourite Rooms

The living rooms, kitchens and hallways that stood out in our home decor stories from 2018.

Tricia and Mike Flanagan’s Living Room

From Avenue Calgary, January 2018

The living room of this bungalow on a corner lot is filled with windows that are strategically placed to allow space for the couple’s art collection while also letting light in from the private yard. Photograph by Jared Sych.

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The Mud Room in the Carlsen Home

From Avenue Calgary, February 2018

This room exemplifies the stylish and functional design of the entire family home. The patterned tile on the floor helps camouflage tracked-in mud and there is a locker for every person in the family. Photograph by Jared Sych.

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The Dining Room in Ryan Schmidt’s Restored Home

From Avenue Calgary, March 2018

This room shows how architect Ryan Schmidt preserved the original art deco window casings and hardwood floors along with crystal doorknobs from the 1930s Bridgeland home. The 900-square-foot space was expanded to 1,700-square-feet by converting the attic into a main bedroom suite. Photograph by Jared Sych.

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Kale Bandura and Rod Leonard’s Dining Room

From Avenue Calgary, April 2018 

The dining room exemplifies homeowners Kale Bandura and Rod Leonard’s ability to mix styles and price points. They’ve paired an antique table and chairs from Bondars and a rug from HomeSense. The Thibaut Isabelle floral-patterned wallpaper and matching drapery complete the traditional feel. Photograph by Jared Sych.

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The Main Living Space of the Withrow Laneway House

Avenue Calgary, May 2018

From this view, you get a sense of the space in this laneway house built and designed by Studio North. The house is only 850 square feet, but its height allowed for a loft space. The shorter walls on one side are to create a less obstrusive exterior while leaving plenty of space inside. Photograph by Jared Sych.

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Joanna Januszewska and Rafal Wieczorek’s Kitchen

From Avenue Calgary June 2016

This kitchen is full of European influences, including large-scale lights that resemble glass lanterns, brass pulls on the cabinets and drawers and a custom-made brass-plated range hood. Inside the pantry, produce drawers have mesh screens. Photograph by Jared Sych.

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Penny Dyte and Bruno Masquillier’s Grand Salon

From Avenue Calgary, July 2018

The couple renovated a condo on Memorial Drive and blended their contemporary and Parisien styles. The grand salon shows how they combined modern and traditional in art and furniture. Photograph by Jared Sych.

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Michelle and Tyler Armstrong’s Upstairs Family Room

From Avenue Calgary, August 2018

It’s really the curved timber ceiling that makes this room a standout. The Douglas fir timber glulam rafters and Kayu Batu wood make the West Coast-modern-inspired home warm and inviting. It’s an architectural feature on the inside and outside of the house. Photograph by Jared Sych.

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Michael and Jennifer Koury’s Basement Media Room

From Avenue Calgary, September 2018

A custom screen dividing wall separates the sitting room area from an adjacent fitness studio in this home that was reconfigured to create the spaces the family needed. Photograph by Jared Sych.

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Mogens and Nicki Smed’s Hallway

From Avenue Calgary, October 2018

Hallways aren’t always the most impressive spaces in a home, but in the case of Mogens Smed’s home, it’s an example of what is unique about the pre-fab construction of the house. The curved wall that is at a greater-than-90-degree angle to the floor would be a feat of engineering for conventional construction methods, but is easily handled by the factory-made pre-fab construction. Photograph by Jared Sych.

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Sharon Schuld’s Living Room

From Avenue Calgary, November 2018

The living room in this two-storey condo is decorated to showcase Schuld’s love for mid-century-modern design and the south-facing windows let in light all year-round. Photograph by Lori Andrews.

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Lisa and Keith Miller’s Kitchen

From Avenue Calgary, December 2018

The wide-plank engineered white oak in a smoky, matte finish was the beginning of the renovation of this entire home. The kitchen got a lighter cabinets, a herringbone tile backsplash and a single level waterfall countertop. Photograph By Jared Sych.

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