Happy to See You! An Elegant Burlington Home Comes Alive


A colourful renovation makes a Millcroft home come alive.

OUR HOMES Oakville-Burlington-Mississauga Summer 2018A version of this article originally appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of  OUR HOMES Oakville Burlington Mississauga, p.30. Find local businesses in our Oakville directory. 
A casual evening with pals turned into a dream come true for Sabah Ahmed when she enlisted the help of designer friend Trisha Ross of Trisha Ross Interiors to update her 2,800 sq. ft. home.
Located in Burlington’s prestigious Millcroft neighbourhood, Sabah and her family have lived in their home for over five years. While the family loved the neighbourhood, they never liked the house’s darker palette and features. “Everything was very dark," says Sabah. "It just didn’t fit our family and our style,” she says.
Enter Trisha, who set to work brightening the space and increasing the flow of natural light. “I wanted a nice happy feeling when you walked in," says Sabah. 
The entire home was repainted and floors were refinished in a lighter, brown-grey stain. In the kitchen, a tile floor was replaced with a hardwood floor that matched the rest of the house for a seamless look, while a plank-style tile from Eden Tile-It was installed in a chevron pattern in the entrance and laundry room.
The kitchen cabinetry was in good condition, so Trisha had it painted. Quartz counters and a new faucet, hardware, sink and backsplash were added. Curtains impart a fun pop of colour to the neutral space.
“What I love about Trisha is that she worked with what we have and was able to change our home in such a dramatic fashion without changing things structurally,” says Sabah. “She told us to keep our existing furniture and she got finishing touches – she changed out all the pillows and got new artwork for the living and dining room.”
The foyer, powder room, laundry room were also updated, but while Trisha used a light touch on the rest of the home, the master bathroom was “completely gutted,” she says.
“The highlight for me is the master bath,” says Sabah, “I wanted it to be calm, to have a serene feeling, and be a private little oasis, and Trisha did exactly that. Before the reno, it was all shiny and black. The shower was like a coffin. It doesn’t look like the same room at all.” 

In addition to a new vanity, mirrors, tub and large-format, marble-style ceramic tile, Trisha increased the shower size. Wallpaper with a whimsical branch design from Katie’s Wallpaper appears along one wall.