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  • Dawn A Turner - Principal Designer

Oh Canada!


This is a testament to the abilities of designing remotely, if I ever do say so myself. I'm currently working an a project located in Canada, not too far from Toronto, while I'm located an hour north of Chicago... Wrap your head around that one. And, I never left my home office while doing so.



This current project doesn't come without its challenges, just like any other project, but it does offer new perspectives and approaches that I wouldn't have to do otherwise.

Let's start from the beginning...

I was contacted through one of my social media platforms by a lovely couple who are in the throws of completely remodelling their current home into something out of a magazine. There's very little of the original structure left and what they've added on is nothing short of amazing. It was clear they have a very clear vision of what their dream home was to look and feel like and hired me to make it all come to a reality.


After a few face to face conversations, thank you Zoom, I got started putting together one heck of a presentation that would offer them the ability to SEE the potential of their new space come to life while it's currently being built. Contemporary style with a farmhouse twist was the goal starting from the exterior of the home and carrying through the interior. A simple color scheme of greys, whites, and natural elements such as light woods and brushed nickel finishes were top priority as well as bringing in rich pops blue as the stand out color.



The showstopper of the entire house is the kitchen with it's massive island complete with a contemporary cooktop and hood that is wrapped in a

wooded table complete with waterfall edges. Pops of blue are seen in the island cabinetry and pantry are subtle enough to be seen without over taking the space, it's the perfect balance.





Bringing in gorgeous pops of blue came natural when I started designing the dining room. Rich upholstery in deep blue paired with contemporary textiles for drapery was a no brainer. It ties in the beauty of the kitchen straight into the dining room without ever missing a beat.

If you like this room wait until you see the great room and the windows it has....

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Just beyond the impressive kitchen lies an even more impressive great room. Massive 7 foot floor-to-ceiling windows, capped off with equally stunning transoms, allows for the stunning views of the natural beauty this house sits in to come directly inside.

Breathtaking is putting it mildly.

Step outside to a full-sized outdoor dining area that overlook the gorgeous property. No detail was left out in achieving the dream this couple had visioned.




The entire house has a sense of calm and relaxation that is only fitting to the environment it sits in. With its multiple levels and vaulted ceilings it still leaves one feeling connected to the elements found in nature.

It's impressive, I keep having to say that because I can't find another word more fitting.





Distance is not an issue when it comes to developing well thought out spaces and I am hoping that when it's possible again I can walk these grounds to see it completed in all its glory.


If you're looking to get started on a home project, remodel, current structure or new build I would love to hear more about it.

Distance is not an issue...


Cover image credit goes to the architect, Mr. Will Klassen of The Landing Company based in Ontario for creating this one-of-a-kind home.

Interior designs and renders created by yours truly.


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