Bring in Natural Light


Designer Sarah-Marie Lackey designs a home to maximize natural light.

A couple in their sixties were looking for a home in which they could retire. They wanted a light and bright color scheme with plenty of room to entertain their large family. “The goal of the project was to bring in as much light as possible,” says designer Sarah-Marie Lackey of Sarah-Marie Interior Designs.

It was also important to have everything on the main floor for ease of access that would allow them to age in place. The home features three bedrooms on the main floor and a two bedroom suite in the basement for guests.

Soothing color scheme of bluish gray tones and wood finishes.

“The kitchen is my favorite room in the home,” says Sarah-Marie, “I love how clean and integrated everything is!” The homeowners entertain regularly and needed an open space with plenty of room for family and friends to gather. The kitchen features cabinetry in a mix of bluish gray tones and wood finishes for a very soothing color scheme. A side-by-side panel ready refrigerator and freezer blend seamlessly into the cabinetry and integrated wine storage keeps favorites on hand for easy access when entertaining.

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Skylights throughout the home bring in natural light.

The kitchen island offers additional seating for guests or a nice place to enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning. Above the island is a large skylight, one of many in this home. The homeowners value privacy but also wanted plenty of light. While windows are a great way to let in light, they would have needed to be covered for privacy so instead of adding additional windows, skylights were introduced throughout the home to bring in natural light.

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Custom fitted, full length screens separate dining space from the hallway.

A formal dining space with a large table sits next to the kitchen and continues the color scheme of soft neutrals and wood tones. Another skylight over the dining table adds natural light to the space. The dining room had a hallway off to one side that was open, leaving a view of the bedroom doors from the dining table. “The homeowners wanted to keep the hallway light and bright,” says Sarah-Marie, “but being open to the hallway took away from the formal feel of the dining room.” To solve this issue, full length screens were custom fitted to create separation between the dining space and hallway while still allowing light to flow between. The screens create the perfect solution and become a decorative feature in the space at the same time.

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The fireplace acts as a focal point which helps to ground the space.

One of the focal points of this open concept space is a stunning three sided fireplace with a stone surround that can be seen from the entrance, kitchen, dining and living room. “It really helps to ground the space,” Sarah-Marie shares. The fireplace provides a visual connection from room to room and brings a welcoming warmth to all four spaces when in use.

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Master bedroom

Another place where the homeowners wanted an open concept feel was the master bedroom and ensuite. To create the right balance between open concept and privacy, the toilet is set into a small, separate room off to the side while the rest of the ensuite is open to the master bedroom.

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Open concept master bedroom and ensuite.

The spaces are defined by a partial wall that acts as the backdrop for a beautiful, freestanding tub. The ensuite features tile flooring, and the custom built-in vanity in the same wood tone as the bedroom flooring, carries the color through and creates a seamless feel.

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Granddaughters’ bedroom for sleepovers.

The homeowners have a very close family and they love to have their children over for sleepovers so one of the bedrooms was specifically designed with their small granddaughters in mind. “This final detail was the perfect finishing touch in creating a home their whole family can enjoy,” says Sarah-Marie.


Text by Crystal Williams | Photos by Tracey Ayton Photography | Produced by Canadian Home Trends Magazine

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