My Houzz: A Creative Home Makeover in Canada
A Canadian couple refreshed their 1898 home with DIY updates, bold patterns and fun touches
Who lives here Kevin and Jessica Schmid, chihuahua Lucy, pug Sullivan and cats Gibson and Hunter
Location Vancouver, Canada
Size 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
Year built 1898
The house was last renovated by previous owners in 1987. The main floor had a plain appearance and was screaming for a makeover.
‘This floor has a more traditional vibe, but I kept it fun by throwing in elements such as the bold wallpaper, the cowhide rug, sassy pillows from various Etsy sellers, saturated colours and unique artwork,’ says Jessica.
The corner sofa is a favourite lounge zone for the couple’s two dogs, and is a practical choice. ‘I would absolutely love to have an aubergine upholstered sofa in the living room. However, with four pets, this is unrealistic,’ she says. ‘Any sofa we have has to be replaced every few years and has to be durable and easily cleaned. I have to balance function with desire.’
Floor lamp, Ikea. Sofa, The Brick. Isala coffee table painted in Pencil Point by Behr, Ikea. Terrarium oversized glass jar, HomeSense. Terrarium kit, Twig Terrariums. Chandelier, vintage. Decorative deer head, The Cross Decor & Design.
She describes her style as a mix of traditional, modern rustic and eclectic. ‘I love adding one piece that doesn’t belong, saturated colours and restoring historical elements,’ she says
Chair with custom upholstery, Ethan Allen. Bill Murray pillow, Replaceface.
Walls painted in Painter’s White, Behr. Wainscot painted in Chinchilla White, CIL. Vintage ship’s pulley, Vancouver Flea Market.
Graphic wallpaper creates an accent wall on the stairwell. ‘Because the main floor does not have enough natural light, I chose not to wallpaper all of the walls – I think this would have looked dark and busy. Instead, we did three feature walls,’ says Jessica. ‘I really love this wallpaper, but I get tired of things fast, so my guess is that I will replace it in five years or so.’
Wallpaper in Kelly’s Ikat by Kelly Hoppen for Graham & Brown, Lowe’s Canada.
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Table, Urban Barn. Francesca dining chairs, Pier 1 Imports. Mirror, The Cross Decor & Design. Tablecloth; jug, HomeSense. Letter ‘S’ wall art, Etsy.
Horse figurines and sculptures like this one are seen throughout. Jessica owns a horse that resides in a barn only a 12-minute drive away. While Jessica enjoys dressage, the competitive equestrian sport, Kevin is less enthralled with the theme. ‘Horses just scare me. They’re just large animals that I’m afraid of,’ he says with a laugh.
Horse sculpture, Maynards.
Splashback tiles by Tuileries, Walker Zanger. Cabinets; appliances; quartz worktop, Ikea. Equine Markings tea towel, Anthropologie.
Sideboard, Pier 1 Imports. Exeter 5-Jar Pendant light, Pottery Barn.
Outdoor furniture and birdcage, Walmart.
Globe fairy lights, Pottery Barn.
She also hand-painted this eye-catching stencil pattern on the guest bedroom wall. ‘It was definitely a pain, and it took me probably a couple of weekends to do it, just because it was so finicky,’ she says.
Wall stencil, Etsy. Wall painted in Painter’s White, Behr. Stencil paint in Neutral Gray Value 5 acrylic, Liquitex.
Wall and floor tiles, Daltile. Glass shower enclosure, bespoke.
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Headboard, Joss & Main. Bedding, HomeSense and Ikea. Pillows, West Elm and Ikea.
Wall painted in Gray Wisp, Benjamin Moore. Picture frames, Michaels.
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The couple transformed this space into a custom wardrobe, filled with daylight and plenty of space to organise their belongings.
Custom wardrobe, Arbutus Furniture & Closets.
Footstool, Little Chihuahua Design.
Strandmon armchairs; Lövbacken side table, Ikea.
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