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What do you do when you have an impending photo shoot, little time and a room that doesn't quite fit the rest of your space? For interior designer Patti Wilson, the choice was easy—get busy with a beautiful room refresh. Just a few short weeks later and the dining room space now blends seamlessly with the rest of the main floor.
 “One of my favourite things to do is to repaint or repurpose things that you love or that you come across that need a make-over,” says Wilson, owner of Patti Wilson Interior Design. That's exactly what she did with an old cabinet inherited from her mother. Once a pickled pine, a fresh coat of paint and new doors featuring antique glass and elegant mullions helped to transform the beloved item and was the jumping off point for the look of the space. The room redo also included the addition of two new built-in cabinets, a fireplace reface and paint and wallpaper.
“It has a little bit of a French-inspired look to it,” says Wilson.
The statement wallpaper helps to create an easy transition into the adjoining room, a boldly painted kitchen that has seen its share of updates. After 18 years with maple cabinets, two years ago Wilson had them refinished and repainted. She also had the floors stained a darker colour and added a herringbone marble mosaic backsplash. A quartz countertop helps anchor the look. “It's a man-made material but it's made to look like Carrera marble,” she explains.
Off the kitchen, a cosy eat-in area provides the perfect place for casual family meals with her husband, Larry, and sons, Connor, 22, and Logan, 19. Originally a small dining room, the couple knocked down a wall and lengthened the window which overlooks a beautiful backyard that feels like a private getaway despite its prime location.
The view from the front of the house is equally enjoyable. Facing the street, the family room overlooks a large well-used porch.
“It's really nice,” Wilson says. “In the summertime, we spend a ton of time out there.”
Like the dining room, the front room also features a bold wallpaper choice on one wall. Wilson paired it with a creamy white neutral from Valspar (Foxtrot 7003-3) that complements the pretty coral colour. A large ottoman—a reinvented item that she discovered at Habitat for Humanity's Restore—dominates the floor space. A wool-look rug from helps anchor her bold choice of upholstery fabric.
Black French doors lead back to the home's foyer, a small space that feels larger thanks in part to both a light design touch and colour choice. The main floor powder room is just off the area. Though not intentional, the round mirror in the space echoes the one just inside the front door.
“I love to put round things in square rooms,” Wilson says.
Though the powder room features the same bold wall colour as the kitchen (Benjamin Moore's Wythe Blue, HC-143), the marble mosaic tile helps lend an expansive feel to the small space. The bathroom cabinet—a purchase from a home improvement store—was given a small make-over with a few coats of Farrow & Ball's Charleston Gray on the doors. The colour enhances the floor choice, explains Wilson. “It's a great neutral,” she says adding that the colour is one of her favourite go-to paint picks.
After 21 years in their current home and the many numerous improvements they've done, Wilson says it would take a lot to even consider a move. “The only way I'd probably leave this house would be if I could find a heritage home that I could redo myself.”

Three Decor “Dos”
Designer Patti Wilson, owner of Patti Wilson Interior Design, offers up three of her favourite design tips:
Pay attention to details. “It's the small details that can make a huge difference.”
“In my opinion, good design involves lots of layering of different textures, colours and interesting pieces collected from travels, family and things that you love,” Wilson says. Her advice? “Mix it up, have fun with it and throw in a little bit of something unexpected—less is not always more.”
Have fun with your space and don't over think your decisions. “If you love it, don't worry about what others think,” she says.


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