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September Home Lovers Makeover Winner

Thank you to all of my fellow Home Lovers out there who sent entries this past month.  I had a great time going through all your pictures and hearing your wish lists and ideas for your spaces.  It was actually quite difficult to select a winner, but I’m thrilled to announce Laura Ganchou as our September Home Lovers Room Makeover Contest Winner!



Laura sent pictures of a room that is currently under utilized in her home, looking to transform it into a cozy, quite retreat just for her!  Laura juggles her busy life working full-time and raising 2 young boys with her husband.  She’s more than deserving of little ‘escape room’ to relax and rejuvenate at the end of a full day!  We all need a space that helps us recharge, so I’m excited to inspire Laura with a room concept just for her! 

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This space is tricky.  A long, narrow room with the fireplace (gorgeous) on one end and a large picture window at the other end (letting in tons of natural light…also gorgeous).  The bones are good, but it makes for a more thoughtful layout when it comes to the floor plan.  The best way to tackle a space like this is to create a couple of defined seating areas, but use repeated colour, texture, and accessories that make each distinct area speak to each other…and that’s exactly what I’m recommending to Laura!  This will make her oasis more useful and visually appealing.


Laura has a lot of good pieces that will be repurposed in the space, including this awesome vintage velvet tufted sofa!  It’s always a good idea to choose one element as the inspiration for the ‘look and feel’ of a space and go from there.  For this makeover, this vintage sofa is my jumping off point!


You can tell a lot about a personal style and tastes just by looking around someone’s home.  Even if the home isn’t ‘perfect’ or exactly all the way ‘done’ yet.  There are hints everywhere.  Laura has a love for a mix of old and new.  She leans more towards the warmth that comes from nostalgic pieces that ring true of the character found in “farmhouse” style…which doesn’t really have a definition, it’s more of a feeling with great visual appeal that invites you to come in, relax and stay a while.  In this room concept, I’m relying on the strength of the mix of  the warmth of painted wood, soft colors, the natural stone fireplace facade,  and the spectacular use of interior textiles – all this creates a lovely place makes you feel at home.

Introducing Laura’s Vintage Farmhouse Escape!


A: Sheepskin throws – to drape over existing wing back chairs,  B: Grey sheer linen fabric w/repeat floral motif – for curtain panels,  C: Marbled camel and grey velvet fabric – for cozy blanket to drape over sofa, D: Existing vintage tufted sofa – recommend painting out wood trim in soft old white, E: Colour inspiration – Old White, Camel Hair, Vintage Pewter, F: Vintage mirror feature wall – for main wall to separate two seating areas in room, G: Reclaimed cedar chest – chalk paint treatment – old white, H: Throw pillows – to style sofa and incorporate vintage/farmhouse vibe as well as create a nod to the brick red in the wing back chairs, I: Existing pair of wing back chairs – for seating area in front of window, J: Floor lamp with burlap shade – chalk paint – old white, K: Reclaimed nesting tables x 2 sets to flank the sofa in lounge area by fireplace – chalk paint – old white, L: Table lamp x 2 for lighting on either side of sofa – chalk paint – old white, M: Existing wall art – for above fireplace, N: Grain Sack Pouf x 3 – to create additional seating in lounge area opposite sofa, O: Reclaimed pedestal table – chalk paint treatment – old white, P: Over dyed area rug – for lounge area (possibly work in 2 similar rugs to define both seating areas in the room)

Do you want some help with a tricky room in your home?  The October Home Lovers Room Makeover is accepting entries until October 28th.  Post your pictures on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/amaryllishomes/ with a little note about your vision for the space or email mary@amaryllishomes.com!  Who will the lucky winner be for October?  And, don’t forget to sign up our Home Lovers List for even more home inspiration!


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