Reena Sotropa Interior Design specializes in high end home decor including custom home design, renovations and room makeovers in Calgary and Western Canada. It is Calgary's premier design studio. Named one of the “Top 20 Design Firms to Watch” by Canadian House and Home Magazine.
This week on the blog we are revisiting our #IHAspenRidgeLoft murphy bed project! This has been one of the most popular projects that we’ve had the pleasure of working on. So popular, in fact, that people reach out to us with questions about it almost every other week! This murphy bed has had articles written about it in seven different languages in publications worldwide (you’d think it was a Kardashian…)!
This project was completed in 2014 by Reena and Alanna. Our clients were downsizing from their estate home and moving into an inner city townhouse loft. They wanted to make sure that every room in the house had a purpose and would be visited regularly. Together, we decided to create a space that could double as both an exercise room and a guest bedroom.
Since we have had such a continued interest in the details of this particular design, we thought that we would share a few FAQ’s with you:
Where can I buy this murphy bed millwork?
A: All the millwork you see in this space, including the murphy bed wall and window bench, were custom made for this space by our talented millworker, Peppertree Studio. So in other words, this is not a prefab product that is for sale.
How do you pull the murphy bed down from the wall?
A: The frame of the mirror bevels off of the wall to create a 2.5″ deep “handle” to pull the bed down.
Where can I buy this mirror?
A: This mirror was custom made specifically for this application by our friends James at Corner Framing Studio here in Calgary.
We’re back with a Property Brothers (& In House Sisters) update! As you may recall, last July our team was invited to collaborate with Drew and Jonathan of Property Brothers on their recent series shot in our hometown of Calgary, Alberta. You can check out more details on the collaboration here, and our initial sneak-peeks here. The Calgary season started on the American HGTV network last month, and the episode that we helped out with aired last week! For all of our Canadian friends, keep your eye on the Corus HGTV press release site for upcoming air dates! In the meantime, we’re here to share the dramatic before and after transformation of this inner city Calgary home!
The before and after floor-plan:
Stay tuned! We have so much more to show you from this incredible project. Don’t forget to follow along on Instagram for all of the behind-the-scenes shots and updates! #IHPropertyBrothers
If we haven’t met yet I’m Ania Dugan, one of the designers on the team at In House Design. I wanted to share with you some exciting news and a peek into a “little something” I’ve been working on lately – My husband Michael and I found out in early December that we are expecting our first baby in August!
I was convinced from the beginning we were going to have a girl. Right before Christmas I purchased the book “Little Women” illustrated by Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. I was inspired by the sweet illustrations and hoped to be able to give it to my future daughter one day.
Last week we found out the gender of the baby and we are over the moon thrilled to announce that we are having a girl (yay!!). My impulse purchase of the “Little Women” book is now serving as the main inspiration for my baby girl’s nursery. Here is a peek at some of my favourite concept finishes I’ve been collecting over the last few months as I patiently waited to find out if we were having a boy or a girl. I’m so excited to share my design process as I bring our “little women” nursery to life.
I hope you will follow along as I narrow down my choices and reveal the final #AniasBabyNursery when ‘Baby R’ arrives in *gasp* 4 months!
One thing many clients ask for in their new millwork designs is the integration of open shelving. We always tell clients that including open shelving is not something we take lightly. When we design open shelving we always need to think ahead. In other words – we like to have a general idea of how we’re going to fill the shelves before we even get started. We like to joke that open shelves can be both a blessing and a curse depending on how you choose to style your home.
We’ve compiled our team’s favourite tricks to tackling open shelf styling to help you turn your cursed shelving into a blessing in disguise:
TIP #1: DIMENSION
Layering pieces in the foreground of the shelf adds dimension to the installation. Try bringing a taller plant or piece of art in front of the shelving unit to create depth and height.
Ania wrapped up the design and install of the most beautiful baby nursery just in time for the arrival of our tiny client. Momma and baby came home from the hospital to see the completed space for the very first time just before Christmas. A Merry Christmas, indeed!
