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Design experts Helen Youn, Jamie Banfield and Wanda Westonall at the Calgary Fall Home Show next weeklead you through big little living, room by room.
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Design experts Helen Youn, Jamie Banfield and Wanda Weston are making a big deal about small spaces. All three will be sharing trade secrets at the Calgary Fall Home Show next week (September 19-22), but we’ve got a preview of tips and tricks to live large in your cozy digs.
“When most think of a small kitchen, they assume you can do less with a smaller space,” says Vancouver designer Jamie Banfield. “And this is so not true.” Right now, he’s working on the Kompakt kitchen, a six-foot wide kitchen that combines a fridge, wall oven, cooktop, fan, sink and dishwasher. He’ll be on the Calgary Fall Home Show’s mainstage on Friday, September 20th at 3 p.m. and Saturday, September 21 at 12:00 p.m. presenting more of his designer kitchen hacks.
Downsizing dynamo Wanda Weston of WW Design Studio gives small spaces big personality. She is the designer of the Calgary Fall Home Show’s new home feature, “Small SpaceMaximum Style.” Love your living space with the help of her teeny-tiny tips.
“Small spaces do not necessarily mean small-scaled furniture,” says Weston. “In this example, an oversized sofa and ottoman in the same fabric are paired together to create the look of a sectional.” The ottoman ca be used as extra seating or as a coffee table in a pinch. Weston paired other oversized features with the sofa, like the hanging light fixture and the glass coffee table, in order to balance out the room.
Weston suggests treating yourself to custom storageand your space to extra floor room. Custom storage maximizes your living space and blends in seamlessly with its surroundings, she says. This particular custom unit houses a wine rack, display case, make-up area, shoe and coat storage and more.
“A furniture plan will help to determine not only the optimal size for furniture being placed, but also that there is sufficient room to move around comfortably,” says Weston. The more thought you put in to your space, the more you’ll get out of itliterally.
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