Livia Drennan, principal designer at Your Story by Design, sits on the cream brocade sofa in her great room, with the sights of the backyard as the backdrop. The great room flows into the sunroom with floor-to-ceiling glass windows that was must-have on the renovation list of her Oakville home. Nearby is a chair Drennan recovered with Meredith Heron fabric in a classic floral. The décor throughout is classic and elegant, creating a cosy space with calming, neutral colours.
In 2011 Drennan began her studies to become a designer, earning her diploma in 2013 – all spurred on by dipping her toes into the world of design with the renovation of her Oakville home. She now has a second career as a designer and can barely keep up with the demand.
The initial home was dated and in need of a design overhaul. “As soon as I walked into the home, I saw in my mind walls coming down to create this open concept,” says Drennan. She redesigned kitchen with cabinetry and granite from Oakville Kitchen & Bath Centre and added an eight-foot geometric island and soft pendant lighting.
The pièce de résistance, however, has to be the 200 sq. ft. sunroom addition that extends from the family room, carving out a spacious glassed-in great room. Drennan's décor choices are consistent with the traditional style of the elegant intimacy of the home. For the walls she chose a classic linen. She introduced wall and ceiling details like fluted crown mouldings, wainscotting and old-world picture panels.
Drennan recalls life growing up in Romania – she moved to Canada 20 years ago, with her son, who at the time was a preschooler. “We always had so much colour in our homes in Romania, much more so than in Canada, and I remember having beautiful Persian carpets,” she says. Two vibrant Persian carpets, one in the master bedroom and the other in the piano room, now adorn her own space.
The home is infused with pops of vibrant yellow, starting with Drennan's upstairs office. Over the years, she has watched her vision knit slowly and lovingly to fruition. “It’s an ongoing work in progress, but one that has come nicely to life,” she says.