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Shereen's Open & Airy




Ottawa, Canada



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What I Love About My Home

I love the lay out because it feels very open and airy. I also love that in the summer time, when the trees are full and lush, I feel like I live in a big huge tree house.

Biggest Challenge in Furnishing My Home

One challenge was figuring out how to make the living room work with a dining table. I love to entertain and wanted to be able to accommodate a large group of people. Lots of extra folding chairs as well as pulling in my balcony table and throwing down a large table cloth across both helps. I've served a full Christmas dinner for 12 in this space!

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Comments (23)

Shereen, what's the wall color??

posted by Gwen Roach on April 20, 2011 at 10:27am
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I love your couch! Where is it from?

posted by Jamie O'Neal on April 20, 2011 at 12:39pm
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Very relaxing environment...would also like to know where the couch is from if you can remember?

posted by pangie1980 on April 20, 2011 at 3:14pm
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I love the sliding window treatments as well! Curtains/blinds - what do you even call them?

posted by casey w on April 20, 2011 at 12:42pm
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Can I come live with you?

posted by pheebs79 on April 20, 2011 at 10:00am
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Absolutely beautiful! Love the shades in your bedroom!

posted by Tracy333 on April 20, 2011 at 11:28am
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While I LOVE how serene this place feels, the dining table in the path of the television is driving me nuts. Even though the TV is elevated so that the table isn't in the sightline, I find it very distracting.

posted by CraigslistDecorator on April 20, 2011 at 11:32am
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The shades and the wall-art are stunning.

posted by Reeses902 on April 20, 2011 at 11:36am
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Thanks everyone! To address some of the questions: Paint colours - can't remember but will find out. Shades - nope didn't make them, purchased from Ikea. Sofa - from the Bay by a Canadian company (can't recall the name right now).

posted by neerehs on April 20, 2011 at 1:18pm
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the words on the wall (behind telly) is really very pretty =)

posted by JulianneMay on April 20, 2011 at 7:43pm
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Very nice!

posted by ModHomekeeper on April 20, 2011 at 4:44pm
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Totally my style: white, airy, sunny and modern... But, I think the tv is so far and away from couch. Isn´t?. What is the room to the door´s left?

posted by Ofelia on April 20, 2011 at 4:55pm
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posted by A Whimsical Girl Named Debbie on April 20, 2011 at 6:19pm
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You've done a wonderful job of pulling it all together. It's fresh and stylish and feels spacious. Love the bedside tables. I live in Ottawa too. Can you say where you got them? Good luck!

posted by windsongaloka on April 20, 2011 at 9:36pm
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Hi, I have the same kind of layout. Love the white, openness and big windows. Did you consider having the dining room behind the couch or will that close up the space too much?

posted by Ziso on April 21, 2011 at 8:19am
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Ziso - yes I tried that, and it was really cluttered. You can see some pictures of the evolution of the space on my little informal blog http://bajmahal-design.blogspot.com/2009/04/spring-is-here.html
Side tables in the bedroom are from Ikea as well. And again the sofa is from the Bay (big Canadian dept store) I just can't recall the brandname of the sofa itself. THanks again!

posted by neerehs on April 21, 2011 at 11:45am
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Love the balcony!

posted by khanabida on April 22, 2011 at 1:36pm
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It's hard to believe your living room is only 15 ft x 13 ft. I lives much larger. Good for you!

posted by Terry3 on April 22, 2011 at 9:07pm
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I agree with all of the comments. You've done such a great job! I must say though: not a fan of the chandelier in the bedroom

posted by Daveyboy613 on April 23, 2011 at 12:15pm
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i'm loving the start simplicity of the interiors. good job!

posted by Renaisssance Chick on April 25, 2011 at 2:58am
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Would you say there is enough room for a boyfriend to hide in here if your parents stopped by unexpectedly?

posted by a535 on April 26, 2011 at 9:24am
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The title matches perfectly. I like the colors you have chosen for the living room.

posted by Miko Love on April 26, 2011 at 5:19pm
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I love what you did with your space, it's looks very open and welcoming. Nice job. BTW, i'm glad you like my blog. Cheers.

posted by Kike_ on April 28, 2011 at 9:41am
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