As far as I’m concerned, Ana of Bluebird Kisses is living the dream. Located in the west end of Toronto, walking distance from some of the city’s best restaurants, bars and fancy doughnut shops, this renovated Victorian is enough to make any design lovers knees buckle. With photos from Annawithlove, we don’t mind if you stop and stare.
From Ana… We bought a 107 year old home with lots of quirks knowing we would likely need to put some work into it. Its previous owner had lived here for over 50 years and took amazing care of it. It may sound odd but I look at homes as more than just walls and windows. I feel like each home has its own spirit, and we instantly fell in love with the spirit of this old house.
The main floor is the darkest space in our home, as is the case with many of the old homes built so close together in Toronto. My goal was to keep the crown moulding and baseboards in their original state and then paint the entire space bright white so it would reflect light as much as possible. I have a secret love for mid-century furniture and also an obsession with travel so I tried to bring both elements into the living room through the furniture I chose as well as the accessories.
I love the dining room, even though we probably spend the least amount of time here. I wanted to keep everything as light as possible and just introduced some touches of brass. The biggest thing for me was finding a way to display my crystal glass ware that my grandmother passed down to me, so I decided to create a little bar area to display the glasses and decanters. When I couldn’t find the right artwork to go above the bar, I decided to make my own print.
The kitchen was dark and quite sad looking when we moved in. There was a speckled beige backsplash that extended the entire left side of the wall, and ran up to the ceiling. We had it ripped out and replaced with white subway tile for a cleaner look. We left the cabinets, counter tops and sink as they were and added white open shelves to make the space feel less closed in. I also found the perfect kitchen island on sale at a local Mennonite shop so we brought that in and its now turned into our family eating area.
The master bedroom had a terrible layout and a tiny closet which was not usable by either Michael or I. First on the list, we had the wall built up around the chimney to 6 feet, and installed open shelves to allow us some usable space for books and photos. We removed the door to our tiny closet, and had the wall closed. Then we used Ikea wardrobes to span the entire wall and just had our contractor trim them in so they give the illusion of being “built in”.
The kids rooms are by far my absolute FAVOURITE rooms to decorate and put together! Especially with Johannes’ room now that he’s older, his personality comes out in his room. This bedroom also had a tiny little closet in it and it shares a wall with our master bedroom, so when we closed up the door to the closet in our master we decided to use that space and create a wall to wall real built-in closet for Johannes. This will allow Johannes to grow into this space and not have to worry about storage.
We are expecting our newest little boy to join our clan come late August/early September so this space is all for him. I don’t know what his personality will be like just yet, so my goal was to make his space a clean slate. A space where he will be able to grow and add his own personal touch some day. I stuck with a neutral black and white palette and added just a few colourful pieces.
Photography: Annawithlove | Blogger: Bluebird Kisses
Floral/Plants/Terrariums: Crown Flora Studio | Styling/Decor: Bluebird Kisses | Couch: Gus | Yellow feather chair: Morba | Gray chair: dumpster find and reupholstered | Reclaimed wood mirror: Custom piece | Brass floor lamp: $5 garage sale buy | Side table and coffee table: West Elm | Brass egyptian light: Snob Stuff | Wood crates & wood paddles: Antique finds from Aberfoyle Antique market | Carpet: HomeSense | Pillows: Target | Cross blanket: Pia Wallen | Striped blanket: Ikea
Cow Hide Rug: Ikea | Table: Urban Barn | Chairs and hanging lights: Morba | Terrariums and flowers: Crown Flora Studio | Bar cart: Crate and Barrel |
Cheers Around the World Print – Bluebird Kisses shop | Glassware: mix of Chapters Indigo and vintage crystal (from my grandma/grandpa)
Kitchen Island: Bonestoga | Lighting: DIY (Morba bulbs, Home Depot piping, Matte black spray-paint) | Tolix bar stools: Design Within Reach | Art: Ikea | Towel/hat rack: piece by artist Heath Nash
Bed: Ikea | Side tables: Target | Wall mirror: Ikea | Closets/wardrobes: customized Ikea PAX system | Bedding: West Elm/Target/HomeSense | Flowers and succulents: Crown Flora Studio | Brass sconces: Cedar & Moss | Architecture Print: Photo I took on vacation in Valencia,Spain, IKEA RIBBA frame with custom mat and glass cut | Splatter print: my 3 year old made it at a party, I just framed it in an iKEA RIBBA frame | Gold tray: Target | Horse book-ends: Chapters Indigo | Baskets: West Elm
Bed: Ikea | Carpet: Ikea | Bookcase: Ikea | Map of the world: vintage | Antique toy trunk: antique from Aberfoyle market | Train table: Mastermind Toys |
Name hat rack: custom piece by artist Heath Nash | House shelves: Ferm Living | Art/prints: mix of ikea and Johannes’ own art from school framed in RIBBA ikea frames | Bedding: Ikea
Crib: MUU Ray crib | Wardrobe: Ikea STUVA system | Bench cushion: custom | Bench pillows – Ikea | Crib bedding: little auggie | Change table: old ikea dresser | Change table knobs: ZARA home | Stay little print: Bluebird Kisses shop | Mobile: Themis Mobile Collection | Eames Rocker: Design Within Reach | Floor Lamp: Ikea | Herman miller hat rack: Design Within Reach | Lamp: Miffy Lamp | Black and white laundry basket: Target | Heart knitted blanket: Yarning Made