We started off the New Year with a bang (and a flash)! We had a full day photoshoot to capture the stunning #IHBriarHill project with our friends Avenue Magazine and Dream Ridge Homes! Stay tuned for this project in the upcoming May issue.
With new builds, renovations and so many additions added to the roster for 2019 we can hardly wait to reveal them all to you! Stay tuned because this year is going to be one of the best yet. Happy Spring, everyone and thank you for coming along for the ride!
This week we’re talking Instagram Inspiration, or should we say…Insta-ration! This is the social media platform that we all love to love. Instagram has created a global community that’s allowed us to access inspiring interiors and visually pleasing photographs from all over the world.
Instagram also happens to be one of the ways that we stay dialled in with our design community! We love seeing what other designers across the globe are doing. We asked our senior designer, Alanna, for a list of some of the accounts she has been crushing on lately:
We love our Instagram community! Don’t forget to follow along for all of our behind-the-scenes, project reveals and interior design trends at @in.house.design. Have more interiors that inspire? Comment below!
This week we’re giving you a virtual tour of the Reena Sotropa In House Design Group studio space. We’ve had such wonderful feedback from features on our studio space with both Rue Daily and Western Living Magazine and wanted to take a bit of time to highlight a few last details of our home away from home!
We were in our previous office for 12 years. There were several aspects that were no longer working for us and we knew that we needed a big change:
The Client Meeting Area
In the current studio, the client meeting area shares space with Reena’s desk as well as the lounge. We’ve found that this has been a much better cross-over! Reena is involved in most of the client meetings so there aren’t as many scheduling conflicts.
We were the very first tenants in a brand new building aka. blank canvas (our favourite)! We chose polished concrete floors which we simply sealed with a clear coat. The ceilings were approximately 13-feet high with an abundance of exposed HVAC, electrical and plumbing.
We decided to keep the original ceilings and sprayed them white everywhere except the client meeting area, where we drywalled the ceiling at 9-feet to add formality to the space.
THE WORKING LIBRARY
The exposed ceilings lend a funky loft-like vibe to our studio that provides a juxtaposition with some of the more elegant details that were designed into the space. One example of this is the 20-foot long row of European style doors. They pack a visual punch and cleverly hide the sample books that are inherently messy!
We planned our new studio with the goal of re-using all of our existing furniture. The only pieces of furniture that we needed to rethink were Reena and Patti’s workspace (which doubles as the reception area). The reception area in our previous office had built-in furniture, so we decided to outfit Patti’s area with all free-standing furniture to allow for flexibility as the requirements for this space change over time.
The reception is our first opportunity to make an impression on our guests. We went with furniture which created a warm, residential vibe to help our clients feel more relaxed and give it the “make yourself at home” kind of feeling.
Reena had to give up her large writing desk because it wouldn’t fit in the new space. Instead, she opted for a freestanding secretary style desk which tucks neatly into the lounge area. We love the fact that this beautiful piece of furniture, which houses all of Reena’s office supplies, also folds up and looks so tidy in this space!
It was important that a few special lighting fixtures made the move with us! The crystal chandelier in the meeting room and the mid-century triple pendant in the reception area were purchased through antique dealers via First Dibs for our previous office space. When we were designing our new office space, we were strategic in our lighting layout to ensure these two fixtures were included.
We chose to outfit the open workspace with oversized fabric pendants from CB2. The floor to ceiling windows give us so much natural light that we rarely even have to flick the lights on but they do a great job of filling the room visually!
Do you ever get something new and wonder how you ever lived without it? That’s how we feel about our two large working islands! These custom-made islands double as a neutral “background” surface for the designers to layout finishes and they provide storage for all of our odds and ends such as tile, countertop, wood, paint, and carpet samples. These islands were a game-changer for us!
The Shop & Kitchen
We filled our hallway space, between the reception area and meeting room, with our new little studio shop! We always had accessories on hand in our previous space, although they were tucked away. This time we chose to display them. It’s a great visual inventory reminder for our design team.
