By Anna Kocharian

Published on June 3, 2016

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CHANDELIER Arteriors  bellacor.com CHAIRS  Calligaris Living calligaris.us DINING TABLE  Black Rooster Decor blackroosterdecor.com

by  ANNA KOCHARIAN
photography by HEIDI LAU
interior design by LARK & LINEN

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We love a good makeover, especially when it involves a total refresh. We caught up with Jacquelyn Clark, designer and founder of Lark and Linen, who gave us a peek at her latest project: a family-friendly home in desperate need of a light and airy refresh. As was the case with this Toronto home, a budding family of four found themselves within a space that hardly reflected their style. Take a peek at what happened when Clark gave the space a well-deserved redo!

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COUCH Existing GLASS COFFEE TABLE Elte Mkteltemkt.com AREA RUG Imperial Carpet and Home carpetandhome.com ART Black Rooster Decorblackroosterdecor.com CUSHIONS Etsy etsy.com

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SIDEBOARD Mirens mirens.com LAMPS Shelter

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WHAT’S THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE DESIGN OF THE SPACE?

When we began, their home was a step up from builder-basic, but still lacked personality. With the exception of their amazing (and ridiculously comfortable) mint green sofa, their existing furniture was a mish-mash of pieces they had each acquired over the years. We knew from the get-go we wanted to infuse some life into the space, and make their entire home wow-worthy from the moment you walked in.

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HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE AESTHETIC OF THE HOME?

I often describe my design style as classic with a twist, and I feel like this home embodies that perfectly. I made sure to pick pieces that would last for the long haul – often choosing quality over quantity – and ensured that no single item felt overly trendy. The home itself already boasted some pretty amazing mouldings, and wonderful reclaimed wood floors.

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COCKTAIL TABLE Restoration Hardware rhbabyandchild.com WALLPAPER Osborne & Littleosborneandlittle.com

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WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE DESIGN?

The Osborne & Little wallpaper, no question! The transformation was night and day. It instantly breathed life into their space the moment it went up.

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WHAT WAS SOMETHING YOU SPLURGED ON FOR THE DESIGN? SCRIMPED?

I always insist on splurging on lighting as it’s a surefire way to make a space feel sophisticated. In my experience, inexpensive lighting is the quickest way to devalue a project. In order to make up for the more splurgy light fixtures, we decided to spray their existing kitchen cabinets (in lieu of re-designing), and opted out of custom cushions. In most cases, I believe that really incredible fabric is a great place to splurge, but with two young kids at the helm in this instance, it made a lot more sense to buy off the shelves – and definitely helped keep the budget in check.

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COWHIDE RUG WITH SILVER SPECKS  Black Rooster Decor blackroosterdecor.com

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GLOBE PENDANTS Black Rooster Decor blackroosterdecor.com FAUCET Kohler SINK KohlerCOUNTERTOPS Ceasarstone

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WERE THERE ANY CHALLENGES DURING THE REDESIGN?

Funnily enough, this project went off without a single hitch. I’m hesitant to say that out loud for fear of jinxing myself forever, but it was honestly a dream from start to finish. The clients and I clicked from the start, I couldn’t have asked for a better contractor, things arrived on time, on budget – it was a trifecta of perfection. One that I’m certain will never happen again, but I will remember it fondly!

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WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU CAN GIVE SOMEONE, LOOKING TO UPDATE THEIR SPACE?

Come up with a solid game plan that encompasses your entire space before making any big purchases or going forward on any costly plans. I always joke that interior design dollars are like wedding dollars – they never go as far as you’d like, and things add up lightning fast. It’s the whole measure twice, cut once adage. The same applies to your home.

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