Name:Lori Andrews & Ken Corner
Location: Inner City, Calgary, Alberta
Size: 1100 square feet
Years lived in: 10 years; Owned
Change is an important element of every designer's life. The nature of growth as an artist or designer is imbedded in the changes in our work, our home, our cultural surroundings, etc. It's so interesting to me to see the lifespan of a space as its owners live and grow in their own tastes, and I'm delighted to bring you a lovely example of a home that illustrates this organic change in design perfectly.
Lori and Ken's home was featured here on Apartment Therapy in 2009 and four years later, the space is more elegant and creative than ever. As an established photographer and interior designer (Ken has his own investment firm), Lori uses her home as a canvas for her work and ideas. However, these aesthetic changes didn't happen overnight, says Lori: "It has taken us ten years to get the house we really wanted, as we have to budget and save for every additional piece."
It's comforting to know that wise decisions, impeccable taste and hard work can produce such elegant results. "Our design philosophy is simple. We only purchase quality handmade goods that we can track the entire manufacturing process of. We feel it our responsibility to ensure that we do not purchase items that may have been manufactured by underpaid (or underage) labor, and prefer items in which the companies involved attempt to minimize their environmental impact. We also like to purchase vintage goods and refurbish them ourselves."
Despite being a smaller home, Lori and Ken's home seems much larger due to the placement of the furniture. Each piece flows into the other, introducing you to the next room. I also love the smart details here and there (I loved finding little monkeys in the photos), the DIY projects and bold pops of color among the expanses of clean, white space.
Apartment Therapy Survey:Our Style: Mid-century contemporary.
Inspiration: New York lofts and European apartments, as well as Canadiana.
Favorite Element: The Ash floors.
Biggest Challenge: Choosing elements and furnishings that we can live with forever.
What Friends Say: They tell us they really like it, in particular the vaulted ceilings, the pops of color and the simplicity of our home. We never have trouble finding house sitters when we travel.
Biggest Embarrassment: I wallpapered the main wall in the dining area. Then I took it down.
Proudest DIY: I designed the dining table, and Ken's father built the metal legs.
Biggest Indulgence: The artwork. We love to collect artwork by our friends and also by mid-career Canadian artists. The walls are nearly full though, so the collecting will stop soon.
Best Advice: Save up to buy quality items that will last a lifetime.
Dream Sources: Design Within Reach, David Weeks, Avenue Road and The Rug Company.
• Benjamin Moore - Oxford White (Great room)
• Benjamin Moore- Chelsea Gray (Bedroom)
• Benjamin Moore- Million Dollar Red (Door)
• Sofa- Montauk
• Pierre Paulin Tulip Chaise- Kit Interior Objects
• Custom credenza- Speke Klein- Kit Interior Objects
• Floor lamp vintage
• Saarinen side table- Kit Interior Objects
• Large Deer painting- Margaux Williamson- Skew Gallery
• Herman Miller desk- Kit Interior Objects
• Jielde lamp- to the trade
• Wall sconces- David Weeks Boi sconce
• Toss cushions- custom
• Yellow Wardrobe- Ikea, painted
• Round wood vanity and sink- Art of Hardware
• Wishbone chair- Kit Interior Objects, sale rack
• Chairs- De La Espada- Domicile
• Table- custom
• Small Cabinet- Custom Speke Klein- Kit Interior Objects
• Bubble lights over island- Omega S40 pendants
• Barstools- Modernica
• Cabinets came with the house, we painted them glossy white (as did the absolute Black granite)
• Tiles were cut down to squares and installed in a random pattern
• Framed polaroids- custom made
• Chandelier- sale rack
• Clock- Vitra
• Bed- Ikea
Side tables- Jonathan Adler
Lockers- vintage, repainted glossy red
Vintage Chair- Uniquities
Grandpa the Pope painting- Lori Andrews
Blanket on bed- Brahms Mount
Toss cushions- Kit Interior Objects