Name: Lori Andrews and husband Ken Corner
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Size: 1,100 sq feet plus finished basement
Years lived in: 5 years owned
You may recognize this birds-eye view of Lori Andrews' living room, as well as her neck-down portraits of people in interiors or other intriguing settings. Lori is the 10 Cent Designer, and her photography and interior design have made quite a splash around the blogosphere as of late. She and her husband have renovated and designed their home with great attention to detail, clearly indulging every tasty idea clients might be reluctant to try: fireplace in the bathroom? Sounds toasty, check. Loft bedroom? Always wanted one of those, check. With an eye for surfaces and good materials, Lori and Ken's home doesn't look like 10 cents — it looks like a million bucks (yup, we had to do it).
The striking thing about Lori and Ken's home (and Lori's interior design work for her clients) is that it is incredibly polished, so much so that one might assume that no expense was spared to achieve the look by any means necessary. But Lori sticks by her credo to shop locally and buy handmade, and in the renovation of their one hundred year old home they've gone to great lengths to use existing materials at every turn. To get a sense of the costs involved, their living room was featured last week on decor8's How Much for This Room? series. Also, check out Lori's portfolio, interior design blog, photography blog and Flickr photoset.
Our Style: Eclectic modern.
Inspiration: I adore Metropolitan Home magazine and have considered it my design bible for over a decade.
Favorite Element: It's a toss up between the soaring ceilings and my ash floors from Kährs.
Biggest Challenge: Trying to minimize the environmental impact of any of the changes we make. We have tried to incorporate as much of what was in the home when we bought it as possible. It's a one hundred year old house, but the previous owner had opened up the ceiling and remodeled. His contractor did not do a great job in several areas and we have replaced all of the flooring and lighting and renovated where necessary to remedy bad construction. For example, the master bathroom was poorly constructed and the shower was leaking so we had all of the existing tile removed, the shower walls properly waterproofed and all new tile installed. Keeping the existing granite and cabinetry made the demolition much more difficult as the trades people had to be careful not to damage any of it.
What Friends Say: Friends admire the open concept and the master bath, which includes a gas fireplace and a shower with seven heads. They claim to be afraid of making a mess in my home.
Biggest Embarrassment: The basement bathroom is still tiled in greenish slate.
Proudest DIY: My husband Ken refinished the old school lockers I found for us in a perfect glossy red (using airplane paint).
Biggest Indulgence: My Montauk leather sofa. I admired it for two years before I finally just had to order it.
Best Advice: Buy handmade.
Dream Source: 1stdibs.com
Appliances Fridge, Kitchenaid; gas stove with built in exhaust fan, Jenn-Air; dishwasher, Frigidaire
Furniture Montauk sofa, Woodframe; Tulip chair by Pierre Paulin for Artifort; Saarinen Tulip Chair and side table; desk, Pottery barn; mohair bench, Jonathan Adler; sideboard, Ikea; dining area, marble table with solid steel, custom; oak sideboard, Speke Klein; chairs, Oh chairs by Karim Rashid for Umbra; barstools, Modernica; bedside tables, Jonathan Adler; lockers, custom.
Accessories Cow head, home sense; Mac computers; large handmade bowl on white credenza, Chris Faulkner; small gold vase on white credenza, Jonathan Adler; wooden boxes on night stands, Robert Andrews, Mayne Island BC.
Lighting Living room: Noguchi Table Lamp Model 1A; Gerald Thurston Three Leg Floor Lamp for Lightolier. Bathroom: Parker wall sconce by Jonathan Adler. Bedroom: Aura wall sconces from Axo Light; Jieldé desk lamp.
Paint Main: Benjamin Moore, Edgecomb gray. Bedroom: Benjamin Moore, Chelsea gray.
FlooringKärhs, ash wide board engineered wood floor, Mater bathroom: Daltile Keystones Luminary Gold 2x2.
Rugs and Carpets Bedroom: Hyde Park Brighton Beige wool carpet.
Tiles and Stone Mater bathroom: Daltile keystones Luminary Gold 2x2; black granite countertops, Absolute Black. Outdoors: Bluestone on all walkways and patios.
Window Treatments Hunter Douglas roman shades and blinds.
Artwork André Ethier works in kitchen along with a piece by Margaux Williamson. Large deer painting, Margaux Williamson; living room portrait, Trevor Mahovsky.
Other George Nelson ball clock.