Oakville Interior Design Update: Traditional Décor Style Tweaked to Transitional Style

A fun, world travelling Oakville couple called us in to update their large home. The initial process was fairly extensive with new furniture added to the formal living room, a complete re-working of the family room fireplace, several new area rugs and window coverings, and a paint colour consultation which led to repainting the entire home. Below, left, is the original living room, and on the right, is what it looks like now.

before photo of client's living roomafter photo of client's living room

The transitional style design approach brought in new pieces which had a dramatic look but kept elements of traditional style. The cream sofa and loveseat in the living room has classic button tufting but it and the piping are done in an espresso leather. The 100% wool area carpet has a relaxed rambling tree branch motif in soft cream and gold. Custom draperies have an all over fretwork embroidery in a classic trellis pattern. The sheers have a lead line along the bottom rather than a heavy hem.

updated draperies, furniture and area carpet close-up view of custom drapery and sheers overview of updated living room with furniture and draperies

A rich earth tone wall colour started in the kitchen to enhance the existing kitchen cabinetry and was carried throughout the home. In the dining room we added custom silk draperies in a shimmering silver taupe shade which added glamour to the wall colour. A striking area carpet in 100% wool in a flowing abstract motif was added. The white washed tones of the existing dining room furniture were greatly enhanced by the soft shades in the area rug. A modern chandelier in brushed nickel was also added. Beautifully custom framed artwork from the client’s own collection added rich colour to the gentle colour palette of the dining room, lending an air of completion.

client's dining room before renovation101_1622client's dining room after updating wall colour, lighting and area rug

A lot of work went into the family room with a complete redo of the gas fireplace. The existing builder’s fireplace was encased in a wood mantel under a crescent shaped window. This window was insulated and covered by the new floor to ceiling stone clad mantel. The new longitudinal style contemporary gas fireplace unit is of a much higher BTU rating so the clients are much cozier on a cold winter’s evening. The linear style of the new unit lends a contemporary touch to the new room. Rather than conventional logs in the firebox, we opted for contemporary styling there, too, with crushed glass and a layer of beach pebbles. The existing window valance was removed and the classic white window shutters were left to stand alone. New lighting, repurposed artwork from the client’s collection, new coffee and end tables, and a subtle area carpet in 100% wool with a raised circle motif were also added. Photos shown below show the original fireplace with window above, as well as the original area carpet, media unit and coffee table.

101_1641a before photo of the clent's family room showing the media unit, window, and fireplace

Photos below show the renovation of the fireplace in progress.

client's family room with old fireplace removedclient's family room with furniture covered in plastic for protection during renovationclient's family room with new gas fireplace unit installedclient's family room with mantel in progressclient's family room with stone cladding complete and fireplace lit

Once the fireplace was completed new furniture, artwork, lighting, and area carpet could be added.

client's family room with new fireplace, area carpet and coffee table with accessoriesclient's family room with new area rug, coffee table and accessoriesclient's family room with new lighting, end table, and artwork placementclient's family room with a sleek new media unit and televisionnook adjacent to client's family room with repurposed artwork and colourful accessoriessmall feature wall adjacent to kitchen with stacked artwork display

In the kitchen we replaced the original backsplash tile with a dramatic slim lined glass and burnished copper tile.

client's kitchen with original back splash tileclient's kitchen with updated backsplash tile

The master bath received a new Cambria counter top, classy square vessel sinks and faucets, and the vanity was refreshed.

before photo of client's master bathroomclient's master bathroom after updating

This master bathroom/ bedroom has a two way gas fireplace. It got an update also with natural stone cladding on the bedroom side.

before photo of client's master bedroom gas fireplacemaster bedroom gas fireplace with natural stone cladding

Even the home office got an update with new broadloom, furniture and placement of artwork.

before photo of client's home office before updatingclient's home office with new desk, office chair, and wall unit

A few extra small touches here and there, and voila!

white towels in te master bathnew master bathroom lightingclose-up of new square vessel sink in master bath

Yes, a renovation is a little like an invasion, but the results are worth it.

scaffolding in living room during renovation processplastic clad interior during renovation

client's dining room after renovationclient's living room after completion of renovationclient's foyer with accessories after completion of renovation

Our lovely clients were kind enough to write a nice review for us on Homestars.com. :

“It is a pleasure to write a review for Mulberry Interiors. Marguerite’s initial consultation with us was very professional and we knew we would enjoy working with her. She took the time to understand what we were looking for and guided us through the process. Her knowledge of colour and design are very extensive and we are very pleased with the results. Marguerite was always on time for our consultation meetings and was prepared for our next steps. We would certainly contact Marguerite for any design changes to our home in the future and we would recommend her to our friends.

Company Response:
Janice, thank you so much for such a nice recommendation. Your were both very enjoyable to work with and I am thrilled that you are pleased with the results. Your project was extensive and we covered many areas of your lovely home. Thank you for trusting my colour sense and engaging in the design concepts that I presented. I very much appreciate your recent referral to your friends. Referrals are the highest compliment. Stay in touch.
Kind regards,

And as well, one on Houzz.com:

Our experience with Marguerite Roberts of Mulberry Interiors was exceptional. It was an extensive project and with Marguerite’s expertise, guidance and understanding of what we were tying to accomplish, the results were exactly what we wanted. Marguerite was always available to guide us through even the smallest decision we needed to make. It was most enjoyable to work with Marguerite. We would certainly contact Marguerite for any design changes to our home in the future.and we have highly recommend her to our friends.


Since 1993 Mulberry Interiors, headed by Colour Specialist, Marguerite Roberts, has been assisting clients in Oakville, Mississauga, Burlington, Etobicoke, Milton, Georgetown, Brampton, western Toronto, and Vaughan. We specialize in residential interior design and decorating and are at our most creative when we use colour as our theme. We offer a full range of interior design services such as choosing paint colours, area carpets, space planning, furniture sourcing, custom draperies and blinds, soft furnishings, lighting and accessories. Call Mulberry Interiors now at (905) 849-6423 to book a consultation. We look forward to working with you to increase your enjoyment of your home.

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