At the end of the same hallway, you’ll find our tiny studio kitchen that packs a huge visual punch. We knew this kitchen would be gently used so we decided to make use of this as an opportunity to create a detail we have long wanted to design – a marble counter complete with an integrated marble sink. From there, we brought warmth to the space by selecting a rich brassy tone for the cabinets and topped them off with smoked lucite and brass pulls.
There you have it – our design studio! We’re thrilled to be able to share our space with you. This is where the wheels turn, the ideas bounce and the magic happens. Home Sweet Office!
This week we are diving back into our Hampton Heights project! A few weeks ago we took you through the main floor and now it’s time to reveal the Hampton Heights Den.
Previously this space was a family home office, however our clients found they hardly ever used the room, which was secluded from the rest of their home on the second floor. When our client called us she dreamed of transforming this seldom used space into a personal office and lounge for herself.
Our client’s vision was to have a dedicated area in her home designed just for her. She wanted to be able to work, relax and unwind all in one room.
Originally, the space was filled with oversized, heavy furniture so we wanted to create a bright and feminine environment for the lady of the house to thoroughly enjoy. With an abundance of layered textures we gave the space an added bohemian edge.
The only thing we used from the previous office space was the original desk (pictured above and below) which was dark and traditional in its detailing. We chose to transform it into a bold statement piece and had it lacquered in a pink blush!
This previously barley-used room is now a space that the entire family finds themselves spending time in. We are so in love with the way this den turned out and, just as we’d hoped, so are our clients!
This is definitely the first blog post of its kind on the In House Design Group blog. We’ve kept the final photos under wraps until sharing them with our friends at Lonny Magazine last week!
Our clients, three brothers, contacted us to help with the design of their new dental practice in the Legacy neighbourhood of Calgary. Their dream for Legacy Dental Care was a stylish space with a “residential feel” and the rest of the creative liberty they left to us!
We had a ton of fun designing the details in this office! We wanted to create a colourful and cheeky (how punny are we?) personality for the clinic throughout. Our approach was to design a welcoming and stylist dental clinic, unlike anything we’d ever experienced. The tone of the reception area was bold, fresh and approachable – just like the people that worked inside!
In exchange of a stuffy row of vinyl chairs, we decided to create a living room in lieu of a waiting room with a conversational seating arrangement by incorporating more familiar materials that you’d typically see in a home setting (leather, wool, wicker, marble etc.).
Right off of the entry door is a large expanse of mosaic tile. We took this opportunity to implement a hex-tile design, a feature that our senior designer Alanna lives for, with a graphic “SMILE” written in the floor!
In keeping with the theme we used a mix of black nero marble, to provide a cool edge, and natural walnut millwork, to provide a friendly warmth, throughout the reception/waiting area. The same natural walnut is carried through to each operatory room.
All of the operatory rooms branched off from a single hallway. We used this opportunity to create symmetry and repetition with black painted garden doors and custom walnut millwork niches. We styled each of the five niches down this hallway with a mix of neutral textures and punctuated the end of the hall with a bold green botanical wallpaper!
On the topic of wallpaper, we wrapped the walls of the pan room with a graphic Dalmatian print to give the, otherwise, sterile medical room a more approachable feeling.
One of our favourite and most quirky elements of each of the operatory and consultation rooms is the series of prints that we had installed. At first glance they appear to be floral prints, but with a closer look you’ll see that they’re actually anatomical drawings of jaws, teeth, and dental tools!
We don’t know about you, but we’re actually excited to go to the dentist now! Legacy Dental Care is now open in South Calgary for patients of all ages.
…What’s the award for being the best dentist? A little plaque! HA.
We’re almost ready to reveal this amazing HGTV Property Brothers collaboration with you! While you wait you can head to #IHPropertyBrothers to check out all the behind-the-scenes action from this project. Stay tuned!