Sleek New Brunswick makeover

A young New Brunswick family revamps their monotone interior and oversized furniture with cheerful modern décor. Photos: Sean McGrath

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  • The Nadeaus love spending time together in their bright new family room. To really make it feel like home, each family member picked out their own pillow from
  • Moving their existing large, dark furniture down to the basement helped open up the space and improve flow. They painted the walls and trim a fresh white to connect the living room, kitchen and eating areas. A vibrant pop of aqua energizes the entryway.
  • In the entryway, a mix of found frames house black-and-white photography of the family. “We let the décor objects be the colour here,” Mackin says. Picture rails and cubes by Gus Modern, plywood animals by Ferm Living (all from Tuck Studio).
  • Mackin designed and Malinowski built the new seating in the breakfast nook. Decorative birds by Icelandic designer Ingibjörg Hanna Bjarnadóttir (from Tuck Studio).
  • A fun knotted rope bowl by Harry Allen holds fresh oranges for a spray of colour on the coffee table.
  • Table décor from Tuck Studio.
  • The new bamboo countertop on the kitchen island is stylish and sturdy. Placemats by Chilewich, cutlery by Normann Copenhagen, napkins by Ferm Living, fruit trough by Gus Modern.
  • The vibrant clock by Normann Copenhagen from Tuck Studio lends playfulness and colour to the dining room.
  • Rather than artwork, the Nadeaus created visual interest over the TV with colourful and inexpensive triangle stickers by Ferm Living (through Tuck Studio).
  • On Jodi’s wish list for the makeover was a workspace just off the kitchen. Designed by Mackin and built by CM Woodcraft, her new desk has a chic lacquered pine finish that matches the fireplace. Chair by Ikea.
  • Rather than replace the cabinetry and countertops in the kitchen, Chris and Jodi opted for a new peel-and-stick backsplash and a custom bamboo countertop for the island. They swapped their bulky dining room set for a smaller Ikea table and chairs.
  • Six-year-old Cali shows off her colourful bedroom on the main floor. She loves crafts, playing and her family.
  • Cade is 10 and he enjoys tennis, hockey and his family. During the makeover, he enjoyed learning about the design process from Mackin. “He has taken an interest in design, which is exciting,” she says.
  • The Nadeau family achieved a lot with their fun but purposeful makeover, without having to make any structural changes to their house.
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