Well it’s no secret that at Avi Urban we LOVE all things design. That’s why in September we held an online competition asking our homeowners to submit photos of how they decorated their new digs. And show it off they did. We were thrilled by the stunning submissions we received and, though it was a tough call, we named our first, second and third place winners.
A few months later and here we are. We caught up with our first place winner, Andreea, to give us some insight on how she decorated her home.
How would you describe your personal home décor style?
I would describe our personal home decor style as “neutral Hollywood Regency to Classy Transitional”. We love neutrals (especially white), symmetry and soft edges, and like to pair all that with glitzy silver/ champagne/gold accessories, and tufted or accent furniture pieces where appropriate.
When decorating your space, what did you use as inspiration?
I walked into this fairly new, up-and-coming flooring store in Airdrie, Brothers Floor Coverings Inc., to look for very light coloured, engineered hardwood and white stone that we were planning to use in our new home. When walking into their showroom, on one of their walls the backsplash inspired me. We consequently used the exact glass mosaic backsplash in our kitchen and used the colour palette for our accessories. It consisted of a combination of silver and champagne gold accents on our overall white and neutral decor.
What is your favourite room in your home? Why?
I would say that our living /dining room is our favorite space. It’s light and airy with just the right amount of colour and furniture for our taste.
When decorating, what did you find to be the biggest challenge? Why?
Truly, the biggest challenge was having all the finances necessary to bring our ideas to life. Even now, our space is not truly finished as we want to install a built-in and an antique mirrored wall where our dining room art wall is located. And we’d like to add a soft champagne coloured wallpaper on our main feature wall where our couch is positioned.
What are your favourite stores to shop at for the home decor?
It depends. We shopped at a few stores for different things but I would have to say (decor wise) HomeSense, Bombay and Pier 1, 3rd I Home Decor Inc. for custom furniture, and Brothers Floor Coverings Inc. for the floor/custom tile and stone that we used in our home.
As our grand prize winner, what will you buy with your winnings?
We have been looking for this perfect grand white tufted chair to use in our living room so if we find it, we might buy that, or perhaps re-think the wall behind the couch and forgo the wallpaper to come up with something fresh and unique—maybe large mirrors with gold/silver fancy frames, placed in a gallery style across the entire wall.
Do you have any favourite interior designers?
Not really. We watch HGTV and some interiors featured on their shows inspire me. I go with my gut feeling when making choices; interior design has always been a passion and hobby to me.
What features of your new home do you like the most?
We like the overall space and layout, the great location of our home and our overall community. The exteriors are very European and fresh.