Meet the CHI Team’s Diana Delaney

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32515d1Name: Diana Delaney

Job title: Design Coordinator

Number of years working with CHI: 3 years

What did you study in school?

I studied Small and Medium Enterprise Management + Interior Decorating.

What is your favourite room in a home and why?

I think my favourite room would have to be the living room, as it’s where I like to spend the majority of my time with friends and family (when not outdoors in the warmer weather – if it’s warm, my rule is that everyone is outside! Ha!.

It is such a versatile space that you can split into different zones, space permitting (conversation, television, dancing, music) and you can make it a very comfortable, intimate space for those gatherings. I prefer my living room to be comfortable, as opposed to rigid or formal – I want my guests to be as comfortable in my space as I am. I am a big accent pillow and throw girl – the more the better – and I incorporate a lot of texture, comfortable seating, area rugs, GREAT ambient lighting and photography/artwork that means a lot to me and will hopefully inspire conversation.

If you could only have one appliance in your kitchen, what would it be and why?

I have put some thought into this, and my final answer would be a refrigerator. Unless you plan on purchasing ice several times a week, or kicking it old school and covering your perishables in salt…a refrigerator is almost a necessity. I cook all the time, so always have a fridge full of food. My theory here is that I would have a barbecue to cook it all, so would not need the oven/stove as much.

What is your most memorable CHI project to date?

My most memorable CHI project would have to be the penthouse we completed this winter at 200 Rideau Street in Ottawa. It was a very fun project with a large scope of work to complete on a tight timeline – but everyone came together to get it done and the transformation was extraordinary.

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When we gained access to the unit, there were significant repairs to be done, new flooring, appliances, kitchen backsplash, window treatments, all new furniture, artwork, accessories, lighting. I think the before and after photos speak for themselves.

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The unit will be rented through Premiere’s Corporate Housing Program and is sure to be a popular one, with its panoramic views of the city from the 23rd Floor, massive balcony with a lounge and dining area and a direct view of Parliament Hill to the west.

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Multiple Model Home Designs for Claridge Homes’ Westpointe Village

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by Diana Delaney

We recently completed the design and decorating of two model homes for Claridge Homes’ new development Westpointe Village. I put together this photo essay to show you the transition as well as the contrast between two different approaches to similar rooms in this multiple model home design approach.

My intention for each of the two homes was to create a bold design statement on each of the main levels, capturing potential buyers as soon as the enter the home. The second levels, as they were both 4-bedroom homes, was to be playful, yet slightly more “family-oriented,” having more of a transitional style aesthetic.

The first living room has a warm, masculine vibe, with leathers, woods, concrete and sheepskin; hard versus luxuriously soft surfaces. While an array of neutral tones created a solid canvas, I wanted to surprise visitors with the bold, dark teal accent wall as they round the corner from the entrance. I also painted out the fireplace surround in a deep brownish-grey colour to lessen the blow of a typically stark white molding that you see as a builder standard.

Model 41 Living Room

Unfortunately at the time of this photo, the “piece-de-resistance” had not yet been installed – a 10-armed octopus-like ceiling fixture which was suspended above the coffee table and stood out against the accent wall. As such, nothing was installed over the fireplace, as I wanted to focus to rest solely on that fixture. You’ll get a chance to see it in a before and after collage further on.

The second living room is essentially the polar opposite of the raw, masculine features of the first one; clean, feminine and a decidedly mid-century modern. Two of the walls were covered in a grey-meets-dusty-rose hue (a subtle nod to Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2016), which coordinated nicely with the greys and creams in the fireplace and window treatments. I then followed suit when selecting furniture pieces and accessories, wanting to add style and flair, while not distracting from the beautiful fireplace surround. Pops of black create subtle contract to keep the eye moving throughout the space.

Model 39 Living Room

The fourth bedroom was transformed into a kid’s playroom, which could easily double as a nursery. Fun pops of colour were injected into an otherwise neutral space and the natural sheesham wood furniture grounds the overall design.

Kids Playroom

This master bedroom is a nod to the “Modern Equestrian” trend, with bold black, gold and mirrored accents which are layered against a palette of greys and beiges. Note the modern, over-sized horse artwork on the opposing wall, reflected in the mirror. The finished product is a calm, sophisticated space.

Master Bedroom

Here are before and after pictures of the two model suite living rooms.

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